Sunday, July 19, 2020

July Update for MOTSD Families

July updates for Mount Olive families:

  • I will be hosting a Parent University via Facebook Live on 7/20 at 9 a.m. I will provide an update on the status of our planning for the reentry to school in September. 
  • ESY will run from 7/20 until 8/20. ESY will be fully virtual with the exception of individual related services sessions. In-person evaluations will continue during the summer. 
  • FULL DAY Kindergarten registration: Please click this link to register! Kindergarten families will be invited to screening and orientation sessions during the first week of August. 
  • All registered MOTSD students can pick up boxed breakfasts and lunches Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until 8/31 at Mount Olive Middle School from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Meals will be distributed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30 am - 9:30 am at the Mount Olive Middle School.  Complete this form to sign-up for meals. Students qualifying for free and reduced lunch who have already signed up or have been receiving meal delivery do not need to complete this form. 
  • We continue to make preparations for Option 2, Option 3, AND Option 4 for reentry in September. No option is being ruled out. That being said, as we digest emerging research and in light of the pause on the reopening of New Jersey that has occurred since June 26th, we are taking steps to make enhancements to our virtual model should it be necessary to start the year with distance learning. Unless there is an announcement otherwise from Governor Murphy, on 8/3 we will announce the option or combination of options for reentry that we will employ in September. We appreciate your patience as we complete this planning  process and ask that all families prepare for the possibility of both split schedules and/or virtual learning in September. Your input is very important to our reentry planning! Please provide your insights and opinions by Friday 7/24. 
  • On 7/13, we initiated Phase 1 of the NJSIAA's Return to Play Guidelines. The NJSIAA recently announced the return dates for fall sports.  
  • In December of 2018, I reported to the Board of Education the district's ESSA profile showing  disaggregation of student performance data by subgroup. Consequently, we launched our Tier 2 RTI program, the Mount Olive Success Academy, to better address performance gaps that exist amongst subgroups and grade levels within our schools. In January 2019, after I first addressed the full MOTSD staff I was struck by the lack of diversity in our teaching staff. Subsequently, we launched the Applitrack online hiring system and a recruitment plan to deliberately increase the diversity of our application pool. In December 2019, the Board of Education approved the Human Rights and African American Studies electives for the 2020-21 school year. Following the Murder of George Floyd we held a student-driven teach-in to discuss the issues of systemic racism and police brutality in our nation. While we have made recent strides towards equity and the celebration of diversity in our schools, these are first steps in a much longer journey to fully address these issues in MOTSD. On 8/31, Dr. Tyrone Howard will be addressing the full MO faculty and staff to kick off our examination of the relationships between bias, race, culture and the impact it has on our student's learning, development, and sense of belonging. Dr. Howard's visit is over a year in the making having been invited to the district in June of 2019. The entire Mount Olive Community is invited to participate in a virtual book club to read and discuss Dr. Howard's book Why Race and Culture Matter in SchoolsPlease fill out this form if you would like to participate in the book club. 
  • On 7/28 there will be a parent orientation Zoom meeting for our new before/aftercare program Right at School. Stay tuned for more information that will be sent to parents who currently utilize before/aftercare services and posted this week at MOTSD.org 
  • Construction of the Geodome is underway at MOHS. The Geodome will be the new home for expanded horticulture, agriculture, aquaculture, farm-to-table, and environmental science programs open to ALL MOHS students. 

  • Please see the below regarding upcoming summer programs:



Tuesday, June 23, 2020

6/23 COVID19 Closure Update

Updates for MO families on the sixty-third day of the COVID-19 health-related closure:


  • Today is the last day for all K-5 schools and MOHS. Tomorrow is the last day for MOMS
  • Our Virtual FULL DAY Kindergarten Registration is now live! This is only for families who have not yet registered. Please click this link to register!
  • All registered MOTSD can pick up boxed breakfasts and lunches Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until 8/31 at Mount Olive Middle School from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Meals will be distributed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30 am - 9:30 am at the Mount Olive Middle School. The district will provide meals on three days each week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays): Complete this form to sign-up for meals. Students qualifying for free and reduced lunch who have already signed up or have been receiving meal delivery do not need to complete this form. 
  • Please see the below regarding summer programs:


Friday, June 19, 2020

6/19 COVID19 Update

Updates for MO families on the sixty-first day of the COVID-19 health-related closure:

  • Check your email for messages from your child's building principal regarding pick-up of items left in school. 
  • Please review our re-entry plan and provide feedback via this form.
  • Our Virtual FULL DAY Kindergarten Registration is now live! This is only for families who have not yet registered. Please click this link to register!
  • All registered MOTSD can pick up boxed breakfasts and lunches Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until 8/31 at Mount Olive Middle School from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Please see the below regarding summer programs:


Thursday, June 18, 2020

6/18 COVID19 Closure Update

Updates for MO families on the sixty-first day of the COVID-19 health-related closure:

  • Check your email for messages from your child's building principal regarding pick-up of items left in school. 
  • Please review our re-entry plan and provide feedback via this form.
  • Our Virtual FULL DAY Kindergarten Registration is now live! This is only for families who have not yet registered. Please click this link to register!
  • All registered MOTSD can pick up boxed breakfasts and lunches Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until 8/31 at Mount Olive Middle School from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Please see the below regarding summer programs:


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

6/17 COVID19 Closure Update

Updates for MO families on the sixtieth day of the COVID-19 health-related closure:


  • This week's Parents University will be 6/17 at 5:30 p.m. via FaceBook Live. I will provide updates on ESY and summer programing. 
  • Check your email for messages from your child's building principal regarding pick-up of items left in school. 
  • Please review our re-entry plan and provide feedback via this form.
  • Our Virtual FULL DAY Kindergarten Registration is now live! This is only for families who have not yet registered. Please click this link to register!
  • All registered MOTSD can pick up boxed breakfasts and lunches Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until 8/31 at Mount Olive Middle School from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Please see the below regarding summer programs:


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

6/16 COVI19 Closure Update

Updates for MO families on the fifty-ninth day of the COVID-19 health-related closure:

Monday, June 15, 2020

6/15 COVID19 Closure Update

Updates for MO families on the fifty-eighth day of the COVID-19 health-related closure:


  • This week's Parents University will be 6/17 at 5:30 p.m. via FaceBook Live. I will provide updates on ESY and summer programing. 
  • Check your email for messages from your child's building principal regarding pick-up of items left in school. 
  • Please review our re-entry plan and provide feedback via this form.
  • Our Virtual FULL DAY Kindergarten Registration is now live! This is only for families who have not yet registered. Please click this link to register!
  • As per District Goal # 2, our Response to Intervention Manual, and our COVID Health-Related Closure Plan, we will be administering benchmarking assessments in the coming weeks to measure independent reading level, as well as, growth and proficiency in ELA and math. These multiple data points will inform recommendations for proactive summer intervention programs and placement recommendations for next year's courses in grades 6-12. Benchmarking assessments will be conducted in compliance with student IEPs and personalized learning plans. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Robinson or Mr. Stansberry. 
  • Pursuant to new NJDOE requirements for school districts, please review the daily attendance procedures that commenced on 5/18:
  • Based on Governor Murphy's directive, the Mount Olive Township School District will continue home instruction according to our Health-Related Closure Plan for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. All athletics and activities are canceled as well. Please go to tinyurl.com/MOhealthplan and view the MOTSD Health-Related Closure Plan for daily updates, as well as, vital information about home instruction schedules, WiFi access, free and reduced meals, and continuity of District operations.
  • In an effort to continue to support the Mount Olive Township School District community, breakfast and lunch are now available for any student free of charge. Meals will be distributed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30 am - 9:30 am at the Mount Olive Middle School. The district will provide meals on three days each week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays): Complete this form to sign-up for meals. Students qualifying for free and reduced lunch who have already signed up or have been receiving meal delivery do not need to complete this form. 
  • Click for important information about 4th marking period grading for MOMS and MOHS.
  • Click for Parents Guide to Google Classroom and Google Hangouts
  • Click for MOHS Digital Learning Guide
  • Click for MOMS Digital Learning Guide
  • Click for Grades 1-5 Digital Learning Guide
  • Reminders regarding digital learning: 
    • Students are expected to check their course-respective Google Classrooms on a daily basis to receive updates and assignments from their teachers.
    • Students are strongly encouraged to make themselves available for and participate during the synchronous learning opportunities facilitated by their teachers via Google Hangouts.  New content is being delivered and these sessions will help students continue to make academic progress.
    • If students need extra help they can schedule an office hours appointment with their teachers. 
    • If an extenuating circumstance such as illness, family responsibilities, or work dynamics prevent participation in synchronous sessions, please email your teacher, counselor, and/or building administration.  
    • If you require additional assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out as follows:
    • The MO Success Academy: Please click for more details.
    • The ASPIRE program: Please click this link for more details.
  • We are working very closely with Mayor Greenbaum, MO Township Administrator Tatarenko, and the MO Health Department to ensure our MOTSD families are as healthy and safe as possible. Contact the MO Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at (862) 419-4300 with any suspected cases. In an effort to respond to the many questions and concerns raised by our residents, the Township has established a COVID-19 email address  for general questions regarding the virus, Township preparation and response: COVID-19@mtolivetwp.org  
  • With the exception of MOMS, all MOTSD buildings, fields, and grounds are closed to all staff, students, and community members. 
  • All registered MOTSD students who qualify for free and/or reduced lunch can pick up boxed breakfasts and lunches Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week at Mount Olive Middle School from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
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