Vincent Caputo
May 14, 2021 Good afternoon. I told you the nice weather was coming (eventually). I hope this message finds you well. The board of education approved an update to the current district calendar. Tuesday, June 8th is now an all-remote, early dismissal day. In addition to the usual safety challenges that primary election day brings, we also cannot require voters to wear masks. Our students and staff have been so diligent in masking that it has become necessary to allow the buildings to be used exclusively as polling places on June 8th. As a reminder, the last three days of the school year (June 11, 14, and 15) are all early dismissal days for students. Details will be forthcoming from Mr. Peragallo and Mrs. Azevedo, but here are some important dates to keep in mind: Edgar promotion will be June 11th at MHS (note those changes) with a rain date of June 14th, MHS graduation will be on June 15th (rain date is June 16th), and MHS Project Graduation will be held June 15th even if outside graduation needs to be postponed due to rain. New Jersey’s CALI report puts the six regions of the state, and New Jersey as a whole, in YELLOW (moderate risk of transmission). All schools remain open for everyday in-person attendance. Here is what I sent to staff earlier this morning regarding masks: #1 - the CDC mask announcement yesterday does not apply to schools, and #2 – the NJDOH has not even adopted these guidelines for the general public, much less schools. So, the result is no change. Mask up. Stay safe. Happy Friday. VCaputo
3 days ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Hello and I hope this message finds you well. There is good news on the COVID front. Vaccinations are on the rise and readily available for those 16 years and older, and approval for usage in younger children seems to be right around the corner. Cases are down statewide and locally. The state’s CALI report this week shows that the state and our central-east region of the state are both in YELLOW status. We will continue to welcome all students who want to attend in-person, regardless of their A week/B week designation. Of course, you may also remain hybrid or all-remote. This week, we had the following in-person attendance averages at the four schools: MHS=29%, Edgar=57%, Campbell=77%, and Moss=58%. Please follow notification protocols at each school for changing your child’s designation among remote, hybrid, and fully in-person. Have a great weekend. Happy Mother’s Day. None of us would have been anything without our moms.
10 days ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
April 30, 2021 Good morning. I hope this message finds you and your family well. I am happy to share with you that the district can welcome back all students in our four schools who choose to attend school in-person, both weeks, starting on Monday, May 3rd. Campbell was already scheduled to allow both cohorts to merge on Monday. Now we will do the same at Edgar. The latest COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) Weekly Report from the NJDOH indicates that our region has moved out of the high-risk transmission range (ORANGE) and into the moderate-risk transmission range (YELLOW). As a result, and in accordance with the current NJDOH guidelines, both elementary and secondary students can now attend school “with a minimum of 3 feet of physical distancing between students maintained in classrooms with strict adherence to mask-wearing.” You will continue to receive information from your building principals with additional details about arrival, dismissal, lunch, and more. Remember, we are not out of the woods yet. Should the CALI status return to ORANGE, students are Edgar School would return to hybrid A week/B week status. Keep social distancing. Keep wearing a mask for public health and as a show of solidarity for our neighbors who are not vaccinated and for our friends around the world, like in India, where COVID cases are spiking. Please take advantage of our district COVID testing at MHS each Thursday and Saturday, with no out-of-pocket cost. Thanks, and have a great weekend.
17 days ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
April 23, 2021 Good morning and happy Friday! Spring sports are underway. We have an eye towards exciting year-end events. And like many parent of high school seniors, we are down to the final three colleges before my daughter decides by next week. She’s got great choices and we are so proud of her. Bussing starts Monday for eligible Campbell and Edgar students. You will receive an email today or tomorrow with your bus assignment information. The bus pass will follow next week. Monday is A week. Busses will pick up eligible A week and fully in-person students at their assigned bus stops beginning Monday, April 26th. COVID testing continues at MHS every Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning. Please take advantage of the convenience and get tested. In addition, encourage social distancing and mask wearing. Let’s drive these numbers down so we can finish the school year strong and head into hopefully and well-deserved and enjoyable summer break. Five of the six regions of the state (including central east which includes Metuchen) and the state as a whole, remain in ORANGE status. This means there is a high risk of transmission of COVID-19. With those conditions in mind, I want to provide updates for those parents waiting for the chance to send their children in-person every day, both A week and B week. At Metuchen High School, since we have room to accommodate the relatively low in-person enrollment and maintain six-feet of social distance, we continue to allow students to attend in-person every day if they choose. While NJ is still in ORANGE status, we cannot make the necessary accommodations at Edgar School to allow any more students to attend in person. If/when we move into YELLOW status (and I think numbers are trending in a better direction this week), then I will make the decision to allow Edgar parents to send their children in-person every day. The earliest that could happen now would be 5/3. I will assess the conditions next Thursday and let everyone know if we can allow that. If we are still ORANGE, then I will re-assess each subsequent Thursday to make a decision for the following Monday. The NJDOH guidelines are very clear in the requirements for high/middle schools versus elementary schools. Speaking of which, last night I made the decision to allow parents to send their Campbell children to school in-person every day, A week and B week, beginning Monday, May 3rd. Campbell parents will get school-specific notification of any changes to procedures. And finally, this coming Monday, April 26th, parents of Moss students will be able to send their children in-person every day regardless of A week/B week designation. I am grateful to the Moss staff and am confident in their plan. Have a great weekend. Dr. Vincent Caputo
24 days ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon, MHS community. As you know, we were all-remote Thursday and Friday in order for our team, including our school nurse, to complete contact tracing and to consult with the County Health Department. We have identified several cohorts that are suspected sources of transmission. The students involved in these activities and their related close contacts continue to be quarantined for the appropriate 14-day period. Today we have consulted with our school physician and the County Superintendent, and with their approvals and that of the County Health Department, we have determined that we will re-open MHS starting Saturday morning for the ACT and other high school activities. We anticipate regular in-person school on Monday. If there are any changes, I will be in touch. Please maintain social distancing, avoid all indoor gatherings, and continue to wear your masks. Thank you. Dr. Caputo
about 1 month ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Hello and good afternoon. I hope this message finds you well. Five of the six New Jersey regions (including central-east of which Metuchen is a part) and the state as a whole remain in ORANGE status. This indicates a high risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please adhere to six-foot social distancing guidelines, avoid indoors gatherings with people not in your household, and wear your mask. As many of you already know, Metuchen High School has been all-remote for the last two days. This has allowed us to complete COVID contact tracing and for extensive communication with the County Health Department and our school physician. A collaborative decision will be made later today about whether MHS must remain closed for 14 days, or if we can reopen beginning as early as Saturday for the ACTs. Stay tuned for a message that will go out to the MHS community. While the COVID cases statewide and locally are high, we continue to plan for allowing students to attend in-person both weeks. We are working with our food-service provider to have enough in-person lunches. Bussing, pending County approval, is set to resume on April 26th, regardless of whether we are still hybrid or open to all students in both weeks. Those of you who have signed up will soon receive your bus passes. For the remainder of this school year, of course, parents may choose to keep their children all-remote. Since February, all MHS students have been able to attend in-person both weeks. I will continue to keep you all updated on whether we are able to allow full in-person attendance both weeks at Moss, Campbell, and Edgar, beginning on April 26th or May 3rd. Testing each Thursday and Saturday will continue. Food pickup also is available as scheduled. Please stay safe and enjoy the weekend. Dr. Vincent Caputo
about 1 month ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Hello and good afternoon. I hope this message finds you and your family well. New Jersey and each of the six regions of the state are ORANGE. This means there is a high rate of transmission currently. Among staff and students this past week, here in Metuchen, we had double the number of new cases compared to any other week in the last 13 months. We need to do better. Get vaccinated as soon as you can get an appointment. Keep wearing your mask and social distancing. And please avoid large or indoor gatherings. Beginning April 19, all individuals 16 and older are eligible for vaccination. Fully vaccinated people (two weeks after the last shot) can now avoid quarantine when returning after domestic travel or when deemed a close contact of someone who tests positive. So, what about parents having the opportunity to send their children every day both weeks? We are doing everything that we can to keep April 26 as a possibility for that. We are working with our bussing company and our food service provider. Principals are making the necessary preparations for more students. While the NJDOH has reduced the 6-foot distancing requirement when masked and in the classroom, there are two other factors that I am watching closely to ensure we contribute to the public health: the state and regional CALI report and the local cases. With both trending in the wrong direction, we still have much to do to make 4/26 a reality. Thank you in advance. COVID testing continues at MHS on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Here is the link with instructions on how to schedule a tele-med visit and secure a test time: https://www.metuchenschools.org/article/384549?org=msd. Please consider getting you and family tested regularly. The NJDOE released its school performance reports. You can find the reports for our schools as well as any district or school in the state. Click here: https://rc.doe.state.nj.us/ For most students, there will be no spring state testing this year. Some students still need to be tested. Your schools will be in touch. It looks like there will be new state testing to start the school year in the fall. More information to be released about that. Spring is here. Many seniors are making post-secondary plans, including deciding on colleges. There is still lots of work to accomplish preK to 12 in the next two months. There are also some fun school and district events coming up. Enjoy and continue to keep you and your neighbors safe and supported from COVID, racism, and mental health stresses. Thanks. Dr. Caputo
about 1 month ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you well. We have summer-like temperatures on the eve of spring break. Below are some updates for this week and next. I’ll communicate again on 4/9 unless there is something timely to report before then. Our COVID status remains ORANGE. This means across the state and the central-east region of the state, the transmission rate remains high. Percent positivity and case rates have both increased in our area. In no way are we done with this pandemic. Please continue to wear a mask and social distance from others. Stay outside when you can and continue to keep your bubble small. As a reminder, travel restrictions are still in place. Those traveling during the week will need to quarantine and will be excluded from school buildings and co- and extracurricular activities. Please communicate with your teacher, principal, nurse, coach, and/or club advisor. Testing is an important tool to reduce the spread of the virus. To that end, we will continue our COVID testing at MHS tomorrow, next Thursday and next Saturday even while we are on spring break. I encourage you to take advantage of this testing. Keep your family, friends, and neighbors safe. I will repeat my message from last week. While we have had many requests from parents to have their children attend every day, every week, at this point we can only accommodate that at MHS. At Moss, Campbell, and Edgar we are still targeting 4/26 or 5/3. Yesterday the NJDOH reduced social distancing from 6 feet to 3 feet under certain circumstances, with several conditions. I am also closely watching the local case numbers and the weekly state CALI reports. There are many details to be worked out over the next month. I can assure you we would like nothing more than to offer every day, every week attendance for all families who want that. Here are two other reminders. There are no meals served next week. The district is always looking for daily subs – apply online. Thanks for all the support you provide us. Have a great spring break. Enjoy and stay safe. Thanks.
about 1 month ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
Dr. Caputo's Presentation at the March 23rd Board of Education Meeting regarding Hybrid Learning Survey Results: https://5il.co/qwyv
about 1 month ago, Metuchen School District
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this email finds you and your family happy and healthy. You may notice our flags at half-staff through Monday. Over the last several years, we have seen increased discrimination and hate directed toward Asian-Americans. This week’s violence and murders in the Atlanta-area were just gut-wrenching. Racism anywhere is racism everywhere. The Metuchen Public Schools stand with our Asian-American families. We must fight hard all the time for a society in which we want are children to grow up. Take a minute this weekend to check in on your neighbors. Yesterday’s CALI report keeps the state and the central-east region in ORANGE status. This means, while we have more residents receiving vaccines each day, COVID transmission remains high. Stay vigilant. COVID testing is available Thursdays and Saturdays at MHS for students and their families and staff and their families. Make your tele-med appointment, then pick your testing day and time. There should be no out-of-pocket cost to you. Testing will continue through spring break – same days and times. Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC. If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip. If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time. If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel. Click here for full link: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey. travelers must still adhere to quarantine rules even if fully vaccinated. Here are some questions that I have been getting about all students in all schools attending five full days every week: Q1: When might all students be able to attend five days per week? A1: While MHS students can currently attend both weeks due to lower in-person attendance there, we cannot commit for the other three buildings, to a specific date at this time. However, April 26 or May 3 are possible, depending on: Whether the NJDOH changes its guidance for schools (now that the CDC has made 6 vs 3 feet recommendations) The state COVID transmission status (we need to be yellow on the CALI report) Cases locally in Metuchen. We have seen a high number of cases in Metuchen over the last two weeks. We need to drive these numbers down. Q2: Can it be sooner? A2: No. I don’t think it can be earlier than April 26. We want five weeks out from this week for fully vaccinated staff (and of course, we want two weeks after spring break because of travel despite recommendations not to.) Q3: What happens next? A3: The administration continues their daily meetings. We also have upcoming collaborative meetings with our District Leadership Team, the Instructional Council, the School Leadership Teams, and my Parent and Student Advisory groups. I will continue working with the board and will provide brief updates at the next several board meetings. Q4: What can you do? A4: Wear a mask (or two masks). Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands frequently. Finally, congratulations to the Campbell School Green Team. This morning, the team was awarded a $10,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools. Way to go! You can hear the announcement for yourself and learn more about our project at Facebook.com/SustainableJersey. We were announced approximately 25 minutes into the presentation!
about 1 month ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this email finds you and your family doing well. Here are some updates: Three of the six regions of the state (including central-east) are in ORANGE. The state of New Jersey is also ORANGE. This indicates a HIGH rate of COVID-19 activity. Please continue to adhere to social distancing and mask wearing. While more and more people are vaccinated, we still have a long way to go. Now is not the time to let down our guard. COVID testing is available Thursdays and Saturdays at MHS for students and their families and staff and their families. Make your tele-med appointment, then pick your testing day and time. There should be no out-of-pocket cost to you. Testing will continue through spring break – same days and times. Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC. If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip. If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time. If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel. Click here for full link: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey. travelers must still adhere to quarantine rules even if fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated individuals (two weeks after final dose) or those with proof of a positive test within the past 90 days are no longer required to quarantine as a close contact. Meals will continue to be served at MHS for the next two weeks. Meals will not be served over spring break and will then resume upon our return to school. Dr. Herzog's presentation at the March 9th Board of Education Meeting regarding the Mental Health Initiative Update, can be found here: https://5il.co/qj5d My presentation at the March 9th Board of Education Meeting regarding Hybrid Learning Survey Results: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1J_rVvmzvbuK3feduvZ5Kjzzo4b1RSZHvZ7JyvbTywYQ/preview The last two days have felt like spring training weather. The next few days are back to March weather and March Madness. Don’t forget to spring your clocks ahead this weekend. Dr. Vincent Caputo
2 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
Dr. Herzog's Presentation at the March 9th Board of Education Meeting regarding the Mental Health Initiative Update, can be found here: https://5il.co/qj5d
2 months ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
Dr. Caputo's Presentation at the March 9th Board of Education Meeting regarding Hybrid Learning Survey Results: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1J_rVvmzvbuK3feduvZ5Kjzzo4b1RSZHvZ7JyvbTywYQ/preview
2 months ago, Metuchen School District
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. As always, I hope this message finds you well. Yesterday’s CALI report puts New Jersey back in ORANGE status, with three of the six regions of the state (including central-east) in ORANGE and the other three in YELLOW. Please continue to avoid gatherings, especially indoors. And despite what some states are doing, please continue to wear a mask. Let’s be honest, it is not that big of an inconvenience. Keep your family and your neighbors safe. Get tested at MHS each Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning. Students and staff, and their respective families are eligible. Register for a tele-med appointment. Then pick your appointment time. Testing is critical for returning to normal. So far, we have tested over 1100 individuals. Get your test as early as tomorrow! If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip. If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time. If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 3 months and recovered do not need to quarantine or get tested again during that three-month period as long as they do not develop new symptoms. If new symptoms develop after travel, people should follow instructions for what to do if you're sick. At this time, individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 should continue to follow the State's travel advisory. Here is an update regarding meals. Parents/guardians of roomers can pick up 7 days’ worth of breakfast and 2 weekend lunches each Friday from 7:30 to 9:00am. Parents/guardians of zoomers can pick up breakfasts and lunches on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30am - 9:00am. Pick up at the High School, door #29. We will serve MHS roomers lunch on March 23, 24 and 25. Campbell and Edgar have ½ days for conferences. On Monday, March 22 parents/guardians can pickup for Campbell and Edgar roomers: 3 lunches and 3 breakfasts. Will not be serving breakfast/lunch during spring break. Have a great weekend. Be extra nice to each other!
2 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you well. COVID status: For the first time since the middle of November, New Jersey has dropped to YELLOW (moderate risk of transmission). While this is good news, it is not time to let your guard down. Maintain social distance and avoid indoor gatherings all together. Wear masks when indoors and when around other people outside. I have been trying to be a good role model, wearing two masks, a cloth mask over a blue 3-ply paper mask. Let’s push really hard so our kids can have a decent spring and a good summer. To see the state’s weekly CALI report, click here: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_19_Report_Week_2021_7.pdf Travel: Travel is still discouraged. Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC: If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip. If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time. If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel. Click here for the full link: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey Mid-year student (grades 5-12) and parents (all) survey: Please check your email from Tuesday around 2pm for a link to the survey. Thanks so much to the over 1000 students/parents who have already responded. We got a taste of nice weather at the end of this week. Monday is March 1. Spring is coming. Summer won’t be far behind. Hang in there. Please reach out if we can help.
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you and your family doing well. Is it summer yet? Just a quick update today on COVID status. There is some good news. Three of the six regions in the state are now YELLOW (moderate risk). Our central-east region and the state both remain ORANGE. Keep adhering to the mitigation strategies of distancing, masking, and handwashing. Please continue to avoid crowds and indoor gatherings. I am going out to do some shoveling (again). Hang in there. Warmer temperatures are coming and with pitchers and catchers in camp, spring is right around the corner. Have a nice weekend. VCaputo
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Metuchen Public Schools will operate on an all-remote, early dismissal schedule on Friday, 2/19/21. Food distribution is still on as scheduled. Stay safe.
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Metuchen Public Schools will operate on an all-remote, early dismissal schedule for Thursday, 2/18/21. After school in-person activities and sports are also cancelled.
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you well. COVID status – while two of the six regions of the state dropped to YELLOW status, the central-east region and New Jersey remain in ORANGE status. Metuchen Schools remain open. Metuchen School District’s Mental Health Supports please visit our website and click on the lime-green mental health resources button: https://www.metuchenschools.org/ To access Mental Health supports at school, contact your school counselor, case manager, or building administrator See below for a summary of service here in the district Tier 1 Supports: Social Emotional Learning, Structured Self Questioning, Problem Solving and Decision Making processes embedded in curriculum Counseling, crisis intervention, and drop in appointments with School Counselors Academic advising with School Counselors Goals setting and post secondary planning with School Counselors Need-based class lessons to address specific issues School wide lessons on coping skills and executive functioning Coping skill tool kits for elementary students Summer Transition Groups from elementary to middle and middle to high Learning Strategies Summer courses for middle and high schoolers Referrals and resources provided to families Parent Workshops, Mental Health Moments resources and Parent Tip Sheets Positive reinforcement classroom management systems Academic interventions and support Tier 2 Supports: Mentors and advisors Individual and group counseling with School Psychologists, School Social Workers and Student Assistance Counselor Partnership with Effective School Solutions (MHS) and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, School Based Programs (Campbell and Edgar) to provide individual and group counseling with a licensed mental health clinician Need based counseling groups (i.e., grief, divorce, friendships) Skill based counseling groups (i.e., emotional regulation, social skills, executive functioning) Need based evening student workshops Positive Behavior Support Plans De-escalation support with calm down/emotional regulation areas Executive functioning lessons and academic support plans Academic interventions and remediation Tier 3 Supports: Partnership with Effective School Solutions for a clinical mental health program for students who benefit from wraparound imbedded supports within their school day (MHS) Partnership with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, School Based Programs for a comprehensive clinical mental health program (Campbell and Edgar) Crisis Intervention, Mental Health Screening and Safety Planning Highly Individualized Functional Behavioral Support Plans by Board Certified Behavior Analysts Home visits and parent education programs Highly Individualized Academic and Emotional Support Plans Supports for Staff: Professional Development sessions on Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Archived webinars from Effective School Solutions Consultation with School Counselors, Child Study Teams, Student Assistance Counselor and Licensed Clinicians Consultation with Board Certified Behavior Analyst Psycho-educational resources for staff (monthly newsletters, professional literature, etc.) Shared resources from Clinical Staff of Effective School Solutions and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care with collaboration and common planning for school based programs Support Groups and Share & Care Sessions Additional School Resources: Effective School Solutions Programs Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, School Based Programs Message to the community: I am listening to the voices of students, parents and teachers and I, along with the Board of education, am committed to the task of continuously reviewing our plan to best address the needs of our community. This is no easy task and there is no road map free of barriers, obstacles, and unintended negative consequences. The one thing is crystal clear: there will not be one plan that addresses the needs of all. Therefore, we will continue our commitment to gathering information, brainstorming plans, implementing, and reflecting. This is a cyclical process and every day, I reflect on the information available and act in what I perceive to be the best interest of the majority of the community. We are grateful for the on-going support of our community to enable us to open our schools for the students who need to attend in person. We are pleased that we have been able to offer the flexibility to our students who cannot attend in person to access their educational program from home. We are proud of our teachers who are working tirelessly to meet the needs of Roomers and Zoomers simultaneously. This plan was developed thoughtfully and with much effort and collaboration. As I reflect on the challenges in the districts around us, I think we have done well in this area. However, our plan is not perfect and it may not be working for all students. We have heard some students say they are struggling with the demands of screen time and workload. This week, a coalition of students spoke publicly advocating for a change to the high school schedule. I am proud of their advocacy but also must share with the public the voices of other members of the community that must also be represented. I have received a comparable number of communications from other students and family members advocating to keep a full day schedule. Just as there are students who are struggling with the current model, there are others who have voiced that they struggle equally with less structure, support, supervision, and engagement. If I were to act with an immediate change to the schedule, I assure you that there would be just as much opposition from other members of the community. Therefore, our response must be thoughtful and purposeful. We know there is an impact of the pandemic on student wellness. This is an understandable response to an on-going situation where students are experiencing significant loss at multiple levels, major changes in social opportunities, and additional stressors across a variety of areas, including school. I take this concern with the utmost seriousness and we will maximize the resources we have and continue to offer counseling services to our students to help them through this period. We will also continue to adjust and help to reduce additional stressors whenever possible. Our schools are equipped with school counselors, child study team members, and clinicians to provide tiered services, depending on the level of student need. This group of professionals continue to work closely with families to provide services, referrals, and guidance to best address the current needs of individual students. The highlights of the mental health supports are on the website. Please contact your school counselor to access support as needed. If you need additional assistance accessing these supports, contact your building principal. We also have academic interventions for struggling students, which include remedial tutoring, supplemental instruction, accommodations, and individualized support plans. Students and parents are encouraged to maintain open dialogue with their teachers to discuss the challenges they are experiencing. Teachers, support staff and administrators will collaborate to offer assistance and flexibility, and to reduce any unnecessary stressors whenever possible. Once again, contact your teacher, school counselor, or building principal to obtain this support. Our next steps include the following: Work with our mental health experts to ensure we are maximizing our support and following their recommendations. Ensure our community of students and parents know how to access the supports for student wellness that are available Obtain additional input from students and parents, via an online survey, to identify specific challenges, effective supports, additional needs, and gather input on suggestions for changes. This input will be analyzed to identify specific problems and align possible solutions to those problems Continue to support our teachers and equipping them with the tools they need to be as successful as possible We will work through these steps as quickly as possible without sacrificing our commitment to a collaborative decision-making process. As always, we will remain transparent and consistent. Lastly, this is a big weekend for us. Besides Valentine’s Day (BTW - enjoy your loved ones, and let them know how important they are), Lori’s birthday is this Saturday. Relax and recharge. Remember - on Monday, schools are closed in observance of Presidents’ Day. See you Tuesday!
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Metuchen Public Schools will operate on a delayed opening schedule for Thursday February 11, 2021
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
The Metuchen Public Schools will operate on a delayed opening schedule for Monday, February 8, 2021. Consult the school websites for start times. Food distribution will continue as scheduled.
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Happy Friday. I hope this message finds you and your family well. COVID status: New Jersey and the central-east region of the state are still ORANGE. Metuchen Schools remain open with mitigation measures in place. See report here: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_19_Report_Week_2021_4.pdf COVID testing: Over 700 nasal swab PCR tests have been administered at MHS. Come out to get you and your family tested on Saturday. You must make a telemed appt for tonight in order to be tested tomorrow. Gatherings: Please don’t gather this weekend. Stay socially distant. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Ensure there is good ventilation. Have a great weekend. Stay safe.
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
The Metuchen Public Schools will operate on a half-day, all-remote schedule for Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Buildings will be open by the afternoon and your principal or coach/advisor will let you know about extracurricular activities. Food distribution will be rescheduled for Thursday. Regular COVID testing will take place Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning. Dr. Vincent Caputo
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
The Metuchen Public Schools will operate on a half-day, all-remote schedule for Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Decisions about after school activities will be made tomorrow on a school-by-school basis. Food distribution is scheduled for Wednesday and Friday. COVID-19 testing is scheduled for Thursday and Saturday.
3 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
The Metuchen Public Schools will operate on a half-day, all-remote schedule for Monday, February 1, 2021. All buildings will be closed. All sports and extracurricular activities are cancelled.
4 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you healthy (and warm). Here are some updates: The NJDOH reports that New Jersey and the central-east region of the state remain in ORANGE status. Metuchen Public Schools remain open. We continue to offer on-site COVID testing at MHS on Thursdays and Saturdays. Please get yourself and your family tested. You can help reduce the rate of transmission if you know your status. As a reminder to Parents/Guardians of Campbell and Edgar bus eligible students , there was a bus interest letter and survey link sent out to your email. Please fill it out by Tuesday, February 2, 2021 to help us determine bussing interest for the upcoming 2021-2022 school. If you have not received it, please reach out. Congratulations to Mr. Ronk and his the Grade 7 G&T STEM students who competed in the Lego Robotics Competition. We even had Edgar Team B win 2nd place in the Core Values Award! Here is the list of students: Edgar Team A- Oliver Ames, Saanvi Karthik, Matthew Lifton, Reece Osborn-Jones, Natalie Wu, Diwen He, Matthew Li, Katie Chen, Giovanni Fighera Edgar Team B- Chiara Baldi, Helen Tang, Joon Lee, Jack Schaunnessey, Victor Galehouse, Caleb Han, Ryan Stein Edgar Team C- Asher Greenbaum, Erika Mihaylov, Manali Weller, Aidan Bernstein-Lundy, Kai Englert, Tariq Alisammond, Nicholas Timko, Sarah Martin Wear a mask. Stay distant. Wash your hands. Stop gathering. Get tested. Thank you. Have a nice weekend. After a Saturday morning food delivery to St. Joseph’s Social Service food pantry in Elizabeth, I’ll be making sauce and lemon-blueberry bread, and enjoying some basketball on TV. I’ll also be paying plenty of attention to the weather forecast. Dr. Vincent Caputo
4 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Metuchen Public Schools will operate on a full-day, all-remote schedule on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. While there isn’t a lot of snow expected, ice is a possibility. All schools will be remote for a full day of instruction.
4 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon: I hope you are healthy and that you are making every effort to keep your neighbors healthy. Here are some updates and links for you. COVID status – Both New Jersey and the central-east region of the state remain in ORANGE: (https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_19_Report_Week_2021_2.pdf). Metuchen Schools remain open with all mitigation efforts in place. COVID testing – Please get tested regularly and whenever you think you may have been exposed. For your convenience we are offering in-district testing for staff and their families and for students and their families. Testing is every Thursday and Saturday. It’s easy, quick, and has no out-of-pocket costs to you. For more information: https://www.metuchenschools.org/article/384549?org=msd Stop gathering, especially maskless, with people outside of your immediate household. That is risky behavior. You can stop the spread. How? Wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash your hands often, and of course, get tested. Please be honest when you complete the daily screening questionnaire. Your cooperation is expected and appreciated. Pay close attention to travel restrictions and quarantine timelines. We are here to help you. Contact us with any questions. 2021-2022 district calendar – At Tuesday’s board meeting, the calendar for next school year was approved: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1084519/2021-22_School_Calendar_Board_Approved_1.19.21.pdf. We designed a calendar with the longest possible summer break. You’re welcome! Have a great weekend. Enjoy family time when you can. And maybe even more outside time. This week saw the first post-5pm sunset of the year. Spring is coming. Hang in there. Dr. Caputo
4 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. Here are some updates: COVID status – New Jersey and the central-east region of the state are still in ORANGE status. The Metuchen Public Schools remain open with all mitigation efforts in place. COVID testing In-district – please consider taking advantage of our in-district testing for students and staff, and their families. Testing takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays at MHS. So far, in two weeks, we have administered 275 tests. Testing provides you valuable information that allows you to protect your family and the community at large. The process is easy. It includes a virtual tele-medicine visit and bringing your printed prescription to MHS at the appointment time you choose. Other options – of course there are plenty of other options. We are partnering with Excell Labs on Ethel Road in Edison. They have been collaborative and have even taken our suggestions on how to make the process better. We have heard that late morning seems to be a good time to go if you are able to. They take those who may have been exposed and those who are symptomatic. MHS additional in-person opportunities – beginning January 25th, current hybrid students at MHS will be given the chance to attend in-person both weeks. Every MHS student will retain their A/B week status, and for now, this opportunity does not impact all-remote students. Mr. Peragallo will be communicating to families of in-person students next week to gauge their interest in attending both weeks. We plan to pilot this for a month. Meals – no-cost breakfast and lunch for all students will be offered for the rest of the school year. In addition, Pomptonian has teamed up with award-winning pediatrician, author and keynote speaker, Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino. Here is a link to Dr. Jill’s first edition, “5 Tips for Enjoying a Healthy, Happy and Safe Lifestyle.” https://www.pomptonian.com/nutrition-news/ Schools are closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day. Here is an interesting place to start learning about MLK Jr Day: https://nationaltoday.com/martin-luther-king-jr-day/ Inauguration Day – next Wednesday, January 20th, according to the US Constitution, is Inauguration Day. For decades, some teachers and students have watched the historic ceremony live. This year will be no different. Principals and teachers will collaborate around age-appropriateness and content-relatedness in determining if to incorporate the viewing of the inauguration into their lesson plans. True – we live in complicated times. More than ever, our students need us to be there to support and guide them. I did a quick Google search for some starter information. Here are some links to learn about the history and traditions of the inauguration: https://www.inaugural.senate.gov/ https://washington.org/DC-guide-to/inauguration-day-frequently-asked-questions-washington-dc https://historyinpieces.com/research/presidential-inauguration-dates
4 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this email finds you well. COVID activity level Central-East = orange (high) Statewide = orange (high) Influenza activity level: statewide = low COVID testing: As a reminder, the District is offering free COVID-19 testing to staff and students. There is no out-of-pocket or co-pay required of you, and no need to first have to go in-person to a busy doctor’s office for a test and/or test prescription. Our quick and easy plan requires you to register for a telemed visit (one easy step to book a two-minute telemed visit, which you can do on your phone or computer at home) prior to test day. Then upon receiving an email after the telemed, you book your test slot (one easy step) and go to MHS with your printed prescription. Questions? Send email to: Covidtesting@metuchenschools.org Travel restrictions: “New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this time. Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC: If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip. If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time. If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel. The advisory is no longer specific to certain states. Because of the rising number of case counts across all states, there is an increased risk of spread of COVID-19 upon return from any travel. The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected. Travelers arriving from areas with increasing COVID-19 cases may wish to postpone their travel to the region if they are unwilling or unable to follow the quarantine advisory. Travelers and those residents who are returning from states and territories beyond the immediate region should quarantine at their home, or a hotel or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.” Meals: We will now be offering 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches to all students. Pick-up days, times and locations are being finalized for both Roomers and Zoomers. A flyer will be sent out on Wednesday with distribution details. Winter sports: As of now, we are offering winter sports. See below for practice and game start dates. Please understand that these sports seasons are subject to change. They may be delayed, paused, or cancelled if it becomes necessary. Ice hockey: practices start 1/3 and competition begins 1/15 Basketball: practices start 1/11 and competition begins 1/26 Swimming: practices start 2/1 and competition begins 2/16 Winter track: practices start 2/1 and competition begins 2/16 Wrestling: practices start 3/1 and competition begins 3/16 Have a nice weekend. Enjoy family time and some basketball and football on TV. Reach out if we can be of any help.
4 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
1/6/20201 Good evening. The images we saw out of Washington DC today may have been disturbing for our students (and adults). We are here to support you and your children. Below are some resources that you could use to make some sense out of today and some of the key terms we are hearing. While I encourage you and your students to learn from social media, just be aware of the sources of the material. Start with some trusted sites: When news breaks of disaster or violence, your students may want to discuss a crisis as it unfolds. Here’s how: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/when-bad-things-are-happening Presidential Disability and Succession: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendment/amendment-xxv Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendment/amendment-i US House of Representatives/Impeachment: https://history.house.gov/Institution/Origins-Development/Impeachment/ National Archives/Electoral College: https://www.archives.gov/electoral-college Like many of you, my family has visited Washington DC a few times. We toured the White House, visited the museums, took photos at the iconic monuments and buildings of democracy, and saw the men and women of the Secret Service hard at work. Today was a rough day in American history. And still, we saw democracy in action. Georgia held runoff elections to determine the control of the Senate. Congress certified the Electoral College results in preparation the President-Elect Biden’s inauguration on January 20th. Superintendents this year have been thrust into a new reality. You probably shouldn’t need to get political and government updates from me, but just as it has been with sharing accurate information about COVID-19, it’s my responsibility to inform our community of events, especially those that will have traumatic effects on staff and students. Feel free to reach out. Educators will educate. Counselors will counsel. That’s what we do. We are here for you today, tomorrow, and every day. Have a restful evening.
4 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
1/4/21 Thank you to those who took advantage of our free Covid-19 testing for all staff and students last week. Beginning January 7th, we will offer testing on Thursdays from 2:30 to 6:30 pm for staff; 3:30 to 6:30 pm for students; and on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (staff and students). Learn more here: https://5il.co/o9a5 You must register in advance and complete a virtual “telemedicine visit” prior to Test Day. No walk-ups will be permitted. You will be asked for insurance information when you register. If you do not have insurance, the test will be given to you free of charge. You must arrive at your test with your PRINTED Telemed Covid-19 Test Script in hand, which will be emailed to you after your telemed visit. Moss, Campbell and Edgar students must be accompanied by an adult in order to be tested. To register for a test, please go to https://backtoworksolutions.com/MetuchenPSD.html. Any questions can be sent to Covidtesting@metuchenschools.org. Testing takes place in the MHS Wrestling Room (enter from outside rear door by baseball field). To those who will be tested, thank you for doing your part to ensure a safe return to school in 2021. Dr. Vincent Caputo
4 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Thank you to those who took advantage of our free Covid-19 testing for all staff and students today. Beginning January 7th, we will offer testing on Thursdays from 2:30 to 6:30 pm for staff and from 3:30 to 6:30 pm for students; and Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (staff and students). You must register in advance and complete a virtual “telemedicine visit” prior to Test Day. No walk-ups will be permitted. You will be asked for insurance information when you register. If you do not have insurance, the test will be given to you free of charge. You must arrive at your test with your PRINTED telemed Covid-19 Test Script in hand, which will be emailed to you after your telemed visit. Moss, Campbell and Edgar students must be accompanied by an adult in order to be tested. To register for a test, please go to https://backtoworksolutions.com/MetuchenPSD.html. Any questions can be sent to Covidtesting@metuchenschools.org. Testing takes place in the MHS Wrestling Room (enter from outside rear door by baseball field). To those who will be tested, thank you for doing your part to ensure a safe return to school in 2021. Happy New Year! Dr. Caputo
5 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
We are happy to announce that we are offering free Covid-19 testing for all staff and students. We have partnered with Back to Work Solutions and have scheduled our initial Test Day for this Thursday, December 31, from 11 am to 3 pm in MHS Wrestling Room (enter from outside rear door by baseball field). You must register in advance and complete a virtual “telemedicine visit” on Tuesday or Wednesday prior to Thursday’s Test Day. No walk-ups will be permitted. You will be asked for insurance information when you register. If you do not have insurance, the test will be given to you free of charge. You must arrive at your test on Thursday with your printed Telemed Covid-19 Test Script in hand. Moss, Campbell and Edgar students must be accompanied by an adult in order to be tested. More information can be found on this flyer https://5il.co/o7j7. To register for a test, please go to https://backtoworksolutions.com/MetuchenPSD.html. We will begin weekly testing next week and will forward information when available.
5 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Hello. I hope you are doing well as we close out 2020. Calendar – see you on January 4, 2021 when we will continue to follow our approved district hybrid calendar. Lunch – Meal pickup will restart on January 4, 2021. We are collaborating with Pomptonian. Pickup will either continue daily for lunch - or it may switch to twice per week (and include breakfast in addition to lunch). Stay tuned. I will update the community next week. We have clear advice regarding the holidays from the governor and mayor. Please adhere to it. Don’t travel. Avoid gatherings. Wear a mask. I want to say thank you to the entire Metuchen community. To our staff – thank you for providing excellent instruction in a full-day, hybrid schedule. I really appreciated your collaboration all summer and into September as we returned our most needy students right away and then all our students by October 1. I look forward to our continued work together on 2021. To our parents, thank you for your trust and cooperation. Your confidence is us is greatly appreciated. Your children are our most important stakeholders. We are here to work together with you to see that they get the best academic and social-emotional instruction that we can provide. Your elected board members are committed to seeing that instruction in Metuchen is second-to-none. That’s part of why I love working here! And to our students – thanks for your efforts to be better yourselves - and for your feedback - so that we can be better for you. Your accomplishments in music and art and on the athletic fields this fall have left me impressed and inspired. Your work in the classroom is certainly noticed. It’s a great time to take stock and reflect on where we are and where we want to be by June. Keep working with us to make the educational experience the best it can be. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
5 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Hello. I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and safe. Below is information of interest for you this week: We continue to follow our approved district calendar. Next week, all schools are remote for students. You may see teachers working in-person or from home. We return to our in-person hybrid schedule on January 4, 2021. The COVID-19 Weekly Activity Report for week ending December 12, 2020 can be found on the NJDOH website at: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/statistics/covid/index.shtml. As of the week ending December 12, 2020 (MMWR week 50), all six regions in the state have a COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) Score of 3 and the statewide activity level remains at high. The NJDOH Respiratory Virus Surveillance Report can be found here: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/flu/surveillance/Flu_Report_2020_Week_50.pdf. Influenza activity remains low across the state. Get your flu shot now. The Metuchen Education Foundation has approved Dr. Sandy Vorensky’s grant application for "Math Path." Please consider participating in Metuchen Education Foundation fundraisers if you can. All the monies return to the schools to support innovative pilot programs not currently included in the budget. Each year, thousands of dollars of grants are approved. I will try to highlight the great work by this organization as well as the great work of the PTC and the school PTOs. The FBI is raising awareness for parents and caregivers of school-age children about potential disruptions to schools and compromises of private information, as cyber actors exploit remote learning vulnerabilities. We have been asked to share with all parents/guardians. See the PSA at this link: https://www.ic3.gov/Media/Y2020/PSA201215 My daughter received her first college acceptance this week. Good luck to our MHS seniors who are also awaiting word. Thank you for your continued support. Stay well. Enjoy some football and basketball this weekend.
5 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Metuchen Public Schools will operate all-remote, on an early-dismissal schedule on Thursday, 12/17/2020. Kids can be kids - and play in the snow by mid-day. And adults can be adults - and shovel while there is still plenty of daylight (or they can be kids and play in the snow too!). Check the individual school website or look for a communication from the principal about the schedule specifics for tomorrow. Under N.J.A.C. 6A:32-8.3(e) and Executive Order (E.O.) No. 175, a school day, whether in-person or remote, must consist of at least four (4) hours of active instruction, exclusive of recess periods or lunch periods, and which may include synchronous and/or asynchronous instruction to students by an appropriately certified teacher. I believe this is the best of both worlds. We plan to implement this schedule for weather-related closures this year. Thursday will count toward the required number of instructional days and we will be able to move the last day of school (including MHS Graduation) up to 6/15/2021. If there has even been a year that we all could use a long summer, it is this one! The Board will consider and most likely approve this calendar change when it reconvenes in January. Enjoy tomorrow and be safe
5 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Hi everyone! I hope this message find you and your family well. If you are struggling with COVID, please get well soon. If you need any assistance from us, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask. Calendar: As most of you know already, we are sticking with our approved hybrid district calendar. All students will be remote for the next two weeks. You may see some teachers working in-person while others choose to work from home. Then, in the new year, we will return to our hybrid schedule, starting on January 4, 2021, with B-week students and all staff in-person. Tweets from Governor Murphy today: “Just because a vaccine is right on the horizon doesn’t mean we can start to let our guard down. Do your part. Every day. There is no light switch. We have to get through this winter. We cannot give up. We cannot just let this virus run rampant and have its way with us. All of us need to fully recommit to doing our part to slow the spread. We have to fight to protect every resident, every family, every community.” Lunches: We are partnering with Pomptonian Food Service to provide free school lunches for all students. No preordering is necessary. Last day for lunch pickup is 12/23/2020 from 7:30am to 9:00am. Lunch pickup is at MHS door #29. Lunch pickup for zoomers and lunch service for roomers then resumes on 1/4/2021. Tomorrow is Cookie Day in the Caputo household. Yum! Enjoy the weekend. Stay distant. Mask up. Wash your hands.
5 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
1. NJ COVID information: a. NJ COVID-19 Dashboard: https://covid19.nj.gov/forms/d... b. COVID-19 Activity Level Report: COIVD-19 activity level for the state is HIGH and for the Central East Region (including Middlesex County), it is also HIGH. See the link below for more information: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/d... 2. NJ Flu information: Flu activity level for the state is LOW and for the Central East Region (including Middlesex County), it is also LOW. It is a great time to get you and your loved ones vaccinated against the seasonal flu. See the link below for New Jersey’s Influenza-like Illness Weekly Report: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/d... 3. District calendar: We are following our district calendar and will remain hybrid until 12/11 as scheduled. Next week is A-week. Then, beginning on 12/14, we will be all-remote for students. Staff have the option of working from the buildings or from home. We will return to our hybrid plan on 1/4/2021 with B-week. 4. Winter sports update: The opening dates for all winter sports have officially been pushed back to January. This will give us additional time to assess the viability of offering sports here in the district. As you know, we are making every effort to provide students with as many co- and extra-curricular opportunities as we can. At this date, I cannot say if it will be safe to offer indoor winter sports. Stay tuned. 5. Masks: NJDOH explicitly changed their wording from “face coverings” to “masks”. Based on that change, our nurses advise that all students and staff should wear masks rather than gaiters or bandanas. (However, there is not specific language at this time saying gaiters and bandanas cannot be worn. This is however the interpretation of our nurses, who are our medical experts.) Here is a link with some info: https://www.cdc.gov/coronaviru... Wear a mask! 6. Cooperation: I want to again encourage you to cooperate with contact tracing calls from the state, county, and the district. And please continue to report to us positive cases and close contacts, even if your child is all-remote. It helps us greatly in completing the tracing and reporting that we must do. 7. Update NJDOH guidelines for schools: https://www.state.nj.us/health... 8. Social-emotional character development committee: The SECD Committee is proud to release our first podcast: Coffee Talk. Each month the podcast topic will vary to match current happenings and be influenced by parent/community feedback. This month’s topic is “The First Steps”, how to approach your child when you notice they are getting upset. Click on the following link to access the podcast: https://tinyurl.com/CoffeeTalkPC1. We would greatly appreciate your feedback on our podcast and will do our best to include questions from parents on upcoming topics. Please reach out to: SECD_MSD@metboe.k12.nj.us 9. The Footlighters are filming their performance of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone for viewing on: • Thursday December 3 • Friday December 4 • Saturday December 5 7:00 pm - performances will be viewed online. If you would like to see the production, you will buy tickets and view the film online. For tickets go to: mhsfootlighters.com. Scroll down to The Drowsy Chaperone logo and click on Buy Tickets Today. This takes you to the website for purchasing tickets and viewing the film. There will also be info here for how to access the film. Tickets are $12.00 per device - so people in the same house can all view! 10. Parent Instructional Technology Support: Please join us for our upcoming workshops: a. Tuesday, December 8th: Google Classroom, Drive, Meeting and Room b. Thursday, December 10th: Grade 1-5 Technology Platforms Workshops will take place at 10am and 4pm. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/MSD1220
5 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Happy Thanksgiving. That’s it. That’s the whole message. Detailed Friday communications will continue next week. Be safe!
6 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Hello. I hope this email finds you and your family staying healthy. Below are some updates: Winter sports: The start of the winter season has been officially pushed back by the NJSIAA. While I am still unsure of the likelihood of having indoor winter sports, at least I have more time before decisions need to be made. Practice start dates, per the NJSIAA are as follows: Ice hockey: December 16 Basketball: January 11 Swimming and winter track: February 1 Wrestling: March 1 Two notes: (1) There is no guidance on middle school basketball, so obviously if we were to have a season, practices would not begin before January 11. (2) As a reminder, these are only guidelines from the NJSIAA and decisions about whether we will be participate will be local ones. COVID-19 updates Here is a link to the COVID NJ Alert App. Consider downloading it. https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/app. Please cooperate with district and county contact tracing. You may receive calls from the County Health Department, the school principal, the school nurse, or Mr. Ortman, our district safety coordinator. Thanks. Our mitigation efforts include the following: conducting entry screenings and temperature checks, ensuring that all staff and students wear masks, keeping everyone in the buildings six feet apart, cleaning all high contact areas throughout the day, and conducting process cleaning every night. State COVID-19 dashboard: Visit the website here for the daily updates: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml Middlesex County reported 347 additional cases on Thursday New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) = 1.42 Across the state, there have been 56 school outbreaks with 239 linked cases In Middlesex County, there has been one school outbreak reported with 3 linked cases NJDOH COVID-19 Activity Level Report: This is a weekly report, usually available on Thursday or Friday. You can find the latest version here (as soon as it is published): https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_19_Report_Week_46.pdf Statewide Activity Level = HIGH Central East Region (includes Middlesex County) Activity Level = HIGH Flu shots: In order to help keep its residents safe and continue to practice social distancing, Middlesex County Office of Health Services is highly recommending flu shots. Please consider getting vaccinated. Traveling? Please visit https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey Here is a list of FAQs about travel: https://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/Travel_advisoryFAQs_6-25-2020.pdf You will be excluded for 14 days – for the safety of the staff and students in the buildings. Thanks in advance for your honesty. I appreciate it. On campus? All visitors to our campus, including the front and back fields and the stadium, must wear a mask. Thank you for your cooperation. Calendar: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/903203/2020-2021_School_Calendar_Board_HYBRID_Sept.pdf. The eight school days prior to Thanksgiving (11/16 to 11/25) are all-remote for students. The buildings are open and staff may be working in-person or from home. Lunches: Our lunch pickup system remains in effect. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any questions, let us know. Maintain social distancing. Wear a mask. Get tested. Have a great weekend. Go Bulldogs! Go Scarlet Knights! Go Broncos!
6 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Hello. I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and happy. If there is anything that we can do to help, please let me know. Below is some information for you: School security drills for November – expect test calls on Tuesday As you are likely aware, in accordance with N.J. School Drill Law N.J.S. 18A:41-1, every school is required to have one fire drill and one school security drill each month. Following directives from the Officer of the Governor, adjustments have been made to the types of drills being conducted to help reduce the likelihood of virus transmission during the school year. The New Jersey Department of Education and the Office of School Preparedness & Emergency Planning are requiring each school to conduct a Notification Drill during the month of November. This drill will identify the capability of schools to effectively communicate emergency messaging to all stakeholders. Please expect high-alert test messages to come from the individual schools at these approximate times: Metuchen High School - Tuesday, November 17, 12:00 p.m. Edgar Middle School – Tuesday, November 17, 12:00p.m. Campbell Elementary - Tuesday, November 17, 12:00 p.m. Moss Elementary - Tuesday, November 17, 12:00 p.m. This is not an emergency situation, rather, this is a drill designed to monitor and ensure the functionality of our notification system. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school principal. COVID-19 updates Here is a link to the COVID NJ Alert App. Consider downloading it. https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/app. Please cooperate with district and county contact tracing. You may receive calls from the County Health Department, the school principal, the school nurse, or Mr. Ortman, our district safety coordinator. Thanks. COVID-19 notifications from the district: Our goals include speed and transparency. There will be three levels of communication when we are informed of a positive COVID-19 result: A general notification from me to the students, parents, and teachers at the particular school. If necessary. a notice or phone call from the principal informing anyone who may have been a close contact. (Please be patient with us as this communication is made prior to the complete contact tracing and the summary meeting with the County Health Department.) If necessary, a follow-up from the principal confirming those who are (and those who are not) a close contact. Those confirmed as close contacts must quarantine for 14 days. There is no longer the option to test out of quarantine. Our mitigation efforts include the following: conducting entry screenings and temperature checks, ensuring that all staff and students wear masks, keeping everyone in the buildings six feet apart, cleaning all high contact areas throughout the day, and conducting process cleaning every night. State COVID-19 dashboard: Visit the website here for the daily updates: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml Middlesex County reported 231 additional cases on Thursday New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) = 1.30 Across the state, there have been 51 school outbreaks with 192 linked cases In Middlesex County, there has been one school outbreak reported with 3 linked cases Across the district: we had 1 new case this week, bringing our total to 12. 9 staff members and 11 students are excluded as of today due to a positive test or designation as a close contact. all Metuchen schools remain open. NJDOH COVID-19 Activity Level Report: This is a weekly report, usually available on Thursday or Friday. You can find the latest version here (as soon as it is published): https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_19_Report_Week_45.pdf Statewide Activity Level = MODERATE Central East Region (includes Middlesex County) Activity Level = MODERATE Free drive-thru flu shots: In order to help keep its residents safe and continue to practice social distancing, Middlesex County Office of Health Services will be offering drive-thru flu clinics. This is a free service being offered to all Middlesex County residents ages 6 months and up that meet a set of criteria. To learn more about how to get your free flu shot, upcoming clinic dates, and tips on how to fight the flu this year, residents can visit: http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/flu. Traveling? Please visit https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey Here is a list of FAQs about travel: https://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/Travel_advisoryFAQs_6-25-2020.pdf You will be excluded for 14 days – for the safety of the staff and students in the buildings. Thanks in advance for your honesty. I appreciate it. On campus? All visitors to our campus, including the front and back fields and the stadium, must wear a mask. Thank you for your cooperation. Calendar: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/903203/2020-2021_School_Calendar_Board_HYBRID_Sept.pdf. The eight school days prior to Thanksgiving (11/16 to 11/25) are all-remote for students. The buildings are open and staff may be working in-person or from home. Maintain social distancing. Wear a mask. Get tested. Have a great weekend. Go Bulldogs! Go Scarlet Knights! Go Broncos!
6 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Hello. I hope you and your family are well. Here are some updates for this first week of November: COVID-19 updates Here is a link to the COVID NJ Alert App. Consider downloading it. https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/app. Please cooperate with district and county contact tracing. You may receive calls from the County Health Department, the school principal, the school nurse, or Mr. Ortman, our district safety coordinator. Thanks. COVID-19 notifications from the district: Our goals include speed and transparency. There will be three levels of communication when we are informed of a positive COVID-19 result: A general notification from me to the students, parents, and teachers at the particular school. If necessary. a notice or phone call from the principal informing anyone who may have been a close contact. (Please be patient with us as this communication is made prior to the complete contact tracing and the summary meeting with the County Health Department.) If necessary, a follow-up from the principal confirming those who are (and those who are not) a close contact. Those confirmed as close contacts must quarantine for 14 days. There is no longer the option to test out of quarantine. Our mitigation efforts include the following: conducting entry screenings and temperature checks, ensuring that all staff and students wear masks, keeping everyone in the buildings six feet apart, cleaning all high contact areas throughout the day, and conducting process cleaning every night. State COVID-19 dashboard: Visit the website here for the daily updates: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml Middlesex County reported 169 additional cases on Tuesday New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) = 1.28 Across the state, there have been 25 school outbreaks with 111 linked cases In Middlesex County, there have been no school outbreaks reported NJDOH COVID-19 Activity Level Report: This is a weekly report, usually available Thursday or Friday. You can find the latest version here (as soon as it is published): https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_19_Report_Week_44.pdf Statewide Activity Level = MODERATE Central East Region (includes Middlesex County) Activity Level = MODERATE Free drive-thru flu shots: In order to help keep its residents safe and continue to practice social distancing, Middlesex County Office of Health Services will be offering drive-thru flu clinics.This is a free service being offered to all Middlesex County residents ages 6 months and up that meet a set of criteria. To learn more about how to get your free flu shot, upcoming clinic dates, and tips on how to fight the flu this year, residents can visit: http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/flu. Traveling? Please visit https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey Here is a list of FAQs about travel: https://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/Travel_advisoryFAQs_6-25-2020.pdf You will be excluded for 14 days – for the safety of the staff and students in the buildings. Thanks in advance for your honesty. I appreciate it. On campus? All visitors to our campus, including the front and back fields and the stadium, must wear a mask. Thank you for your cooperation. Calendar: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/903203/2020-2021_School_Calendar_Board_HYBRID_Sept.pdf. Next week is A-week at all four schools. Remember that the eight days prior to Thanksgiving (11/16 to 11/25) are all-remote for students. The buildings are open and staff may be working in-person or from home. Maintain social distancing. Wear a mask. Get tested. Have a great four-day weekend. The weather looks great. Go Bulldogs! Go Scarlet Knights! Go Broncos!
6 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Hello. I hope this message finds you well. Please have a happy - and safe - weekend. Below are some updates. COVID-19 Here is a link to the COVID NJ Alert App. Consider downloading it. https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/app. Please cooperate with district and county contact tracing. Thanks. COVID-19 notifications from the district: Our goals include speed and transparency. There will be three levels of communication when we are informed of a positive COVID-19 result: A general notification from me to the students, parents, and teachers at the particular school. A notice from the principal informing anyone who MAY BE a close contact. (Please be patient with us as this communication is made prior to the complete contact tracing and the summary meeting with the County Health Department.) A follow-up from the principal confirming those who are (and those who are not) a close contact. Those confirmed as close contacts must quarantine for 14 days. There is no longer the option to test out of quarantine. State COVID—19 dashboard: Visit the website here for the daily updates: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml New Jersey reported 1477 additional cases on Thursday Middlesex County reported 121 additional cases on Thursday New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) = 1.25 Middlesex County’s rate of transmission (Rt) = 1.23 Across the state, there have been 28 school outbreaks with 122 linked cases In Middlesex County, there has been 1 school outbreak reported NJDOH COVID-19 Activity Level Report: This is a weekly report. You can find the latest version here: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_19_Report_Week_43.pdf Statewide Activity Level = MODERATE Central East Region (includes Middlesex County) Activity Level = MODERATE Free drive-thru flu shots: In order to help keep its residents safe and continue to practice social distancing, Middlesex County Office of Health Services will be offering drive-thru flu clinics beginning Wednesday, October 28th. This is a free service being offered to all Middlesex County residents ages 6 months and up that meet a set of criteria. To learn more about how to get your free Flu Shot, upcoming clinic dates, and tips on how to fight the flu this year, residents can visit: http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/flu. Traveling? Please visit https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey Here is a list of FAQs about travel: https://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/Travel_advisoryFAQs_6-25-2020.pdf You will be excluded for 14 days – for the safety of the staff and students in the buildings. Thanks in advance for your honesty. I appreciate it. Calendar: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/903203/2020-2021_School_Calendar_Board_HYBRID_Sept.pdf. Next week is B-week. Students have school only on Monday and Wednesday. All staff will be participating in professional development workshop on Tuesday so students should use the time to catch up on assignments. Reminder - the eight days prior to Thanksgiving (11/16 to 11/25) are all-remote for students. The buildings are open and staff may work in-person or from home. Happy Halloween! Vote by November 3rd at 8pm.
7 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Hello. I hope this message finds you and your family doing well. Go Bulldogs! Go Scarlet Knights! Go Broncos! Here are some updates: COVID-19 notifications from the district: Our goals include speed and transparency. There will be three levels of communication when we are informed of a positive COVID-19 result: 1. A general notification from me to the students, parents, and teachers at the particular school 2. A notice from the principal informing anyone who MAY BE a close contact. (Please be patient with us as this communication is made prior to the complete contact tracing and the summary meeting with the County Health Department.) 3. A follow-up from the principal confirming those who are (and those who are not) a close contact. Those confirmed as close contacts must quarantine for 14 days. There is no longer the option to test out of quarantine. State COVID—19 dashboard: Visit the website here for the daily updates: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml. Middlesex County reported 88 additional cases on Thursday New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) = 1.17 Across the state, there have been 25 school outbreaks with 111 linked cases In Middlesex County, there have been no school outbreaks reported NJDOH COVID-19 Activity Level Report: This is a weekly report. You can find the latest version here: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_19_Report_Week_42.pdf Statewide Activity Level = MODERATE Central East Region (includes Middlesex County) Activity Level = MODERATE NJDOH guidelines: · As a reminder, and in consultation with the County Health Department and the County Superintendent, here are the guidelines that we are following: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/RecommendationsForLocalHealthDepts_K12Schools.pdf. Safety is our primary concern. We also feel an obligation to keep the schools open when we can. · As of this week, we are following new recommendations. No longer can we accept negative tests from days 5 and 8. But testing is very critical to public health, so you should still consider getting a test. Here is a graphic on why you can’t test out of quarantine… https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID-Cannot-Test-Out-of-Quarantine.pdf · New CDC guidance was released this week. The big message is that besides masks, the most important thing we can enforce is social distancing. We continue to do everything we can to ensure everyone is six feet apart. · We are trying to support all of the co- and extracurricular activities we can. Winter sports are still up in the air. We are proceeding with the typical pre-season signups and paperwork. Stay tuned. Help prevent the spread: Stay socially distant – both indoors and outdoors Wear a mask indoors when you are not with your family group Wear a mask outdoors when you can’t stay socially distant Wear a mask when you are anywhere on school grounds, including at outdoor sporting events Wear a mask when you are driving in a car with anyone not in your family group Wash your hands with soap/water or use hand sanitizer Stay home if you are sick or symptomatic In general, minimize your risks of getting and spreading the virus Traveling? Your children will be expected to learn virtually during the 14-day quarantine period that follows a trip that the family takes to a state on the NJ quarantine list. Here is the latest guidance (updated on 10/20): https://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/Travel_advisoryFAQs_6-25-2020.pdf District calendar: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/903203/2020-2021_School_Calendar_Board_HYBRID_Sept.pdf. Please note that all students will be remote for the eight days prior to Thanksgiving. So, from November 16 to November 25, all students will participate virtually. And finally, election season is underway. You have until 8pm on Tuesday, November 3rd, to cast your vote. Make sure your voice is heard!
7 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good morning! I hope this message finds you healthy. Below are some updates along with some website addresses so you can find additional information. Have an enjoyable weekend. Stay healthy. Vote. State COVID—19 dashboard: Visit the website here for the daily updates: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml. Middlesex County reported 89 additional cases on Thursday New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) = 1.16 Across the state, there have been 22 school outbreaks with 83 linked cases In Middlesex County, there have been no school outbreaks reported NJDOH COVID-19 Activity Level Report: This is a weekly report. You can find the latest version here: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID_19_Report_Week_41.pdf · Statewide Activity Level = MODERATE · Central East region (includes Middlesex County) Activity Level = MODERATE NJDOH guidelines: As a reminder, and in consultation with the County Health Department and the County Superintendent, here are the guidelines that we are following: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/RecommendationsForLocalHealthDepts_K12Schools.pdf Help prevent the spread: Stay socially distant – both indoors and outdoors Wear a mask indoors when you are not with your family group Wear a mask outdoors when you can’t stay socially distant Wear a mask when you are anywhere on school grounds, including at outdoor sporting events Wear a mask when you are driving in a car with anyone not in your family group Wash your hands with soap/water or use hand sanitizer Stay home if you are sick or symptomatic In general, minimize your risks of getting and spreading the virus Traveling? Your children will be expected to learn virtually during the 14-day quarantine period that follows a trip that the family takes to a state on the NJ quarantine list: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey Flu vaccine: Please get vaccinated against the flu. This is more important than ever before. See here for more information: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/flu.shtml Executive Order 187: This week, Governor Murphy issued an executive order permitting limited indoor sports practices and games. The NJSIAA followed up with their plan. We have not made any decisions for winter sports at this time. Close contact, high risk, indoor sports are much different than the sports currently happening now. Please to be patient. Science and public health must guide this decision. We are trying to support as many co- and extra-curricular activities for our students as we can. I will stay in touch with updates. Reminder: The district will be all-remote for the eight school days leading up to Thanksgiving, 11/16 to 11/25. All students will be learning virtually from home on those days. This is part of our approved district calendar and is in place to allow for families (if they choose) to isolate for two weeks before the holiday. A similar all-remote period will be in effect leading up the to the winter break. You can view the calendar here: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/903203/2020-2021_School_Calendar_Board_HYBRID_Sept.pdf
7 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. It feels like fall outside so I made some pumpkin chocolate chip bread last night. I wish I could share some with everyone. I hope this message finds you well. Here are some updates: State COVID—19 dashboard: Visit the website here: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml. · Middlesex County reported 91 additional cases today · New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) = 1.19 · Across the state, there have been 16 school outbreaks with 58 linked cases · In Middlesex County, there have been no school outbreaks reported Help prevent the spread: · Stay socially distant – both indoors and outdoors · Wear a mask indoors (and even outdoors when you are not with your family group and when you are anywhere on school grounds) · Wash your hands with soap/water or use hand sanitizer · In general, minimize your risks of getting or spreading the virus PSATs: · PSATs will be administered on Wednesday, 10/14, at MHS for A week and B week sophomores and juniors, plus select seniors who need PSAT for the alternate graduation pathway · At MHS only, this will be a remote day of instruction / independent work for freshman, and seniors, plus students who decide not to take in-person PSAT · All teachers at MHS will report in-person: some will proctor the PSAT, others will provide extra help, small group instruction, or meet with their class in regular period if they choose · Lunch pickup will be available for all as usual in the morning · Bagged lunches for the in-person test takers will be provided after the test as student are leaving the building · Students will be dismissed following the test, probably around 1:00 pm · On Thursday, 10/15, we will resume with our regularly-scheduled hybrid instruction (A week) Have a great weekend. Stay safe. Enjoy your families. Mask up. VOTE today!
7 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you and your family physically and mentally healthy. Here are some updates as we head into the first weekend of October: Wear a mask. Masks work! Here’s an article on gaiters: https://medical.mit.edu/covid-19-updates/2020/08/neck-gaiters. We know there are better options than single layer gaiters, but covering your nose and mouth helps prevent the spread. And remember, the material and thickness are as important as the type of face covering. Get tested! https://www.nj.com/opinion/2020/09/think-you-were-exposed-to-covid-19-heres-what-test-you-should-take-opinion.html utm_source=twitter&utm_content=nj_starledger_twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=starledger_sf New state COVID-19 dashboard: Visit the state’s COVID-19 website here: https://covid19.nj.gov/. Scroll down for the dashboard, which includes health and schools data. For example, as of today: · Middlesex County had 74 additional cases · New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) = 1.19 · Across the state there have been 11 school outbreaks with 43 linked case · In Middlesex County, there have been no school outbreaks · Plus lots of other useful information Mayor Busch continues to keep us all updated on cases in Metuchen. We appreciate his communication and transparency. Mental health first aid: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2020/09/five-ways-you-can-help-youth-take-care-of-their-mental-health-when-going-back-to-school/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWWpGbVpURmlaVEprWWprMSIsInQiOiJKb3RPSldYN0t0U3daNXZrTzRYelFCNWhyVGNGV2Y3RjlWZXgrK0J3OVlUV2lhZFBaWnhqOEp4ZmM3RkZGZUtFUHVPc3RzMzljU2RZXC9Id0ZPSTVER0xQNDNEQ21LN1lOTnNndEI3YlQyT2tPNWhKaUhlbk5mWndsYURkaG1ZSUwifQ%3D%3D. Here are some tips for helping students: 1. Ask how they are doing 2. Give reassurance 3. Provide practical help 4. Develop routines 5. Be a role model Campbell dismissal plan update: See plan here from Mr. Porowski: https://5il.co/lr2h. Thanks for pay attention to the specifics. We know it’s not always convenient, but we have made these revisions after consultation with the Metuchen Police Department. Lunches: Roomers will eat socially-distant inside (and outside of the school building when feasible). Zoomers and all-remote students can pick up lunches at the high school. IMPORTANT NOTE: we have noticed some unsafe driving practices at MHS during the morning arrival/lunch pickup timeframe. Please drive slow. We have staff and students in the lots and crossing the road to the building. Please follow all signs and directional arrows. They are there for the safety of all. Thanks. Chromebooks: Please charge your devices at night and for Roomers, please make sure your battery is at 100% when you leave for school in the morning. Thanks! Screening questions: Thanks for remembering to fill out the screening questionnaires in the morning for those attending in-person. Our staff and other students really appreciate it. Thanks also for your patience. I realize we are using different tools across the district: Google, Pickup Patrol, and Genesis. It may be an inconvenience and I will continue to monitor this with the principals, but please know that these tools meet a variety of needs depending on the school, and any screening procedures, while not foolproof, help to improve the safety for all. Thanks! Did I say it already? Wear a mask. Masks work! Have a nice weekend.
8 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you well. As we close out September, I want to thank you for the feedback on remote instruction. It helps us improve now and as we transition to hybrid instruction beginning next week. Thanks also for everything you are doing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. You can stop the spread by minimizing the risks you and your families take. Hybrid instruction We currently have almost 40 students in-person every day. Beginning Thursday, October 1, they will be joined by our Week A Roomers. We will be doing temperature checks and reviewing screening questionnaires before students enter the building. You can really help us and make your child’s morning smoother by reviewing and completing those questionnaires in a timely manner each morning. Restart and Recovery Plan: As a reminder, here is our County-approved plan shared with you on August 3: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/833170/Metuchen_Restart_and_Recovery_Plan_July_31__2020_FINAL.pdf, see especially Remote Learning Policy starting on p.27 As a reminder, here are the options for parents: Per Governor Murphy, parents may choose 100% all-remote instruction for their children. Parents can request a switch from in-person to all-remote instruction with three days’ notice. We can probably make this change more quickly so the student can participate as a Zoomer. Parents can request a switch from all-remote to in-person instruction with three days’ notice. With principal approval, the students would attend during their next assigned A or B week. No changes to A/B week designation will be made. Thanks for your cooperation. Currently, parents have indicated that 65 to 70% of our students will be attending school in-person. Please contact the school principal directly, as soon as possible, with your requested changes. Stay home if you are sick: Children should stay home if they are sick. Attending school with symptoms risks forcing a classroom or a school into quarantine. If they have symptoms and stay home, they protect all of us and help to keep the schools open. COVID testing If you are experiencing symptoms or think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested. See here for more information: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing It's especially important to get tested if: · You are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, shivering, headache, or new loss of taste or smell) · You have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 · You are an essential worker (health care worker, first responder, food service worker, or transit worker) · You were recently in a large crowd where social distancing was hard to maintain · You recently travelled to an area or a state with high COVID-19 infection rates Lunches This week, we handled out over 350 lunches on both Monday and Wednesday. Lunches continue to be offered for free to all students regardless of free-and-reduced-lunch status. Beginning next week, however, there will be CHANGES to lunch distribution: · Schools are closed on Monday, 9/28. No lunch distribution. · Tuesday, 9/29 – lunches will be available for pickup at MHS door #30. · Wednesday, 9/30 – lunches will be available for pickup at MHS door #30 · Beginning, Thursday, 10/1 – lunches will be served in-person for the Roomers and will be available for pickup at MHS door #30 for Zoomers and all-remote students. Mask etiquette Masks must be worn in school. To build stamina, children could be wearing masks around the home. Remind children not to share masks. Masks must be worn properly. They have to cover both the nose and the mouth to be effective. As a reminder, these are the best ways to stop the spread of a respiratory virus like COVID-19 and to minimize both your risk and the risk to neighbors: Maintain social distance Wear a mask Wash your hands Extracurricular activities MHS sports – fall sports are practicing and scrimmaging. If you want a season, wear a mask. MHS marching band – the band is practicing. If you want a season, wear a mask. Edgar sports – teams are practicing; we are planning to run a compressed, more-localized schedule. If you Clubs at Campbell, Edgar, and MHS – we are committed to offering as many clubs as we can safely. Some will be stating up shortly. Others maybe later in the fall.
8 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you well, your families healthy, and your children doing well, both academically and social-emotionally. Here are some updates: Self-quarantine The following is from the New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools (Updated September 8, 2020) Stay Home When Sick or if Exposed to COVID-19. Students and staff should stay home if they have: • Tested positive (viral test) for COVID-19 • COVID-19 compatible symptoms • Potential exposure to COVID-19: · Recent close contact (being within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with a person with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. · Travelled to an area with high levels of COVID-19 transmission in the past 14 days: § NJ travel advisory list: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travelinformation/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travelrestrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey § International travel advisory: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html See here for full NJDOH information about their school closure recommendations: https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/RecommendationsForLocalHealthDepts_K12Schools.pdf Extracurricular activities · MHS sports – fall sports are practicing. I visiting all the high school teams this week. If you want a season, wear a mask. · MHS marching band – the band is practicing. If you want a season, wear a mask. · Edgar sports – we are planning to run Edgar fall sports on a compressed, localized schedule; more information will be forthcoming; coaches have been or will be in contact shortly. · Clubs at Campbell, Edgar, and MHS – we are committed to offering as many clubs as we can safely. Some will be stating up shortly. Others maybe later in the fall. COVID testing If you are experiencing symptoms or think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should get tested. See here for more information: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing Lunches Lunches are available to all students via pickup at MHS on Mondays and Wednesdays. This week, we handled out 317 lunches on Monday and 358 on Wednesday. Mask etiquette · To build stamina, children should be wearing masks, even around the home, over the next couple of weeks. · Remind children not to share masks. · Masks must be worn properly. They have to cover both the nose and the mouth. · As a reminder, these are the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to minimize both your risk and the risk to neighbors: o Maintain social distance o Wear a mask o Wash your hands Hybrid instruction · We are still committed to starting our hybrid in-person instruction plan beginning on October 1 with week A students in-person. We will continue to monitor health and safety conditions. · Restart and Recovery Plan: As a reminder, here is our County-approved plan shared with you on August 3: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/833170/Metuchen_Restart_and_Recovery_Plan_July_31__2020_FINAL.pdf, see especially Remote Learning Policy starting on p.27 · As a reminder, here are the options for parents: o Per Governor Murphy, parents may choose 100% all-remote instruction for their children. o Parents can request a switch from in-person to all-remote instruction with three days’ notice. We can probably make that change more quickly. o Parents can request a switch from all-remote to in-person instruction with three days’ notice. Students would attend during their assigned A or B week. o Please contact the school principal directly, as soon as possible, with your requested changes. MHS SAT and PSAT · SAT – next Wednesday, we will be offering the SAT at MHS as part of the Senior Day option; as a reminder this administration is only for current MHS seniors who have pre-registered. There is a cost of $52 for the test and $68 for the test with essay. Contact Mr. Peragallo with any questions. For other regular SAT administrations, please consult the College Board website. · PSAT – as we do annually, we will be administering the PSAT at MHS in October. There is no cost to families.
8 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
I hope this message finds you well. Here are some updates: Remote instruction: For most of our students, remote instruction will continue for the month of September according to the regular school schedules. Other students are being phased-in for in-person instruction throughout the month of September. Most teachers have already been teaching from the buildings. All staff are required to be in-person beginning 9/16. Lunches: Lunch are free for all students through the end of December, and are available for pickup at MHS on Monday and Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:00am for the month of September. An updated plan will be shared prior to October 1, when in=person hybrid instruction begins district-wide. Clubs: We are trying to run as many of our clubs this year as possible. I will be making recommendations to the Board at the 9/22 meeting. Athletics: MHS – football and field hockey began today; all other fall sports can start on Monday, 9/14. Scrimmages can begin 9/24. Games can start on 10/1. Student-athletes will not enter the building during the month of September. All activities will be outside. We will revisit this for October. Edgar – we are still in the planning stages for fall middle school sports. Intramurals will also hopefully start up in October. SAT & ACT: SAT Senior Day will be September 23, 8:30am. Only for MHS seniors. Regular SAT is also scheduled for November 7 - open to everyone through College Board ACT - October 24 and April 17 Future dates for SAT - March 13 and May 8 Thanks and have a great weekend. A big 16-game stretch starts tonight for the Mets. If they qualify for the playoffs, the season will be a success in my mind. Good luck to your favorite NFL team. I’ll be trying to stay awake for the Broncos game late on Monday night. Pay attention to news stories about science, truth/lies, and voting rights. Support your neighbor, mask up and stay safe!
8 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this email finds you well. And I hope the start of the school year has been a productive one for you and your family. Here are some updates: · Technology - The Metuchen School District's IT Office continues to support the District hardware that your child is using for remote instruction. Should your child experience issues with their school Chromebooks or other District-issued devices, please email us at support@metboe.k12.nj.us. We will email you back with questions, troubleshooting suggestions, or instructions to bring in your equipment to our temporary bench at the Moss Gym. When emailing us about issues, please include the following information: 1. Your child's name 2. A description of the issue 3. The best contact phone number to reach you · Athletics – We are still actively planning for middle school and high school athletics for our students. Many middle schools have cancelled so the Edgar programs may look very different, but we are still committed to providing after school sports experiences. At the high school, we are implementing many protocols and applying the lessons we learned during the optional summer workouts. We will continue to work with the Mayor and the Borough. Your behavior in the community (social distancing and mask-wearing) will go a long way in determining whether it will be feasible to have the fall sports season. If both COVID-19 cases and community spread remain low, we will do everything we can to have at least some fall athletics. Do your part over the next several weeks. Thanks in advance. · School lunches - The state has approved free meals for all students. Therefore the meal price will be zero ($0.00) effective now thru December 31, 2020. Lunches will be distributed twice per week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, and you can pick them up at Metuchen High School. · For your information, here is a reference document from the NJ Department of Health - https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/RecommendationsForLocalHealthDepts_K12Schools.pdf This guidance document outlines NJDOH COVID-19 public health recommendations for school settings and is intended for use by local health departments (LHDs). This guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of COVID-19 and is subject to change as additional information is known. Please check the NJDOH, NJDOE and CDC websites frequently for updates. We will continue to work with the Middlesex County Health Department, and of course, stay in communication with our community whenever state or county guidance changes. I hope you have a chance to enjoy some family time this weekend. For us that will include a trip to the beach, some grilling, Mets games, and power-washing the house and patio. Mask up and stay safe!
8 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this last summer message from me finds you and your family doing well. COVID-19: Yes. We are still in the midst of a pandemic. So we all need to take the proper precautions. Some of these are temporary and others will continue post-COVID. You shouldn’t necessarily need to look to your superintendent for public health advice but, right now guidance from the federal government is questionable, at best. 1. You need to practice social distancing and avoid crowds. Why? This virus is spread person-to-person, primarily through respiratory droplets. 2. You need to wear a mask. Why? By covering your face and mouth completely, you protect me. It is a small accommodation in order to keep me safe. Thanks. 3. You need to wash your hands frequently. Use soap and water. If not accessible, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 4. And yes – you absolutely should get a COVID test. Dangerous misinformation was released this week questioning this. Ignore it. Get tested if you have any symptoms. Get tested if you were in contact with anyone else who has symptoms. Get tested if you were in a large crowd. Why is testing so important? Testing provides critical public health information to help track the prevalence. Testing also protects your neighbors and your own families and loved ones. If you are positive, you can then isolate and prevent the spread to others. Common sense. And the least you can do to keep others healthy. Racism and social injustice: There IS racism in America. Racism is bad. Black Lives Matter. Period. Full stop. Here is some of what I shared with the community three months ago: 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…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…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 belief 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. Lunches: Lunch will be available for a “grab and go” pick-up to all Metuchen Public School students. Lunch pick-up will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30am until 9:00am at Metuchen High School (entrance left side of building door #31) Mondays students would receive 2 meals and Wednesdays students would receive 3 meals. Students are not permitted to eat at the schools and must take their food to go. Meals will be served on days of school operation only. Please note: September 7th and September 28th schools are closed. Meal pick up will be on September 8th and September 29th. The lunch menu will be posted on the district website. Lunch can be preordered by 12:00pm the day before by emailing: pbaxter@metboe.k12.nj.us Students with free or reduced meal status will be provided meals at no cost to the student/parent/guardian. Students with paid meal status may purchase meals at the cost of $3.00. Funds must be available on the student’s pay schools central account. Please wear proper face covering PSAT – We are planning to administer the PSAT at MHS. Mr. Peragallo will be sharing information. SAT Senior Days – College Board is offering the opportunity for high schools to administer the SAT to their own seniors. Mr. Peragallo has ordered exams for us to deliver here in district. A survey went out this week to parents of MHS seniors. Please let us know which date you would like your child to take the SAT. Meet-and-Greet days – Principals will be sharing some information regarding teacher meet-and-greets and/or material pickups. Welcome to Mrs. Azevedo and Mrs. Evans, our new administrative team at Edgar School. I am so excited that school starts next week. Have a great weekend.
9 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
August 21, 2020 Dear Metuchen Community: I hope this message finds you well. And as always, I hope you are creating opportunities for peaceful family time. Since March when we closed our buildings at the outset of this pandemic, I have continued to dialogue with various stakeholders (board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and students). Representatives of these groups are participating in our Restart Committee and our building-based Pandemic Response Teams. I want to thank all of you for your continuing collaboration. The Board of Education has authorized me to submit an application to begin the year remotely for students. We do not take this decision lightly. We know many of our families have struggled since the spring. We understand the benefits of fully-open public schools. The Governor’s office pivoted last week. Previously, school districts were directed to develop reentry plans that had to include in-person instruction from day one of the new school year. We submitted our plan to the county superintendent on July 31. Then on August 3, we shared our plan with all of you. You can review the plan and other related summary documents on our website. On August 5, we invited you to participate in a survey so we could find out how many parents would choose the all-remote option for students that the Governor had offered. We recognize and appreciate the confidence you have in us, as evidenced by more than half of the parents voting to send their children in-person. The survey results made this decision extremely difficult. Here is the text of my email to the county superintendent, asking for permission for students to start the year remotely: Our district wishes to delay the start of in-person instruction for students and switch to full-time remote instruction. As required, I am providing the following to the Department of Education at least 7 days prior to the first day of expected fully remote instruction: A list of school buildings and grade levels within the district that will being receiving full-time remote instruction: All preK-12 students and 18 to 21 year-old special education students in Metuchen will begin the school year with all-remote instruction. This applies to Moss School, Campbell School, Edgar School, and Metuchen High School. The specific health and or safety standard which the district believes that it is unable to satisfy: We have limited air conditioning in all four of our buildings and believe that it would be very difficult for students to learn in the hot environment with masks all day. The district is in process of upgrading our building management system and needs time to ensure it is operating in all rooms across all buildings. Anticipated efforts the district will undertake to satisfy the identified health and safety standard: The month of October will bring cooler temperatures, reducing the heat burden on teachers and students, allowing them to more easily wear masks full-time. This will improve the teaching and learning process. Once the building management system upgrade is complete, we will make every effort to ensure its proper operation. The new system will help us ensure that we are meeting recommendations regarding outside air intake in all rooms. A date by which the district anticipates resuming in-person instruction: We anticipate students returning to in-person instruction, according to our previously-shared hybrid model, on October 1, 2020. We are considering bringing back our most needy students in phases throughout the month of September, prior to the return of all students. If this is feasible, it will be determined on a case-by-case basis. All teachers will be required to report in-person beginning September 1, 2020. Here are some important details: · The first day of school for students will still be Thursday, September 3. · While staff will be teaching from their classroom, all students will be learning remotely for the month of September. · Each school day will follow the regular full-day building schedules. (This is a change from what we had discussed earlier this summer.) · We are committed beginning the hybrid model of Roomers and Zoomers on Thursday, October 1. The full Board will meet on Tuesday, August 25, where we will further discuss details of the 2020-21 school year and take questions from the public. You will also receive more details from your building principals in the coming weeks. Feel free to reach out to me with any feedback or questions.
9 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you well. This weekend brings a trip to the Shore, some grilling, storm damage clean-up, and the Mets on TV. Reopening: This week has been like most weeks during the last six months. It feels like we are moving at light speed. In a matter of days, we got brand new reopening information from the Governor, read his Executive Order 175, and saw new guidelines from the state department of health. We are certainly aware that districts around the state and in our county are in the process of applying to open the school year remotely in order to remediate issues with their planning. Currently, we are proceeding with our hybrid plan for opening the schools, but with our eyes wide open to the current situation. We have consistently promised flexibility as we prepared for in-person instruction as required by the state. Students are scheduled to return September 3rd. Three weeks is an eternity these days. As always, stay tuned! Message from the state of NJ: New Jersey’s public and private school districts will be open for in-person instruction this school year. However, districts that cannot meet health and safety protocols can begin the school year via remote-only instruction. Learn more about the safety guidelines in place for this fall: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/reopening-guidance-and-restrictions/will-schools-open-next-year-is-summer-school-open?utm_campaign=20200814_nwsltr_a&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery Remote-only option for students: Thanks so much for your replies to our question of in-person vs remote-only for your children. Over 80% of you have answered. If you haven’t, please go into Genesis and submit. FYI - At last count, 37% of parents have selected all-remote for their child(ren). For those of you who have already answered, of course, you can also change your response. The survey remains open. Class assignments and schedules: On or about next Wednesday, August 19th, principals will be releasing class assignments and schedules. There are several forms that must be completed in Genesis in order to unlock access. Edgar update: I will make recommendations to the Board on August 25th for the next principal and assistant principal. Face coverings: New information is coming out all the time about various types of face coverings. One thing remains constant: my mask protects you and your mask protects me. Wear a mask inside - and outside too if you can’t social distance. Parent webinar: Click here for parent webinar form Common Sense Media: Building a Digital Ecosystem That Supports Kids' and Families' Well-Being on Wednesday, August 19th at 1pm https://www.commonsensemedia.org/events/conversations/aug-19?j=7930565&sfmc_sub=208093059&l=2048712_HTML&u=151286112&mid=6409703&jb=2519&utm_source=org_cwcs-upcoming-20200811&utm_medium=email
9 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
We know many residents are without power. Edgar School open again today (8/7) 10am to 10pm. Face coverings required.
9 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Hello – and I hope this message finds you well. On Monday, we shared our Reopening Plan, https://5il.co/j0ed, summary slides, https://5il.co/j1ay, and our hybrid calendar, https://5il.co/j0eb. Then, on Wednesday, we asked all parents to go into Genesis to let us know if your child(ren) would be attending in-person or opting for 100% remote instruction. So far, your response has been amazing. Almost 700 parents have already replied. Thank you! Your choice right now is NOT binding. It simply helps us to plan even better for the first day of school on September 3rd. Please take a moment to answer the question in Genesis. Thanks again. Have a great weekend!
9 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
We know many of you in the Borough are still without power. Edgar School will be available again today as a charging and cooling station from 10am to 10pm. Face coverings are required.
9 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
You can view the slides from our Reopening presentation by clicking here: https://5il.co/j1ay
10 months ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
To view our Board-approved Hybrid School Calendar, please click here: https://5il.co/j0eb. The calendar follows our overall school year, but it graphically demonstrates our A, B and all-remote sessions.
10 months ago, Metuchen School District
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. Another wet Friday with a nice weekend ahead. Family beach trip tomorrow. Lots of stuff for the grill for the next few dinners. Are you travelling out of state? Make sure you check the list of states’ from which visitors or returning residents must self-quarantine: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-information/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey?utm_campaign=20200731_nwsltr&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery We are in round two of the Edgar principal search. There are ten candidates still in the mix. After a principal is approved, the assistant principal search will resume. Thank you to all who joined in this week’s Reopening Schools Webinar. Here is a link and password to the webinar recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ut5zEK3oxGpLH9LUzhqGAYs_RIHYT6a8gXdM-fEKxUnL7gqLd2SStrc4ejYqScO4 (Password: U8*u%gD&) Important dates for reopening (as of 7/31/2020; this is subject to change): · August 3rd: return of in-person Child Study Team special education testing required under the law. Thanks to our CST members for your dedication! · August 11th: return of in-person Board of Education meetings to MHS · August 17th: return of our twelve-month employees to the buildings · August 25th: start of three days of in-person New Teacher Orientation · September 1st: first of two days of in-service training for our teachers. We all know how hard they are working this summer to prepare for in-person and remote instruction. Thanks! · September 3rd: first day of school for students As directed by the Governor, every district in NJ is required to submit a plan (that includes in-person instruction) to the County Office and then share that plan, once approved, four weeks prior to the scheduled start of the school year. We submitted our plan today and we hope to be able to share it with the community on Monday evening. Please note that the submitted plan has everything that we’ve been discussing with students, teachers, the board, and the larger community. There will be no surprises. · If we can return to school in September, we will operate on an alternating week schedule: the beginning of the alphabet will have the option to attend in-person on September 3rd and 4th. The second half of the alphabet can attend in-person starting September 8th. Then the groups of students will alternate each week. · Our plan includes all-remote learning for the eight school days prior to both Thanksgiving and Christmas. · The calendar for this hybrid schedule will be shared as early as Monday evening. · Principals will share week assignments, teacher assignments, and schedules as soon as they can. Obviously this year, brings a host of additional challenges. Thank you for your patience. · Parents can choose to keep their children home all or some of the time. Information about how and when to notify the school principals will be in the plan. · Zoomers will be expected to have cameras and audio on every day for all virtual lessons. · Screening questions and temperature checks will be required for staff and students entering any of the buildings. · There will be new arrival and dismissal practices at each school. Details to follow in the reentry plan and from the principals. · There will be no courtesy bussing for the 2020-21 school year. · Visitors will be significantly limited. · Field trips will not be approved for the fall. · Decisions on sports and extracurricular activities will be made in the upcoming weeks. · Students and staff will wear face coverings in the buildings. · Meals will be offered each in-person day, and at-home, for those students eligible for free and reduced lunch.
10 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
Thank you to all who joined in last night’s Reopening Schools Webinar. Here is a link and password to the webinar recording. https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ut5zEK3oxGpLH9LUzhqGAYs_RIHYT6a8gXdM-fEKxUnL7gqLd2SStrc4ejYqScO4 Password: U8*u%gD&
10 months ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
As a follow-up to Dr. Caputo’s Friday message, tonight is the Community Webinar on the Plans for Reopening Schools, beginning at 7:30 pm. Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988151860?pwd=NkpVT3VFRFlyaE53UHZMdmQ2cGk4Zz09 Passcode: 483047 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16465588656,,81988151860#,,,,,,0#,,483047# or +13017158592,,81988151860#,,,,,,0#,,483047# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 Webinar ID: 819 8815 1860 Passcode: 483047
10 months ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
There will be no courtesy / subscription bussing for the 20/21 school year. The bus registrations were down significantly this year due to the pandemic. Also, the State would require the district to pay a significant portion of the $450,000 contract with the bussing company if we renewed the contract and went remote for part of the year. Any parent who submitted registration with a check that was cashed will receive a refund after the August 25th board meeting or earlier if possible. Any parent who submitted registration and the check was not cashed will receive their original check back in the mail.
10 months ago, Metuchen School District
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. I hope this email finds you well on a dark and wet Friday. Here are some updates: · ACT, SAT, and PSAT: We are still planning to host these assessments as previously scheduled. We will reevaluate based on the public health situation in the fall. · District goals – final report for 2019-20 can be reviewed here: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/813028/Metuchen_District_Goals_2019-20.pdf · MHS pickup information message from Mr. Peragallo: In order for students to receive books for summer assignments, parents/guardians and or students should contact the Content Area Supervisor requesting the books and materials needed. The material will then either be left in the Main Office and/or on a table or bench outside of the school to be picked up. Supervisor will inform student/parent of day/time for material to be picked up or if the materials are left in the Main Office, student/parent should call before coming to the school. · Reopening planning o If we need to go fully-remote at any point during the year, we will operate on an A/B day schedule at Edgar and MHS, as previously shared, and per the schedules that will be sent out from Campbell and Moss. In general the plan for fully-remote instruction will include teaching and learning from 10:00 to 3:00 with an hour for lunch, and time in the morning for extra help and meetings. o Our hybrid plan will allow us to reduce our building occupancy to half. We will operate on an alternating week schedule of Roomers and Zoomers: one week in school (Roomers) and one week at home (Zoomers). These will be full days. We will announce groupings later in August but in general, we will begin the year alphabetically with the start of the alphabet in first. Accommodations will be made to ensure students from the same household attend the same weeks. o There will be screening questions and temperature checks before anyone is permitted inside the buildings. o Everyone will be mandated to wear face coverings in the buildings. o We are partnering with the Borough on traffic and other concerns and with our community partners on issues such as child care options. · Community webinar on the plans for reopening schools: July 29, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Please click the link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988151860?pwd=NkpVT3VFRFlyaE53UHZMdmQ2cGk4Zz09 (Passcode: 483047). You can also choose to call in. Mrs. Taylor will send the full invitation again along with next Wednesday’s mailer. Thanks for the kind words you have been sending our way. We appreciate them more than you know. I will continue to keep you updated. Maintain social distancing and wear a face covering. You are protecting your neighbors.
10 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Vincent Caputo
Good afternoon. As always, I hope this email finds you well. Good news/bad news: Mr. McPeek has been appointed superintendent for the Alexandria School District, and will take over in September. We will work very hard to fill both the principal and assistant principal positions at Edgar prior to the start of the school year. Good luck, Mr. McPeek. We are proud of you! Optional summer workouts and fall sports: Optional social-distant summer workouts began this week at MHS. The NJSIAA has delayed the start of the fall sports season and condensed the post-season. For details, read this: https://www.njsiaa.org/events-news-media/news/njsiaa-builds-return-play-plan-provides-updates-fall-sports-season Stakeholder input to reopening plan - this week (summary): This week we continued our collaborative planning for the reopening of schools: · On Monday, we held a community webinar with more than 450 participants: parents, board members, teachers, administrators, and probably more! Thanks so much for your time and input. We will hold another community webinar, mostly likely in late July. · On Tuesday, we met with the Y to discuss enhanced partnering so that our parents would have additional child care options this fall. · On Tuesday, we met with Borough officials to discuss traffic plans around schools considering that we will need to change our drop-off and entry procedures. · On Tuesday night, the Board’s Policy Committee met to discuss a number of policies and regulations in need of review to accommodate remote and hybrid schedules. · On Wednesday, we met with BASC to discuss enhanced partnering so that our parents would have additional child care options this fall. · On Wednesday night, two Board Committees (Extracurricular and Technology) met to discuss all things pandemic-related. · On Thursday, our administrative team met, followed by a meeting of the Instructional Council, made up of teachers and administrators. · And on Friday, our teacher-led district policy committee met to discuss many of the same items discussed at the Board Committee meeting. Stakeholder input to reopening plan – next two weeks · 7/20 – meeting of my parent advisory group · 7/21 – virtual board meeting at 8pm; open to the public for comment on three different occasions. · 7/22 – our District Leadership Team (DLT) / Restart Committee meets; DLT consists of board members, administrators, teachers, and parents · 7/27 – Reopening webinar for staff · 7/28 – board committees (curriculum and policy) meet · 7/30 – Instructional Council meeting · Weeknight during week of 7/27 (tentative) – community webinar Timeline for reopening plan (key dates) · July 31 – submit plan to the County office · August 3 – share plan with the public · August 11 – board formally approves the plan · September 3 – first day of school Here’s what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID19: · most effective way = social distancing · second most effective way = wear a mask · in addition, you should wash your hands often, and · keep surfaces and high touch areas clean. Finally, a getting-old-update. Our son turned 20 this week. We are planning a beach day on Saturday, then some grilling at home on Sunday. Take time to enjoy your families this weekend. It goes fast.
10 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
Here’s a link to the transcript/written elements from the July 13th Reopening Webinar: https://5il.co/i8ic
10 months ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
Here’s a link to the recording of the July 13th Reopening Webinar: https://tinyurl.com/ycyqmzr6
10 months 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.
10 months 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.
11 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
Collaborative Plan for Reopening the Metuchen Public Schools https://5il.co/hn52
11 months ago, Metuchen School District
Metuchen School District
COVID-19 Responses Through Collaborative Structures https://5il.co/hn51
11 months 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.
11 months 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.
11 months 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.
11 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
All-Committees Celebration in May 2020 https://5il.co/h9wg
11 months 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.
11 months ago, Vincent Caputo
Metuchen School District
SAB Presentation 2020 Please click on link to access presentation: https://5il.co/h247
11 months 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
11 months 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.
11 months 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
11 months 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
11 months 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
11 months 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.
11 months 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.
12 months 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.
12 months 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
12 months 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.
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months 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
12 months 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.
about 1 year 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.
about 1 year 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!
about 1 year 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.
about 1 year 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.
about 1 year 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
about 1 year 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
about 1 year 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.
about 1 year 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.
about 1 year 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.
about 1 year 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.
about 1 year 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.
about 1 year ago, Vincent Caputo