NES Unveils Virtual Backpack

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Congratulations! This letter hopefully represents one of the last times school notices will be hand-carried by your children this year … or ever!

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly and more efficient and direct with parent communication, we are excited to introduce a trial period of the NES Virtual Back Pack. Beginning Friday, May 30, this new section of the NES website will serve as our primary means of communicating school information like notices, flyers, forms, brochures, etc., which have traditionally been sent home with our
students in the form of paper. Our hope is to pilot this new communication system and to get your feedback before implementation in September 2014. Information on NES Virtual Back Pack will be easy to access and updated twice a week on
Tuesdays and Fridays. By clicking on the new navigation link on the NES website, located at you can select the date for which you want to get the latest notices and forms.

As a reminder, every Tuesday and Friday you will also receive a direct link to NES Virtual Back Pack via email, so it is important that your contact information on the Parent Portal is up-to-date. In order not to miss out on these notifications, please update your contact information on the Parent Portal under Communication>Realtime Parent Portal or by scrolling to the bottom of the NES page and clicking on Realtime Parent Portal. Once on your portal page, click on “View/Update Contacts.” If you have forgotten your log-on credentials, please email us at, and we will get you up and running in no time.

Lastly, if you foresee any issues with accessing our NES Virtual Back Pack, please contact the NES Main Office at 609-259-7292, x2851, to speak with Ms. Gaum. We can certainly work with you to make
other arrangements if needed.

Again, congratulations! This is an exciting time. Opportunities to teach our children the importance of being environmentally sensitive while improving efficiency do not come around often
enough. Thanks for your help!

Kelly Huggins


State Tournament – What you need to know?

The County Tournaments have concluded and now we begin our State Tournaments. Please come out to support our students!!
Below are the tournaments dates for each sport.  We must win to advance.  With the exception of track, the higher seeded team will be the host until the Group Semifinals.  Dates are subject to change due to weather.
5/23 & 5/24 Sectional Meet @ Monmouth Regional HS
5/30 & 5/31 Group Meet @ South Plainfield HS
6/4 Meet of Champions @ South Plainfield HS
Softball (#4 seed)
5/16 Round 1 – Home vs Hopewell 4pm
5/21 Round 2 –  Home VS TBA
5/27 Round 3 – TBD
5/30 Sectional Finals – TBD
6/3 Group Semifinals
6/7 Group Finals
Baseball (#5 seed)
5/19 Round 1 – Home vs Woodbridge 4pm
5/22 Round 2 – TBD
5/27 Round 3 – TBD
5/30 Sectional Finals
6/3 Group Semifinals
6/7 Group Finals

Girls Lacrosse (#5 seed)
5/15 Round 1 – We defeated Colts Neck 19-6!
5/20 Round 2 – @ Notre Dame 4:30pm
5/22 Round 3 – TBD
5/28 Sectional finals
5/31 Group Finals
6/4 TOC Semifinals

6/7 TOC Finals

Boys Lacrosse (#3 seed)
5/17 Round 1 – Home vs Ewing 10am
5/20 Round 2 – Home vs TBD
5/22 Round 3 – TBD
5/24 Sectional Finals
5/28 Group Finals

5/31 TOC Round 1
6/4 TOC Semifinals
6/7 TOC Finals


Do you know what sublimation is?

Science never gets boring. Experiments that offer hands-on learning experiences where kids make, create, invent, hypothesize and think critically are so beneficial for kids.

Recently, Ms. Hansen demonstrated an experiment to her students in 7th grade. The focus of the lesson was sublimation (when a solid changes state from solid phase straight to gas without passing through liquid phase). Even the demonstration was cool for kids.



Weekly Athletic Update and Schedule – 5/12/14

This is from Brian Irwin, our Athletic Director:

Today was packed with exciting games! Thanks to everyone that came out to cheer on our students!!  Congratulations to the players and coaches!!
Boys lacrosse defeated WWPN 18-5 in the MCT Quarterfinals.  They will now face Notre Dame in the Semifinals Tuesday 5/13 at 5pm @ WWPS.
Baseball was defeated by Notre Dame 6-0.  They are out of the MCT, however they have two regular season games this week and will be getting ready for the 1st round of the state tournament on Monday 5/19.
Softball defeated Lawrence 10-0 in the MCT prelims.  They will now face WWPS in the Quarterfinals this Monday 5/12 at 4pm @ Armstrong Park.
Softball also traveled to St. John Vianney today for the Monmouth County Tournament Semifinals.  The game was suspended in the 3rd inning due to weather.  It has been postponed to Tuesday at 4pm.
Track had an amazing showing at the Mercer County Championship Meet!  Before the meet concluded, a few remaining events were postponed until Monday due to weather.  At the end of the day our boys are currently placed second!!   We are only a few points shy of first place!  We have 3 individuals that earned individual championships!!  Mike Morris placed 1st in the high jump (He tied the school record 6’2″ which was set in 1975!).  Davon Thomas placed first in the discus!  Billy Herzer placed 1st in the pole vault!  Connor Murphy set a new school record of 4:26 in the 1600.
This week’s events:
Freshman boys lax vs Notre Dame 4pm
Freshman baseball vs Hopewell 4pm
MCT Softball Quarterfinals at Armstrong Park vs WWPS 4pm
MCT Track championship meet 4pm @ Steinert (continuation from Saturday due to rain)
State Golf Tournament Mark Burnett
Girls lax vs Notre Dame 4pm (Senior Day)
JV girls lax to follow at 5:15pm
Boys tennis vs Steinert 4:00pm (Senior Day)
MCT Boys Lax Semifinals vs Notre Dame 5pm (@ WWPS High School Turf Field)
Softball @ St John Vianney 4pm
Golf vs Steinert 3pm @ Miry Run
Freshman baseball vs WWPS 4pm (@ Community Park)
JV baseball @ Ewing 4pm
Golf vs Ewing 3:30 (Cream Ridge)
JV baseball vs Hopewell 4pm
Freshman boys lax vs Lenape 4:30
MCT Softball Semifinals 7pm @ Armstrong Park vs TBA (only if we win Monday)
Boys tennis @ Robbinsville 4pm
Track @ Hopewell 4pm (Tri-meet with Hamilton West)
SBMS Softball vs Pond Road 4pm
Girls Lax State Tournament 1st Round – Opponent & Time TBA on Monday
MCT Softball Finals 7pm @ Armstrong Park vs TBA (only if we win Monday and Wednesday)
MCT Boys Lax Finals – Opponent, Time, and Location TBD (Only if we win on Tuesday)
JV baseball @ Hopewell 4pm
Boys tennis @ Hightstown 4pm
SBMS baseball @ Pond Road 4pm
Golf vs Bordentown 3:30 (Cream Ridge)
SBMS Softball vs New Egypt 4pm
Girls Frosh/Soph CVC Meet 4pm @ Hopewell
Boys Lax State Tournament 1st Round – Opponent & Time TBA Monday
Softball State Tournament 1st Round – Opponent & Time TBA Wednesday
Boys Frosh/Soph CVC Meet 9am @ Steinert


I wish I could go back and thank Mr. Woodward, Mrs. Kline and Dr. McLaughlin for being inspiring educators. Whether it was my 7th grade English class or a course in college, these three teachers helped to inspire me to become an educator. Fortunately, I work in a district where we have many “Mr. Woodwards” and “Mrs. Klines” for our kids. Teaching is the hardest and greatest job that exists. Thank you teachers for being inspiring and touching the lives of all UFRSD students. Below is a short video and a list of “9 things teachers do gladly” (@edutopia)

A short video worth watching….

9 Things Teachers Do Gladly

  1. You do what you are born to do. You do what you are called to do.
  2. You do what students need you to do.
  3. You make time to touch their hearts every day.
  4. You look into students’ eyes, and they see in yours that you love them.
  5. You serve as the voice of reason, courage and hope.
  6. You assure them with your poise and presence that the world is a beautiful place, and that they are beautiful creatures.
  7. You tell them that they matter, that they are geniuses, and that the world needs their contribution.
  8. You choose your words carefully, so that those words help students envision success, stretch their thinking, and advance independent behaviors and actions. Well-chosen, impactful words will stick with your students the rest of their lives.
  9. You TEACH.

UFRSD Athletic Events for the Week of May 5th

Home Events
Girls Lacrosse vs Wall (V 4pm; JV 5:15)
Boys Tennis vs Robbinsville 4pm
SBMS Softball vs Community MS 4pm
Away Events
SBMS Baseball @ Community MS 4pm
V Softball @ Hightstown 4pm
Home Events
SBMS Baseball vs Cranbury 4pm
SBMS Softball vs Cranbury 4pm
Away Events
Golf @ Mercer Oaks 8am (Mercer County Tournament)
Varsity Girls Lacrosse @ Lawrenceville Prep 4:45 (Mercer County Tournament Quarterfinals)
Freshman Baseball @ WWPS 4pm
JV Baseball @ Hightstown 4pm
Varsity Baseball @ Hightstown 4pm
Track @ Nottingham 4pm (Tri-Meet with Lawrence)
Home Events
Golf vs WWPN 3:30 (Cream Ridge)
Varsity Baseball vs Trenton 4pm (Mercer County Tournament Prelims)
Varsity Softball vs Steinert 4pm (Senior Day)
Boys Tennis vs Hopewell 4pm
Away Events
Freshman Boys Lacrosse @ Hopewell 4pm
TBA Varsity Girls Lacrosse Mercer County Tournament Semifinals (We must win Tuesday to advance…Opponent and Location TBD)
Home Events
Golf vs Hightstown 3:30pm (Cream Ridge)
Varsity Baseball vs Steinert 4pm
Varsity Boys Lacrosse vs TBA 4pm (Mercer County Tournament Prelims … we play the winner of the Lawrence vs Nottingham play-in game scheduled for May 5th)
Away Events
Varsity Softball @ St. John Vianney 4pm (Monmouth County Tournament Semifinals)
SBMS Baseball @ New Egypt 4pm
SBMS Softball @ New Egypt 4pm
Freshman Baseball @ Steinert 4pm
JV Baseball @ Steinert 4pm
Home Events
Boys Tennis vs Ewing 3:30pm
Away Events
Varsity Softball @ Ewing 7pm (at Armstrong Park)
Saturday (All Mercer County Tournament Events)
Home Events
Boys Lacrosse MCT Quarterfinals (Time and  Opponent TBD)
Softball MCT Prelims (Time and Opponent TBD)
Away Events
Boys and Girls Track @ Steinert Mercer County Championship Meet 9am
Girls Lacrosse MCT Finals (Site/Time TBD)
Baseball MCT Quarterfinals 11am Field #2 Mercer County Park (vs Nottingham or Notre Dame)

2014 Newell Elementary School Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

The 2014 Newell Elementary School Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge was kicked off on Friday, May 2! Readingchallenge1Both students and faculty alike celebrated reading in a big way! Newell’s new reading goal is 2,000,000 minutes. Readchallenge4While this may seem like an incredible challenge, last year Newell read 1,885,000 minutes to come in 15th in the world and #1 in New Jersey so our new goal is within reach. The students will be treated to all kinds of prizes as they achieve their reading goals: PTA donated Scholastic Gift Cards and Pizza Parties for the top classes. Readchallenge3Our faculty have also graciously volunteered to help: Mrs. Huggins will kiss a pig and milk a cow! Additionally, several other faculty, including our own Mr. Guterl, will be participating in a Hamster Ball Race! Newell-Let’s Get Reading!