2014-2015 News

The 17th annual Deborah Heart Academic Challenge was held on Sun. Feb. 23rd at Pemberton HS.  Nine high schools in the area competed.

Maple Shade, once again, made a strong showing!  They had a respectful finish beating out Seneca HS.  The students are dedicated and committed to academic excellence to participate and compete in this well-respected program. We commend all of our participating students for their hard work and a job well done!  Many thanks to advisors:  Mrs. von Leer, Mrs. Mancinelli and Ms. Braverman for their hard work and dedication in leading and preparing their teams!  The academic students representing MSHS were:

Erin Crystall

Jessica English

Tom Facchine

Jaime Gehringer

Jewell Langford-Wilson

View a slideshow with more photos from the day!


Please read this March Superintendent's Letter

for important information

regarding school calendar updates in April,

PARCC testing and upcoming events.


On October 24th, fifty-one freshmen and juniors from Mrs. Marybeth Danowski's history classes travelled to Gettysburg, PA to visit the battlefield where over 50,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were injured or killed on July 1-3, 1863.  They visited the "new" visitors' center, received a guided tour from a licensed tour guide (Gettysburg College alumnus from the Class of 1956), ate lunch at the Gettysburg College Dining Center, toured the David Wills House, and read the Gettysburg Address from the approximate location where Lincoln delivered it 150 years ago.  After some free time in the business district of Gettysburg, the students returned home after experiencing a full day of learning, food, and fun.  

Devil's Den Overlooking Little Round Top

At the David Wills House where Abraham Lincoln stayed the night before he delivered the Gettysburg Address


October 20, 2014

Dear Maple Shade Community Members:


As you know, the Maple Shade School District has been the object of extensive media coverage and community dialogue over the past several days. Our schools have become the unwitting “face” of our nation’s fears with regard to pressing health concerns.

If we step back as a community, it is clear that we are of one mind. We all care about our children. New parents were anxious to enroll their children in our public school system. A staff member was anxious to allay any possible fears even before they arose. Community members raised questions about potential health risks to all of our children.

None of the actions that have shined the regional light of media exposure on Maple Shade Schools was mean-spirited or ill intended.

Next week, we will welcome the new students whose parents graciously offered to keep them close this week. Our staff, students and entire school family will be enriched by their presence, as we are by each and every student with us today.

As these students enter our doors, we vow to safeguard them and offer them the best possible education here in the Maple Shade Schools. That is our promise to every student.

We will, however, consider the unintended consequences of our messages more carefully in the future. No matter how well intentioned, a message that originated within our schools created conflict and concern within the Maple Shade community. We offer our sincere apologies.



Beth Norcia


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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

The Maple Shade School District takes the health of all students and staff very seriously.  As many of you are aware, we have students who have spent time in the eastern portion of Africa that were scheduled to start in our schools on Monday.  This area of Africa has been unaffected by the Ebola virus.  Despite the fact that the students are symptom-free and not from an affected area, the parents have elected to keep their children home past the 21 day waiting period.  The family is looking forward to joining the Maple Shade Schools the following week. 

Please see the links below for more information about the Ebola virus.


Beth Norcia, Superintendent of Schools


Information about the Ebola virus:



Please click HERE to read the latest FAQ

from the NJ Dept. of Health

regarding Enterovirus-D68

. . . 


We are extremely proud of the Athletic Department and student athletes of Maple Shade High School for winning the NJSIAA Sportsmanship Award.  They will receive a banner to hang in the high school gym this fall.  The Athletic Department has worked very hard to promote sportsmanship between our students and our opponents.  We congratulate them on this great honor!


Please click here to view retiring Superintendent, Michael Livengood's letter to the school community and click here to view incoming Superintendent, Beth Norcia's letter of introduction.