Friday Flash

From: Briarcliff Middle School
Subject: Friday Flash 01/11/19


Hello Briarcliff Families...

...and hello Winter (again)! It has been a great week at Briarcliff Middle School and here is a brief snippet of our week. Enjoy your weekend!

 

  • On Monday I was honored to participate in a tour of our building with our newly elected Board of Education members which was led by our “Building Historian” Mr. Mark Prusina. This is truly a beautiful building and when I am walking around (usually too quickly), I sometimes don’t take the time to admire what is around me. This is also a credit to the job that our maintenance and custodial staff do daily to maintain this building.
  • We would like to remind our Briarcliff community of our procedures for when you need to pick-up your child early from school. We ask that you please notify the main office (note, email, phone call) with a specific time, no later than the morning of the day you will be picking them up early. This allows us to give the student a pass to leave class at a designated time and lessens the disruption to the class. We kindly ask that you allow us to give your child the notification to leave class early and please refrain from contacting them electronically yourself. Thank you for your support!

 

  • 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.
  • From Ms. Melucci:  Is your child talented in the areas of History, Geography, or Science?  The Gifted and Talented Program at Briarcliff Middle School is sponsoring students to take online qualifying exams for participation in the International Academic Competitions (IAC) History Bee, Geography Bee, and Science Bee! Top scoring students will be invited to participate in the IAC Regional Finals and National Championship!  The qualifying exams will be proctored by Mr. Walters during period 9 on Wednesday, January 23rd.  The exams will only take about 20 minutes each and students will have the option to take one, two, or all three exams!  If your child would like to participate in this event, please fill out this form on their behalf.  Students had the opportunity to sign up during lunch this week, so if they have already signed up, no further action is necessary.  Sign-ups will be accepted through Friday, January 18th.  Please send any questions about this event to Ms. Melucci at mmelucci@mlschools.org.
    • 8th grade Conferences
      • Date:  February 8 and February 11.
      • Place: BC Library.  
      • Registration Deadline:  End of day two days before the first conference day.
        • Mr. Alves will participate in 8th Grade Parent/Teacher Conferences on February 8.  Please sign up for a conference on February 8 if he is your 8th grader's teacher.
        • Mr. Mendello and Mrs. Pelliconi will participate in 8th Grade Parent/Teacher Conferences on February 11.  Please sign up for a conference on February 11 if Mr. Mendello and/or Mrs. Pelliconi are one of your 8th grader's teachers.
      • To pick a time slot:
      • Conferences are optional and should only be used if you would like to discuss your child with the 8th grade team.  Please do not sign up for a conference on both conference days.  
  • 8th Grade MidtermsMid-term examinations are taking place in regularly scheduled classes on January 23 - 24 and January 30 - 31.  
  • Social Media Tip of the Week:  Spokeo is a website that allows you to search for people online. It particularly takes information that is often shared on social media, but can take it from other places. It takes information that we usually share willingly and there debates whether they are collecting the information legally. I am not looking to engage in that discussion, but rather highlight that anytime we, or our kids, share information online it might be collected and used. I will be highlighting this with students as the year progresses and let them know websites like Spokeo will collect this information and make judgements of us based on the language we use, pictures we post, things that we research on websites, and who we associate with. My main point, be careful what you share online because you never know who might be collecting and using it.
  • Athletic Update:
    • Volleyball.pdf 
    • Basketball:  The girls basketball team lost a tough game on this past Tuesday against Mendham, 32-37. The JV girls basketball team defeated Mendham with some stellar defense, 4-0.
    • 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. There will be an informational meeting for spring sports (Baseball and Softball) after school on January 17. Please see or contact Mr. Wallace with any questions.
       
  • Staff Biographies:
    • Mr. Jim Mendello:
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
        • Teacher of Spanish/French; Director of school musicals.
      • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
        • Reading, music, and theater.
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
        • I have a Masters of Divinity. 
      • What is your favorite food?
        • Salad and bread! 
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What is your favorite inspirational quote? 
        • "If nothing is at stake for you, you are not playing the game right." - Unknown.
      • What is your greatest hope? 
        • To always be in love with what I do, no matter what it is I am doing.
    • Mrs. Christina Doolittle:
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff? 
        • I am an 8th Grade Teacher here at Briarcliff. 
      • What hobbies/activities do you like to do? 
        • Some hobbies I enjoy are yoga, snowboarding, and crafting. 
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
        • I backpacked across Europe for six months! 
      • What is your favorite food? 
        • Sushi and Thatchers fries.
      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
        • "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss.
      • What is your greatest hope? 
        • That all of my children are happy and responsible.

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From: Briarcliff Middle School <ecarlson@mlschools.org>
Subject: BC's Friday Flash 01-04-19

Happy New Year Briarcliff Families!

I hope you are having a great start to 2019. It has been a short week of school but it has allowed us to get back on a regular schedule and push through the post holiday fog many of us were in. 

  • Parent Chat:  There will be a informal Parent Chat on Tuesday, January 8th at 9 a.m. in the Briarcliff Library. Please feel free to join us.
  • Social Media Tip of the Week:  
    • My family and I all use Apple devices.  My wife and I recently began to use the Screen Time feature that is in Settings. If you have iPhones, iPads, or iPods, you can control the amount of screen time your children have from your phone. It is very simple to set-up and control. You can receive reports on how much you use your device, which apps or features you use the most, and the duration. Below is a link to the directions from Apple’s webpage. For the record…my wife and I love it, my kids hate it. I will point out that over the break my children played outside more than they have in a long time. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208982.
  • 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.
  • From Mrs. Ludwig:  
    • Transcripts, Recommendations, & School Records:
      • The procedure for requesting transcripts, counselor/teacher recommendations, and school records for applications to camps/programs and private schools is outlined below.
      • All requests and paperwork (including signed release) should be submitted to Mrs. Eileen Ludwig, School Counselor, a minimum of two weeks before the due date.
      • Mrs. Ludwig will distribute and collect all forms & recommendations from the teachers.All materials will be mailed to the school, camp, program directly.Please provide stamps for postage.
  • Lunch Aide Position: Briarcliff Middle School has a lunch aide position open. The hours are from 10:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Monday - Friday. If you are interested in this position please contact Erik Carlson at ecarlson@mlschools.org.
  • 8th Grade Midterms:  Mid-term examinations will take place during regularly scheduled classes on January 23 - 24 and January 30 - 31.  
  • Athletics Update:  The Girls Varsity Basketball team defeated a previously undefeated Boonton team in a thrilling 26 - 23 win at home. This brings the girls team to a 4 - 4 record. The Girls JV team lost in a close 4 - 6 game. The boys team also defeated Boonton 54 - 45 and have moved their record to 7 - 1. The Boys JV team won a close 14 - 13 game and moved their record to 4 - 4.
  • Staff Biographies:​​​​​​​
    • Ms. Kelly Bogucz
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
        • Art Teacher
      • What hobbies/Activities do you like to do?
        • I enjoy Watercolor Painting and riding my Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
        • I am a huge bird lover. I have grown up with birds in my family ever since I was born. I have two Green Cheek Conures and Parakeets.
      • What is your favorite food?
        • Pizza
      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
        • "Great things have small beginnings." - Francis Drake
      • What is your greatest hope?
        • My greatest hope is to never stop doing what I love - teaching art, creating art, and traveling.
    • Mr. Mark Stritch
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
        • Custodian
      • What hobbies/Activities do you like to do?
        • I enjoy riding motorcycles, camping, the Dallas Cowboys, and Boston Red Sox.
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
        • I raise ducks.
      • What is your favorite food?
        • Pizza.
      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
        • "It is in our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” - Aristotle
      • What is your greatest hope?
        • Happiness and health for my children.

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From: Briarcliff Middle School <ecarlson@mlschools.org>
Subject: BC Friday Flash 12/21/18

 

Happy Holidays to the Briarcliff Community!

This will be the last Friday Flash for 2018 and I hope you have had a great year so far. It is my sincere hope that you have a wonderful break and have time to spend with your families to reflect upon all the positive things that happened over the past 12 months. Here are some highlights from this week...

 

  • From Mr. Stoloff:  Joe Borin, Jake Fidacaro, Connor Lewis & Winston Li represented Briarcliff extremely well at the Robot Revolution robotics league championship on Sunday.  Congratulations to the team for making the finals and finishing in 3rd place in the Teamwork Challenge portion of Sunday’s robotics competition. They also placed 5th in the solo Skills Challenge out of 27 robot teams.  Their Skills Challenge score has them in 9th place in the state, which puts them in good position to qualify for the state tournament in February. Please congratulate all the team members.

 

  • From Ms. Bogucz:
    • A reminder that you can still order yearbooks - the dealine is 1/1/19: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ Order code 8696.
    • Our students had their game day today from where they recreated board games through an art style or era from scratch. Loved the turn out & had to share! Especially the “Settlers of Briarcliff” based off of settlers of catan.

 

  • From Mrs. Fisher and Ms. Shortt:  We are currently training and learning a feature from PowerSchool that would allow us to have automated phone calls and text messages sent out when your child is absent from school. Though we have not officially began this yet, we anticipate doing so at some point after the New Year. We did not want you to be surprised if you receive one of these messages in the future.

 

  • Attention All Skiers:  Click on the link to win a free season pass from Mountain Creek - https://bit.ly/2S7JGx4

 

  • Athletic Update:  This week was a great week for our boys basketball team. The boys had victories over Boonton 56-30 and a thrilling win over RVS 54-44. Going into the break the boys Varsity has a 6-1. The girls are currently at 3-4 on the season and had a tough loss to Boonton followed by a great win over RVS. Thank you for all the support to our teams on Wednesday night when they played their games against RVS at the high school. The fan support was greatly appreciated and made for an awesome night!

 

  • Social Media Tip of the Week:  This article has been out for a few weeks now so if you haven’t read it, please take a moment to do so. In short, the researchers are spending a great deal of time analyzing the impact of screen time on the brains of our youth. They are looking at the impacts on our teenagers, but also very young children as well. You can watch the interviews or read the transcripts - https://cbsn.ws/2rwC0bO
  • From Mrs. Ludwig:  
    • ​​​​​​​Transcripts, Recommendations, & School Records:
      • The procedure for requesting transcripts, counselor/teacher recommendations, and school records for applications to camps/programs and private schools is outlined below.
      • All requests and paperwork (including signed release) should be submitted to Mrs. Eileen Ludwig, School Counselor, a minimum of two weeks before the due date.
      • Mrs. Ludwig will distribute and collect all forms & recommendations from the teachers.All materials will be mailed to the school, camp, program directly.Please provide stamps for postage.
  • Lunch Aide PositionBriarcliff Middle School has a lunch aide position open. The hours are from 10:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Monday - Friday. If you are interested in this position please contact Erik Carlson at ecarlson@mlschools.org.

 

  • Teach Like Me CampaignThe Teach Like Me Campaign aims to inject positivity and optimism into the educational profession by recognizing the outstanding contributions that educators make to improve the lives of their students.  Do you know a Mountain Lakes teacher who influences students in a positive way, serves as a model for good teaching, and provides robust educational opportunities for all learners? Please take a moment to tell us about this teacher so we can celebrate his/her professional accomplishments. Please click on the link to submit - ​​​​​​​https://goo.gl/forms/S7b7a6qOfjqHMeKW2

 

  • North Porch FundraiserBriarcliff is accepting donations in the main office to support North Porch Women and Infants Center. This drive is being led by Girl Scouts Sam & Juliana Rafferty and Jenny Catallo, they are looking to collect the following products: 
    • Diapers (size 4-6)
    • Baby Wipes
    • Travel size toiletries for babies
    • Baby Shampoo
    • Baby Conditioner
    • Body Wash
    • Diaper Rash Cream
    • Baby Lotion
  • Staff Biographies:​​​​​​​
    • Mr. Kevin Wallace​​​​​​​
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
        • PE 6-8, 8th Grade Health and Athletic Coordinator
      • What hobbies/Activities do you like to do?
        • Run, bike, golf, ski and play basketball.
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you .
        • I was actually an all conference offensive lineman in college.
      • What is your favorite food?
        • Love really good smoked ribs and brisket.
      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
        • "You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years & get pats on the back as you pass but your final reward will be heartache and tears If you’ve cheated the man in the glass."
      • What is your greatest hope?
        • That my kids grow up to be good people who are happy in life.
    • Mrs. Kathy Fisher
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
        • My role is the Secretary in the school office.
      • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
        • I love going to the Jersey Shore anytime of the year.
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
        • In 2014 I was on vacation in Florida with my cousin. We went to dinner one night, walked into Shuckers Island Resort Restaurant and I was their Millionth customer!  The owner was counting for four years!! He threw a party the next night and gave me a thousand dollars which I split with my cousin.
      • What is your favorite food?
        • My favorite food is Mexican!!
      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
        • "When one door closes, another opens" - Alexander Graham Bell
      • What is your greatest hope?
        • My hope is that when I am watching the news I see more good news than bad news.  Maybe we should just have a happy news station?


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Date: Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 1:45 PM

Subject: BC FRIDAY FLASH 12/14/18

Hello Briarcliff Families!

We have had an awesome week at school and were treated to a wonderful presentation Wednesday night by our band and chorus groups. A big thank you to Mr. Price and Mrs. Kolek for a tremendous job organizing this concert and I am so proud of the students for how well they played. This time of year is very special and this night added to the holiday spirit that has been permeating our halls. Another thank you to Ms. Bogucz and her art students for decorating our halls for this special evening.

Next week is our last week before the holiday break. On Friday December 21st Briarcliff will dismiss at 12:15 p.m. and school will be closed until Wednesday January 2nd.

 

  • From Mr. Price and Mrs. KolekCongratulations to all the band and chorus students Wednesday night! You all had great performances and we are very proud of you. Thank you again to all that attended!

 

  • Athletic Update:  Our boys and girls basketball teams moved into their second week of games. The boys varsity squad is currently 3-1 with a recent victory 50-38 over Kinnelon and the JV squad is 2-2. The girls varsity squad lost a tough game to Kinnelon 26-39 and are currently 1-3. The girls JV squad loss as well to Kinnelon and is currently 1-3.

 

  • Social Media Tip of the Week:  As we begin to wind down our calendar year 2018, I thought it would be appropriate to share an article I found on what one author/parent has defined as the most dangerous apps of this year. This is only a sampling of what can be considered dangerous and I would also like to point out that as much as these apps can be dangerous, it is poor behavior that leads to the apps becoming dangerous. It only goes to reinforce the recommendations to follow proper safety and security protocols with our children’s devices. You should have all passcodes, all downloads should be approved by parents, and random checks of devices should occur regularly.  https://bit.ly/2EnXb8x

 

  • Briarcliff Activities and ClubsWe have so many activities and clubs for our students. Below is a link to our website where you can find all that we have to offer. Also on our website, underneath the Activities tab, you can find more updated information (such as if there is a change for the meeting time/day in a particular week). Please reach out to the staff members listed as the Advisor if you have any questions.  https://bit.ly/2C7nKwh

 

  • From Mr. Stoloff:  Students continued to make great improvements in their robots and competed in the last of three league events this past Sunday. Congratulations to the Team 1 group consisting of Joe Borin, Jake Fidacaro, Connor Lewis & Winston Li. They received an at-large invite to the League Championships this Sunday!  Several other teams were scoring well this past weekend and their robot designs look very competitive for the January, State-Qualifying events, so there is still plenty of robotics time left.  Go Briarcliff Robotics!

 

 

  • From Mrs. Ludwig:  
    • ​​​​​​​Transcripts, Recommendations, & School Records:
      • The procedure for requesting transcripts, counselor/teacher recommendations, and school records for applications to camps/programs and private schools is outlined below:
        • All requests and paperwork (including signed release) should be submitted to Mrs. Eileen Ludwig, School Counselor, a minimum of two weeks before the due date.
        • Mrs. Ludwig will distribute and collect all forms & recommendations from the teachers.
        • All materials will be mailed to the school, camp, program directly.
        • Please provide stamps for postage.

 

  • Briarcliff Middle School has a lunch aide position open. The hours are from 10:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Monday - Friday. If you are interested in this position please contact Erik Carlson at ecarlson@mlschools.org.

 

  • Teach Like Me Campaign:  The Teach Like Me Campaign aims to inject positivity and optimism into the educational profession by recognizing the outstanding contributions that educators make to improve the lives of their students.  Do you know a Mountain Lakes teacher who influences students in a positive way, serves as a model for good teaching, and provides robust educational opportunities for all learners? Please take a moment to tell us about this teacher so we can celebrate his/her professional accomplishments. The link to submit is listed below:

 

  • Girl Scout Troop 4982 members Sam & Juliana Rafferty and Jenny Catallo are working on their Silver Award by conducting a donation drive to support North Porch Women and Infants CenterNorth Porch is in need of the following items: 
    • Diapers (size 4-6)
    • Baby Wipes
    • Travel size toiletries for babies
    • Baby Shampoo
    • Baby Conditioner
    • Body Wash
    • Diaper Rash Cream
    • Baby Lotion

 

  • Staff Biographies
    • Mrs. Melissa Pecarific
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
        • I teach 8th grade Language Arts and 7th grade Communications.
      • What hobbies/Activities do you like to do?
        • Watching my children play sports,  reading, walking my puppy, shopping,  watching the Oakland Raiders and traveling.
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that we wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
        • I was a cheerleader and a cheerleading coach for many years.
      • What is your favorite food?
        • Pizza and coffee.
      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
        • “Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.”  - Michelle Obama
      • What is your greatest hope?
        • I hope that my children are happy & successful and that the Raiders win a Super Bowl!

 

  • ​​​​​​​Mr. Joe Foster
    • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
      • 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher.
    • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
      • Mountain Biking, Backpacking, Kayaking...anything outdoors.
    • Share with us a fact about yourself that we wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you.
      • I once met Sen. Ted Kennedy and he accidentally stepped on my foot....It really hurt and I had to limp around Washington D.C. for the rest of the day.
    • What is your favorite food?
      • Whatever I'm eating when I'm hungry!
    • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
      • “Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.”  ― Epictetus


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Date: Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 2:34 PM
Subject: BC's Friday Flash 12-07-18

Hello Briarcliff Families!

I can’t believe I am putting together the first Friday Flash for December! Here is a snapshot of what has been going on at Briarcliff this past week:

 

  • From Ms. McQueen and Mrs. Kriegsfeld:  Last week the members in Student Government made a delivery to the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains. Over a two and a half week period, Briarcliff students brought in food donations to their homerooms. Student Government packed Mrs. Kreigsfeld's car with 853 lbs of donated food and headed to the pantry to drop off their donations and to receive a tour of the facility.  It will certainly go a long way to helping many families in Morris County.

                                                                                             

 

  • From Mr. Alves:  Two teams from Briarcliff competed in the 3rd Annual Bergen Winter Classic Quizbowl Tournament at the River Dell Middle School. Both teams competed extremely well, with the A Team finishing the morning undefeated, earning themselves a spot in the playoffs. At the end of the tournament, they finished 7th overall. A special acknowledgment to Quizbowler Olin Bose, who finished in third place overall for individual scoring with an average of 85 points per game.

 

  • From Mrs. Kolek:  The Briarcliff Middle School Winter Concert and Art Show will be held this Wednesday, December 12th, at 7:00 p.m. Come see some wonderful artwork & enjoy the festive holiday music of the Briarcliff Middle School Music & Art students! Our ensembles will be featuring some classic holiday pieces as well as some contemporary hits! The Art Show will be displaying many styles such as fish decorated in Zentangles and Kindness, Lavish Interior Design in 1 point perspective, Modern Art Nouveau Masterpieces, and more! We look forward to seeing you there! Students performing in the concert should follow the dress code below: 
    • Black dress: Must be below the knee & have a sleeve (No sleeveless, tank, spaghetti straps, or off the shoulder)

    • White dress shirt: Must have sleeves (No sleeveless, tank, spaghetti straps No tee shirts, sweatshirts, or shirts with any kind of logo or design)

    • Black skirt: must be at or below the knee

    • Black pants (No jeans, leggings, stretchy pants, capris, or sweatpants)

    • Black shoes: (No flip flops, moccasins, Uggs, sneakers, or open-toe shoes)

 

 

  • From Ms. Mitchell:  This week, students in Algebra 1B completed a project on systems of equations that compared an international vacation to a vacation in the U.S. Students planned a vacation, gathered data including costs of hotels and plane tickets before deciding which vacation to spend their $1,500 budget on.  Some students were able to plan nearly two weeks of vacations with their budget, and selected countries from all over the world! (Editor’s note: They need to show me how they did that!)

 

  • From Mrs. Ludwig:  
    • Transcripts, Recommendations, & School Records:
      • The procedure for requesting transcripts, counselor/teacher recommendations, and school records for applications to camps/programs and private schools is outlined below:
        • All requests and paperwork (including signed release) should be submitted to Mrs. Eileen Ludwig, School Counselor, a minimum of two weeks before the due date.  Mrs. Ludwig will distribute and collect all forms & recommendations from the teachers. All materials will be mailed to the school, camp, program directly.  Please provide stamps for postage.

 

  • Briarcliff Middle School has a Lunch Aide position open. The hours are from 10:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Monday - Friday. If you are interested in this position please contact Erik Carlson at ecarlson@mlschools.org.

 

  • Girl Scout Troop 4982 members Sam & Juliana Rafferty and Jenny Catallo are working on their Silver Award by conducting a donation drive to support North Porch Women and Infants CenterNorth Porch is in need of the following items: 
    • Diapers (size 4-6)
    • Baby Wipes
    • Travel size toiletries for babies
    • Baby Shampoo
    • Baby Conditioner
    • Body Wash
    • Diaper Rash Cream
    • Baby Lotion

 

  • Our basketball teams are off to a great start this season with dual wins on opening day. Our girls defeated Wharton 35-30 and our boys defeated Wharton 55-50 in overtime at both Varsity and JV level. On Thursday both boys and girls lost to Denville at all levels. All teams are currently 1-1 on the season.

 

  • Social Media Tip of the Week:

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • As a reminder for our upcoming conferences:
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences: (All the conferences will take place in the Library.)
      • Here is the information to sign-up for 6th grade conferences:
        • Dates: Thursday December 6th and Friday December 14th.
        • Click on this link:  www.ptcfast.com/reg1
        • Entry Code:  KQJ1261808
        • You must register prior to the day that you would like to have a conference.
        • Conferences are optional and you are not required to sign-up if you don’t want to.
      • Here is the information to sign-up for 7th grade conferences:
        • Dates: Friday December 7th (World Language w/ Mr. Mendello), and Tuesday December 18th (World Language w/ Mr. Alves)
        • Click on this link:  www.ptcfast.com/reg1
        • Entry Code:  W3Q1261798
        • **You must register prior to the day that you would like to have a conference.
        • **Conferences are optional and you are not required to sign-up if you don’t want to.
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We anticipate the 8th grade conferences to take place sometime around late January or early February as the 8th grade team prepares to make recommendations for high school.

 

  • On December 21, 2018 Briarcliff Middle School will have an early dismissal at 12:15pm. We will be closed for the Holiday Break and will reopen on Wednesday January 2, 2019.
  • From Mrs. Giurlando (MLHS Director of Guidance):

        ncaa alumni night2019

Alumni Night 1-8-19.pdf 

 

  • Staff Biographies​​​​​​​:
    • Mrs. Maureen Butler:​​​​​​​
      • What is your role here at Briarcliff?
        • I teach music to the Lake Drive students.
      • What hobbies/activities do you like to do?
        • I enjoy playing the piano, singing, swimming and reading.
      • Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you. 
        • I have published numerous articles about teaching music to students with special needs, and give professional development workshops to music teachers at local and regional conferences. I serve on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Music Educators Association as the state resource person for special learners.
      • What is your favorite food?
        • Eggplant
      • What is your favorite inspirational quote?
        • "I believe in my heart that people are good, that what is right will eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth in each and every life."
      • What is your greatest hope?
        • That people will learn to live in peace.
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Date: Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 2:18 PM
Subject: BC's Friday Flash 11/30/18

Hello Briarcliff Families and goodbye to the month of November! We are in full swing for the holiday season and our school has become a warm and festive place. Thank you to our awesome maintenance and custodial staff for making our building warm (literally) and helping decorate our school. Our Art Show/Winter Concert is on Wednesday, December 12th at 7 p.m. so please mark your calendars if you haven’t already! I am very much looking forward to a great night!

Briarcliff Middle School has a lunch aide position open. The hours are from 10:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Monday - Friday. If you are interested in this position please contact Erik Carlson at ecarlson@mlschools.org.

Social Media Tip of the Week:

I read an article last week from Today’s Parent which was directed towards giving parents strategies on how to handle social media and mental health. What stood out to me, and was a good reminder, was that I (as a parent myself) need to model the behavior I want from my kids in regard to social media and device usage. I thought it was a nice article to share and it is listed below…

https://tinyurl.com/y7dofyq5

 

From Mrs. Kolek:
The Briarcliff Winter Concert is quickly approaching! The students have been hard at work practicing to put on a fantastic concert! The following is the Concert Attire/ Dress Code for the Concert! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Kolek or Mr. Price!

Boys:

  • Black dress pants (No jeans)

  • White dress shirt (button down)

  • Black dress socks

  • Black dress shoes (No sneakers)

  • Tie: You may where a holiday colored tie! Green, Red, White, Blue

Girls:

  • Black dress: Must be below the knee & have a Sleeve (No Sleeveless, tank, spaghetti straps, or off the shoulder)

  • White dress shirt: Must have sleeves (No sleeveless, tank, spaghetti straps No tee shirts, sweatshirts, or shirts with any kind of logo or design)

  • Black skirt: must be at or below the knee

  • Black pants (No Jeans, leggings, stretchy pants, capris, or sweatpants)

  • Black shoes: (No flip flops, moccasins, Uggs, sneakers, or open-toe shoes)

  • Scarf: You may where a holiday colored scarf! Green, Red, White, Blue

 From Ms. Taylor:

This week the 8th grade students worked on a "breakout/escape room" to learn interesting facts about Renaissance history and its art. They had to solve puzzles and secret messages using pigpen ciphers, polybius ciphers, morse code, cryptograms and sign language. The first group of students who were able to crack all the codes by unlocking a Google Form got their pictures taken with "Puzzle Master" and "Mission Completed" signs.

Students who won were:

Period 1 - Ryan Jiang, Alexia Ferreiras, Sophia Zhang and Will Span

Period 2 - Connor Lewis, Siddharth Nallapothula, Sam Rafferty and Elle Lynk

Period 3 - Ian Grenker, Alejandra Blandon, Maya Sheth and Evan Shereshevsky

Period 5 - Talia Cooper, Joe Borin and Charlie Muti

Period 7 - Casey Fan, Nate Holliday and Melina Penniston

 
From Mr. Mendello:

BC presents...High School Musical, Jr.

Auditions for our school musical are coming up!  The play is open to students of all grades to participate both on stage and backstage.  

Everyone is invited to an interest meeting on Monday, December 3 in the cafeteria after school.

Auditions will take place December 17-21 after school with Mr. Mendello & Miss Taylor and a panel of BC faculty members.

 

From Mrs. Ebersole:

Model United Nations is a fantastic experience that allows students to learn about global issues while developing valuable skills in public speaking, teamwork, and negotiation. Briarcliff is offering a special Model UN program for any interested 7th and 8th graders that will culminate in a Model UN Conference at Drew University in February. Please encourage your child to come to the informational meeting 9th period on Monday, December 3rd in Rm. 206 to learn more about this program! Email Ms. Melucci (mmelucci@mlschools.org) or Mrs. Ebersole (eebersole@mlschools.org) with questions.

On Thursday, November 29th, nine students from Briarcliff competed in the Morris County Spelling Bee hosted by the NJ Consortium for Gifted and Talented Programs. Two students, Madison Chiong and Olin Bose, made it through the preliminary rounds to the final round. In a field of approximately 100 children, Madison Chiong placed 11th. After a difficult sudden death round, Olin Bose finished in second place overall! Great job to all our spellers!

 
Our Winter Athletic Season has started and our first games are next week. Here is a link to the schedules for Boys and Girls Basketball:  https://bc.mlschools.org/activities/athletics. Good Luck Boys and Girls!

 As a reminder for our upcoming conferences:

Here is the information to sign-up for 6th grade conferences:

  • Dates: Thursday December 6th and Friday December 14th.
  • Click on this link:  www.ptcfast.com/reg1
  • Entry Code:  KQJ1261808
  • **You must register prior to the day that you would like to have a conference.
  • **Conferences are optional and you are not required to sign-up if you don’t want to.

Here is the information to sign-up for 7th grade conferences:

  • Dates: Friday December 7th (World Language w/ Mr. Mendello), and Tuesday December 18th (World Language w/ Mr. Alves)
  • Click on this link:  www.ptcfast.com/reg1
  • Entry Code:  W3Q1261798
  • **You must register prior to the day that you would like to have a conference.
  • **Conferences are optional and you are not required to sign-up if you don’t want to.

**We anticipate the 8th grade conferences to take place sometime around late January or early February as the 8th grade team prepares to make recommendations for high school.


Briarcliff is accepting donations to support North Porch Women and Infants Center. There is a drive being led by Girl Scouts Sam and Juliana Rafferty, and Jenny Catallo and they are looking to collect the following products: (We have 2 boxes in the Main Office)

  • Diapers (size 4-6)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Travel size toiletries for babies
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Baby Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Baby Lotion

 
Staff Biographies: Madison Mitchell

What is your role here at Briarcliff?

  • 8th Grade Math Teacher.

What hobbies/Activities do you like to do?

  • Baking, reading, taking my dogs on hikes, and spending time at the beach.

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

  • I worked at a cupcake bakery for six years!

What is your favorite food?

  • Either pasta or pizza!

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • "Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day."

What is your greatest hope?

  • To live the kind of life where I help someone smile every day.

  

Staff Biographies: Andrea Chapman

What is your role here at Briarcliff?

  • Case Manager/Social Worker.

What hobbies/Activities do you like to do?

  • Cooking, baking, traveling to new places.

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

  • I have been skydiving.

What is your favorite food?

  • Pizza, pasta.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • "Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn."

What is your greatest hope?

  • To inspire others to do good.
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Date: Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 12:22 PM
Subject: BC Flash 11/21/18

Dear Briarcliff Families,

I would like to first take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! With the craziness that occupies our lives as we raise our children, I hope that you find the next few days peaceful and enjoyable with those who are closest to you. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as Principal at Briarcliff and very thankful for the wonderful staff who teach your children, or help make our building run as efficient as it does.

I forgot to mention last week that our staff had a professional development session after school for Hearing Impairment and Deaf Student Awareness. This training was led by Janice Kassel-Petrocco, Shari Danzi, and Danielle Martini. This was an awesome training that highlighted the difficulties students with hearing impairment experience in school and how we can best meet their needs in our classes. We were even given an opportunity to learn some sign language. Thank you ladies for a job well done and much appreciated!

The ability to review grades will be open in PowerSchool on Wednesday November 21 at 1:00pm.

 As a reminder for our upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences: (All the conferences will take place in the Library)

  • Here is the information to sign-up for 6th grade conferences:
    • Dates: Thursday December 6th and Friday December 14th.
    • Click on this link:  www.ptcfast.com/reg1
    • Entry Code:  KQJ1261808
    • **You must register prior to the day that you would like to have a conference.
    • **Conferences are optional and you are not required to sign-up if you don’t want to.
  • Here is the information to sign-up for 7th grade conferences:
    • Dates: Friday December 7th (World Language w/ Mr. Mendello), and Tuesday December 18th (World Language w/ Mr. Alves)
    • Click on this link:  www.ptcfast.com/reg1
    • Entry Code:  W3Q1261798
    • **You must register prior to the day that you would like to have a conference.
    • **Conferences are optional and you are not required to sign-up if you don’t want to.
  • We anticipate the 8th grade conferences to take place sometime around late January or early February as the 8th grade team prepares to make recommendations for high school.


Food Drive - Student Government is organizing our Annual Food Drive to help the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains from November 12-29. They are organizing competitions within homerooms and trying to raise over 1000 pounds this year (last year we donated 843 pounds.) The homeroom that raises the most food will receive an ice cream party.  If we donate 1000 pounds the entire school will have a Pajama Day.

Congratulations to all the participants in last Saturday’s Robotics competition at Sparta High School. Coach Stoloff was very proud of the improvement demonstrated by the teams participating. Briarcliff Team 3 consisting of Jack Anderson, Aaron Lukowski, and Justin Lee placed 16th in the teamwork challenge. They have one more event to go to determine who will qualify for the league championships.  Here is a video clip of one of our teams competing:    IMG_8596.MOV


Social Media Tip of the Week:

I read the article below & found the impact teenagers experienced when they removed themselves from social media to be fascinating!  Though not necessarily a tip for parents, it does give insight into the impact that social media plays on our lives (both adults and teens). Enjoy the read!

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/living/story/10-teen-girls-give-social-media-weeks-fared-58967114

~ Erik Carlson

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Date: Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 4:42 PM
Subject: BC Friday Flash 11/16/18

Hello Briarcliff Families and hello Winter!

What a mess that was yesterday and I hope everyone remained safe and warm! 

At Briarcliff, we have started the second marking period and a new PEP cycle, thank you to our wonderful staff for making the transitions very smooth. We anticipate the first marking period grades to be open in the Parent Portal on Wednesday, November 21. Please know that along with your child’s individual grades for each class, they also receive an assessment for their work ethic in that particular class.

Food Drive - Student Government is organizing our annual food drive to help the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris Plains from November 12-29. They are organizing competitions within homerooms and trying to raise over 1,000 pounds this year, last year we donated 843 pounds! The homeroom that raises the most will receive an ice cream party and if we donate 1,000 pounds, the entire school will have a Pajama Day!

Thanksgiving Break - Just a reminder that next Wednesday, November 21 we have an early dismissal at 12:15 p.m. School will be closed November 22-23.

The annual Briarcliff Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday, November 14. Congratulations to all the students who participated! It is very difficult to stand up in front of all your peers and spell difficult words. Our participants handled themselves with great poise & dignity and we are very proud of them. Congratulations to Olin Bose for winning the spelling bee! The other top 10 finishers were:

  • Keerthana Vanketesh
  • Eddie Lin
  • Madison Chiong
  • Ryan Powers
  • Ryan Jiang
  • Shaan Udani
  • Lillian Xie
  • Dominic Signorile
  • Evan Reinebach

From Mrs. Pelliconi:

This was an exciting week for our Briarcliff Math Students. On Tuesday, all 8th grade students, along with 28 6th and 7th grade students, looking for a challenge, participated in the AMC8 (American Mathematics Contest 8). This contest exposed our students to 25 thought provoking questions that they would not typically see in their math classroom. We look forward to learning the results within a few months. Our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math Counts Students also had the opportunity to participate in the Math Olympiad Contest this past Wednesday where they saw more challenging math problems. This is the first of five Math Olympiad Contests that they will see throughout the school year.

 Parent-Teacher Conferences: (All the conferences will take place in the Library.)

- Here is the information to sign-up for 6th grade conferences:

  • Dates: Thursday December 6th and Friday December 14th.
  • Click on this link to register:  www.ptcfast.com/reg1
  • Entry Code:  KQJ1261808
  • **You must register prior to the day that you would like to have a conference.
  • **Conferences are optional and you are not required to sign-up if you don’t want to.

- Here is the information to sign-up for 7th grade conferences:

  • Dates: Friday December 7th (World Language w/ Mr. Mendello), and Tuesday December 18th (World Language w/ Mr. Alves)
  • Click on this link to register:  www.ptcfast.com/reg1
  • Entry Code:  W3Q1261798
  • **You must register prior to the day that you would like to have a conference.
  • **Conferences are optional and you are not required to sign-up if you don’t want to.

 From Mr. Stoloff

The Briarcliff Robotics Club will compete in their second tournament this Sat., Nov. 17th from 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Sparta High School.  With the Amazon decision to locate part of their new headquarters in Queens, NY, there will be many opportunities nearby for the next generation of robotics professionals.  

 From Miss Alexander - 7th grade Language Arts Class

This week, the students in Miss Alexander's 7th grade English class concluded the unit on "The Outsiders". The students continued the long standing tradition by dressing up as Greasers and Socs on Thursday and as they walked around school they experienced what it would feel like to be in the shoes of the characters. Throughout the unit, students reflected upon how some of the major themes related to their lives and took part in powerful discussions & activities.

In the novel, Ponyboy was required to reflect upon an experience from his life that had a major impact and then write story about it. As the unit came to an end, students were required to think about the impact of their own personal experiences. Students began writing narrative essays this week and became characters in their own stories. The students will continue working on the narrative essay in the weeks to come.

 The Upstanders Club

The Upstanders Club, lead by Miss Alexander and Miss Martini, have been working hard to spread kindness throughout Briarcliff School and the community. The group consists of students from the 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade, as well as students from the Lake Drive program. Together these individuals have spent a lot of time discussing what it means to be an "Upstander" and they have also brainstormed a variety of ways to make a difference in our school, community, and the world. The students posted inspirational quotes and messages all over the school bathrooms, as well as writing anonymous letters to every faculty member in Briarcliff. This Friday the Upstanders Club members will be writing thank you letters to the troops overseas through NASH FM's "100,000 Thank You's". The students are anxious to make an impact! The group will also be working closely with our Student Government to help collect, count, and organize the food for this year's food drive. The members of the club enjoy working together to make a difference in the lives of others. The club meets every other Friday from 2:45 p.m. - 3:15 pm. and new members are always welcome.  We are extremely proud of our Upstander’s Club!

 Social Media Tip of the Week

Recently students in our community have been using an app called Slip Slap. Below is an email that Mr. Sanchez from the high school sent out to our community. This is a great time to review what is in your child’s device and ensure that you are approving any download they have for their devices.

“Unfortunately, another anonymous social media app, this one called Slip Slap, is being used by a small population of our students. This free, local social-networking app lets users post "anything and everything" anonymously, including a lot of explicit content that's clearly not appropriate and even invites bigoted and sexist comments.

Slip Slap users post brief, Twitter-like comments which are distributed to anyone using it in the same geographic area. Like the older YikYak app from a few years ago, Slip Slap works via GPS to identify where the user is each time he or she opens the app allowing him/her to post messages to other nearby users. People read and "upvote" or "downvote" other people's posts to rate them.

We became aware of the app earlier this week and our IT team immediately blocked the service from our school's wifi, but students are still able to use the app through their own data plan.  We have contacted the company to have posts removed; however, the most effective strategy moving forward is for students to remove this app from their devices.

We encourage you to have a conversation with your child about this app and its harmful potential.”

 From our Home and School Association:

The HSA Charleston Wrap Fundraiser orders will be ready for pick-up on Tuesday, November 20, starting at 2:15 p.m. in the Briarcliff Lobby.  Please email Mrs. Christine Cheung at christinetao00@yahoo.com with any questions.  

 Staff Biographies

Ms. Le Khanh Lam

What is your role here at Briarcliff?

  • I am a Custodian.

What hobbies/activities do you like to do?

  • Cooking, Singing, playing the Zither.

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

  • I am very crafty and artistic.

What is your favorite food?

  • Vietnamese food and Chinese food.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret to success."

What is your greatest hope?

  • To win the lottery so that I can help poor people.


Merrily VanTeyens

What is your role here at Briarcliff?

  • Paraprofessional.

What hobbies/activities do you like to do?

  • Camping, skiing, reading, family time at my brother's farm.

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

  • I was a Kindergarten teacher for many years before I had my sons.

What is your favorite food?

  • Eggplant Parmigiana

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • "Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." - Francis Chan

What is your greatest hope?

  • For my sons to to be men of integrity, always growing in faith, hope and love.
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Date: Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 1:31 PM
Subject: BC Weekly Flash 11/8/18


Hello Briarcliff Families!

It is a short week here at Briarcliff as school is off Thursday and Friday for the NJEA Convention.  We hope you can spend some time together as a family and recharge your batteries after two months of school. Though it was a short week, we have much going on here at Briarcliff...


Parent-Teacher Conferences:

The 7th grade team will be having Parent-Teacher Conferences on Friday December 7th (World Language with Mr. Mendello) and Tuesday December 18th (World Language with Mr. Alves). Please contact Mrs. Ebersole with any questions. There is a program that we use to sign-up for a time slot ands this will be shared through School Messenger soon, as well as posted to our school website.


Basketball Tryouts:

I made a mistake last week in the Friday Flash, I accidentally reversed the try-out times for the boys and girls. Try-outs are scheduled for November 12-14 from 3-6 p.m. The girls will tryout from 3-4:30 p.m. and the boys will try-out from 4:30-6 p.m. I apologize for any confusion that may have caused.

For those who are interested in being a member of the Ski Club, there is a meeting November 13 at 6:30pm in the  MLHS Cafeteria. Please contact Mr. Mark Walters if you have any questions.


Picture Day Make-ups:

Any student who needs to either take their school picture, or who needs to take a new one, Picture Day Make-ups are on Tuesday, November 13.  Students who would like their photograph retaken should bring their original photographs to the photographer. 


Spelling Bee:

Our annual Spelling Bee is taking place on Wednesday, November 14. Good luck to all students who are participating!


From Mr. Alves:

Congratulations to the Quiz Bowl Team for their outstanding performance at the Charter Oak Classic Quiz Bowl Tournament in Connecticut. Our team finished the day with a record of six wins and two losses and just missed a play-off berth. Additional congratulations to Olin Bose who finished 5th overall in individual scoring.


Soccer:

Our soccer teams ended their season in the County Middle School Tournament. The girls team made it to the finals and lost 3-1 to East Hanover. The boys team lost on a penalty shootout after overtime to Pequannock in the semi-final round. We are very proud of both teams for their great seasons!


Ms. Dana Alexander

What is your role here at Briarcliff?

  • 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher.

What hobbies/activities do you like to do?

  • Reading, hiking, exercising, & photography.

Share with us a fact about yourself that we would not be able to know by just looking at you (i.e. being colorblind, had lunch with the President of US, etc.)

  • I was a lifeguard for eight years and I am still CPR certified. Another interesting fact is that I am currently working on completing my Masters Degree.

What is your favorite food?

  • Steak and sushi.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • "Be the change you wish to see in the world"- Ghandi.

What is your greatest hope?

  • To spread kindness and have a positive impact on the lives of those around me.

Mrs. Danielle Peterson

What is your role here at Briarcliff?

  • 7th Grade Science.

What hobbies/activities do you like to do?

  • When I am not in school, I love being outdoors.  I enjoy hiking, the beach, or just taking a walk around town. One of my favorite activities outdoors is watching football!

Share with us a fact about yourself that we would not be able to know by just looking at you (i.e. being colorblind, had lunch with the President of US, etc.)

  • I have completed all three Spartan Races and earn the TRIFECTA!

What is your favorite food?

  • Pizza!

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • “There Are No Limits To What You Can Accomplish, Except The Limits You Place On Your Own Thinking.” – Brian Tracy.

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Date: Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 2:40 PM
Subject: BC Friday Flash 11/2/18

Happy November Briarcliff Families!

Yes, it really is November and please don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour tomorrow night. Briarcliff had a very busy and exciting week. We began our second Allied rotation and students will rotate to a different Allied class for the next eight weeks. Also, our students supported the annual Wildwood Halloween parade on Wednesday and it was great to be part of that great tradition.

Quick Reminder - School is closed next Thursday and Friday (November 8 & 9) for the NJEA Annual Convention. This is a great time of year for your children to learn about “service” and encourage them to help those in our area who need help with yard clean-ups or preparing their homes for the winter.

Congratulations to our Girls Soccer Team for the exciting 2-1 victory over Mendham in the Middle School Girls Soccer Tournament. The girls will play in the tournament finals next week. Good luck! 

For those students interested in trying out for Boys and Girls Basketball, it is required that you have a current sports physical on file with Mrs. Renna. Tryouts are scheduled for November 12-14 from 3-6pm. Boys will tryout from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Girls will tryout from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

On Tuesday November 6 from 9:00a-10:00am, Mr. Carlson will be hosting a Briarcliff Parent Chat in our Library. Any Briarcliff parent is invited to attend and be a part of this gathering. I look forward to meeting with any interested parents.


Social Media Tip of the Week:

So by now most people have heard of Fortnite. If you have not, congratulations and continue to keep your home free of it (just my opinion). Fortnite has become an extremely popular online video game that can be played through X-Box and certain devices. Please be aware that online predators are using this game as a forum to establish relationships with kids. It is important for us as parents to know EVERY single person that our children interact with if they are engaged in online social media or play online video games. Ask your kids about each person they are friends with online and make sure you have vetted them out. A suggestion from me as a parent of children between ages 7-12, DO NOT allow them access to online video games when you are not home. Just a suggestion!

Reminder from Ms. Bogucz:

If you would like to order your child a yearbook, please access the following information:

https://www.yearbookordercenter.com

Order code - 8696

Briarcliff Middle School has a lunch aide position open. The hours are from 10:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Monday - Friday. If you are interested in this position please contact Erik Carlson at ecarlson@mlschools.org.


Mr. Dennis Posner

What is your role here at Briarcliff?

  • School Media Specialist/Librarian

What hobbies/Activities do you like to do?

  • Camping, swimming, landscaping, reading, gaming, hanging out with friends and family, canoeing, and boating.

Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you (i.e. being colorblind, had lunch with the President of US, etc...)

  • Hehe...I was kissed by Princess Leia!!!!!  I closed the first act of Carrie Fisher's show.  My off-broadway debut!!

What is your favorite food?

  • A great steak and steamers - PUB 199!!

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • "It's hard to fly like and eagle when you flock with a bunch of turkeys."

What is your greatest hope?

  • That the library gets Tiffany-like lighting!


Ms. Terry Gillen

What is your role here at Briarcliff?

  • I work in the cafeteria.

What hobbies/activities do you like to do?

  • I like to go hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Vernon.

Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you (i.e. being colorblind, had lunch with the President of US, etc...)

  • I am the proud Nana to Paxton (age 3) and Pearl (age 1).

What is your favorite food?

  • Chicken Marsala.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

What is your greatest hope?

  • To continue to live a happy life and watch my grandchildren grow up.

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Date: Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 2:58 PM
Subject: BC's Friday Flash 10/26/18


Hello Briarcliff Families!

It has been a fun-filled and exciting week at Briarcliff. We are ending our first Allied Class rotation and students will be changing Allied classes on Monday. We have reached the last week of October which means our days are shorter, and we have seen an increase in student tardiness. Please know that students enter the building at 7:55 a.m. and our second bell rings at 8:00 a.m. It is an academic disruption when students are tardy to school so please make every effort to be in school on time.

Our Athletic Teams are wrapping up the fall season. The X-C team ran their championships on Thursday and both boys and girls earned 1st place! This was a great accomplishment and we are very proud of our team and coaches.


The girls soccer team defeated Memorial Junior High and Rockaway Borough during the week and our boys soccer team won their first game in the county middle school tournament beating Kinnelon 2-1, while also defeating Rockaway Borough earlier in the week. Both the girls and boys have county tournament games next week.

On Tuesday, Briarcliff completed another successful security drill. Sergeant Benitez assisted our school in the drill and we are all proud of how well our staff and students handled themselves during the drill. They are taken seriously and always conducted with a mindset towards being prepared for an emergency.


Social Media Tip of the Week:

Since it will be raining tonight and all day tomorrow, WE all will be tempted to grab that device and start reading a post, or sharing a thought, or just mindlessly look into our screen. Don’t let that device tempt you! Here are two things you can do tonight and tomorrow since we won’t be able to tackle those leaves that are accumulating outside:

  1. Watch an old movie from when you were a kid with your children. My family and I will be watching Back to the Future tonight.

  2. Play a board game as a family.

**All devices should be away in another room during these times.


We need your help! We have many students and parents who have not completed the necessary sign-offs in Final Forms. We have many students who have to read and recognize the Network Responsibility Contract and the Student Code of Conduct. Please review this with your child at home and have them recognize both documents. We have many parents who need to complete the parent portion as well. Failure to recognize and complete these forms will result in access to the Parent Portal being closed until the forms are completed.


From Mrs. Ebersole:

This Tuesday, October 30th  marks the first meeting of our Public Speaking and Debate Enrichment Class. This is a great opportunity for all students to learn the fine arts of argument and speechmaking. We will eventually transition into activities such as Model United Nations and structured Debate. It will meet during period 9 in Rm. 206. Email Mrs. Ebersole with questions!


Briarcliff Middle School has a lunch aide position open. The hours are from 10:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Monday - Friday. If you are interested in this position please contact Erik Carlson at ecarlson@mlschools.org.


Mountain Lakes High School Theatre presents:

PRIDE & PREJUDICE

Adapted by Kate Hamill

Based on the novel by Jane Austen

Directed by Christine Penney


General admission: $12 at the door or on http://MLHS.booktix.com

Locations: MLHS Auditorium

SHOWTIMES:

- Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

- Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

- Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2 p.m. with cast Q & A following, sponsored by FOTA

- Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Additionally, a special dress rehearsal performance for all community members 55+ years old will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 4 p.m. Admission is complimentary.
 

Mr. Mark Walters

What is your role here at Briarcliff?

  • 6th Grade Science Teacher.

What hobbies/activities do you like to do?

  • Skiing, playing and coaching soccer and lacrosse.

Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you (i.e. being colorblind, had lunch with the President of US, etc...)

  • I sing a terrific "Water Cycle" song.

What is your favorite food?

  • Blackened Swordfish.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • "The only place Success comes before Work is in the dictionary"  Vince Lombardi.

What is your greatest hope?

  • That everybody's dreams will come true.


Mrs. Kaitlin Platt

What is your role here at Briarcliff?

  • Special Education Teacher.

What hobbies/activities do you like to do?

  • Baking, reading, and spending time with my family.

Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you (i.e. being colorblind, had lunch with the President of US, etc...)

  • I have played the piano since I was 5 years old.

What is your favorite food?

  • Pasta

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

What is your greatest hope?

  • That everyone would treat others how they would like to be treated.
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Date: Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 3:14 PM
Subject: Friday Flash 10-12-18

Hello Briarcliff Families!

We are excited to introduce to you a new addition to our Friday Flash! Starting this week, and continuing for most of the school year, we will be featuring two Briarcliff staff members each week. Please enjoy learning a little more about Mrs. Ebersole and Mr. Stoloff below at the bottom of this Friday Flash.

On Wednesday, October 5, the Lake Drive/Briarcliff students were given a wonderful opportunity to see Anastasia on Broadway.  Students were chaperoned by Mrs. Danzi, Miss Martini, and Mrs. Petrocco.  The performance was simultaneously open captioned and ASL interpreted for deaf or hard of hearing audience members.  The tickets were funded by Theatre Development Fund (a not-for-profit organization which works to make theatre affordable and accessible for all).  Pre and post activities focused on the story’s characters, plot, setting and historical relevance. The students were amazed by the magical visual effects, beautiful costumes and artistic talents.

Our 7th grade Science classes have been working on “Is it Living?” and discussing what it means to be alive and how to keep it alive. Classes are currently investigating the nutrient, water, carbon cycle and the role that they play in the life.

Students in Ms. MacQueen's Language Arts class began their unit with The Outsiders by crossing "The River of Decision." This activity allowed students in class to "cross the river" by making decisions to support their reasoning to challenging thought provoking questions. Students are excited and enthused to study this classic novel.

Our cafeteria was used this week by the Home and School Association as they prepared chicken parmesan meals for an annual fundraiser. Please thank the parents who run this organization as they put in many hours in support to our students and faculty.

Our fall athletic teams were undefeated this week - despite more RAIN! Our boys and girls X-C teams defeated RVS, Morris Plains, Dover, North Warren, and Boonton. The boys soccer team defeated Mt. Arlington 4-2 and the girls soccer team defeated Mt. Arlington 8-1. Great job everyone!

Mountain Lakes High School is hosting a few events that I hope you are able to attend. On October 16 at 7 p.m., Screenagers will be shown which is about growing up in the Digital Age. On October 23 at 7p.m., there will be a presentation on the dangers of Vaping. I encourage all parents to attend both of these events as both the digital age and vaping are having tremendous impacts on teenagers in our society.

This week, 6th grade students in Reading classes were enthusiastic about identifying and celebrating the uniqueness of the main character in the book Schooled by Gordon Korman.  Our School Counselor, Eileen Ludwig, visited to do a lesson on respect and many students attended a 'tie-dye lunch' to recreate a scene from the book. Keep up the great work, 6th graders!
 

Mrs. Ebersole

What is your role here at Briarcliff?

  • 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Teacher Coordinator of Enrichment Programs.

What hobbies/Activities do you like to do?

  • Going to my son's soccer games, family sing alongs of show tunes in the car.

Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you (i.e. being colorblind, had lunch with the President of US, etc...)

  • I'm an excellent country line dancer.

What is your favorite food?

  • Spicy Tuna Sushi.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." Jane Goodall

What is your greatest hope?

  • That in our world, being kind becomes as important as being successful.


Mr. Stoloff

What is your role here at Briarcliff?

  • I wear two hats at Briarcliff since I teach 6th-8th computers plus a semester elective on Python programming (fall) and Robotics (spring) while I also administer our student information system and other student/staff databases.  Having both roles certainly keeps me busy.

What hobbies/Activities do you like to do?

  • Avid skier, runner, outdoorsman, reader & Netflix binge-watcher.

Share with us a fact about yourself that you wouldn't be able to know by just looking at you (i.e. being colorblind, had lunch with the President of US, etc...)

  • I'm a huge UVA basketball fan and played trumpet in the UVA Pep Band all four years of college.

What is your favorite food?

  • Sushi.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

  • "Attitude determines your altitude" - Big Willy's grandma from Master Chef 2014,

What is your greatest hope?

  • That my kids are happy and contribute to society in a lasting, positive way.

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Date: Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 2:39 PM
Subject: BC's Friday Flash 10/5/18

Hello Briarcliff Families and welcome to the month of October!

Our students have began adjusting to the school schedule and routine and have moved off their “summer mode.” The weather continues to wreak havoc on our athletic schedules but our teams are still performing regardless. Our girls X-C team is still undefeated and our boys team has only lost one meet so far. Our girls team tied this week and is currently 3-1-1 and our boys won their game this week and are currently 2-3.

We still have families who have not completed documents that are included in Final Forms. Please access that system and complete the forms necessary for our school. If you are having any difficulties accessing the system, please reach out to helpdesk@mlschools.org

Our district has created a New Teacher Spotlight page that will be used as a place for all to learn more about about our wonderful new teachers.  Please be sure to check out this new feature and learn more about our new staff. Here is the link: https://bc.mlschools.org/our_school/new_teacher_spotlight

On October 11 and October 18 from 7p-8:30p in our Library, Briarcliff is hosting Family Math Night for 6th and 7th grade students and families. Please come out and join us for a great night of math and fun! You do need to sign-up and if you didn’t get a form at Back to School Night, you can get one on Canvas. Contact Mrs. Deirdre Lombardi at dlombardi@mlschools.org or Mrs. Debbie Pelliconi at dpelliconi@mlschools.org if you have any questions.

Briarcliff had its first Math Counts Club meeting this week with Mrs. Pelliconi. It is not too late to join!  Participation is open to all 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students who are interested in working on challenging math problems while preparing for contests throughout the school year.   8th grade students can meet during their Wednesday lunch. 6th , 7th and 8th grade students can meet Thursday after school from 2:40 - 3:15 p.m.

From the Laker Sports Club: “Our online store is now open and we would like the community to know that they can purchase Laker Gear from now until October 21.  All store items are non school and non sport specific - just some gear to allow the town to show pride to be a Laker!”  https://lakerssc18.itemorder.com/sale

Wednesday October 31st is Halloween and our students will be allowed to celebrate this day by wearing costumes. Students should adhere to the following rules for wearing costumes to school:

  • Costumes must conform to the Briarcliff Middle School Dress Code.
  • Costumes may not be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, disabilities, gender or individual student or staff member at the school. (HIB)
  • No weapons, toy weapons, or props replicating weapons are to be brought to school.
  • No costumes are allowed that would completely hide the identity of the student, i.e. gorilla suit, "Scream" character.
  • Costumes may not have parts that interfere with learning.  This means no masks or costumes that restrict movement or vision, prevent sitting at desks, or prevent participation in physical education class.
  • Costumes must not obstruct movement in the hallways.
  • No scary clown costumes/masks.

A brief note from our Home and School Association: “The deadline for the Charleston Wrap fundraiser has been extended to Wednesday October 10th and all forms must be submitted by that time. Please consider supporting this fundraiser to support our 8th grade trip to Boston.”

On Tuesday October 9th, the Home and School Association is having their H&SA Bake Sale Chicken Parmesan Workshop in our cafeteria at 1:45p. If you are available please consider supporting the group at this time.

- Erik Carlson

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Date: Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 2:32 PM
Subject: Friday Flash


Hello Briarcliff Families! We completed our first full week of school and despite all the rain we have had, it was a great week. Our athletic teams continue to make us proud and demonstrate that Laker Pride that we want to see. Our girls X-C team is undefeated 6-0 and our boys are 5-1. Coach Ludwig and Taylor are very proud of our teams and excited that athletes in all grade levels are contributing to the success.

Our soccer teams are also performing well when they can find a dry field to play on! Our girls team currently has a record of 3-1 and the boys are currently 1-3. Both teams look to improve upon their records next week. 

School pictures are on October 9. Below you will see the link for school pictures:

For online orders:

http://www.lorsstudio.com/undergrads/order/#

Our school code is - 19-23BMS 

The Charleston Wrap fundraiser is still going on. This is a huge fundraiser for our 8th graders trip to Boston so please support this fundraiser while it is still going on. 

Ms. Mitchell’s Geometry class has been working on 3-dimensional shapes called Polyhedron.  In order to better understand some of the properties of these shapes, they will be constructing and decorating the polyhedron by hand! Students have selected which polyhedrons they would like to build, and many are challenging themselves to build some of the more complex figures. It is great to see student’s minds at work! 

Mr. Price is very excited to have such a great turnout for our Band program and is very excited to see how many students are practicing and how diligent they are about it. It has been great to see the excitement in the program. Just a reminder, Mr. Price would like to see students practice 30 minutes each day. 

Our extra curricular clubs are underway and have began to meet. Please check out our Briarcliff calendar to see when they meet again. I always encourage students to get involved in a club as it is a great way to interact with their peers and get connected to their school in a different way. 

School Clubs Schedules: https://bit.ly/2OVd5sB 

We are asking all parents to reinforce with their students the importance of wearing their seat belts when riding on a school bus. Though we have limited times where students are on a school bus, we do have trips (class, club, and athletic) that require students to be on a bus. 

On behalf of the Staff at Briarcliff I want to wish you a great weekend! 

Mr. Erik Carlson
Principal
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Date: Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 2:15 PM
Subject: Friday Flash 09/21/18

Hello Briarcliff Families!

 

Whew, that week went fast! It is nice to feel a little less humidity in the air and I think we can begin to see the color of our leaves slowly changing. Saturday represents another change in the seasons and for me it is a special time of year as I love the Fall. I hope you have the opportunity to pick some apples and pumpkins over the next few weeks. I also hope you have the opportunity to take in some of our Briarcliff sporting events which began this week.

Both the boys and girls X-C teams won their first meet of the season this week. They have a meet today against Mendham Boro and next Monday they run against Mendham Township and Madison.

Our girl soccer team defeated Rockaway Borough 6-0 on Thursday.

Students have now completed a full cycle of our PEP and Elective schedule. Thank you to Mrs. Ebersole for organizing the schedule and facilitating the sign-ups.

On Thursday, Briarcliff successfully completed a Building Evacuation Drill with a re-location to the high school. I am so proud of our students for taking the drill so seriously and for our staff who led the entire way.

Our Band and Chorus programs started up this week, it has been great to see students carrying their instruments around. We wanted to pass on a note from Mr. Price that moving forward there will be no full ensemble rehearsals on Tuesdays so that students could have a full reinforcement period. More specifics will be following.

The Charleston Wrap fundraiser is underway and runs through Friday October 5. This fundraiser directly impacts the 8th grade class trip to Boston. This fundraiser includes wrapping paper, home and kitchen goods, personalized items, and some chocolates. Your child will come home with the fundraiser envelope this afternoon.  

Picture day is on October 9th. The kids can order their pictures online or hold on to the envelope attached to the form to give to the photographer on picture day.  Order forms are available outside the main office.

Thank you to all the parents who came out for Back to School Night. It was great to see so many people and see so much support for education in the Mountain Lakes community. I encourage you to continue supporting our Home and School Association and other community groups.

Have a great weekend!
Erik Carlson
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