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: