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August 23, 2016

Greetings Galloway parents and guardians! As summer winds down and you gear up for the new school year, I wanted to take a moment to go over some important information and offer some tips for easing back into class. Keep reading for the news you need…

Our district is ready to welcome students back to school on Tuesday, September 6! All schools will follow an early dismissal schedule, meaning the Galloway Township Middle School will dismiss at 12:20pm and ALL other schools will dismiss at 1:30pm.

Breakfast and lunch will be served to students every day. Check out our September menu HERE, and if you need to fill out a Free and Reduced Lunch application, we are pleased to offer an online application (NEW this year!) – CLICK HERE to get started.

If you need to utilize our Before and After School Child Care Program, you can CLICK HERE for all the forms you will need to fill out and for other important information.

Again this year we are partnered with School Messenger, a communications system that allows us to reach out to you via phone, text, and email, either from the school level, or from the district level. We use this system for daily attendance calls, for important messages or reminders, and also in emergency situations. To this end, it is vital that your child(ren)'s school has the most current information for you (email and phone numbers) - so be sure to let the school office know if you have updated any of this information.

Other ways that we communicate with you include this website, our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and our newly launched YouTube Channel – see links at the top of this page. We hope you like what you find, and will become active participants using any of the above mentioned media.

We also like to communicate face-to-face! Please join us for our Back to School Nights, where you have the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers as well as greet district and school administration, board of education, and other staff members.

Beginning the school year on a positive note is a great way to give your child confidence that will last throughout the year. Listed below are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics ( that can help you start them off on the right foot.


  • Remind your child that she is not the only student who is a bit uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.
  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. She'll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh her positive memories about previous years, when she may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because she had a good time.
  • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk to school or ride with on the bus.
  • If you feel it is appropriate, join your child at the bus stop or if you child is non-transported drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day.


  • Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Youngsters need a permanent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that offers privacy.
  • Set aside ample time for homework in accordance with our district policy (click here for more information).
  • Establish a household rule that the TV set stays off during homework time.
  • Supervise computer and internet use.
  • Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child's homework for her.
  • Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue and brain fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch, and take a break periodically when it will not be too disruptive.
  • If your child is struggling with a particular subject, and you aren't able to help her yourself, a tutor can be a good solution. Talk it over with your child's teacher first.

We believe that a strong partnership between home and school is essential to a quality education, and want the lines of communication to remain open. With your support, your child can start the school year refreshed and ready to learn. Together we can ensure that Galloway Schools remain places "where children and learning come first!"

Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Meeting the Standard of Excellence
609.748.1250, ext.

Preschool Expansion Grant Announced!

If you are income eligible and have a child who will be four years old by October 1, 2016, then your child might be offered a FREE and GREAT educational  experience at the Pomona Preschool.

If you think you might qualify, contact Sharon Delaney at 748-1250, ext. 1015 for an appointment on Wednesday, July 13 from 12:30 pm to 2: 30 pm or Thursday the 14th from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. If you cannot make those times, please call Pomona Preschool at 748-1250, ext. 4400 and leave a message.

Kindergarten Registration:
Call now to schedule an appointment to register your kindergarten aged child
CLICK HERE for the flyer (PDF)

2016-2017 District Calendar (PDF)
BOE Approved: February 22, 2016

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School District Volunteers are needed! CLICK HERE for more information - and thanks for your interest!

NEW! Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Report Cards; Posted 1-4-16
District Grade: 71 out of 76; CLICK HERE for official Report Card (PDF)

Important District Documents & Presentations:
GTMS Sports/Activities Physicals Complete Packet (PDF)
Homework - The Galloway Schools Way | Teacher Evaluation System (Word, PDF) | Principal Evaluation System (Word, PDF)

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