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This week our Country has been forced to face yet another tragedy. The senseless destruction of 17 lives – can bring even the strongest person to their knees. I do not know how to make sense of terror like that which struck the Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. I feel there is only one action that any of us can take to honor the loss and sadness effecting that community – and that is to celebrate each other loudly and often.
Let this serve as a reminder that life is unpredictable…do not wait for tomorrow to apologize to a loved one or friend that you wronged today. Do not put off telling those that matter most to you how you feel about them. Do not take a second of this precious gift of life for granted. In moments like this I can’t help but reflect on those times where I fell into the rut routine of taking life for granted…sleep – wake – work – complain – repeat! It is so easy to think things like “ugh, I hate Mondays…or I can’t wait until the weekend”.
I am confident that each and every single one of the 17 victims would give anything to have one more Monday with those they cared about. So seize each second of every single day of your life for the amazing gift that it is. Treat your loved ones well.
"A big shout out to our Holly Heights Kindergarten team for making the 100th Day and Valentine's Day a special event for our students. Students celebrated with super hero capes and pictures of themselves if they were 100 years old. Thank you for making the day a memorable one for our students."
-Steve Saul, Principal
"A HUGE thankyou to Cindy Tarpine and Kathy Parent who Completed the arduous task of Grow NJ Kids Rating application. They had to gather and aggregate the data as well as meet with the state representatives to secure this project. All the while still completing their daily responsibilities at CFC."
-JoAnn Burns, Principal
"Erika Zeiters and Andrea Dixon were chosen to the play the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City through the Atlantic Pops. When asked how you get to play Carnegie, Erika said, "Practice, Practice, Practice."
-Spike Cook, Principal and Henry Hartman, Supervisor
"Lida Stroup's class at Lakeside was chosen to participate in a Moby Maz challenge. They improved significantly in Math and Language Arts. As a result of their hard work, Moby Max donated over $1,000.00 worth of prizes to the classroom."
-Spike Cook, Principal
"Ashley Renshaw took on the role of Health Service Coordinator this year in addition to her nursing responsibilities at Holly Heights. I truly appreciate the time and effort Ashley puts into this position. She has been instrumental in assisting other nurses and students throughout the District with unique and often difficult situations. Her professionalism is evident in meetings and conferences with our school physicians and sometimes our attorneys. I have come to rely on Ashley for her expertise and guidance in the area of health care. I thank you, Ashley, for your continued willingness to research and investigate all concerns brought to your attention. If she does not have an answer, she finds one. I'm sure this position sometimes feels like a thankless position. Please know that your time and dedication to the District does not go unnoticed."
-Donna Meyers, Asst. Superintendent
"Congratulations x 1,000,000 to Peter Arsenault, CST case manager at Memorial High School, who was awarded his Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology yesterday!!!!! What a proud moment!!!"
-Nora Zielinski, Executive Director
"Andrea Pfeiffer brings her therapy dog Maddie to the school twice a week!! The students love Maddie! Thanks so much Maddie for being a Bolt!!"
-Steve Matusz, Vice Principal
"Charlotte Richardson did a great job facilitating articulation among the elementary Autism and Multiple Disabilities teachers on the recent PD day. The teachers involved gave a lot of positive feedback on their opportunity to work and learn together."
-Debbie Homan, Supervisor
"Shawn Jenkins & Gerald Bruman hosted a VEX Robotics Competition last Saturday at the Senior High with approximately 30 teams as a fundraiser for our Robotics team to be able to attend the State competition and hopefully advance to Nationals. It was a tremendous amount or work planning and preparing for such a huge event. It was their first time, yet everything ran smoothly!"
"Aaron Righter, Mary Talio, and Janet Ponzetti gave up their entire Saturday to help Gerald & Shawn with the Robotics Competition. Aaron assisted with initial size registration and Interview Judging. Janet assisted with initial size registration and Notebook evaluation, while her daughter assisted with Check-in. Mary assisted as the concessions clerk. A huge thank you for supporting our students in such a big way."
-Stacey Musey, Dept. Chair
"Kim O'Neill ran a Jump Rope for Heart event at Bacon Elementary today to help raise funds for heart disease research and education, while promoting physical activity. Thanks Kim!!"
"Kyle Drake and Monica Panichelli ran a Jump Rope for Heart event at Rieck Avenue today to help raise funds for heart disease research and education, while promoting physical activity. Thanks Kyle and Monica!!"
-Dave LaGamba, Supervisor
"Congratulations to Judy Tymkiw! Hard work and perseverance have paid off, as she has been selected to be a contestant on JEOPARDY's-The Teacher's Tournament! The show will air on national TV in early May. Best of Luck-Judy!"
-Maggie Colina, Supervisor
This week’s Phenomenal Friday is dedicated to the victims and the community of Parkland, Florida. On behalf of the entire Millville Public School Community, we offer our heartfelt condolences for comfort for the families and friends of the victims:
- Alyssa Alhadeff, 14 years old – student
- Scott Beigel, 35 years old – geography teacher, and saved lives during the shooting
- Martin Duque Anguiano, 14 years old – student
- Nicholas Dworet, 17 years old – student
- Aaron Feis, 37 years old – assistant football coach, said to be running towards gunfire to help students
- Jaime Guttenberg, 14 years old – student
- Chris Hixon, 49 years old – athletic director
- Luke Hoyer, 15 years old – student
- Cara Loughran, 14 years old – student
- Gina Montalto, 14 years old – student
- Joaquin Oliver, 17 years old – student
- Alaina Petty, 14 years old – student
- Meadow Pollack, 18 years old – student
- Helena Ramsay, 17 years old – student
- Alex Schachter, 14 years old – student
- Carmen Schentrup, 16 years old – student
- Peter Wang, 15 years old – student
Dr. David N. Gentile
Superintendent of Schools
#MPSWC (MPS World Class)
Published by Dr. Spike Cook, Millville, NJ