Friday Flash

Date: Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 2:41 PM
Subject: BC's Friday Flash 3/15/19

Hello Briarcliff Families!

We have made it to Spring Break and the weather sure seems like we have reached spring. We had an awesome week at Briarcliff! We were blessed to spend a great deal of time with Kaitlin Mulcahy. I can’t thank Kaitlin enough for her willingness to work with our staff, students, & parents along with sharing how stress & anxiety affects our lives and how we can manage it. We all came away with a better understanding of how our brains work.

Enjoy reading about the rest of our week:

  • Thank you to the group of parents who attended the Parent Chat on Wednesday. I appreciate your willingness to give up your time and meet with me to discuss any issues you would like to discuss.
  • We have seen a significant increase in the number of students late to school. One of the contributing factors (besides the self admission of waking up too late) is that too many people try to get to school at the same time. On Thursday morning exactly 65 cars were counted arriving at Briarcliff between 7:55 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. This is far too many cars at one time and we can’t move cars through quick enough in five minutes. Please encourage your child to wake-up earlier, walk/ride bike to school if possible, or carpool with neighbors.
  • 9th Grade Class Recommendations - all recommendations for our current 8th graders for next school year have been communicated to students. If students should have any questions, please have them see their teacher directly for any further details.
  • The Spring Musical is right around the corner! Our shows will be on Friday, April 12th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 13th at 2 p.m. Tickets for the play are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. If purchasing tickets before the show, please email Mr. Mendello at jmendello@mlschools or Ms. Taylor at ataylor@mlschools.org to let them know how many and for which performance. Tickets are for general admission, no reserved seats purchases. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to show time. DVDs will be on sale for $37 or two for $70.
  • Briarcliff hosted Movie Night last Friday and we had a great turnout! Thank you to Mrs. Kriegsfeld for organizing this event with our Student Government. We would also like to thank Ms. MacQueen and all the staff that volunteered to chaperone the event.

 

                 

  • Congratulations to the team of Keval Mehta, Connor Lewis, Siddharth Nallapothula, and Olin Bose who finished second place at last week's NJ Middle School Quizbowl Championship. The team fought hard and finished with a 7 - 3 record and earned a spot in this May’s National Championship in Chicago. 
  • Siraj Sheikh, Jack Fitch, Anthony Wu & John Corbo competed in the NJ Regional Sea Perch competition this Saturday down at Rowan University.  Kalia Cheung didn't compete but also attended the competition. The teams performed very well in the rescue challenge portion of the event. As one parent noted, "It was really interesting to see the children’s different designs and how they fared in the challenges.  I’m biased, but I must say that we did extraordinarily well on a first competition." Next year we hope to apply this experience to help the students design creative ROV structures that will fare even better in the competition.

 

  • Social Media Tip of the Week:  Common Sense Media is a great resource to find tips and strategies to support families and teens with technology and social media. Click on the link below to read about parents tips and strategies to assist in developing perseverance. There is also a link to a list of TV shows and movies that can assist as well. I saw this and I thought it would be good to share as we head into Spring Break as there might more time where students would be watching TV, movies, or reading.  https://bit.ly/2SZnmFC

  • Teacher Biographies:
    • Mrs. Nancy Salus:
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
        • Para Professional.
      • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
        • Painting, reading and watching my sons play hockey and lacrosse.
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
        • While studying abroad in Australia, I went scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
      • What is your favorite food?
        • Empanadas.
      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
        • "Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it hope. Feed it truth. Feed it with love." - Anonymous
      • What is your greatest hope?
        • That mankind will recognize the damage being done to our planet, and work to reverse it, if at all possible.
    • Ms. Michelle Melucci:
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
        • Director of Gifted and Talented Programs / Supervisor of Mathematics.
      • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
        • Running and tennis.
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
        • I successfully completed the NYC Marathon!
      • What is your favorite food?
        • This is a tough one, because I enjoy exploring all different types of cuisine, but I'll have to go with anything Italian!
      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
        • "I have not failed.  I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas A. Edison
      • What is your greatest hope?
        • To enjoy each day as much as the last!
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Date: Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 2:26 PM
Subject: BC Friday Flash 03/08/19

Hello Briarcliff Families!

We had an awesome week at Briarcliff!  

  • On Tuesday night we had over 45 people attend a presentation from Mr. Timothy Shoemaker, a former DARE Officer who is an expert in the dangers of vaping, smoking, and drug use. I hope everyone who attended came away with information to help keep their children safe. Thank you so much to Mia Gannitello and Erinn Tucker for helping to coordinate this extremely worthwhile presentation!

  • Don’t forget to move your clocks forward tomorrow night for Daylight Savings Time!

  • The Briarcliff Wellness Committee is looking forward to having our students complete an anonymous survey that we hope will provide us with some data we can use to help identify areas we can improve upon in our school. A letter recently went home to parents stating our intentions and it was unclear that this survey is anonymous, our sole purpose is to gain a perspective from students and how we can best address their needs. Though we are not sending a copy of the survey home, a copy is available in the main office for anyone to peruse.

  • Congratulations to Olin Bose for winning the IAC Regionals History Bee. Olin also won the IAC Regionals Science Bee. We are very proud of his accomplishments and for representing our school so well!

  • Thank you very much to FOTA (Friends of the Arts) for their support and gift of a $500 Teacher Grant towards an electronic keyboard. This gift, combined with a previous gift, will help Briarcliff acquire a keyboard to be used in our music and chorus classes, as well as our spring musical. We are very thankful to FOTA for also supporting our spring musical. Please consider becoming involved with this small, yet extremely supportive group. If you are interested, please contact Mary Giordano at markandmaryg@aol.com

  • Briarcliff Middle School is very much looking forward to hosting Mrs. Kaitlin Mulcahy, from Montclair State University next week!  Mrs. Mulcahy will present to our staff, students, and community on how stress & anxiety affects our lives and how we can find ways to manage & cope. Mrs. Mulcahy will work with our staff on Tuesday afternoon and with our parents/community Wednesday night at 7pm. Mrs. Mulcahy, along with her colleague, will also present “Mindcrafters” to our 6th & 7th grade students on Thursday during 8th & 9th periods. Parents who attend on Wednesday night will receive a homework pass for their children to use in school. Please note (should have included this last week) that the homework passes should not be used for tests, research papers, large assignments, etc.  Thank you for your support and anticipated attendance! Mulcahy Flyer: Got Stress? Get Calm.

  • Our next Parent Chat is on Monday March 11 from 9-10am in the Briarcliff Library. All interested parents are invited to attend.

  • Social Media Tip of the Week:

    • I recently read this article about information that we post on social media. When I presented to the 7th graders two weeks ago, we spoke about how thieves and burglars will use social media posts to “case and scout” people’s homes. I encouraged them to never post information that states they are on vacation or home alone because it could encourage someone to try to burglarize their house. The article also speaks about how hackers will put random questions on social media in an effort to trick people into giving away potential passwords. We always get asked “security questions” when we create accounts and hackers will post those questions on social media to see what they can get out of people who might not be paying attention. Click on the link to access the article: https://bit.ly/2ISxoZl

  • From Mr. Stoloff:

    • Briarcliff fielded three teams at the State robotics tournament this past Sunday at the Central Middle School in Long Hill.  Team One narrowly missed qualifying for the World Championships. Every team showed great improvement over the course of the season.  Please congratulate all the Robotics Club members for their fantastic efforts and successful season. Please also wish the students in the Robotics Elective course good luck as they travel to Rowan University Saturday morning to compete in the NJ Sea Perch regional competition with their underwater ROVs.

  • From Ms. Bogucz:

    • Attention all 8th grade parents! The Yearbook Club needs photos of the 8th grade dance. Please email Ms. Bogucz (kbogucz@mlschools.org) any group photos you or your child has of the fun night that they would like to be a part of the yearbook!

  • Upcoming Events:

 

  • Teacher Biographies:
    • Ms. Patti McQueen: 

      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?

        • I'm one of the 7th grade teachers.

      • What hobbies/Activities do you like to do?

        • I like to cook, read, ride my bicycle, go to hockey games, and hang out on the beach.

      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.

        • I've flown under the George Washington Bridge in a helicopter, in a snowstorm.

      • What is your favorite food?

        • Anything fish related.

      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?

        • Keep your face always towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.

      • What is your greatest hope?

        • That I've made a difference in both my personal life and professional career.

    • Mrs. Eileen Ludwig:

      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?

        • School Counselor, Cross Country Head Coach, 504/I&RS School Coordinator.

      • What hobbies/Activities do you like to do?

        • Spending time with my family and friends is most important to me.  I love the Jersey shore, reading on the beach and roller coasters.

      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.

        • I was honored to be the 2018 Morris County Counselor of the Year and the Lakeland Hills YMCA's K-8 Educator of the Year.

      • What is your favorite food?

        • Mashed Potatoes, yum!

      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?

        • Do your best and have fun!

      • What is your greatest hope?

        • Continued good health and all things good for my loved ones and friends.

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Date: Fri, Mar 1, 2019 at 1:57 PM
Subject: BC's Friday Flash 3/1/19

Hello Briarcliff Families and hello March!

I have been looking forward to March as our days begin to get longer, the skiing is usually at its best, and more importantly we have some great things planned for our school this month. I look forward to our presentations about the dangers of vaping, strategies on how to handle stress and anxiety, and we have another visit coming from the high school peer counselors. Here is a breakdown of how we finished our last week in February:

  • We received a thank you letter from the Interfaith Food Pantry for our donation of food and supplies in December. In addition to the letter, we also made their Youth Education & Engagement Newsletter and their Food Drive Honor Roll.
  • Student-Faculty Game Re-cap:
    • In an epic Student-Faculty basketball game, the student team beat the Faculty 76 to 72 in triple overtime.  Alex Maniatis led the students with 12 points, including the final 4 points in the third overtime, while Bobby Carlson had 11, Kevin Gillespie had 9, and Dominic Signorile had 8.  In addition, Owen Newman had 7, Nico Dunn had 6, Nick Fidacaro had 5, Samantha Rafferty, Dylan Sawransky, and Erik Schneider had scored 4, and Julianna Rafferty, Elli Caporusso, and Matt Lukowski all added 2 each.
    • The Faculty team was led by Mr. Wallace with 24 points, Mr. Alves with 20, Mr Connolly had 11, Mr. Leshnower had 11, Mr Foster had 4, and Mr. Posner had 2.  
    • Both teams would like to thank everyone who came out to support them, - it was a fantastic night!
  • From Ms. Martini and Ms. Alexander:
    • We are very proud of the Upstander’s Club for creating another bulletin board for our hallway. Our group created a bulletin board designed to get students to THINK before they act with their devices and on social media.

 

  • From Mr. Stoloff:
    • The Robotics Elective Course has students working on completing their underwater ROVs in preparation for next week's internal competition at the local YMCA.  The two teams with the highest scores will then compete in next Saturday's NJ Sea Perch regional competition against other schools. Recently students have been learning how to waterproof motors with wax & plastic containers and how to solder wires onto batteries & control box boards. Students are also learning how to make their ROVs neutrally buoyant and adjust motor positions to maximize maneuverability. Next week students will need to use their design skills to figure out how to pick up underwater objects and transport them to underwater containers. Retired engineer and community volunteer Clive Knowles has been a valuable assistant in the course.

 

  • From Ms. Melucci:
    • Last Friday, students in our Gifted and Talented program took a trip to the Mountain Lakes Public Library Makerspace.  Mr. Ian Matty taught an exciting mini-lesson on robotics, sensors, and programming.  Students then worked in small groups to design their own projects involving sound, motion sensors and lights.  It was truly enjoyable for us to witness the high-level of creativity possessed by our students and the speed at which they were able to learn & create!  Some of the projects included a traffic light, street lights that automatically illuminated with a reduction of light, strobe lights, and a vehicle operated by a joystick!
    • The Mountain Lakes Public Library is equipped with five 3D printers, a Cameo Paper Cutter, 12 Hummingbird robotics kits, 10 micro:bits, 12 Makey Makeys, eight laptops, 12 tablets, one iPad, green screen, Makedo construction tools, and a lot of software!  They run many programs for students, so be sure to stop by and check it out!

 

  • Principal Carlson's "Social Media Tip of the Week":
    • I recently had a conversation with a student about notifications they were receiving on their cell phone at night. This particular student was receiving messages well past what I would consider an acceptable bedtime for middle school students (10:00pm). It led to a great conversation about screen time at night and the affects it has on sleeping patterns. There are many ways to combat this as parents: 1) centrally located docking station for devices (not in bedrooms), 2) use of the Screen Time feature so devices are locked down at a certain time, and 3) limit your child’s access to particular apps that could keep them up later than you would want. Click on the following link to read an article about the impact of screen time and sleeping: https://bit.ly/2SrRs4h

 

  • Note from our Cafeteria:
    • We recently have had several instances of students not having money on their lunch accounts. Please check your child’s balance and ensure they have sufficient funds to buy lunch each day. Our food service provider will allow students to run a negative balance to a certain point, but I think our students forget to let their parents know. Once students hit a certain limit in the negative, they are no longer allowed to “charge” until their balance is fixed.
  • Upcoming Events:
    • BC Parent Chats: March 11, 2019 at 9 a.m. 
    • On Wednesday March 13 at 7pm Briarcliff Middle School is hosting a presentation for all interested parties about Adolescent Mental Health and what we can do to support our students and community. Mrs. Kaitlyn Mulcahy is the Associate Director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University and she will be leading this presentation. We are very excited to host her this evening and also very honored to have her work with our Staff earlier in the week and also present to our 6th and 7th graders on Thursday March 14. Her presentation on March 14 is called MindCrafters and is designed to educate our students about how the brain functions and handles stressful situations and how we can manage them.
    • Flyers for other upcoming events are below:

  • Each parent that attends the Vaping Presentation will receive a “Free Homework Pass” from Mr. Carlson that their child can use one time, for any class, should they ever find themselves unprepared.

 

 

Vaping Presentation Flyer

Spirit Week 2019 Flyer

Movie Night 2019 Flyer

Enough As She Is Flyer

 

  • Staff Biographies:
    • Ms. Amanda Taylor:
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?

        • 8th grade Social Studies teacher, Co-Director of the Spring Musical and Assistant Cross Country Coach.

      • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?

        • Pilates, traveling, cooking, reading and spending time in the city.

      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.

        • I caged-dived with great white sharks and did the highest bungee jump in the world while studying abroad in Cape Town.

      • What is your favorite food?

        • Either sushi or cheese, but not together.

      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?

        • "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

      • What is your greatest hope?

        • Peace and happiness for myself and all those around me.

 

  • Mrs. Shari Danzi:

    • What is your role here at Briarcliff?

      • Teacher of the Deaf for Mathematics, Science and Computers.

    • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?

      • I enjoy taking long walks in the woods, photography, and trying new recipes.

    • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.

      • My entire teaching career of 35 years has been teaching the Lake Drive School students.  I will be retiring at the end of this school year. It has been wonderful, rewarding, and heartwarming.  Thank you.

    • What is your favorite food?

      • Coffee-Chocolate Chip ice cream.

    • What is your favorite inspirational quote?

      • “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    • What is your greatest hope?

      • My greatest hope is everyone lives with hope in their words and deeds.


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Date: Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 1:44 PM
Subject: BC Friday Flash 2/22/19


Good Afternoon Briarcliff Families!

I hope this Flash finds you warm and well in yet another crazy week of weather. We have had a great week at Briarcliff and I was honored to complete it by being a guest speaker for Mrs. Ebersole’s 7th grade classes. Please see more about that below along with many other great things we have going on.

I have been looking for an opportunity to engage with students in a classroom setting and I did just that today by speaking with our 7th grade students about Digital Citizenship. We had an in-depth discussion about what Digital Citizenship is, the impact that our words have on each other, Internet safety, and decision making. It was awesome to have these discussions and I am hopeful that they have a positive impact on the lives of our students, ultimately assisting them in making smart choices and good decisions when it comes to making their digital footprint. I strongly encourage you to follow-up with your 7th grader this weekend about our discussions and reinforce what we all want: Internet safety and good decision making. Also please follow-up on the dangers of talking with strangers online and in-person. This was a particular in-depth piece of our discussions.

 

Social Media Tip of the Week:

While driving recently, my phone rang and I tried to answer it on speaker phone. The harassment I endured from my wife was well-deserved as I was engaged in "distracted driving". Just as important, I was setting a poor example for my children. It is important to keep reminding ourselves that our children (no matter the age) see everything we do. My oldest child just turned 13, I am terrified of him driving and my fear doesn’t even include the potential distraction of a cell phone. It led to a good discussion with my wife and we are re-establishing previous commitments to reduce our screen time in front of our kids so that we model behavior we want from them. Here is an article with some statistics on distracted driving:  https://www.scarymommy.com/survey-teens-see-parents-text-while-driving/

 

From Ms. Bogucz:

7th grade has been working very hard on their Graffiti Hall of Fame project this week. Student graffiti murals vary from colorful foods, favorite logos, and transportation!

 

From Ms. Melucci:

Congratulations to our students who qualified for the International Academic Competitions (IAC) Regional Finals!  These students will compete in the Regional Finals next month for a spot at the National Finals!

  • IAC US Geography Olympiad / IAC International Geography Bee National Finalists:
    • Olin Bose
    • Max Khan
    • Harry Joelsson
  • IAC History Bee Regional Finalists:
    • Harry Joelsson
    • Max Kahn
    • Olin Bose
    • Justin Lee
    • Lillian Xie
  • IAC Science Bee Regional Finalists:
    • Max Kahn
    • Olin Bose
    • Justin Lee
    • Manasvi Shah
    • Lillian Xie
    • Connor Lewis
    • Siddharth Nallapothula

We are very proud of all of our Boy and Girl Scouts. We have so many involved in these great organizations and they do many things for our community that we often don’t know about it until after they are completed. Recently we have had many girls working towards their Silver Award which had a big community service/civic component. Below is some information for a current project being completed by Julia Barrett, Ella Rose, Ella Schadt, and Lilly O’Shaughnessy. These girls are offering dog walking services and plan to use money earned towards purchasing supplies for making blankets which they plan to donate to animal shelters:  https://juliaebarrett.wixsite.com/mysite  Also see their flyer below:

Girl Scout Fliers (2).pdf 

Thank you so much for using our new absentee email account. This has helped to streamline our procedures for student attendance and I hope it has made things easier for our families as well. Just a quick reminder…bcattendance@mlschools.org. When you call our absentee line, or use our new email, please leave your student's name and the reason for the absence. If you know your student is leaving early, please send an email or call our absentee line. Absences should be called in or emailed by 8:00 a.m. Any concerns or questions, call the office 973-334-0342. Thank you so much for your help!  

Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game Fundraiser:  

Don't forget, our annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game Fundraiser is, Thursday February 28th at 7 p.m. in the MLHS gym!  Admission to this fundraiser is $3 for students and $4 for adults, please try to bring exact change. Funds raised will go towards the 8th grade trip to Boston so bring your family, bring your friends, and remember to wear blue & orange to support our players!!!

Mountain Lakes High School presents "Into the Woods". Below is some information if you are interested:

Dates:

February 28 at 7:30 p.m.

March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

March 2 at 2 p.m. ("Family" Performance with cast "Meet & Greet"):

This matinee is designated as “family-friendly” (special run time 1.5 hours) and will be immediately followed by a special cast "Meet and Greet".

March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $10-$15, and may be purchased online at MLHS.booktix.com.

 

Additional upcoming events:

SPIRIT WEEK 2019.pdf 

 

Vaping Flyer2019.pdf 

MOVIENIGHT2019.pdf 

FLYER_2019_Enough as She Is.pdf 
 

Staff Biographies:

(I am sorry, last week I inadvertently switched Ms. Merian and Mrs. Kriegsfeld so I am listing them again!)

  • Mrs. Debbie Merian:
    • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
      • Paraprofessional.
    • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
      • Photography and outdoor activities like hiking and biking.
    • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
      • Grew up in Mtn. Lakes and graduated from MLHS.
    • What is your favorite food?
      • Lasagna.
    • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
      • "Don't count the days, make the days count."  - Muhammed Ali.
    • What is your greatest hope?
      • To fulfill the purpose I was created for.

 

  • Mr. Douglas Mattoon:
    • ​​​​​​​What is your role here at Briarcliff?
      • 8th Grade Science Teacher, 8th Grade Team Leader, Boys Basketball coach, Supervisor of Intramural Basketball Program, and Coordinator/Head Chaperone of the 8th grade trip to Boston.
    • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
      • I play on a men's basketball team and softball team, bicycling, and fantasy sports.
    • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
      • Two of my favorite movies are Star Wars and Pitch Perfect.
    • What is your favorite food?
      • Pizza.
    • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
      • "May The Force Be With You." - Star Wars.
    • What is your greatest hope?
      • I hope that the students we teach will become the leaders of tomorrow and positive role models for our future generations.
  • Mrs. Alice Kriegsfeld:
    • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
      • Special Education Teacher.
    • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
      • Baking, learning to crochet.
    • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
      • I collect cookie jars.
    • What is your favorite food?
      • Chocolate.
    • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
      • "Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe, and stronger that you seem, and smarter than you think."  - A.A. Milne.
    • What is your greatest hope?
      • For my children to find success & happiness, and come back to visit me often.
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Date: Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 2:14 PM

Subject: BC's Friday Flash 02/15/19

Good Afternoon Briarcliff Families!

I hope this Friday Flash finds you well. Despite the weather impact on our schedule, we have been able to accomplish much this week. Remember, we are not in session on Presidents Day, Monday February 18th.  Please enjoy a three day weekend!

Congratulations to Andreana Lee for being honored by the Maine Tourism Bureau. Andreana visited Maine last summer and wrote about her experience. She was encouraged to share this with the Maine Tourism Bureau and they were so impressed with Andreana's writing that they asked for permission to publish her “review” in their next publication. We are very proud of Andreana!

Thursday was a busy day at Briarcliff. The Environmental Club, under the direction of Mrs. Doolittle, assisted in organizing a focus on recycling. In the beginning of the year, we were throwing out four large cans of garbage from lunch each day and averaging a little over 1 can of recycling. With an intense focus, yesterday we were able to fill one large (and heavy) bag of garbage and over one can of recyclables. I am very proud of our students for being attentive to what they throw out and what can be recycled. This has led to many discussions about what else we can do to reduce our footprint on our Earth.

 

 

Also on Thursday, we had the pleasure of hosting the Peer Counselors from the high school. The Peer Counselors led our students through wellness activities which included discussions on wellness and the creation of stress balls. Thank you to Mrs. Pagan and Mr. Doniloski for bringing the Peer Counselors over to meet with our students. We look forward to hosting them again next month!

 

From Mrs. Pelliconi:

The New Jersey Math League Contest will take place on Tuesday, February 26th.  All interested 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students looking for a challenge should sign up with their math teacher by Friday, February 22nd.  

Congratulations to the following eight students who will travel to NJIT this Saturday to represent Briarcliff Middle School in the 2019 North Central Regional MathCounts Competition. They are Casey Fan (8th grade),  Ryan Jiang (8th grade), Justin Lee (7th grade), Connor Lewis (8th grade), Karri Li (7th grade), Winston Li (8th grade), Kaylin Oey (6th grade), and Elaine Wu (7th grade).  We wish them all the best!

 

From Ms. Martini:

Ms. Martini’s Language Arts classes completed a special Valentine's Day activity in which students used adjectives to describe their classmates. The kids loved seeing the kind words their friends used to describe them!

 

Social Media Tip of the Week:

If you allow your children to use Social Media, it is possible you have seen or heard of an app called Musical.ly. This app has been re-branded and is now called Tik Tok. Please take notice of this app if you see it or if your child would like to download it. Though the intentions are to allow students to share their musical abilities in 60 second clips, it is possible for them to be exploited by other people. It has also been a forum for students to bully, intimidate, and harass other students.

8th Grade:

  • On Tuesday February 19, Mrs. Giurlando, MLHS Director of Guidance, will meet with our 8th grade students during period 9 to discuss the MLHS scheduling process. 
  • 8th Graders will visit MLHS on 2/26/18.

LifeLines:  

Briarcliff is very lucky to have two professionals collaboratively working to educate our students on suicide prevention. Both Mrs. Cara Pagan and Mrs. Nicole Renna are facilitating a program called LifeLines in Mrs. Renna’s 7th grade Health classes on 2/6, 2/12, and 2/20. Thank you both for doing this presentation.

Baseball/Softball:

There will be a baseball/softball informational meeting next Thursday, February 21st after school in the cafeteria.  Final Forms is open for students who are interested in participating in a spring sport (baseball and softball). You must complete the forms required online to be able to participate. Please see or contact Mr. Wallace with any questions, kwallace@mlschools.org.

Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game Fundraiser:  

Don't forget, our annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game Fundraiser is, Thursday February 28th at 7 p.m. in the MLHS gym!  Admission to this fundraiser is $3 for students and $4 for adults, please try to bring exact change. Funds raised will go towards the 8th grade trip to Boston so bring your family, bring your friends, and remember to wear blue & orange to support our players!!!

Vaping Presentation:  

Briarcliff is very excited to partner with our Home and School Association to bring Mr. Timothy Shoemaker to our school on March 5th for a presentation on the dangers of vaping.  Mr. Shoemaker is a well-known presenter and D.A.R.E. Officer who has presented to many schools and brings a dynamic approach that engages students and aims to prevent them from using these dangerous substances.  Mr. Shoemaker will also present to parents that night at 7 p.m. in the Briarcliff Gym. Please come out and see his presentation!

Absentee Notification:  

In addition to our absentee line (973-334-6369), we also now have a new email for absentee notifications:  bcattendance@mlschoools.org. When you call or use our new email, please leave your student's name and the reason for the absence. If you know your student is leaving early, please send an email or call our absentee line. Absences should be called in or emailed by 8:00 a.m. Any concerns or questions call the office 973-334-0342. Thank you so much for your help!  

School Security Update:  

Just a reminder that any visitors to Briarcliff MUST use the main entrance in the front of the school and be buzzed in by the main office staff. It may seem trivial, but please do not walk in with other people who might be coming in at the same time. For security purposes, all visitors must be greeted and questioned by our staff prior to gaining entrance. Also, our staff is instructed to not allow any visitors in the building either.  When dropping off your child in the morning, please continue to pull all the way through to the end of the sidewalk so we can get more cars to the sidewalk in an efficient way. Thank you so much for your cooperation with this!

Mountain Lakes High School presents "Into the Woods":

  • February 28 at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 2 at 2 p.m. ("Family" Performance with cast "Meet & Greet"):
    • This matinee is designated as “family-friendly” (special run time 1.5 hours) and will be immediately followed by a special cast "Meet and Greet".
  • March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $10-$15, and may be purchased online at MLHS.booktix.com.

​​​​​​​Staff Biographies:

  • Ms. Sharon Shortt:
    • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
      • Administrative Secretary.
    • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
      • I volunteer for a dog rescue.
    • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
      • I'm great at trivia!
    • What is your favorite food?
      • Traditional family meals, recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.
    • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
      • "The journey is the destination" - Dan Eldon.
    • What is your greatest hope?
      • That we can all coexist in peace & harmony.
  • Mrs. Alice Kriegsfeld:
    • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
      • Paraprofessional.
    • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
      • Photography, and outdoor activities like hiking and biking.
    • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
      • I grew up in Mt. Lakes and graduated from MLHS.
    • What is your favorite food?
      • Lasagna.
    • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
      • "Don't count the days, make the days count" - Muhammed Ali.
    • What is your greatest hope?
      • To fulfill the purpose I was created for.
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Date: Fri, Feb 8, 2019 at 2:40 PM
Subject: BC'S Friday Flash 2/8/19
To: <sshortt@mlschools.org>


Good Afternoon Briarcliff Families!

Our students and staff were treated to a little bit of Spring this week with some warm temperatures and sunny weather. It was so nice that we re-scheduled an evacuation drill for later this month to Tuesday. We had much more happen and so many future things planned, here is a brief summary:

 

From Mrs. Ebersole:

On Friday, February 1st, 26 7th & 8th grade students from Briarcliff attended the Junior Model United Nations at Drew University. The students represented a variety of countries discussing key issues such as sustainable food supply, gender equity and clean energy. The students have been working every Monday during period 9 for the last two months to prepare for the conference by researching, writing position papers, and working on resolutions.

We are so proud of all of our "delegates" for branching out, they are all new "Model UNers." But you wouldn't know that they were new watching their performances at the MUN! Several delegations won awards as well:

  • China:
    • Outstanding Delegation

    • Kaylee Zhang, Madison Chiong, Jack Craig and Alexei Couwenberg

 

  • Thailand:

    • Best Delegation

    • Rebecca Hirschfeld, Sarah McAuliffe, Sofia Dinka

 

  • Cuba:

    • Best Position Paper

    • Juliette Sanchez, Alexa Urriola, Robby Caruthers, Keerthana Venkatesh

 

  • Philippines:

    • Best Position Paper

    • Erik Schneider, Nico Dunn, Nate Holliday, Hayden Bright

 

  • Argentina:

    • Outstanding Position Paper

    • Karri Li, Justin Brennfleck, John Corbo, Elaine Wu

Congratulations to all our delegates for a great job representing our school! We hope to see them continue in Model UN in high school, even college and beyond! They are the future!

 

Sharp Screens

We are very excited to “roll-out” some new technology at Briarcliff this week with the addition of three brand-new Sharp Screens. These will be replacing old and broken smart boards. These Sharp Screens have tremendous capability and make our classrooms so much more interactive and student-centered. Students have enjoyed getting to use them and it has really enhanced the instruction taking place. Here is a picture of a Spanish class utilizing it’s features.

 

 

Pops Cafe:

There will be a mandatory informational meeting on February 13, 2019 directly after school in the Choral room for all acts interested in performing in the annual Briarcliff Pops Cafe.  Attendance is required if you would like to audition to perform.  Please see Mrs. Kolek or Mr. Price with questions.

 

Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game Fundraiser:

Don't forget, our annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game Fundraiser is Monday, February 28th at 7 p.m. in the MLHS gym!  Admission to this fundraiser is $3 for students and $4 for adults, please try to bring exact change. Funds raised will go towards the 8th grade trip to Boston so bring your family, bring your friends, and remember to wear blue & orange to support our players!!!

 

LifeLines:

Briarcliff is very lucky to have two professionals collaboratively working to educate our students on suicide prevention. Both Mrs. Cara Pagan and Mrs. Nicole Renna are facilitating a program called LifeLines in Mrs. Renna’s 7th grade Health classes on 2/6, 2/12, and 2/20. Thank you both for doing this presentation.

 

Vaping Presentation:

Briarcliff is very excited to partner with our Home and School Association to bring Mr. Timothy Shoemaker to our school on March 5th for a presentation on the dangers of vaping.  Mr. Shoemaker is a well-known presenter and D.A.R.E. Officer who has presented to many schools and brings a dynamic approach that engages students and aims to prevent them from using these dangerous substances.  Mr. Shoemaker will also present to parents that night at 7 p.m. in the Briarcliff Gym. Please come out and see his presentation!

 

School Security Update:

Just a reminder that any visitors to Briarcliff MUST use the main entrance in the front of the school and be buzzed in by the main office staff. It may seem trivial, but please do not walk in with other people who might be coming in at the same time. For security purposes, all visitors must be greeted and questioned by our staff prior to gaining entrance. Also, our staff is instructed to not allow any visitors in the building either.

When dropping off your child in the morning, please continue to pull all the way through to the end of the sidewalk so we can get more cars to the sidewalk in an efficient way. Thank you so much for your cooperation with this!

 

Social Media Tip of the Week:

Here is a nice article about navigating social media sites with pre-teen girls: Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Your Daughter. I thought it was a practical article for anyone who has a daughter (or son) between the ages of 11-14. It just helps to reinforce the strategies we can employ at home to keep our kids safe. Enjoy!

 

Absentee Notification:  

In addition to our absentee line (973-334-6369), we also now have a new email for absentee notifications:  bcattendance@mlschoools.org. When you call or use our new email, please leave your student's name and the reason for the absence. If you know your student is leaving early, please send an email or call our absentee line. Absences should be called in or emailed by 8:00 a.m. Any concerns or questions call the office 973-334-0342. Thank you so much for your help!  

 

8th Grade:

  • Update! Mrs. Giurlando, MLHS Director of Guidance, will now meet with our 8th grade students on February 19th instead of February 12th during period 9 to discuss the MLHS scheduling process .
  • 8th Graders will visit MLHS on 2/26/18

 

Final Forms:

Final Forms is open for students who are interested in participating in a spring sport (baseball and softball). You must complete the forms required online to be able to participate. Please see or contact Mr. Wallace with any questions, kwallace@mlschools.org.

 

Mountain Lakes High School presents "Into the Woods":

  • Ticket prices range from $10-$15, and may be purchased online at MLHS.booktix.com.

  • Dates:

    • February 28 at 7:30 p.m.

    • March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

    • March 2 at 2 p.m. ("Family" Performance with cast "Meet & Greet"):

      • This matinee is designated as “family-friendly” (special run time 1.5 hours) and will be immediately followed by a special cast "Meet and Greet".

    • March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

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Date: Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 1:50 PM
Subject: BC's Friday Flash 2/1/19

Hello Briarcliff Families!

I hope this Flash finds you warm and well. We have had a great week in school and please allow me to share some of our highlights while sharing some information too: 

  • Congratulations to Erik Schneider for being the recipient of the Middle School Leadership Award. This award is given annually to one student in each of the middle schools in Morris County. Erik was chosen by our staff for his continued and consistent display of character and leadership. We are very proud and honored to recognize him!
  • Athletic UpdateThe boys basketball team advanced to the semi-finals of the Morris County Middle School Basketball Tournament with a 45-27 win over Kinnelon, however their season concluded with a heartbreaking loss to Florham Park 38-35. The girls have concluded their season with a loss to Pequannock in the county tournament. They finished their season with an 8-8 record. Both Coach Mattoon and Coach Buckley would like to thank their players, students, staff, and community for their support all season.
  • From Mr. Walters:  The 6th graders just completed the moon phase project called "Phases of Life."  They chose 10 significant events in their lives and recorded the dates with the names of the events and the appropriate moon phase for that specific day.  The projects will be displayed in the hallways next week. They were very creative and detailed, and we shared them during a "museum walk" in class. They did an awesome job overall!  
  • From Mr. Stoloff:  Briarcliff fielded four teams at a Robotics tournament this Saturday at the McManus Middle School in Linden and had one of our best days in our four-year history.  Congratulations to Team 1 for getting the highest score in the state, winning the Robot Skills Challenge trophy (Autonomous + Driver Individual Scores), the Judges Trophy (an award for overall special accomplishments) and qualifying for the state tournament.  Team 1 also made the finals in the Teamwork Challenge competition and finished in 2nd place there, narrowly missing 1st place by just one point. Team 1 consists of Joe Borin, Jake Fidacaro, Connor Lewis & Winston Li.   In addition, Team 2 scored the 10th highest score in the state and qualified for the state tournament.  Team 2 consists of Siddarth Nallapothula, Ryan Lee, Yash Samat & Anthony Wu. They also placed 15th and 11th out of 27 teams in the Teamwork Challenge.  Lastly, Team 5 scored the 18th highest score in the state and also qualified for the state tournament.  Team 5 consists of Ryan Jiang, Chirag Chandnani, Leo Yang and Gary Guo.

 

 

  • Upstanders Club Update: Thank you very much to Ms. Alexander, Ms. Martini, and the members of the Upstanders Club for a wonderful bulletin board called “Caught Being Kind.” Anyone is encouraged to grab a fish from the main office and write about a student who was caught being kind and what they did. This is a great way to spread and highlight the great things our students do each day. When you visit our school, you will see the board directly across from the main office.

 

  • From Mrs. Fisher and Ms. Shortt (Main Office):  In addition to our absentee line (973-334-6369), we also now have a new email for absentee notifications:  bcattendance@mlschoools.org.  When you call or use our new email, please leave your student's name and the reason for the absence. If you know your student is leaving early please send an email or call our absentee line. Absences should be called in or sent through email by 8:00AM. Any concerns or questions call the office 973-334-0342. Thank you so much for your help!

 

  • Social Media Tip of the Week #1:  I read a great article on the impact of screen time on our youth. This is a different article than previously shared and I apologize if it seems redundant or that I am sharing information that is “negative” towards technology.  I really liked that this article gives parents some great tips on what else kids can do to lessen their screen time. I hope you enjoy it:  https://bit.ly/2QY7RNb.

 

  • Social Media Tip of the Week #2: (Sorry I forgot to include this last week so now you have 2!):  I recently watched an interview with a clinical psychologist who was speaking about some social media trends she has noticed with youth that she sees clinically. There are two serious trends noted: 1) Students as young as 13 using “Dating Apps” on their phone, and 2) Live Streaming and Pay-to-Play. With the dating apps, they are noticing students acting inappropriately and bullying others, while it is also negatively affecting their self-esteem. Please check your child’s device for any apps that relate to this and if you don’t know the app, look it up. Students that are engaging in the live streaming are meeting strangers online and sharing photos. It is strongly recommended that device usage be restricted to a common area of your house (living room, family room, kitchen, etc.) and do not allow devices in the bedroom, especially after you have gone to bed.

 

  • 8th Grade:  
    • The 2019 8th Grade Winter Dance will take place on Friday, February 8 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Briarcliff Gym.  Parents, please click on the following link to sign up and to view the flyer: 8th Winter Dance.
    • On Tuesday February 12, Mrs. Giurlando, MLHS Director of Guidance, will meet with our 8th grade students during period 9 to discuss the MLHS scheduling process.
    • Just a reminder that the 8th grade team is hosting parent conferences very soon. Below is the information to sign-up:
      • Date:  February 8 and February 11. (Mr. Alves will be available on February 8, and Mr. Mendello and Mrs. Pelliconi will be available on February 11).     
      • Place: Library.  
      • Registration deadline:  End of day 2 days before first conference day.
      • To pick a time slot, enter this link in your internet browser:   www.ptcfast.com/reg1.
        • At that link, you will be asked for your Entry Code, where you should enter XP31218723.

 

  • Final Forms is open for students who are interested in participating in a spring sport (baseball and softball). You must complete the forms required online to be able to participate. Please see or contact Mr. Wallace with any questions, kwallace@mlschools.org. 
  • Mountain Lakes High School presents "Into the Woods". Below is some information if you are interested:
    • Dates:
      • February 28 at 7:30 p.m.
      • March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
      • March 2 at 2 p.m. ("Family" Performance with cast "Meet & Greet"):
        • ​​​​​​​This matinee is designated as “family-friendly” (special run time 1.5 hours) and will be immediately followed by a special cast "Meet and Greet".
      • March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Ticket prices range from $10-$15, and may be purchased online at MLHS.booktix.com.

 

  • Staff Biographies:
    • Mrs. Cheryl Provence:
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
        • Grade 6 Paraprofessional.
      • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
        • Cooking, reading, and walking my two dogs.
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
        • I was on News 12 NJ.
      • ​​​​​​​What is your favorite inspirational quote?
        • "Attitude is everything" - Jeff Keller.
      • What is your greatest hope?
        • That the mention of my name will put a smile on someone's face.
    • Mrs. Judy Kolek:
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff? 
        • Allied Music & Chorus Teacher.
      • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
        • Singing, reading, hiking & playing with my puppy!
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
        • I'm a classically trained opera singer!
      • What is your favorite food?
        • Spaghetti & Meatballs.

​​​​​​​Have a great weekend!

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From: Briarcliff Middle School <ecarlson@mlschools.org>
Subject: BC's Friday Flash 1/25/19


Hello Briarcliff Families!

I am happy to present you with our 20th Friday Flash of the 2018 - 2019 school year.  We started off very cold this week but a HUGE thank you to Justin Connolly, Ryan Dunn, and the rest of the maintenance & custodial staff for keeping our heat going while addressing every single need our building had.  Each morning, before the start of school, all classrooms were individually checked and as I walked around I was excited to see so many teachers already in their rooms working with our students.  Here are some key points and highlights from this week:

  • Security Update:
    • We are very committed to our building security and recently have enhanced a few things that we do. We recently conducted a training after school with Sergeant Gil along with other Mountain Lakes School District Personnel and felt we could do a few things better than we are already doing. To make it easier for our staff to visibly display their ID’s, we will be purchasing carabiners for those who do not like lanyards. We will have separated the sign-in/sign-out books for our students and visitors (previously they would be on the same sheet). We will now have separate log books for visitors and for students who are being picked up early. This allows us to better account for visitors to our building.  
    • Another security enhancement we are implementing impacts the front circle of our school. We have noticed that between 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. we have cars significantly backed up when drivers attempt to make a left turn out of the circle. Starting Monday morning we will be placing a fence on the left side of the exit from the circle with a sign stating RIGHT TURN ONLY. Many drivers do this already as they find it more efficient to go right and make a left turn somewhere else to get where they need to go. We are doing this for the safety of everybody in the circle and to make the flow of cars move more efficiently. Also, please do not pick-up or drop-off from the inside lane of the circle. There have been instances of this and students have almost been hit by another car. Thank you for your support!

 

  • MLK Day:
    • BIG thank you to Ms. Kelly Bogucz who initiated and organized an activity for all of our students on Martin Luther King Day during their Allied periods. Students created images that will highlight famous quotes from Dr. King and they will be displayed in the school for everyone to see. While students did this they were also given an opportunity to focus on Mindfulness and thank you to Nurse Renna for getting our students to think about their wellness.

 

  • 8th Grade:
    • Midterm examinations will continue to take place in regularly scheduled classes on January 30 - 31.
    • The 2019 8th Grade Dance will take place on Friday, February 8 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Briarcliff Gym.  Parents, please click on the following link to sign up and to view the flyer: 8th Grade Dance.
    • On Tuesday February 12, Mrs. Giurlando, MLHS Director of Guidance, will meet with our 8th grade students during period 9 to discuss the MLHS scheduling process.
    • 8th grade Conferences:
      • DATE:  February 8 and February 11. (Mr. Alves will be available on February 8, Mr. Mendello & Mrs. Pelliconi will be available on February 11.)
      • PLACE: Library.  
      • REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  End of day 2 days before first conference day.
        • To pick a time slot, enter this link in your internet browser: www.ptcfast.com/reg1
        • At that link, you will be asked for your Entry Code, where you should enter XP31218723.
        • Conferences are optional and should only be used if you would like to discuss your child with the 8th grade team.

 

  • Athletic Update:
    • The Girls Varsity Basketball team won their final regular season game last week with a 31 - 17 victory over Rockaway Borough. The girls are looking forward to competing in the Morris County Middle School Tournament. The Girls JV Basketball team lost a tough 8 - 6 game against Rockaway Borough and their season has concluded.
    • The Boys Varsity Basketball team concluded their season with a 67 - 61 victory over Rockaway Borough. The boys will also compete in the Morris County Middle School Tournament. The JV Boys team also defeated Rockaway Borough 23 - 13 and their season concluded with an 8 - 5 record.
    • Congratulations to all the teams for representing their school and community so well! They would like to thank you for your support all season.

 

  • Social Media Tip of the Week:​​​​​​​
    • Good Luck to our Robotics Club! The last regular-season robotics tournament is on Sat., Jan. 26th at McManus Middle School located at 300 Edgewood Rd, Linden, NJ.  It is an all-day tournament, from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Teams 1, 2, 3 & 5 will be competing at this event.

 

  • Staff Biographies:
    • Ms. Danielle Martini:
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
        • I'm a Lake Drive teacher and an 8th Grade Allied teacher.
      • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
        • My favorite thing to do is go to the beach!
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
        • People would never know that I am fluent in American Sign Language.
      • What is your favorite food?
        • Veggie Burger & Fries!
      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
        • "Great things never came from comfort zones" - Ben Francis.
      • What is your greatest hope?
        • I hope to make a difference in the lives of my students and the people around me every day.
    • Ms. Roxanne Rednor:
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
        • I manage and work in the kitchen at Briarcliff.
      • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
        • My favorite thing to do is work on cars.
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
        • I wanted to be a car mechanic.
      • What is your favorite food?
        • Chicken Tenders with Ranch Dressing.
      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
        • "All our dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney.
      • What is your greatest hope?
        • I hope to have a happy and healthy life.

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From: Briarcliff Middle School <ecarlson@mlschools.org>
Subject: BC Friday Flash 1/18/19

Hello Briarcliff Community and Families! 

What a beautiful morning outside and I am glad to see everyone make it to school safely! I hope everyone has a safe weekend with the impending crazy weekend weather pattern upon us. It has been a wonderful week at Briarcliff and I am honored to share with you some of the many great things ongoing here.

Congratulations to Sofia Dinka who was honored by Boonton Arts. Sofia worked very hard participating in the Dog Days of Summer & Some Cool Cats project. This project, and others, have raised thousands of dollars for different animal shelters in the area. Boonton Arts also made a small donation to Briarcliff Middle School for Sofia’s efforts.

 

Social Media Tip of the Week:

Previously we shared with you some instructions on how to utilize the screen time feature on iPhones, iPods, or iPads. The following link gives you instructions on how to do this on an Android phone: https://familytime.io/kb/features/how-to-setup-use-screen-time-on-android-devices.html.  We strongly encourage you to utilize these great features. We have seen a significant increase in the misuse of devices in school recently and we have had to be more steadfast in following our school's Code of Conduct regarding cell phones/devices in school. While educating our youth, there exists a partnership between the school and families. We are asking you to work with us and to please utilize the screen time features available. You are able to block your child’s access to any app you want to, at anytime. Example: You can block their access to Snapchat on any given day for any time you like. You are able to create a block from 8am-4pm, Monday through Friday, which leaves it open for their evenings and weekends. I only allow my children access to a few features on their iPods  (messages, phone, FaceTime, Gmail, and Maps), all other apps are not accessible during the day. Students are not allowed to have their phones/devices on them during the school day and if they did not have access to most of their apps, this would significantly reduce their desire to want their devices with them. Thank you for your support!

 

From Ms. Melucci:

Please congratulate Erica Ebersole on an amazingly well-organized and well-executed district-wide Destination Imagination event last week!  Student teams, spanning from Wildwood to MLHS, their team managers, and parent spectators, rotated through six classrooms of instant challenges.  The excitement radiated through the halls for over two hours and the smiles on both student & parent faces were a joy to observe.

 

Marking Period 3 PEP/Electives:

Our second marking period is ending soon and we will be offering a new PEPs/Electives cycle for students in the third marking period (can you believe the school year will be half over?). Click the link for new PEP/Elective signups. Please email Mrs. Ebersole with questions.

 

From Mr. Stoloff:

Here is a brief introduction to the 9th period Robotics Elective that will be offered during marking periods 3 and 4:  this course has two parts, a land-based and a water-based Robotics unit.  The land-based robotics unit will use the VEX IQ robotics platform to build robots.  Students will learn and demonstrate an understanding of simple machine concepts and will apply their skills to several Robotics challenges.  Internal competitions between students will add a fun element to the challenges.  The water-based Robotics unit will use SeaPerch, an underwater Robotics program that teaches students how to build and run an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students build the ROV from a standard kit and follow a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.  Groups will have the opportunity to compete in regional and possibly national competitions against other schools in the early spring.

 

8th Grade:

  • Midterm examinations are taking place in regularly scheduled classes on January 23 - 24 and January 30 - 31.
  • The 2019 8th Grade Dance will take place on Friday, February 8 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Briarcliff Gym.  Parents, please click on the following link to sign up and to view the flyer: 8th Grade Dance.
  • On Tuesday February 12, Mrs. Giurlando, MLHS Director of Guidance, will meet with our 8th grade students during period 9 to discuss the MLHS scheduling process.
  • 8th grade Conferences:
    • DATE:  February 8 and February 11. (Mr. Alves will be available on February 8, and Mr. Mendello and Mrs. Pelliconi will be available on February 11.)
    • PLACE: Library.  
    • REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  End of day 2 days before first conference day.
      • To pick a time slot, enter this link in your internet browser: www.ptcfast.com/reg1
      • At that link, you will be asked for your Entry Code, where you should enter XP31218723.
      • Conferences are optional and should only be used if you would like to discuss your child with the 8th grade team.

 

From Ms. Bogucz:

Attention 8th grade parents…please submit your child’s baby photo for the yearbook. February 1, 2019 is the deadline. Baby photos will be returned once scanned. Digital copies are acceptable, please email them to kbogucz@mlschools.org.

Athletics:

  • It has been a great week for our Boys and Girls Basketball Teams. On Thursday our Girls defeated Mount Arlington 21-6. The Boys Varsity team also defeated Mount Arlington 58-34 and the JV Boys won their game 14-3. Both teams are looking forward to the county tournament that starts next week. Good luck!
  • Final Forms is open for students (until March 1) who are interested in participating in a spring sport (Baseball and Softball). You must complete the forms required online to be able to participate. Please see or contact Mr. Wallace with any questions, kwallace@mlschools.org

 

Staff Biographies:

  • Mrs. Debbie Pelliconi:
    • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
      • Strategies and Math Teacher.
    • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
      • Family hikes with our dog, attend my children's swim meets, ski, watch HGTV.
    • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
      • During my first year at Briarcliff Middle School, I became a U.S. citizen and the school had a wonderful celebration for me!   
    • What is your favorite food?
      • Prime Rib.
    • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
      • "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou.
    • What is your greatest hope?
      • For my children to be healthy, laugh often with those they love, and choose fulfilling & rewarding careers. 
         
  • Mrs. Bethany DeWalt:
    • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
      • 7th Grade Math Teacher.
    • What hobbies/Activities do you like to do?
      • Have game nights, go on bike rides, read.
    • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
      • I have a sister that looks just like me, but is two years younger. In high school and college, people either thought we were twins or would greet us/talk to us as if we were the other person. Some people find it hard to tell us apart in pictures.
    • What is your favorite food?
      • Specialty salads, i.e., chicken & apple salad, taco salad, steak salad.
    • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
      • "In all things, be thankful." - Unknown.
    • What is your greatest hope?
      • That everyone knows their importance in life, serves others, and finds joy in everything.
  • Mrs. Mary Comora:
    • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
      • Special Education Teacher.