Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Use Social Media to Make a College Connection

Are you interested in going to college?  Are you familiar with popular social media outlets, such as Facebook or Twitter?  If your answer is yes to any one of these questions, you may want to consider using social media to get connected with your favorite colleges and universities.  According to Kaplan’s Test Prep’s 2012 Survey of College Admissions Officers, the majority of higher learning institutions across the country are using social media to help them recruit prospective students.  In fact, 76% of the admissions officers polled report they are using Twitter to help them collect and publish information vital to the admissions process.  Even more astounding, 87% of admissions officers report they are using Facebook to help them recruit and to learn more about potential students.  So why not get connected?  The benefits may include learning whether or not a school is a good fit for you.  If you are already a Facebook or Twitter user, it is also very important to be aware that 35% of the college admissions officers surveyed reported having discovered something about an applicant that negatively impacted their application.
So, are you still wondering when your top schools are offering their next big event for prospective students?  Get connected and the information will come directly to you.  The more you know about a college or university and what it offers academically, socially, and financially, the better informed you will be. This also helps you set and manage realistic expectations concerning the school that you ultimately choose.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

One School, One Goal, Bully and Drug Free

Last week, Memorial High School’s Student Council is sponsored a door decorating contest.  All homerooms or student groups were welcomed to participate. The theme was One School, One Goal, Bully and Drug Free and as you can see, many teachers and students got involved!  The decorated doors helped relay a powerful message throughout the school. 

Evening Office Hours

The Guidance Department at Memorial High School will be having Evening Office Hours on Wednesday, November 13th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Evening hours are a service provided by Millville High School Counseling to assist parents who otherwise might not be able to meet with a counselor.  They are optional and to participate you need to call for an appointment. The location for the evening hour appointments will be at Millville Senior High on Wade Blvd. Please call 327-6083 (Memorial) or 327-6055 (Sr. High) for an appointment if you would like to meet with a counselor.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Upcoming Event: National College Fair - Atlantic City, NJ

Interested in attending college?  Check out the NACAC’s National College Fair that is being held at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Thursday, November 14, 2013.  Times of the event are 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Students have the opportunity to meet admission representatives from a variety of colleges and universities to discuss degrees and programs of study, admission requirements, financial aid options and other information relevant to selecting the right college.
Register before the fair​ to make the most of your time onsite and ensure that colleges can follow up with you. Upon arrival at the fair, pick up a map to find your best-fitting colleges. Counselors will be available onsite to help you determine the colleges that meet your requirements regarding major, location, and other areas of interest.
If you have questions about this upcoming event, contact your guidance counselor. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

McTeacher Night a Success

If you made it out to the McDonald’s on High Street last night, Wednesday, October 23rd then you noticed that some of the Senior High teachers, counselors, and administrators dished up your order in an effort to raise funds for the PTSA and Project Graduation.  Thank you again for your support and quality service!
The following staff members volunteered their time and service to make the event a success:  Tom Bryan, Pat Kennedy, Keiko Warner, Joan Cooper, Steve Matusz, Ed Regan, Brittany Bracaliello, Victor Nappen, Laura Craig, Christy Henson, Michael Canino, Elsann Machotka, Amanda Gaunt, Beth Davis, Rob DeSantis, and Jarrod Headley.
Photos by Charles J. Olsen from The Daily Journal.

Free Winter Coats in Honor of Make a Difference Day

For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. In October, millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.
In honor of Make A Difference Day, the Millville Senior High School will be giving away free coats, hats, gloves, and scarves on Saturday, October 26th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the C109 while supplies last.  You can access from the room outside, by the back parking lot. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

MHS Students Stand Up Against Bullying

The following poem was submitted to our contest by a senior football player.  He'll be leaving after this semester to attend Penn State on a football scholarship.  Congratulations and thank you for your submission!

like a bow and arrow you get pulled back and fight through all the resistance, but it's only a matter of time before your shot forward and success is no longer distant every single person has the chance to make a difference, and every boy and girl has its purpose for their existence. But to be yourself is what our generation is constantly missing, we idolize those living a life of fiction, an era of unfair judgment, on stuff like what kids wear to school based off their parent’s budget. Some people call them weird or  not cool bc they are nervous. You can't base that decision off someone that's just observant. Observant to young minds with grown people intentions, truthfully every kid just wants to feel they can fit in. it's different from the old days when bullies used to take your lunch money.  Now they take self-esteem and laugh because at that moment  it was kinda funny. Now a days bullies sit back behind a computer screen crushing your hopes because they're afraid to dream. So the next time you wanna bully think twice. Maybe 3 or 4 times you could be saving a life

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

STOP BULLYING Awareness Bracelets Worn Proudly by MHS Students and Staff

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and students at Memorial and the Sr. High Schools are doing their part to spread the word.  This week, homeroom teachers handed-out the colorful STOP BULLYING awareness bracelets, as provided by the School Climate Team, to all students and were also encouraged to wear them all week.  The American Justice Department bullying statistics show that one out of every four students will be exposed to bullying sometime throughout their adolescence.  By participating in our Respect Week activities, Millville High School students are doing a great job standing up against the negative effects of bullying. 

The Fine Arts Department Sponsors a Poster Contest to Help Prevent Bullying

Mrs. Materio and Mrs. Bien, the art teachers at Memorial High School, organized a poster contest to offer students a creative way to combat the negative effects of bullying.  Students were instructed to create a poster that promotes anti-bullying awareness and a climate of mutual respect amongst students.  Winning posters are currently being featured on the bulletin board across from the Main Office.  Throughout the building, the anti-bullying art work of several other talented students is also on display.  

Get Involved with Respect and Wellness Week Activities

This whole week, The School Climate Team is running several fun activities and contests AND they encourage all students and staff to get involved.  The Team would also like to thank everyone in advance for their participation in RESPECT & Wellness Week.  They hope the message of making good decisions and caring for one another lasts throughout the year.  Remember we are Millville High School; Home of the Thunderbolts.


EARN YOUR RED WINGS.  When you do something kind for someone this week in school, not only will you feel better about helping someone but you also might earn some RED WINGS from a staff member.  Make sure to turn in your RED WINGS to one of the 4 wing boxes.  A RED WING will be pulled each day for a prize.  

SEE IT. STOP IT. CONTESTS.  Get started on your video and/or short story, rap, poem about standing up to bullying.  Entries are to be submitted to Mrs. Pfeiffer’s office.  The winner of each contest will be decided on Friday. For information, stop by the Guidance Office or check out the fliers in the display case.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT PROMOTION.  Have you done something nice for someone lately?  Well, even if you haven’t, now could be the time to start.  We are sponsoring a “Caught in the Act” promotion for the remainder of the week.  If you are caught in the act of doing something kind for another person, you could be rewarded with a FREE Cookie Coupon.  Along with all of our staff, we may have some special guests in the building with coupons too, so you never know who will be watching.  Do something nice today!

DO SOMETHING KIND FOR SOMEONE.  A powerful quote to consider for Respect & Wellness week is by Desmond Tutu, a famous anti-apartheid activist in South Africa.  He stated, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”  Today in school, do something kind for someone you usually might not interact with. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wellness Week Activities

Memorial and the Senior High Schools are sponsoring the following events as part of our school-wide Wellness Week.  We encourage you to get involved with the following exciting activities during the week of October 21-25, 2013:

MONDAY -           Wear Wellness Button Day
TUESDAY -         Caught In Act Day
WEDNESDAY -   Wear Favorite Team Jersey
THURSDAY -      Mix & Match Day
FRIDAY -              MHS Spirit Day

Teachers and Students Get Involved with Respect and Wellness Weeks

Respect Week, October 7-11, 2013, is quickly approaching and students at Memorial and the Sr. High Schools are creating their best work by getting involved.  The two girls pictured are Digital Design I (Desktop Publishing) students in Mrs. Daigle’s class at Memorial High School. These novice level designers used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create the winning Anti-Bullying poster for their "client", Mrs. Warner, our School Assistance Coordinator who helps organize some of the school-wide activities that take place during Respect Week.  Mrs. Daigle’s students received the "client proposal" from Mrs. Warner and were required to create a professional design proposal. Mrs. Warner reviewed all of the designs and proposals and chose the one she felt best met her specifications for the project. 

This year’s Wellness Week button was designed by a Senior High School student, as pictured below.

Buttons will be distributed by homeroom teachers on Monday, October 21st, and students are encouraged them to wear every day during Wellness Week. The button symbolizes DRUG FREE and VIOLENCE AWARENESS.

We would like to extend a special thank you to all who get involved with these great school-wide activities and for your continuing support in creating and sustaining a safe environment that is conducive to learning.

Check back to review the fun activities that will be offered during the week of October 21-25, 2013.

Q & A with Our New Miss Holly City

Getting good grades, getting involved with extracurricular activities at school, and achieving your personal goals is not always an easy task.  We recently asked our new Miss Holly City about her favorite activities and what advice she might offer underclassmen about getting more involved at school.    

What is your favorite activity that you have been involved with at MHS?
I actually have two. My favorite activities at MHS are the plays, musicals, and Key Club. When I got involved in the drama department my freshman year I actually met people who are now my best friends. Key Club has given me insight to fulfillment in serving others.

What is your favorite subject in school and why?
My favorite subject in school is physics because it is a real world application of math and you get the opportunity to come up with your own solutions.

What are your plans for after high school?
I plan on going to college and studying Marine Biology and Psychology to eventually train dolphins and work in conserving our oceans.

What advice would you give a freshman at Millville High School?
I would tell the freshman at Memorial to get involved even if it's something you may not like because it's a way to make friends. High school is the time to find out more about yourself so take risks and do not be afraid to try something new. 

We would like to extend our congratulations to all of the participants and a special thanks to our new Miss Holly City for taking time to answer our questions.