October 2019 Spotlight

Score Report

Mark your calendars for the following October 2019 dates:

  • Wednesday, October 2nd  - EFLS Meeting – 7:30 PM Point Road Media Center
  • Thursday, October 3rd  - Wellness Symposium – 6:00 PM Brookdale Community College
  • Friday, October 4th – PTO Room Parent Meeting – 9:15 AM Markham Place Cafetorium
  • Wednesday, October 9th  - SCHOOL CLOSED – Yom Kippur
  • Monday, October 14th  – SCHOOL CLOSED – Staff Professional Development Day
  • Tuesday, October 15th  SCHOOL CLOSED – Staff Professional Development Day
  • Wednesday, October 16th PTO meeting – 9:15 AM Markham Place Media Center
  • Thursday, October 17th – Board of Education Meeting – 7:00 PM Markham Place Media Center
  • Monday, October 28, 2019 – Title 1 Parent Meeting – 7:00 PM Markham Place Media Center

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Monmouth County Schools Partnership for Wellness

 

On Thursday, October 3, 2019, the Monmouth County Schools Partnership for Wellness (MCSPW) will be hosting its first Mental Health and Wellness Symposium at Brookdale Community College from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM.  The event will be held in the Student Life Center, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738.  For more information, please follow the Monmouth County Schools Partnership for Wellness (MCSPW) on Twitter (@MCSPWellness) and Facebook (Monmouth County Schools Partnership for Wellness).

To register, go to:  https://forms.gle/q3mkmGLqiWSh7PY99   


Genesis Parent Portal Contact Tab Update

Parents are asked to check that the “Contact” information in Genesis is complete and comprehensive to ensure that you receive desired notifications.  Please check the following:

  • Parents are responsible for keeping their information up-to-date through the Genesis Parent Portal.
  • Any changes you make should be made for each child you have in the school system. There are separate contacts for EACH child. Do not solely change information for the first child listed, or your other children will have incorrect contact information in their records.
  • Be sure each cell phone for a parent or guardian has a carrier (such as Verizon, T-Mobile) listed.
  • If you have a family email address, only list it once under the first (primary) contact.  You need not repeat it under both parents. 
  • If your address changes, you must call the school to make the change. You will need to produce all of the required proofs of residency.
  • For additional questions, please email Rachel Hamm – Markham Place (rhamm@littlesilverschools.org) or Lynn Thompson – Point Road (lthompson@littlesilverschools.org). 

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  • The Course Page screen will be displayed when you log on.
  • Click on the CONTACTS tab to maintain your contacts.

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MAKING CHANGES TO PARENT OR GUARDIAN RECORDS

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  • To delete an email address or phone number, click the trash can  Trash Can image
  • Email addresses with a Parents symbol symbol represent your Genesis Parent Portal Account. They should never be deleted or you will lose access to your account. If you change your primary email address which has Parents symbol next to it, the system will let you know it’s changing your logon ID, and then change your logon and send you a new password.
  • To change an existing email address or phone number, you can retype it on the screen and click the Save All Changes button.
  • To supply your cell phone carrier, choose your carrier from the dropdown and click the Save All Changes button.
  • To add an additional phone number or email address, choose from the dropdown what you want to add. Then enter the number, carrier for cell phones, or email address. Click the Save All Changes button when done.
  • If a parent or guardian’s name is spelled incorrectly, missing or the relationship is wrong, please call your child’s school to make the correction.

Parental Notification of Standardized Assessment

School districts are required to notify parents of any State assessment or commercially-developed standardized assessment that will be administered over the course of the year.  Below is our assessment schedule.

Key:

  • Number of Testing Administrations in Districts refers to the number of times a particular assessment will be offered during the school year.
  • Testing Mode refers to how the student will be administered the assessment.
  • Testing Time is the maximum amount of time allotted to students to complete the assessment.
  • Testing Window is the period in which districts administer the statewide student assessment.
  • Results Available refers to date districts receive individualized student results from the assessment vendor. These results should be distributed to students, educators and families as soon as possible.
  • Requirement refers to whether the assessment is required (Req.) by state and/or federal (Fed.) government, or by the district

Assessment

Name

Subject

Area(s)

Grade

Level

Tested

# of

Test

Admins

 

Testing

Mode

Testing time allotted per student

Testing Window

Results Available

Req.

Info. About avail. Accommodations & Accessibility Features

Info. For parents re. the Assessment

NJSLA

Math

3-8

Algebra

Geometry

1

Computer or paper options for students with disabilities

Two 90-minute units

3rd-4th:

5/4/20-5/8/20

5th-8th:

5/11/20-

5/15/20

≈ mid to late August

State

and Federal

NJSLA Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual

For more information please visit the Office of Assessments website

 

NJSLA

ELA

3-8

1

Computer or paper options for students with disabilities

Two 90-minute units

3rd-4th:

5/4/20-5/8/20

5th-8th:

5/11/20-

5/15/20

≈ mid to late August

State

and Federal

NJSLA Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual

For more information please visit the Office of Assessments website

 

NJSLA

Science

5 and 8

1

Computer or paper options for students with disabilities

Four

45-minute units

5th & 8th:

5/18/20-5/22/20

≈ late Sept. to early Oct.

State

and Federal

NJSLA Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual

For more information please visit the Office of Assessments website

 

Cognitive Abilities Test

Verbal

Quantitative

Reasoning

2 and 5

1

Paper

≈ 1.5 hours

2/24/20-2/28/20

Spring 2020

 

 

 

Dynamic

Learning

Map

ELA

Math

Science

Select students

3-8

1

Computer

 

 

 

State

and Federal

DLM Accessibility Manual

For more information please visit the Office of Assessments website

 

i-Ready

Diagnostic

 

Math

1-8

3

Computer

1-2 class periods

Sept.

Jan.

April/

May

Upon completion of test

 

 

i-Ready

 

i-Ready

Diagnostic

 

ELA

1-8

3

Computer

1-2 class periods

Sept.

Jan.

April/

May

Upon completion of test

 

 

i-Ready

 


 

2019 NJSLA Score Report

New Jersey Student Learning Assessments

Little Silver’s New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) Score Report to the Community 2019 that was presented during the September 26th Board of Education Meeting, can be found on the district’s website at: https://www.littlesilverschools.org/district/njsla-score-report-nj-school-performance-reports


Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

At times, individuals have been overheard saying, “My child is being bullied.”  Little Silver’s Board of Education Policy 5512, Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, defines the parameters of an incident that would be considered “bullying” as opposed to student “conflict”.  All students need to learn how to maneuver through conflict with others as they grow and mature while seeking the assistance of teachers, counselors and parents.  Please talk with your child when conflict occurs.  Not all “conflict” constitutes “bullying.”  There are distinct differences between “Conflict” and “Bullying” based on the parameters of the Anti-Bullying Right Act.  For the specific parameters of the School Board Policy, please click on the policy link above.  A brief distinction between conflict and bullying includes:

Conflict

* Does not disrupt the operation of the school day

* Has the effect of upsetting or bothering another student

* A reasonable person should know that it could possibly place a student in fear of physical or emotional harm

* A reasonable person should know that actions could possibly cause physical or emotional harm to a student

* Environment and education are not interfered with

* There could be momentary physical or emotional harm to a student

Bullying

* Substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school day

* Has the effect of insulting or demeaning students

* A reasonable person should know that actions will place a student in fear of physical or emotional harm

* A reasonable person should know that actions will cause physical or emotional harm to a student

* Creates a hostile environment by interfering with a student’s education

* Causes severe or ongoing physical or emotional harm to a student


Respect Week (October 7th-11th) and School Violence Awareness Week (October 21st-25th) Recognized

The Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Law designates the first full week of October as a “Week of Respect” in New Jersey. School districts are directed to observe the week by providing age-appropriate instruction focusing on preventing harassment, intimidation, or bullying.  The NJDOE designates the third full week of October as “School Violence Awareness Week.”  The New Jersey Legislature has set aside both weeks to highlight these very important issues. However, the Little Silver Schools work hard to maintain a clear, consistent message throughout the school year about positive school climate and student behavioral expectations.  Through the collaborative support of staff, parents and students, we work to create a safe and supportive learning environment for all of our students and staff.

During Respect Week, the guidance counselor and teachers at Point Road will be facilitating lessons incorporating the theme of “respect.” They will discuss respect, being “mindful” in how we respond to others and the importance of developing a “growth mindset.” These lessons will also reinforce the school rules: Be respectful, be responsible and be ready to learn!  Be a kind and awesome Point Road Warrior!

Each morning, there will be a special morning announcement with a secret password as well as an inspirational message or quote about respect. Students will be encouraged to keep track of the daily words in order to figure out the message by the end of the week. The students will learn the respect pledge and then sign their name to this during recess. The completed pledge with all of the student signatures will be displayed near the main office.

As a schoolwide effort, classroom posters will be created that demonstrate way to be kind and respectful. These posters will be displayed in the cafeteria as a daily reminder to the students of the importance of respect.  Additional posters will be placed near the water fountains and bathrooms as a further reminder to students to show respect.

Students will wear mismatched socks to school on Monday, October 8th as we celebrate “Sock It to Bullying Day” and we will be wearing Little Silver Spirit wear or blue and white on Friday, October 11th.

Fourth grade students will participate in a Sandy Hook Promise lesson. The mission of the Sandy Hook Promise is to prevent gun violence before it happens by teaching youth and adults how to recognize the signs of potential gun violence.

During School Violence Awareness Week, the guidance counselor at Point Road will visit classrooms and discuss conflict resolution and “debugging.” On October 22nd students will participate in Mix it Up Day and have an opportunity, during lunch, to sit at different tables and are encouraged to get to know a new person. 

Third Grade Students will participate in the Sandy Hook Promise program on Wednesday, October 23rd.  On Friday, October 25th we will be showing our ability to work as unified groups by wearing our class colored shirts. Classroom teachers will review the importance of safety and how to recognize signs of potential danger.

The Markham Place theme for the month is "Leading with Positivity, Respect, & Kindness".  The Markham Place students will listen to motivational speaker Brandon White present to them about these themes in an interactive assembly.   Thank you to the PTO Cultural Arts team for bringing in such a great speaker!  On October 18th, the school will participate in a Warrior Day showing their school spirit as well as have their October Kith meeting.  Each Kith will be doing an activity based around the month's theme and Mr. White's presentation.

Wednesday, October 23rd marks National Students Against Violence Everywhere Day.  Students and staff are encouraged to show their support by wearing purple and orange.  Finally, the Student Council Officers will unveil their School Rules to the student body.  These aspirational rules are not only important during Respect Week, but will also serve as reminders throughout the year for our students and staff to challenge themselves to lead with positivity, respect and kindness.


MySchoolBucks Payments

This is a reminder that parents will pay for both afterschool activities as well as technology insurance online utilizing MySchoolBucks.  This is a gentle reminder that many parents have completed the form in Genesis that they WANT to purchase the technology insurance, but they have to still add it to your basket and pay for it in MySchoolBucks. 

 

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Quality Counts 2019: Grading the States

In their September 2019 article, Education Week revealed that New Jersey is ow the top-ranked State in the Nation in terms of academic achievement.  To read more click:  Grading the States


VAPING Risks

The use of vaping devices has been steadily gaining popularity among middle and high school youth. E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, also known as electronic vaping devices or electronic nicotine delivery systems, are battery-powered devices that were originally marketed as an option for adult smoking cessation. However, as of the 2016 NJ Youth Tobacco Survey, vaping had surpassed the prevalence of conventional cigarette usage. Though the Food and Drug Administration recently issued new restrictions regarding the sale of vape products, vaping continues to present as a growing concern among youth. There is a common misconception that vaping is safe. E-cigarettes are not safe for youth; most contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and harmful to adolescent brain development. It is important for consumers to know that even if the vape juice does not contain nicotine, the chemicals and metals contained in the flavoring can still pose a potential for harm.

The following links provide additional information for parents and guardians:


 

 

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