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Dear MPHS Parents/Guardians, The Midland Park Public High School remains committed to doing whatever possible to help improve the health and well-being of our students, and we know our schools can be powerful places when seeking to foster positive behavioral and environmental changes for students and staff.  Toward that end, we are working toward attaining the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification, an important recognition indicating our school’s success in conserving resources and implementing green measures. To help make our schools healthier, MPHS has formed a Green Team to create more sustainable goals, policies and actions.  As the success of our sustainability efforts depends on the collaboration of school and community, we hope you will join us in attaining one of our identified goals: Reducing motor vehicle idling on school grounds. Did you know? Idling is ILLEGAL for more than 3 minutes. Just 10 seconds of idling uses more gasoline than restarting your car. Idling harms your engine and exhaust system. Vehicles emit carcinogens, smog-forming chemicals and greenhouse gases. Vehicles that idle 10 minutes per day waste more than 29 gallons of fuel per year. Exposure to some pollutants from idling is actually higher inside the vehicle than at roadside. Children are especially vulnerable to the dangers of idling:  they breathe faster than adults, inhale more air per pound of body weight, and stand closer to tailpipe level. In an effort to attain this goal, MPHS has: Posted “anti-idling” signs in the front and rear of the buildings where morning drop off and afternoon pick up occur. Anti-idling pledges have been sign by bus drivers. Incorporated anti-idling education in the curriculum. Please help support this Green Team initiative by NOT idling on school grounds.  Together, we can make Midland Park High School a healthier place for students and staff. 2017 Sustainable NJ Letter.pdf  (click the hyperlink to view the letter) Sincerely, Nicholas Capuano Principal
Posted by NCapuano  On Oct 31, 2017 at 12:15 PM
  
Dear Parents of Juniors: On Thursday, November 2, 2017, we will hold a 12th grade orientation program for all current juniors and their parents in the Media Center at 7:00 PM.  At this time, we will present an overview of senior year, including course selection, graduation requirements and college admissions.  During this presentation, we will fully explain Option II as an alternative to the acquisition of credits for graduation. At this meeting, teachers will explain various elective courses which will be available for student selection.  Guidance Counselors will explain the steps to be taken in the college selection/admission process that begins in junior year and continues into senior year. We will be available to answer questions and address any of your concerns.  Please mark your calendars and do everything possible to attend this information meeting with your daughter or son.  The key to a child’s academic success, as you know, is open communication between home and school. I look forward to seeing you on November 2nd. Sincerely, Nicholas Capuano Principal
Posted by NCapuano  On Oct 25, 2017 at 8:18 AM
  
October 17, 2017  Dear Parents/Guardians:  Five cases of Pediculosis (head lice) have been reported to the nurse at the high school. Head lice is a very common problem among school aged children and their household members. It is important to remember, while head lice is a nuisance it does not carry disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.  The head louse is a small, multi-legged organism that feeds on human blood. The color may be gray or brown. The female louse lay eggs, also known as nits, which are attached to the hair shaft with a cementing material near the root. The nits appear to be pearly in color and teardrop in shape. The nits cling to the hair shaft and must be brushed or scraped off. Head lice do not jump or fly and generally cannot survive longer than 24 hours off the host.  Head Lice is most commonly contacted by direct head-to-head contact with a person who already has an infestation. Less commonly, it can also be transmitted by sharing personal items such as; combs, brushes, towels, bedding, hats, hair ties, scarves and coats. Please educate children about importance of not sharing any personal items.  If  you suspect your child has head lice, please contact the school nurse immediately. The nurse will inspect the student and the results will remain confidential. Treatment should ONLY be performed if active head lice are found in your child's scalp and treatment should not be applied as a preventative method. If head lice is suspected or found, your child's healthcare provider is the best option for you to contact to determine the most appropriate treatment for your child. Please read the "Head Lice Information Sheet" that accompanies this letter. You  can also reference the CDC (www.cdc.gov) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (www.aap.org) websites for additional information. ? If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Karen Corcoran at the high school.   Sincerely, NicholaS J. Capuano Principal
Posted by NCapuano  On Oct 17, 2017 at 9:35 PM
  
What are head lice? The head louse is a small, multi-legged organism that feeds on human blood.  The color may be gray or brown.  The female louse lay eggs, also known as nits, which are attached to the hair shaft with a cementing material near the root.  The nits appear to be pearly in color and teardrop in shape.  They cling to the hair shaft and are difficult to brush or scrape off.  Head lice do not jump or fly and generally cannot survive longer than 24 hours off the host.   Preventing Head Lice: Infestations are not prevented by personal or household cleanliness, use of shampoo or length of hair.  All social and economic groups can be affected by head lice.  It is impossible to totally prevent head lice infestations.  Young children come into close head-to-head contact frequently.  One way to attempt to prevent the spread is to be proactive at home.  Some good strategies to follow at home are; inspecting hair and scalp daily, instruct your child not to share any personal items, and notify the school nurse of any suspected infestations.   Signs of an infestation: Some signs of head lice are; tickling feeling of the head, itching of the scalp, Irritability and difficulty sleeping and sores on the head.  Live head louse and nits are most commonly found behind the ears and at the nape of the neck.    Treatment for head lice: The best option is to reach out to your child’s healthcare provider for advice on the best treatment plan and to follow their direction as well as the product label. Typically, over-the-counter or prescription shampoo, lotion, or cream rinse is used to treat head lice infestations.   If active head lice are seen 8-12 hours after treatment, you may need to try a different product.  Please ONLY treat for active lice, do not treat as a preventative measure.  The nits must be brushed or scraped off of the hair shafts.  There is no guarantee that any product will completely kill all the eggs.  It is extremely important that the hair and scalp continue to be thoroughly checked.  Most products recommend a second treatment 7-10 days after the first treatment in order to kill any lice from newly hatched eggs.   Home Remedies: Many alternatives to head lice products are promoted because of treatment failures.  But, there is little proof that these methods are effective at killing the lice and nits on the head.  Some of these remedies include olive oil, mayonnaise, tea tree oil, and petroleum jelly and hair dryers.  Never use harsh substances such as kerosene or gasoline.  Do not use pesticides (bug spray) that are not registered for treatment of lice.   Head Lice in the home: Head lice do not infest the house, but must be removed from the house hold items to prevent future infestations.  Bed linens and recently used clothes, hats and towels should be washed in very hot water.  Personal items (brushes, combs and hair clips) should also be washed in hot soapy water or thrown out.  If there are any items that are not able to be washed and may have come in contact with the head of the infested person, tightly bagging the items for 2 weeks may be done.  All household members should be checked and treated if there is any evidence of active lice or nits. 
Posted by NCapuano  On Oct 12, 2017 at 9:01 AM
  
  Dear Parents/Guardians: A case of Pediculosis (head lice) has been reported in the High School.  Head lice is a very common problem among school aged children and their household members.  It is important to remember, while head lice is a nuisance it does not carry disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice. The head louse is a small, multi-legged organism that feeds on human blood.  The color may be gray or brown.  The female louse lay eggs, also known as nits, which are attached to the hair shaft with a cementing material near the root.  The nits appear to be pearly in color and teardrop in shape.  The nits cling to the hair shaft and must be brushed or scraped off.  Head lice do not jump or fly and generally cannot survive longer than 24 hours off the host. Head Lice is most commonly contacted by direct head-to-head contact with a person who already has an infestation.  Less commonly, it can also be transmitted by sharing personal items such as; combs, brushes, towels, bedding, hats, hair ties, scarves and coats. Please educate children about importance of not sharing any personal items. If you suspect your child has head lice, please contact the school nurse immediately.  The nurse will inspect the student and the results will remain confidential.  Treatment should ONLY be performed if active head lice are found in your child’s scalp and treatment should not be applied as a preventative method.  If head lice is suspected or found, your child’s healthcare provider is the best option for you to contact to determine the most appropriate treatment for your child. Sincerely, Mrs. Karen Corcoran RN,MS,CSN-NJ Mrs. Karen Corcoran RN,MS,CSN-NJ ?
Posted by NCapuano  On Oct 11, 2017 at 11:06 AM
  
                                                  MIDLAND PARK JR./SR. HIGH SCHOOL    250 Prospect Street     Midland Park, New Jersey 07432     60th Anniversary Invitation (Click  the hyperlink to view the letter) September 5, 2017   Dear Students, Alumni, Parents, and Current or Retired Staff Members,   With its groundbreaking occurring in 1957, we are pleased to note that this year marks the 60th Anniversary of Midland Park Jr./Sr. High School!  As principal of MPHS, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in the celebratory weekend events marking this significant occasion.  Anniversary recognition events will begin on Friday, October 6th and conclude on Sunday, October 8th.  Here is the itinerary for the anniversary weekend:   Friday, October 6th   “Dress Through the Decades” The day will begin with current MPHS students coming to school wearing clothes befitting dress of the past six decades. Students may choose to wear dress exemplifying any time period from 1957 through today.   “Open House” MPHS will host an Open House for alumni and retired staff who would like to visit the school.  Guests may visit from 11:30 am through 3:00 pm, and all visitors must report to the Main Office and sign in before entering the building.  The Open House Agenda is:   12:20-1:10 pm             Lunch in the Media Center 1:10-2:00 pm               School Tours, conducted by our Peer Leaders 2:00-2:50 pm               Fall Student Pep Rally Broadcasting Program Video Presentation:  The History of Midland Park   “Decades Dance” Students in Grades 9-12 will be invited to participate in a “Decades Dance,” 7:30-10:00 pm in the gym at the High School.   Saturday, October7th                  “Home Football Game” We’re thrilled to host our first home football game in many years!  Be sure to be in the MPHS newly-renovated stadium when the Midland Park/Waldwick Warriors football team competes against the Rutherford Bulldogs!  Kickoff will be at 2 pm…you don’t want to miss it!        “Alumni Band Pep Music Rehearsal” From 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm - Alumni Band Pep Music Rehearsal.  All former band members are welcomed to bring your instrument and sit and play with the current MPHS Marching Band during the home football game.  The Alumni Band Members’ Rehearsal will be from 12:30-1:15 pm at in the band room. Pre-registration is required, so sign up as an Alumni Band Member beginning September 1st through www.mphsarts.org.   Sunday, October 8th   “Music in the Park XX” This year’s much-anticipated marching band competition for the Donald S. George Trophy will take place on the MPHS stadium field at 1 pm.  Twelve area high school bands are scheduled to participate in this exciting annual event, and guests will also enjoy a special exhibition by the Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights.  Marching Band Alumni will be invited to the scoreboard at the end of the competition to lead out the drum majors for the presentation of the awards.   We are looking forward to your attendance at the events.     Sincerely,     Nicholas Capuano MPHS Principal      
Posted by NCapuano  On Sep 06, 2017 at 9:58 AM
  
August, 2017 Dear Parent: Midland Park Continuing Education is offering S.A.T. Prep classes for students this fall.   This program will provide the necessary preparation in order to improve your child’s performance on this very important test required for college admission.  Students may register for the English section, Math section, or both.  Classes are taught by experienced and certified teachers at Midland Park High School.  Early registration is recommended in order to guarantee your child’s placement in this program.  Additional registration forms are available at www.mpsnj.org and select Continuing Education. Please call the MPCE office at 201-444-2030 for further information. Sincerely, Nicholas Capuano Principal
Posted by NCapuano  On Aug 25, 2017 at 4:14 PM
  
Dear 7th Grade Parents, Just a friendly reminder:  The 7th Grade Bagel Breakfast isWednesday, August 30th at 10:00 AM in the Memorial Hall at MPHS.     You can pick up your student at 11:00 AM. Thank you, Mr. Capuano Principal
Posted by NCapuano  On Aug 18, 2017 at 5:16 PM
  
To Parents of Students in Grades 7-12 Final report cards are online for students in the Middle School and High School.  You can access your child’s report card through the PowerSchool portal, a link to the portal is on the high school home page.     Grades for the 2016-2017 school year will remain online until July 9th   Report cards will be mailed home to parents.   Nicholas Capuano Principal
Posted by NCapuano  On Jun 25, 2017 at 2:07 PM
  
Dear Parents and Guardians of the 8th Grade Class, On February 6, 2017 a letter went home stating that Midland Park Jr./Sr. High School was selected to participate in the NAEP assessment.  The assessment will be given on March 7, 2017. We encourage students who are selected to take it seriously and to do their best.  Results are confidential and have no bearings on their achievement at Midland Park Jr./Sr. High School.   Here is a link with additional information about NAEP: https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/parents/2012469.pdf   If you have additional questions, please contact Elizabeth Chase at (201)444-7400 or at echase@mpsnj.org.   Thank you,
Posted by NCapuano  On Feb 16, 2017 at 9:18 AM
  
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