Metuchen School District
Here’s a link to the transcript/written elements from the July 13th Reopening Webinar: https://5il.co/i8ic
1 day ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
Here’s a link to the recording of the July 13th Reopening Webinar: https://tinyurl.com/ycyqmzr6
2 days ago, Metuchen School District
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you and your family doing well. Today I want to share some news about high school athletics and to update you on our reopening planning. But first, I just want to thank the MHS Class of 2020 and their invited guests. Everyone adhered to social distancing requirements and there was 100% compliance with face coverings order. Last night's ceremony was beautiful. Speeches were inspiring. There was such a positive energy. I am so proud to work in Metuchen. Optional summer workouts: The NJSIAA today updated their tentative fall sports schedules. Practices can start on 9/14. Games 10/1 to 11/12. Post season 11/13 to 11/22. While the fall sports season is still very much in question, we are allowing our coaches and athletes to participate in optional summer workouts starting next week. Coaches have be trained in health and safety precautions. All workouts will be exclusively outside. There will be absolutely no access to the building. We know how much our coaches and athletes are looking forward to seeing each other in person, but once again, these workouts are optional. In-person reopening planning: Every district is required to develop a plan for in-person learning. We will most likely run the Metuchen Public Schools at 50% student capacity in an alternating week schedule. In other words, one week the student would be in the building and the next week the student would be participating from home. We are making every effort to allow students, during their remote weeks, to participate synchronously with their teachers and their classmates in the building. Recently, I’ve seen this referred to as Roomers and Zoomers. Remote instruction, if necessary: There is the likelihood that at some point next year, we may be required to pivot to remote instruction again. If we need to have remote instruction, here are our plans: MHS: A/B day (periods 0-3 and 4-7); classes at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 2:00; all teachers and students expected on each day; regular grading Edgar: A/B day (periods 1-4 and 5-8); classes at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 2:00; all teachers and students expected on each day; regular grading Campbell: Four days of ELA, math, and science/social studies and one day of specials each week Moss: Same as spring 2020: combination of at-home packets and small group video conferencing Webinar: Please join us at 10:00am for a panel discussion including: Ed Porowski (representing our building administrators), Dr. Tania Herzog (Special Services and Nursing), Mike Harvier (Business Office), Justin Manley (board member and parent), Neyda Evans (math and instructional technology), Susan Paredes (teacher and policy committee co-chair). Here is the Zoom link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89059811193?pwd=cEdhZjJyM1czOFFOaDZlMkRQK3lEZz09. The format of the webinar will be panelists discussing the various aspects of the planning, followed by Q&A via the chat room, monitored by Mrs. Carolyn Taylor. If you can’t watch the webinar, you can always email questions ahead of time to Mrs. Taylor at ctaylor@metboe.k12.nj.us. Plus we will be recording it for viewing later. We are required to share our plan with the community four weeks prior to opening day. Lots of work to do before that date, during August, and of course, adjustments to be made during the course of the year. We know this pandemic will continue for many months and stakeholder input and flexibility will be key. Opportunities for community participation in reopening planning: Monday, June 13th at 10:00am via Zoom webinar Tuesday, July 21st board meeting at 8pm. The public is encouraged to participate via Zoom. August board meetings are scheduled for 8/11 and 8/25. Or as always, email me, call me, or reach out via social media! Have a nice weekend.
5 days ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you well. On Thursday, July 9th we will celebrate the graduates of the MHS Class of 2020. The entire ceremony will be livestreamed. We encourage you to tune in. Only the graduates plus two guests each will be seated on the field. Social distancing and face covering requirements for everyone will be enforced. Remote summer programs begin next week. Contact us if you have any questions. We continue to work to develop a reopening plan for the Metuchen Public Schools. We are required to share that plan with the community four weeks prior to the first day of school. This week, I met with individual board members and administrators, in addition to teachers on our Instructional Council. Next week, I will hear from parents, students, board committees, and our District Leadership Team. And on July 13th there will be a webinar with a panel. The public will be invited to participate. Look for details in next week’s message. The state has required that all districts develop a plan that includes in-person instruction, probably with reduced capacities in the buildings. There is also the likelihood that at some point next year, we may be required to pivot to remote instruction again. If we need to have remote instruction, we have tentative plans in place: · MHS: A/B day (periods 0-3 and 4-7); classes at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 2:00; all teachers and students expected on each day; regular grading · Edgar: A/B day (periods 1-4 and 5-8); classes at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 2:00; all teachers and students expected on each day; regular grading · Campbell: Four days of ELA, math, and science/social studies and one day of specials each week · Moss: Same as spring 2020: combination of at-home packets and small group video conferencing Have a happy holiday weekend. Please wear a mask, maintain social distance, and wash your hands frequently. Thank you.
12 days ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
Collaborative Plan for Reopening the Metuchen Public Schools https://5il.co/hn52
19 days ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
COVID-19 Responses Through Collaborative Structures https://5il.co/hn51
19 days ago, Metuchen School District
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope your first week of summer has been fun and relaxing. I will continue these weekly updates throughout the months of July and August in order to keep you up-to-date on our planning for the fall. · Lunches: Our lunch delivery system will continue through the summer for all students in need, regardless of free and reduced lunch eligibility. Please reach out to be added to our list. Our schedule during the summer will be slightly modified. We will be delivering two meals on Mondays and three meals on Wednesdays. · Important summer dates: o As of this week, all district fields and the high school track are open to the public again. Groups must follow the normal facilities usage procedure. Please be smart about social distancing to reduce the spread of coronavirus. o Governor Murphy plans to reopen playgrounds on July 2nd. We will follow suit and open the district playgrounds on the same date. o Our Extended School Year program will be remote from July 7th to August 13th. Our intervention program and the Metuchen Summer Institute courses will also be remote. o Optional summer workouts for high school sports teams are allowed to take place starting July 13th. Mr. Cathcart and the coaches will follow all available guidelines for these workouts. These are optional and student-athletes are not required to attend. Please use your best judgment. o Fall sports practices are tentatively scheduled to begin August 3rd. This date and the possibility for a fall sports season is still very much in question. Stay tuned. o Special education in-person testing is tentatively scheduled to resume on August 3rd with additional safety measures in place. Dr. Herzog and the Child study Teams will be in contact. o We will update our essential employees list and consider the return of 12-month employees in early to mid-August. o There will be no indoor camps or indoor rec sports this summer in order to protect the health of our essential employees who have been working everyday on site since the shutdown in March. · Mr. Cohen made his initial report on race, racism, and social justice at the June 9th board meeting. Each month we will update the public at a board meeting. (The email version of this message has the full text of Mr. Cohen’s remarks from his first report.) · Reopening guidance from Trenton: Today, Governor Murphy released guidance on reopening of schools. We received this information at the same time as the public. We will be carefully reviewing the information as it will help us to further develop our plan in Metuchen. I will provide updates each Friday and discuss our progress at the July 21st board meeting. · And finally, our website. We have migrated our website to a new platform. Same address: metuchenschools.org, but with a new look and improved functionality. I invite you to check it out. And while you are there, please review the updated summer homework assignments. Have a great weekend. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain social distance. Thank you.
20 days ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
Please note that our school fields and high school track are open to the public. Playgrounds will open on July 2nd. Please be safe.
21 days ago, Metuchen School District
Vincent Caputo
​Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you and your family well. Today is Juneteenth—a day for celebration and remembrance that should be part of our collective knowledge of freedom struggles in this country. 154 years ago today, slavery for Black Americans ended. May our educators and youth continue the fight to ensure that we deliver on the promise of freedom for every single person. Our school fields and track are now open for use by the public. Please be safe. Thanks for a great school year. Please know that we work all summer and are here for you. Feel free to reach out via phone, email, or social media. Congratulations to our kindergarteners, fourth graders, and eighth graders, all who will changing schools next year. The virtual field day and the promotions exercises at the schools were fun and very enjoyable. I’d like to offer a special wish for future success to the members of the MHS Class of 2020. Please tune in tonight at 6pm for their virtual graduation. As a reminder we will also celebrate these graduates with an in-person ceremony for the graduates plus two guests each on July 9th. The entire celebration will be livestreamed at 6:30pm that evening for everyone else to watch. I will continue to share with you my messages during the summer. I will update you on the progress of reopening schools, following the ever-changing guidance from the state. I will use email plus social media and reserve the text and call features only if I need to share timely information that might demand your immediate attention. As we head into summer, please remember that we still fight against COVID-19. The pandemic will not end until there is herd immunity or until we have a vaccine. All gatherings pose some level of risk of community spread. Wear your face coverings, keep your social distances, and wash your hands. Finally I’d like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in your extended families. Thanks and stay well.
26 days ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
All-Committees Celebration in May 2020 https://5il.co/h9wg
28 days ago, Metuchen School District
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you and your family doing well. At this Tuesday’s board meeting, Mr. Cohen led a deep and honest discussion of race and racism. We will continue to listen and report out updates each month throughout the summer. I presented an overview of our plan for reopening the schools in the fall. This will be a huge undertaking that will require the input and expertise of all of our stakeholders. We don’t know yet if the Fall will be in-person, remote, or some hybrid of the two. The buildings remain closed except to designated essential employees. For health and safety reasons, I intend to keep the all the buildings closed through July. The school fields and track, for now, also remain closed. Our summer instructional programs will be remote. That includes our special education Extended School Year, our new summer intervention program, and the Metuchen Summer Institute. We know many families are still struggling from the economic impacts of the pandemic. We have applied for a waiver that would allow us to continue to deliver lunches, throughout the summer, to any student in need. All students will also keep their loaned devices and hot spots for the summer months. Speaking of the summer months, our mostly-optional summer homework assignments will be posted by next Tuesday. I am sure that many of our students will want to take advantage of these opportunities. Here are some important events happening next week: Moss drive-through kindergarten graduation will happen on June 18th. Campbell virtual field day is June 15th. Edgar eighth grade drive-up promotion will be on June 17th. And we will celebrate the MHS class of 2020 with a virtual senior awards program on June 15th, diploma pickup and graduation photo opportunities all week by appointment, and a virtual graduation ceremony on June 19th. In addition, this week the Governor announced that the outdoor gatherings limit would increase to 500 in July. With this news, and with the approval of the mayor, police and OEM, we applied to the state for a July celebration of the graduates. This celebration, pending state approval, would allow the graduate and two guests to sit together on the football field. While no other spectators will be invited, the entire program will be livestreamed for everyone to watch. Stay tuned for tentative details from Mr. Peragallo. If and when we are granted approval, we will share that news and make our celebration plans official. These traditional activities are very nice and allow us to celebrate our children. Remember though that we are in the midst of fighting covid-19 and systemic racism, in a historical time. I am still committed this weekend to protecting my neighbors. I am going to wear a mask to stop the virus. And I’m going to listen, learn, and speak up to stop racism. Mask up and speak up. Have a great weekend.
about 1 month ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
SAB Presentation 2020 Please click on link to access presentation: https://5il.co/h247
about 1 month ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
Collaborative Plan for Reopening the Metuchen Public Schools. Please click on link to access plan: https://5il.co/h246
about 1 month ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
The School Performance Reports reflect the New Jersey Department of Education's commitment to providing parents, students and school communities with a large variety of information about each school and district. These reports can be used as a tool to help evaluate whether all students have equitable access to high quality education. Please visit https://rc.doe.state.nj.us/SearchForSchool.aspx to search for the reports regarding Metuchen Schools.
about 1 month ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
The contract between the Board of Education and the Teachers Union expires on June 30th. Please read this letter updating the progress of negotiations: https://5il.co/h1rj
about 1 month ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
The Metuchen Public Schools stand with those in the Black community who face the pain and despair of racism. To read Metuchen District's statement on racism and current events, please click this link: https://5il.co/h1q6
about 1 month ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
The official school and district harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) grade reports, as required under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, are now available for public release. To view our report, click this link: https://5il.co/h1pi
about 1 month ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
PLAYGROUNDS, FIELDS ARE STILL CLOSED Pursuant to Executive Order 107, all non-essential activities and group gatherings are prohibited. As a result, all school premises should all be closed at this time, except for essential functions like administrative duties. Be aware that no one should be on school district property without express prior written approval of the Superintendent of Schools.
about 1 month ago, Metuchen School District
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you well. As we complete the first week of June, we all turn our attention to year-end events. Moss School is awaiting approval to hold a drive-through kindergarten graduation program on June 18th. Stay tuned for details from Mr. Cohen. At Campbell School, there are many virtual special days and field trips, plus the virtual field day on June 15th. Stay tuned for details from Mr. Porowski and make sure you check out his virtual tour of Campbell School created to welcome incoming first graders and their families. It’s a much watch. Mr. McPeek has received approval to hold a drive-through Edgar promotion on June 17th. He will share details next week. Metuchen High School has a number of big events upcoming for the Class of 2020. The virtual senior awards program will be held on June 15th. Thanks to all of those in the community who contribute to the awards and the financial scholarships for our graduates. Metuchen High School is awaiting approval to do individual family diploma pickup and photo opportunities during the final week of school. Finally, a professionally-produced virtual graduation will be broadcast on June 19th. Stay tuned for details from Mr. Peragallo. And finally, as I wrote Wednesday in my statement on race and racism: the Metuchen Public Schools stand with those in the Black community who face the pain and despair of racism. We will fight to eliminate racism in our schools, in our community, and wherever it exists. We hear you. We support you. We will advocate for you. You can read the entire statement on social media, on our website, or in the email I sent to you. Thanks.
about 1 month ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
The Metuchen Public Schools stand with those in the Black community who face the pain and despair of racism. We will fight to eliminate racism in our schools, in our community, and wherever it exists. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” These are challenging times. In Metuchen, we are proud of our history of providing an educational experience that focuses on the whole child and our student’s character. Four of our six tenets have never been more applicable than they are today. In all that we do, we strive to make sure our students are healthy, safe, engaged and supported. Those tenets apply to all of our students regardless of their skin color. We will strive to ensure that we create an environment where our students can talk and learn from each other about the impacts of racism. Below please find some family resources that may be helpful in having those same conversations at home: National Traumatic Stress Network: Racial Injustice and Trauma Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s/Guardian’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice Healthychildren.org: Talking to Children about Racial Bias National Geographic: Talking to Kids About Race American Psychological Association: How To Talk To Children About Difficult News Sesame Street in Communities: Community Violence We are fortunate to have strong leadership in Metuchen. Chief Irizarry works hard to ensure the Metuchen Police Department is as compassionate and professional as any. Mayor Busch recently tweeted “in Metuchen and everywhere, we have a shared responsibility to treat one another with respect and dignity. And Board of Education President, Justin Manley, complimented us for the diversity of programming and curricula, and implored our administration and teacher community to continue to look in the mirror to ensure that we are doing the best we can for every student. I was reminded during our conversation that our district priorities written at the beginning of the school year collaboratively by the administration and the Board was a set of believe statements. Clearly stated is that “we believe that a culturally-sensitive school climate in combination with career exploration and real world experiences best prepares students for success”. We will continue to live what we believe and in doing so facilitate an open conversation that addresses racism head on and ensures we leverage the education of our youth to create a better world for all. We hear you. We support you. We will advocate for you.
about 1 month ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. It feels like summer has arrived. Enjoy the weather and your families this weekend. As a reminder, school facilities and fields remain closed. Please continue to socially distance and please wear a mask. We still have three weeks of school remaining and I know our teachers are working hard to provide important and engaging instruction. Our three summer programs, the special education extended school year, the Metuchen Summer Institute, and our new intervention program, will all be remote. Some information is out and more will be forthcoming. Advanced Placement exams recently concluded and while a dozen students will need to do the makeup exam, we are so very proud that 204 distinct students took 478 AP exams. I know that our teachers are proud of the students’ efforts. As a district, we continue to deliver lunches to students you need them, regardless of their free and reduced lunch status. Reach out if we should add you to our delivery routes. Please see the text message, the email or the social media post for a link to a video where you can get to know the students who earned the prestigious New Jersey State Seal of Biliteracy. And finally, as the calendar turns to June, our focus turns to three big areas: the traditional year-end celebratory events, the close out of the current school year, and the planning for what reopening might look like. School principals will continue to keep you as updated as we can, especially in light of the evolving guidance from the state. Have a nice weekend and please contact us with questions or concerns. Thank you. The following is the link to a video message from our Seal of Biliteracy students: https://youtu.be/E11RQC_Sgr4
about 1 month ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you well. Each year on the day before the Memorial Day weekend, we honor a number of teachers and educational services professionals as part of our in-service day. This year, the Governor’s Educators of the Year are, at Moss: Stephanie Kandel and Emily Peluso; at Campbell: Jeremy Barnes and Tara Tay; at Edgar: Kristin Bruno and Kathi Pearsall; and at Metuchen High School: Beth Abbott and Jordan Leitner. Congratulations to these outstanding educators. In an effort to upgrade our communications and web presence, we are about ready to switch over to a new website. That will be happening next month and soon we will invite you to check it out. Next week, we’ll be officially unveiling our new Metuchen School District app, along with a promotional video. Stay tuned. Many of you have questions about the traditional year-end events throughout the district. Be assured, that teams of teachers and administrators, in collaboration with the PTOs and the Borough, have been planning ways to honor and celebrate our students. For example, at Moss, we are in discussions of how to do a drive-through kindergarten ceremony. Campbell School is planning virtual fields trips and other exciting events. Edgar School is formulating a process for individual drive-through promotions and photo opportunities. And at Metuchen High School, we will have a virtual senior awards program. We are also close to announcing plans for drive-up individual diploma and photo ceremonies during graduation week, and a virtual graduation ceremony complete with speeches and videos to be broadcast at the scheduled graduation time. This is an evolving situation and we want to maintain flexibility in case some of the restrictions were to change. Look for details from our school principals in the upcoming weeks. Finally, Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Please enjoy the weekend with your families and please join me in honoring those who gave their lives in defense of our nation. Thank you.
about 1 month ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
Even during home instruction, the District's Chain of Communication is in place to assist you in addressing educational concerns. Everyone stands ready to help. Please review and follow it here: https://5il.co/g9lt
about 1 month ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
Metuchen Schools is providing education guidance to both its teachers and the community through its Pandemic Instructional Plan. View the District's plan at https://5il.co/g9kz
about 1 month ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
As of May 14, 2020, the Metuchen School District is delivering 48 lunches daily. If you are eligible, or think you may be eligible for free and reduced lunch, please contact us by emailing Deb Finden at dfinden@metboe.k12.nj.us. For more info: https://5il.co/g9j8
about 1 month ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
The Spring 2019 NJSLA Science results are out. Please click this link to view them: https://5il.co/g9f4
about 1 month ago, Metuchen School District
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. This is Dr. Vincent Caputo. I hope this email finds you well. We have some nice weather upon us, and while some restrictions have been eased, I want to strongly encourage you to maintain social distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands frequently. As a reminder, our school buildings and fields, including the high school track, remain closed. As always we are planning to make year-end celebrations special and memorable. Our top priority is the safety of the students, their parents, and the residents of Metuchen. This has been a very challenging and evolving situation. We get new information daily. This week, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 142, which in part allows gatherings in vehicles, under very specific conditions, for end of year celebrations. With this new information, the district will examine its plans for end-of-year celebrations in partnership with local law enforcement and emergency management. Each school has, in addition to its traditional in-person plan, alternatives for virtual and hybrid celebrations. Our goal is to protect public health and to celebrate our students. We appreciate all of the suggestions from parents and students, and we will continue to provide updates on high school graduation and the other end-of-year celebrations across the district. Please see my email and Facebook posts for more information on AP exams and readers, teachers newly certified in Orton-Gillingham instruction, the teacher in-service day next week, the Metuchen Summer Institute, and our continuing lunch delivery service. Please contact us with any concerns. We are here to help. Please stay healthy and stay safe. Thank you. Here are some topics of interest: · AP exams started this week. Our students and teachers have worked very hard, under extraordinary circumstances to prepare for these exams. We wish them all well. Speaking of teachers, each year Metuchen High teachers participate with College Board and serve as AP readers, scoring thousands of exams from all across the country. This year, we have an excellent group of AP readers that includes: Ms. Flores, Mr. Schlavis, and Mr. Robbins. Their participation is one of the best forms of professional development, and allows them to better instruct our students through best practices in their subject areas. Thanks! · We are also extremely proud of five other teachers: Ms. Cadel, Ms. Angus, Ms. Warakomski, Ms. Jacheo-Smith, and Ms. Anderson. These teachers completed an intensive two-year program through FDU and are each newly certified in Orton-Gillingham instruction. This advanced training is important to the district and critical to our students as it will allow us to provide an even higher level of research-based reading instruction. Congratulations! · Registration for the Metuchen Summer Institute is underway. We have already had nearly 100 students sign-up for various programs. Please check your email or the website for online registration information. · We are continuing our lunch delivery service for any student with a need, regardless of free-and-reduced lunch status. Please contact us to be added to the list. As long as we have the capacity, our drivers and bus aides will continue to deliver lunches right to your door. · Just a reminder that next week is a four-day week for students. On Friday, On May 22nd, the district will be conducting a virtual teacher in-service day. Despite the physical limitations, there will be boundless professional development and learning for all staff. First, teachers will be engaged in articulation on all the best practices they have discovered and developed for remote learning and how they plan to leverage new technologies to enhance student in-school experience in the future, especially in the areas of differentiation and technology integration. An incredible list of experts will be providing staff their choice of workshops in a wide range of content areas including SEL, Remote Learning and Orton Gillingham (reading programming). Finally, the district will be offering a number of staff wellness workshops to help support our staff’s own wellbeing in these tough times. I am proud of our students, our teachers, and the Metuchen community. Enjoy the weekend. Stay healthy and stay safe.
2 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. This is Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vincent Caputo. I hope this message finds you and your family well, both physically and mentally. These are hard times for all of New Jersey and for many of our neighbors right here in Metuchen. Thanks to all those in the Borough who make our lives just a little easier every day. This includes the first responders and frontline workers who care for us even when their work puts their own health at risk. As you know by now, Governor Murphy announced this week that all New Jersey schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year. When I first announced that we would be closing back on March 12th, we knew this was a possibility and we have been planning for remote education and holding meetings about the special events at all of our schools. While most of these are cancelled, the principals are working hard to come up with viable alternatives for some of them. Be on the lookout for further information. As we conclude Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s remember to celebrate our educators all year long and to recognize the four members of the Board of Education who are also educators: Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Killean, Mr. Glassberg, and Mr. Derflinger. Have a restful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in Metuchen and in your extended families. Here are some updates and announcements: · This week we continued delivery of lunches to students eligible for free and reduced lunch. New guidance has been released and in partnership with our food service provider, Pomptonian, we are now able to provide meals even to students who were not previously eligible. Until we reach capacity, starting May 18th, we can deliver to any students whose families are in need or struggling during these difficult times. Please reach out to me or to your principal to request these daily lunches. · Typically in May, the business office sends out information to families eligible for partial courtesy bussing for the following school year. With so much uncertainty this year, the communication of details, including cost, will be delayed. · Campbell School received back their Sustainable Jersey Schools application and they have 235 points worth of approved actions! That means they exceeded their goal for this school year in becoming recertified with Bronze Level status. Special congratulations to the Campbell School Green Team. · Jodie Zeng has been named the NJSIAA scholar athlete for Metuchen High School. Jodie’s selection by the administration and the athletic department was based on her outstanding academic record and her significant contributions to the field hockey program during her career. We are proud of Jodie’s accomplishments. As a reminder, we are always here for the community. Reach out via phone, email, or social media with any questions or comments. We appreciate your support and your input. Once again Happy Mother’s Day and enjoy the weekend.
2 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. This is superintendent of schools, Dr. Caputo. While it’s rainy today, nice weather is expected this weekend. Please follow Mayor Busch’s guidance: continue to maintain social distance, wear face coverings, and avoid the temptation to congregate. As a reminder, all schools and district grounds remain closed. That includes all the playing fields and the MHS track. There should be nobody on school property except for our district essential employees. Last night, our state education commissioner sent out a message of hope and thanks. He wrote, “May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week. In these unprecedented times, our appreciation for these educators takes on a whole new meaning. Our teachers and administrators are finding a way to make it work. Teachers strive to continue to provide instruction and stay connected with the students they have cared for all year long. We know that our educators remain a lifeline for our students. The stories I’ve seen of New Jersey educators rising to the challenge have been, quite simply, inspiring.” So after you unplug this weekend, enjoy your families and the nice weather. Then next week, in the words of Commissioner Repollet, “please be sure to recognize the dedication of the educators serving the students of our community.” Thanks. Be healthy and be safe. Here are some additional updates and good news: · The individual principals have shared much information with you already. Here’s just an overview of the grading procedures. Campbell School will continue to use their standards-based report card; the school leadership team is discussing the indicators used to provide parents with feedback. Edgar School has gone to a pass/fail system for the fourth marking period. Metuchen High School has changed the weights of the first three marking periods to 28% and the weight of marking period four to 16%. Final exams at MHS have been cancelled. · Three teams won winter season championships this year: Winter Cheer, Boys Swim, and Girls Swim. · Two Individuals won winter season championships: In Swim, Bridget Thomas was a 1st Place winner and new record holder from the GMC Meet. For Individual Indoor Track & Field: Lucie Lee was the Sectional Champion in Pole Vault. · Our MHS students continue to achieve academically at high levels. On the SAT Subject Tests, for school year 2018-19, the following students earned perfect scores: Jocelyn Chou – Chemistry, Yun J. Hyon – Math Level 2 and Chemistry, Rafael Lacson – Math Level 2, Andrew Lau – Math Level 2, Sophie Lipshutz – Math Level 2, Aaron Puerzer – Math Level 2, Joseph Schugel – Math Level 2, and Allie Tay – Chemistry · On the SAT Subject Tests, for the current school year, the following students earned perfect scores: Prajit Dhuri – Math Level 2, Charlotte Haq – Literature, Christopher Hyon – Math Level 2, Sanando Kanjilal – Math Level 2, and Swagato Kanjilal – Math Level 2 · And finally, there are many local businesses supporting Structured Learning Experiences for our students, ages 16-21. We are so thankful to the following businesses and organizations and appreciative of their partnerships: Dean’s Café, Moss Elementary School, ShopRite, TJ Maxx, MHS Custodial Department, What’s the Scoop, Metuchen Diner, Edible Arrangements, Pomptonian (MHS Food Service), Abilitees, and Edgar Child Care Center-YMCA. We promise to do the best we can for the families of Metuchen. Please feel free to reach out if there is anything we can do. You can always contact me via phone, email, or on social media. Thanks again for your support and enjoy the weekend!
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. In the midst of this pandemic, it’s my hope that these Friday messages provide you with useful information and bring you some amount of comfort. Thanks to all the first responders in Metuchen. They are working to protect the rest of us. The least we can do is to stay home and reduce the spread of the virus. I’d also like to thank our essential district employees including our maintenance workers and custodians, bus drivers and aides, and our technology staff. These folks show up every day and continue to keep the district operating. We continue to deliver lunches to 44 of those students who are eligible to receive them. There are many other families who are not yet taking advantage of this delivery service and we encourage them to contact us. As you know, Governor Murphy’s executive order keeps all New Jersey schools closed until at least May 15th. We remain hopeful of a return to in-person schooling, but we are preparing for remote learning for the remainder of the school year and for our summer programs. We have also begun to have discussions about what September might look like and how to best prepare for future remote learning if necessary. Please stay safe and healthy. Take care of yourselves and your families. We are always just a phone call, email, or social media post away. Please contact us if you need anything. We’ve all been dealing with lots of bad news recently. Today, I have several pieces of good news to share with you. · Welcome home to assistant principal, Brian Stike. He is back in the United States, at home after a multi-month military deployment in the Middle East. We are thankful for his service. We look forward to his return to civilian work around May 13th. · Each year, Metuchen High School student-athletes are honored with county and statewide awards. This year, the GMC Sportsmanship Awards went to Arielle Benderly and Elijah Ervin. The GMC Scholar Athlete awards went to Daniel Schleif and Sophie Lipshutz. Congratulations to all four outstanding student-athletes. · U.S. News and World Report releases annual rankings of high schools across the nation. We are happy that Metuchen High is included in the national and state rankings. It’s a great honor and we are proud. We will continue to strive to do even better in the future and build upon our academic and social-emotional curricula for students, supporting the whole child. · Finally, Metuchen High School had 24 students, the most in recent memory, qualify as merit scholars for the National Merit Scholarship Program – Class of 2021. This is a great academic accomplishment. Congratulations to these two dozen students - and keep up the good work.
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you and your families healthy or on the way back to full health. This is still a very critical time in battling the pandemic. Please continue to practice social distancing and certainly continue to wear face coverings when you must go out. Do it for yourself and do it for all the first responders, the essential workers and those residents with underlying conditions that make them more susceptible. As you may have heard, yesterday Governor Murphy extended the closure of all New Jersey schools through at least May 15th. He also explained that decisions about schools beyond that date would be made based on science. Like everyone we are hopeful that we will return this year, but we are planning for remote instruction through June and even for our summer programs if needed. Whether we are in-person or via remote learning, we remain committed to providing the best education and also the necessary social-emotional support for both our adults and children. Stay healthy and safe and have a wonderful weekend. I think Sunday is the better day for hot dogs and burgers on the grill. That’s what we will be doing. Below are some updates: · We have 152 students eligible for free or reduced lunch and are making daily deliveries to the homes of 42 of those students. If you are eligible for free or reduced lunch, we are ready to deliver to your homes. Please let us know. Additionally if you or your neighbor think they might be newly-eligible, please let us know and we will provide you with assistance completing the eligibility paperwork. · Mr. McPeek and Mr. Peragallo will be sharing information with parents and students regarding marking period four grading. · There is a strong possibility that some or all of the year-end activities at our schools will be cancelled, postponed, or modified in some way. Please know that we are having those discussions daily and we will share details when we have them. · We are continuing with wellness checks on our students. We are here to offer academic and emotional support for students and families. Checks may include phone calls, video chats, email, and even home visits. · Thank you to those parents who have reached out to me with feedback. Many of you have been so complimentary of our teachers. Thank you. I know how hard they are working and how much they care. The positive affirmations are appreciated. · As always, I am here to help. Feel free to reach out to me via phone, email, or social media.
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. The next Metuchen Board of Education meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 8 pm. The meeting will be broadcast live via Facebook on the “Metuchen Public School District” page. Members of the public can also listen to and participate in the meeting by dialing into the call via telephone, as follows: 1 (929) 205-6099 Meeting ID: 870 159 966 Password: 176150 We ask that when dialing into the call you place your phone on mute. The meeting will be open to the public for comment or question at 3 different times as you can see on the agenda attached. At that time only, call in users be able to ask your questions or provide comment. You will be asked to identify yourself with a full name and address just as we do at the regular Board meetings. We will also attempt to monitor our Facebook page for questions that we can address during the meeting but can not guarantee we will see them all. Please also feel free to email questions in advance to the Superintendent Dr. Vince Caputo at vcaputo@metboe.k12.nj.us or the Board President Justin Manley at jmanley@metboe.k12.nj.us
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
As always, I hope this message finds you and your family healthy or fully recovering. I trust that your spring break brought many opportunities to connect as families and for you to enjoy some truly free time. Next Tuesday, we will resume with our remote instruction. But before then, I know that many of us have been and will be celebrating religious holidays. As unusual as this may seem, it is critical that all of us refrain from the typical gatherings. Stay at home. Continue to make the small sacrifices so that our first responders can remain healthy and can stay on the job protecting all of us and our loved ones. Here are some updates on topics of interest: · We have 152 students eligible for free and reduced lunch. Currently, we are making home deliveries to 38 of those students. If you are eligible, or think you may be eligible for free and reduced lunch, please contact us. You can email Deb Finden at dfinden@metboe.k12.nj.us. · Special education continues as close to normal as possible. Student IEPs are being met. Services are being provided. Child study teams are meeting virtually. Planning is underway for the summer extended school year. We will plans to be ready to provide services in-person or remotely. The same planning applies for our MHS summer institute, where we open our schools for enrichment and remediation courses and college prep assistance for students. · Eighteen parents have opted out of live online group instruction. Teachers will do their best to continue remote instruction for those students. If you would like to reconsider your decision, please change your response in Genesis or contact your school principal. · We are continuing with our wellness checks on students. These checks may be emails, phone calls, and even home visits in extreme cases. If you are struggling, or if you know families who are, please contact us. · Clubs and sports are continuing virtually. Please reach out if you have not been included thus far. · As a reminder, all statewide assessments are cancelled for this year. College Board AP exams will still happen next month. They will be 45-minute, open book, free-response-type tests. · In addition to thanking the folks around the borough who are still working in-person every day, we have a number of district employees still working in-person, including maintenance and custodians, bus drivers and aides, and our technology department. Thanks everyone! · Keep up the social distancing. Do it for yourself and for your neighbors. Enjoy the holiday weekend and “see” you for remote instruction which resumes on Tuesday, April 14th. · As always, you can contact me via phone, email, or social media. Dr. Caputo
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. This is Dr. Caputo. I hope this message finds you and your families healthy or recovering. While remote learning has posed some challenges, I am so proud of our initial preparation and the execution of our pandemic instructional plan. Our students, parents, and staff have been amazing the last three weeks. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone in our school community. Student learning continues. Teaching and grading will be very different. But now it’s time for a break. The Metuchen Public Schools will be on spring break next week, until remote instruction returns on Tuesday, April 14th. During this time, our teachers and counselors and child study team members will be off so that they can recharge and care for themselves and their families. There will be no direct instruction; nor will there be any assigned homework. So I encourage you and your families to relax and enjoy some well-deserved family time. One important reminder – all school fields are closed until further notice. Please stay home and prevent the spread of the virus. I remain available to you via phone, email, and social media throughout the break. Be well and stay healthy. Here is some additional information: 1. We will continue to deliver lunches over the break to all students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. If you are eligible and would like to start receiving lunches, or if you want us to determine if you are eligible, please let me know or contact Deb Finden via email at dfinden@metboe.k12.nj.us 2. District staff, including teachers, counselors, child study team members, and administrators will resume doing wellness checks on students after spring break. If you or someone you know needs assistance while we are on break, please contact me. 3. Please complete the notification of remote learning form in Genesis so that your child can continue to benefit from live lessons offered by our teachers. 4. All board of education fields remain closed. We are working closely with the mayor’s office to reduce the spread and keep your neighbors in Metuchen safe and healthy. Stay off the fields and track. Find other ways to enjoy the outdoors. 5. Spring sports coaches and club advisors will continue to support their students with virtual and online learning opportunities. Please enjoy your spring break, and as always, let me know how I can help.
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. This is Dr. Caputo. I hope this message finds you and your family healthy or recovering. We have completed two weeks of remote learning. I want to personally thank the students, parents, and teachers. While we are still learning and improving every day, I have seen some amazing efforts. Governor Murphy announced that he will not even consider the question of when to open New Jersey’s schools again until mid-April, so the Metuchen Public Schools are closed through at least April 17. We are all here for you. Stay well. Be healthy. And we should be thankful to our first responders, health care workers, and all those who are working to keep our lives as normal as possible. we ask that you continue to practice safe and smart social distancing. I'm sure all of your kids are getting a bit stir crazy and it's tempting to relax but we will only get through this quicker if we flatten the curve. It's OK and needed to get outside but kids shouldn't be gathering in groups. Make sure to wash your hands and practice smart hygiene. Here are a few additional updates: 1. We have been delivering 50 lunches every day. If you are eligible for free or reduced lunch, and would like to start to receive delivery, please contact us. 2. Jersey Mike’s is again offering free sandwiches this weekend to Metuchen students. If you can, support our local businesses. 3. We’ve been developing and refining a home-instruction support process. Parents are expected to request home instruction help by emailing support@metboe.k12.nj.us. When an email is sent, it’s usually a hardware, account, or other networking issue. While our technology team is handling those issues at Moss, they can’t always get to instructional issues like connecting to Classrooms, Meets and Zoom sessions, or questions about software features. Building techs will address those questions if the teachers are unable to. 4. The school principals will be sending out communications regarding parent-teacher conferences. 5. As I shared at the beginning of this closure, learning would still happen, but teaching and grading would need to be different. No final decisions have been made yet, but we are having on-going discussions about the challenges that grading poses in a remote learning format. More information will be shared in the future. 6. All New Jersey standardized testing has been cancelled for this school year. Advanced Placement tests for high school students are still on, and College Board’s plan is to have students take them remotely. We will share more information as the testing dates draw nearer. 7. Spring sports coaches and club advisors will still be overseeing their activities in a virtual setting. If students haven’t heard from them yet, they will hear from their coaches and club advisors shortly. Once again, we are here to help. Feel free to reach out to me via phone, email, or social media. Thanks for all your patience and support.
4 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
n response to the announcement today from Governor Murphy, the Metuchen Public Schools will be closed until further notice. As you know, we proactively closed for this week out an abundance of caution. And now, we will be closed at least until March 30th, and possibly longer. We will be in touch with updates should anything change. Teaching and grading will be different, but remote learning began today and will continue until schools are open again. Free and reduced lunch deliveries also began today. Everyone in the district is here to support students and their families. Contact your teachers, principals, or any of us with your questions or concerns. Your physical and mental health are our top priorities. Stay well and stay in touch. All the best from Dr. Caputo.
4 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
The Metuchen Public Schools will be closed next week, March 16 to March 20. All activities are also cancelled. After consultation with the mayor and the board president we have decided to do our part to flatten the curve. We don’t take this decision lightly and we know there will be disruptions to normal routines. Remote learning will begin on Monday. Our administrators and teachers are prepared. Learning will occur. Teaching and grading will be a little different. We are here for you and we will maintain the district services that you expect. Good luck. Be well. We will stay in touch frequently.
4 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
The district is closely following news from the CDC, the NJ Department of Health, and the NJ Department of Education regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19). Our administration, teachers, and support staff are continuously reviewing our plans and communicating when there is any new information to report. The district has created a ‘Coronavirus Update’ Tab on the main page of the website that includes all communication and information that has been disseminated. On March 5, 2020, the Commissioner of Education for the NJ Department of Education Provided Guidance Regarding Requirements for Public Health-Related School Closures. This document explains the importance of planning and preparing prior to having to potentially close school or cancel events. It also provides some information about how they will address the 180-day requirement for school districts in case of a health-related school closure. Each district is required to submit a plan to the County office this week, outlining how teaching and learning will continue via a distance learning model if any mandatory closures are ordered by the NJDOE or NJDOH. If the plan is approved, and our schools are required to close, any days of distance learning would count toward the 180 days. Our administrative team is working with the teachers to prepare a plan for that possibility. We share this information so parents can be informed of the latest updates and guidelines that our schools have received.
4 months ago, Vincent Caputo