In this week's newsletter, the Class of 2022 makes headlines again with another college acceptance. This time around it is Blake and he brings a favorite college back into the fold, Misericordia University! We also celebrate an alumni update as a member of the Class of 2014 earns his BS from NJIT in Mechanical Engineering. And don’t forget to pencil in our Virtual Grad Panel which is scheduled to Zoom on Weds. Feb 16th at 11AM.
Also this week, seven of our students will be a part of the Global Citizenship Challenge, a live zoom where they will interact with other HS students from around the world. And finally, starting this week, we team up with Montville High School for a super creative annual event that connects the Super Bowl with a food drive. It gives us great pleasure to ask you to join us for the “Souper Bowl Soup Can Drive”! We will be collecting cans of soup all week to be donated to a local food pantry.
Tuesday, February 8th - Hoops Practice (3-4:30 PM)
Tuesday, February 15th - Hoops Practice (3-4:30 PM)
Wednesday, February 16th - Craig Alumni Grad Panel (Virtual, 11AM-12PM)
Thursday, February 17th - 2nd Trimester Progress Reports Coming Home
Friday, February 18th- 12PM Close: Mid-Winter Break
Monday, February 21st - School Closed: Mid-Winter Break
Tuesday, February 22nd - Hoops Practice (3-4:30 PM)
SAVE THE DATE-
Craig High School Grad Panel 2022 Tuesday February 16th: We are excited to extend an invite to all of our Craig parents to join us for our annual grad panel on Wednesday, February 16th from 11-11:45PM. We have assembled quite a special team of former grads who will be sharing their insights into navigating the college landscape from choosing a school and major to the challenges of college and resources available to students with learning disabilities. We hope you will join us. The panel will be Virtual so we will share the Zoom Link and speaker bios prior to the panel so in meantime, save the date!
Friday Twilight Skiing and Snowboarding at Mt. Peter: When the snow hits NJ that means three things! Shoveling, snow days, and afterschool Skiing! It's that time of year again, time to head up Mt. Peter (https://www.mtpeter.com/). Mt. Peter is located in Warwick, NY (51 Old Mt. Peter Road, 10990), about 30 miles from Craig. This is a Craig community event open to all students, family members, staff and friends of The Craig School. Families must provide their own transportation or car pool with others to the mountain.
We have coordinated to ski/snowboard after school (4 PM start) on Friday, Feb 11th. In order to join us and to take advantage of the Craig Group Discount, you must submit all forms and pay online by using the following link https://shop.mtpeter.com/groups and the group code: Craigschool
Helmets are a must for all skiers and snowboarders. Any questions reach out to Mr. Furlong at NFurlong@craigschool.org
Senior Blake Accepted to Misericordia University: We are proud to announce that 12th Grader Blake has added another acceptance to Class of 2021 acceptance roster. Blake has been acceptanced to Misericordia University (https://www.misericordia.edu/). In addition to his acceptance, Blake has also been offered a merit scholarship to acknowledge his academic accomplishments.
Misericordia University is a private university located on a 123-acre campus in northeast Pennsylvania (Dallas, PA). It has 2500 enrolled students and a 10:1 teacher: student ratio. They offer 37-degree programs in three Academic Colleges: the College of Arts and Science, College of Health Science and Education, and College of Business.
They also offer 41 student clubs and compete in Division III athletics. Graduates of Misericordia not only receive a diploma but a place in the Guaranteed Placement Program (GPP). The Guaranteed Placement Program is a promise that, within six months of graduation, students will have a position in the career of their choice or be enrolled in graduate school, or the university will provide a paid internship in the student's field of study. Misericordia also offers the ALP Program (Alternative Learners Program) which provides support to students with disabilities that include a centralized testing center, a learning strategies course specific to the college, an array of individualized supports, and an assigned program coordinator that pulls everything together and provides an additional level of support and guidance.
See Blake in our gallery.
Class of 2014 Alum Graduates NJIT: After the New Year, we were hit with an amazing blast from the past! Ggraduate and Class of 2014 alumni, Stefan received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (www.njit.edu). Not only did he graduate from a school that ranks in the top 10 in the country for return on investment but he did it while holding a 3.7 GPA!
Stef had previously wrapped up his Associate's Degree in Engineering Sciences at the County College of Morris. He shared that instead of transferring right from CCM into NJIT, he decided to complete his Associates at CCM because their program covered subjects like electrical, aerospace engineering, and advanced physics that would not be included in a mechanical engineering degree at NJIT.
During his time at CCM, Stef created and ran a student ceramics club where they did everything from throwing a piece to firing it and glazing it. He was also involved with the National Society of Leadership and Success.
At NJIT, he joined the Concrete Canoe team where they worked with concrete mix designs to build various functioning canoes and yes, we had to look that up to better understand it as well! Stef also revived a dormant student club, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In addition to all of this, he held a part time gig at Michaels Arts and Craft store on the weekends. Rumor has it that a Masters Degree is next on his list of accomplishments and based on what we know about Stef, it will be happening. CSHS is proud of you,Stef!
See Stef in our gallery.
Log onto our store, browse our items, order for your student and your family and The Craig School receives 20% of the order! All of the proceeds from this go towards the community events that we have planned throughout the year for you and your students to enjoy!
PACS Executive Committee information along with membership forms are on our website.
It is not too late to join our membership drive, please email Angelina Bright, PACS PRESIDENT at firstname.lastname@example.org
CSHS Teams with Montville High School Key Club for “Souper Bowl Soup Drive”: In our first joint venture with Montville HS, we are asking our Craig Community to help us help them support the Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry and donate your favorite hearty, canned soups! We will be collecting cans of soups starting this Monday, February 7th all the way through the start of Super Bowl Weekend! The Montville High Key Club is calling it the “Souper Bowl of Caring: Help us Change the Game and Tackle Hunger!”. Let’s all be a part of the game plan and make a difference with our Montville neighbors. Collection boxes will be in the gym so students can drop off donations upon their morning arrival. Any questions, email our Director of College Counseling, Lindsey Skerker at LSkerker@craigschool.org
The Global Citizenship Student Conference: Thanks to one of our Craig Middle School Parents, the students of Craig High will have the opportunity to be a part of the upcoming Global Citizens Challenge (Global Citizenship Challenge 2022)! The Global Citizenship Challenge is an interactive conference experience where students virtually meet and work with other students from around the world. Our seven CSHS participants will gain skills in digital collaboration, social impact, and cross-cultural understanding while learning about career opportunities in tourism and hospitality from professionals in the field. And it will look awesome on their student resume and college applications!
On Thurs., Feb. 10th, our global student team led by our Director of College Counseling, Ms. Skerker, will attend a welcome session and orientation where they will learn what they can expect and hear more about the conference. Then on Friday, Feb. 11th, they will each join a “Penpal” session where students are broken into small groups to meet with other students from around the world. On Saturday and Sunday, they can join a variety of live and interactive leadership workshops and hear from travel leaders from Canada and the UK. It should be an amazing and enlightening experience!
JV Hoops Team 2022: The JV Basketball Team will be starting its winter season this week! The team is CO-ED, open to all students, and a great opportunity to improve fitness and basic basketball skills while being a part of a dynamic and supportive team. All practices will be held in Montville (24 Changebridge Road) at the new Gym from 3-4:30PM on the Tuesday dates below.
Practice Dates (Tuesday Afterschool Feb-March)
Players will receive a reversible BLACK and WHITE jersey with their number printed on both colors. They will be returned to CSHS at the end of the season. All home hoop games will be played during the school day. Game times, dates, and spectator protocols TBD. If you have any questions, feel free to touch base with Coach Norton at SNorton@craigschool.org
Save the Date!
Saturday, May 21, 2022
A Walk to Honor Janet M. Cozine
Thank you for participating in The Janet M. Cozine Fund. We appreciate all of the gifts and messages received from our current families, alumni families, alumni, faculty, and staff. Although we are well on our way towards raising the $265,000, there are still funds to be raised.
Please consider giving by using the donate button on this page.
You can also share our campaign mission with others.
https://www.craigschool.org/giving/janet-m-cozine-auditorium/ on social media, ask your company for a matching gift, or speak to others that may be interested in the Janet M. Cozine Auditorium.
Thank you again for your support of The Craig School.
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:
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.