MTSD Parent Newsletter

October 22, 2018

Message from the Superintendent's Office

Dear MTSD Community,

The district is off to an impressive start for 2018-19 school year. When I walk the halls of our schools and stop in various classrooms, it's easy to see that from PreK up to sixth graders, your children are engaged and motivated. Their smiles are infectious. Their desire to learn is evident. It's easy to see we all have a lot to be proud of and excited about!

Since I began my education career, I have always believed that all children can learn. The issue is that children learn in as many different ways as there are different styles of learning. They also learn at their own pace. It is the responsibility of the educational system to design programs that meet the needs of all children. Technology has widened our reach and children will live in a world dramatically different than one we might even imagine.

Now, I'm not saying our district is perfect. Certainly, like any forward-moving ,"progressive" school district, we must regularly make adjustments to ensure our students always receive the finest possible education. So, we'll continue to make changes as necessary but, at the very least, we know we're getting started from a position of strength.

Your children will become more actively involved in their learning as they begin to move away from the more passive methods of old mass production models. We have high levels of expectations for our students. We expect them to successfully master basic skills and to apply those skills in solving problems. We expect them to use and apply technology in a variety of ways to enhance their educational experience. Finally, we expect our students to be successful lifelong learners who appreciate the diversity that surrounds them in school, in their community and around the world.

Your children may be the future, but we are clearly the vehicle that will be needed to help them get there. I know we will be successful in ensuring each child reaches their potential in a supportive environment. I'm personally committed to ensuring Mansfield Townships School District continues to create successful lifelong learners with every passing week, month, and year!

We will be sending a parent newsletter on the 15th of every other month. Look for our next publication December 15, 2018.

Take a breath and enjoy the fall foliage.

~Tiffany J. Moutis

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2018-2019 Strategic Plan: Where are we going?

Goal 1:

Student Achievement:

- 5 year plan for new technology

- Strengthen enrichment programs

- Explore Innovative District-Wide STEM programs

- Create PLC meetings for staff

- Offering More Differentiated High Quality PD

- Communicate Grade Level Topics

- Exploring Google Classroom

- Develop a framework for risk taking, critical thinking and problem solving

- Integrate 1:1 lessons at home

- Offer Google Trainings

- Create opportunities for students to participate in competitions

- Streamlining communications - Use of Google Calendar

Goal 2: Facilities

- Energy Audit

- Upgrade building LED fixtures

- Upgrade the energy management at JHES

- Upgrade building automatization systems at JHES & MTES

- Install emergency generator at JHES

- District network capability for wireless classroom devices

- Increase the ability for staff to communicate during an emergency event.

- MTPD co-facilitate the annual Crisis Training with staff

- Implement best practices of security throughout the district

- Reassess playground equipment; remove and add equipment as needed

- Review visitor process

Goal 3: Developing the Whole Child

- Develop a mentoring program for JHES to MTES; MTES to NBMS

- Grade 2 and 6 students meet Guidance Counselor every marking period

- Develop MTES halls/lobby committee

Goal 4: Culture & Diversity

- Survey senior citizens of their desires

- Conduct survey for community

- Create peer schedule

- Revise interview committee to include a parent

- Research implementing digital information to community

- Lessen paper being sent home

- Be aware of posting the various ethnicities on our social media

- Publicly celebrate an administrator, teacher and students' success in effort to build culture

- Design TV studio

- Advertise job vacancies on NJHire, Jobspot and

- Incorporate holidays in lesson plans

- No homework to be assigned on holidays

- Develop meetings for holidays

- No after-school meetings on holidays

Curriculum Corner


We are very excited to dig into the Next Generation Science Standards with our new program, Science Dimensions. HMH Science Dimensions puts students in charge of their learning and enables teachers to seamlessly guide their students on this new instructional path. Teachers guide students to learn through exploration, analysis, application, and explanation—in short, to think like scientists.

Basic Skills Intervention

Our Basic Skills program is off to a great start! A letter to all parents can be found here or by visiting the eflyers tab on the MTSD homepage. If your student has been selected to receive Reading or Math Basic Skills, a welcome letter has been sent home. For more information, please contact any Basic Skills teacher or Kelly Gamez, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Writing Rubrics

MTSD Writing Rubrics have been developed for each grade level. Soon you will be able to access these rubrics on the MTSD Webpage under the Curriculum tab. Each rubric is specifically aligned to the standards and outlines what a writer looks like at each level. Student-friendly versions are currently being created to be used as a workable document for students as they move through the writing process.

Parent Curriculum Meeting

Our first Parent Curriculum meeting was held on Monday, October 15th. Thank you to those parents that joined us during one of the two sessions. We discussed Standards Based Scoring, i-Ready and what Curriculum and Instruction looks like in MTSD. The questions and feedback we received during these meetings was very helpful as we continue to look for ways to enhance communication to our Mansfield families.

From The Principal's Desk


"The best part about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest part about being a teacher is that it matters everyday." --Todd Whitaker

It's hard to believe that the first month of school has come to a close. I'd like to thank everyone for such a great opening to the school year. The pride that you take in your work is second to none. It brings me great pride, and I hope for you as well, when I tell people I am part of the Mansfield Township School District.

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Promethean Board Update

Quote from Jamie Szymanski: "I absolutely loved working with this board!! The students also enjoyed this board very much!!! I feel that this ActivPanel really helped with collaborative learning in our Media Center. I wish I could keep this board for the remainder of the year!"

With that I plan to look into the feasibility of purchasing one in the future.

Safety Patrol

The safety patrol selection process is underway. I will be meeting with the co-advisors, Ashley Raywood and Sandra Place, to review our applications and move forward in the process. Please see the link below for further details.

Classroom observations

Observations are starting this week. All of the first round observations will be announced, so please don't forget to answer the pre-observation questions. This year we will score Domains 1, 2, and 3 as part of your lesson. If you have a lesson you'd like me to see, please contact me so we can put it on the calendar.

E-Color Printer

The grade level liaisons and Jamie Syzmanski were trained last week on the use of our new E-Color printer which is located in the MTES Media Center. This device will allow us to make full color posters, signs, certificates, etc.... The poster in the lobby advertising the Shoe Collection is made from this machine. Please see your grade level representative for more information.


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Dear Partners in Learning,

It's hard to believe October is here already! Our mornings have been colder, and today's weather shows that winter is just around the corner!

I truly enjoyed meeting many parents at Back to School Night and appreciate the great attendance and support. I hope you found the evening to be informative and valuable.

We began the month of October by celebrating the Kid of Character trait: RESPECT. The first week of October is Respect Week at all NJ schools. Mrs. Katz, with the help of Mrs. Strickland and the entire School Safety Team, arranged for many fun activities that center around this very important character trait. Our theme this year is, "Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Shoes." We will culminate the week's activities with a school Respect Walk on Thursday. Beginning this week, we are collecting shoes for Souls4Soles. Please donate new or gently used shoes between Oct 1st-16th.

October has a number of special events and school closings. Although the calendar on our website has all of the dates, here are a few highlights:

October 5th and 8th- No School for students; Teacher In-Service

October 9th- Board of Education Meeting

October 10th- Lifetouch Picture Day

October 12th- Book Fair Blast Off

October 26th- Whole School Morning Meeting

October 31st- Fall Party and Parade; 9:30 Parade, 9:45 Parties (Room parents only)

Thank you for all of your support of John Hydock Elementary School. You can e-mail ( or call me at 609-298-0308, should you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions. Have a great October!

Kids of Character Winners

Congratulations to the following students for winning our Kid of Character Award for the month of September. These students were spotted showing the character trait of Friendship.

Elise Sene

Zurain Rehman

Victoria Kush

Lahna Forde

Grayson Hollander

Brody Newborn

Kylee Lutz

Aidan Cular

Olivia Pribila

Lily Cular

Kayla Neylan

Connor Adams

Genevieve Morro

Anna Petrella

Ediz Gungor

Speaking Of Outside the Box.....

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Paw-Some Charm Awards!

We have begun our Paw-Some Charm incentive at JHES! Students have all received a bracelet with one paw charm to start off. Bracelets are to be kept on student's backpacks. Students can earn Paw-Some charms for exceptional behavior in specials, for showing outstanding progress in math or reading, for going above and beyond to be kind, or for special events such as losing a tooth in school or celebrating a birthday. You may have noticed these charms on your child's backpack already. The students are very motivated and excited about earning these charms!

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Mind Yeti in the Classroom: Mindfulness at Work

Mindful Mondays Begin at JHES!

JHES will begin our Mindful Monday practices beginning the week of October 1st.. Mindfulness techniques are helpful in the classroom to teach students ways that they can calm themselves when feeling anxious, nervous, stressed, or worried.

What's Happening at JHES?

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Chorus Club

We are excited to begin our first after school club! Second graders at JHES will have the opportunity to sign up for our Cougar Chorus Club run by Mrs. Janney and Mrs. Lovenduski!
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Green Team Meeting #1

Our first Green Team meeting of the year took place October 11th. We had a great turn out and we are on our way to certification!

We will continue on our journey towards becoming a Sustainable NJ certified school!