Sunday, June 17, 2018

June 15, 2018

The Principal's Breakfast at LMS
Hello all,

…..tic toc….the countdown is underway! Enjoy the remaining time with your students and each other as we prepare for next week’s graduation! Happy FriPAYday!



Shout-outs!
"The staff at Memorial did an unbelievable job during the PARCC testing this year.  Everyone did their part and it made for a very smooth administration.  I just want to say thank you to everyone."
~Steve Platt, Vice Principal

"Colleen Blithe, Gerald Bruman, Stacy Descalzi, Bobby Drewnowski, Jillian Heacox, Jennifer Salvati, and Julie Stewart:  I'd like to give a big shout out to the team of teachers that is turning a vague, little idea about a mobile STEM lab into a reality for our 5th grade students next year. They teach in different buildings at different grade levels and have come together in a very short amount of time to develop a plan to bring highly engaging STEM activities to every 5th grader in the district. It's been a pleasure working with this group and I'm excited to see their ideas come to life next year."
~Bobby Barber, Supervisor

"Congratulations to our three retirees from Holly Heights: Pat Fredrick, Gladys Mercado, and Margaret Vetter!! Thank you for everything that you have done for our students!"
~Steve Saul, Principal

"A Big Bacon Bears shoutout to Kim O'Neill for always stepping up to help other staff members.  Kim won't hesitate to cover a period, take an extra class, or do what's needed to lend a helping hand.  Thanks Kim.  We appreciate all you do!"
~Mike Coyle, Principal

"Patrecia Schwailik’s English class students exceeded their goal to read 100 books this year...they broke her class record and read 125!  Her passion and enthusiasm for her students shines through in her classroom.  They also had a great party to celebrate and they were all so proud!!"
~Steve Matusz, Exec. Director Special Services

"I would personally like to thank everyone in the district from teachers to principals to our IT Department for ensuring a successful testing platform for all of our students in Millville during PARCC and NJSLA-S.  Jackie Cruz, Camille Howard, Amy Scull, Pat Fredrick, Susan Brozina, Kim Hallenbeck, Steve Platt, and Kristin McManus served as School Test Coordinators.  They worked many hours prior to and during testing to update student files, create schedules, test every student, and troubleshoot once testing began.  I thank them for their dedication to the work and our students. "
~Pat Wulk, Supervisor

"Congratulations to Jesse Jones and Tom Costa who are both retiring this summer!  They have helped immensely behind the scenes (literally) getting presentations ready, maintaining our auditoriums and building sets.  I wish them the best of everything in their retirement!"
~Henry Hartman, Supervisor

"Lisa Oquendo hosted the Salad Social at Lakeside Middle School to raise money for the Principal's Breakfast. The Salad Social was an opportunity for LMS teachers to taste test various homemade salad dressings. The LMS staff created interesting dressings and the salads were delicious. On Friday, June 15, students who made the Principal's List for the first 3 marking periods enjoyed a breakfast in the DMC."
~Spike Cook, Principal


Have an outstanding weekend,
Regards,

Dr. G.


Dr. David N. Gentile
Superintendent of Schools
“Lead Learner”
@drgentile_mps (Twitter)
856-327-6001

#MPSWC (MPS World Class)
#greatdaytobeabolt

Published by Spike Cook, Millville, NJ

Monday, June 11, 2018

June 8, 2018

Class is Dismissed for our retirees 
Hello all,

Hope you are having an outstanding Friday. The weather is absolutely perfect outside so after work make sure you make the most of it…as there are threats of thunderstorms predicted for Saturday and Sunday.

With the countdown well underway, 9 school days remaining (but who’s counting?), the District is buzzing with excitement. Yesterday I had the chance to celebrate our top 10 students (academic) at the Kiwanis Luncheon. You should be very proud of the job this staff does on behalf of our kids. Each student’s list of accomplishments was longer than the one before…truly amazing and well rounded students. For many of you, you personally had a role in shaping who they have become. Thank you on behalf of their families for a job well done. I am confident that our top 10 are a match for any high school top 10 on the planet. From service leadership to scholarly inquiry, our students have it all. They are the cream of the crop and serve as an example for their classmates to follow.

While it is easy to praise and celebrate our top 10 students, what sometimes goes unrecognized by others, but is equally important, is how well we care for all of our students. Whether our students make up the bottom 10 or the top, we love them. We work to provide them with opportunities to grow and improve. Support them as many are enduring difficult personal or home lives. Forgive them, even when others have given up on them. That is what MPS Staff is all about. I am proud to be a Bolt and to work with all of you.

SHOUT OUTS!!!
"As this year’s District Health Care Coordinator, I wanted to give a shout out to my Holly Heights family for their undying support of my dual roles (Health Care Coordinator & Holly Heights School Nurse), and a HUGE thank you to the secretarial staff at Holly Heights, Terry Davis, Kristen Davidson, & Lisa Langlois.  Ladies, without your help, support, love, and loyalty I would not have made it through this year without you.  Your willingness to help and pitch in whenever needed did not go unnoticed.   These three ladies have gone above and beyond to help and support me.  Ladies, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all  that you do not only for me, but for Holly Heights  family as well."
~ Ashley Renshaw Millville Public Schools HealthCare Coordinator & School Nurse Holly Heights

"Shout out and congrats to Carolyn Munzenmayer on her upcoming retirement from 35+ years in education.  She is finishing strong, working hard up to end, and remaining dedicated to her students and school until the last day.  Thanks for being so awesome - it was a pleasure working with you.  Best wishes in retirement!"
~ Mike Coyle, Principal

"Ashleigh Udalovas's first grade class presented a wonderful Grandparent's Day celebration. There was singing, readings, and yummy snacks. Our grandparents felt so loved and appreciated!"
~Arlene Jenkins, Principal

"A big Holly Heights shout out to Mary Beth Owens.  Mrs. Owens organized a Lego City Day for her 1st grade students.  Students built a variety of Millville landmarks and researched the history of Millville.  Parents and community members were treated to a standing room only performance by the students of their research and several songs.  The event was a  wonderful celebration of what makes Millville special."
~Steve Saul, Principal

"Dave Vorndran, Bobby Barber, Stacey Musey  A heartfelt thank you to this stellar team of Administrators who have put in so much time and energy in the Early College Program.  This opportunity that we are making available for our students will change the lives of so many.  There have been countless hours spent on curriculum, staffing and presentations with the college to get this ready for next year. I am so excited to make this dream for our students a reality."

"A huge shout out to Christy Chisholm and the Color Me Healthy Team for organizing and holding a wonderful event for our student.  This event is something the students look forward to and teaches so many valuable lessons of teamwork, kindness and perseverance.  You guys and gals rock!"
~Stephanie DeRose, Principal

"Mrs. Booz conducted her final performance at Lakeside Middle School at our Spring Choir Concert. She was accompanied by current and former students as they sang The Irish Blessing by Joyce Eilers.  She will be retiring at the end of the year and will be truly missed!"
~Spike Cook, Principal and Henry Hartman, Supervisor

"Leigh Ann Upshaw, Audrey Muller, Jackie Eppright, Lauren Hauk, Melissa Smith  This "team" of CST met this past week and helped design a plan to help serve all of our students with disabilities grades 6-12 at Lakeside, Thunderbolt Academy, and Memorial High School.  I commend them for helping put the plan together, working as a team, and always having the best interests of students at heart when working in our schools."
~Steve Matusz, Exec. Director Special Services

"A BIG shout out to our three secretaries at CFC.  We just completed our registration dates for next school year.  Mrs. Beatty organizes and schedules all appointments and meets individually with each parent.  While she is running registration, Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Russo keep our school running efficiently.  Our secretaries work with all of the normal workload for our 600 children at CFC as well as our community providers.  They also work with all of the attendance, phone calls, and payments for our wrap around program which runs twelve months of the year."
~JoAnn Burns, Principal

"This shout-out goes to Chris Finney and Vicky Charlesworth. Their preparation for the recent District retiree board celebration was absolutely extraordinary! Every detail was considered from the food to the decorations. I know how lost I would be without Vicky keeping me on track and I am certain Dr. Moore feels the same for Chris. Although my son was being awarded a distinguished student achievement award by the board of education in our home school district and I was unable to attend this year…I have heard from countless attendees about how special a night it was. Thank you to Donna Meyers for filling in for me. And a giant shout-out & KUDOS to Chris and Vicky."
~David Gentile, Superintendent

Have a great weekend everyone,
Dr. G.


Dr. David N. Gentile
Superintendent of Schools
“Lead Learner”
@drgentile_mps (Twitter)
856-327-6001

#MPSWC (MPS World Class)
#greatdaytobeabolt

Published by Spike Cook, Millville, NJ

Saturday, June 2, 2018

June 1, 2018

Photo by Ryan Johns on Unsplash
Hello all,

Happy Friday! Today is June 1st…and so it begins – the homestretch! I enjoy this hectic time because I have the opportunity to attend events like the Teacher & Paraprofessional of the Year luncheon. This year Millville was again well represented during the Cumberland County luncheon. Other events such as the Top 5 academic student reception held at the Cumberland County College. The 5 amazing young woman that represent the top 5 academic achievers for MSHS were truly amazing. * A little concern that our young man were not represented in the top 5, this year was all about “Girl Power”. Challenge our young men to step it up for next year and compete with our amazing Lady Bolts. Great to see that for many of the young women, math and science were center in their future plans. I truly hope this is evidence dispelling any lingering myth that math and science is for boys! Way to go ladies…seeing the Top 5, Top 10, and Top 10 CTE students really helps highlight all of the effort by our staff. Most of you have at one time or other, made an impression on these amazing kids. To hear them share their experiences with me about attending the Millville Public Schools helps provide insight into their experience. Over and over again, students raved about how the staff here cares about them. Kudos #MPSWC staff!!!

SHOUTOUTS!

"A BIG CFC shout out to Mrs. Finch Weldon a preschool teacher at CFC. She embraces the Family component in our Child FAMILY Center. She does monthly family activities for the children and their families in her room. She uses REMIND almost daily to advise parents of both classroom and school activities. She will arrange for transportation for her families to attend these events. She even has a child with a sibling coming to CFC next year and brought the mother to CFC to attend our registration."
~JoAnn Burns, Principal

"Big thanks to Ben Pierce for making sure our Fun Day was set up and all the staff members had what they needed. Thanks, Ben! We appreciate your attention and willingness to do what it takes to make sure our students have the best experience possible."
~Mike Coyle,Principal

"It has been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Stacy Descalzi challenged her students to take items that would be considered recyclable materials and turn them into art. The finished projects were amazing...some of them were even useful (like birdfeeders and a piggy bank)."
~Stacey Musey, Dept Chair

"I'd like to shout out two Seniors, Funda Akilli and Muge Gore who earned The State Seal of Biliteracy in Turkish from The State of New Jersey's Department of Education! Just a little background, New Jersey became the 15th state to implement a legislated statewide Seal of Biliteracy in 2016. By achieving the Seal of Biliteracy, students demonstrate that they are able to speak, read, listen and write in two or more languages at a high level of proficiency. They received their certificates today! Please help me in congratulating them!"
~Debby Sukinik, Supervisor

"Doris Hall & Silver Run Cafeteria Staff: Doris does an absolutely amazing job running our cafeteria. She and her staff are friendly and accommodating. They routinely go the extra mile to ensure our students and staff have an enjoyable lunch time experience." 

"Melinda Fralick, Stephanie Upham, Kathy Drastal, Jennifer Dragotta: The Silver Run RTI staff are the unsung heroes  of our building. They provide critical and timely interventions to our students as well as bring stability to our building by covering our unfilled teacher vacancies."
~Eric Reissek, Principal

"Shouting out a big thank you to Patti Atkinson, Emily Barlas, Courtney Fry, Charlotte Richardson, and Amanda Wichnick for their diligence in administering DLM! With Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) finally behind us, I want to recognize the time and effort that goes into assessing students who do not take PARCC. With each student tested individually in 6-9 testlets in each tested subject (Mathematics, English Language Arts and for some students Science) that’s 12-21 test sessions for EACH student. Great Job!"
~Pat Wulk, Supervisor

Have a tremendous weekend!
Regards,
Dr. G.


Dr. David N. Gentile
Superintendent of Schools
“Lead Learner”
@drgentile_mps (Twitter)
856-327-6001

#MPSWC (MPS World Class)
#greatdaytobeabolt

Published by Spike Cook, Millville, NJ

Friday, June 1, 2018

May 25, 2018

Olympic Day 2018 
Hello All,

On this beautiful Friday before Memorial Day Weekend we are nearing the conclusion of the 41st Annual Olympic Day at Wheaton Field. A big thank you to all involved with the countless moving parts involved with such a complex undertaking. The High School students in Leaders Club or marching band or of the various ‘courts’ all lent their support to making today special for all of the participants. Thank you to all of the staff that played a part in making today’s Olympic Events epic for the kids participating.

I like to think that just for a moment, all of us who had the opportunity to participate in the Games as a student here in Millville get to once again look around during the event and see the world through the eyes of a 4th grader – or a Kindergarten student student watching the parade for the first time. As a child, anything is possible. This simple truth is one of the parts of being a kid that I miss most. As a child, you felt as though you could literally do anything you wanted to…with effort, work, and a little magic. Although as you get older you start to realize that maybe ‘anything’ is a bit of a stretch. You may not actually be able to fly through the sky like superman or superwoman; but you could build a rocket-ship from couch cushions, blankets, and some imagination that would let you imagine or pretend to fly. The living room space rocket the basis for a future career in NASA, or so my neighbor tells of his origin story. Today he is literally a rocket scientist all because he spent hours imagining his couch had thrusters.

This feeling of pretending is something that we grow out of and too easily dismiss as child’s play. Perhaps we don’t ever fully grow out of it but instead we bury it under the everyday pressures and reality of failing to achieve our prior dreams. How depressing that would be to give up on the version of yourself you have envisioned so many times. Giving into blaming others or by believing the  ‘game’ is rigged against you instead of achieving that life goal. See, I believe pretending, or imagining, or dreaming about what could be is at the heart of all of us. It is essential to innovation and making the world around us better. Do not bury it, embrace it - feed it! Try to make the World around you better somehow - try to make yourself better! Be kinder, be a better listener, a better friend, a better co-worker…Learn that instrument you always dreamed of but didn’t give yourself the time to explore. Give yourself permission to fail – not permission – celebrate your failures as the learning opportunities they are.

I hope today, you are reminded of that feeling you once had as a child having some grand adventure in your living room or competing in the “Olympics” also known to us here in Millville NJ as Olympic Day. A day of friendly competition and good–sportsmanship. A day to cheer on your classmates, friends, and peers in events that challenge you both physically and mentally to do what may have previously felt impossible; to run further than you believed you could during a relay race, or to throw a soft–ball, to long–jump and fly over the sand…all on the World’s Stage, or so it felt like the World was watching when a younger early version of me proudly wore his Bacon Bear T–Shirt down High Street.

SHOUT-OUTS

"This year we had many new hires come into the district. Some had never taught before and others had been teaching in other districts across the state. When the PD specialist asked the group to share something good about their year, several of the new hires voiced how supported they felt at their individual schools and by the district.  Humberto Ayala, a Physical Education teacher at Holly, stated that before he came to Millville he had considered giving up teaching all together. He thought about going back to college for another degree. This veteran teacher has now found his home here at MPS and is enjoying the profession he was first called to. He and many others are wonderful additions to our MPS family."
~Margaret Keefer, PD Specialist

"Debby Sukinik and the special education teachers & CST members at Memorial did an outstanding job on Tuesday night during the transition night for incoming freshmen. They were friendly, caring and helped the incoming students and parents feel calmer about the transition to high school. Thank you for taking the time for this important work."
~Brian Robinson, Principal

"Ish Jimenez and Scott Godfrey took on the additional responsibilities of the 8th grade during PARCC. They are always flexible and willing to step in to make LMS better. I am very grateful for their leadership at LMS!"
~Spike Cook, Principal

"Amanda DeVita, Kim Berry, Amy Scull, Bobby Drewnowski, Samantha Catlett, Stephanie Muhlbaier, Patti Banker, Paul Lokey, Tracy Oniszczuk, Pat Wulk, Frank Lowers.  A huge shout out and thank you to this fine group of people for their help and participation in yesterday’s Guinness world record attempt. This is especially meaningful to me because I was unexpectedly out yesterday, and they stepped up and got the job done. Way to go!"
~Mike Coyle, Principal

"Dawn Dolan, Danielle Tombleson, Lee Cox, Melody Raudenbush, Stephanie Trull, Gary Guadalupe, Tom Moore  The self contained BD classes at Silver Run have really achieved greatness this year!  All of the students in Mrs. Dolan's and Mrs. Tombleson's classes have gained 1 year in reading growth based on their F&P assessments.  100% of their students!  Now that is impressive...great work team!!! "
~Steve Matusz, Executive Director & Gena Pacitto, School Psychologist

"Hats off to Ariana Rosenberg for organizing our first Mount Pleasant Spelling Bee Championship Tournament. A wonderful time was had by all. Great job students!"

"Natalie Thom, Cindy Fullerton, Kerri Geissel  A special shout-out to these three caring educators. They went above and beyond the call of duty and their daily work schedule to assist a family in crisis. Thank you for all you do every day!"
~Arlene Jenkins, Principal

"Congratulations to Bacon, Lakeside, Memorial and MSHS for helping to set the Guinness World Record for the largest Health Lesson.  This was done through the Rotary Club and it included schools from every district in Cumberland County.
~Pamm Moore, Asst. Superintendent

Have an amazing Memorial Day Weekend!!!

Regards,
Dr. G.
Dr. David N. Gentile
Superintendent of Schools
“Lead Learner”
@drgentile_mps (Twitter)
856-327-6001

#MPSWC (MPS World Class)
#greatdaytobeabolt

Published by Spike Cook, Millville, NJ

Sunday, May 20, 2018

May 18, 2018 - Umbrella Edition

Photo by Anh Nguyen on Unsplash
Hello all,

Although this week has been full of rain and gray skies there is always much to celebrate throughout MPS. Just to mention a few: the Marching Band was back at it preparing for a trip to Wildwood. MPS’s own Ms. Tymkiw was victorious during her first round of Jeopardy making it into the semifinals. The Lady Bolts softball team defeated Atlantic City to land the #2 seed in the NJSIAA playoffs (due to weather first round set for 5/21). Christian Bird will represent MPS as he joins Charleston Southern University in the Fall. Lastly, last week Alexis Harrison won gold in the shot put and discus during the 2018 Cumberland County Track & Field Championships.

There is always something exciting happening in BOLT Country! Rain or shine, the Bolts stand out. Hope everyone has an amazing weekend! Let’s hope the forecast is inaccurate and the sun finds its way through.



SHOUT-OUTS

"Bacon school would like to give a shout out to our principal Mike Coyle for making our entire staff feel extra appreciated and extra special during teacher appreciation week. He goes above and beyond to create a positive work environment. He is our biggest cheerleader and we appreciate everything he does."
~Bacon Staff 

"Wanted to send positive praise for Ilia DeJesus, paraprofessional with Lida Stroup's classroom. Ilia has graciously volunteered her time, in school and home, to translate our updated immunization exclusion letters in Spanish. Ilia has also volunteered to create a global in Spanish for those students who are non-compliant with immunizations and have Spanish speaking parents."
~Spike Cook, Principal

"I would like to thank Kristin McManus for all of her hard work and dedication to our school .  She has gone above and beyond with balancing all of her responsibilities as well as being an active part of the school community with our students."
~Stephanie DeRose, Principal

"A Bacon shout out to Debbie Markel for being such a positive influence on our students and staff here at Bacon. She is quick with a kind word or compliment, and she consistently puts others first. From greeting the students with a smile in the morning to doing whatever it takes to help our Bacon Bears, she does it with generosity and warmth. Thank you, Debbie!"
~Mike Coyle, Principal

"A Big Shout Out to Ginger Wheeler and her two Paraprofessionals, Miranda Pasquale and Maria Conigliaro who work in an inclusion three year old classroom providing individualized instruction and strengthening social emotional skills of three year old children.  They focus on positive behavioral support and continual compassion to help the children and their families.  She thoroughly plans interesting investigative studies that allow for various levels of learning."
~JoAnn Burns, Principal

"A big shout out to Steve Matusz, our new director of special education. In the short time since stepping in for now retired Nora Zelinski, Steve has used his endless energy to visit countless MPS programs and classrooms. In addition, he has traveled to see any of the out of district placements any of our students are assigned to. There is no better way to evaluate something – see it for yourself! From what I see so far, Mr. Matusz is putting his all into learning about our students’ needs as well as looking for ideas to improve our program offerings. I am confident that he will continue to grow and learn in his new position. Furthermore, I am certain he will do everything he can to be a student advocate as well as a champion for our special education staff!"
Keep up the great work!
~David Gentile, CSA


Regards,

Dr. G.

Dr. David N. Gentile
Superintendent of Schools
“Lead Learner”
@drgentile_mps (Twitter)
856-327-6001

#MPSWC (MPS World Class)
#greatdaytobeabolt

Published by Spike Cook, Millville, NJ

Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 11, 2018

Lakeside's Kerron at the Technology Showcase 
Hello all,

TWENTY-EIGHT (28) Days left in the 2017-2018 School Year! There, I said it. It is very hard for me to believe another school year is rapidly coming to a close. Yes, at times it does feel like time is crawling by at a snail’s pace, but for the most part, this and every school year flies by. It must mean that old adage that time flies when you are having fun is true. Fun is definitely a major part of being an educator. Largely because we are all surrounded by amazingly fun kids. Being around students helps remind us to lighten up and not take ourselves so seriously all the time. For me, that is the worst part of closing out the year – all  of the students leave us for a couple months. The schools seem just a little off without them.


My guess is you are all looking forward to the summer. Perhaps you have a special vacation arranged or just planning some down time with your family. Whatever it is, I hope it helps recharge you. I hope it gives you the much needed time to reflect on your professional and personal growth. Although I work in the summer, it is different. Like I mentioned, the buildings are without students for the most part. The staff is reduced to maintenance, custodial, and other 12 month employees working diligently to prepare for the return of the masses. It is also different in a way that is difficult to describe. Summer brings with it a ‘feeling’. I stay up later, we let our kids stay up later…we take fun day trips on the weekend, usually plan at least one week vacation (or even a staycation). There is something about the way summer feels that is special. For my family, summers are all about ‘summer swim team’. With my son and now my daughter swimming for our local swim club, we will have meets every Saturday until August. The kids will have practice everyday except Sunday. The nights after work (both my wife and I work full-time) we will cook on the grill, go swimming, or just sit around a fire pit stuffing ourselves with Smores.


For me, this is the time where without even trying, I can’t help but reflect on the prior year. Did it go the way I hoped? Were there things I would do differently if given the chance? Lastly, am I making a positive difference in the lives of others? I am often a very tough critic on myself. I feel it is important to be tough on yourself since we mostly find it easy to be critical of others. Right? Whether you want to admit it or not, most people have little problem pointing out (if only in their mind) what other people do wrong. Like I have written about before, many people engage in gossip or conversations that are critical of others – or just negative in general. Gossip or simply remaining quiet while someone talks about another is easy because people are programmed to find safety in groups, shy away from conflict, or simply don’t understand how devastating false rumors can be to someone’s reputation. What isn’t easy is confronting someone engaged in that type of destructive behavior. It isn’t easy to say “I don’t agree with that” and remove yourself from a conversation.


I have made it a personal goal of mine to do just that. It is my wish to not engage in gossip, rumor, or any conversation that is critical of someone (who is not present to defend themselves). In my position, avoiding conflict simply isn’t possible. There are always times where I will need to say something difficult to others, perhaps a parent or employee, but I feel it can be done respectfully. While I cannot avoid conflict all together, I can avoid engaging in conversations that serve only to criticize someone else. I can be brave and call friends and colleagues out if they begin to fall into that bad habit. I wonder what type of World we would have if everyone did this… what might our District become if instead of rumors and discussions behind someone’s back we all addressed each other respectfully head-on? My challenge is just that, as we head off into the summer in 28,27,26…reflect on your own behavior in this regard. Do you find yourself being negative often? Do you attract other negative people and conversations? Do you talk about people with others when they are not there? If you answered yes to any of those, spend some of your relaxing summer reflecting on it. Is that who you want to be?

Shout-out!

"I wanted to shout out Sandy Peterson, math resource room teacher at Lakeside. Students in Sandy's class had the opportunity to apply their knowledge of ratios by creating their own icing colors. I saw students working in pairs, having fun and of course enjoying their edible math creations. Ashanti Rankin is the paraprofessional in the classroom and he also got creative, making a paper towel bandage for a student complaining of an "injury" and setting up a chair for him to prop his leg. Ashanti was able to keep the student calm as Sandy was teaching when it could have easily turned into a huge distraction!"
~Debby Sukinik, Supervisor

"A BIG shout  out to Mr. Fien for his constant diligence towards holding families accountable for good attendance and getting to school on time.  He achieves this by visiting families in their homes and constant communication through phone calls and meetings. "
~JoAnn Burns, Principal

"A big shout out to Judy Tymkiw on her amazing come from behind victory on Jeopardy! We look forward to seeing her in the semi-finals next Tuesday!"
~Spike Cook, Principal

"Shout out to Colleen Blithe for doing a great job with the GT program.  She is organized, designs great lessons and activities, and keeps the students interested in learning.  Thanks for all you do!"

"Shout out to Margaret Keefer for running a fun and engaging PLC follow-up training yesterday here at Bacon.  She had us up, out of our seats, laughing, and learning.  Thank you for your time and commitment to helping us understand ourselves better and for leading us through the process of building better teams." 
~Mike Coyle, Principal

"Thank you Nina Crain  for creating a warm and caring environment for our students to learn in each day.  Your students love your class because they know they are loved.  Thank you for creating a great experience for our students."

"I'm extending a High Five to Dena Andrews and Danielle Procopio for their work at the District Technology Showcase last evening.  Both teachers had their students demonstrate how they have used technology to extend the learning in their classrooms.  Nice Job!"
~Eric Reissek, Principal

"Pat Wulk has done an outstanding job with PARCC.  She has even identified areas where we can make it smoother for the next year.  Thank you Pat for your calm, persistent and organized personality!"

"A huge shout out to  JoAnne Colacurcio, Alicia Discepola, Lauren Daigle, Kelly Davis, Collen Blithe and Robert Smith for their outstanding work organizing the Student Technology and learning showcase. This year GT joined the party to add a special flair to the showcase. Everything was beautiful, the children were spectacular and the tech support couldn't be beat.  It takes a great deal of planning to make everything look so smooth.  Thank you!"

"Last Night was Spectacular!  Aaron Righter, Amanda DeVita, Becky Benson, Beth Benfer, Dan Caregnato, Danielle Procopio, Dena Andrews, Derek Clarke, Gerald Bruman, Heather Basse, Heather Lennox-Rowland, Heidi Fisler, James, McCarthy, Jamie Burrows, Jennifer Salvati, John Russo,  Kristina Messina, Lisa Stahlberger, Melanie Errickson, Robin Carman, Samantha Elwell, Sarah Fryling, Shawn Jenkins, Tiffany Lind, Sandra Sivieri did an amazing job highlighting the samples of the technology and instruction in our schools.  I was honored to visit their sessions and see all of the wonderful opportunities they provide to our students."

"Thank you Bob Trivellini for another exciting Multi-Cultural week,  You always go above and beyond to make sure that our 5th graders get to experience a little more of the world around them.  Your hard work for this event does not go unnoticed!"
~Pamela Moore, Asst. Superintendent

 Have a Great Weekend!!!

Regards,

Dr. G.
Dr. David N. Gentile
Superintendent of Schools
“Lead Learner”
@drgentile_mps (Twitter)
856-327-6001

#MPSWC (MPS World Class)
#greatdaytobeabolt

Published by Spike Cook, Millville, NJ

Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
Hello all,

Enjoy the amazing weather today and have a great weekend!

Shout-outs!!!!

"A big shout out to our PARCC testing team: Terry Davis, Pat Fredrick, and Suzanne Sheppard. All of their hard work in the months leading up to PARCC and the countless hours during the testing process are very much appreciated.  Their attention to detail and organizational skills allowed for a smooth PARCC administration for our teachers and students."
~Steve Saul, Principal

"Robin Bennett, Joan Naprava, Michelle Price, Margaret Ortzman, Roseane Tirado, and Lisa Harris: A Bacon shout out to our cafeteria and kitchen staff for being an important part of the Bacon family.  Each and every day, their positive attitudes and smiling faces greet our staff and students.  Thanks for doing a great job.  You take good care of us, and we are grateful!  Thank you!"
~Mike Coyle, Principal

"Thank you to Kim Hallenbeck and Ryan Hudson for doing an amazing job with organizing the PARCC at LMS!"
~Spike Cook, Principal

"A Big shout out to Jane Hibschman and Lindsay Hudson and their aides:  Annette Cerami, Kathy Wright, Natalie Pierce and Barb Fidiaj.  They have become nationally certified  as LEAP (Learning Experiences an Alternative program for Preschoolers and Parents) instructors..  This is a two year process including best practices and instruction for preschoolers with autism and other developmental disabilities."
~JoAnn Burns, Principal

"I had the opportunity to collaborate with Melissa Smyth, Social Worker and case manager for 8th grade, on a sensitive issue regarding a student. I was so impressed listening to her work with her student. It was apparent that she had built trust with him and the manner in which she spoke and explained things to him was admirable. Social work at its finest! Thank you, Melissa, for making connections to our students and being the trustworthy adult our kids need and deserve!" 
~Debby Sukinik, Supervisor

"Rob DeSantis, Howard Raudenbush, Margaret Keefer, Alissa Clayton, Mike Dobrosky, Jesse Jones, Tom Costa, and Joe Sino: Congratulations to the staff, cast and crew of "Footloose."  It was a fantastic run and wouldn't have been possible without the dedication, time and talents of these staff members."
~Henry Hartman, Supervisor

"Tom Moore, thanks for your dedication to our students at Silver Run and for taking the time to visit all of our self-contained classes."
~Steve Matusz, Executive Director

"Heather Garrison is an absolute blessing to have at Silver Run.  As our PTO President and 1st Grade Paraprofessional there is not much Heather is not involved in here at the school.  She is thoughtful and kind.  I can speak for the staff when I say we are grateful she is a member of the Silver Run Family!!"

"A big shout out to the Silver Run PARCC Testing team: Camille Howard, Heather Dian, and John Newsome. Months of preparation came together for a great week of testing.  Heather, thank you for your technical support.  You were tremendous!"
~Eric Reissek, Principal

Regards,
Dr. G.

Dr. David N. Gentile

Published by Spike Cook, Millville, NJ