District Teachers of the Year Annoucement

Delran Township Public Schools is blessed with a sterling teaching staff in all of its schools.  The district and New Jersey Department of Education participate in the New Jersey Teacher of the Year Program and the Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professionals Recognition Program.  This program highlights educational innovation, student achievement, the rewards of teaching, and important services outside the classroom environment that lead to student success.  Further, it seeks to attract public attention to the positive aspects of our educational system.

The school district has engaged in a process that allows for four teacher and one educational support professional to be honored for outstanding professionalism and student support.  We are happy to honor the following staff members with supportive comments from their colleagues and our Teacher of the Year Committees…

Christine Dillon: Millbridge Elementary School, Elementary Teacher

After spending the first part of her career teaching in a neighboring district for several years, Mrs. Dillon has found her home at Millbridge Elementary serving the Delran community for the past thirteen years as both a kindergarten and transitional first grade teacher. She has been a mentor teacher and works to help those aspiring and new to the profession. During her tenure in Delran she has served on numerous committees, and currently is a member of our language arts committee through which she has piloted many new programs and worked tirelessly to move forward instructional practices in that area. She advocates for education, students, and her colleagues and always works to ensure that we are focused on our mission to serve the students of Delran. The greatest testament to why she deserves this honor is the success of the students who leave her program and excel in subsequent years.  In one of her nominations, it was stated that one only has to spend a moment in the “Pickle Patch” to understand the investment she makes, daily, in the growth students she teaches — their academic growth, their social and emotional growth — and beyond everything, the growth of their perseverance, effort and confidence. Millbridge Elementary School is pleased to recognize this very deserving individual.

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Jason Caldwell: Delran Intermediate School, Elementary Teacher

Jason is an exceptional teacher.  He is able to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.  Jason is a skilled and dedicated educator who continually strives to bring out the best in all of his students.  He participates in professional development to enhance his content knowledge and to improve his teaching skills.  Jason plays an active role in the school community, as well by participating in advocacy with the Delran Senior Center, Pennies for Patients, organizes the annual teacher appreciation day at the Phillies, is piloting a new literacy program, is a member of the Math Committee and is a Math Leadership Advisor for the 2015-2016 school year, writes math curriculum and works after school and in the summer to hone his craft.

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Carol Wolf: Delran Middle School, Teacher of English

It is with great please that the Delran Middle School Teacher of the Year Committee recommends Mrs. Carol Wolf for Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year. Mrs. Wolf exhibits respect for her students by creating a sense of community and belongingness in her classroom. She is warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring. Mrs. Wolf’s smile welcomes students. She grasps them with her love of learning and challenges her students by setting high expectations. Once students move on from sixth grade, they always come back to visit Mrs. Wolf, remembering how important she made them feel.

Mrs. Wolf continuously proves her flexibility inside and outside the classroom on a regular basis by wearing many hats. She leads by example as the Team 6B Team Leader. Mrs. Wolf can be found on sidelines cheering on Delran Middle School teams with the Spirit Squad.  She is a coach, encouraging and guiding her players on the basketball court and serving as an advisor to the Cub Courier School Newspaper.  She displays a work ethic that does not quit.

Mrs. Wolf maintains professionalism in all areas from organizational skills and preparedness for the day to effective communication. She collaborates and works as team with her colleagues.  Mrs. Wolf is always willing to go the extra mile for her students, as well as her colleagues.

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David Atkinson: Delran High School, Teacher of Science

Dave Atkinson is a consummate professional who embodies everything an educator should be.  He is intelligent, he genuinely cares about each of his students, and he is consistently able to deliver quality instruction to all levels of students.

Most generally (and this might sound like an oversimplification), Mr. Atkinson knows things about a lot of things. He is an expert in his discipline, and I know few teachers who enmesh themselves in their area of expertise to the extent that Mr. Atkinson does. On weekends, he visits nature preserves and parks to learn more about ecology and the animals that are both resident to and migrating through those areas. A meteorologist by training, “Dewpoint” Dave studies computer models and weather patterns even when he isn’t teaching the Meteorology course at DHS. It is impossible for those who know Mr. Atkinson well to overlook his commitment to science–and to science education–and I truly appreciate and am thankful for the example he sets for his students and colleagues.

As a product of the Delran Township Schools, he is a role model for present day students.  He understands where the students are coming from and this link helps him bring out the best in all of his students.  Perhaps most notable about Mr. Atkinson is his intellectual curiosity–and the extent to which extends well beyond his own personal areas of expertise. In everyday conversations, both with his colleagues and his students, Mr. Atkinson consistently exhibits a genuine desire to learn. He seeks to understand various aspects of students’ culture and heritage, inquires about news or music that interests them, and in general, always seeks to understand what matters the most to others. People recognize and appreciate this about Mr. Atkinson, and his curiosity inspires others to embrace and act on their own inquisitiveness. This type of intellectual curiosity and thirst for knowledge and an understanding of our fellow citizens, obviously, is the primary characteristic of a lifelong learning–and this, I think, what most of us want above all else for our students.

Mr. Atkinson is also dedicated to the students outside of the classroom.  When you ask former students to describe Mr. Atkinson they always mention words like energetic, funny, encouraging and passionate. Year after year he helps develop students to excel in Science League competitions. He is a driving force in why the Golden Regiment Band is so successful. He is also an excellent class advisor. Not only does Mr. Atkinson have the respect of the students, he has the respect of his fellow teachers. He is always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.

Dave Atkinson truly exhibits the qualities that make him an excellent Teacher of the Year.

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Lori Volz, District Speech Language Specialist

Lori Volz has been an outstanding educational services professional for many years.  Not only does she help young learners to develop confidence and positive attitudes while they struggle with obstacles related to their speech and learning needs, she is an active part of these students’ lives beyond the school day.  She spent 8 years as a class advisor, she has been a volunteer coach, and is a frequent attendee at after-school events.  Mrs. Volz has worked with Delran graduates who are studying the field of speech pathology, and has accompanied students who go to speech support groups after school hours and on the weekends.  She has intervened in classroom situations to educate teachers about the needs that her students face, and to advocate for these students at time when they still struggle to self-advocate.  She is a caring, compassionate woman and the consummate professional.  She is respected by her colleagues and is loved by all whom have had the privilege to either work with her or be taught by her.  She is also dedicated to life-long learning and stays current with her professional organization’s standards and techniques.   There isn’t anything that Lori Volz can’t do, and there’s certainly no limits to what she will do to help her students to succeed.

  

Please join me and the District in congratulating our newest honorees!

 

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Delran BOE Honors Golden Regiment and Soccer Players

At the December 14, 2015 Regular Public Meeting the Delran Township Board of Education honored the Delran High School Golden Regiment Marching Band, the Boys Soccer team and Brianna Taylor.  Additionally, Brianna Taylor, Jeremy Rafanello, Michael Strohlein and Rudy Engel earned spots on various all area and all State teams.

The Golden Regiment placed second this year in the U.S. Bands National competition in their division and the Boys Soccer team won the South Jersey Group II Championship.

Golden Regiment

  • Zandra Azoulay
  • Erin Bisch
  • Andrew Chojnacki
  • Anthony Codispoti
  • Sage Defreitas
  • Kelly Deschaine
  • Bobby Fagan
  • Kiersten Gappa
  • Lyndsey Guarino
  • Robert Hopson
  • Dayna Judy
  • Chris Larkin
  • Rose Lloyd
  • Ethan McAnally
  • Brandon Murphy
  • Anulie Okoye
  • Nick Puleo
  • Adriana Puleo
  • Colin Rafferty
  • Jeremy Schoblocher
  • Jake Sundermier
  • Tommy Tartaglia
  • Nicole Ucheya
  • Gabi Urena
  • Lucia Villatoro
  • Brooke Wachter
  • Damian Ward
  • Taylor Washington
  • Mr. Rafter
  • Mr. Atkinson

Boys Soccer Team

  • Michael Allibone
  • Michael Strohlein
  • Ryan Strauss
  • Andrew Gordon
  • Drew Madera
  • Louis Nocito
  • Brenden Rafanello
  • Kevin Robinson
  • Jake Angelone
  • Evan Ballinger
  • Liam Chiaccio
  • Ken Coluzzi
  • Skyler Diggs
  • Rudy Engel
  • Dennis Rooney
  • Nick Schreader
  • Ali Tas
  • Philipe Alves
  • Nick Howlett
  • Brandon Kendall
  • Vincent Nocito
  • Jeremy Rafanello
  • John Strohlein
  • Daniel Tittlemayer
  • Scott Woodington
  • Cole Gifford
  • Berkant Haliloglu
  • Mark Olivo
  • Coach Michael Otto
  • Coach Kevin Romanik
  • Coach Thomas Orr
  • Volunteer Coach Joseph Griffith
  • Volunteer Coach Robert Cuva

End of Season Soccer Honors

  • Brianna Taylor  – All County, All South Jersey, All State
  • Jeremy Rafanello – All State
  • Michael Strohlein – All County, All South Jersey, All State
  • Rudolph Engel – All County

Pictures honoring these students are below:

Delran Celebrates Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week

The following is a guest post from Mrs. Hutchinson, K-12 Supervisor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Delran Township Public Schools celebrated Computer Science Education Week from December 7-12, 2015 by promoting and encouraging participation in Hour of Code with our students and families.

Our youngest learners, Kindergarten through 2nd grade students at Millbridge Elementary School, participated in an “unplugged” activity that promotes the type of thinking required in computer coding, called Imagination Playground. Students in several 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms participated in an online Hour of Code at Delran Intermediate School. At Delran Middle School, every student will participate in an Hour of Code online during December. At Delran High School, students continued to learn coding applications in our Computer Science course.

In addition to activities in school, parents and families throughout the district were provided with information and links, and encouraged to engage their children in an Hour of Code at home. Click here for the information sheet sent to all Delran Schools families.

Hour of Code is designed to demystify the idea of computer programming, and show students of all ages that computer science is accessible for them. No previous experience or knowledge of computer programming is required to participate–just a device with an internet connection.

Delran Township Public Schools produced a video featuring students from K-12 to promote Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week 2015. Click here for the video.

Delran PARCC Parent Resource: 2015 Results

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last Spring the New Jersey Department of Education administered an examination to students in grades 3 through 11 called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  Recently school districts were provided with achievement information and individual student results to share with families.  The District will mail all student results to homes through the United States Postal Service on December 14, 2015.  If you do not receive your child’s results by December 18, 2015 please reach out to your child’s Principal.

Delran Township Public Schools has prepared a resource to allow parents to re-familiarize themselves with the components of PARCC and educate themselves with respect to their child’s results.  The Delran PARCC Parent Resource provides the following information:

  • Sample parent letter for individual student results
  • A short video about how to understand your child’s PARCC score
  • A visual example of what your PARCC score report will look like
  • An interactive website that allows you to use your child’s actual scores and learn how to assist in future educational pursuits
  • A connection to the PARCC official parent website
  • An explanation of PARCC performance levels (they are different from NJASK/HSPA)
  • Testing dates for the 2016 school year
  • PARCC Frequently Asked Questions and BOE assessment policy/regulations
  • An explanation of the Common Core State Standards and what students are asked to do in Math and Language Arts in addition to samples
  • NJDOE website for PARCC and Common Core

It is the intention of the District to educate parents as comprehensively as possible. Please take time to review the Delran PARCC Parent Resource prior to receiving your child’s test scores.  The weeks prior the Winter Break will allow you the opportunity to raise any questions about the results with your child’s Principal and others.  Additionally, in January our schools will host evening events that allow for a greater understanding with respect to your child’s results.

Sincerely,

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Brian Brotschul, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools

Letter to Parents: Power Loss at DMS

Dear DMS Parents and Guardians,

Yesterday afternoon the District reported on its Facebook page and website that there was an electrical fire on a utility pole on Chester Avenue.  That fire was attended to by a team of responders from the Township as well as Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G).  The fire resulted in a loss of power to Delran Middle School.

Last evening PSE&G worked to restore power and was successful at approximately 10:45pm.  However, this morning as students were arriving to school Delran Middle School lost power again and continues to be without power.  While we have identified the source of the issue to be an internal one and have contracted qualified services to address the electrical needs, we do not have ability to feed students and will have an Early Closing at 11:30am in order to allow for continued work to take place by our electrical contractors.  Should you have a reason to contact the Principal’s Office you can do so at 856-764-4261.

This morning the academic day was adhered to in order to foster an environment that was as normalized as possible for the students.  I thank the teachers, students, administrators and entire maintenance team at the District for their support and professionalism.

It is our intention to have the issue remediated and to be fully functional in order to resume our academic program and classes on Monday.

Sincerely,

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Brian Brotschul, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools

DMS EARLY CLOSING DUE TO POWER LOSS

Dear DMS Parents and Guardians:

Due to an unexpected and continued loss of power at Delran Middle School this morning as children were on their way to school, there will be an early closing.  All students will be dismissed at 11:30am.  All early closing dismissal procedures will be followed as normal.  Additionally, all after school activities, including athletics, for Delran Middle School are cancelled for today.  Should you have a reason to contact the Principal’s Office you can do so at 856-764-4261.

Detailed information regarding the restoration plan for the power at DMS will be sent out to all parents later this afternoon.