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Parent Teacher Organization News
Nominations of officers for the Helen Fort/Newcomb PTO are officially open for the 2015-2016 school year. The PTO needs volunteers with integrity, a positive attitude, and a sense of responsibility and commitment to our students. The PTO relies on parents to participate in PTO activities through volunteering and helping to raise money to provide additional programs to enhance the curriculum of our schools. Use of funds will support/enhance scholastic, cultural, social, technological and other educational opportunities. Please consider giving your time and effort to benefit your child’s quality of education. Many of us are busy and involved in other activities: however, these positions directly benefit your child’s education. So please consider becoming an important part of our school and GET INVOLVED!
PTO Nomination Form
All forms must be turned in to the main office at the Helen Fort campus, before Tuesday May 5, 2015. Elections will be held on Tuesday May 12, 2015, 6pm in the Helen Fort campus library, all nominees must be present at the meeting.
Schedule Changes in Response to School Closures
Due to the school closures necessitated by inclement weather, the following changes have been made to the Pemberton Township Middle School calendar:
- June 9-12 are now full days for students and staff.
- June 15-18, 2015 have been added and are early dismissal days for students.
- Last Day of School is now June 18, 2015
Mr. Taylor's Class Using Radiant Energy
Mr. Taylor's students have been challenged to predict when this snow pile will completely melt. They will have to evaluate the amount of the suns radiant energy that will contribute to its melting. They must also estimate how much snow will be added because of future storms! Guesses range from February 28th to May 25, stay tuned to our school Facebook page for updates on the snow pile.
SNOW 2015 PILE UPDATE!!!!!
It's gone!!!! The official melted date is April 1st!!!
Mr. Taylor had three students predict April 1st!!!!
How did everyone at home do?
(This is an official announcement-NOT an April Fools Joke!!!!)
Thank you all for making this a fun lesson!!!!!!
National Junior Honor Society Induction
National Junior Honor Society Members have shown proven ability to meet high
academic, leadership, citizenship, character, and community service standards.
We are proud to have 15 new inductees and 23 returning members. This group
has completed over 500 hours of community service since last February. NJHS
members have volunteered many hours for the Pemberton Township Bus
Garage, The Early Childhood Center, and Harker-Wylie this school year.
Pemberton Township Schools has established a district wide anti-bullying, harassment and intimidation (HIB) program designed to create a respectful and tolerant atmosphere. Ongoing programs for students will take place at every school throughout the year. Click the link below to read more about this initiative:
Pemberton Anti-Bullying Program: Building a Climate of Respect
Students in Mrs. Kolbasowski's class completed an On-Air Commercial Analysis project, where students had to create various graphs that depicted the types of commercials that are broadcasted during television programs. The project culminated with students presenting their graphs and information to their class.
AVID and the Philadelphia Zoo
Our AVID students have the distinguished opportunity to participate in a contest sponsored by the Philadelphia Zoo called UNLESS. Directly in line with common core standards, our AVID students will think critically about a real-world issue that is impacting wildlife around the globe. Along with the Philadelphia Zoo our students are committed to addressing the impact of palm oil on tigers and other endangered wildlife. Palm oil is the world’s most widely produced vegetable oil. It can be found in almost 50% of the packaged foods we eat and in many shampoos, cosmetics, lotions and cleaning products. In the last decade, close to 80% of deforestation in Sumatra was driven by the expansion of non-sustainable palm oil plantations, costing tigers, orangutans, rhinos and other endangered wildlife valuable habitat they need to survive. We hope this inspirational work will be a great start to building awareness around the palm oil issue. This activity aims to harness the consumer power of children and have them influence companies to act. Today’s youth have unparalleled ability to inspire and effect positive change.