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BOE Meeting

posted Jul 7, 2017, 11:15 AM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 11:15 AM ]

The July 24th Board Meeting has been cancelled.

BOE Committee of the Whole Work Session; Retreat

posted Jun 26, 2017, 6:14 AM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated Jun 26, 2017, 6:17 AM ]

Monday, June 26, 2017 in the Mary Bray Media Center at 7:00PM

BOE Meeting

posted Jun 8, 2017, 11:46 AM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated Jun 12, 2017, 10:40 AM ]

BOE Action Meeting Monday, June 12, 2017 at 7PM in the Mary Bray Media Center.  





1:00 DISMISSAL ON LAST THREE DAYS OF SCHOOL - NO LUNCH SERVED

posted Jun 7, 2017, 11:18 AM by Leslie Koller

  • Thursday-June 15, Friday-June 16, and Monday-June 19 will all be 1:00 dismissal days
  • No lunch will be served on these days 
  • Shining Stars will be in session on all three days  
  • Classroom parties will take place on Thursday, June 15
  • Fun Day is Friday, June 16
  • Reports cards will be distributed on Monday, June 19
  • Monday, June 19 is the last day for students 

DISTRICT LEAD TESTING RESULTS

posted Jun 7, 2017, 9:38 AM by Leslie Koller   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 9:38 AM ]

Our school system is committed to protecting student, teacher, and staff health. To protect our community and be in compliance with the Department of Education regulations, Mt. Ephraim Public School District tested our schools’ drinking water for lead.

In accordance with the Department of Education regulations, Mt. Ephraim Public School District will implement immediate remedial measures for any drinking water outlet with a result greater than the action level of 15 µg/l (parts per billion [ppb]).  This includes turning off the outlet unless it is determined the location must remain on for non-drinking purposes.  In these cases, a “DO NOT DRINK – SAFE FOR HANDWASHING ONLY” sign will be posted.

Results of our Testing 
Following instructions given in technical guidance developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, we completed a plumbing profile for each of the buildings within Mt. Ephraim Public School District. Through this effort, we identified and tested all drinking water and food preparation outlets.  Of the 196 samples taken throughout the District, all but 7 tested below the lead action level established by the US Environmental Protection Agency for lead in drinking water (15 µg/l [ppb]). 

The table below identifies the drinking water outlets that tested above the 15 µg/l for lead, the actual lead level, and what temporary remedial action Mt. Ephraim Public School District has taken to reduce the levels of lead at these locations.


 Sample Location First Draw Result in ug/l(ppb) Remedial Action
Kershaw
Room 1 - Fountain
ID#5 Kershaw DW
 140Discontinue water use.  Further testing will be conducted to identify the location of the contamination 
 Kershaw
Audio-VIsual Room - Fountain
ID#6 Kershaw DW
 70.5 Discontinue water use.  Further testing will be conducted to identify the location of the contamination 

These two fountains are being taken out of use today.  Plumbing repairs and further testing will be conducted following the informational sampling.  

Health Effects of Lead
High levels of lead in drinking water can cause health problems. Lead is most dangerous for pregnant women, infants, and children under 6 years of age. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. Exposure to high levels of lead during pregnancy contributes to low birth weight and developmental delays in infants. In young children, lead exposure can lower IQ levels, affect hearing, reduce attention span, and hurt school performance. At very high levels, lead can even cause brain damage. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults.

How Lead Enters our Water 
Lead is unusual among drinking water contaminants in that it seldom occurs naturally in water supplies like groundwater, rivers and lakes. Lead enters drinking water primarily as a result of the corrosion, or wearing away, of materials containing lead in the water distribution system and in building plumbing. These materials include lead-based solder used to join copper pipe, brass, and chrome-plated brass faucets. In 1986, Congress banned the use of lead solder containing greater than 0.2% lead, and restricted the lead content of faucets, pipes and other plumbing materials. However, even the lead in plumbing materials meeting these new requirements is subject to corrosion. When water stands in lead pipes or plumbing systems containing lead for several hours or more, the lead may dissolve into the drinking water. This means the first water drawn from the tap in the morning may contain fairly high levels of lead. 

Lead in Drinking Water 
Lead in drinking water, although rarely the sole cause of lead poisoning can significantly increase a person’s total lead exposure, particularly the exposure of children under the age of 6. EPA estimates that drinking water can make up 20% or more of a person’s total exposure to lead.

More Information
A copy of the test results is available in our central office for inspection by the public, including students, teachers, other school personnel, and parents, and can be viewed between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and are also available on our website at www.mtephraimschools.com. 

For more information about water quality in our schools, contact Leslie Koller-Walker at the Mt. Ephraim Public School District, 856-931-7807 ext. 208. 

For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home and the health effects of lead, visit EPA’s Web site at www.epa.gov/lead, call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD, or contact your health care provider.

If you are concerned about lead exposure at this facility or in your home, you may want to ask your health care providers about testing children to determine levels of lead in their blood.





ATTENTION - THE BLUE WHALE CHALLENGE

posted May 25, 2017, 9:19 AM by Leslie Koller

When it comes to the well-being of your children – our students – we can never be too careful.

That’s why I feel it is important to bring to light a new “meme” or “game” on social media that students in other countries have been exposed to since last year – and it has now shown up on computers in our region.

“The Blue Whale Challenge” involves the enticement of students into risky behavior that could result in the ultimate challenge of taking one’s own life. While we do not know of any students who have done that, we need to make sure that parents are armed with the information necessary to protect their children. We will do the same in our schools. We are checking computers and speaking with students to make sure that they are not involved or influenced. 

If you have any additional information about the game or know of any students who may be involved, please contact your child’s school counselor or my office so that we may offer help.

ATTENTION - 13 REASONS WHY

posted May 25, 2017, 9:18 AM by Leslie Koller

As you may be aware there is a new Netflix original series, titled 13 Reasons Why, that is very popular among teenagers and we have become aware that some of our middle school children have been viewing the series. The school administration and counselors are concerned about the content of the show and lack of constructive follow-up related to the content. In the miniseries, which is based on a young adult novel released a decade ago, high school student Hannah Baker leaves behind 13 tape recordings detailing why she took her own life. Her former classmates are left to piece together Hannah’s final weeks in a made-for-television mystery.

In watching the series, young people and teens could interpret the message that suicide is a viable and/or glamorized option. The show’s content is extremely graphic, with disturbing scenes in each episode, which may be difficult for impressionable minds to watch and process in a healthy way.

Please take a moment to find out if your child has read the book or viewed the series. If so, please use the show as an opportunity to talk about some of its complicated issues. Please know that the Mt. Ephraim District school counselors and Child Study Team members are also here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. 

In the event that your child tells you that he/she is having suicidal thoughts, we urge you to get help immediately. Go to a hospital, call 911 or call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).

SURVEY - DESIGING STUDENT PERFORMANCE REPORTS

posted May 22, 2017, 11:58 AM by Leslie Koller   [ updated May 22, 2017, 11:58 AM ]

Since the 2011-12 school year, New Jersey’s School Performance Reports have provided communities with information on schoolwide academic achievement, demographics and school climate. The School Performance Reports were developed with, and are continually improved by, the feedback from stakeholders like you. 

The New Jersey Department of Education is again encouraging your input on a statewide survey designed to improve the readability and usability of these reports. 

Please access the brief online survey HERE to describe if and how you use the reports, what data is most important to you when looking at school performance, and how the data can be presented in a usable, understandable manner. 

The survey should take less than 10 minutes, and responses will not be tracked or identified individually. 

We also invite you to check New Jersey’s School Performance Reports online to view the latest reports. HERE

Thank you for your interest in helping New Jersey improve our School Performance Reports.

FINAL STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING

posted May 17, 2017, 3:05 AM by Leslie Koller

Tonight, Wednesday, May 17 at 7pm in the Mary Bray Media Center.

MT. EPHRAIM BOARD OF EDUCATION NOTICE OF SOLICITATION REQUESTS FOR QUALIFICATIONS

posted May 9, 2017, 1:04 PM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated May 16, 2017, 10:15 AM ]

Click here for more information.
Board of Education Architect

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