Dear Students and Parents of the Class of 2023,
Welcome to Voorhees High School! In a few short weeks, you will begin a very exciting and rewarding high school career. In the next four years, you will have many and varied opportunities for growth and success in academics, co-curricular activities, and student government. I encourage you to get involved right from the start. You will find that participation in one or more of these areas will add to your high school experience. The weeks and months ahead will be challenging, but please be assured that we will provide you with encouragement and support in every way possible.
We have scheduled an orientation program for freshmen on Wednesday, August 21, beginning at 9:45AM in our auditorium. On that day, a bus will pick you up at your bus stop exactly two hours later than the time indicated in the Transportation tab on ASPEN (bus route information will be viewable by the end of this week). Lunch will be available in the cafeteria. Traditional lunches are offered at $3.25 and Featured Favorites, including Boar’s Head deli sandwiches and salad lunches, at $4.25. Our district is a cashless lunch system. You will be receiving an email with instructions on how to create a MySchoolBucks account for all cafeteria purchases. Students may also bring a lunch from home. Drinks will be available for sale. The program will conclude at 3:10 PM, at which time a bus will take you home.
Each grade level has an assigned assistant principal. Mr. Maslonka is the assistant principal for the Class of 2023 and will remain with the class until graduation. Please feel free to contact him with any of your questions or concerns.
Students at Voorhees are required to carry their photo identification badges. You will be photographed early in the school year and provided with an ID as soon as they are processed.
The Parent Teacher Student Organization plays a vital role at Voorhees. One of its most important functions is Project Graduation. Through a series of fundraisers throughout the year, the PTSO provides a substance-free night of celebration for our seniors following graduation. Please join and lend your support to this very important organization.
The Parent-Student Handbook and calendar are available on the Voorhees website. We encourage you to become familiar with the information contained in this reference and mark the dates of important school events throughout the year. Of particular note, please read over the attendance policy, the dress code, and the electronic devices policy. These areas raise many questions every year for freshmen and their parents.
Access to the Student Information System (Aspen)
Freshmen parents/guardians should have received login information to access Aspen, our student information system. This system will allow you to view your student’s schedule, assignments, attendance, locker information, and fees. In addition, your student’s bus route and pick-up time will be available in Aspen. (Please note, the transportation department will not be mailing home bus cards.) If you already have an account in Aspen from last year, please note that your freshman will be automatically added to your account. Freshmen will receive their own login for Aspen during orientation. If you have any problems with your parent Aspen account, please contact our database operations manager, Sherri DiMarcello, at email@example.com.
Chromebooks and School Network Access
Our school district has launched a 1:1 initiative that provides a Chromebook and a school Google email account to every student. Chromebooks will be distributed to freshmen during orientation on August 21. In order to receive a district-issued Chromebook, a parent must have completed the agreement form in Aspen prior to orientation day. Form is located under Page Directory, then Technology Forms.
Students also have the option to bring their own device to school. For more information on accepted devices and things to consider, please visit our technology services website (click here). If your student would like to bring his/her own device, we have a separate agreement form that must be completed in Aspen. The student’s device will need to be registered on our school server, which can be done at orientation, or the student can bring his/her device to the Technology Resource Center on the second floor during the regular school day.
To access the school’s network, all students must agree to the district’s technology acceptable use policy. This is an additional form to be completed in Aspen under Technology Forms. If this form is not completed by a parent/guardian, the student will be unable to log into the school’s network or internet.
Back to School Night
Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 5 at 7:00PM. This program is intended to provide an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and receive an overview of the curriculum. The program is not intended for one-on-one conferences. If necessary, conferences may be scheduled through your child’s guidance counselor.
Random Substance Testing
The North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional School District Board of Education has adopted a random substance testing policy. All students who participate in a co-curricular activity not required for graduation are subject to random substance testing. Any student planning to participate in a co-curricular activity must submit a consent form signed by his or her parent or guardian to be eligible for participation. This form must be returned to the school on or before the first day of participation in an activity. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at (908) 638-6116.
Bullying and Harassment
Bullying and harassment of any kind are not tolerated at Voorhees High School. The complete Board of Education policy on bullying and harassment can be found on the Voorhees and district websites.
The TEACHNJ Act requires an educator evaluation system that began in 2013-14. Districts must comply with elements of TEACHNJ, as well as other statutory requirements.
One of the requirements is that teachers, with approval from their principals, set Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) for their students at the start of each school year and are assessed on whether those objectives are met at the end of the year. National, state, or district-developed assessments should be used where available to identify the measurable goals for each objective. Teachers may also use collaboratively developed assessments for SGOs, including portfolios of student work. Teachers are required to set at least two SGOs for the 2019-2020 school year.
Please understand that, due to these requirements, our students may be given pre-assessments in their classes during the first weeks of school. These pre-assessments are used as a formative tool to measure growth and do not affect the student’s grade.
Again, on behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to Voorhees High School. I look forward to meeting you on August 21. Until then, enjoy the remainder of your summer.
Ronald J. Peterson