FOR YOUR INFORMATION
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.
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
In Literacy is NOT Enough, the authors explain in detail how to add these new components of literacy:
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: http://www.corwin.com/books/Book234605 to learn more about the authors and purchase this book. Also available at: Barnes & Noble or as an ebook at: amazon.com.
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
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).
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.
Family Support Organization of Bergen County
0-108 29th Street
Fairlawn, NJ 07410
PHONE: (201) 796-6209 ext. 101
FAX: (201) 796-1151