Deptford High School Academies

Parent Information Night AND Open House for Academies

Deptford High School Cafeteria 

Tuesday, December 11th

7:00 PM

Students and Staff Volunteer for Clean Communities Grant

This week, over 40 students and staff members volunteered their time to improve our community.

As part of the Clean Communities program created by the Gloucester County Improvement Authority, students and staff members spent several hours cleaning up Fox Run Road between Delsea Drive and Good Intent Road. The program provides grant funds to school districts while encouraging volunteerism. Funds from the program will go to support Deptford’s Project Graduation program for graduating high school seniors.

The students were supervised by high school staff Mrs. Grace Quinones and Mr. Ron Ruddy.

“This is a great opportunity to do something great for our community and show our students the importance of volunteerism,” said Quinones. “Even though some of the cleanup was around Deptford High School, everyone benefits from a cleaner community – this was bigger than just us and I know the students appreciated that.”

“This is what being an educator is all about,” added Ruddy. “It’s great to be able to work with our students outside the classroom and show them the value of community, and what being a dedicated citizen is all about. Taking their learning beyond the classroom is invaluable and this event is something that they will remember.”



Deptford student-athletes sign National Letter of Intent

Seniors Leah Giles and Naseem Smith committed to NCAA Division I schools.

Leah Giles (left) and Naseem Smith commit to NCAA Division I schools La Salle University and Syracuse University, respectively, as family members look on

This week marks the beginning of National Letter of Intent (NLI) signings across the country. Beginning on November 14, high school seniors who are prospective student-athletes can officially commit to a four-year university.

Deptford High School senior Leah Giles signed her NLI to attend La Salle University on a soccer scholarship, and senior Naseem Smith signed his NLI to attend Syracuse University on a track and field scholarship; both schools are members of NCAA’s Division I.

“We are very proud of our student-athletes and all they accomplish on the field,” said Irv McFarland III, Athletic Director. “Leah and Naseem are standout athletes and also standout students in the classroom. It’s important to remember that they are committing not only to a collegiate sports career but also investing in their academic future. La Salle and Syracuse are excellent schools and we are proud that Leah and Naseem can continue to represent Deptford on a much larger stage. We look forward to all they will accomplish.”



Girls Soccer Match at Union’s Talen Energy Stadium

The Deptford High School girls’ varsity soccer team had the unique opportunity to play a match at the Philadelphia Union’s Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

The Lady Spartans faced GCIT in a friendly match on November 7.


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