Letter from the Superintendent

Letter from the Superintendent
Posted on 09/12/2017

September 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The school year is off to a great start! Listed below is some information about initiatives being researched at the Elementary Schools and the Jr./Sr. High School. Back to School Night dates and recent administrative changes are also included.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INFORMATION:

At the Elementary schools, the building Principals, staff, and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction are exploring MAP Testing and the Classworks program. Listed below is a brief description of both programs.

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is an online assessment that varies the level of complexity based on student's answers. For example, if a student gets an answer correct the next question gets progressively harder; should the student get the answer wrong the next question will be slightly easier. This method provides an accurate measure of the student's achievement level. It also allows teachers to continually monitor student growth and differentiate and remediate when needed.

The Classworks program works with MAP testing to analyze the results and provide teachers with tailored lesson plans for each student to address any potential gaps in learning. Lessons are differentiated for each unique need. Reports are generated to see student progress on skills and provide a continual plan for academic growth.

JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION:

At the Jr./Sr. High School, the administration, staff, and students have started “Garnet Time”. The Garnet Time program alters the lunch schedule from students eating during one of four separate lunch periods to all students, grades 7-12, eating lunch at the same time. By condensing the lunch periods into one section, we are able to provide time during the school day for students to get extra academic assistance. Finding time to get help after school has been a great burden to many of our students, for reasons that range from a full extra-curricular schedule, to work commitments, and transportation limitations. Garnet Time eliminates those hurdles. Additionally, Garnet Time has the benefits of students being able to join more activities and also allows students to eat lunch with their friends.

We are also exploring a technology program entitled, “Students Leading Education”. A brief description of that program is listed below.

SLED (Students Leading Education) - Students are taught how to lead change in the area of technology. As representatives of the student body, these leaders work with administration to plan and implement new technology learning initiatives. Student leaders recommend new apps and content and help facilitate the implementation of those ideas.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT DATES:

Glenview Elementary School - Thursday, September 19th @ 6:30PM
Atlantic Avenue Elementary School - Tuesday, September 26th @ 6:30PM
Seventh Avenue Elementary School - Thursday, September 28th @ 6:30PM
Jr./Sr. High School - Thursday, October 5th @ 7:00PM

ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES:

Ms. Owen, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, earned another administrative position in a different district. Therefore, this summer we have been interviewing candidates to replace her. Mr. Corn, formerly the Haddon Heights Jr./Sr. High School Principal, earned the position. Mr. Rosen, formerly the Vice Principal at Haddon Heights Jr./Sr. High School (grades 7-9), was the successful candidate for the vacant Jr./Sr. High School Principal position. Ms. Arcolesse then earned the Haddon Heights Jr./Sr. High School Vice Principal (grades 7-9) position. She comes to us from Highland High School where she was a Vice Principal there for a few years.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Back to School Nights and other events throughout the school year.

Sincerely,

Michael Adams

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