Blue Jay Broadcast

News and Notes from the Hallways of MHS

Principal’s Message:

Spring break is here and we have a week off to relax and spend time with family and enjoy the spring weather. Our Spring sports are well on their way competing, winning, and making the adjustments in order to have a successful season and possibly participate in playoff tournaments. Recently, the MHS Attendance Tournament champion was crowned. Mr. Hottenson's homeroom competed for five weeks, winning the entire tournament. The friendly competition was intense and both teachers and students were excited to participate.

As you can see from the pictures and videos below, we have a lot of talented students sharing their creativity and talents guided by our dedicated teachers. Students are staying focused on learning.

Prior to testing, we had our grade level meetings to remind students of their goals.

The message to our freshman is to stay focused for the remainder of the fourth marking period; this is the year that establishes the foundation for building a great high school experience. They are learning what high school is about and what they need to do to make their four years a great experience. Our sophomores need to continue to develop those positive habits they learned last year and continue to create their academic resume in preparation for their post-secondary plans. The juniors are currently taking or preparing to take the SATs and are almost finished with one of the busiest years in high school. Our upperclassmen are also preparing for AP exams in May. Many of them took advantage of the review sessions during the testing days.

Our seniors are realizing that this year is moving along very quickly. With a little more than 2 months before they graduate, I am looking forward to reporting on all the accomplishments of this class at graduation. Before then, seniors will be attending the prom and several other events that will cap off their senior year. Overall, my message to all grade levels is to stay focused on the end goal and finish the school year on a positive note in order to enjoy a great summer.

Before our Spring break starts, I want to acknowledge the staff and students of Middlesex High School for taking leadership roles during difficult times. Recently, an act of hate impacted our school community and it stirred up emotions and a lot of discussion. Observing and listening to our students and staff, it made me proud to hear about the ideas that came out of those discussions. However, we are just getting started. Efforts to promote healing are continuing to be planned. Our goal is to find a way to gather with our students and share messages of healing and unity. How, then, is this goal realized? Have the students lead the discussions for change. As a school community, maintaining an open dialogue and continuing to work toward improving school climate and culture is a priority. In the next few months, I will be gathering with students and looking for student input. I also welcome community input.

Thank you for supporting Middlesex High School. Please enjoy the pictures and have a great spring break and Happy Holidays!

News & Notes

Spring Break School will be closed Friday April 19th through April 26th. Classes are back in session April 29th.

Memorial Day Weekend Added Days off! Due to unused snow days, school will be closed Friday May 24th, Monday May 27th and Tuesday May 28th. Classes are back in session May 29th.

Spirit Week begins April 29th Show your school spirit throughout the week!

Monday: Hat Day

Tuesday: Tropical Wear

Wednesday: College Apparel

Thursday: Class Color

Friday: Tie-Dye

March Madness Attendance Tournament Winners! A big congratulations goes out to Mr. Hottensen's Homeroom for the best attendance in the month of February and March. The homeroom has been awarded with a catered breakfast from Manhattan Bagel.

Elk's Annual Youth Day Program was March 27th, 2019, selected students got to experience and take over how things are run in the High School, Board of Education, and Borough Council meetings. The week ended with a wonderful luncheon provided by the Elks.
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Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Erin Gomez and Support Staff of the Year, Paul Warren!

Erin has been awarded a plaque which will hang outside her classroom and the BOE provides a $500 mini-grant for her to spend on enriching her classroom experience.

Paul has been awarded an engraved paperweight and a $50 gift card.

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Wear Blue for Autism Awareness Day April 2nd! A group of students in Mrs. Marsigliano's chemistry class wore blue in support of Autism Awareness!
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The Fashion Club is hosting their annual prom dress drive. They accepted gently used Prom, Quinceanera, Sweet 16, tuxedo and suits starting April 15 through May 2.

Cross Country Team is accepting donations of sneakers that are no longer used for GotSneakers, a sneaker recycling organization that provides wearable sneakers to those less fortunate around the world as well as keeping used sneakers out of landfills. They will be collecting sneakers until May 1st.

Shout Outs

Congratulations to the Middlesex Photography students who participated in a state photo contest for youths. Schools like Piscataway, Burlington Township, Red Bank Regional, Ramsey, New Providence and many other schools from all over the state submitted entries. The following students placed and will be moving on to the National stage to participate against

other states.

Mikaehla Pineda 1st place Photojournalism

Jessica Maurigi Judges Choices

Kilah Halik Director’s Choice

Congratulations to Michelle Penagos - her teapot received the Jack Troy award while at NCECA in Minnesota. This award of cash money is not something you can apply for, the panel of professionals selects you!

Congratulations to Geraldine Penagos, Michelle Penagos, Katie Zierdt, Nicole Gyeski, and Sarah Pundock! These five ladies all had a ceramic project chosen for an exhibition at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia! Middlesex had the most picked from the entire state! Way to represent MHS!

Congratulations to Carly Santucci on being chosen by the Middlesex County Secondary Principals Association for Outstanding Student on April 9th.

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Artist Corner

Mrs. Clark submitted our mural art work located outside the library to the "Art is All Around Us" Project by Scholastic. Check out this link - to see our project!

Fun with Food!

MHS's Receipe of the Month!!

Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry

1 clove garlic, minced
1 small piece of ginger peeled & minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons chicken broth
1/2 Tablespoon sriracha (guestimate ½ Tbsp in your Tbsp measurer)

1 Tablespoon Honey
1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch

Pinch of black pepper

DAY 1:
One person: combine all Sauce ingredients in a small container and mix well. Label & put in the refrigerator


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into even sized strips
1 Cup broccoli florets -cut in half

1 piece of cabbage sliced thin

1/2 green pepper cut into thin slices
1/2 yellow pepper cut into thin slices

½ onion cut in thin strips
1 carrot cut on a bias

1 celery stalk cut on a bias

Salt & pepper to taste

Vegetable Oil for frying

DAY 1:

One person, use a color cutting board, with a wet paper towel under it, cut up the chicken into thin strips and put into a glass bowl, label and put it in the refrigerator.

Using white cutting boards 2 people should cut up vegetables and put into a plastic bag, label and put into the refrigerator.

DAY 2:

In a Wok or big fry pan, add oil to lightly coat the bottom of your pan on medium-high heat. Put all vegetables into your pan and stir fry for 3-5 mins. Remove vegetables from the pan and put them in a bowl.

In the same pan, (do not clean it yet) add oil to lightly coat the pan, add in chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until cooked through and not pink.
Add vegetables back into the pan and stir everything to combine.
Whisk stir fry sauce in its container and pour the sauce over chicken and vegetables and stir gently to combine.
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and let bubble for one minute. Serve with rice or noodles.

Project Act

Our Project Act students on St. Patrick's Day running their weekly morning coffee shop!
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