Mark your calendars for the following dates:
- Tuesday, January 1st - School Closed – New Year’s Day
- Thursday, January 3rd – 7:00 PM Board of Education Reorganization Meeting
- Wednesday, January 9th- 7:00 PM Curriculum Café - Markham Place
- Wednesday, January 16th - 7:30 PM Education Foundation (EFLS) Meeting – Point Road
- Friday, January 18th – 12:30 Dismissal – Staff Professional Development
- Monday, January 21st – School Closed - Martin Luther King Day
- Thursday, January 24th – 7:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
Board of Education News
On Thursday, January 3rd, the Little Silver Board of Education will welcome new members Alicia Aninowsky and Kate Galbavy. Both ladies have served as past PTO Presidents. They are active members of the community and continue to serve as integral members of the PTO. We welcome Mrs. Aninowsky and Mrs. Galbavy to their new roles, serving the community and ensuring the best possible education for the children of Little Silver.
On behalf of the Board of Education, we would like to thank Mr. Chris Smith for serving for almost 13 years on the Board of Education, the majority of which have been in the capacity as Board President. We also want to thank Mrs. Lorre Weisman for her 7 years of service. During their time in office, both Mr. Smith and Mrs. Weisman volunteered their time and participated in several district Strategic Planning efforts to ensure that the children of Little Silver receive a quality education. Both Mr. Smith’s and Mrs. Weisman’s many contributions were both valued and impactful to our community. Thank you both!
Little Silver is committed to ensuring a supportive and nondiscriminatory environment for ALL students. In order to create a safe and supportive environment, the NJDOE recommends that school districts incorporate social and emotional learning concepts into the curricula. On Wednesday, January 9th, the district will host a Curriculum Café whereby the district will REVISIT the 7th grade health curriculum, including the lessons that focus on embracing the LGBTQ community. We will provide terminology that will be taught to students as well as share some of the anticipated activities.
Little Silver Board of Education Recognizes Student Accomplishments
During the December 13th BOE meeting, the Board of Education recognized the Boys’ Cross Country participants for their Division Championship. Members of both the Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Teams went on to partake in the Meet of Champions. In addition, the Board recognized both the Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Teams for winning their divisions and securing the League Championship titles.
News from the Garden State Coalition of Schools (GSCS)
During the December 2018 Garden State Coalition Meeting, the GSCS welcomed NJ Senate President, Stephen Sweeney (NJ District 3), who discussed the recommendations and proposals in the “Path to Progress” report on New Jersey fiscal reform. An Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup was created to examine critical issues regarding New Jersey’s economic state. Eventually, the group made recommendations in the following categories:
- Pension & Benefit Reform
- Leveraging Assets to Stabilize the Pension System
- Education Reform at the Administrative Level
- County & Municipal Government Reform and Shared Services
- State and Local Government Tax Structure
Senator Sweeney conveyed that the fiscal crisis facing New Jersey is largely due to unsustainable pension and benefit costs. He shared that if this crisis is not resolved, it will be impossible for the State of New Jersey to meet their commitment to fully fund public schools, expand preschool and make New Jersey affordable for families, senior citizens, and businesses.
The New Jersey State Youth Orchestra is an honors orchestra comprised of highly skilled musicians in grades 4-12 throughout the State of New Jersey. There are currently approximately 175 students in the State whose auditions qualified them to participate in one of four ensembles. The Preparatory String Orchestra (PSO) is oriented toward students who are just beginning their musical training. It is open to string players in the second grade and above. The Concert Youth Orchestra (CYO) is open to string, woodwind, and brass players in the fifth grade and above. The orchestra is designed to expose students to the symphonic repertoire, and to hone skills in orchestral playing. Formerly known as the Senior Youth Orchestra, the Symphonic Youth Orchestra (SYO) is open to string, woodwind, and brass players in the ninth grade and above. The SYO performs the full symphonic repertoire and provides advanced orchestral experience for young musicians. Finally, the Chamber Music Ensemble gives advanced students the unique experience of playing in a small group with more individual responsibility. Congratulations to Markham Place students Jacqueline Rogers (violin), Carly Chrampanis (cello), Sofia Schweers (cello) and Connor Barkey (trumpet) for qualifying for the 2018-2019 New Jersey State Youth Orchestra - Concert Youth Orchestra!
Did you know that New Jersey is facing a fiscal crisis? This crisis prompted the “Path to Progress” report discussed earlier. One of the Educational Reform recommendations includes merging all K-4, K-5, K-6, K-8, and K-9 school districts into K-12 regional districts to improve the quality of education and promote efficiency. The report states that school spending for the top three quintiles of New Jersey school districts (970 students or more) averages $20,348 per pupil, the one-schoolhouse districts in the bottom quintile with 488 or fewer students spends $23,824 (17% more per pupil). The Little Silver school district has approximately 850 students. Our per pupil cost is currently approximately $15,500 – or about $5,000 less than the average per pupil cost ($20,849) according to the New Jersey Department of Education Taxpayer’s Guide to Education Spending 2018 (which reflects actual costs per pupil for the 2016-17 school year.) Little Silver is also far less than the 50 New Jersey school districts spending the most per student which include eight “8” Monmouth County School districts with per pupil costs ranging from $28,252 to $36,957.