Another Positive Week in Delran Township Public Schools!

While the world of education swirls around at a very, very quick pace, it makes every week one of excitement, new learning and countless instances of pride. This week was no different! Read below for a taste of our accomplishments.

Our week, dating back to the middle of last week, offered us the opportunity to see how DHS and DMS students impacted students and residents in Delran as we showed off the library and computer lab that was being sent to Uganda. Our support services staff teamed together to load the trailer being shipped to Uganda with playground equipment, as well. The initiative was given media coverage by the Burlington County Times and Channel 6’s Action News in addition to many a Twitter mention.
Additionally, the word of the week seemed to be “literacy” as we hosted many different initiatives in each school that outlined the importance of a print rich, literacy rich curriculum. Students that have Mrs. Talarico and Mrs. Penna in DMS welcomed visitors, family members and representatives from the state Department of Education into their rooms as they shared impactful work with them.

Students at DIS shared their ‘Star Stories’ as well with each other and a host of visitors. While I was in Room 507 at the intermediate school I witnessed young authors (third grade!) outlining the power of the pen and the ability to convey original thought in writing. As an English teacher at heart, I sensed a feeling of accomplishment that underscores the importance of outstanding literacy practices in our classrooms and schools. The ability to communicate in writing is an integral skill for our children to master.  They appear to have great skill thus far.

I followed our Gifted and Talented students to the Western Burlington County Gifted and Talented Association’s “Brain Drain” where Delran students excelled at problem solving and group work. What made this event more special was the fact that our students were intermingled with students from neighboring towns and were able to work constructively with them in mixed groups while demonstrating what makes being a student in Delran so special. A special thanks to Mrs. Segrest and Mrs. Hutchinson for running such an effective Gifted and Talented program. Their enthusiasm and mentoring of scores of students is of particular note and absolutely refreshing.

During the week three students from Delran High School were honored by the Burlington County Principals and Supervisors Association for academic excellence. Those students, Lauren Williams, Robert Wachter and Nicholas Puleo represented their colleagues and peers quite well as they served as the academic champions of the high school. We are all eager to hear of their future accomplishments.

Students from Delran Middle School proved, yet again, that that arts are alive and thriving in Delran during last week’s rendition of Hairspray.  

Below you can find a host of pictures of some of these events. While there is much to celebrate in Delran, what you have read and see below is merely a snapshot of the great things that take place in this district, day in and day out. In Delran we have much to celebrate.


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Superintendent to hold Community Forums to Kick Off Delran Middle School Principal Search

At the March 9, 2015 Regular Public Meeting of the Board of Education a motion was approved to voluntarily transfer Dr. Melanie Ogozalek to the position of Director of Special Projects – an unpaid position.  This was done in order to allow a process to be initiated in order to search for, and recommend, a Principal for Delran Middle School to the Board of Education.  Dr. Ogozalek has served the middle school in extraordinary ways; it is my intention to lead a process to identify a world class leader to continue the great outcomes at Delran Middle School.

During the coming weeks I will be hosting two community open forums whereupon parents and stakeholders have the opportunity to participate in the search and recommendation process.  On March 24, 2015 and March 31, 2015 I will host events at the DMS cafeteria at 6pm for those that wish to offer feedback relative to the traits that should encompass a successful candidate for Principal of Delran Middle School.  During these sessions it is my anticipation that anecdotal feedback allows me to craft a position profile in order to guide our process and the work of several committees that will be reviewing Principal candidate credentials.  The insights offered during these two sessions will drive the search process.

If you are interested in participating in the community open forums, please take time to RSVP for the events HERE.

I look forward to seeing you on either the 24th or 31st of March (it is not necessary to attend both!).

Hairspray-DMS Musical Coming to Morris Burton Performing Arts Center

The Delran Middle School is proud to present Hairspray at the Morris Burton Theater!

Ticket Information


Performance Dates

Friday, March 20 at 7pm
Saturday, March 21 at 1:30pm
Saturday, March 21 at 7pm
Sunday, March 22 at 1:30pm


Welcome to the 60s! Delran Middle School Drama Club invites you to dream big, live big and sing along with 92 cast members and crew as they present Hairspray Jr.

Based upon 1988 and 2007 films and stage musical, Hairspray Jr. will delight audiences with the story of pint-size Tracy Turnblad as she fights for her big dream to be a dancer on the famous Baltimore-based Corny Collins show.

Set in 1962, Tracy’s dreams intersect with the social justice her town and favorite television show need. This family-friendly, hilarious musical will have audiences singing along to “Good Morning, Baltimore,” “The Nicest Kids in Town,” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” And along the way, you’ll meet Tracy’s supersized mom, Edna, teen idol Link Larkin, mean-spirited Velma Von Tussle, host Corny Collins, dreamy Seaweed, soulful Motormouth Maybelle, the Corny Collins Council, and some of Delran’s most talented dancers and singers.

Tickets officially go on sale to the public on March 8th. Tickets are anticipated to sell out quickly, so be sure to visit and search “Delran.”

“We are so excited to be working with such an amazing and talented cast,” says co-directors and Delran music teachers Erin Gupta and Kathy Drachowski.  “It has been so much fun putting this show together.  Every rehearsal we leave with huge smiles on our faces and goose bumps from such talented students.  This is truly a magical show that everyone should come and see!”  The show also will feature the fast-paced and energetic choreography by Gail Santamaria.

March 9, 2015 Board of Education Meeting Highlights: Recognition and Approvals

Dear Delran Stakeholders:

Last evening at the Board of Education, the following recognition ceremonies and approvals took place:

Lockheed Martin Minorities Engineering Program students from Delran High School

  • Pankil Chauhan
  • Jay Patel
  • Karan Patel
  • Rishi Patel
  • Maria Rojas

All South Jersey Junior Band Members from Delran Middle School

  • Colin Kremus
  • Justin Ma
  • Alexandra Azoulay
  • Adam Dorfman
  • Javera Chaudhry

DIS Students from Mrs. Armstrong’s Class raise funds for Toys for Tots and the NJSPCA

  • Kylee Brotz
  • Emily Chiaccio
  • Isabella Chiaccio
  • Sydney Francois
  • Abhinav Gunda
  • Nathan Husband
  • Alanna Kelly
  • Jeffrey Liu
  • Dillon Maloney
  • Mackenzie Martin
  • Chase Matthews
  • Brandon McIntyre
  • Arda Ozdemir
  • Alexander Piazza-Johnson
  • Meliha Pinarci
  • Emma Rider
  • Elizabeth Rocco
  • Anthony Scotto DiPerta
  • Jordan-Daniel Silva
  • Gabriella Spinelli
  • Alyssa Suppin
  • Colgan Taffler
  • Caleb Thomas
  • John Williams
  • Cassandra Wilson
  • Dilynn Worrell

The Millbridge Militia – a group of teachers and staff members from Millbridge were honored for raising money (in the tens of thousands of dollars) to support cancer research:

  • Jamie Murphy
  • Kate Krowicki
  • Patricia Friel
  • Patricia Tregl
  • Laurel Healey
  • Amanda Dineen
  • Trisha Sorrentino
  • Dorreen Lawrence
  • Beth Cohen
  • Stacy Juliani
  • April Wallis
  • Nicole Stikeleather
  • Nicole Soto
  • Darby Horner
  • Linda Carbin
  • Kimberly Williams
  • Kathleen McHugh
  • Kelly Meunier
  • Susan Howard

Other highlights from the March 9, 2015 Regular Public Meeting of the Board of Education:

  • 2015-2016 BOE Goals Approval
  • 2015-2016 School Calendar Approval
  • 2015-2016 Budget Resolution
    • Approval from BOE to send to County Superintendent for examination
    • Future Budget Hearing: May 4, 2015 at 7:30pm
    • Business and Operations Committee will continue to examine the proposed budget
  • Approval of Transfer:
    • Dr. Goodwin approved a voluntary transfer from Principal, Delran Middle School to Director of Special Projects.
    • This was approved, with no change in compensation or benefits, allowing for a search to be executed for the Principal of Delran Middle School.
  • Education Foundation
    • The Board authorized me to recruit members and assist with the establishment of bylaws for a newly formed Delran Education Foundation.
    • If you are interested in serving on an education foundation, please contact my office.

Photographs from Student and Staff Recognition

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March 6, 2015 Inclement Weather Notice

The most recent winter storm was a difficult one in many respects.  Our buildings and grounds staff, coupled with the building custodians, worked from early this morning until 9:00pm.  Join me in thanking them for their service!

While they made great headway throughout the day, the current conditions, coupled with unfavorable overnight and early morning temperatures, will make it impossible to remove all ice from district grounds in addition to the side streets and sidewalks.  Numerous discussions with district and local officials have reinforced the reality that ensuring a safe arrival of all students and staff members will be at risk given the weather conditions.

As that is the case, all Delran Township Public Schools will be closed tomorrow.  Please note that all schools will be in session on April 9 and April 10 in order to make up the lost school days due to inclement weather.

A future message will be sent out regarding the Grease performance scheduled for tomorrow evening by 10:00am tomorrow.

March 5, 2015 Inclement Weather Notice

Due to a State of Emergency announced by Governor Christie as the result of a predicted snow storm, all Delran Township Public Schools will be closed on March 5, 2015.

Additionally, I write to remind you of the protocols that the District put in place when it approved the 2014-2015 calendar. First, there were two snow days built into the calendar automatically. At this point we have exhausted both of them. Second, as approved on March 17, 2014 and August 11, 2014, if the district is closed for more than two days for inclement weather, revisions will be made to the calendar in the following order: shorten Spring Break, beginning with April 10, then April 9.  We will be open for a full day of school on April 10, 2015.

Be forewarned that the arrangement described above entails the second Friday of Spring Break becoming a school day, thus shortening Spring Break by one day. As always, weather is unpredictable, but it’s important that you know the plan that the district has set forth in order to address these items. If I can be of service in any way regarding the school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year please contact my office at your convenience.