Craig School New Jersey

HS Week of March 28th



We hope you found our recent Parent-Teacher conferences insightful and informative. And a very special thanks to all of our parents and PACS for the trimester treats that kept our students energized and inspired throughout their trimester exams.  


In this week's newsletter, we celebrate the Craig School High School Chapter of the National Art Honor Society and highlight our recent College Counseling Webinar with Dr. Mary Hebert, the Director of the Regional Center for Students with Learning Disabilities at FDU (link included below).

Dr. Cap 



Monday, March 28th:  Afterschool Art Studio (3:15-4:15 PM) 


Tuesday, March 29th:  2nd Trimester Report Cards Coming Home


Friday, April 1st:  12 PM Close-Faculty Forum


Monday to Friday, April 11-April 15:  School Closed-Spring Break




CSHS Chapter of the National Art Honor Society:  In the spring of 2021, The Craig School High School proudly announced the formation of its own chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS), a nationally recognized organization that acknowledges those students who have demonstrated a love and aptitude in the visual arts. Led by our NAHS Director, Mrs. Tartaglia, the goals of the CSHS NAHS chapter are to guide the members of the NAHS to achieve their potential in art, develop their art portfolios for college pursuits, bring greater awareness to art in both our school and our community through art publications and national art competitions, and to celebrate their amazing artistic accomplishments. We are proud to share the NAHS class of 2022-


  • 12th grade Aidan has worked tirelessly in art classes over the past four years developing his skills as a draftsman.  Aidan has developed a special interest in graphite and charcoal works and is currently working on a project that combines both mediums.
  • 12th grader Jules loves to paint and draw and has been a member of our NAHS since 10th grade and once held the title of our youngest NAHS member in CSHS history! Jules is currently working on a series of paintings for teachers that she started last year, which included works inspired by Shakespeare, nature and even history!
  • 11th Grader Josh is a true "renaissance man" in the art studio. There is no art project he hasn't enthusiastically attempted, and his finished work demonstrates a unique, creative, bright and colorful style.
  • 10th Grader Grace prefers to work digitally and has created several works on the computer. She is beginning to work on developing her art portfolio which will include works of various media. Outside of school, Grace has completed art courses at the One River School of Art and Design, Millburn NJ.
  • 10th Grader Maleia is an amazing drawer and doodler and enjoys filling up her sketchbook with fantastical drawings. She is inspired by dragons and anything magical and has created multiple pieces in various art mediums.
  • 9th Grader Chloe is our first ever 9th-grade member of the National Art Honors Society. She has a passion for drawing digitally and takes inspiration from horror-related legends. Chloe is a skilled drawer; creating unique characters using Procreate, a digital illustrations app.


From Top Left to bottom right:


Jules: Skull in Acrylic, Aidan: Galaxy Landscape, Ink & Watercolor, Grace: Forest Love, Digital Art, Maleia: Spooky the Dragon, Digital Art, Josh: Man on the Moon, Digital Art, Chloe: Birch Tree Forest, Pen, ink & marker





It's time to enroll in The Craig School Summer Academy!  Please fill out the registration form to enroll your child in the full-day or half-day program. The dates of the Summer Academy are July 5th- 28th and 29th, depending on whether your child is enrolling in the morning or afternoon program. Prices and times for the camp are on the registration form.  Spaces are limited for the Summer Academy, so please enroll right away. Click this link for a full description of the program.


If you have any questions regarding re-enrollment or The Summer Academy, please reach out to Nicole Moon in the Admissions office.   (973) 334 1234.









The Craig School College Counseling Webinar Series “College Accommodations”:  The Craig School welcomed Dr. Mary Hebert to our postsecondary webinar series to speak with our Craig community about college accommodations and preparing for the transition after high school.  Dr. Hebert is the Director of the Regional Center for Learning Disabilities at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Park/Madison campus. 


Dr. Hebert explained how the laws change once a student becomes a legal adult at the age of 18 and enters their postsecondary educational experience. Throughout K-12 education, families of students with LDs become accustomed to the IEP process and a very team-oriented approach, where students' rights are covered under IDEA and Section 504. However, in college, accommodations are determined by a university's Disability/Accessibility Services Office, and students' rights are covered under ADA. In order for this law to apply, college students with LDs must self-disclose their disability and self-advocate for their learning needs. One of the most important takeaways for students and families to keep in mind is that students must seek out help and advocate for their needs by speaking with professors and professionals on campus. 


She also shared that as students begin to plan for college, they will have to keep in mind the major shifts in terms of academic pace, volume of work, and independence. Postsecondary learning and living is all student-driven, and that is where the transition to college can be buffered when thinking about the “selfies” (as Dr. Hebert refers to them). The “selfies” include self-advocacy, self-efficacy, self-management, self-advocacy, and ultimately self-fulfillment. LD students ultimately want what most students do, and that is to be happy, fulfilled, and successful. It is therefore important to lead with strengths and find a postsecondary path that is most fitting for each student as an individual. She encouraged students to regularly check-in with themselves as well as their support system and utilize their resources. She described how attending to academic, social-emotional, and physical wellbeing is crucial to student success, as each area has a critical impact on a student’s day-to-day development. 


One last great tip was to develop an LD “elevator pitch” that a student can use to share their learning needs with professors and professionals in college. We will certainly take Dr. Hebert’s advice and continue infusing these skills into our daily activities here at CSHS, and we hope you will partner with us on the homefront! To watch the webinar recording, please click here. To see some articles by Dr. Hebert, please visit the Improve with Metacognition website, and if you’d like to contact Dr. Hebert with any questions about the FDU Regional Center for LDs, feel free to reach out to her at



Badger Hoops Intramural Game Three:  A monster second half from Junior Captain CJ (17 points, 7 rebounds) led his team to a 31-29 come from behind victory last Friday. Junior Captain Josh (8 points, 18 rebounds) entertained the crowd with his larger than life presence.  Junior Luke E. (8 points, 14 rebounds) and Sophomore Nate (11 points) were also major contributors for their teams. 


Junior Brady had a career high 6 points while Junior Nicole came away with a career high of 7 rebounds and scrappy Sophomore Grace also came away with career high of 6 rebounds.  Our final intersquad game will be this Monday (March 28th).  Gym doors open to our families at 1:50PM for a 2PM tip off.  





TUESDAY, June 21 at Ballyowen Golf Club!

Registration at  Craig School Golf Outing Registration and learn more about the event at Our Annual Golf Outing is looking for support!  You can join us for golf, sponsor a faculty member, join us for dinner or even become a tee box sponsor!   Information about how you can help with our Golf Outing Auction will be forthcoming.  Please reach out to Katie Burke, Director of Development, at if you have any questions. I hope you'll join us for this fun day on the links!

Janet M. Cozine Auditorium

We are going strong in our campaign for the Janet M. Cozine Auditorium!  To date, we have raised $165,000!  If you haven't given to the campaign, please consider a gift today to celebrate the amazing 42 year Craig School career of our esteemed Director of the Lower and Middle School, Janet Cozine.  You can pledge here: Donate to the Janet M. Cozine Auditorium, pay via Text2Fund by texting Badgers to 71760, pay via Paypal at  or send a check made payable to The Craig School.  Thank you for your support of this initiative to honor Janet!


On Saturday, May 21, 2022 we will be hosting a walk to honor Janet M. Cozine. We hope you and your families will be joining us for a celebration of Janet and a stroll down Mrs. Cozine’s daily route along the Boulevard in Mountain Lakes followed by refreshments on the Mountain Lakes campus.



April LUNCH DELIVERY Program Ordering Window:  The April LUNCH DELIVERY ordering window will open starting this Friday, March 18th through next Wednesday, March 23rd.


You will notice when placing your order that there are a couple of minor price increases starting in April.  Our Chinese food vendor has instituted a modest price increase and our online vendor, My Food Days, is now charging a 99¢ service charge per total order.   This is a one-time per month charge, not a charge on each day's order. 


As annual CSHS April lunch tradition dictates, we will be celebrating William Shakespeare's birthday on Friday, April 22nd with a traditional English fare, which will include fish and chips, cottage pie (think Shepard’s pie but with beef), bangers, and mash and classic British flapjacks for dessert!  If you have any questions about any of the above or our lunch delivery program in general, please reach out to Amanda Jahn at



Craig School Emergency Contact System:  The Craig School uses a multi-tiered communication system that provides to our families, the highest level of certainty that you are made aware of any change in the opening or closing status of Craig Lower Middle School and Craig High.  Our various communication tiers include:  

  • Craig Notification Call System:  The Craig Notification call is a voice activated system so you need to say HELLO once and allow the system to activate.  If you say HELLO followed by another HELLO in rapid succession, the system will not activate and not start the recorded message.  If you are unable to take the call, it will leave a message. 
  • School Email Blast:  We will send out an email blast to all of our families and students.  Keep in mind that emails are dependent on the internet so if that’s down, so are emails.
  • Text  Dr. Cap:  As a last resort to check school status, you can always text Dr. Cap at (973)534-9054.   


DROP IN OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Dr. Loftin, Head of School

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday- LS/MS Campus  2:00pm -3:00pm

Thursday - High School Campus - 2:00pm- 3:00pm

These hours are open for parents to schedule a meeting, drop in and discuss any issues or concerns or to just say hello.





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