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Superintendent's Corner

Dr. Paula Valenti
Superintendent of Schools
valentip@glenrocknj.org








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 The original Ridgewood-Grove School, which still stands as part of a private residence, has been replaced by four elementary schools - Richard E. Byrd, Central, Clara E. Coleman and Alexander Hamilton - plus Glen Rock Middle School and Glen Rock High School.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: www.gr-edufoundation.org and those interested to learn more about the Glen Rock Alumni association should visit: www.grhsalumni.com.
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!

Sincerely,
Paula Valenti


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

Mrs. Kathy Ryan
Administrative Assistant for Personnel
ryank@glenrocknj.org
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.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
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


Summer Fun Activities with Children
Click here to review a Parent Advisory that includes a broad selection of recommended activities to try with your children over summer months! 
Important Parent Notice: YikYak
Click here to read the Superintendent's letter alerting parents and guardians of a potentially damaging and hurtful online site where individuals can submit anonymous postings. 
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.
PARCC
Click here to learn more about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).
Super Session #2
The second Super Session was held on February 19th in the GR Public Schools Central Office Conference room. Twelve parents participated in the morning session and ten parents attended the evening session. Additionally, two Board members were present at each session. Once again, topics covered a wide range of parent concerns and educational interests. One item we have acted on is to open communication with Pomptonian Food Service management to permit the online ordering of meals for our Kindergarten Plus programs. Mrs. Tahinos, Community School Director, is working with Pomptonian to determine how this might fit into the daily schedule of the program for 2014-15. Additional topics included full day kindergarten, class size for accelerated subjects, challenging curriculum for elementary school students, Middle School transition 5th grade - 6th grade and homework. Parents also expressed a desire to see Middle School students have more opportunity for outdoor exercise time during lunch. While the MS students do have opportunity to go outdoors during lunch the MS administration is looking to design a lunch time activity program for the next school year. This year, students will continue to have the opportunity to go outdoors during lunch weather and supervision-permitting. In addition, we have formed an Ad Hoc Committee comprised of school-based administrators, teachers, the Director of the Community School and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction who will begin a thorough review relative to implementing full day kindergarten in Glen Rock. As the work of the committee gets underway, parent representatives will be invited to join the professionals. 

The next Super Session is scheduled for May 20, 2014. The morning session will be held at the Glen Rock Public Library lower level meeting room from 9:30 am - 11:00 am. The evening session will be held at the Central Office Conference Room from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
Genesis
Click here to view the Superintendent's presentation on the Genesis Student Information Management System to the Board of Education on February 10, 2014
Guidance Effective Evaluation System Pilot
Click here to view the Superintendent's presentation on the implementation of the Guidance Counselor Effective Evaluation System Pilot to the Board of Education on February 10, 2014
Stronge Effective Evaluation System
Click here to view the Superintendent's presentation on the implementation of the Stronge Effective Evaluation System and My Learning Plan/OASYS to the Board of Education on January 27, 2014.
Super Session #2 February 19, 2014
The second Super Session will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in the conference room located at GR Public Schools Central Office: 620 Harristown Rd. There will be two sessions: 9:00am - 11:00am and 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Super Sessions offer residents and parents an opportunity to engage with the superintendent on matters relative to the public schools.
Seasonal Greeting from the CSA
Click here to read the seasonal greeting from Dr. Valenti.
Super Session 11/14/13
Thank you to those residents and school community members who attended the first two Super Sessions held at the Public Library on November 14th! Approximately 38 parents attended the sessions. We have already acted upon a few items that were brought forth in the discussion; specifically we will create a link for our website that lists AED locations; families will soon receive a correspondence requesting they update their Honeywell and Genesis data to ensure accurate communication. If you have not updated your emergency contact information in some time it is recommended that you do so as soon as possible. Honeywell data may be updated via the district website and the Genesis system is updated by contacting the Guidance Department at the High School. The Super Session conversations covered a broad range of topics including the recent evacuation, overall communication, technology, report cards, conferences, voting in schools, home work and the proposed new schedule for the high school. Super Sessions will be held again in the winter. The meetings are organized as informal opportunities to gather at the table with school leaders to share ideas, thoughts and comments on school district initiatives. Please watch for information regarding the next scheduled Super Session!
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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