Sunday, September 23, 2018

September 21, 2018

Photo by Andrew Seaman on Unsplash
The Phenomenal Friday blog is dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of the Millville Public School Employees! 

"I want to extend my heartfelt thanks and give a big shout out to everyone who helped at Bacon last week while I was out.  Pat Wulk and Bobby Barber covered the staff meeting, Dr. Moore made herself available here during the school day, Kim Berry and Amy Scull handled some student issues and kept me in the loop during those few days, and our awesome staff stepped up and didn't miss a beat.  Thank you all!"
-Mike Coyle, Principal

"A special shout out to Dominick Carapelli for putting out fires every day to assure that our school and staff are supported.  You are truly a valuable member to our team and we could not embark on this journey without you."

"To all of my teachers who have helped with new teachers or assisted with unfilled positions.  Thank you .  Your kindness , support and professionalism does not go unnoticed.  You rock!   
-Stephanie DeRose, Principal

"Thank you to Beth Benfer for presenting Focused Note-taking to the LMS staff!"  

"Thank you to Kelli Adams and Patty DePasquale for processing the 6th grade immunizations."    
-Spike Cook, Principal

"Our most sincere appreciation and thank you to: Maria Conigliaro, Jessica Hults, Kelly Irelan, and Andery Peterson.  These classroom instructional aides took on the responsibility of getting a preschool classroom ready for the opening of school.  They effectively dealt with all of the paperwork, tears and fears from parents and children that happen at this young age."  
-JoAnn Burns, Principal

"After careful data analysis on AP Lit & Comp exam scores, 82% of our test-takers passed the exam compared to 47.4% nationally. Congratulations, to Tara Cotton for all her hard work, as well as, all the students' previous high school English teachers. Way to go Millville English Department!" 
-Maggie Colina, Supervisor

"I would like to thank Brian Robinson, Steve Saul, and Mike Coyle for allowing me the time to sit with their K-2 staff for an hour each this week. The transition to a new math program is not easy and I really appreciate the time to sit with the teachers who are living it every day to hear what's going well, what's difficult to implement, and just to let them vent their frustrations if necessary. I have learned a lot from these meetings that I wouldn't be able to get otherwise. Thanks for allowing us the time to chat."         
-Bobby Barber, Supervisor

"Dr. Pete Arsenault has been a tremendous resource for our new self-contained BD program at MSHS. Pete‘s enthusiasm and dedication to making sure the program has a solid foundation is appreciated by all.  Pete is constantly looking at ways to improve the education and lives of our students."   
-Steve Matusz, Exec. Director Special Services

"I would like to personally thank Henry Hartman for dropping everything to help me find a last minute location for my Data Presentation to the History and English Departments this week.  The band room worked perfectly.  We had enough space for the entire group and appreciated the air conditioning!  Thanks again."
-Pat Wulk, Supervisor

"Thank you to Bob Trivellini, Henry Hartman and the grant writing team at Rieck Avenue School. In a short period of time, a grant application for arts integration and STEM was able to be written and submitted. Thank you, especially to Bob for crafting and submitting the grant. We couldn't have done it without these tremendous efforts." 
-Brian Robinson, Principal

"Thank you to Kristin O'Donnell for assisting the new self-contained high school teachers on a daily basis and taking the time to run a Realtime training after school." 

"Thank you to Mebane Sherman and Lynn Riley for working their substitute magic on a daily basis."
-Jessica Kauffman, Dept. Chair

Thank you to Ryan Malone. Ryan created a set of new reports for nurses to make their daily life a little easier. Also, a big thank you to Kelly Hughey for working with Ryan to get these reports in a form useful to the nurses.

"Thank you to Karen Kappre for providing excellent service to our customers. She is always positive, pleasant and is a good role model for the technicians that she manages.
-Dan Wright, Chief Information Officer

A big thank you to the Silver Run Staff for not only creating a warm welcoming for our new members, but for taking the time to support their transition as well.  To our New Staff Members, Welcome to our family!"

"I would like to thank the HR Department for their tireless work in getting positions posted and employees recommended for hire."
-Eric Reissek, Principal
  
"I enjoyed a powerful experience observing some of our dedicated speech pathologists in action yesterday! I visited both Child Family Center and Rieck Avenue. This shout-out is for you! Courtney Frolic, Megan Fawley, Kelly McAvoy working to help give our students the gift of communication! Keep up the great work." 
- David Gentile, 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

Saturday, September 15, 2018

September 14, 2018

Matt Sheppard from the IT Department 
Hello all,

This week was action packed! The school year is getting into its full rhythm. Monday night, the Millville Board of Education received the District Strategic Plan. Final presentation formatting to share with everyone is almost complete. Various committees met to oversee the deployment and progress of District goals. One such committee met, Millville Police Department Representatives and District Staff, to continue planning how to further standardize the ALICE Training by empowering the students with the tools of ALICE.


In addition, PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities) are forming across the District. Setting norms and establishing each group’s purpose. I enjoyed meeting with the District vice-principals this week. This was the first official meeting with just the VP’s where I was able to spend time learning with our District VP’s. The productive first meeting gave me the opportunity to hear first hand the areas they are excited about, the success stories across the schools, as well as those items keeping them (and you) up at night. For example, one major item that we discussed included following through to deliver a method (or possibly multiple) to alert staff who travel when a building is under lock-down.

Upon first glance, this item may appear easy to solve – but as we learned, there doesn’t appear to be an easy solution that is both economically feasible and free from causing a ripple effect that creates unintended consequences. Example, we discussed simply cutting off swipe card access during a lock-down. At first this seemed like a simple – inexpensive solution. The challenges include the emergency responders (MPD for example) have swipe card access to our buildings so they gain easy access. If we stop allowing swipe card use during lock-downs that keeps the emergency responders out as well. We began researching the technology to determine if ‘groups’ of users could be isolated to permit some access while keeping unsuspecting traveling staff out. But then an additional consideration was raised that even if isolating staff vs. police is possible, if in their attempt to flee danger a staff member left one wing of a building but needed to gain access to another area’s swipe access for safety to avoid danger they would be locked out. This highlights the challenge. Virtually every potential solution to address an issue with safety leads to multiple hypothetical scenarios that must be considered as well. That said, we are determined to find a solution.

SHOUT OUTS!

Very Special Parent Shout!

“We are writing this letter to inform you that there is an outstanding teacher at Holly Heights who has really stood out to us and should be recognized. If Millville or HH has a teacher of the year award, we would highly recommend Megan Rhubart be considered.” The parents go on to share their personal experience with Megan as their child’s teacher. Very touching and sincere letter of appreciation. It is my pleasure to pass this along on behalf of Jack and Tracy Ramos."

"Shout - out to Matt Sheppard for covering Holly Heights while Rob Smith was out on extended leave with the birth of his daughter Averie. Matt also volunteered to helped reduce the ticket count at Lakeside; all while handling his own work load in Infrastructure Services and at Silver Run."
~Dan Wright, Chief Information Officer

"Shout out to Sandra Padro for her help and going above and beyond to ensure a smooth transition for our Spanish 1 students that are awaiting a permanent teacher. These students are not hers but she has extended a helping hand to 3 extra classes so they do not fall behind.  "Sometimes it's the little things that go unnoticed, not this time."
~Steve Platt, Vice Principal

"Shout out to Brian Robinson, Steve Saul, and Mike Coyle for scheduling time this week to start the data discussion with their staff's.  This time was valuable to not only share our PARCC data, but allowing the staff time to bond in common purpose and journey.  The conversations at all three schools were insightful, thoughtful, and respectful.  Thanks again for your support."
~Pat Wulk, Supervisor

"A HUGE shout out to Melissa Sorrantino and her summer crew Cindy, Connie, Jeffery, Joe, Leo, Nelson, Pam and Rick.  They worked short staffed and under difficult conditions.  We had a larger summer program than ever.  This is a HUGE school to get ready for the fall.  Also a HUGE Shout out to our secretarial staff Clara Beatty, Patty Parker and Kathie Russo for registering all of our new threes and getting our Bigger than ever Wrap Around ready!   You are the BEST!"
~JoAnn Burns, Principal

"Thank you so much to Sandy Lokuta and Jackie Votta for assisting with the materials for Lakeside Middle School's First 3 Days. They utilized AVID strategies to help teachers and students connect to each other and our procedures!"

"A huge thank you to Joyce Hardy for coordinating Wawa coffee and treats for our opening day at Lakeside Middle School. We enjoyed it!"
~Spike Cook, Principal

"Vanessa Strassner, K-12 Supervisor of Special Education, has made it to every school to speak with school administration and staff to see what she can do to help with  their curriculum and instruction.  Her experience and expertise is an asset to our students and our staff.  She has visited classrooms, observed students, provided suggestions on interventions, and provided a survey to all special education staff to see how we can make strides to achieve our goals."
~Steve Matusz, Exec. Director Special Services

"We would like to give a SHOUT OUT to Mike Coyle!  Mike leads by example every day.  His morning announcements set the tone for the rest of the day.  They are always upbeat and end  with a “Joke of the Day”, which the staff and students enjoy!  He is always kind and most of all he’s always fair.  Whether he is filling in as a substitute or whatever task needs to be covered that day, he is always willing to step in.  He has more than earned the respect of his staff, parents and students." 
~RM Bacon School

"Hear ye, hear ye, you already know they are amazing but I am going to shout them out anyway, “Margaret Keefer and Beth Benfer” continue to strengthen their role’s impact on the district’s professional development. In addition, they stepped up to assist with putting the final touches on the District Strategic Plan. Great job to both!"

"I could recognize this next person every week, Vicky Charlesworth is a critical member of the District’s continued success. She does so many things that go unnoticed that keep this organization on track. I don’t know what I would do without her."
~ 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, September 9, 2018

Phenomenal Friday - First Week of School

Source: Oak Creek - Franklin Joint School District
Here are the Shout Outs for the amazing work of the Millville Public School Employees for the week of September 4-7, 2018!

SHOUT-OUTS!!!

"I want to recognize all of the front office staff members who are often the first person who represents our district. You provide the first impression and often set the tone for how people perceive our schools. I am proud to say you are friendly, well informed, and willing to help a visitor find what they are looking for. At times, this person is not a front office worker but simply the first person a visitor sees. Like yesterday when a visitor made their way accidentally to Beth Benfer. Although a PD Specialist, her sign above the door reads “Student Services”. A visitor/parent needed help and asked for it. Beth just went ahead and helped solve the issue for her. So for Beth, and everyone else who provides the first impression/or front office who welcome the public in, KUDOS!!!! Great job. You sometimes are the first to encounter the Hulk’s fury too. You manage to stay calm under pressure. Great work."
~ David Gentile, Superintendent

"A big shout out to Laurie Polof for organizing the Birthday Book Project here at Bacon. Every student will receive a book for their birthday, and that’s awesome. Thanks, Laurie!"
~Mike Coyle, Principal

"Shout out to Janette Herbert for going above and beyond in her role as Manager of Enterprise Information Systems. Most of what Janette does is behind the scenes, but is vitally important to keeping things like Infinite Campus running."

"Shout out to Sandy Grennon for deploying over 700 Chromebooks at Lakeside this summer. Sandy consistently goes above and beyond to keep Lakeside running smooth!"
~Dan Wright, Chief Information Technology Officer

 "A big shout out to Donna Wheeler and Melissa Green.  Donna and Melissa organized a welcome back activity for our staff that allowed everyone to share a favorite summer photo and share their experience.  It was a great way to welcome new staff and model an activity that can be done in the classroom."
~Steve Saul, Principal

"Thank you to Scott Godfrey, Wayne Parr and Pam Steelman for working with the Cumberland County Prosecutors Office on a recent incident."

"Thank you to Cindy Schwegel and Jackie Elwell for transforming our Atrium! It looks amazing thank you for your hard work!"

"Thank you to our secretarial and custodial staff for ensuring that LMS was ready for opening day!"
~Spike Cook, Principal

"Special thanks to the World Languages department, namely Lisa Glynn, Graham Gant, Sandra Padro, and Katy Thompson for always helping one another and ready to lend any newcomers a helping hand. Your kindness and collegiality are truly appreciated and exemplifies the notion that we are indeed all in this together."
~Bridget Borlak, Department Chair

"Thank you to Julia Araujo, Jessica Flaherty, Brittany Straczinski, Angie Finch and Tim Bermudez for presenting what they learned at Princeton University this summer about arts-infused teaching! We learned a lot and had fun doing it."

"Thank you Alex Lively-Durham and Maggie Colina for helping get our grade 1 & 2 bilingual class ready for to start the year off right!"
~Brian Robinson, 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, September 3, 2018

Phenomenal Friday: New School Year Kickoff Edition

Hello all,

By all, I mean staff who have worked this summer, staff that work 10 months, staff just joining the family (Welcome Again), part-time staff and everyone in-between. I think that covers it. So here we go, the start of a new School Year - 2018–2019 begins Tuesday. People respond differently to this news…for some it means the end of summer, the end of ‘fun’ (as my own children sometimes say), no more late nights during the week or sleeping late, for others it is simply that time and no big deal one way or the other, for the lucky few who can see everyday as the amazing gift that it is – EXCITEMENT for the possibilities a New School Year bring, new friends to make, new content to learn or help others learn, a chance to be better than you were before. I am looking forward to the start of this new year. While I will miss the summertime, I am ready.

There is a great deal of excitement and activity over the summer months to share. When those who have been off return, I am certain you will hear all about it here is a bit of the summer 2018. Renovations for the new high school are more than underway – they are ramped up. When you have the chance to take a look for yourself just try to keep the goal-line in sight. Keep imagining the final outcome and recognize that the construction is temporary. Like Coach Surace would often say, “Pain is temporary – Pride is forever”…and that is applicable to this project. Students going through the MSHS during this construction will need to be understanding, they will need to understand that they will forever be remembered as the class or classes that attended during the ‘pain phase’ and how important it was for some to go through this construction so that Millville could have a high school facility that was updated and able to house generations of Bolts to come as they go after their dreams. Staff members as well will need to be flexible and work with the end in mind. Construction is messy…and creating something better usually comes at a cost – I am confident our staff will be role models as this project unfolds. The custodial crew at MSHS (and throughout the District) have been preparing all summer for the new year.

This summer, we replaced 200 teacher laptops. In addition, we added 400 Chromebooks at Lakeside which will bring the entire District to nearly 1:1 status for devices to students. The exception being grades 9-12 have classroom carts that need to be shared until future plans can address that. Kudos to the IT Department as they keep meeting the increased demand and load without additional staff – simply doing more with less is something we all are familiar with and IT has exemplified that this summer.

Lakeside also is enjoying the benefits of additional lighting for their parking lot. This much needed addition was completed this summer. Maintenance upgrades and improvement throughout the District such as: replaced older exterior doors, replaced aging plumbing fixtures (urinals), new roofing over weight room  and D-hall at senior high, the purchase of new surveillance equipment – camera system for Lakeside…the first of security upgrades to follow. Along the theme of school security, the administrative staff members were trained in ALICE response protocols. Participation in the training had an impact on me. I would go so far as to say all who participated felt similarly. Speaking just from my experience, the simulation and drills by our local volunteers were excellent in creating as close to a real-life experience as possible. I have personally been in countless security practice drills, observed dozens of other school districts protocols, but participation in this ALICE training made it abundantly clear I wasn’t prepared. The speed in which your safety can be threatened and what that speed does to your ability to act & think was eye-opening.

SHOUT-OUTS!

Holly
"I would like to give a shout out to our Holly Heights custodial staff for doing a great job of getting our building ready for the start of the school year.  It is obvious how much pride they take in their work and how nice they want everything to look for the return of students and teachers."
~Steve Saul

Bacon School
"A big thanks to Frank, Glenn, Ben, and Jacob for getting the building ready to go.  Also, shout out to Dina Klaudi and Laurie Polof in the office for all their work to prepare for the upcoming year.  Thank you all!  It's going to be a great year!"
~Mike Coyle

Math/Science
"Nina Crain, Hollie Smith, and Beth Benfer were turnkey trainers for our K-2 staff to get familiar with our new Eureka Math program this summer. Not only did these outstanding staff members give up time from their summer to sit through 2 full-day training sessions in New York, but they came in to prep and present to their peers despite never having taught the program themselves. They did an absolutely AMAZING job presenting and thanks to their work, an additional 24 staff members have been exposed to the program before school starts."
Thanks!
~Bobby Barber Jr.

Special Education Summit
"Thanks to the 40 teachers, paras, administrators, and child student team members who attended this year's collaborative meeting to continue our mission of learning and incorporating bet practices into our classroom curriculum."
~Steve Matusz

Human Resource
"I would like to thank everyone who served on Interview Committees this summer.  Your efforts and dedication in selecting the most highly-qualified candidates to serve our students was reflected in your recommendations.  We are excited to welcome 38 new staff members to our Millville Family thus far!  We wish them and everyone a successful year!  I'd also like to thank my Human Resources' team.  You ladies did an outstanding job in assisting our new hires with paperwork and all of the other pertinent information to get everyone ready for the new school year.  As Taylor Swift put it, "This is a new year. A new beginning!"  Here's hoping your beginning ends up GREAT!"
Donna Meyers

Superintendent’s Office
"I had the pleasure of meeting 18 of the 22 new staff members during their New Staff Orientation. Once again, I find myself humbled and proud to be part of this family as the quality of new hires is impressive. Learning a bit about each of their stories and diverse backgrounds was very encouraging. I am confident each will add to our collective capacity for greatness. Despite the fact that several of our new family members grew up in neighboring Vineland, each expressed how they will no longer wear anything but the Orange & Blue (especially on game days, that is if they want to stay in the family ;) I am just joking obviously! It is awesome to see that we have a variety of new staff that come to us with prior experiences in education, while others from prior careers – alternative route – and for some this is their very first opportunity to showcase all they are yet to do.

I am confident that all of our existing staff members will welcome the new members with open arms. One theme was consistent from each of the 18 new Bolts I met; each expressed that everyone they have met so far in Millville has been kind, welcoming, and genuine. Everyone please join me with a sincere welcome and open invitation to the new family members: Nicola Tasoff, Courtney Fralick, Dominick Pontari, Samuel (Sammy) Corda, Sasha Earl, Brian (Kyle) Blackburn, Amy Gandy, Danielle Ferrari-Quenzel, Megan Catell-Protze, Rachel Migliaccio, Holly Ruscica, Mallori Higbee, Brandie Cesari (who has traveled far and wide, places like Kuwait; ask her about her exciting story), Kristin Fasolino, Kristen Trusty, Kelly Bertnozzi, Elisabeth Mamourian-Corona, Cassandra (long A Casey) Clifford, Gabrielle Calabrese, Timothy (very very very distant – eh actually no relationship to Mike) Trout, Katie McCarthy, and last but not least Dana Mauro!"

WELCOME to ALL New Members of #mpswc
Dr. G


*One Last Shout-out: Special recognition to all working overtime this weekend in order to prepare MSHS for an opening day to be proud of! Head Custodian Dominic Caravelle and the custodial/maintenance crews are working in cooperation with outside construction companies.  Your efforts are recognized and appreciated!

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

Monday, July 2, 2018

‘PH’-inal Phenomenal Friday 2017-2018

Greetings and salutations,

Graduation officially came and went marking the close of 2017-2018 School Year. For me, it marked the conclusion of 8 wonderful school years in the Millville Public Schools as superintendent. I feel very fortunate to have served this community during that time. Thank you for sharing your talents, knowledge, and expertise with our students!

I want to wish all of our 10 month staff a happy summer as well as for us 12 month’ers. Summer hopefully is a time for family, friends, and to get to all of those projects or ideas that got shoved to a corner of your desk.

Lastly, a summary of last night’s graduation for those who couldn’t attend or tune in. The weather cooperated fully as overcast skies gave way to a bright sunny sky and warm temperatures. Very warm temperatures especially for those in the visitor section or on the field. The crowd was large as has become the expectation. The Class of 2018 was the appropriate blend of excitement, nerves, happiness and a sprinkle of sadness.

The Board President, Kimberly Carty, delivered the opening remarks and set the tone for a respectful celebration. The student speakers absolutely crushed their time at the podium. Truly impressive. Just prior to the distribution of diplomas it was my turn to speak.

What happened next was definitely the highlight of the evening. Before you say “wow that is an awfully confident- perhaps even egotistical” let me share my reasoning. In an attempt to provide some insightful advice for our students about how “success” is very personal and only each individual can define what it means for them to be “successful”. I instead delivered a tongue-tied bumbled bit of advice something like “the key to sssssex is”. 

After graduation ceremony concluded, I called home to say I would be home shortly. My wife of course said how did it go. I shared my slip up with her. After she finished hiding her laughter she said “well at least everyone will remember what you said”. The glass is always half full if you are willing to look at the bright-side and if you are able to laugh at yourself.

Best wishes for a great summer and until September when we all gather again for a new start, be well. (If you have already gone to the beach or fishing. If you already left your work email behind and you find yourself reading this for the first time in September 2018, I hope you had a nice summer).

Shout-outs

"A BIG Shout OUT to Olga Caez for her many years with the Child Family center students and families.  She is always ready to lend a hand with helping to translate.   She has worked in our Wrap Around program and been instrumental in planning fun events for the children in her after school class. Joan Sharpless has been instrumental in planning classroom activities with her teacher.  She loves the cold weather and brings that joy to the three year olds in her classroom.  Frank Bucci always puts a smile on people's face and has a heart of GOLD  May they all enjoy their RETIREMENT but remember they always have a home at CFC!"

 "A HUGE shout out to the BEST staff in Millville Public Schools.  From cleaning to cooking to teaching and nurturing YOU are ALL the most MAGICAL staff!!  I spent all morning listening to so many parents commend each and every one of you for all that you have done  for their children and families.  It is from the deepest part of my heart that I am thankful for the hard work you do each and every minute of every single day!!!!"
~JoAnn Burns, Principal

"Thank you, Maris Lynn for all you have done this year for Special Services, World Languages, RtI, Bilingual and ELs! You've brought positivity, creativity and major change to our EL procedures and the high school transition process with DVRS. Thank you for a job well done. I will miss working side by side with you. Wishing you much success as you explore future endeavors!"
~Debra Sukinik, Supervisor

"On behalf of all of the staff at Lakeside Middle School, I would like to thank Susanne Flickinger, Susan Corson, Bernie Cirocco, Shari Booz, Irene Dandrea, Paula Cain, and Traci Gandy for their dedicated service to the students and community of Millville. We will truly miss them and we wish them well on their retirement."
~Spike Cook, Principal

"A big  thank you to Dr. Robinson for his involvement with the Millville Police Athletic League. He has volunteered for numerous activities with our organization. He has also allowed us to use Rieck Avenue School for our activities. Dr. Robinson understands the importance of having students involved in positive after school activities. Thank you for all you do!"
~Harry Drew, Principal

 "A big shout out to the Silver Run Family who have given their time, energy, and effort to create a safe learning environment for our students. We have achieved many successes across this year that would not have been possible without the commitment and unwavering dedication of some truly remarkable people. Thank you for all that you do! ENJOY your SUMMER!!"
~Eric Reissek, Principal

"A big shout out to our Holly Heights staff for all of their hard work and dedication during the 2017-2018 school year.  Thank you for everything that you do for the children of Millville.  Best wishes for a relaxing summer."
~Steve Saul, Principal

"Gerald Bruman, Shawn Jenkins, and Stacey Musey are leaving today to chaperone and coach our Robotics team in the National Championships that start on Sunday. They are sacrificing their time to support a group of kids that have worked tirelessly this past year to build, test, modify, compete, modify again, ...(it's a huge loop) their robot to be competitive on a national level. Thank you for your dedication and good luck this weekend. We're all already proud of what you've done (but a trophy would be nice!)"
~Bobby Barber, Supervisor

"Class of 2018 - It has been an honor...now go make those dreams a reality!"
~Steve Matusz, Exec. Director Special Services

"Bacon Staff: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now, go enjoy yourselves. And before you know it, you'll once again hear my bright, cheery voice in the morning calling out, "GOOD MORNING, BACON BEEEAARRRSSSS!!" But seriously, enjoy the well-earned, well-deserved break. Stay golden. And to quote that song from the Karate Kid, "You're the best around."
~Mike Coyle, Principal

 Have a great summer!
Regards,
Dr. G.

Published by Spike Cook, Millville, NJ

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

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Published by Spike Cook, Millville, NJ