Jeans for Troops Veterans Day 2018

Blackwood Terrace staff wearing Jeans For Troops

On Wednesday, November 7, Deptford Township Schools joined the millions of nationwide participants wearing jeans to work to honor Veterans Day 2018 and support military families.

The event is called “Jeans for Troops” and supports the GI Go Fund. Since 2011, patriotic Americans from coast to coast have held a simple fundraiser at their office or school that has had an enormous impact on the lives of military veterans and their families. The GI GO Fund provides tens of thousands of dollars in financial assistance to veteran families in need.

Staff members across the district dressed in jeans and paid a $5 donation to support our veterans.

For more information about the GI GO Fund, visit their website at

Sodexo Recognizes Deptford High School Senior in National Ad

Deptford High School Senior Nadia Hager will be featured in a national print magazine.

Sodexo, the food service company that works in Deptford Township Schools, recognizes outstanding accomplishments of the students it serves. Hager will be recognized in the company’s Spring Promotions Magazine which is distributed to over 700 school district throughout the country.

Hager will also be recognized at a future Board of Education meeting and will be presented a $500 check to be donated to a charity of her choice.

Burlington Coat Factory Adopts a Classroom at Shady Lane

Deptford Township business Burlington Coat Factory recently donated $1,100 to Deptford Township Schools through the Adopt-A-Classroom program.

Shady Lane teachers Ms. Smith (2nd from left) and Ms. Manzione (3rd from left) with representatives from Burlington Coat Factory


The adopted classroom was Ms. Smith and Ms. Manzione’s 2nd Grade class at Shady Lane Elementary School. The money was used to purchase five Dell notebooks for the students to use.

Donated computers being used by Ms. Smith and Ms. Manzione’s 2nd grade students at Shady Lane Elementary School

AVID Students attend National College Fair

Yesterday, sixty 8th-grade students in the Monongahela Middle School AVID program attended the National College Fair at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Over 200 colleges from across the country were on-hand to encourage students to learn more about their institutions and help them sort through the qualities they are looking for in a college. Monongahela students were the first-and-only middle school students present at the fair.

“A huge part of AVID is offering these types of real-world experiences,” said AVID advisor Jen Liguori. “We work very hard to challenge our students to think about and see the world in new ways, and this worldly visit really broadens their perspective on colleges and the collegiate experience. I was very proud to share in the students’ excitement about this visit and to see the questions they asked.”

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a program offered in middle and high school that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach to close the opportunity gap and prepare all students for college, careers, and life. The program is offered as part of the regular curriculum and Liguori teaches the AVID elective course during the school day at Monongahela.


For more information about National College Fairs, visit their website at

NJROTC Cadet of the Month – Oct.

Congratulations to our NJROTC Cadet of the Month for October, 11th grader Daniel Yelverton.

The Cadet of the Month recognition program recognizes a student cadet who exemplifies an outgoing personality, high academic achievement, NJROTC excellence, and portrays the three Navy core values of honor, courage, and commitment.



Deptford High School’s NJROTC program is designed to build leadership, scholarship, and citizenship in our participating student cadets.  This is done through a broad social-science academic approach and practical, guided leadership experience in naval organization and administration of the unit. The curriculum consists of four courses emphasizing leadership, service, citizenship, and the relationship of the seas to American history, world geography, technology, international relations, and economics.

The United States Navy provides cadets with uniforms, books, and training aides. Cadets are required to wear their uniform to school one day each cycle.  Although not a requirement, participation in extra-curricular activities such as color guard, drill teams, air rifle team, and academic and physical fitness teams is encouraged.

There is no military obligation associated with this program.

Successful completion of a NJROTC course meets the 5 credit requirement for 21st Century Life and Careers/Career-Technical Education.

The program is led by Naval Science Instructor (NSI) and Operations Specialist Senior Chief Petty Officer (OSCS) Franco A. Colamarco, USN, Retired.


For more information about Deptford High School’s NJROTC program, please visit


Lunch with the Superintendent

Two Teachers have lunch with Mr. Dietz

Over 100 staff members submitted entries to name our monthly Black & Gold dress down days throughout the year. The winning event name was “Spartan Stress Down Days” by Mrs. Pizzuta at Oak Valley, and the winning slogan to support these days was “Spartan Success, Nothing Less” by Mrs. Gablin at Lake Tract. Superintendent Mr. Dietz treated the teachers to lunch!

Oak Valley teacher Mrs. Pizzuta with Superintendent Mr. Dietz and principal Mr. Schilling.
Lake Tract teacher Mrs. Gablin with Superintendent Mr. Dietz and principal Mrs. Battee

Deptford Lions Lend a Hand with Vision Screening

This week volunteers from the Deptford Lions Club visited Central Early Childhood Center and Pine Acres Early Childhood Center to assist our nurses with vision screening of our youngest students.


Lions Club Volunteers, including retired Deptford teacher Jo-Ann McCormick (far right) with District Precepting Nurse Linda Hughes (left) and Central Nurse Bonnie Boucher (back).


The Deptford Lions Club offers free vision screenings to our students. The screening equipment used is a handheld device that helps users quickly and easily detect vision issues screening both eyes at once from a nonthreatening three foot distance. The touch-screen display allows for one-touch activation, simple management of patient data entry, and easy configuration for both vision screening tests and autorefraction applications. No physical contact is made with the students and accurate results are provided in seconds.

Typical Spot Vision Screening Device

“We are so lucky to have these Lions Club volunteers assist us with this process,” said Bonnie Boucher, nurse at Central Early Childhood Center. “The benefit to having this partnership is that the testing is quick and is non-invasive to our students. Also, verbal feedback is not necessary, allowing for precise results that find abnormalities sooner to refer for vision correction. This is an added benefit to our special education students.”

Sample of what results may look like

Parents were informed about the screening and had the opportunity to fill out a permission slip to participate. Should the screening show any abnormality, the school nurse sends home a notice using the Deptford Township Schools Vision Referral Form. There is no charge to participate in the vision screening process. Over 150 students were screened between both schools.


Lions Club Volunteers, including retired Deptford teacher Jo-Ann McCormick (center) with District Precepting Nurse Linda Hughes (right) and Pine Acres Nurse Josie Gazzola (far right).

Deptford Students Recognized in National Merit Scholarship Program

Deptford High School Principal Mr. Jeff Lebb announced today that seniors Emily Hammett and Shoa Moosavi have been named “Commended Students” in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Back row l-r: Mr. Arthur Dietz, Superintendent; Mrs. Lehman, Curriculum Supervisor; Mrs. Kryszczak, Board of Education President; The Honorable Paul Medany, Mayor of Deptford; Mr. Lebb, High School Principal    Front Row l-r: Shoa Moosavi, Emily Hammett

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by Mr. Lebb to these scholastically gifted seniors.

High School Guidance Counselor Mr. Graham Hall explains the details of the National Merit Scholarship Program

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. The Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“This distinction is a great honor,” said Mr. Dietz, Deptford Superintendent. “We are very proud of Emily and Shoa and all that they continue to achieve.”

Deptford Mayor Paul Medany added his enthusiasm for this accomplishment.

“We’re very proud of Emily and Shoa. This honor is a testament to their hard work and the great things happening in our schools. These young ladies are excellent students and great ambassadors for Deptford Township.”




“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”