Marion P. Thomas Charter

It Takes a Whole Village to Raise A Child


     All MPTCS Schools will be open tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, 2018.

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  • Are you ready to be a transformer?

    career fair  Are you ready to transform young minds to help shape our future?  Make plans to join us for the 2018 MPTCS Career Fair on Saturday, March 24th, at the MPTCS High School of Culinary & Performing Arts, 125 Sussex Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon.  We are seeking diverse candidates across all grade levels (PreK3 - 12th grade) and content areas.  To view our current job openings, visit 

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  • Your Voice Matters! Join us for Parent Advocacy Day in Trenton on Monday, March 26th

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    Parents, we need you to to take an active role in your child’s education. Please register to reserve your seat on the bus to travel to Trenton to advocate for charter schools and your right to choose the best educational option for your child.

    What: Rally to Advocate for Public Charter Schools

    Why: To celebrate the success of our schools & our students; tell lawmakers our story; ask for fair funding for ALL schools

    Where: Trenton- Steps of the State House Annex

    Who: Parents, Educators & Supporters

    When: Monday, March 26th (the bus will depart from Newark at 8 a.m. and depart from Trenton at 2:30 p.m.)

    Parents make sure our lawmakers know YOU care about your child's school and right to choose.  To reserve your seat on the bus, contact your parent liaison:

    Elementary School Parents -

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    High School -

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  • Seeing Clearly! Are you in need of new glasses or an eye exam?



    The Mobile Optical Academy will return to the MPTCS Village on Monday, April 23rd, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to offer eye screenings and eyeglasses.  Both students and staff are eligible to participate.  To book an appointment visit and click on the On-Site Calendar to book your appointment or  click here to download the consent form.  When completing the paper form make sure to:

    1.Attach a copy of your insurance card to the consent form. (By doing this, it is guaranteed that Optical Academy has the proper information to check eligibility.)

    2. Print neatly, make sure the information on the consent form is legible. 

    3.Complete all information and return form no later than April 15, 2018.

    Upon completion of your form, please submit to the shool nurse.  If you would like a paper copy of the application, please ask your school nurse.  For additional information email Nurse Collins at


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  • Major League Baseball Player Donates Sports Equipment

    Zack Granite Visits MPTCS

    Zack Granite, major league baseball player for the Minnesota Twins and Ms. Gregory, MPTCS teacher, are surrounded by the scholars of MPTCS Elementary School who are all smiles thanks to Zack's generous donation of sports gear.  Zack also spoke to our scholars about the importance of staying active and how to balance school and sports.  Thanks for visiting our village Zack!


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  • parcc logo

    The PARCC Power Program is an academic enrichment program designed to provide tutoring and support in reading and mathematics to scholars. This additional work, outside of the school day, will lead to greater understanding of key concepts and ultimately help them improve their score on the PARCC assessment.

    The PARCC Power program will run from Monday January 8th- Thursday April 26th, 2018. The schedules vary by campus for more information click here.






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  • fresh fruit and vegetable logo   fresh fruit and vegetable ambassadors

    The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to our scholars at the our elementary schools.  The goal of the FFVP is to introduce children to fresh fruits and vegetables, to include new and different varieties, and to increase overall acceptance and consumption of fresh, unprocessed produce among children. FFVP is an important tool in our efforts to combat childhood obesity. The Program is successful in introducing our scholars to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample.

    To learn more, visit the FFVP webpage:



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  • MPTCS' CEO, Dr. Karen Thomas, was honored with the inaugural Education Innovator of the Year Award at the annual New Jersey Charter Schools Association Conference in Newark.  Dr. Land, MPTCS Chief Academic Officer, wrote a tribute to Dr. Thomas, who was selected forpi this amazing honor.  Dr. Thomas has spearheaded a number of innovative concepts during her tenure at MPTCS, including: establishing the first charter prekindergarten program; piloting the first single gender program at a charter school and Newark's only culinary & performing arts themed high school.  

    Dr. Thomas with award



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  • MPTCS High School of Culinary & Performing Arts served as the host venue for the premier screening of the music video "FLY."  The video, starring vocalist and songwriter April Peters, featured MPTCS high school scholars in a number of scenes at the school.  The inspirational video was directed by cinematographer Joshua James of REBEL Films Productions.  

    Check out the video by clicking here:  FLY featuring April Peters and the scholars of MPTCS directed by Joshua James

    April Peters photo



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