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December 08, 2023

BOE NEWS 2023 - 2024

Next Public Meeting: 12/13/23

We hope you will consider joining us for our next public meeting which will take place on December 13th, at 7:30pm in the BHS Community Room. A full list of meeting dates for the 2023-2024 school year can be found by clicking here. BOE Meeting Recordings can be viewed by clicking here.


Meeting Updates from 11/15/23

Thank you to everyone who joined us and participated in our last public meeting Dr. Brotschul and the board recognized the outstanding performance of the BHS Girls Tennis Team during the fall season. We also recognized district professionals involved in the wonderfully successful Bilingual Community event that took place at the start of the school year as part of the Voces (Voices) Reaping Heritage work.  


Also included in the superintendent's report were updates on what has happened in the district over the last month including information regarding the most recent BHS School Profile Report, capital projects, ongoing work within the transportation department and ongoing policy updates. 


November Superintendent Report

At our November 15th meeting. Dr. Brotschul gave a very robust superintendent's report at the start of the meeting. If you have not yet had the opportunity to view that report, it can be found by clicking here. Also included in the report were the numerous ways in which students, staff and the district have been featured in the news. We invite you to view these articles by clicking here.


Board Policies in First Reading from the November 15th Public Meeting

Below are the most recent Policies and Regulations in First Reading. 


 P2270 - Religion in Schools (Revised)

  P 3161 - Examination for Cause (Revised) 

  P3212 & R3212 - Attendance (Revised)

  P4161 - Examination for Cause (Revised)  

  P4212 & R4212 - Attendance (Revised)

  P4432 & R4432 - Sick Leave (Abolished) 

  P5116 & R5116 - Education of Homeless Children and Youths (Revised) 

  P5460.02 R 5&460.02 - Bridge Year Pilot Program (Abolished)

  P5111 & R5111 - Eligibility of Resident/Nonresident Students  


*For more information on the updates and revisions to these policies please click here.

**(M) indicates a mandated policy or revision


Links to All Board Policies & Regulations

All district policies and regulations can be found on the BOE page of the district website. You simply select the BOE tab at the top of the page and then click on "Policies and Goals" from the drop down menu. The "search" icon will allow you to look for policies by keywords or number or you can select the "home" icon for policies or regulations to see them listed by section. If you would like to view all student policies you select 5000 in the policy section and they will all appear listed below in the District Policy section. You can access the Policies and Goals page directly by clicking here.



Board Operations Information

For anyone looking for more information regarding the roles and responsibilities of the board of education we invite you to visit the About section of the BOE page of the district website. You will find a wealth of information here and links to additional resources as well. You can access that information directly by clicking here.

Thank you on behalf of the Tricky Tray Committee


THANK YOU to all who helped make Project Graduation 2024 Tricky Tray a HUGE success.


shout out to Family and Business Basket Donors and Sponsors. 135 fun and creative baskets were donated with 16 Silent Auction items. The energy and success of the event on November 18th is representative of the amazing community we are lucky to be a part of.


Please continue to support our local businesses including: Pratt Personal Training, Bistro 73, Vanity Room, OTF Bedminster, Delicious Heights, Little Pickles, Pizza Brothers, Bus & Bucky’s, Kimi Nails, CB Pet Market, Hand & Stone, Starbucks, Yestercades, Peapack Gladstone Bank, Pluckemin Inn, Burnt Mills Cicer, Rosen & Valentino Families, Masterpiece Beauty Bar, ShopRite, Wegmans, Wawa, Rebecca Collection, J Walker Salon, Nailtopia, Dairy Queen, B Boutique, Olcott Squared, Red Horse Restaurant, Penguin Ice Cream, Tons of Toys, Morey’s Piers, Sports Minded Unlimited, Sky Nails, Dillon’s Fine Arts, Bernardsville Hardware, Lupa Apothecary, Lashology, Pretty Pink Rooster, Boutique Calia, Well Bred Pet, Kristine’s Hair Studio, Revive Wellness, Asian Delight, Classic Barber, Beautique Salon, Bernards Cafe, Lennys, Quantum Wellness, Trattoria Mediterranea, Cyclebar, Game Changer, Vaccaro Aesthetics, Compass Consulting, One Hope Wine, Diamond Dream, Sojo Day Spa, Best Buy, Trump National, Stephen Taylor Photography, 56 Degree Wine, Hartshorn Portraiture, Ken Rent- all who generously donated and contributed to the event.


A special thank you to the BHS Custodial Team and Administrators for supporting our efforts. Thank you also to the Tricky Tray Volunteer Committee and the overall 2024 Project Graduation Committee. 


Proceeds from the Tricky Tray benefit Bernards High School Class of 2024 Project Graduation - a senior year tradition at Bernards High. The culmination of the year-long activities ensure a safe celebration for all seniors on graduation night.


Join us for a merry good time! Enjoy a concert of holiday tunes with Mr T & Friends (Mrs Leonard, Ms Brooten, Mrs Rokosky) and a fun dance party with Meg at Dance Local! Festive snacks and crafts included. Drop off event for children in grades Kindergarten-4th. 4:30-6pm. $35/child. To register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7VI5v6PEiiUUrHGoSQM7xLLUaNHxSmsVGEdqFN8tTe7UmBA/viewform

Gathering Community Input

The Somerset Hills School District seeks to develop a robust communication plan and is gathering feedback from all stakeholders through a survey; versions are available in English and Spanish, on the district website. The survey is anonymous. If you would like to share your input by completing this survey, please go to www.shsd.org. The survey will be active from December 1, 2023, through January 2, 2024.

Somerset Hills Education Foundation (SHEF) Presents Inaugural Holiday Pet Parade Benefiting the Somerset Hills School District


PEAPACK-GLADSTONE –The Somerset Hills Education Foundation (SHEF), in collaboration with the Somerset Hills School District (SHSD) and the towns of Peapack and Gladstone, is excited to announce the first-ever Holiday Pet Parade fundraiser, a unique and family-friendly event set to take place on Sunday, December 10, 2023, at 12 PM at Liberty Park in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ.

This special event is designed to spread holiday cheer and foster community connections, inviting families to come together for a day of festive fun with their furry companions. Inspired by the profound lessons that can be learned from our pets about love, commitment, and building relationships, the organizers aim to create a heartwarming experience that resonates with the community. "We are thrilled to bring the community together through the joyous celebration of our first-ever Holiday Pet Parade fundraiser,” said Olga Christie, SHEF Chair. The event will feature a variety of pet-centric activities and entertainment. Pet owners are encouraged to register their furry friends with an entry ticket priced at $50. Attendees will enjoy celebrity appearances from the Seeing Eye Puppy Club, the Bernards High School Madrigals Choir, and a barking auction.

Following the parade, participants can showcase their Ugly Holiday Sweaters for a chance to win exciting prizes, including the coveted title of “Principal for a Day” at Bedwell Elementary School. Refreshments, including the popular Sip-n-Swirl, will be available for all attendees. Funds raised will be put towards classroom grants for teachers and district-wide initiatives, enriching the educational experience for all students. "I am glad to be a part of this initiative. This event underscores our collective dedication to enhancing the educational experience for all students. I encourage everyone to join us on December 10th for a day of fun and goodwill in support of our community's education,” shared Dr. Brian Brotschul, Superintendent of Schools.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.shefnj.org.

About SHEF: The mission of the Somerset Hills Education Foundation (SHEF) is to promote and provide

educational opportunities through innovative programs and projects for the benefit of the

students of the Somerset Hill School District. For more information, please visit: www.shefnj.org

Project Graduation

"Project Graduation is well under way and planning for this year's Fashion Show (Saturday, March 9th, 2024) has started. This week the students received a notice asking them to sign up if they'd like to participate "on the runway" or in a supporting role. All members of the Class of 2024 are encouraged to join in the fun as this is one of the most beloved events of the year! See below for more details and watch out for the Paparazzi!"

Click here to download further information


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