• Welcome Back!

    Posted by Dr. Raymond J. Boccuti at 9/8/2017

    Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year!  It was exciting to kick off our school year with everyone together meeting their new teachers and classes.

    Let’s start the school year off with some great news about our school district.  As reported by the Point Pleasant Patch on August 30th, www.niche.com released its annual rankings of schools.  In the ranking of New Jersey’s top 200 elementary schools, Spring Lake’s H.W. Mountz School ranked #31.  This an accolade and tribute to our students and their caring families, our outstanding staff, and our supportive community.

    This week at Mountz:  On Saturday - PTA Beach Day from 2:00 - 5:00 PM.  On Monday - Annual September 11th Patriots Day Ceremony (Students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue), PTA meeting at 9:00 AM in the all purpose room, Board of Education work session at 6:30 PM in the library.  On Tuesday - Back to School Night for grades PreK-5 and Mrs. Dettlinger starting promptly at 6:45 PM in the all purpose room.  On Thursday - Back to School Night for grade 6 through 8 starting promptly at 6:45 PM in the all purpose room

    More information to follow, please visit this blog often, your feedback is always welcome, and remember to follow me on Twitter as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Boccuti

    Superintendent, Principal, CSA

    rboccuti@hwmountz.k12.nj.us

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  • Tiger Den Aftercare Program!

    Posted by Dr. Raymond J. Boccuti at 7/14/2017

    It is with great anticipation and excitement that I announce the launching of our new Tiger Den Aftercare Program!  On Monday, July 17, under “Announcements” in the upper left on the main page of our website, parents and guardians will find a link to all of the information they need to enroll their child/children in our new program.

    This new program is an initiative directly from our Strategic Plan and was developed to address a need of our parents and guardians.  Seeing this initiative move from strategic to operational is an example of the impact of a Strategic Plan continually moving an outstanding school district forward.

    I need to thank so many people who have had joined me on this initiative:  our Board of Education; our Tiger Den Staff including Mrs. Iacouzzi (Co-Coordinator), Mrs. Brendle (Co-Coordinator), Ms. Bellafonte, Mrs. Krebs, Mrs. Ritchey, and Mrs. Miller; our PTA; and the parent who brought this consideration forward, Mrs. Shea.  It has been my privilege to work with such a fine group of caring people.

    Please access the information on Monday and consider enrolling your child/children!

    More information to follow, please visit this blog often, your feedback is always welcome, and remember to follow me on Twitter as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Boccuti

    Superintendent, Principal, CSA

    rboccuti@hwmountz.k12.nj.us

    Follow me on Twitter @HWMountz_Boccut

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  • New Communication Vehicle!

    Posted by Dr. Raymond J. Boccuti at 5/21/2017

    Welcome to Tiger News:  We were very proud to publish our second edition of our new communication vehicle, Tiger News, on Friday.  As charged by our Strategic Plan, we sought to develop a new, comprehensive communication to streamline the multiple, separate communications for students, student organizations, PTA, and SLED.  Through the efforts of our PTA, our PTA Teacher Liaison Mrs. Callahan, and our Superintendent Secretary Mrs. Cory, we have been receiving great reviews on Tiger News!

    This week at Mountz:  On Monday - Bicycle safety assemblies with the Spring Lake Borough Police Department, Baseball home vs. Bradley Beach at 3:45 PM, Softball away vs. Deal at 3:45 PM, Board of Education meeting in the library at 6:30 PM.  On Tuesday - Bike to School Day (All students are encouraged to ride their bikes or walk to school), Safety/Security/Climate meeting in the conference room after dismissal, Softball home vs. Bradley Beach at 3:45 PM, Baseball away vs. Sea Girt at 3:45 PM, Parent information meeting for parents in grades 4-8 in the library at 6:30 PM.  On Wednesday - Annual Red Nose Day.  On Thursday and Friday -  Annual grade 8 trip to Washington, DC.

    More information to follow, please visit this blog often, your feedback is always welcome, and remember to follow me on Twitter as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Boccuti

    Superintendent, Principal, CSA

    rboccuti@hwmountz.k12.nj.us

    Follow me on Twitter @HWMountz_Boccut

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  • Student Accolades!

    Posted by Dr. Raymond J. Boccuti at 4/24/2017

    I hope everyone enjoyed Spring Break and I am proud to report the following student accolades that I received during the break:

    Received from Achieve 3000’s founder and CEO:  “I’m writing to personally congratulate you on your students’ amazing accomplishments! I like keeping up to date with valued partners like you, and wanted to share some of the latest data highlights. By the end of March, your students’ Lexile reading levels had increased by 132L - 4.3x times the expected growth of 30L! These gains are a result of your leadership and your students’ hard work, with 97% of your students using Achieve3000 after school, on their own time. Additionally, H W Mountz Elementary School in your district won our recent Read2Succeed Contest. Congratulations!”

    Received from National Junior Honor Society:  “Congratulations!  It is a pleasure to inform you that one of your nominees, Kelly Degnan, has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award!  Recipients will receive a $500 award, which will be placed in a college savings account, to be managed by Oppenheimerfunds (OFI Private Investments) as part of the New Mexico Education Trust Board's 529 college savings plan - The Education Plan.”

    This week at Mountz:  On Monday, PARCC make-ups for grades 3-8, Board of Education meeting in the library at 6:30 PM.  On Tuesday, PARCC make-ups for grades 3-8, Softball home vs. Avon at 3:45 PM.  On Wednesday, PARCC make-ups for grades 3-8, Arbor Day celebration for grade 4.  On Thursday, Baseball home vs. Avon at 3:45 PM, Art Show at 6:00 PM.  On Saturday, Student Council Carnival from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

    More information to follow, please visit this blog often, your feedback is always welcome, and remember to follow me on Twitter as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Boccuti

    Superintendent, Principal, CSA

    rboccuti@hwmountz.k12.nj.us

    Follow me on Twitter @HWMountz_Boccut

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  • Camp Invention Comes to Spring Lake!

    Posted by Dr. Raymond J. Boccuti at 4/9/2017

    With genuine appreciation to our PTA, PTA enrichment coordinator Mrs. Lin, Mr. Destefano, Mrs. Krebs, and Mrs. Marcus-Feld, we are proud to be the only school district in the local area to host Camp Invention this summer.  As it will be offered to students beyond our school district, and we anticipate the opportunity will fill up quickly, please review this important message from our Camp Invention Director Mr. DeStefano:

    H.W. Mountz invites all rising K-6 students to participate in Camp Invention this Summer.  Children are presented with fun, hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation.  The camp will run from August 14 - 18 from 9:00am to 3:30pm.  Sign up at campinvention.org or call 800-968-4332.  Register before May 1st and receive a discount! For any questions contact Camp Invention Director, Anthony DeStefano. at adestefano@hwmountz.k12.nj.us .

    This week at Mountz:  On Monday, PARCC Assessment administration continues.  On Tuesday, Student Council Easter Egg Hunt, Baseball scrimmage.  April 14 through April 21, school closed for Spring Break.  April 24, school reopens.

    More information to follow, please visit this blog often, your feedback is always welcome, and remember to follow me on Twitter as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Boccuti

    Superintendent, Principal, CSA

    rboccuti@hwmountz.k12.nj.us

    Follow me on Twitter @HWMountz_Boccut

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  • PARCC Assessment Reminders!

    Posted by Dr. Raymond J. Boccuti at 4/2/2017

    As you have been notified through a letter from Mrs. Walsifer and teacher e-Blast updates, tomorrow, Monday, April 3, is the start of our annual administration of the PARCC assessment.  As this is a state mandated assessment, I am requesting you take a few minutes today or this evening to review with your child the importance of this assessment with the following information.

    First, PARCC is an assessment of individual student learning and understanding.  Therefore, we carefully review and utilize the data to help us address the educational needs of our individual students.  Second, PARCC is an assessment of grade level student performance.  Therefore, we carefully review and utilize the data to help us ensure our students are exceeding standards.  Finally, PARCC is an assessment of curriculum alignment with the standards.  Therefore, we carefully review and utilize the data to help us continually update our curricula so our students continually receive the highest quality of instruction and content.

    As clear evidence that we are on the right track, and as I previously reported, we are very proud to be one of the 25 school districts in the state tied for top performance in PARCC.  This accolade was proudly accepted in recognition of our commitment to continually improve teaching, learning, and student achievement.

    Please join me in sharing this information with your child with strong encouragement for your child to do his/her very best in every minute and every day of the assessment.  Please also make sure your child comes to school with a good night's rest and has eaten a good breakfast so he/she will be best prepared to do his/her best.

    Thank you for your assistance on this very important endeavor for your child and our school district.

    More information to follow, please visit this blog often, your feedback is always welcome, and remember to follow me on Twitter as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Boccuti

    Superintendent, Principal, CSA

    rboccuti@hwmountz.k12.nj.us

    Follow me on Twitter @HWMountz_Boccut

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  • School District Recognition!

    Posted by Dr. Raymond J. Boccuti at 3/25/2017

    We were certainly proud to previously inform you that Spring Lake was one of 25 school districts in New Jersey tied for top performance in PARCC.  On Wednesday, March 23, our Board of Education President, Mr. Vincent Daino, and I were proud to be invited to a meeting of the Monmouth County Freeholders where they presented us with an official proclamation of recognition.  While Mr. Daino and I were proud to be invited, we accepted the recognition on behalf of our students, staff members, parents, and community that all equally share in this remarkable achievement.

    This week at Mountz:  On Tuesday, Strategic Plan/2017-2018 budget presentation at Spring Lake Borough Council meeting.  On Wednesday, Science Fair in the gymnasium at 6:00 PM.  On Thursday, Planetarium assemblies.  On Saturday, PTA Someone Special Dance at Spring Lake Golf Club at 5:00 PM.

    More information to follow, please visit this blog often, your feedback is always welcome, and remember to follow me on Twitter as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Boccuti

    Superintendent, Principal, CSA

    rboccuti@hwmountz.k12.nj.us

    Follow me on Twitter @HWMountz_Boccut

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  • Student Accolade!

    Posted by Dr. Raymond J. Boccuti at 3/18/2017

    Congratulations to our grade 5 student, Sean Galvin.  Sean won our competitive, annual Spring Lake School District Spelling Bee.  This impressive achievement placed him in the next level to compete against the best in Monmouth County at the Asbury Park Press & Home News Tribune 33rd Annual, 2017 Spelldown held in the Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University.

    On Monday, March 13, Sean competed against over 100 of the best spellers in the county and he joined just over 50 were invited to return for a second evening of even higher level competition on Wednesday, March 15.  Sean made it to the final 30 before he was eliminated.  Ms. Bellafonte, Sean’s parents, and I were all so very proud to attend and support Sean on this remarkable endeavor.

    This week at Mountz:  On Monday, PARCC infrastructure testing, Board of Education meeting in the library at 6:30 PM.  On Tuesday, PARCC infrastructure testing, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office 911 program for grade 1 students.  On Thursday, SLED meeting in the library at 6:30 PM, Cops vs. Kids Basketball Game in the gymnasium at 7:00 PM.  Friday, report cards sent home for grades PreK-2, report card grades posted online for grades 3-8.

    More information to follow, please visit this blog often, your feedback is always welcome, and remember to follow me on Twitter as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Boccuti

    Superintendent, Principal, CSA

    rboccuti@hwmountz.k12.nj.us

    Follow me on Twitter @HWMountz_Boccut

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  • Strategic Plan Update, New Staff, and Reminder of Invitation!

    Posted by Dr. Raymond J. Boccuti at 2/25/2017

    Strategic Plan - Please keep checking the center of the main page of our website for continual expansion of our Strategic Plan section.  For example, in addition to the actual Strategic Plan, we are about to post the action plans resorted by start date so we may continue to keep you updated on our continual progress towards completion.

    New Staff - Please join me in welcoming our new long term substitute Spanish teacher, Gianna Cusanelli, and in the near future, our new technology support technician, Lori Scott.

    Reminder of Invitation - Please remember to feel welcome to join me every Thursday from 2:00 - 3:00 PM for discussion on any topic.  I have had two Thursday coffee hours to date and have enjoyed great discussions with quite a few parents on quite a few topics.

    This week at Mountz:  On Monday, Ad Hoc Finance Committee meeting in Dr. Boccuti’s office at 6:00 PM.  On Tuesday, Tech/Curriculum Committee meeting in the conference room at 3:05 PM.  On Thursday, Cat in the Hat Program for grades PreK-2 in the library.  Friday, monthly MUSST Program.

    More information to follow, please visit this blog often, your feedback is always welcome, and remember to follow me on Twitter as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Boccuti

    Superintendent, Principal, CSA

    rboccuti@hwmountz.k12.nj.us

    Follow me on Twitter @HWMountz_Boccut

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  • Virtual Learning Lab Launched!

    Posted by Dr. Raymond J. Boccuti at 2/5/2017

    Please permit me to start by repeating some important “thank you” recognitions.  First, I extend my genuine appreciation to our Board of Education, SLED, and the PTA for their respective financial contributions to purchase our new virtual learning lab and additional technology supports.  I also appreciate three of our outstanding teachers, Mr. DeStefano, Mrs. Krebs, and Mrs. Pearce who are diligently working to integrate this amazing technology tool into our curricula and into the hands of our students and staff.

    After some initial integrations, we were excited for our students to take their first two virtual field trips this week.  Our students observed a spinal surgical procedure and were able to interactively discuss the surgery with the surgical team and other students who attended.  We also had students visit the facilities of this weekend’s Super Bowl.

    This week at Mountz:  On Monday, District Band, “Draw Your Own Destiny” assembly.  On Tuesday, Kindergarten Open House.  On Thursday, NAEP testing in grade 4, Tournament of Champions Geography Bee in Spring Lake Heights.

    More information to follow, please visit this blog often, your feedback is always welcome, and remember to follow me on Twitter as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Boccuti

    Superintendent, Principal, CSA

    rboccuti@hwmountz.k12.nj.us

    Follow me on Twitter @HWMountz_Boccut

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