PTO - 2016-2017 Meeting Minutes

 

 

                                                             Nutley High School

                                                             PTO Meeting Minutes

                                                             Tues. May 16, 2017   

Meeting was called to order by Yvette Wallace at 6:35 pm

A motion was made to accept the minutes from the previous meeting by Terry Duva and Yvette Wallace

Treasurer’s Report: Sharon Conte- Balance of $8153.42

Teacher Rep Report Sheri Tolve- Reminder to check portal. Currently meeting with Sophomores

BOE Report- Lisa Danchak Martin: 2017-2018 budget will see $83 increase per household. 70% positive feedback from Rotating Block schedule. Absentees are high.  Extended Day Program has a new director and is looking to revamp the current program. Next Bd. Meeting is 5/22

Vice Pres. Report- Teri Duva- Staff lunch was a huge success. Came in under budget. Had a huge donation from Shop Rite and the Centre St Market was very helpful and also saved us money.

Principal’s Report: Mr. Williams- AP testing almost complete.

Homeroom elections 5/17

 Honor Society Inductions 5/18

 Car Show 5/19

 Art Show 5/24

Single Session Day 5/26

Prom 6/2

Spirit Wk. 6/5-6/9

Decatholon 6/9

SAT 6/3  ACT 6/10

Scholastic Awards 6/13

Graduation Practice 6/19 & 6/20

Graduation 6/22

 

President’s Report Yvette Wallace

PTO Executive Board Positions still open

Need volunteers for Graduation Reception

Meeting Adjourned 7:38 pm

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                                                             Tues. March 21, 2017    

Meeting was called to order by Yvette Wallace at 6:42 pm

A motion was made to accept the minutes from the 1/31/17 meeting by Terry Duva and Yvette Wallace

Treasurer’s Report: Sharon Conte- Balance of $8256.85, still receiving checks from Cup Of Tea Fundraiser, currently down $1,000.00 from previous year. Need new fundraiser!

Teacher Rep Report Sheri Tolve- Not present

BOE Report- Lisa Danchak Martin, not present

Principal’s Report: Mr. Williams- 3rd MP closes 4/4

 We welcomed English Teacher Cheryl Rossillo. Ms. Rossillo is interning with Mr. Williams while pursuing her Masters Degree in Administration.  Collecting data

Spring Musical of Annie Get Your Gun was great.

Very productive winter for sports. Sabino Coppola received the Inspirational Unsung Hero Award on 3/9. Spring sports are up and running.

SAT Catalyst successful. 4/1 is ACT Bootcamp.

Awards season started with World Language Honor Society on 3/14. National Honor Society is in May

Café Night Fundraiser 3/25

PARCC testing will be from 3/29-4/5

Rotating Block Schedule trial will be 3/31-4/5  Lunch will be from 10:59-11:59. During that hour, students will have the opportunity to go to club or sports meetings, get extra help etc. Next year additional rooms will be open for places to eat and will have more food options, including a grab and go cart and special ordering options from the local restaurants. Duty rosters will be implemented for the teachers.

Spring Break 4/10-4/14

Student Government Day 4/20

President’s Report: Yvette Wallace-  Catalyst had a great turnout, still waiting for our profit

ACT Testing 4/8 and 6/10

SAT Testing 5/6 and 6/3

Scholarships are almost ready to be picked up

Need volunteers for Graduation Reception

Project Graduation Update: Thanks to Joanne Berardinelli

Paint and Sip 5/13

Car Wash 5/13

Lawn Signs- on going

Ashley Farms- made approx.. $1,000.00

Clothing Drive 4/26

Volleyball Tournament 4/28

 

Meeting Adjourned 7:24pm

Next Meeting May 16, 2017

 

 

 

Nutley High School – PTO Minutes

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

 

Nutley High School PTO

 | Meeting called to order by Yvette Wallace at 6:30pm Jan. 31, 2017  

Recording Secretary – Tonia Mullany

A motion was made to accept the minutes from the previous meeting, approved by Terry Duva and Tonia Mullany

BOE Rep– Lisa Danchak Martin

·        New entrance still delayed.

·        Emergency call system was successfully tested on 1/24/2017.

·        LEAD- Gov. Christie will be visiting the 6th grade at Washington School to talk about new drug initiatives.

·        HS & Middle School PE programs have been selected as one of the 10 finalists for Exemplary Program status in the State of NJ. The NJDOE team will be visiting on 2/2/2017.

·        Town Hall meetings being held to discuss referendum.

·        Next Board meeting 2/13 and 2/27

President’s Report – Yvette Wallace

·        Local Scholarships - Due 3/3, parent volunteers are needed.

·        SAT Bootcamp- March 4 & 5: 9am-1pm $175.

·        SAT and ACT Bootcamp on 12/3/2016 was very successful.

·        Fashion Show- raised approx... $9500, already have chairperson for next year.

·        Cup of Tea- 2/10 volunteers needed.

·        Project Grad- volunteers needed

 

Treasurer’s Report – Sharon Conte

·        No activity

Principal’s Report- Mr. Williams

·        Instant decision day was very successful

·        Holiday Spirit Week and Toy Drive went very well

·        Choir/Band/Orchestra are very successful

·        Night of Nations scheduled for 2/6- to celebrate diversity with food, music and dancing. Proceeds to go to NFSB

·        Rotating Drop Schedule- merchants will meet with Chamber of Commerce, faculty currently preparing, test run will be during PARCC

·        Annie Get Your Gun- March 10, 11 &12

·        Relay Assembly

·        Raiders Ride Safe

·        Junior Formal- 4/1/17 ticket sales 3/1-3/8

·        Student Council along with Public Relations is hosting a “Senior” prom for the residents of Parkside Apts

·        Midterms may possibly change to quarterly assessments

·        HOSA- students competed at Passaic County Tech, 4 won awards

·        Blood Drive to be held on 3/21

 

 

 

Teacher’s Rep – Sherri Tolve               

·        Students should be reviewing Program of Studies and be mindful of prerequisites.

·        Course Requests are starting.

·        Report cards are now available

·        Mid-term grades will be sent via email.

·        Evening presentation for Juniors and their parents was well attended, slides were emailed

Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 7:45PM.

Next meeting 3/21/2017 6:30pm NHS Teacher’s Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nutley High School – PTO Minutes

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

                                                                                                                                

Meeting was called to order by Yvette Wallace at 6:36 p.m.

 

Recording Secretary report: Tonia Mullany – a motion was made to accept the minutes from the September 27, 2016 meeting by T. Duva and S. Conte.

Treasurer’s report:  Sharon Conte: PTO Balance as of November  15, 2016 is $6,797.05. 

Corresponding Secretary report: Dina Bocchino – nothing to report

Teacher’s Representative report:  Sherrie Tolve  - Mrs. Tolve discussed the important dates involving instant decision day which will be held on Dec 1st.   November 14th is last day for applications.  Over 11 colleges will be attending.   Guidance will be holding Junior Conference meeting beginning in January.  Guidance counselors are concerned that students are not reading the emails they are receiving in Naviance.  Each student needs to set up a profile in Naviance.  Anyone who needs assistance or has any questions should contact their guidance counselor.  Mrs. Tolve wants to remind all seniors of the many local scholarships that are available to all seniors.  All the scholarships and the criteria for applying is located on the Nutley High website.  Guidance will be holding an Information Session regarding paying for college on January 10, 2017.  Middle school parents as well as High School parents are encouraged to attend. 

President’s report:  Yvette Wallace -   Catalyst will be holding a free diagnostic test for the SAT on December 3rd.  On December 13th Catalyst is offering a free webinar to all interested students.  Catalyst will be here on January 31st

New Business:  Project Graduation – Still in need of parents to volunteer to chair this event.  Discussed Cup of Tea Fundraiser and different ideas to raise money for the PTO. 

Old Business: Fashion Show update – As of November 15th, 113 students have signed up to participate and 6 skits have been submitted.  Parent permission slips have been sent out along with a packet of information to all seniors.

Principal’s Report:  Mr. Williams discussed past and upcoming events:

  • Fall National Honor Society  – 6 students were inducted
  • NAACP  - recruiting assembly was held
  • Botany Club participated in a Chili Pepper contest
  • ASVAP Test (Military test) was held in November
  • Nutley High Performing Arts will be performing Midsummer Jersey Nov. 18, 19 & 20
  • Powder Puff game will be held Nov. 6.  All proceeds will be donated to a local charity
  • Instant Decision Day will be held on December 1, 2016.
  • December 15th – Holiday Concert
  • January 10th – Financial Information Session
  • January 13th – Senior Fashion Show
  • January 18th – 8th Grade Orientation
  • January 20th – end of Marking Period
  • January 23 – 26th – Mid-terms
  • January 31st – PTO Meeting

Board of Education Report:  Mr. Kucinski – Renovations to the entrance to the High School have been slow but will be moving along quickly now.  Had to go with lowest bidder.  They are looking to December 1st as a finish date.  Mr. Williams discussed that once the new entrance is completed new procedures for entering the high school will be distributed to parents. 

Board of Education Report:  Brenda Sherman – Ms. Sherman discussed the need for students to learn more about scholarships for college.  Discussed with Mrs. Tolve different ways for Guidance to let students know about scholarships and motivating students to take the initiative and investigate the scholarships that are available to them.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:40

 

 

 

 

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                                                            Tuesday, September 27, 2016     

Meeting was called to order by Yvette Wallace at 6:36 pm

A motion was made to accept the minutes from the 5/1/16 meeting by Terry Duva and Kristen St. Amant

Treasurer’s Report: Sharon Conte- Scholarships were paid out to all 4 recipients. Gifts were paid out to each class and Project Graduation and the High School. Balance is $3,000.00. PTO dues from Open House were not yet deposited.

Everyone in the room then introduced themselves.

Teacher Rep Report Sheri Tolve- Guidance is going through a “rebranding” and becoming part of the American School Counselors Assoc. and are working towards a certain certification. Counselors are individually meeting with Freshman to discuss Naviance and the importance of preparing early for the future. Upcoming School Counselor events:  College and Career Fair 9/29, New FASFA 10/5, and College Panel 10/18.

Principal’s Report: Mr. Williams- Freshman Orientation was 8/30. New security entrance is delayed, but should be complete by the end of this Month. $90,000 was spent to refurbish all lockers. Picture day was 9/15. Some parents not happy with Joseph’s, we are not contracted with them. NHS Band won their first Sony Cup, other sports are doing well.

Upcoming events include: Senior Cruise 10/7, Home coming 10/8 with an 11am BBQ, NCAA Recruiting Program 10/25. Oct. will include Pride Week, Week of Respect and Spirit Week.

All Sophomores will be taking the PSAT’s on Nov. 2

Job shadowing for Underclassmen: Essay’s needed to get into program. Begins 1 day for Freshmen and progresses each year. Seniors can be out for up to 4 weeks. This will be a great opportunity for students.

A Rotating Block Drop schedule should be in place for next year. 12 minutes will be added to each class. There will be 8 academic courses instead of 7 and will have a common lunch hour. A few kinks need to be worked out first, especially lunch. There will be dry runs.

BOE Report: Brenda Sherman- New Superintendent Julie Glazer, many new hires.  All district policies are being reviewed.  Staff development days were changed to ½ days instead of students having the day off.

New Tardy Policy- 5 tardies = 1 absence per class-

Corresponding Secretary Report: Dina Bocchino- Received thank you’s from scholarship winners. Also, received a thank you from Mrs. Tolve for staff luncheon.

Vice Principal’s Report: Mr. Materia

Cell Phone Policy: Cell phones are allowed in hallways, between classes (no earbuds). Each teacher will institute their own policy for the classroom. Cell phone are NOT to be used during an evacuation drill and backpacks need to stay in the building. May possibly host a security night for parents.

Mr. Materia spoke in depth about how teachers and staff are going to be focusing more on “learning how to learn”, than the actual content. This is to hopefully better prepare students for the future.

President’s Report: Yvette Wallace- Volunteers needed for Fashion Show. Open House went well, but need more volunteers to collect dues.

New Business:

Jared Freeland: Catalyst S.A.T. Prep. Spoke in depth about the differences in SAT and ACT and the benefits of signing up for the boot camp program.

Meeting adjourned 8:12 pm

Next meeting scheduled for Nov. 15, 2016 6:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-2016 Notes

 

NUTLEY HIGH SCHOOL

PTO MEETING MINUTES

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Meeting was called to order at 7:32 pm by Tracy McGrath.

 

Recording Secretary Report:  Y.Wallace- A motion was made to accept the minutes from the March 16, 2016 meeting by K. St. Amant and S. Conte

 

Treasurer’s Report:  S. Conte –PTO Balance as of May 18, 2016 is $9,750.19.  No updates.

 

Corresponding Secretary’s Report:  T. Duva – Nothing new to report.

 

Teachers Representative Report:_–   There was not a Teachers Representative available for this evenings meeting.  However, Sharon Conte was asked to by Sherrie Tolve to remind parents and students that Senior Surveys need to be completed and Juniors should seek two academic teachers for recommendation letters.

 

President’s Report and New/Old Business:  T. McGrath

New Business

-  Dr. Glazer Meet & Greet Thursday, June 16 @6:30pm - NHS Cafeteria
Old Business

PTO Scholarships 2016 – The PTO received 38 scholarship applications and 4 scholarships in the amount of $500 will be awarded.

Project Graduation – 150 kids have signed up, everything is all set. 

Principal’s Report:  Mr. Williams

Mr. Williams discussed past and upcoming events:

  • March included great events such as the History Fair, Café Night, and the Student Faculty Basketball Game.
  • The Junior Formal was held on April 2 all went well there were no issues.  April included spring break, PARCC testing
  • So far in May we’ve had the World Language Induction, National Honor Society Induction, the Instrumental and Choir concert and the Car Club Show.  We are looking forward to the Art Show and the All District Music and Art Festival.  Also coming up is EOY Biology Testing, the NHS Choir Banquet, Spirit week and the Decathlon.

BOE Report:  B. Sherman:

  • Ms. Sherman was unable to attend personally, however, she was available via phone for any questions.  None were asked of her.
     

Meeting adjourned 8:40pm – Next PTO meeting will be in September 2016.

 

NUTLEY HIGH SCHOOL PTO MEETING MINUTES - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Meeting was called to order at 7:40 pm by Yvette Wallace.

Recording Secretary Report:  Y.Wallace- A motion was made to accept the minutes from the January 20, 2015 meeting by S. Conte and T. Duva

 

Treasurer’s Report:  S. Conte –PTO Balance as of March 16, 2016 is $6,931.58.  No updates.

 

Corresponding Secretary’s Report:  T. Duva – Nothing new to report.

 

Vice President Report:  K St. Amant –Kristen was not available for this evenings meeting, however, let us know that. She just heard from Mr. Huggins about the Staff Appreciation Luncheon. The Culinary Department will be hosting it once again this year! I will be making arrangements to go in and meet with Mr. Huggins to discuss the menu and budget details.  Also, three PTO Board positions will be available: President, Treasurer and Recording Secretary.  Nomination forms are also available on line.

 

Teachers Representative Report:_–   There was not a Teachers Representative available for this evenings meeting.

 

President’s Report and New/Old Business:  T. McGrath

New Business

Tracy McGrath was unavailable to attend this evenings meeting, she asked that we thank everyone who came out to stuff envelopes for the Cup of Tea Fundraiser.

 

Old Business

PTO Scholarships 2016 – Applications were due by March 7.  A committee has been formed to review the applications and we are waiting to receive them from Guidance.

 

The Senior Fashion Show was a great event overall.  The chairs were unable to attend and we look forward to an update at the next meeting.

 

Project Graduation – Decided to do a e--permission slip instead of a paper one.  So far we have around 50 students signed up to attend, but have only received 13 checks.  We are charging $100 per student, but are offering a $10 discount if you sign up by April 11.  We are paying $90 per student at Powerhouse, but we wanted to offer the discount to encourage early sign up.

 

Mailing to the senior parents went out today.  Clothing Drive is set for Sat. April 2 from 9:30-4:00 in front of high school.

 

Lawn signs are also being offered again this year to the middle and elementary schools as well.

 

Principal’s Report:  Mr. Williams

Mr. Williams discussed past and upcoming events:

  • March 1 – 13th, The spring musical production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.  It was a wonderful production.
  • Winter sports are coming to an end, highlights are on the Newsletter
  • In February, English teachers attended Dr. Gravity Goldberg’s Literary Alliance Workshops.
  • The physical education project adventure is going very well.
  • Great assembly on Safe driving with Gabe Hurley. 
  • Upcoming events were discussed such as:
  • The Key Club blood drive
  • Relay for Life
  • Junior Semi-Formal
  • ACT’s
  • Spring Break
  • Jazz Festival

Mr. Williams discussed the bomb scare the school received, many schools in the state also received the scare.  All responders came out, protocols were followed.  The school also had a lock down that week, the state was there to observe.  Things went well although there is always room for improvement.

 

BOE Report:  B. Sherman:

  • The Board has hired a consultant for the Superintendent search.  They have used him in the past and will begin interviewing candidates at the end of the month.
  • Ms. Sherman addressed water concerns and reiterated that our water is consistently checked by the Essex County.
  • The construction for the new security entrance should begin and done over the summer.
     

Meeting adjourned 8:30pm –

NUTLEY HIGH SCHOOL

PTO MEETING MINUTES

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Meeting was called to order at 7:40 pm by Tracy McGrath.

Recording Secretary Report:  Y.Wallace- A motion was made to accept the minutes from the September 23, 2015 meeting by S. Conte and K. St. Amant

 

Treasurer’s Report:  S. Conte –PTO Balance as of November 19, 2015 is $7,011.73.  No updates.

 

Corresponding Secretary’s Report:  T. Duva – Nothing new to report.

 

Vice President Report:  K St. Amant –Kristen reached out to Mr. Huggins regarding the staff appreciation luncheon. She is awaiting a response.

 

Teachers Representative Report:_–   There was not a Teachers Representative available for this evenings meeting.

 

President’s Report and New/Old Business:  T. McGrath

New Business

The Catalyst SAT Bootcamp signups have begun.  It is scheduled for Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

The 2016 Cup of Tea fundraiser is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

The Staff Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4.  Kristen is waiting for a response from Mr. Huggins to confirm his participation.

Old Business

PTO Scholarships 2016 – Applications are due by March 7.  A committee has been formed to review the applications.

 

The Senior Fashion Show was a great event overall.  The chairs were unable to attend and we look forward to an update at the next meeting.

 

Project Graduation – no new updates, next committee meeting will take place in 2 weeks.

Principal’s Report:  Mr. Williams

  • Mr. Williams discussed the great events such as the Holiday concert, toy drive, Robotics and the great job and effort of the Mock Trial on January 19, unfortunately we lost to Montclair.
  • It’s a great season for winter sports.  Blaire Watson is off to a great start and we appreciate and admire her efforts.
  • Upcoming events were discussed such as:
  • January 23rd — SAT @ NHS
  • January 25-28 – Mid Term Examinations
  • January 27 - End of 2nd Marking Period
  • February 1st – Reports on Parent/Student Portal
  • February 3rd – Parent Academy- AP Info/New SAT explained NHS Aud 6:30 PM
  • February 15th -19th – Winter Break
  • February 27th-28th - PTO Fundraiser –Catalyst SAT Boot Camp (highly recommended as it will focus on new SAT prep)
  • March 5th – SAT @ NHS
  • March 11th-13th - NHS Spring Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • The Junior Formal is scheduled for April 2, 2016 and will be held at the high school.
  • The 2017 Senior Prom will be held at The Grove.
  • Mr. Williams commended the Marching Band on a great job this season.  They did very well competing against larger schools.

Mr. Williams introduced Ms. Jackie Devore to NHS in her role as our new Assistant Vice Principal. Born and raised in nearby Livingston, Jackie has a B.A. in Political Science and Secondary Education as well as an M.A. in Administration and Educational Leadership. Social Studies is THE subject in the Devore family....Jackie taught Social Studies for 12 years in the West Orange Public School District (including classes at the Alternative High School), she has an identical twin sister who teaches the subject, and is married to a Social Studies teacher! Prior to coming to NHS, she coached soccer and softball for 10 years at the middle school level and played both sports for 15 years. Jackie is the proud mother of an 8 month old baby girl named Jenny.

Ms. Devore expressed her appreciation and is excited to be a part of the NHS family.

BOE Report:  B. Sherman:

  • The bid went out for the New Street security entrance project and the board hopes to have a decision by the next meeting.
  • PARCC – Ms. Sherman discussed the results and recommended to refer to the Superintendent’s report for more detailed information.
  • Block scheduling – It is a very exciting concept and it requires a great deal of coordinating and addressing staff and budget concerns.
    Meeting adjourned 8:50pm –

NUTLEY HIGH SCHOOL PTO MEETING MINUTES - Thursday, November 19, 2015

Meeting was called to order at 7:37 pm by Tracy McGrath.

Recording Secretary Report: Y.Wallace- A motion was made to accept the minutes from the September 23, 2015 meeting by S. Conte and T. Duva.

Treasurer’s Report: S. Conte –PTO Balance as of November 19, 2015 is $6,768.90. The balance includes the $240 of additional dues that were received.

Corresponding Secretary’s Report: T. Duva – Nothing new to report.
Vice President Report: K St. Amant – Unable to attend meeting, but had nothing new to

report.

Teachers Representative Report:_– There was not a Teachers Representative available for this evenings meeting.

President’s Report and New/Old Business: T. McGrath – Only 6 students were signed up for the Catalyst class and it was still held. Looking into holding another class in late February prior to the March SAT’s.

The 2016 Cup of Tea fundraiser is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

The Fashion Show will be held on January 14th at The Grove in Cedar Grove. Tickets are on sale and the committee is in need of donations for baskets and ads.

Project Graduation – The contract was signed for Powerhouse Studios and scheduled for June 23rd.

Special Guest Mr. Lazovick, Supertindent, Nutley Schools : (summarized) Full Superintendent’s Report will be available on November 23rd on the main website and Superintendent’s Page. A Parent Academy was held on November 17th on the topic of PARCC. On November 24th at 7pm a Parent Academy is scheduled for the elementary data.

  • PARCC results are in. In comparison to other schools we came out where we felt we would. The short term plans are to see the conversation change so we will be able to tweak and address instruction as needed. The data can be broken down into where students are struggling so that we could best address.

  • Air conditioning concern at the high school annex – Unfortunately, the cost to upgrade is very expensive and the cost has not been allocated in the budget. Therefore, nothing can be done this year. It will be taken into account in the future when budgeting for building improvements.

  • AP and Honors English class concern – The data recommendations seem to be spot on. There are no plans to change it. It is a competing course and kids should feel challenged not discouraged. More kids are taking the AP test and their hard work and performance are showing.

  • Block Scheduling – There is a strategic plan and configuration committee. There is a tremendous amount of planning and coordination that must be done in order to implement the program. Most high achieving schools have 8 academic courses compared to our 7 plus lunch. We need to configure and coordinate how to offer the right and best academic courses, more time for science labs and ensure efficient use of time for extra help and work. Staffing needs will be increased as well as room utilization. We would not be implementing Block Scheduling this year.

    Principal’s Report: Mr. Williams

  • Mr. Williams thanked Mr. Lazovik for attending the meeting.

  • It was a great season for all fall sports. It was a great night for the Soccer Awards

    Dinner. The students have always presented well.

  • Congratulations to the seniors for winning the Powder Puff.

  • The Mural committee has student examples on display at the middle school during

    the tree lighting and will pick a winner during the Holiday concert on December 10th.

  • Intern projects with AP senior students is scheduled to start this year. We have a Rutgers partnership and are looking into more. This program offers real world applications and can better prepare students.

  • The Junior Formal is scheduled for April 2, 2016 and will be held at the high school.

  • The 2017 Senior Prom will be held at The Grove.

  • Mr. Williams commended the Marching Band on a great job this season. They did

    very well competing against larger schools.

    BOE Report: D. Carnicella:

  • The board is seeking bids for the New Street entrance project and a separate bid for repairs of the walkways that need to be done around the oval.

  • PARCC – We were average across the state and we did as well as we expected and in some areas better than expected.

 

NUTLEY HIGH SCHOOL PTO MEETING MINUTES Wednesday, Septeber 23, 2015

Meeting was called to order at 7:35 pm by Tracy McGrath.

Recording Secretary Report: Y.Wallace- A motion was made to accept the minutes from the May 12, 2015 meeting by S. Conte and T. Duva.

Treasurer’s Report: S. Conte –PTO Balance as of September 23, 2015 is $6,603.82. $3988 was received from the collection of PTO dues on open house night and additional dues are expected to come in.

Corresponding Secretary’s Report: T. Duva – Thank you notes were received by the four scholarship recipients. The gaming license has been renewed and received. Additional PTO dues were received and will be given to the treasurer.

Vice President Report: K St. Amant – She will be handling the staff appreciation luncheon in the spring. She will be reaching out to Mr. Huggins later in January to discuss if he would like to cater the event.

Teachers Representative Report:_– There was no Teachers Representative available for this evenings meeting.

President’s Report: T. McGrath – Four PTO $500 scholarships were granted in June. 32 girls and 8 boys applied. The process worked out well and grateful for all who helped.

Parents have shown interest chairing Project Graduation. We will pass along more information as it becomes available.

The proceeds of the 2015 Cup of Tea fundraiser were $2427.

The Fashion Show will be held on January 14th at The Grove in Cedar Grove. Lisa Chagnon was present and talked about what the fashion show was and that all seniors were encouraged to participate.

Special Guest – Nichole Iannucci, from CATALYST, discussed the new SAT and PSAT. They are offering a bootcamp for students on October 17&18. She left flyers and encouraged parents to refer to their website www.CatalystPrep.com for more information and free Webinars.

Principal’s Report: Mr. Williams

Mr. Williams welcomed everyone back. The freshman and parent orientation went well. He discussed the Principal’s classroom website and encouraged parents and student to refer to it to know what’s going on and coming up.

  • Mr. Williams discussed 2015-2016 Building Goals which include: Writing Across Curriculum, Grading and 2015-2016 Instructional Priorities. This information can be accessed and reviewed on the Principal’s Classroom webpage.

  • Mr. Williams, Mr. Gonella and Mr. Franca asked parents to refrain from driving through the staff parking lot to drop off kids. It is very dangerous and will they will be reaching out to the police department to ticket parents who do so.

  • The high school has received approximately 700 new chrome books, they are encouraging students to use technology and submit work online. He also wants students to become accustomed to checking for updates and changes online.

  • E-signatures for forms are new this year and seem to be working out well.

  • Intern projects with AP senior students is scheduled to start this year.

  • The Junior Formal is scheduled for April 2, 2016 and will be held at the high school.

  • Mr. Francia discussed the Club Fair scheduled that is scheduled on September 29 and encouraged students to attend and get information on the different clubs and what they have to offer. He also talked about the College Fair on October 1 and the class ring breakfast on October 2. More information can be found on the website.

  • Mr. Gonella discussed the attendance policy. Parents need to call the attendance office, 973-661-8830, prior to 9:00 am. It is also necessary to call if your child will be tardy.

  • Block scheduling is still in the early planning stages and no decisions have been made. If and when information becomes available he will let us know.

  • A new secure entrance on New Street is still planned. They are awaiting bids for the necessary work.

    BOE Report: B. Sherman: Due to a schedule conflict Ms. Brenda Sherman was here on Mr. Carnicella’s behalf.

  • Ms. Sherman reviewed the improvements for the elementary schools that were made throughout the summer.

  • The board is discussing block scheduling, no decisions have been made yet.

  • We are very close to being recognized as a high performing district. We look

    forward to accomplishing this goal.

  • The district 6,7&8 model is still under consideration.

Meeting adjourned 9:10pm –