Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! I hope the transition has been smooth for everyone. I am excited for the year to come. We have many wonderful performances and events to look forward to! Starting on September 19, we begin our pull-out lesson schedule. This schedule operates on a rotating basis to ensure that students do not miss the same class or segment of a class for six weeks. Then, the rotation starts over. Please refer to the NES Bands Lesson Schedule that can be found in the handbook below. This handbook will also be available on our Google Classroom and my school website.
This year, our full ensemble rehearsals will be after school instead of before school. When basketball season begins in December, we will change the schedule and rehearsals will be before school. This is so that we can accommodate students who would like to play basketball as well as participate in Band and Choir. Once the season ends, we will go back to having rehearsals after school. I will send out information regarding these changes as we approach basketball season.
We will also begin full ensemble rehearsals the week of September 19. Full ensemble rehearsals are when every member is present and we rehearse (practice) as a group. That rehearsal schedule is as follows:
NES Beginning Band: Mondays, 3:15-4:00 P.M.
NES Choir: Tuesdays, 3:15-4:00 P.M.
NES Advanced Band: Thursdays, 3:15-4:00 P.M.
*Additionally, Advanced Band will also meet during 1st Period each Wednesday and Choir will meet during 1st Period each Thursday.
The full rehearsal schedule can be found in the handbook below, so please refer to that for all rehearsal dates. Please view that schedule to ensure that you and your child are aware of all dates. Rehearsal is MANDATORY if you are a part of these ensembles. In this handbook you will find the attendance policy for rehearsals. Rehearsals are an absolute necessity to our success and every member matters!
Lastly, at the end of this handbook you will find a permission slip that you and your child must sign in order for them to participate. This permission slip also serves as an acknowledgment that you have read the handbook. Since these ensembles are considered extra-curricular activities and students will be pulled out of class once a week for lessons, a permission slip is required. Please sign and return no later than Friday, September 30.
I am so unbelievably excited to begin working with these ensembles and I look forward to the year ahead. If for any reason your child expresses interest in Band or Choir after lessons and rehearsals have started, please do not hesitate to contact me and let me know. I will do my best to bring them in even if it is in the middle of the year! Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you so much for your time and efforts!
Mr. Jake McGrath
Mock Trial Meets the first Thursday of every month throughout the school year.
The Netcong Mock Trial Club provides students with the opportunity to learn about the law, criminal and civil procedure, and supreme court cases! Our club participates in the annual Law Adventure Competition for 7th and 8th Graders, which is sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. Each year students and their teachers from all over New Jersey write and submit an original mock trial case based on an issue/topic chosen by the NJSBF. Winning teams have the opportunity to perform their Mock Trial Case at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick each Spring.
The Early Act Club is a service organization that started in Netcong Elementary School during the 2021-2022 school year. We are open to 5th-8th graders . We meet bi-monthly on Thursdays.at 3:10-4:00pm. This organization is the middle school version of the Interact Club that will be encountered during High school. We are sponsored by the local Stanhope Rotary. Through our service projects, the students can develop leadership skills and a pride in their community.
In our third year of operation, we have conducted:
- Food drives for The Netcong Food Pantry
- Food drives for St. Michael's Food Pantry
- Assisted Netcong PTA at the annual Easter Egg Hunt
- Write letters to the service organization " Operation Gratitude" - sends letters to soldiers who don't receive mail
- Clean up at Lake Musconetcong
- Clean up of our own Netcong Campus.
- Worked in conjunction with our Read Across America program at our school
- Enriched the atmosphere of our school with pictures of Netcong Students enjoying school events
Calendar for 2023-2024
- September 14th Interest meeting
- September 21st Pantry
- October 12th -
- October 26th Pantry
- November 2nd - St. Michael's
- November 30th- Pantry
- December 7th-
- December 14th
- January 11th
- January 25th- Pantry
- February 8th -
- February 29th - Pantry
- March 7th-
- March 21- Pantry
- April 11- Clean up day campus
- April 25th - Pantry
- May 9th - Lake Clean up
- May 23rd- Pantry
- June 6th- End of Year Party
Yearbook Club is a student-focused club where students will collaborate to put together the Netcong yearbook each year. The Yearbook Club meets twice a month to plan page designs, arrange pictures, and develop the overall format and theme of the yearbook.
The Student Culture/Climate team is a platform for students to have a voice in creating a setting students want to attend every day. The team will meet to discuss how we can both maintain and improve our school with the cooperation of faculty and administration.
There will be a Parent Meeting (students are also welcome) for any parents interested in learning more about Ski Club on Tuesday, November 7 at 7pm in room 112 (Mr. Sandrue’s room).
Netcong School is happy to offer a ski club for students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades again this year. Starting in January we will take five Thursday night trips to Shawnee Mountain in Pennsylvania with the Stanhope Ski Club. We will return to school by approximately 9:00 p.m.
The tentative dates are as follows:
Thursday, January 11
|Week two||Thursday, January 18|
|Week three||Thursday, January 25|
|Week four||Thursday, February 1|
|Week five||Thursday, February 8|
Any cancellations will be made up on subsequent Thursdays.
The following is a list of the package options and cost to join the club. Registration must be completed by December 15.
Ski / Snowboard Packages – 5 trips / lift ticket UNTIL DECEMBER 1: Rates go up On December 2.
NO STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN AFTER DECEMBER 15.
Ski Packages (paid to Shawnee by November 20)
|Cost until Dec. 1st||Cost from 12/2 through 12/15|
|Lift ticket only||$140||$151|
|Lift ticket and rentals||$240||$261|
|Beginner lessons (Any new skier/border must take lessons)||$108||$120|
|Discount Meal Vouchers (Shawnee does not allow food to be brought on their premises.)||$65||$65|
|Helmet Rental (students must have a helmet||$60||$60|
If parents are interested in joining, they may purchase their own tickets when ordering for their child. There’s room on the bus, or drive yourself up!
HOW TO JOIN SKI CLUB
- Complete and return the Student Registration form to the office.
- Visit the Shawnee Mountain website for all the club purchases that your child needs.
- Purchasers must start from this URL: https://www.shawneemt.com/registration/
- Read & agree to the Club Program Policies/Refund page
- Read & agree to our mountain's "Know Before You Go" policies
- Read & agree to the Online Store Patron Responsibility page
- Welcome to the Group Login Page
- Club Name: 417mv
- Member Password: 2024member417 (case sensitive)
Login information will expire on Friday, December 15, 2023 @ 11:59:59pm*.
If you have any difficulty signing up online with Shawnee Mountain, call their tech support: (570) 421-7231 x244 (Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm) or email them- email@example.com
For first time skiers/boarders, here is a list of gear you will need and want to enjoy being outdoors on January and February winter nights!
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