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East Windsor Regional School District Newsletter

Message from the Superintendent

EWRSD Upcoming Early Dismissal and Closings

Spring Break

All East Windsor Regional School District schools will have an early dismissal on Thursday, April 18. Kidcare will be open.

Schools will be closed from Friday, April 19 through Friday, April 26. Kidcare will also be closed. Schools will reopen on Monday, April 29.

Memorial Day Weekend School Closing Calendar Change

Our District calendar includes three built-in emergency school closings days. This year, we used two of the three allotted days.

Therefore, in addition to Monday, May 27, schools will also be closed on Friday, May 24, of the Memorial Day weekend. Kidcare will also be closed. Please enjoy the extended weekend.

To view school start/dismissal times, visit here. The district calendar can be found here.

CURRICULUM EXPO

Our teachers and students participate in so many great lessons in our classrooms and we would like to share some of these experiences with our parents and the community.

The Expo will highlight student work from all grades levels schools, and content areas, from kindergarten to high school senior. Students and teachers will be on hand to present projects across the academic spectrum, including in the humanities, math & sciences, the arts, and physical education.

Innovative projects to be presented include “Figurative Language Escape Room,” “Fitnessgram Assessments,” Robotics Demonstrations, and “The Penguin Project.” The Expo will also include musical performances from the Hightstown High School Jazz Band and our elementary school students. Students will also be presenting the Geometry Symposium and other Science Projects.

Participants will also have the opportunity to see educational technology in action through various forms that are used in our classrooms on a day to day basis.

We hope you will be able to join us in supporting our students’ education by experiencing first hand what they are learning in our schools!

Preschool Children and Students (Age 3-21 Years)

If you are concerned that your preschool child or student is developing or learning differently, you can call East Windsor Regional School District, Student Services office to refer your child to the district’s Preschool Child Study Team. Student Services personnel will answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to request an evaluation for special education and related services you will be advised to send a written request for an evaluation to David Roe, Director of Student Services, at the following address:

East Windsor Regional School District

Director of Student Services

25A Leshin Lane

Hightstown, NJ 08520

In this written request, include your child’s name, age, address and suspected or known disability. After receiving your request, the district’s Preschool Child Study team has 20 days to have a meeting with you - the parent/ guardian. At this meeting, you and the team will decide if an evaluation is needed and what the evaluation will include.

Walter C. Black Elementary School

Dolphin Dash

Dolphin Dash was a huge success! Thank you to our PTO for putting together an amazing event. And thank you for all of your generous donations!

Read Across America Week Highlights

Character Day Dress Up

Our students and staff dressed up as favorite book characters.

Hightstown Police Department Read-Aloud

Officer Buck was our special guest reader.

Principal Reader’s Theater

Staff performed “Interrupting Chicken” for our students.

STEAM Night

Ethel Mcknight Elementary School

STEAM Night

Our first annual EMK STEAM night was a great success. Students participated in coding activities, math games and an engineering project designed and facilitated by EMK teachers. A delicious dinner was also provided by the East Windsor Education Association.

School Beautification Committee

The teachers on the EMK School Beautification Committee spruced up the student bathrooms with messages of kindness and positivity.

Grace n. Rogers Elementary School

"What Happens during Read Across America"

By: Fifth-Grade Students

March 2 is dedicated to getting every kid in every community to read. It also encourages teachers and parents to celebrate the excitement of reading. Our school celebrates in many ways. We dress up as what we think each day of the week represents. For example, for Green Eggs and Ham we dress up green or sometimes we just like to dress up in mismatched or inside out clothes for a Wacky Friday because Dr. Seuss provided us with a funny book like Wacky Wednesday. Our school became even more creative with celebrating Read Across America. Doors were decorated in dedication of Dr. Seuss and the excitement and amazement he brought to kids!

PerrY L. Drew Elementary School

STEAM Lesson

Ms. Swinarski has been leading a STEAM activity in the computer lab with the fifth-graders called Dash Madness.

Students working in their robot groups are in competition with one another to see how many baskets each robot can make in 30 seconds. Each week the two lowest scoring teams are eliminated.

Math Night

In March, Drew kicked off with a shared the joy of math with over 300 of our 3-5 families at Math Night. The night began with refreshments and pizza and shortly after our families had the opportunity to dive into math with a twist of fun.

Many of the Drew School teachers shared their best math challenges and provided an energized evening despite the heavy rain outside. The turnout was appreciated and showed the continued dedication to education in our community.

A special thanks to all the teachers who participated in the event, the East Windsor Education Association for supplying dinner, and most of all our families!

Drew ended the month with a Friendship Day. Students get to sit with new and old classmates in the cafeteria during lunch and spend some quality time rebonding. This is also extended to recess. It is quite a hit as students countdown the days in between each Friendship Day.

“Book Tasting” Literacy Night

This year, GNR and PLD held a “Book Tasting” Literacy Night at GNR. At the event, students and parents were able to walk around and “taste” some of their favorite books. Teachers supported the event and pizza and prizes were provided through the East Windsor Education Association.

Melvin H. Kreps Middle School

E.N.D.U.R.E. - S.T.E.M. Meets Sports

On March 29, 60 sixth-grade students participated in an event made possible through a partnership with Lockheed Martin and a non-profit organization, E.N.D.U.R.E. - S.T.E.M. Meets Sports.

This event allowed students to work collaboratively to complete STEM-based activities that included the marshmallow challenge, Lego challenge, red cup challenge, cyber game show, and a virtual reality station where students were able to roam space.

Students had a great time working with their peers and being exposed to endless ways that their knowledge in math and science can help them in many career paths moving forward!

DEA Assembly

Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA, Nicholas J. Kolen, delivered a presentation about the dangers and consequences of using drugs. The assembly was presented to each grade level at Kreps and focused on how using and abusing drugs can impact students' lives and families. He spoke about the use of new drugs such as opioids and electronic cigarettes and how they create addictive behaviors that impact users and relatives.

Sixth-Grade Orientation

Parents and students were welcomed to Kreps with an informational orientation about what it means to be KREPS (Kind-hearted, Respectful, Engaged, Positive, Self-Motivated). The counselors and administrators spoke about their role in supporting students when they arrive at Kreps as sixth-graders and how the staff strives to develop a sense of a family away from home within the middle school community. Fifth-grade students were taken on a tour of the middle school lead by eighth-grade Peer Leaders and Student Council Members.

Melvin H. Kreps Middle School Diversity Festival

The Diversity Festival is a community event hosted by Melvin H. Kreps' Middle School Diversity Club.

The purpose of the festival is to celebrate and experience the different cultures that make up our school and community.

Activities include cultural food tasting, cultural dance performance, sports & games, music, and arts and crafts.

This is a free event open to the East Windsor/Hightstown community.

Hightstown High School

Mr. Vinson (HHS Principal), Vikram Srinath (National Merit Finalist), Mr. Ross (HHS Counselor)

Vikram Srinath was named a finalist in the 2019 Competition for National Merit Scholarships.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Congratulations, Vikram, on this outstanding academic accomplishment!

Hightstown High School Cheerleading Team

The Hightstown High School cheerleading team took first place at the UCA Pocono Regional earning them a bid to compete at the National High School Competition in Orlando, Florida. The HHS cheerleading team placed seventh in the nation and fourth in the World High School Championship.

Hightstown High School Wellness Day

Wellness Day was held in the Hightstown High School library on February 14.

This event, run by Hightstown High School's Wellness Committee, showcased information, resources, and experiences that promote physical and emotional wellness.

Physical Education and Health classes were invited to attend, and by the end of the day, nearly 600 students explored yoga, learned about coping skills, experimented with therapeutic play, tried their hand at bullet journals, and learned about the adverse health effects of vaping.

Thank you Mercer County Freeholders for recognizing the winning HHS Consumer Bowl Team!

From L to R, Freeholder Andrew Koontz, Vice Principal/Business Dept Supervisor, Jermaine Blount, team members Aayush Gupta, Maanas Manoj, Rishab Solanki (Captain) & Mr. Teleposky, FBLA Adviser

Hightstown High School Spanish National Honor Society students have been tutoring Ethel McKnight Elementary School students in the bilingual program. We love this collaboration!

Congratulations to our National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame Scholar Leader Athlete, Michael Quigg.

Michael was one of 21 area athletes to be recognized and was awarded the Ron Rick Sr. Scholarship, which was the second biggest scholarship awarded.

Arts at East Windsor Regional School District

East Windsor Regional School District’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

The East Windsor Regional School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The district is one of 623 districts nationally, and one of 40 in New Jersey.

This is the second year in a row the district has received the designation.

Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, EWRSD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs, Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

Walter C. Black Elementary School's Student’s Artwork on Display at N.J. Statehouse

Kayle Dowlatyari is a first grader at the Walter C Black Elementary School. Her artwork Cat and Bird was chosen to represent the East Windsor Regional School District at the Mercer County Youth Art Month State exhibit at the statehouse in Trenton. The work was submitted by her Visual Art teacher, Mrs. Mariagrace Welsh, to the Mercer County Youth Art Month committee, sponsored by the professional organization Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ).

The Little Mermaid, JR., starring the Melvin H. Kreps Middle School Drama Club

“The Little Mermaid, JR.” took place on January 31, February 1 and 2, 2019. The production was led by Mrs. Lewis, Director, Ms. King, Assistant Director/Stage Manager, Mr. Stephens, Musical Director, Ms. Stryker, Costume Designer, and Mr. Ott, Set Design & Construction.

We congratulate the cast & crew on an outstanding production!

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The East Windsor Regional School District Board of Education meetings are generally scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. and are usually held in the Administration Wing of Hightstown High School - Room 807. A full calendar of meetings can be found here.

Please note there are occasions when a change of date and time may be required. These changes will be posted the Friday before the meeting.

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