February 2020 Spotlight

February 2020 Spotlight

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, February 5th - 7:30 PM  Education Foundation (EFLS)
  • Tuesday, February 11th - 12:30 Dismissal Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, February 14th  – School Closed- PD Day for Staff
  • Monday, February 17th - School Closed - Presidents’ Day
  • Thursday, February 20th - 7:00 PM Board of Education Meeting​​​​​​

Where Does My Tax Money Go?

Tax bills are not only Little Silver school taxes; they are comprised of the following:

  • Local Municipal Taxes
  • Little Silver School District Taxes
  • County Taxes
  • Red Bank Regional High School Taxes
  • County Library Taxes
  • Municipal Open Space Taxes
  • County Open Space Taxes

 (Items in red are the largest percentages)

According to the Monmouth County Board of Taxation General Tax Rate Certification Schedule for 2019, approximately 14.5% of collected taxes are sent to the county to be dispersed between the county budget, the county library budget, and the county open space fund.   The local municipality realizes about 22.5% of collected taxes with about 22% going to town operations and the remaining .5% going to a municipal open space fund.  RBR receives approximately 22% of dollars received, and the largest portion of your tax bill, about 41%, goes to the Little Silver School District

While a significant portion of local taxes is directed to the school system, the rate of increases for overall school operations far exceeds the percentage received. 

Local tax dollars are not sent to the State of New Jersey.  Personal State Income Tax money from local residents is sent to the State.  The State of NJ then determines a State Budget, some of which is allocated to schools.  There is a stark disparity between the amount of State Income Tax money sent to the State of New Jersey from local residents versus the amount of money Little Silver receives back in the form of School State Aid.

The New Jersey School Boards Association Warns Parents about the Dangers of Vaping

With a growing number of students participating in vaping – smoking e-cigarettes often laced with addictive nicotine and sweet flavors — the New Jersey School Boards Association will be posting a series of videos to help inform parents and educators about the phenomenon.  Please visit the NJSBA website to view the videos.


Markham Chorus Students Qualify for Central Jersey Region Choir!

Four chorus students auditioned for the Central Jersey Music Educators Association (CJMEA) Region Choir. This choir is an honors choir comprised of the top performing middle school vocalists in 11 counties in the central part of New Jersey. We are very excited to announce that all four students were accepted this year. The students include: Nyla Yarbrough, Lauren Connelly, Olivia Narang, and Julia Clark (not pictured).  These students will be attending 6 rehearsals during the next few weekends, and will be performing in a concert at Monroe Township High School on March 8th. We are very excited for our students!  Thank you Mrs. Bennett and Ms. Brush for your hard work in developing the talents of these extraordinary students!

Markham Writers Selected for Publication!

Young Writers (https://youngwritersusa.com), established in 1991, promotes literacy in children.  The owners of the organization pride themselves on encouraging young writers to read, write and enjoy poetry as well as creative writing. Young Writers offers various contents with different criteria.  Winning entries get published.  Having work published boosts confidence, nurtures creative talent and showcases creativity.  Congratulations to 8th grade students James Stark and Avery Venino for having their mini sagas selected to be part of Young Writer’s Survival Sagas: Mission Contamination contest.  The mini saga submitted by James, What Have I Done?, along with Avery’s piece, The Creature, were among the 10,000+ entries!  Both students will have their work published in Mission Contamination – Tales of Peril which is scheduled for publication on February 29, 2020.  Congratulations to our young writers.   Thank you to Mrs. Janice Anderson for continuously challenging our students to perfect their craft of writing!

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The New Jersey Department of Education Provides Guidance on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) have been working collaboratively to respond with information for school communities regarding the 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus that was first identified last month in Wuhan, China.  Although the virus is understandably a cause for concern, the NJDOE and NJDOH have conveyed that the risk to the general public within our State remains low.  As of January 28, 2020, there were five confirmed cases in the United States and no confirmed cases in New Jersey.  However, as of February 2, 2020, there are three cases being investigated in New York City.  The Department of Health’s webpage contains extensive information including:

Travel Information:

The NJDOE has established a hotline (1-800-222-1222) to answer questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.  The 24-hour public hotline is staffed with trained healthcare professionals.  The Little Silver School District will continue to provide updated information as needed. 

How Does the District Pay for Professional Development?

With the school budget build in process for the 2020-2021 school year, a question was recently posed about funding for professional development.  There are $0 taxpayers dollars used for professional development.  While Little Silver receives little money in the form of State Grants under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we do receive some.  There are nine titles for potential grant qualification of which Little Silver qualifies for three:

  • Title IA – Improving Basic Programs
  • Title IIA – Preparing, Training, & Recruiting High Quality Staff
  • Title IV – 21st Century Schools

Each separate title has a different set of criteria for which grant specifications must be written.  The district receives just under $20,000 for our Title IIA grant (Preparing, Training, & Recruiting High Quality Staff), all of which is used for supporting the professional development needs of staff. 

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Did you know that the Education Foundation of Little Silver (EFLS) is hosting their annual fundraising event on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Navesink Country Club located at 50 Luffburrow Lane, Middletown, NJ 07748.  Come support the EFLS in helping to provide our students with the most current technologies!