|UPDATE JAN. 26 12:10 PM:|
Due to worsening weather conditions, the Glen Rock Public School District will be closed Tuesday, January 27. All before school, after school and evening activities and programs are canceled. All meetings, athletics and co-curricular activities are canceled. The Preschool Disabled Classes are canceled. All community school programs, including Before Care and After Care, Tots Preschool, Kindergarten Plus, and daytime and evening classes are canceled. High school students are reminded that Tuesday’s Period 1 and 2 mid-terms will begin on Wednesday.
TODAY, JAN. 26
Due to the predicted storm, all Glen Rock Public Schools will close for students and staff following today's scheduled early dismissal. All after school and evening activities, athletics and the After Care Program are
canceled. The BOE meeting is canceled and rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 2, 8 PM in the GRHS cafeteria. GRHS and GRMS will dismiss at 12:26 p.m.
Elementary schools will dismiss at 12:33 p.m.
Community School - The After Care program is canceled and parents are asked to pick up their children at 12:33 p.m. from the school. Afternoon Tots Preschool classes are canceled.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessment in New Jersey
A user-friendly website (http://www.state.nj.us/education/studycommission) has been created to serve as a convenient communication tool both to inform the citizens of New Jersey about the work of the Study Commission and to provide a mechanism for public input and feedback. On this website, the Study Commission has posted Governor Christie’s Executive Order No. 159, which authorizes the Study Commission and describes its charge, and a press release announcing its organization. The website provides a page to submit public input, plus a telephone number and an email address (email@example.com).
PARCC Data Privacy & Security Policy
Click here to review the PARCC Data Privacy & Security Policy.
PARCC Testing Dates
2015 PARCC Testing Dates: for more information specific to your child's school please contact the principal and/or Director of Guidance/District Test Coordinator: Mr. Wolff.
Grades 3 through 8 March 2, 2015 through March 27, 2015
High School February 20, 2015 through April 2, 2015
(10 day break for HSPA testing – no PARCC )
March 2, 2015 through March 16, 2015)
All grade levels April 27, 2015 through May 22, 2015
Dr. Valenti is pictured enjoying lunch with students at their recent Coleman Cafe. The cafe is an opportunity for students to dine and practice table etiquette.
Enrollment and Facilities Report
Click here to review the Enrollment and Facilities Report prepared by Ross Haber Associates and presented at the 12/15/14 BOE meeting.
Click here to view the Superintendent and Director of Guidance Testing Report to the public at the December 15, 2015 BOE meeting.
Journey to Somewhere: Challenge Success Parent Program
The Community Relations Committee of the Glen Rock Board of Education, along with additional co-sponsors, will host a presentation for parents on March 2, 2015. Challenge Success co-founder and Stanford University Senior Lecturer, Dr. Denise Pope will address the community on the topic of raising happy, healthy, well adjusted children in the fast-paced twenty-first century. This program is the first in a speaker series that follows the district's showing of the film: Race to Nowhere. All are welcome. The program will begin at 7 pm in the High School theater.
NJ Superintendent Study Council: Book Discussion
Educating students to traditional literacy standards is no longer enough. If students are to thrive in the 21st century, then independent and creative thinking hold the highest currency. The authors explain how to add these new components of literacy to the curriculum: Solution Fluency, Information Fluency, Creativity Fluency, Collaboration Fluency and present an effective framework for integrating comprehensive literacy or fluency into the traditional curriculum. Visit: http://www.corwin.com/books/Book234605 to learn more about the authors and purchase this book.
Inclement Weather Announcements
The Glen Rock Public Schools will utilize the Honeywell system to alert families of emergency delayed openings and school closings. The information will also be posted to FIOS, Channel 12 and Channel 2 news programs.
NJDOE Issues Memo on NO Opt Out of the PARCC Tests
On Oct. 30 Acting Commissioner of Education David Hespe issued a memorandum that seeks to clarify the ability of parents and students to choose to “opt-out” of the online PARCC tests.
The memo makes clear that there is no formal procedure for such opt-outs, and that the state expects students to take the examinations. “State law and regulations require all students to take state assessments,” notes the document. “For the 2014-2015 school year, the PARCC assessment will replace the prior statewide assessments.”
The memo also notes that since the PARCC assessment is part of the state-required educational program, schools are not required to provide an alternative education program for students who do not participate in the statewide assessment. “We encourage all chief school administrators to review the district’s discipline and attendance policies to ensure that they address situations that may arise during days that statewide assessments, such as PARCC, are being administered,” Hespe said in the statement.
Updates to the PARCC Assessments from NJDOE
Click here to review the most recent updates regarding the implementation of the PARCC assessments. Glen Rock has applied and been granted Option 2 related to the administration of the HSPA & PARCC assessments.
Teen Spirit: Helicopter Parenting & How to Fix It
Click here to read a 2014 New York Times article about parenting in the twenty-first century.
2014-2015 Super Session Dates
Super Sessions provide Glen Rock parents and residents the opportunity to engage, in an informal setting, with the district superintendent on matters of educational concern .
The following 2014 - 2015 dates and times have been placed on the calendar:
9/30/14 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am and 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Central Office Superintendent Conference Room
1/8/15 (updated 9/15/14) at 9:30 am - 11:30 am and 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Central Office Superintendent Conference Room
3/12/15 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am and 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the (updated) 9/13/14) Central Office Superintendent Conference Room.
2014 - 2015 District Goals
Goal: Student Achievement
Strategy: To offer Professional Development and oversight for the development of rich and robust Student Growth Objectives
Goal: Student Achievement
Strategy: To implement an Ad Hoc Committee to study the implementation of Full Day Kindergarten in GR Public Schools
Goal: Student Achievement
Strategy: To expand Curricula offerings at the Middle School and High School
Strategy: Develop a budget plan aimed at the re-design of the High School Media Center
Strategy: To work within parameters of the BOE finances to renovate elementary school athletic fields
Strategy: To implement programs and parent activities aimed at educating and addressing the development of the whole child
Strategy: To establish a multi-year district-wide technology plan
Parent Role in the Common Core
Click here to view a three-part series interview with NJDOE Chief Academic Officer Dr. Tracey Severns on the Parent Role in the Common Core.
Click here to learn more about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).