Merchantville Elementary School has published a copy of the 2018-19 Merchantville School Report that was presented at the August 27, 2019 Board of Education meeting where the was shared by the Cheif School Administrator, J. Scott Strong, and the Director of Equity, Curriculum & Instruction, Krista Travaglini. It includes FAQs and data on demographics, absenteeism and discipline. It also covers programs, curriculum and testing. If you have any questions or would like further information, please reach out to Mr. Strong.
Thank you to Merchantville School Class of 2019 who donated a Water Bottle filling station that has already helped to saved our local environment from more than 2,000 plastic bottles. Elkay's bottle filling stations provide convenient hydration with a rapid fill of filtered water to quench thirst and minimize plastic bottle waste in the environment. Students can now fill up using water bottles that are eco-friendly and, at the same time, promote healthy choices by reducing the consumption of sugary drinks. The addition of this filling station will generate enthusiasm for school-wide sustainability, improve the overall health of students and reduce the number of disposable water bottles used at the school. Bottled water is the second most popular beverage in the United States and currently, only 20% of disposable water bottles are recycled. Plastic water bottles take a large amount of petroleum to make and transport and, up to 700 years to biodegrade.
Merchantville School kicked off the Week of Respect on October 7th with lesson in the PE classes. Throughout the week, students learned about being respectful and making great decisions that represent themself and Merchantville School well. MES continued to stress the importance of respecting each other as classroom lessons were taught through the week and some art work was created to support the initiative. Students also signed the "No Place For Hate" banner, learned strategies to prevent bullying and discussed how to show respect to all.
Merchantville School kicked of the 2019-2020 Renaissance school year with a GO VIRAL! assembly reminding students to make positive connections with each other. Our school is proud to remind students about the importance of treating each other with respect. GO VIRAL is a new 40 minute multi-media experience from Camfel Productions designed to challenge students to make real connections. Cell phones and social media have altered how we communicate today in some amazing ways. These fabulous tools are incredibly useful for navigating through life today. However, too many students are abusing these tools as well. Social media is filled misleading information or students posting images seeking affirmation via hearts, likes and smiles. Some even use social media as a way to bully and criticize others to build themselves up. GO VIRAL motivates students to act responsibly within the social media world. They'll be challenged to post more real and encouraging comments. They'll be inspired to seek out face to face encounters and GO VIRAL with kind words and a smile. GO VIRAL will help students gain a new sense of their own innate worth, they'll grow to appreciate the diversity of race, language, and culture that make up the community in which they live.
Merchantville School's website has a new layout and look powered by Frontline Education. Frontline is a school administration software that helps districts proactively manage people and processes for greater student success. The Quick Links on the website allow parents of students in Merchantville School to access and change demographic information, review 3rd-8th student grade books, manage absences and provides lunch information for all students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade. Check it out!