2016-2017 DISTRICT CALENDAR -- REVISEDAt the regular meeting held on Thursday, May 26, 2016, the Board of Education approved revising next year's school calendar to include the Shoemaker School/ECLC and the Middle School parent-teacher conferences. The revised calendar has been posted to the homepage on the district website, and the conference dates have been included on the district and school calendars on the website. A copy of the calendar is also attached to this email for your reference: 2016-2017 SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR.
2015-2016 and 2016-2017 DISTRICT CALENDARS
At the regular meeting held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, the Board of Education approved the revised district calendar for this school year, 2015-2016, to accommodate the day on which school was closed (January 25, 2016) as a result of inclement weather. As you'll note, the calendar has been revised to reflect Tuesday, March 29, 2016, as a regular school day as that was the first day listed as a make-up day on the originally approved calendar.
Also at last week's meeting, the Board approved the calendar for next school year, 2016-2017. Both calendars have been posted to the homepage on the district website, and the dates have been entered on the district and school calendars on the website. A copy of both calendars is also attached to this message for your reference: 2015-2016 Revised District Calendar and 2016-2017 District Calendar.
2015-2016 DISTRICT CALENDAR -- REVISEDAt the regular meeting held on Thursday, August 27, 2015, the Board of Education approved a revision to the current year’s school calendar, reducing the number of early dismissal days during the last week of school from five to three; early dismissal days will be on Wednesday through Friday, June 15-17, 2016.This revised calendar has been posted to the homepage on the district website, and the dates have been adjusted accordingly on the district and school calendars on the website. A copy of the calendar is also attached to this email for your reference: 2015-2016 Revised School Calendar.
2014-2015 DISTRICT CALENDARAt the special meeting held on Monday, April 13, 2015, the Board of Education approved a revision to the current year’s school calendar. The revision is to conduct a half day of school on Saturday, June 13, 2015, for grade 12 students only so they may take end of year exams, thus making their last day of school on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, with their graduation ceremony that evening as originally scheduled.The last day of school for all other students will remain as Thursday, June 18, 2015, as previously approved.This revised calendar has been posted to the homepage on the district website, and the dates have been adjusted accordingly on the district and school calendars on the website. A copy of the calendar is also attached to this email for your reference: 2014-2015 Revised Calendar.
2014-2015 AND 2015-2016 DISTRICT CALENDARSAt the regular meeting held last Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Board of Education approved the revised district calendar for the 2014-2015 school year to accommodate the days on which school was closed as a result of inclement weather. The changes made are as follows:
Also at last week’s meeting, the Board approved the calendar for next school year, 2015-2016. Both calendars have been posted to the homepage on the district website, and the dates have been entered on the district and school calendars on the website. A copy of both calendars is also attached to this email for your reference: 2014-2015 Revised District Calendar and 2015-2016 District Calendar.
- Tuesday, April 7, 2015, is now a school day.
- The last five days of school that are early closing days are June 12-18, with the 18th being the last day.
REVISED 2014-2015 SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDARAt the regular meeting held on Thursday, September 25, 2014, the Board of Education approved a revision to the district calendar to include the High School mid-terms and Middle School conferences in January 2015. Click here to view the revised calendar: 2014-2015 Revised Calendar.
REVISED 2013-2014 SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDARAt the regular meeting held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, the Board of Education approved revisions to the district calendar. The significant changes to make up for the days lost due to inclement weather are as follows:
Click here to view the revised calendar: 2013-2014 Revised Calendar.
- Tuesday, April 22, 2014, is now a regular school day for all students.
- Friday, May 23, 2014, is now a school day for the Early Childhood Learning Center students with all students arriving at 8:00 am and departing at 12:20 pm; see the note on the bottom of the calendar for the explanation. School remains closed this date for all High School, Middle School, and Shoemaker School students due to in-service.
- Tuesday through Friday, June 10-13, 2014, are full school days for all students.
- Monday through Friday, June 16-20, 2014, are early closing days for all students, with the last day of school scheduled for Friday, the 20th.
APRIL 22, 2014, IS A REGULAR SCHOOL DAYAs a result of the school closing due to inclement weather on Friday, January 3, 2014, please be reminded that Tuesday, April 22, 2014, will now be the make-up regular school day as stated on the approved 2013-2014 school district calendar. Any further closings will result in the school year being extended. You may view the district calendar by clicking on the following link: 2013-2014 School District Calendar.
Tom Coleman,Superintendent of Schools
ECLC OPEN HOUSE -- FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013All community members are invited to join us for the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) Open House on this Friday, December 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please stop in to tour our new school and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies. See the attached flyer for more details. We look forward to seeing you there! Open House Flyer
REVISED 2013-2014 SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDARAt the special meeting held on Thursday, November 14, 2013, the Board of Education approved revisions to the district calendar. Those revisions affect the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) students only, and are as follows:
- On Monday, November 25, 2013, school will be closed for the ECLC students only.
- On Friday, February 14, 2014, ECLC students will have an early closing day to make up for November 25, 2013. School remains closed for all other students on February 14, 2014, as an in-service day as originally scheduled.
Click here to view the revised calendar: 2013-2014 Revised Calendar.
FLU VACCINATIONSHello Woodstown-Pilesgrove Schools Community,
This message is to inform you that the Salem County Health Department will be offering free flu vaccinations at a clinic in our area. The clinics will be held at the Salem County Vocational-Technical Schools and the Salem County Health Department office.
There will be a clinic on November 13 at the Salem County Vo-Tech from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
There will be additional evening clinics from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Salem County Health Department offices. Evening clinic dates at the Salem County Health Department offices are October 15, 22, and 29. Their offices are located at 110 Fifth Street in Salem.
All clinics are open to any resident ages 3 years and up. For children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years old, two evening clinics will be held at the Salem County Health Department. Those dates are November 12 and November 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
For more clinic dates and times, please go to www.SalemCountyNJ.gov/Health or call the County Health Department at 856/935-7510.
We hope you will take advantage of these free flu shots, which are made available by the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: 09/05/13Submitted by Tom Coleman, SuperintendentIMPROVISE, ADAPT, AND OVERCOME … WE MADE IT ….MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
Since the last update on August 9, much has been happening as we prepared to have things ready for the opening day of school. It was very close, but we got it done. This was due to the extraordinary efforts by many people throughout our organization who exhibited a real “esprit de corps” in embracing the challenges that we faced.
EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER (ECLC): As I mentioned in my last report, because of the legal proceedings that delayed the opening of the new ECLC on East Lake Road, we are renting space from St. Joseph’s Center until the new building is ready in late October or early November. The lease agreement was approved at a special Board of Education meeting on August 8. We began moving in on August 15. Overall this was quite a logistical undertaking which began back in June when the Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms were moved out of the Mary Shoemaker School into trailers to make room for the 5th grade moving into Mary Shoemaker. The items were staged in the trailers until we knew where we would be going, which was contingent on the outcome of the legal proceedings. This was not finalized until August 8 whereupon the New Jersey Appellate Court denied the appeal of the contractor who was challenging the bid and they withdrew their challenge. Our maintenance staff and Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers, under the direction of Dwayne Hickman – Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds, Frank Rizzo – School Business Administrator, and Diane Cioffi – Building Principal respectively, did a terrific job in getting all of this done in time for the orientation programs held during the last week in August. As you can see via pictures posted on our Facebook page, our teachers and maintenance staff had quite a daunting task in unpacking and sorting through all the classroom supplies and moving the furniture into the classrooms at St. Joe’s. Because of their efforts, I am happy to say that today’s first day of school went quite smoothly and everything was up and ready to go.
HIGH SCHOOL/MIDDLE SCHOOL (HS/MS) NEW SCIENCE LABS AND ROOFING PROJECT: This schedule was even tighter than that of the ECLC. We virtually went to the eleventh hour in getting these areas completed for today’s opening. This was due to nothing short of herculean efforts by our maintenance crew and the contractors, under the direction of Frank Rizzo, Dwayne Hickman, and Bruce Harkins – Construction Manager. It wasn’t until 10:00 p.m. last evening that I was notified that the science rooms would be ready by about 6:00 a.m. this morning. In addition, as with any construction project, what you can always expect is the unexpected. That occurred in the case of our HS/MS media center where the roofing contractors spilled tar onto the carpet and it then needed to be replaced. So within the last few weeks, all of the furniture and books had to be moved out of the media center into the hallways, the carpet removed, a new carpet installed, and the furniture and contents moved back in from the hallways by today. Once again, our maintenance department staff worked into the night to get this completed for today.So after all was said and done, due to the joint efforts of all those involved and the willingness to “improvise, adapt, and overcome”, we were able to “get it done” and school opened today ready and able to welcome our students with little if any compromise of our educational program. So I am proud to say on their behalf “Mission Accomplished”. (See pictures below of the new labs.)UPDATES ON REMAINING ASPECTS OF THE PROJECT AND MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS: Although we accomplished our mission with the first phase of the projects, there still also remains the completion of the ECLC building and the Middle School multi-purpose room (MPR). As I mentioned earlier, we are targeting a move in date for either the Columbus Day weekend of October 11-14 or during the NJEA Convention weekend of November 6-10. In regards to the costs incurred by the need to rent the St. Joe's building, that will be incurred by contingency funds for situations such as these that were built into the referendum funds as required by state statute. It will not have any additional impact on the taxpayers or our regular operating budget. The MPR is targeted to be completed by December. In the meantime, the new Middle School schedule designed with that new space in mind has been implemented with contingency plans in place to accommodate the schedule until the MPR is completed.New Science Labs_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: 06/18/13Due the ongoing construction at the Woodstown Middle School / High School, the offices for Woodstown High School, Woodstown Middle School, the Guidance Department, the Athletics Office, and the Office of Curriculum and Instruction will be temporarily relocated to Mary Shoemaker Elementary School. All business will be conducted from that site beginning Wednesday, June 19th and ending Friday, June 21st. No one from the public will be permitted in the Woodstown High School and Woodstown Middle School buildings during this time. We expect to return to normal operations on Monday, June 24th. We appreciate your cooperation and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.Tom ColemanSuperintendent
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: 06/14/13In our last update on May 25th, we reported that the second highest bidder for the Early Childhood Learning Center had prevailed in court and the Superior Court ruled that they were to be awarded the contract by the district. We since have been in a holding pattern while the courts processed the losing party’s legal appeal. There were two possible outcomes we were awaiting a decision on as to a stay sought by the losing party:
- If the losing party prevailed, then we were faced with a protracted appeals process that would have put a stop on the construction for at least six months with a subsequent completion date of approximately September 2014, a one-year delay in the project.
- The second outcome was that the request for a stay would be denied, which means we would be bound by the court’s order to award the contract and the work on the project would immediately recommence resulting in the project being close to back on schedule.
As it turned out, both the Superior Court and the Appellate Court denied the initial requests for a stay on the project. Having said that, the contractor still intends to appeal further but the request for a stay may not be heard for more than one month or more from now, at which point the modular construction portion of the project to which this bid pertains will be well along and possibly near completion. Accordingly, as per court order, at the June 13th special meeting, the Board of Education awarded the bid as directed. Fortunately, this means that the completion date has now been projected for a much shorter delayed opening, that being mid-September to mid-October of this year. The pace and progress of the project and the requisite term of the delay will be the determining factors in the contingency plan we implement. If it is only a short-term delay, then our option will be to have a delayed start of the year for the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. If the delay will be longer, then we will house our students at an appropriate New Jersey Department of Education approved alternate site within our constituent district. We are still waiting to firm up the specifics of the latter plan and will let everyone know as soon as we do. This plan also provides for the 5th grade to move to the Mary Shoemaker School for the beginning of the school year as per the original plan.Thank you,Tom Coleman, Superintendent
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: 05/25/13This past Friday, we received notice of the ruling by the judge in the Early Childhood Learning Center bid protest case that was heard on Monday, May 20th. The judge has ruled in favor of the challenger and has directed the district to award the bid to them. This ruling will impact the project in that this contractor's bid is $100,000 higher than the contractor we originally awarded the bid to. I will be meeting with our solicitors and architects on Tuesday to get interpretation of the judge's rationale in his ruling and to assess our options going forward. As always I will seek to keep you, our constituents and our parents, fully appraised with events and information as we move forward.
Tom Coleman, SuperintendentWoodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District
CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS UPDATE: 05/09/13Dear Members of the Woodstown-Pilesgrove School District Community,
The purpose of this communication is to provide for you an update on the WPRSD construction project. Up to this juncture in time, the construction project has been proceeding as expected with project bids being issued and then awarded with still more to come. We have had a few bumps in the road with some of the regulatory agencies but nothing that would put us significantly behind schedule…up to now. Unfortunately, we have been officially notified that one of the unsuccessful bidders on the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) project has filed a protest on the bid award with the courts. The court date has been scheduled for May 20th. This means all work on the ECLC project has to be halted until the case is adjudicated. Once things go into court, it becomes very difficult to predict timelines. Accordingly, in the case that the process would delay the opening of the ECLC, the administration will be formulating a contingency strategy. We will keep everyone appraised of such as we move forward in the event that this ends up being a protracted delay. (Please know that because this case is now in litigation, as per advice of counsel, I am precluded from offering any further information regarding the specifics of the case.)
As for the High School/Middle School renovations and additions, all plans have been finalized and approved and we expect to award bids this week. Actual construction work is scheduled to begin in mid-May. The first portion of the work will start with the renovation of the current ag building into science/ag science rooms. Classes currently utilizing the building are scheduled to relocate on or about May 15th. Classes are expected to be able to continue regular instruction in their new locations. Some light site work in preparation for construction staging will also be commencing and the public will be duly notified of any change in traffic or parking patterns at that time. It is expected that this phase of the project will last through the summer with the Middle School multi-purpose room continuing into the fall.
We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience as the construction phase begins to commence. We intend to keep the public fully informed with timely updates as it progresses. To that end, we will be creating a “Construction Projects” webpage on our website for the public to access the latest information. We will send e-mail notifications when the new updates are posted. If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for our “District” E-Alerts on our website so that you receive these e-mail updates. We will also be posting the updates on Facebook, so “friend” us for that communication. Please note that we used all three schools' e-alert e-mail lists for this communication to make sure we reached everyone because not many people have signed up for the district distribution list. This may have resulted in you receiving multiple copies of this communication.
We hope that the aforementioned communication strategies will keep everyone informed and updated. As always, if you have any questions now or as we move forward, please do not hesitate to contact me or the respective Principal(s) of the school(s) your child attends.
Tom Coleman, Superintendent
TWITTER IS HERE: The Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District is now on Twitter! For those who are unfamiliar with Twitter, it is an online social network that provides users with a venue to post information that is shared with those who “follow” (subscribe to) the original poster's comments. The use of Twitter has exploded over the past several years for professional uses, as well as for communication. There are users in all fields and industries sharing valuable information that can be accessed by others globally.
In an educational setting such as our own, Twitter can be used to supplement traditional professional development opportunities and bring new avenues for classroom resources to teachers. There is a wealth of content available throughout the internet and Twitter can be used as a tool to filter the most relevant and meaningful resources that are being used by others in related fields. In addition, Twitter provides the district with new opportunities for teaching acceptable "netiquette" as a part of 21st century skills and responsible digital citizenship.The district has embraced this new method of communication in order to expand our online presence and to better engage our community, students, and staff. You can keep up with the latest "tweets" from the district by following @wprsd on Twitter. We have also unblocked access to Twitter on our network so this "Web 2.0" resource can be utilized by students and staff as a part of the district's initiative to facilitate a 21st century learning environment. For more information, please visit Twitter 101.
2012-2013 REVISED SCHOOL CALENDAR: At the meeting held on Thursday, January 24, 2013, the Board of Education approved revising this year's school calendar in order to make up for the two days lost in October (29th and 30th) due to Hurricane Sandy. The changes made are as follows:1. School will be in session on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.2. Monday, June 10, 2013, will now be a full day.3. The last day of school has been moved from Friday, June 14, 2013, to Monday, June 17, 2013.The revised calendar is attached for your reference and has been posted to the district's home page.