Mark your calendars for the following dates:
7th Grade ELA Teachers Won $600 Grant for New Books!
Other staff members will be joining Mrs. Snevily’s and Ms. Mullan’s students in Book Club discussions. Seventh Grade Social Studies teacher, Mrs. Moira Largiader, will partake in the I Lived on Buttterfly Hill group. Guidance Counselor, Ms. Jennifer Peirson will be reading Ugly with her group. Students were excited to learn that Mr. Platt is reading Undefeated. He is currently reading the book, marking his book with Post-its, filling in his "Ticket to Talk" and attending the weekly book club meetings on Fridays!
Point Road Multicultural Day
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Little Silver PTO Welcomes Author Patricia Polacco to Point Road School
2017 PARCC Scores Used For Course/Class Placement
During this 2016-17 school year, the Spotlight has featured various PARCC articles. As noted in the November 2016 Spotlight, on August 3, 2016, the New Jersey State Board of Education approved updated state regulations in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. While there are certain provisions that are being phased in (see assessment requirements), our current 8th grade students (Class of 2021) and beyond must take and pass the PARCC ELA Grade 10 and PARCC Algebra 1 in order to graduate from high school. NJ School districts were encouraged to wait until this third year (2017) of PARCC administration to use the scores for placement purposes. Little Silver heeded that advice and did not use 2015 or 2016 scores to inform placement decisions. We will, however, be using the 2017 test results as one criterion to help inform a variety of decisions such as: class placement, middle school advanced math placement, and middle school enrichment (formerly G&T) placement.
School Performance Reports are one of New Jersey’s three primary accountability systems, which also include federal accountability for schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and state accountability for districts under the Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC). Each of these systems comes with a unique set of indicators and/or requirements and collectively defines accountability for education in New Jersey.
School Performance Reports were first developed for the 2011-12 school year with the input of stakeholders. The Department continues to rely on stakeholder input to ensure the reports provide a holistic picture of school performance. As one of the most critical school accountability systems in New Jersey, the Department is continually looking for ways to improve the readability and usability of these reports. The goal is to provide all members of the local community with a picture of how students are demonstrating skills and behaviors indicative of college and career readiness and what type of educational experiences the students have available to them.
The 2015-16 School Performance Reports will be released during the week of April 3, 2017. The Department anticipates that some viewers of the School Performance Reports (https://homeroom5.doe.state.nj.us/pr/) may try to utilize them to create a summative ranking of schools, akin to a “Best New Jersey Schools” list. The NJDOE discourages the use of the reports for this purpose. While the School Performance Reports bring attention to important student outcomes, they do not present data about other essential elements of a school, such as the provision of opportunities to participate and excel in extracurricular activities; the development of non-cognitive skills like time management and perseverance; or the presence of a positive school culture or climate.
Please note that School Performance Reports always reflect the prior academic school year. Therefore, the upcoming release of the 2015-16 reports will reflect the most current results available.
Last April 2016, with lead issues in the headlines, LS decided to embark upon proactive, independent water tests. The purpose of the testing was to identify if lead was present in our drinking water. We were happy to confirm that the Little Silver School District’s water was lead-free. Since that time, the state has created more rigorous lead-testing criteria. Little Silver School District is committed to protecting our students’ and staff’s health. As a result, a more comprehensive evaluation will be conducted on April 8th. All drinking water outlets in the district will be sampled. Upon receiving the sample results, we will inform you if any of the drinking water outlets had a result greater than the level deemed safe by the state.
Why Test School Drinking Water for Lead?
Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters the body from drinking water or other sources. Lead is most dangerous for pregnant women, infants, and children under 6 years old. Exposure to high levels of lead during pregnancy contributes to low birth weight and developmental delays in infants. In young children, lead exposure can lower IQ levels, affect hearing, reduce attention span, and hurt school performance. At very high levels, lead can even cause brain damage.
Lead is rarely found in the source water; rather it enters the drinking water primarily as a result of the corrosion, or wearing away, of materials containing lead in the service line or interior plumbing. These materials include lead-based solder used to join copper pipe, brass and chrome-brass faucets, and in some cases, pipes made of lead that connect buildings to water mains (service lines). Since 1986, all plumbing materials must be “lead free”.
While we anticipate receiving lead-free results, should we have any concerns we will implement immediate remedial measures for any drinking water outlet with a result greater than the level deemed safe by the state.
New Jersey Heroin Overdose Death Rate is triple the Soaring U.S. Rate!
In recent years, Monmouth County School districts have been faced with increasing student overdoses and even deaths. Little Silver is not immune from drug-related issues. Parents of elementary school children are encouraged to become informed! On Wednesday, April 26th, Monmouth Medical Center is hosting a Community Conversation entitled, “Responding to the Heroin Epidemic in Monmouth County.” Panel speakers include: 1. Victor Almeida, Chairman of Emergency Medicine, Monmouth Medical Center; 2. Christopher Gramiccinoni, Monmouth County Prosecutor; and 3. Dennis Makarowski, Co-Occurring Disorder Specialist, Behavioral Health, Monmouth Medical Center. The event is being held at the Monmouth University Pollak Theater located at 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The program begins at 6:00 PM. Please RSVP by Friday, April 21st to WWW.BARNABASHEALTH.ORG/2017CONVERSATION