Positive Outcomes Continue to Grow in Delran Township Public Schools

Offering students the opportunity to develop and grow continues to be one of the primary functions of a school district.  This week was like many others in Delran; students were placed in actively engaging environments and were challenged appropriately to learn and apply at very high levels.  This week there were four events, in particular, that allowed for students to excel and show how powerful, insightful and positive they are: The DMS Night of Excellence, the DHS Quill and Scroll Induction, staff driven professional development and the performance music groups trip to Virginia Beach, VA.  In all cases there is reinforcement as to the power of a comprehensive education that all students are afforded in Delran Township.

The Night of Excellence offers an opportunity for kids to showcase what they are doing in their classes with the parents and family members.  Having spent some time at Night of Excellence last evening there was a tremendously positive vibe throughout the middle school.  To that end, there were proud students, even prouder parents and beaming teachers as I toured the building.  There were, literally, hundreds of reasons that reinforced my belief in the culture of the Delran Township Public Schools.  What an honor to be a part of the evening.

Night of Excellence Media

Some performance music students from DHS have been in Virginia Beach, VA performing against some of the stiffest competition the country has to offer; some photos and videos are below for you to peruse.  I believe you will find that the students are representing Delran quite well!

Performance Media

Performance Media

Performance Media

Performance Media

Performance Media

Last evening the newest members of the Quill and Scroll Society were inducted by the Delran High School Quill and Scroll Chapter.  Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists was organized April 10, 1926, at the University of Iowa by renowned pollster George H. Gallup and a group of high school advisers for the purpose of encouraging and recognizing individual student achievement in journalism and scholastic publication.

Since its founding, school charters have been granted to more than 14,267 high schools in all 50 states and 44 foreign countries. Media advisers in chartered schools are eligible to recommend outstanding high school journalism students for membership in Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society.  We are proud of our newest inductees!

Quill and Scroll 1

Quill and Scroll 2

The professional development of our teachers is a critical investment and activity that we engage in regularly in Delran.  One of the hallmarks of our professional staff here in Delran is their ability to connect each other to best instructional practices.  To that end, throughout the course of the year our teachers have modified schedules to allow for professional development embedded within the framework of the day.  During a visit to Millbridge Elementary School I was able to see our very own Mrs. Dillon, Mrs. Friel and Mrs. Dineen teach their colleagues the concept of close reading(a strategy that allows our youngest readers to uncover deeper meaning).  Below are some photos that share staff development.  I understand that the early closings can been seen as a burden, but the time is truly maximized!

Close Reading Media

Close Reading Media

Close Reading Media

Clearly there is much to celebrate in Delran.  I appreciate the opportunity to remain so closely connected with the District.  I look forward to seeing you at a future event!

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Delran Township Board of Education Honors 125 Student Accomplishments at April 20 Regular Public Meeting

The Delran Township Board of Education honored scores of students at its April 20, 2015 Regular Public Meeting.  Among those being honored were students that excelled in interscholastic sports during the winter season, students who earned a number of different accolades in several different science fairs, students who earned perfect scores on state testing and students who connected with service men and women through a letter writing campaign.  All in all, the Board recognized approximately 125 different accomplishments and were thrilled to learn of the myriad of fantastic accomplishments.  Please read some of those accomplishments below:

Delran High School Athletic honors for the winter season:

  • Swimming
    • Brianna Hatzold – BCSL 1st Team in the 100 Free Relay
    • Brianna Hatzold – BCSL 2nd Team for the 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay
    • Brianna Hatzold – qualified for NJSIAA Swimming Championships in the 50
    • Ryan Pedrick – BCSL 1st Team in the 100 Free Relay
    • Ryan Pedrick – qualified for NJSIAA Swimming Championships in the 50 Free Relay and 200 Medley Relay
    • Quinn Reynolds – BCSL 2nd Team for the 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay
    • Samantha Wargny – BCSL 2nd Team for the 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay
    • Kelly Mesisca – BCSL 2nd Team for the 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay
  • Michael Allibone – qualified for NJSIAA Swimming Championships in the 200 Medley Relay
    • Matthew Skotarczak – qualified for NJSIAA Swimming Championships in the 200 Medley Relay
    • Dennis Rooney – qualified for NJSIAA Swimming Championships in the 200 Medley Relay
  • Bowling
    • Jacqueline Grillo – BCSL 1st Team Freedom Division with average score of 140.88
    • Jordan Hamlin – BCSL 2nd Team Freedom Division with average score of 123.59
    • Jenni Ryan – BCSL 2nd Team Freedom Division with average score of 119.65
  • Basketball
    • Brenna Cloud – BCSL 1st Team Patriot Division – Forward Position
    • Cassie Kennedy – BCSL 1st Team Patriot Division – Forward Position
    • Jessica Larson – BCSL 1st Team Patriot Division – Guard Position
    • Gabrielle Gizzi – BCSL 2nd Team Patriot Division – Guard Position
    • Timothy Hunt – BCSL 1st Team Freedom Division – Guard Position
    • Colin Romero – BCSL 2nd Team Freedom Division – Guard Position
  • Wrestling
    • Dylan Wagner – BCSL 1st Team Patriot Division – 120 weight class
    • Philip Rogers – BCSL 1st Team Patriot Division – 138 weight class
    • Marcus Miraglia – BCSL 1st Team Patriot Division – 152 weight class
    • Pietro Evola – BCSL 1st Team Patriot Division – 195 weight class
    • Michael Boyd – BCSL 1st Team Patriot Division – earned as an At Large
    • Tasheen Gilford – BCSL 2nd Team Patriot Division – 170 weight class
    • Devin Rolon – BCSL 2nd Team Patriot Division – 220 weight class
    • Calen West – BCSL 2nd Team Patriot Division – 285 weight class
  • DIS and DMS Students Achieved High Score of 300 on NJASK test in Mathematics in 2014
    • Farhan Ahsan
    • Kwame Apeadu
    • Shivam Garg
    • Vaibhav Gupta
    • Jordan Jackson-Conner
    • Ethan McAnally
    • Kyle McBrearty
    • Vincent Nocito
    • Eshaan Parikh
    • Devon Seville
    • Brendan Strauss
    • Jessica Szymanski
  • Winner at State level in the PTA Reflection contest
    • Duygu Anac
    • Emma Blosfelds
    • Joseph Codispoti
    • Solomon Cummings II
    • Shannon Glover
    • Kelly Mesisca
    • Micayla Palma
    • Meghan Schiereck
    • Brendan Suszynski
    • Juliette Zorn

            Delran High School Science Fair Winners:

  • Sydney Coldren – 1st Place
  • Emma Blosfelds – 2nd Place
  • Emily Duff – 3rd Place
  • Thomas O’Donnell – Honorable Mention
  • Maria Rojas – Honorable Mention
  • Antonio Carollo – Honorable Mention

Delran Middle School Science Fair – 6th Grade:

  • Ryan Matthews – 1st Place
  • Claire Logue – 1st Place
  • John Bagonis – 3rd Place
  • Meghan Albertson – 4th Place
  • Sydney Croly – Honorable Mention

Delran Middle School School Science Fair – 7th Grade:

  • Gwenna Singer – 1st Place
  • Ryan Wachter – 2nd Place
  • Kendal Coldren – 3rd Place
  • Adriana Puleo – 3rd Place
  • Joseph Mormando – Honorable Mention

Delran Middle School Science Fair – 8th Grade:

  • Rosie Lloyd-Slifkin – 1st Place
  • Luke DiBlasio – 2nd Place
  • Brooke Langowski – 2nd Place
  • Katie Flynn – 3rd Place
  • Brendan Depenbrock – Honorable Mention

Delran High School South Jersey Science Fair Winners at the Coriell Science Fair on   3/21/15:

  • Louisa Williams – Behavioral and Social Sciences – 3rd Place
  • Madison Kaelin- Behavioral and Social Sciences – Honorable Mention
  • Maria Rojas – Biochemistry – 1st place
  • Sydney Coldren – Botany – 1st Place
  • Julia Ma – Earth and Space Science – 2nd Place
  • Emily Klein – Earth and Space Science – 3rd Place
  • Emma Blosfelds – Mathematics – 2nd Place
  • Jack O’Donnell – Mathematics – Honorable Mention
  • Antonio Carollo – Medicine and Health – Honorable Mention
  • Kevin Tidmore – Medicine and Health – Honorable Mention
  • Margot Clarke – Microbiology – 1st Place

            Delran Middle School Science Fair Winners South Jersey Science Fair Winners at the Coriell Science Fair on 3/21/15:

  • Connor Shanahan – Biochemistry- 1st place
  • Ryan Wachter – Physics- 2nd place

Delran High School DuPont Excellence in Science Special Award:

  • Sydney Coldren

            Delran Intermediate School Students – Thank You Thursday and Adopt A Soldier (Mrs. Willis’ class)

  • Jadyn Aguiar
  • Esi Amissah
  • Sebastian Batista
  • Mason Bodary
  • Isaiah Brewer
  • Sarah Burk
  • Jason Corcoran
  • Jef Ryan Espe
  • Kaua Freitas
  • Jack Gutekunst
  • Damir Hodges-Golden
  • Sarah Lark
  • Benjamin Laster
  • Danielle Lohrman
  • Ashleigh Mann
  • Alex Mongelli
  • Noah Nelson
  • Visaiah Ossorio
  • Michael Retzko
  • Brenna Rice
  • Amanda Robinson
  • Patrik Serikov
  • Ethan Shea
  • Justin Smith
  • Mehlika Temur

            Delran Intermediate School Students – PTA Reflections Winners

  • Angelina Samara – Visual Arts
  • Jason Croly – Photography
  • Grace Cascio – Film
  • Olivia Jones – Film
  • Drew Roskos – Film
  • James Harper – Photography
  • Paige O’Neill – Photography
  • Haadi Khan – Literature
  • Corinne Langowski – Literature
  • Jimmy Mitchell – Literature
  • Marissa Mongon – Visual Arts
  • Kalli Roskos – Visual Arts

Students in italics won at both local and county levels

The school system in Delran continues to impress and have plenty to celebrate.  The Board looks forward to celebrating with families and students in the coming weeks!

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