Craig School New Jersey

HS Week of October 4th



As we tell our students often, “the right tool for the right job!”  So in the same vein, we would like to share with you, our parents, “the right person for the right question!”  This week we have included our Craig School High School Communication Ladder.  We hope you find it helpful in guiding you to the right person for any question or concern you might have.    


Speaking of communication, this Wednesday evening, October 6th we will be testing our school's Parent Outreach communication system that we use for school closings and school wide messages.  If you do not get that call please email Mrs. Maas ( Thursday morning with the phone number that you should have received the call on and we will check our system.

Dr. Cap



Wednesday, October 6th 

Test of the Craig School Emergency Phone Outreach System 


Saturday, October 9th 

2nd Annual Craig School Drive-In (Lot Opens at 6 PM, Movie starts at Dusk) 


Wednesday, October 13th 

The Craig School Speaker Series (7PM): Late, Lost, & Lagging Behind-Demystifying Executive Functioning with Award Winning Author, Speaker, Coach Leslie Josel 

Friday, October 15th

12PM Closing: Faculty Forum 


Saturday, October 16th

CSHS XC Team: Beavertown 5K (Lincoln Park, 9 AM)


Sunday, October 24th 

CSHS XC Team: New Beginnings for Tomorrow 5K (Fairfield, 9AM)


Tuesday, October 26th

1st Trimester Progress Reports Coming Home


Wednesday, October 27th 

Picture Day!


Thursday, October 28th 

Annual CHHS “Great Pumpkin” Entries Due 


Friday, October 29th  

Annual High School Halloween Bash: “Great Pumpkin” Winners Announced and Halloween Costume Contest 




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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday- LS/MS  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




October 13th 7pm (parents) and November 12th (faculty) 1pm

Leslie Josel - Award-Winning Author, Speaker, Coach

Late, Lost & Lagging Behind: Demystifying Executive Functions

Executive functioning skills are essential to how we learn and act. They're the brain’s ability to self-regulate, complete tasks, be time aware and remember information.  In essence, they control EVERYTHING we do! Leslie will break down the six pillars of executive functions, including time management, working memory, effort and mood regulation. She’ll highlight the importance of understanding where your student sits on the Executive Age scale, and provide insight in how we can help our students strengthen their EF muscle. Leslie will also detail specific scaffolding, strategies and systems and provide practical solutions using case studies to help support organization, time management, procrastination and focusing weaknesses


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.




October 9, 2021 The Craig School 2nd Annual Drive In-Movie 

We are looking for volunteers to help donate snacks, sign-up below


Here are additional dates to mark on your calendar! 

Be on the lookout for more information soon!

October 29, 2021 Trunk or Treat at Lower School

November 23, 2021  GrandFriends Day at Lower School

December 17th, 2021 Winter Wonderland


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!


We will be sharing the calendar of PACS events along with a sign up sheet so everyone has an opportunity to join and become a part of the fun we have planned for our community.

PACS Executive Committee information is on our website.


 It is not to late to join our membership drive, please email Angelina Bright, PACS PRESIDENT at





Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Debbie Maas (  

  • Schedules including school calendar and after school programs (i.e. Athletics)
  • Scheduling of IEPS, ISPS, and all related testing (ed evals, ect)
  • Day-to-day General School Questions (i.e. Drop off/Pick up procedures)
  • All school forms 
  • Updates to/Copies of Student Records and Transcripts 
  • Attendance 
  • Transportation Liaison with Districts and Transport Companies


School Nurse, Deborah Mershimer (

  • Updates to Health Record - physical, vaccines including COVID, etc
  • Paperwork accompanying medication
  • Student absent due to illness or injury - type and date of onset 
  • Montville Department of Health Liaison 
  • General health concerns


School Psychologist, Mrs. Tiffany Brown (

  • Interpretation of testing, test results, and their implications
  • Understanding of classification as well as ISP and IEP process
  • Program accommodations and individualization 
  • Student Emotional/Social Dynamics
  • Individual Counseling  


Director of College Counseling and Placement, Ms. Lindsey Skerker (

  • Postsecondary Searches including Test-Optional Colleges
  • Pre-College Courses
  • PSAT, SAT, and ACT Testing including testing accommodations
  • Career, college, and postsecondary transitions classes for 10th/11th/12th grades
  • National Honor Society
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Working Paper Guidance


Director of The Craig School High School, Dr. Eric Caparulo (

  • Overarching questions about the academic program
  • Course Concerns
  • Student-Parent Handbook questions 
  • Behavioral concerns

Head of School, Dr. Kara A. Loftin  (

  • Embodies and articulates the mission of the school for all aspects of the school’s program. 
  • Fosters the traditions, relationships, and practices that determine the school’s climate and culture. 
  • Overall management of the school including: 
    • responsibility for board relations
    • curriculum and instruction
    • student life
    • business affairs
    • admission
    • advancement





As the School Psychologist of  The Craig School High School I look forward to sharing insights and tips throughout the year regarding our teens and their mental health.  The Social Dynamics class will be highlighted as well so you can learn more about how we are helping to build our youngest teens’ sense of awareness to help them through high school and beyond.

This week the 9th graders began learning about Growth Mindset and The Power of YET.  A very powerful way of thinking that can help change us from thinking we can’t do something to believing we can always improve if we don’t give up. 

If you are interested in learning more, enjoy the video below!

Growth Mindset Introduction video (8:30)

Tiffany Brown ,  School Psychologist CSHS



 The Craig School has been collecting Box Tops for Education since 2014 and as a school community, we have received almost $5000!  All of this from just cutting out those little “pink and blue squares” that say BOX TOP FOR EDUCATION on so many of the products we use on a regular basis.  Now due to COVID and the advancement of technology, there is no cutting out.  Now we download an app and scan!   


The program has changed, but the money the school could potentially earn stays the same.  To get started, visit the BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION website at  In the top right corner, you will see JOIN FREE.  Click on that, enter CRAIG SCHOOL, click on the one in NJ, and then set up your account.  When you purchase participating products, simply scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase.  The app will identify Box Tops products on your receipt and automatically credit the school’s earnings online.    If you have any questions about the program, feel free to email Mrs. Maas, CSHS Administrative Assistant, at or call at 973-334-1234 Ext. 300







Badger Cross Country Tuesday and Thursday Practices for October:

Badger X-Country will be holding practices on the following TUES and THURS from 3-4:30 PM 

  • TUES October 5, 12, 19 and 26
  • THURS October 7, 14, 21, 28

We have finalized our 5K race schedule and we have two live races coming up in October.  Feel free to sign up and join us!   

15th Annual Beavertown 5K (And The Craig High School has run in each and every one!  Flattest course ever) 

New Beginnings for Tomorrow 5K 

Any questions, you can contact CHHS Cross Country coach Mrs. Chitticks at



Please join us at our Schoolwide


The Movie - SPACE JAM

Saturday, October 9th -6:00 PM   Arrival

Movie Begins at Sunset Snacks Provided by PACS

The Craig School High School

24 Changebridge Road Montville, NJ




All absences and late arrivals should be reported to our main office.  Please send an email to Deborah Maas OR call the office at  973-334-1234 x 300 before 7:30 a.m.





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