2008-2009 News

Steinhauer Graduation Ceremony
146 6th grade students from the Ralph J. Steinhauer Elementary School participated in a graduation ceremony held at the Maple Shade Jr. Sr. High School at 6:30 pm on June 16. The auditorium was filled to capacity with guests. Diplomas were awarded by Mr. Michael Livengood, Superintendent of Schools and Mrs. Theresa Maerten, Board of Education President. Other Board of Education members congratulated the students as they received their diplomas. Mrs. McElroy, Principal, read the student names and made opening/closing remarks. The event was very successful!

Maude Wilkins Students Visit Sterling Manor
Students from the Maude Wilkins Elementary School recently visited local nursing home, Sterling Manner. The community service event was a great time for everyone involved.
Teachers of the Year Honored
Congratulations to the Maple Shade Schools Teachers of the Year. From left to right - Carrie Bauer (Yocum), Cheryl Fritsch (Maude Wilkins), AnnMarie Underwood (Steinhauer) and Fran Stember (High School).
DECA Students Recognized by BOE
The Board of Education recognized the eight members of Maple Shade High School's DECA organization that competed at the national DECA competition this year. The students who joined teacher Mrs. Molly Kervick at Nationals were Taylor Story, Camille Hastings, Julia Massimilla, Kevin Bownman, Ben Marcinkiwieze, Sam Case, John Machacon, and Krista Santiago.
Student BOE Representative Completes Term
Maple Shade High School Senior Frederick Heller served as the 2008-2009 student representative to the Board of Education. During the May 27th meeting, Fred was recognized by Board of Education President, Mrs. Theresa Maerten, for the dedication and service he extended to the Maple Shade School District community. Fred will be attending Rowan University in the Fall.


Ten New Ducks Arrive at Yocum
"The first round of baby ducks hatched on Friday, May 8th.  A total of 12 ducklings have hatched.  In a second situation, a second mother duck is still in the courtyard, but her eggs have not yet hatched as of 5/12.    All ducklings are enjoying the enclosed courtyard area, and have provided wonderful learning opportunities of our children.  Thanks to the Campbell’s Soup labels,  binoculars were obtained and are available for children to use.  What a great sight it is to see our young children watch and enjoy the new ducklings."  
--Mr. Dan Gaffney, Principal, Yocum Elementary School


Steinhauer Raises Money for Autism Speaks

On Monday, April 27, approximately 75 students, parents, and teachers from the R. J. Steinhauer School walked from Steinhauer to the Maple Shade High School to participate in the Annual Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game.  The event was organized by the Steinhauer Student Council.  Proceeds from this fun-filled evening were donated to the Autism Speaks organization.  The event raised $655.  More importantly, it helped students better understand Autism and the importance of helping others, as well as appreciate a sense of pride in their community.

Maple Shade Board of Education Reorganizes
 (L-R) New Board of Educaiton members Charles Kauffman and William Natale join re-elected members Scott Reader, Gregory Lovell and Glenn Adams
The Maple Shade Board of Education welcomed recently-elected members Mr. Charles Kauffman and Mr. William Natale to the Board. They joined Mr. Scott Reader, Mr. Gregory Lovell, and Mr. Glenn Adams who were re-elected to their incumbant positions. During the meeting, the Board recognized the service of past members Alice Gale, Charles Kern, Debbie Simonsick and Joanne Soden. The Board also elected a new President, Mrs. Theresa Maerten, and new Vice-President Mrs. Bernadine Mealy. 
The Great Bag Exchange

Yocum students Shawn Kerwin, Alexandria Manou, and Kaitlin Bugger with teacher Colleen Angelone

At Yocum School the staff and students came together to make students and their families aware of how daily choices that are made can affect our environment by particpateing in the Great Bag Exchange . Each student and staff member that brought in 5 plastic bags, received an "Earth Friendly" bag donated to us by the Shop Rite of Cinnaminson. All of the plastic bags will be sent to Shop Rite and they will recycle them into items such as lumber or park benches. The staff and students had a huge turn out with approximately 4000 bags being recycled!

Students in Government Day
Ninth and tenth grade students in American Studies I Honors classes shadowed the district's administrators on Tuesday, March 24, as part of Students in Government Day.  This program allows the students to experience the job responsibilities of officials in the Maple Shade School District.  Several of the students involved in this program shadowed members of the Board of Education on Wednesday, March 25 to continue their learning of democracy in action at the school district level.  Ms. MaryBeth Danowski coordinates this program is held annually. 
Steinhauer Students Win Poster Contest

Andy Meza and Nicole Hartman, students at the R. J. Steinhauer Elementary School, received 1st place honors in the Knights of Columbus OLPH Council 5714 Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest. Each student was presented a $25 check and two certificates for their achievement.


MS Students Honored at UN Model Conference
(From L to R - Daniel Juckett, Carey Gatti, Benjamin Marcinkiewicz, Lindrit Shkodra, Michael Maerten, James Case, Carlos Miranda, Victoria Widener, Matthew Maerten, Mrs. Danowski)
These delegates along with six others (not present) attended the Burlington County YMCA Model United Nations conference in Hershey, PA this past January. The Maple Shade delegation earned "Outstanding Delegation," an honor bestowed on 10 or so delegations out of 46. Individual recognition was given to Victoria Widener, who was chosen by her peers in the Video Press Corp as next year's editor in chief and Matthew Maerten, a three-year participant, who acted as our delegation's youth secretariat. These students represented their family, school, and community with great honor.
Former VP Shares Award With District
(From L to R - Mr. Scott Arnauer, Mr. Charles Kern, Mr. Richard Keegan, Mr. Michael Livengood)

Mr. Richard Keegan, former Assistant Principal for Maple Shade High School, returned to the district at a recent Board of Education meeting to present the district with a special gift. Last year, Mr. Keegan was recognized as a distinguished administrator in the State of New Jersey. As a part of his recognition, he was afforded the opportunity to present his district with a $3,000 reward. Mr. Keegan has asked that this money be granted to the science department and the DECA organization.

5th Grade Students Share Technology
(From L to R - Niki Sambucci, Tayler Buecheler, Brianna Brosman, Connor Thompson, and John Burns.)
Students from Mrs. Underwood's 5th grade class were invited to present at a recent Board of Education meeting. The students shared the creative ways in which they are using interactive whiteboard technology in their classroom. Student teacher, Ms. Sarah Graf, invited the Board of Education to take part in a hands-on activity using the latest in student-response-system technology.

Maple Shade Students Named Bloustein Distinguished Scholars
Seven Maple Shade High School seniors were named as Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars by the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA). Each of the seven students either rank in the top three in their class or rank in the top ten percent of their graduating class with a combined 1260 or higher Critical Reading and Math score on their SAT. The seven members of the class of 2009 are John Machecon, Cynthia Nguyen, Benjamin Marcinkiewicz, Matthew Maerten, Samuel Case, Steven Rieger, and Mary Wexler. Bloustein scholars receive up to $1,000 annually toward attendance at a NJ college or university. This highly prestigious award is an indication of exceptional academic scholarship. In the past two years, Maple Shade has only had 4 Bloustein Scholars. Congratulations to Maple Shade’s “Super 7.”


An Evening of the Arts
The Howard Yocum Elementary School Evening of the Arts was an overwhelming success on Thursday, January 15. Around 500 people came to watch the second graders perform and to view the collection of artwork hanging throughout the halls of Yocum.
Inauguration Day at Yocum

Students from Ms. Weist's second grade class at theHoward Yocum Schoolwatch the inauguration of Barack Obama. The students watched the inauguration on the classroom Promethean board through a live stream over the internet. Streaming video was also available during the inauguration ceremonies for students at theR.J. SteainhauerandMaude Wilkinsschools.

Maple Shade & the 2009 Model U.N. Conference
Congratulations to the 15 delegates from our school who participated in the 2009 Model United Nations conference in Hershey, PA this past weekend. Maple Shade High School was one of several schools to receive "Outstanding Delegation" among 46 participating schools. Individual awards were presented to Victoria Widener for being elected "Editor in Chief" by her fellow peers in the Video Press Committee. Victoria will also serve as our delegation's Youth Secretariat next year. Other delegates included: Matthew Maerten, Benjamin Marcinkiewicz, Amandeep Kaur, Amanda Radovich, Joanne Oh, Jetmir Vojnika, Michael Maerten, James Case, Lindrit Shkodra, Carlos Miranda, Carhuan Davenport, Carey Gatti, Daniel Juckett, and Matthew Greer.


While at the conference, these delegates tackled international topics such as, Oil Dependency, Child Soldiers, Global Weaponry, Prisoner Treatment, and Hemispheric Security. Many of the delegates from Maple Shade authored or co-authored resolutions that were passed in committee. Congratulations to the Mrs. Danowski and the History Club students who participated.


Maple Shade Enjoys Success at DECA Regionals


Maple Shade DECA competed at the Regional DECA Conference on Jan. 7th at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. MSHS had 92 students compete. There were over 1300 high school students from approximately 30 schools in South Jersey. 


Maple Shade DECA was well represented with over 40 qualifiers for the State Competition in February. Pictured above are the FIRST PLACE WINNERS from the Quiz Bowl competition. (From L-R) Sam Case, John Machacon, Ben Marcinkiewicz, Kevin Bowman.