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MS Parent Message April 24, 2020
MS Parent Message April 24, 2020
Andrew Kearns
Friday, April 24, 2020

Good Afternoon:

 

Here is the news from the middle school:

Calendar Update

Pending board approval, there will be a slight modification to the calendar.  Originally, May 4, 5, 21, and 22 were early dismissal days for students to accommodate state standardized testing.  Since state testing is not taking place this school year, the calendar will be modified as follows:

May 4 Regular Virtual Learning Day

May 5 Early dismissal (12:00 pm) for students to accommodate faculty professional development

May 6 Early dismissal (12:00 pm) for students to accommodate faculty professional development

May 21 Regular Virtual Learning Day

May 22 Early dismissal (12:00 pm) for Memorial Day weekend

Air Force JROTC

Northern Burlington County Regional High School has a nationally award-winning Air Force JROTC program, Unit NJ-20171. JROTC combines classroom instruction with service to school and community, extracurricular and social activities, and opportunities to take on leadership roles.  Please watch this video introduction https://bit.ly/NBAFJROTC, answer the questions in https://bit.ly/NBAFJROTCInterestAssignment, and consider joining our family next year!  Please let us know if you want to arrange a phone call with a senior level cadet, Dr. Stella (astella@nburlington.com), or Captain Hoggs (shoggs@nburlington.com), or if you have specific questions we can answer.

Evolving Distance Learning

The district continually reflects on our implementation of school closure procedures and practices and making adjustments based on feedback received throughout the process. In addition to individual feedback we’ve received from parents, we have also had 5 Virtual Donuts with Directors sessions that have provided good insights.  Teachers are in regular contact with their directors and departments and tweaks based on parent and student feedback have been introduced. For example, when we learned that teachers were posting assignments throughout the week and students were overwhelmed by this, we responded with guidance to develop schedules of assignments to release for the entire week. Guidance on virtual meetings was introduced based on feedback received from Donuts with Directors. We’re also providing a variety of professional development opportunities to meet teachers’ needs during these times. 

Course Selection for Students in Grade 8

High School counselors are reaching out to parents via email and phone to discuss course selections. After reviewing the Program of Studies document and presentation, parents should log into PowerSchool and select “Ecollect Forms” on the right hand side to access the 9th Grade course selection sheet. Complete the selections with your child and be sure to hit submit. You do not need to select a lunch, P.E. or Health class- they are automatically scheduled. Be sure to choose classes that a freshman is eligible to take. In the program of studies, the grade requirements are listed for each class. Students can contact their counselor via the counselor connect link

Here is a link to the slides HS POS Presentation 2020-2021 and the high school program of studies.  In addition, there are a series of videos describing the different course options that can be found here.

Course Selection for Students in Grade 7

Parents should log into PowerSchool via the parent portal and complete the course selection form under Ecollect forms on the left hand side. The middle school program of studies can be found here. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Tedesco (ttedesco@nburlington.com) or Ms. Irwin (zirwin@nburlington.com) for assistance.  

Sports Packets for Fall Sports

For those students interested in participating in a fall sport, whether in the high school or in the middle school, the sports packet for the 2020-2021 school year is now available online at this link.  In order for students to participate in a fall sport, students must submit a completed sports packet and have it approved by the school doctor.  Please read the directions carefully.   It is recommended that physicals be turned in at least three weeks prior to any sport beginning. Most High School regular practices will begin between August 10 to August 17, 2020. Middle School regular practices will begin on September 14, 2020.

Middle School Yearbook

We have a limited supply of extra 2020 NBC middle school yearbooks to sell on a first-come, first-served basis. To order a copy of the 2020 yearbook go to https://bit.ly/2xD8Gqy

Not sure if you ordered a yearbook already? Email kgierman@nburlington.com.

Mrs. Pugliese

tpugliese@nburlington.com 

Mrs. Nocon

gnocon@nburlington.com 

Mrs. Crane

mcrane@nburlington.com 

Mrs. Greene

tgreene@nburlington.com 

Mrs. Clark

lclark@nburlington.com 

Virtual Schooling and Communicating with Teachers

The primary platform for home instruction is Google Classroom.  The students use Google Classroom regularly during school and it is something they should be familiar with as we conduct virtual schooling.  Students should check into their different google classrooms and complete assignments, discussions, etc that are there within the due dates.  Generally, there are not specific times that students need to be on Google Classroom in the event there are limited devices in your home and students need to share.  However, students are encouraged to create a schedule of the various assignments to complete.  Teachers are available to contact via email and they have “office hours” organized by department.

State Shut Down and School Building Closed

Consistent with Governor Murphy’s order, the school buildings are closed until further notice.  Students who had wanted to retrieve anything from a locker are no longer able to do so.  Students are to continue social distancing to limit the possibility of the transmission of the coronavirus and limit contact with their friends to online transactions rather than in person meetings.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Meals are available for any Northern Burlington high school or middle school student.  Please visit our website for more information or follow this link.

Relay for Life

Unfortunately, our Relay for Life 2020 has been cancelled.  The plan is to participate in a Hope Fest on Sunday, October 18, 2020. More information will follow, but please save the date on your calendars.

Have a good weekend!

Andrew Kearns, Ed.D.

Principal