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Superintendent's Corner

Dr. Paula Valenti
Superintendent of Schools

Dear Community Members,

On behalf of the Glen Rock Board of Education welcome to the Superintendent's Corner. Please know that on a daily basis, the district is taking rigorous steps toward achieving its mission of providing all students an exceptional education and opportunity for personal development through a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum, accompanied by co-curricular activities that foster productive and responsible members of the global society. Glen Rock’s public schools rank among the best in Bergen County and the State of New Jersey. Walking, or driving through the town center, there is an almost palpable sense that Glen Rock is a great place to raise a family.
Throughout its history, the Glen Rock community has always placed a very high value on education; it is the foundation upon which the borough was built. In the late 1800s, when the state of New Jersey mandated consolidation of school districts, local activists concerned about the impact this would have on the education of their children went door to door with a petition to create their own school district. The cosmopolitan town of Glen Rock, situated 23 miles west of New York City, and the only Bergen County town to have two NJ Transit train lines, was established September 14, 1894. Glen Rock’s current population hovers at 11,749.
Currently, the public school system is comprised of six schools serving a population of approximately 2,300 students in grades Pre-K to 12. The original Ridgewood-Grove School, which still stands as part of a private residence, has been replaced by four elementary schools - Richard E. Byrd, Central, Clara E. Coleman and Alexander Hamilton - plus Glen Rock Middle School and Glen Rock High School.
While the senior administration acknowledges the Department of Education’s rankings in its data-driven decision making, meeting and supporting the academic needs of each and every student is paramount. To meet the unique needs of all students the school system employs a fully staffed Child Study Team who work cooperatively with families to determine the most effective combination of programs and services beginning as early as pre-kindergarten. Highly trained reading specialists are available in every elementary school to work with classroom teachers to evaluate and provide support to students. A program of academic advancement and enrichment is available across the district for qualifying students and is designed to expose them to a variety of experiences and disciplines, while challenging them to reach their greatest potential. Students at the high school level participate in a rigorous academic program, including 19 Advanced Placement courses. Glen Rock students are routinely recognized as New Jersey Bloustein Scholars, National Merit finalists, and earn numerous state and local academic, athletic and art scholarships.
The Office of Curriculum and Instruction oversees the development of all curriculum and instructional programs. Partnerships for dual enrollment, where high school students can earn college credit, exist with Bergen Community College, Syracuse University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a new partnership with Seton Hall University: Project Acceleration is underway for the 2014 – 2015 school year. New initiatives include a nationally recognized STEEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Mathematics) program, Standards-Based Report Cards, and an innovative elementary keyboarding program aimed at preparing students for the upcoming PARCC assessments. The district also maintains a working relationship with the Glen Rock Arboretum where students engage in hands-on authentic science workshops; Water Day is an annual favorite! The ELL (English Language Learners) Program addresses the needs of the non-English, and limited-English, speaking students with courses that concentrate first on basic English language skills and then on English language literacy skills necessary for academic success. An elementary/middle level Gifted and Talented Program provides eligible students with acceleration and enrichment learning opportunities. Academics are balanced with a nationally recognized arts program, as well as highly competitive athletic programs and a broad spectrum of extracurricular activities. The Glen Rock Public School District continues to distinguish itself in the areas of academic achievement, early childhood literacy, athletics, the arts and the integration of technology into its curriculum.
The Glen Rock Public Schools are supported by an active parent body through each school’s Home and School Association and the umbrella organization; the Federated Home and School Association. Additional groups include the GR Booster Club, the newly re-established Glen Rock Educational Foundation, and an active Glen Rock Alumni Association. Those interested to learn about the Glen Rock Education Foundation may visit: and those interested to learn more about the Glen Rock Alumni association should visit:
The Glen Rock School District has established a mission of providing each student with a world-class education based on the Common Core Curriculum Content Standards provided in a safe, supportive and technology-rich environment. The board of education and staff join with parents in a commitment to promote self-discipline, motivation and academic excellence in all children. A $45 million referendum has enabled extensive upgrades and additions to the district’s facilities. Glen Rock boasts two turf fields for soccer and football, along with a recently completed adjacent baseball field, and five new tennis courts. These improvements will assist the district to successfully achieve its ultimate goal, which is to assist all children develop into independent, self-sufficient, and productive adults who will succeed and contribute responsibly to the global community.

Thank you for visiting the Superintendent's page!

Paula Valenti

Mrs. Patricia Petrasek
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
Phone: 201.445.7700 Ext.8950
Fax: 201-389-5019

Mrs. Kathy Ryan
Administrative Assistant for Personnel
Phone: 201.445.7700 Ext.8951
Fax: 201-389-5019

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools consists of the Chief School Administrator and her administrative assistants, who are responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of the district, including all matters relating to personnel and students.
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.
Testing Presentation
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.
Thanksgiving 2014 Message
Click here to read the Superintendent's Thanksgiving/Holiday message.
NJ Superintendent Study Council: Book Discussion
Glen Rock BOE Offices, located at 620 Harristown Rd., Glen Rock, NJ 07452 on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 12 noon - 2:00 pm.
Educating students to traditional literacy standards is no longer enough. If students are to thrive in their academic and 21st century careers, then independent and creative thinking hold the highest
Literacy is NOT Enough, the authors explain in detail how to add these new components of literacy:
Solution Fluency
Information Fluency
Creativity Fluency
Collaboration Fluency
Students must master a completely different set of skills to succeed in a culture of technology-driven automation, abundance, and access to global labor markets. The authors present an effective framework for integrating comprehensive literacy or fluency into the traditional curriculum.

Visit: to learn more about the authors and purchase this book. Also available at: Barnes & Noble or as an ebook at:

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.

Focus on the Positive The commissioner encouraged districts to discuss the positive aspects of PARCC with parents and students. Those benefits include the ability of PARCC to provide parents with important information about their child’s progress; and the fact that the PARCC tests will allow for timely and detailed diagnostic information about individual student performance that can be used to pinpoint areas of difficulty and customize instruction for students.

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.
Information about Enterovirus D68
Click here to learn more about the Enterovirus-D68 and what you can do to prevent illness.
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
Glen Rock Public Schools
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

Goal: Environment
Strategy: Develop a budget plan aimed at the re-design of the High School Media Center

Goal: Environment

Strategy: To work within parameters of the BOE finances to renovate elementary school athletic fields

Goal: Environment
Strategy: To implement programs and parent activities aimed at educating and addressing the development of the whole child

Goal: Technology
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).
Bergen County Family Support Organization

Family Support Organizations (FSO’s) are family-run, county-based organizations that provide direct family-to-family peer support, education, advocacy and other services to family members of children with emotional and behavioral problems. To access services, you may call these organizations directly or call 1-877- 652-7624.

Bergen County
Family Support Organization of Bergen County
0-108 29th Street
Fairlawn, NJ  07410
PHONE: (201) 796-6209 ext. 101
FAX: (201) 796-1151

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