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 Dear Parents/Guardians:

Some important happenings ta the MHS:

  • Administration had a midyear meeting with all grade levels last week. This was an opportunity to review our status as a school and the expectations we have for all students. This also allowed our new VP/AD, Mr. Zalocki, to address students in his new role. We covered a good number of items including: security procedures, timeliness to school and class, the importance of maintaining good attendance and various other school practices. We are asking our students to remove caps and hoods while in school and also limit their use of cellphones. We reminded them that recording (video and/or audio) is not permitted. Making or receiving calls during the school day is not allowed. Earphones or earbuds are also not permitted. One earbud may be used while students are in the cafeteria during lunch. Some of our teachers use cellphones as a teaching tool in the classroom; this is up to each teacher's discretion. Overall, we noted that our school is generally an orderly, well- behaved environment and our students conduct themselves appropriately.
  • Students taking the AP exam must complete and return your registration form to Mr. Zalocki by March 1st. Please include yourcheck with the form. Students needing a new registration form can see Mr. Zalocki. 
  • Juniors: are you considering an internship next year? We have a working relationship with the the Municipal Office in South Amboy. We are also working on internship opportunities with the Elementary School. Want more info? Contact the guidance department. An internship provides hands-on experience in the world of work and also looks great on a resume.

  • Seniors and Parents of Seniors: We have begun planning the slide show for the 12th grade graduation. This is a big undertaking and in order for it to be a success we will need everyone's assistance. A link has been sent to all 12th grade students from senior, Michael Coman, a member of our slide show committee, via their school emails regarding the slideshow. The link will take students to an album where they will be able to upload all photos they wish to have in the slideshow. We are requesting that students put in a baby photo as well as one from this year. Also, we are asking for pictures from elementary school/sports/clubs, etc. All photos must be school appropriate. Any photos that are inappropriate will be removed. As Principal, I will be reviewing all submissions. All photos are due on April 15, 2019; please do not wait until then to submit.
  • The Student Council will be selling heart wrap-arounds for $1.00 at lunch periods during the month of February. All proceeds will go towards the American Heart Association. 
  • Athletes - please read: Students interested in Spring athletics must complete, sign and return all documents provided in the links included in my weekly parent email by Feb. 28th. Note: All documents can be found on the South Amboy District Website under the "Athletics" section. Ms. Houseman, our school nurse, is in the process of checking physicals. Please send completed physicals to Ms. Houseman, and all other information to VP/AD Mr. Zalocki at your earliest convenience. (Important: You have the option of filling out all forms online through our registration link) Links for the above were included in my weekly parent email. 
  • All Winter athletes must wash and return uniforms to Mr. Zalocki ASAP. (MS, JV and Varsity Basketball and MS & HS Cheer) 
  • A Saint Patrick's Day Dance sponsored by the PTO has been scheduled for our high school students on March 14, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the MHS cafeteria. Please see permission slip attached to my weekly parent email. Permission slip and ticket fee of $5.00 are due by March 11, 2019.
  • Looking ahead:
    • BOE meeting on 2/25/19
    • Interims for marking period three available the beginning of March.

    If you have any questions, please call the school so we can assist you. 

    Thank you,

    Dr. McCabe

Posted by pmccabe  On Feb 18, 2019 at 10:13 AM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians,

We look forward to seeing you this evening and/or tomorrow afternoon for parent/teacher conferences.

When you arrive, please enter the building via the high school or middle school entrances. Those will be the only doors available. The doors by the auditorium will be locked.

When you arrive, please go to the table set up by the entrance and sign in. We will have maps and lists of teacher names and rooms for you.

Please remember to bring a copy of your scheduled conferences for easy reference.

Three of our teachers are absent this evening due to illness: Mr. Finochio, Mrs. Nisraiyya and Mr. Castello. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  All of our staff would be happy to schedule other conferences throughout the year as needed to assist your child.

Thank you,
Dr. McCabe
Posted by pmccabe  On Feb 13, 2019 at 3:55 PM
  

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Some important happenings at the MHS:

  • Juniors: are you considering an internship next year? We have a working relationship with the the Municipal Office in South  Amboy. We are also working on internship opportunities with the Elementary School. Want more info? Contact the guidance department. An internship provides hands-on experience in the world of work and also looks great on a resume. 
  • Seniors and Parents of Seniors: We have begun planning the slide show for the 12th grade graduation. This is a big  undertaking and in order for it to be a success we will need everyone's assistance. A link has been sent to all 12th grade  students from senior, Michael Coman, a member of our slide show committee, via their school emails regarding the slideshow.  The link will take students to an album where they will be able to upload all photos they wish to have in the slideshow. We  are requesting that students put in a baby photo as well as one from this year. Also, we are asking for pictures from  elementary school/sports/clubs, etc. All photos must be school appropriate. Any photos that are inappropriate will be  removed. As Principal, I will be reviewing all submissions. All photos are due on April 15, 2019; please do not wait until  then to submit. 
  • The Student Council will be conducting a fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse on Monday, February 11.  Please see the Student Council web-page for a flyer.  Thank you for your support. 
  • The Student Council will be selling heart wrap-arounds for $1 at lunch periods during the month of February.  All proceeds will go towards the American Heart Association. 
  • The conference scheduler for parent/teacher conferences on 2/13/19 and 2/14/19 is now closed. Please be certain to have a copy of your scheduled conferences when you arrive on 2/13 and/or 2/14. Reminder: there will be a short session for students with a 12:15 pm dismissal on both days.
  • A Saint Patrick's Day Dance sponsored by the PTO has been scheduled for our high school students on March 14, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the MHS cafeteria. Please see flyer and permission slip attached to my weekly email. Permission slip and ticket fee of $5.00 are due by March 11, 2019.
  • School closed for President's weekend from 2/15/19 to 2/18/19. School will reopen on 2/19/18.
  • Looking ahead: 
    • BOE meeting on 2/25/19

    If you have any questions, please call the school so we can assist you.   

    Thank you,

    Dr. McCabe

Posted by pmccabe  On Feb 10, 2019 at 9:22 AM
  

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Some important happenings at the middle high school:

  • Attention middle school parents and students: our next middle school dance, sponsored by the PTO, will be on Thursday, February 7, 2019, in the MHS cafeteria from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please see permission form attached to me weekly email. The form needs to be signed by a parent and returned to the school with the $5.00 ticket cost by tomorrow, February 4, 2019. Completed forms and ticket fee can be submitted to a homeroom teacher or directly to the main office. Please know that no tickets will be sold at the door the night of the event. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Jennifer Evanski at jennie3life@gmail.com. A big thank you to our PTO for sponsoring this dance.
  • Juniors: are you considering an internship next year? We have a working relationship with the the Municipal Office in South Amboy. We are also working on internship opportunities with the Elementary School. Want more info? Contact the guidance department. An internship provides hands-on experience in the world of work and also looks great on a resume. 
  • Seniors and Parents of Seniors: We have begun planning the slide show for the 12th grade graduation. This is a big undertaking and in order for it to be a success we will need everyone's assistance. A link has been sent to all 12th grade students from senior, Michael Coman, a member of our slide show committee, via their school emails regarding the slideshow. The link will take students to an album where they will be able to upload all photos they wish to have in the slideshow. We are requesting that students put in a baby photo as well as one from this year. Also, we are asking for pictures from elementary school/sports/clubs, etc. All photos must be school appropriate. Any photos that are inappropriate will be removed. As Principal, I will be reviewing all submissions. All photos are due on April 15, 2019; please do not wait until then to submit. 
  • Marking period two report cards are available on Parent Access.
  • All 10th grade students will be taking the ASVAB on Wednesday.
  • The conference scheduler for parent/teacher conferences on 2/13/19 and 2/14/19 is available on Parent Access and will remain open until 2/8/19. Here is a link to an article by NEA for parents to help prepare for parent/Teacher conferences. I hope you find it helpful. http://www.nea.org/home/60103.htm
  • Looking ahead: 
    • Parent/Teacher conferences: 2/13/19 in the evening and 2/14/19 in the afternoon. There will be a short session for students with a 12:15 pm dismissal on both days.
    • School closed for President's weekend from 2/15/19 to 2/18/19. School will reopen on 2/19/18.
    • BOE meeting on 2/25/19

    If you have any questions, please call the school so we can assist you. 

    Thank you,

    Dr. McCabe

Posted by pmccabe  On Feb 03, 2019 at 9:00 AM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians,

At this time you can log on to Parent Access and see your child's marking period two report card. For high school students this will include grades for midterm examinations.

Also, the parent scheduler is available. Parents can schedule parent/teacher conferences for 2/13/19, in the evening, and 2/14/19, in the afternoon. We will close the parent scheduler on Friday, 2/8/19. It is recommended that you print a copy of your scheduled conferences to bring with you when you visit the school on 2/13/19 and/or 2/14/19. 

Please keep in mind that each conference is five minutes long and we allow a one minute time period between conferences. This could help when trying to schedule if you are seeing teachers on different sides of the building. 

Parents should schedule conferences ahead of time using this online tool. Arriving on either day without a scheduled time will most likely result in you not being able to visit with most if not all of your child's teachers. 

If you have any questions, please call the school so w can assist you.

Thank you,
Dr. McCabe
Posted by pmccabe  On Feb 01, 2019 at 3:30 PM
  

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Some important happenings at the MHS:

  • Seniors: Last call - the Disney trip needs to be paid in full by, Monday, Jan. 28th. Students received their outstanding  balances on 1/7. 
  • Senior Night Girls Basketball/Cheer will be on 02-01-19 at 5:30pm. The game will start at 5:45pm. 
  • Last day of marking period two is Monday, 1/28/19. 
  • Board of Education meeting on 1/28/19.
  • MHS will host the County-wide Consumer Bowl on 1/30/19.
  • Attention middle school parents and students: our next middle school dance, sponsored by the PTO, will be on Thursday,  February 7, 2019, in the MHS cafeteria from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please see permission form attached to my weekly email or contact the main offce for one.  The form needs to be  signed by a parent and returned to the school with the $5.00 ticket cost by Monday, February 4, 2019. Completed forms and ticket fee can be submitted to a homeroom teacher or directly to the main office. Please know that no tickets will be sold at  the door the night of the event. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Jennifer Evanski at  jennie3life@gmail.com. A big thank you to our PTO for sponsoring this dance.
  • High school students: would you like to earn some community service hours and support your school at the same time? If yes,  consider being a student chaperone for our next middle school dance. If you are interested, come to the main office so we can add your name to the student chaperone list.
  • Juniors: are you considering an internship next year? We have a working relationship with the the Municipal Office in South  Amboy. We are also working on internship opportunities with the Elementary School. Want more info? Contact the guidance department. An internship provides hands-on experience in the world of work and also looks great on a resume. 
  • Free Dental Services!!! Give Kids a Smile Day is Friday, 2/1/19. This is a national program supported by the American Dental  Association Foundation and locally by the New Jersey Dental Association. On Give Kids a Smile Day, participating dental  offices open their doors to offer free dental care for kids 12 and under. Please see flyer attached to my weekly email; you can also go to this address for more information: https://www.njda.org/for-the-public/gkas/for-parents .
  • Remind: Some of our parents receive messages from teachers and/or coaches via Remind. There was talk of Verizon customers no  longer receiving services from Remind as of 1/28/19.  According to the most recent notification posted on 1/25/19, go to this  address to view the notification:  https://help.remind.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002396740-Service-disruption-for-Verizon- Wireless-users-in-the-United-States ,  service will not change.
  • Looking ahead:  
    • Report cards available end of the day on 2/1/19.
    • Middle school dance on 2/7/19.
    • Parent/Teacher conferences: 2/13/19 in the evening and 2/14/19 in the afternoon. We will open the online conference   scheduler in Parent Access two weeks prior. An announcement will be sent out once the scheduler is available. There will be  a short session for students, a 12:15 pm dismissal, on both days.
    • School closed for President's weekend from 2/15/19 to 2/18/19. School will reopen on 2/19/18.

     If you have any questions, please call the school so we can assist you. 

    Thank you,

    Dr. McCabe

Posted by pmccabe  On Jan 27, 2019 at 1:09 PM
  

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Some important happenings at the MHS: 

  • Benchmark Testing and Midterms: Midterms for Social Studies and Science will be on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. All other subject areas have been administered. If your child has missed an assessment, please ensure he/she sees the appropriate teacher as soon as possible.
  • Seniors: The Disney trip needs to be paid in full by Jan. 28th. Students received their outstanding balances on 1/7. 
  • Senior Night/Boys Basketball will be on 01-25-19 at 6:50pm. The game will start at 7:00pm 
  • Senior Night Girls Basketball/Cheer will be on 02-01-19 at 5:30pm. The game will start at 5:45pm. 
  • Looking ahead:
    • Last day of marking period two is 1/28/19 
    • Board of Education meeting on 1/28/19
    • MHS will host the County-wide Consumer Bowl on 1/30/19
    • Report cards available end of the day on 2/1/19
    • Middle school dance on 2/7/19
    • Parent/Teacher conferences: 2/13/19 evening and 2/14/19 afternoon. We will open the online conference scheduler in Parent Access two weeks prior. An announcement will be sent out once the scheduler is available.

    If you have any questions, please call the school so we can assist you. 

    Thank you,

    Dr. McCabe

Posted by pmccabe  On Jan 21, 2019 at 9:15 AM
  

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Some important happenings at the MHS:

  • Our Spring Musical is coming!!! Get ready. Here is an update: dates for the performances of " Alice in Wonderland" are 4/5, 4/6 and 4/7/19. Students interested in participating in this years spring musical, please come to the auditorium Monday at 3pm. 
  • Benchmark Testing and Midterms: These assessments begin on Monday, 1/14/19. There are benchmarks for grades 6-11 in math and LAL. All other high school subjects will also have midterm assessments. The dates for each subject area can be found on the school calendar. At the high school level the benchmarks will serve as midterms.
  • Seniors: The Disney trip needs to be paid in full by Jan. 28th. Students received their outstanding balances on 1/7. 
  • Seniors: Any student interested in purchasing trip insurance for Disney, forms and payment are due by Jan. 17th. Forms were handed out on 1/7. Additional forms are available form Ms. Sherman in rm 432. (We need 10 students interested in order for the travel agent to purchase the insurance). 
  • Senior Night/Boys Basketball will be on 01-25-19 at 6:50pm. The game will start at 7:00pm.
  • Senior Night Girls Basketball/Cheer will be on 02-01-19 at 5:30pm. The game will start at 5:45pm. 
  • Looking ahead:
    • PTO meeting on 1/16/19
    • Schools closed for Martin Luther King Day on 1/21/19
    • Last day of marking period two is 1/28/19
    • Board of Education meeting on 1/28/19
    • Parent/Teacher conferences: 2/13/19 evening and 2/14/19 afternoon

    If you have any questions, please call the school so we can assist you.

    Thank you,

    Dr. McCabe 

Posted by pmccabe  On Jan 13, 2019 at 9:58 AM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians:

This years spring musical will take place on April 5, 6 & 7th. 

Auditions for MHS students (and speaking roles for grades 4 & 5) will take place on Thursday, January 10th, from 3-5pm in the MHS auditorium. Please prepare a one minute clip from your favorite Broadway show to be sung a capella. Callbacks will take place on Monday, January 14th, from 3-5 in the MHS auditorium. 

If you have any questions, please call the school so we can assist you.

Thank you,
Dr. McCabe
Posted by pmccabe  On Jan 09, 2019 at 3:32 PM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Some important happenings at the MHS:
  • Our Spring Musical is coming!!! Get Ready!
    • Song and dance auditions will be held in the Middle/High School auditorium on January 10th and 11th between 3pm and 5:00 pm. Short monologues or readings will be heard from 5:00-5:30 pm. You may bring your own music and readings if you wish. Please dress comfortably. Do you have other talents?: juggling, magic, fencing, acrobatics, gymnastics? Come!There will be sign up sheets for non acting positions: stage crew, tech, sound, lighting, (training offered) stage manager, crew manager, assistants for our younger actors, dance helpers, costuming, and make-up.Parents, we welcome your support as we get the ball rolling. we are reaching out to the arts community; if you are interested in working with the musical as a dance choreographer or carpenter, please reach out to our directors. See below.
    • Mrs. Irene Nemser, Director. inemser@sapublicschools.com
    • Mrs. Lorraine Cotter, Music Director. lcotter@sapublicschools.com
  • The South Amboy Youth Organization is having a Luau Winter Party on Friday, 1/11/19, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm for students in grades 5, 6 and 7. The address of the event is 108 South Stevens Avenue. Please see flyer attached to my weekly parent email.
  • Our school will be hosting and competing in the Consumer Bowl on 1/30/19. The New Jers​​​ey High School Consumer Bowl is an educational competition for high school students across the state. It was established in 1997 to educate young adults on a variety of consumer issues and is approved under the New Jersey Department of Education Profes​sional Development Guidelines. The competition will be held in the morning at the MHS. You can find out more about the Consumer Bowl at using this link: https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/bowl/
  • Graduates Come Back. On Monday we will have graduates form our high school coming back to speak with students in 11th and 12th grades. They will speak about their experiences after high school, how to prepare, what to expect and provide a question and answer format after their presentation.
  • Benchmark Testing and Midterms: These assessments begin on 1/14/19. There are benchmarks for grades 6-11 in math and LAL. All other high school subjects will also have midterm assessments. The dates for each subject area can be found on the school calendar.
  • Looking ahead:
    • PTO meeting on 1/16/19
    • Schools closed for Martin Luther King Day on 1/21/19
    • Last day of marking period two is 1/28/19. 

If you have any questions, please call the school so we can assist you.

Thank you,
Dr. McCabe
Principal

 

Posted by pmccabe  On Jan 06, 2019 at 9:50 AM
  
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