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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Due to inclement weather, all after school activities are canceled today at the Middle/High School.

Thank you,
Dr. McCabe
Principal 
Posted by pmccabe  On Nov 15, 2018 at 1:22 PM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians,

At this time, you may log on to Parent Access and view your child's marking period one grades. 

Reminder: the scheduler for parent conferences closes today.

Thank you,
Dr. McCabe
Posted by pmccabe  On Nov 14, 2018 at 1:06 PM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Some important happenings at the MHS:
  • The Class of 2023 is hosting the Turkey Shootout! A free throw competition on November 27th to raise money for the class! A  minimum donation of $3 will grant you access as a spectator and a minimum donation of $10 will grant you a spot in the  competition! Every contestant will shoot at least 35+ free throws. Our 8th-graders have tickets available and you can also  contact Mr. G. for more information at jgonsalves@sapublicschools.com or 732-316-7668 ext. 3231.
  • Parent scheduler for conferences is open in Parent Access. The scheduler will close on 11/14/18. Please contact the school if  you have any difficulties scheduling conferences so we can assist. It is important parents schedule meetings ahead of time.  Showing up either day without a time scheduled will most likely result in not being able to meet with a teacher. Each meeting  is five minutes long. If more time will be needed, please feel free to schedule a parent/teacher conference anytime during  the year. To schedule a meeting, simply reach out to your child's teacher or counselor. This link will take you to some tips  from the NEA on how parents can prepare for parent/teacher conferences; I hope you find them helpful:  http://www.nea.org/home/60103.htm Please print a copy of your scheduled conferences after you have completed scheduling them  to bring with you on 11/19 and 11/20.
  • 11/13/18: first day of marking period two and there is a PTO meeting in the evening.
  • Report cards will be available later this week. A notice will will be sent our once they are available. 
  • Looking ahead: 
    • 11/19/18: Short session with evening parent/teacher conferences 
    • 11/20/18: Short session with afternoon parent/teacher conferences
    • 11/21/18: Short session the day before Thanksgiving
    • 12/14/18: We have moved the Homecoming Dance to December 14, 2018.
    • 12/15/18: The Friends of South Amboy Basketball Games

If you have any questions, please reach out to the school so we can assist you.

Thank you,
Dr. McCabe

Posted by pmccabe  On Nov 12, 2018 at 4:51 PM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians,

The parent scheduler in Parent Access is open. You can schedule conferences with your child's teachers for 11/19/18 and 11/20/18. You will need to use the conference tab.

We will close the scheduler on 11/14/18.

Please print a copy of your scheduled conferences after you have completed scheduling them to bring with you on 11/19 and 11/20.

If you encounter any difficulties logging on, please call the school so we can assist you.

Thank you,
Dr. McCabe
Principal

Posted by pmccabe  On Nov 07, 2018 at 8:25 AM
  

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Some important happenings at the MHS: 

  • The Middlesex County Arts Middle/High School will be visiting on Monday. They will have a presentation for interested  students during periods 4 and 5. Announcements will be made for interested students to attend.
  • Be sure to file your FAFSA if your child plans on attending college! Every college student and their family that may be in  need of a scholarship, grant or any other federal assistance, must file their Free Application For Student Aid. 
  • Announcements regarding scholarships, guest-speakers, the college application process, etc. are being made daily during our  10-12th-grade lunch period. Please contact guidance if you have a question. 
  • The Class of 2023 is hosting the Turkey Shootout! A free throw competition on November 27th to raise money for the class! A  minimum donation of $3 will grant you access as a spectator and a minimum donation of $10 will grant you a spot in the  competition! Every contestant will shoot at least 35+ free throws. Our 8th-graders have tickets available and you can also  contact Mr. G. for more information at jgonsalves@sapublicschools.com or 732-316-7668 ext. 3231.
  • Fundraiser at Broadway's Image, La Gloria Salon, and Bubba's 33 on Monday, November 12th! Rico Vasquez has pledged a donation  of a percentage of all sales that day from both his barbershop and salon and Bubba's has agreed to donate 10% of their food  sales (Click Here and Scroll Down For Flyer!) that day to our class! 
  • The Student Council is conducting their annual clothing apparel sale.  All orders are due on Monday, November 5.  Order forms  can be found on the Student Council webpage.  http://mhs.sapublicschools.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=98911&pageId=6822777
  • The Student Council is conducting their annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale.  All orders are due by November 7.  Order forms can be  found on the Student Council webpage. http://mhs.sapublicschools.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=98911&pageId=6822794
  • Our student council members are reminded that there is a general membership meeting for student council on Monday, November 5. Please bring apparel and Thanksgiving Pie orders.
  • There will be Bake Sales after school for the Class of 2023 on 11/7 and 11/15! Ice cream, cookies, etc. for sale!
  • 11/7/18: We will be opening the parent scheduler in Parent Access for parent/teacher conferences. The scheduler will close on  11/14/18. Please contact the school if you have any difficulties scheduling conferences so we can assist. It is important  parents schedule meetings ahead of time. Showing up either day without a time scheduled will most likely result in not being  able to meet with a teacher. Each meeting is five minutes long. If more time will be needed, please feel free to schedule a  parent/teacher conference anytime during the year. To schedule a meeting, simply reach out to your child's teacher or  counselor. This link will take you to some tips from the NEA on how parents can prepare for parent/teacher conferences;  I hope you find them helpful: http://www.nea.org/home/60103.htm
  • 11/8/18 through 11/12/18: School closed for NJEA Conference and Veteran's Day
  • Looking ahead:
    • 11/13/18: First day of marking period two and there is a PTO meeting in the evening
    • 11/19/18: Short session with evening parent/teacher conferences 
    • 11/20/18: Short session with afternoon parent/teacher conferences
    • 11/21/18: Short session the day before Thanksgiving
    • 12/14/18: We have moved the Homecoming Dance to December 14, 2018
    • 12/15/18: The Friends of South Amboy Basketball Games

If you have any questions, please reach out to the school so we can assist you.

Thank you,
Dr. McCabe
Principal

 

Posted by pmccabe  On Nov 04, 2018 at 8:45 AM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Some important happenings at the MHS:
  • Seniors and parents/guardians of seniors should consider looking at the scholarship opportunity provided by the Elks. Please  see this link for more information: https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfm
  • 10/31/18: There is a short session on Halloween with an in-service training in the afternoon for our staff. Reminder: dress code in effect on Halloween. Sorry, no masks, costume make-up or costumes.
  • Looking ahead:
    • There will be Bake Sales after school for the Class of 2023 on 11/7 and 11/15! Ice cream, cookies, etc. for sale!
    • 11/7/18: We will be opening the parent scheduler in Parent Access for parent/teacher conferences. The scheduler will close on 11/14/18. Please contact the school if you have any difficulties scheduling conferences so we can assist. It is important parents schedule meetings ahead of time. Showing up either day without a time scheduled will most likely result in not being able to meet with a teacher. Each meeting is five minutes long. If more time will be needed, please feel free to schedule a  parent/teacher conference anytime during the year. To schedule a meeting, simply reach out to your child's teacher or counselor. This link will take you to some tips from the NEA on how parents can prepare for parent/teacher conferences;  I hope you find them helpful: http://www.nea.org/home/60103.htm
    • The Class of 2023 will have a fundraiser on Build Your Own Burger night at Bubba's 33 on Nov. 12th from 4-10pm. Print the flyer that is located on the Class of 2023 Advisor page on our school website or ask your child for a flyer from Mr. G.
    • 11/8/18 through 11/12/18: School closed for NJEA Conference and Veteran's Day
    • 11/13/18: First day of marking period two and there is a PTO meeting in the evening.
    • 11/19/18: Short session with evening parent/teacher conferences 
    • 11/20/18: Short session with afternoon parent/teacher conferences.
    • 11/21/18: Short session the day before Thanksgiving
    • 12/14/18: We have moved the Homecoming Dance to December 14, 2018.
    • 12/15/18: The Friends of South Amboy Basketball Games.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to the school so we can assist you.

    Thank you,

    Dr. McCabe

     

Posted by pmccabe  On Oct 28, 2018 at 7:48 AM
  

 Dear Parents/Guardians,

Some important happening at the MHS:

  • 10/25/18: Halloween Dance for Middle School.
  • 10/26/18: PTO Pumpkin Painting along with our famous Haunted Hallway.
  • Looking ahead:
    • 10/31/18: There is a short session on Halloween with an in-service training in the afternoon for our staff. Reminder: dress code in effect on Halloween. Sorry, no masks, costume make-up or costumes.
    • 11/8/18 through 11/12/18: School closed for NJEA Conference and Veteran's Day
    • 11/13/18: First day of marking period two and there is a PTO meeting in the evening.
    • 11/19/18: Short session with evening parent/teacher conferences (We will open our parent scheduler ahead of time to allow parents to schedule appointments via Parent Access)
    • 11/20/18: Short session with afternoon parent/teacher conferences.
    • 11/21/18: Short session the day before Thanksgiving
    • 12/14/18: We have moved the Homecoming Dance to December 14, 2018.

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

    Thank you,

    Dr. McCabe


Posted by pmccabe  On Oct 21, 2018 at 10:08 AM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you may already be aware, the State of New Jersey has taken steps to protect the rights of students who are transgender. A transgender student is a student whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from those typically associated with the sex and gender assigned at birth. The policy of the South Amboy Board of Education is in keeping with the State law and is designed to provide a student centered approach toward working with anyone who is considering transition, transitioning or has transitioned. The percentage of students nationwide who are transgender ranges from 1% to 3% depending on the study cited. This demographic also has higher incidence of depression and suicide than most; thus, the need to ensure appropriate supports are put in place is warranted.

As quoted in our policy:
The South Amboy Board of Education believes that a school culture that supports student achievement, respects the values of all students, and fosters understanding of gender identity and expression within the school community is a safe learning environment. New Jersey law and district policy require that all programs, activities, and employment practices be free from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Therefore, in keeping with these mandates, the board is committed to creating a safe learning environment for all students and to ensure that every student has equal access to all school programs and activities.

The board believes that fostering this understanding successfully requires cooperation and good communication between the parents/guardians, school administration, school staff and the school community. The chief school administrator shall ensure that students with gender identity or expression concerns and their parents/guardians shall be given the opportunity to discuss these issues and participate in the educational planning and programming for their student. The chief school administrator may consult the experiences and expertise of qualified school staff as well as external resources where appropriate.

To proactively plan for a safe learning environment free of discrimination and harassment, students and parents/guardians of students with gender identity and expression concerns are encouraged to alert the school district and schedule a meeting with the chief school administrator or designee. Upon request, the chief school administrator or designee shall schedule a meeting with the parent/guardian and the student for the purpose of evaluating the needs of the student and planning any accommodations that may be considered to facilitate a respectful and comfortable school program that supports the student's achievement.

The board believes the responsibility for determining a student's gender identity rests with the student or, in the case of young students not yet able to advocate for themselves, with the parent. Therefore, the board will accept a student's assertion of his or her gender identity when there is consistent and uniform assertion of the gender identity, or other evidence that the gender identity is sincerely held as a part of the student's core identity. The board will not question or disregard the assertion of a student's gender identity. However, the board authorizes the chief school administrator or designee to question a student's asserted gender when there is a credible basis for believing the student's gender identity is being asserted for some improper purpose.

Given the above, areas that can come into question for a transgender student have to do with restroom and locker room use. The approach the district will take is as follows:

The district aims to support transgender students while also ensuring the safety and comfort of all students. The chief school administrator together with the parents/guardians, student and other qualified staff or consultants shall evaluate options for the use of restrooms and locker rooms by the transgender students and consider the following factors, including, but not limited to:

1. The transgender student's preference; 2. Protecting student privacy; 3. Maximizing social integration of the transgender student; 4. Minimizing stigmatization of the student; 5. Ensuring equal opportunity to participate; 6. The student's age; and 7. Protecting the safety of the students involved.

Generally students may have access to the restroom or locker room that corresponds to the gender identity or expression that they consistently assert at school and no student shall be forced to accept an accommodation with which he/she disagrees. A transgender or transitioning student who expresses a need or desire for increased privacy may be provided with reasonable alternative arrangements. Reasonable alternative arrangements may include the use of a private area, or a separate changing schedule, or use of a single stall, gender neutral restroom. Any alternative arrangement shall be provided to the extent possible in a way that protects the student's ability to keep his or her transgender status confidential.

A transgender student should not be required to use a locker room or restroom that conflicts with the student's gender identity or expression consistently asserted at school.


Our school takes this matter very seriously and will do all necessary to assist all of our students to work together as a school community. A student's gender identity is one that has been expressed consistently and, in consult with parents, student and school professionals, a plan will be developed to maximize a transgender student's social integration, minimize stigmatization and protect his/her rights.

Sincerely,
Dr. McCabe
Principal
Posted by pmccabe  On Oct 17, 2018 at 12:50 PM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians,

A reminder that on Wednesday, 10/17/18, we have makeup photos for students who missed our first photo day or had a problem with their last photo. This will be during periods one and two. 

If your child needs a retake, it is requested that the old photos are returned.

We also have 8th grade cap and gown photos. This will be during period three.

Thank you,
Dr. McCabe
Principal 
Posted by pmccabe  On Oct 16, 2018 at 12:07 PM
  
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Some important happenings at the MHS:
  • 10/17/18: Make up photos and 8th grade cap and gown photos
  • 10/18/18: We will have a Girls Summit for our Middle School Girls in our auditorium. This important event is brought to our   school by the The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, The Middlesex County Office of Human Services and The   Middlesex County Commission on Child Abuse and Missing Children. The theme of the Summit is to empower young girls by   enhancing positive decision-making skills and avoiding at risk behaviors, while increasing self-esteem and knowledge of future educational opportunities. A flyer and agenda were forwarded with last week's email.
  • Senior Class: Disney payment #5 is due Oct. 26, amount- $200. Please see Ms. Sherman if you have any   questions. 
  • Looking ahead:
    • 10/25/18: Halloween Dance for Middle School
    • 10/26/18: PTO Pumpkin Painting along with our famous Haunted Hallway.
    • 10/31/18: There is a short session on Halloween with an in-service training in the afternoon for our staff. Reminder: dress code in effect on Halloween. Sorry, no masks, costume make-up or costumes.
    • 11/8/18 through 11/12/18: School closed for NJEA Conference and Veteran's day
    • 11/13/18: PTO meeting
    • 11/19/18: Short session with evening parent/teacher conferences (We will open our parent scheduler ahead of time to allow parents to schedule appointments via Parent Access)
    • 11/20/18: Short session with afternoon parent/teacher conferences.
    • 11/21/18: Short session the day before Thanksgiving
  • Community Event:The South Amboy Youth Organization and the City of South Amboy are sponsoring a Halloween Dance on 10/19/18 for students in grades 5th, 6th and 7th. A flyer was sent out last week.  

If you have any questions, please give the school a call.
Thank you,
Dr. McCabe
Principal 

Posted by pmccabe  On Oct 14, 2018 at 8:11 AM
  
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