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             MAY 2018 MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT


Teacher Appreciation Week  The week of May 7-11th is designated by the National PTA as Teacher Appreciation Week, a recognition program begun in 1984.  During this week, we pause to thank teachers for their professional dedication and service to children.  Midland Park’s teachers work daily with our students to guide and inspire them on their journey toward attaining the goal of lifelong learning.  There is an oft-repeated Russian proverb which speaks to the role of education in one’s life, “Education is light; lack of it is darkness.”  For all that our teachers do to light the way for students along their academic journeys, we extend sincere thanks and wish one and all a happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

We Are All Wonderfully Made  Special Education Week in New Jersey is commemorated by Proclamation of the New Jersey State Legislature, and is a chance for students, families, school administrators and decision-makers to celebrate special education services, special education programs, and most importantly, the special education teachers who make it possible for children with disabilities to learn effectively and to reach their full potential in their families and communities.  Special Education Week in New Jersey is co-sponsored by ASAH and the New Jersey School Boards Association. This year’s theme, “Working Together to Build a Special Future for All,” celebrates the collaborative spirit and educational strategies that make meaningful and productive futures possible for so many special education students in New Jersey. (Source: NJDOE website.)

Test Button  NJDOE Calls for Public Input to Inform Next Generation of Statewide Assessments (NJDOE Broadcast, 4/27/18)

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is seeking input from superintendents, teachers, test administrators, parents/caregivers, students and other stakeholders about how to best transition to the next generation of statewide assessments. The first phase of outreach will begin in May. Stakeholder input will play an integral role in the NJDOE’s short- and long-term plans for, and improvements to, the statewide assessment program. The NJDOE is particularly interested in perspectives on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), which is the current statewide assessment in math and English language arts/literacy. Public input is needed to determine what elements of the statewide assessment program work well, and what areas need improvement. One specific way to engage is through Statewide Assessment Collaboratives. These Collaboratives will represent interested stakeholders from across New Jersey who have direct and diverse experiences with the realities of statewide assessments and who represent various New Jersey education and community stakeholder groups. The Collaboratives will meet for a single half-day to reflect on experiences and to form recommendations for the future of statewide assessment in New Jersey.

If you are interested in participating in a Statewide Assessment Collaborative, please complete and submit an online interest form (available on the NJDOE website) by May 8 at 11:59 p.m. Locations and other details will be published by May 11.

 

Wishing you a wonderful May...
Dr. Marie Cirasella

Dr. Marie Cirasella


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