The Point Buzz

Somers Point School District Newsletter - Spring 2019

Somers Point School District

"The Point Buzz" is a new communication tool for our families. We will be celebrating our students and Staffulty, updating families on curricular initiatives and updates, along with posting information about events at all of our district schools.

We are so excited to share all of the wonderful things going on in the Somers Point School District. Should you have any questions about anything in this newsletter, please reach out to your building principal with questions.


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District Information from Dr. CarneyRay-Yoder, the Somers Point Superintendent of Schools.


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Congratulations to our STEM Fair Winners

Fourth Grade

  • First Place - Geoffrey Lovett - TOPIC: What is the best design to make the tallest and most stable building?
  • Second Place - Amelia Otto & Mackenzie Homig
  • Third Place - Caitlin Eucogcan

Fifth Grade

  • First Place - Talia DiDomenico, Nina Schwachter, Macie Brown - TOPIC: Turning an Eggshell into a Geode Crystal
  • Second Place - Giovanni Alvarez - TOPIC: Batteries
  • Third Place - Jack Dougherty - TOPIC: Which material will keep ice in its form the longest?

Sixth Grade

  • First Place - Travis Vennel - TOPIC: Electricity
  • Second Place - Nola Lookenbill - TOPICS: Cymatics
  • Second Place - Gary Williams, Noah Fontana, Jolyon Porto - TOPIC: Germs

Seventh Grade

  • First Place - Gillian Lovett - TOPIC: Concentration and Technology
  • First Place - Johanna Schwachter
  • Third Place - Angelina States

Eighth Grade

  • First Place - Tomas Cervantes
  • Second Place - Alexis Shanks, Kha’nyah Vaughan, Shaniya Rivera
  • Third Place - Shannon Donnelly, Delaina Carey, Sam Sanchez - TOPIC: Testing How Strong An Eggshell Is and How Much Weight It Can Bear

Top 3 Individual Scorers:

1. Gillian Lovett

2. Johanna Schwachter

3. Tomas Cevantes

Congratulations to our Governor's Teachers & Educational Service Professionals of the Year


Mrs. Ford - Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Moses - School Nurse


Mrs. Stafford - Media Specialist

Ms. Rosa - Paraprofessional


Mrs. McGhee - Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Tobiasen - School Social Worker


ShopRIte has generously committed to donating their bag fees to the Somers Point School District over the next three years to help with the sustainability initiative of replacing all of our current water fountains with water filling stations.


As we examined the implementation of the standards based report cards for Grades 6-8 this year, changes were needed based on feedback from students, teachers, parents, and our administrative team. Committee meetings were held with the teaching staff to discuss what would be a proper fit for our students, their parents and the District. We consulted with neighboring districts and Mainland Regional. It was decided that a hybrid model for report cards was best for the Somers Point School District students in grades 6-8 for the 2019-2020 school year.

In addition to a hybrid model of report cards, students grades will be available on the district’s new parent portal through OnCourse Systems for Education. This should make communication easier for families to access and understand.

Here are some of the changes for next year:

  • The standards have been broken down into skills that are clearer and easier for students and families to understand.

  • Another evaluation category has been added to further clarify student performance.

  • The categories are:

ES = Exceeding Standards
MS = Meeting Standards
AS = Approaching Standards
PS = Partially Approaching Standards
NY = Not Yet.
  • Grades 6 – 8 will use a hybrid approach. In addition to the standards evaluations, students will receive a percentage grade for each content area at the end of each trimester.

Our hope is that these changes provide students and families with the feedback needed to understand progress toward grade-level standards.


NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY at Jordan Road - UPDATE with Standards Based Report Cards


National Junior Honor Society

Charter Rules and Regulations

Jordan Road School 2019-2020

Is your child/student interested in being a part of the National Junior Honor Society? Being apart of this organization is honorable and will be highly regarded upon entering high school. NJHS prides itself on the 5 pillars: character, scholarship, leadership, service, and citizenship.

Requirements for Membership:

  • Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, in all subject areas, in order to be eligible to apply. The GPA will be calculated using the following conversion:

Exceeding Standards - 4.0
Meeting Standards = 3.0
Approaching Standards - 2.0
Not Yet = 1.0.

Students should also maintain Meeting Standards (3.0) on all College and Career Readiness Standards.

  • Discipline will be reviewed for administrative approval.
  • Apply for acceptance which includes letters of recommendation, list of current activities and community service, and essay of interest.
  • Attend induction ceremony in the fall of 8th grade year.

Any questions or concerns? Please contact one of the NJHS advisors:

Ms. Cowley
Room #123
609-927-7161 (ext: 1123)
Middle School Math

Ms. Cassaro
Room #110
609-927-7161 (ext: 1110)
Middle School ELA

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The goal of the Somers Point Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC) is to continue to support programs that serve the English Learners (ELs) and to advocate for the development of bilingual and biliterate students. The Somers Point BPAC provides family support, information, communication and learning activities that will assist in ensuring our students have equal access to education as they grow into global citizens.

The Somers Point School District established a Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC). BPAC is comprised of parents or legal guardians of students enrolled in the English Language Program, teachers, administrators, and other community members. The council meets at least four times per year and participate in the planning, operations, and evaluation of the English Language Program.

The ESL Achievement Night, our final Somers Point School District’s Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC) Event of the year, was held on May 15th at 5:30PM at the Dawes Avenue School. We treated our families to Mexican cuisine provided by Somers Point’s very own El Tipico Restaurant. The highlights of the night included our ESL teachers, Mrs. O’Brien, Ms. Wiemer and Mrs. Beagan presenting Achievement Certificates acknowledging our ESL students for a year of dedicated work in their endeavor to become bilingual. We also provided our families with a BPAC Phone Book in order to open the lines of communication between families who speak the same native language at home. Whether their child has an issue with homework, or if they want to carpool together to the Free English classes that will be offered after school during the months of May and June, the Phone Book will make it more accessible for families to stay in touch!

Back in November, we held our Hispanic Cultural Celebration with authentic Hispanic food prepared and served by our very own BPAC parents, who had excitedly met earlier in the school year with the ESL team to plan out the event! Families enjoyed crafts, face painting, games, music, dancing, and of course, to go with our theme, piñatas! A Night of Biliteracy was later held in February, where students and their parents read to each other in our Family Reading Circles in one of several languages, provided by multilingual books that were also purchased through a NJEA grant. The importance of biliteracy was discussed that night, and the ESL team shared research showing what positive academic and occupational impacts of speaking more than one language can have (and on a side note, it is never too late to learn another language! Your brain will thank you in the long run!).

Our ESL Achievement Night held on May 15 capped off our ever-expanding commitment to serving our growing ESL community in Somers Point.

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Somers Point Summer Day Camp

Somers Point Summer Day Camp is taking registrations until June 28th. The camp will run from July 8th - August 16th and is open to students entering K-6th Grade. Campers will enjoy a summery, fun-filled experience including weekly swimming and a weekly field trip to places like the OC Waterpark, Congo Falls Mini Golf, Historic Cold Spring Village and MUCH more! For full info and rates, please visit or contact the CER Office at (609) 927-2053, x. 3101.