2009-2010 News

MSHS Choir to Perform on NJN

The Maple Shade High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Dawn M. Varava, will perform with nationally acclaimed composer Tim Janis in his new "Celebrate America" musical special on NJN public television on March 2nd at 8:00PM. Click to read more.

Introducing the "Wildcat Pride"

The administration of the Maple Shade Township School District is proud to release the inaugural issue of the new district newsletter,Wildcat Pride.Wildcat Pridewill include news and updates from the four district schools as well as articles relating to district curriculum, finance, and technology. To view the first issue, click here .

Maple Shade Athletes Recognized as All-Stars


Front Row:Nick West, Kevin Roberts , Myles Drummond Second Row: Sean Reader, Adam DeRenzo, Evan Bachich, Justin Hickey, Kaley Moyer, Ryan Gauntt, Savon Small(not pictures: Marithe Harris, Pedro Aldebol, and Ryan Roberts)

Ten students from Maple Shade High School were recently recognized as 2009 Fall First Teal BCSL All-Stars.According to Director of Athletics and Activities Bruce Diamond, "There are hundreds of athletes in the Burlington County Scholastic League and these chosen few were honored for their hard work and dedication. Congratulations to all!"


Dear Maple Shade Elementary School Parents,


During the year, one of our goals has been to identify and pilot a web-based program that can assist in improving our student achievement.After careful consideration, the EducationCity.com program has been identified for this purpose.Kindergarten through 6 th grade students of the Maple Shade District will be able to pilot this program at home for free until June 30, 2010.


This program is currently available for your child to use.We have arranged for the following modules to be available:

Literacy  Math  Science  Spanish version of Math


EducationCity is web based and is therefore available on any computer with Internet access.Students will enjoy the fun interface and enjoyable activities.We are able to provide this resource to parents for free home use as part of our pilot of the program.


To access Education City, type the following URL into any Internet browser: www.educationcity.com

A letter has been sent home to all elementary students with login and password information.IF you are experiencing problems accessing your child's account, please email [email protected] .

We are hoping that as our partner in your child’s education, that you would encourage him or her to use the program 20 minutes a day, three times a week.



The Administrative Team of the Maple Shade School District

Yocum Elementary School Collecting for Troops


In honor of our military this November, Yocum Elementary will be saying "Thank You" to our troops deploying out of McGuire/Fort Dix, NJ.The students will collect NEW travel-sizetoiletry items for the American Red Cross to distribute to the soldiers as they leave for overseas.(Please, no items from hotels, etc.).All items may be sent to school November 9-20, 2009.Thank you for your support of our troops!


Items for Care Packs for Troops

Bar soap (Dove or Dial single bar)

Men's deodorant-travel size

Women's deodorant-travel size

Women's shave Cream/Gel-travel size

Men's shave Cream/Gel-travel size

3- PK Man's razors(DISPOSABLE)

3- PK Woman's razors(DISPOSABLE)

Kleenex pocket pack

Band Aid pocket pack

Lotion-travel size

Body powder-travel size

Tooth brush-individually packaged

Tooth paste-travel size

Dental floss

Mouth wash -travel size -plastic bottle


Q-tips-travel size

Hand sanitizer-travel size

Wet Wipes-travel size

Visine Eye Drops

Sun block SPF 45+-travel size

Propel or Gatorade individual sticks to add to bottled water

Board of Education Receives Safety Grant

At its September 30 regional sub fund meeting, the New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group (NJSBAIG) awarded the Maple Shade Board of Education a safety grant for nearly $9,000. The grant rewards the district for its commitment to risk management and must be used to invest in further safety and security-related improvements within the district. The Maple Shade Board of Education was one of 35 districts presented with a grant check at the Burlington and Camden County Educators Insurance Consortium (BACCEIC) meeting. Mrs. Diana Cawood, School Business Administrator, was in attendance and accepted the grant check on behalf of the Board.

MSHS Sports Medicine Students Certified


Maple Shade High School students from Mrs. Sue vonLeer's Sports Medicine class recently passed their certification to administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). As a part of the curriculum, students are also trained to recognize a medical emergency and when 911 should be activated. According to Mrs. vonLeer, "The students have worked very hard for two weeks in preparation to take their cognitive and psychomotor tests. They all passed and were very proud of themselves."
MSHS Teacher Receives Technology Grants


MSHS Technology Teacher Mrs. Michele Schneidereit
with MSHS Principal Mr. Scott Arnauer
Maple Shade High School technology teacher Mrs. Michele Schneidereit was recently recognized at a Maple Shade Board of Education meeting for her outstanding work in obtaining two grants. Mrs. Schneidereit was awarded a SolidWorks STEM Education Grant which provided students in her classroom access to the SolidWorks Student Education withCurriculum and Courseware. This package is equivalent to the commercial-grade product which has a value of $6500. Solidworks is an industry-standard product usedin the3D mechanical CAD market.
Mrs. Schneidereit also participated ina grass-roots effort through DonorsChoice.org to raise money for her classroom's "Missing Pieces" project. The project, which was fully funded through the DonorsChoice.org web site, allows students to participate in a similation where they act as computer specialist in the technology sector. Students will use Digital Flip Cameras and Logitech Microphones as tools in preparing multimedia packages to present to mock customers. Through this project, Mrs. Schniedereit hopes that students will enhance technology skills and understand how important audio and video are when communicating to groups on the web.

September 2009


Dear Parents:


Welcome back to another school year in the Maple Shade School District.It has been a busy summer and a lot has been accomplished in our schools.Our maintenance and custodial staffs have done an excellent job of cleaning and preparing our schools for opening day.Three important projects were completed this summer at the High School.The auditorium was renovated with new carpet, seating and a sound system.Also, the track was resurfaced and the football field was top dressed.


We are very excited about a number of new programs/initiatives in the district.Some of them include:


-A preschool autistic program at Maude Wilkins School

-New Basic Skills Math and Technology teachers at the elementary level

-Additional cycle courses/electives at junior high level

-Expanded College Acceleration Program (CAP) at the high school, which allows our students to receive college credits for Maple Shade courses

-Increased Advanced Placement courses at high school from two to four

-Added Honors level classes in Biology and Chemistry

-Added several Honors elective classes

-High School schedule changed to an8 period day

-15 new classes added at High School
-New Language Arts series at High School; New hands on science kits and “Leveled Libraries” for K-6


You will hear more about these programs at Back to School Nights.We are looking forward to all of these programs contributing to the success of our students and district.


I hope we can count on your support throughout the year.By working together, we can help our students reach their full potential.I know this is going to be an exciting productive school year.



Michael Livengood


MSHS Senior Daniel Juckett Joins BOE
Diana Cawood, Business Administrator/BOE Secretary with Dan Jucket, BOE Student Representative after the September 9 Board of Education meeting.
Maple Shade High School senior Daniel Juckett was recently sworn-in as student representative to the Maple Shade School District Board of Education.  As Student Representative, Dan will attend all Board of Education meetings during the year and serve as a liason to the student body.  He is also the Senior Class President and a member of the vasity soccer, wrestling and baseball teams.  According to Maple Shade High School principal, Mr. Scott Arnauer, "He has been a leader in our school since his freshman year and will be making a positive impact in our district during his final years in Maple Shade Schools."

School Starts September 8th
The 2009-2010 school year will begin for students on September 8th.  This will be a four-hour session for all students.   Full days sessions will commence on September 9th.  Parents should check the links below to ensure that students are prepared with the proper supplies.  

Howard Yocum Elementary Supply List
Maude Wilkins Elementary Supply List
R.J. Steinhauer Elementary Supply List