April 2020 Spotlight

remote learning

Mark your calendars for the following dates:

  •  Monday, April 13th – Friday, April 17th  SPRING BREAK (No remote learning)

  • Thursday, April 30th – BOE meeting – 7:00 PM (If school has not resumed as normal, a link to the virtual meeting will be shared.)


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Remote Learning Center for Little Silver Parents

This is a reminder that the Remote Learning Center for Little Silver Parents under the Parent Quicklink on the district’s homepage includes a plethora of information for parents that is updated as appropriate.  Resources include:

  • Parent Guidelines for Continuity of Learning
  • Student Login Links
  • Strategies to Use at Home
  • Remote Learning Resources
  • How to Print on a Chromebook
  • How to Submit a Help Desk Request

Members of the Child Study Team launched a district podcast on March 30, 2020 entitled, Coping with the Challenges of COVID 19.  These approximately 30-60 minute episodes can be accessed via the Remote Learning Center Link for Little Silver Parents under the Parents Quicklink.


COVID-19 UPDATE CENTER

While we have been slowly settling into our “new normal”, the COVID-19 Update Center on the district’s homepage does have hyperlinks to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 


I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Little Silver Community at large.  First, to our staff members - I continue to be extremely proud of your tireless work.  Our teaching and support staff members are working hard to provide a continuity of instruction to the children of Little Silver while also balancing their home responsibilities.  Next, to our maintenance and custodial staff – they have continued to report to work every day to ensure that our schools are sanitized and ready when we are able to reopen our doors.  To central office personnel – while most staff members are working remotely, members of central office continue to report to work on a rotation to run payroll, pays bills, and ensure that our district operations continue without a blip.  Members of the administrative team – these individuals worked tirelessly before this crisis.  They continue to work non-stop now.  To our two-person Technology Department – I’m not sure if they’ve slept since March 12th.  They’ve worked around the clock to deploy Chromebooks before we started our remote learning plan.  They’ve continued to provide training and troubleshoot issues for teachers, parents and students!  Parents – while remote learning was an adjustment for all, we thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we collectively maneuver through uncharted waters.  Students – you continue to demonstrate that you are proud Warriors!  We will continue to persevere during this difficult time!


Remote Learning – What Should Parents Expect?

The week of March 30th marks the third week of remote learning.  Our learning plan has continued to evolve, while we remain cognizant of the challenging balance facing working parents.  With no definitive end in sight, teachers have been asked to continue to deliver their curriculum to the most appropriate extent possible.  Standards within the scope and sequence of each Curriculum Guide need to be addressed.  That said, it is impossible to deliver the depth of instruction that students would have received if they were in school.   GoToMeetings – Teleconferencing with children raises different issues than teleconferencing with adults.  That said, as a school district we recognized that our instruction had to evolve and that live contact with students is important.  Teachers were asked to “start small” and begin to use GoToMeeting beginning the week of March 23rd in some capacity.  Teachers may have elected to facilitate a conference with a small group of students to start.  If your child was not part of a teleconference during the week of March 23rd, please be patient.  It’s coming!  Teachers are working hard to adjust to this teaching style.  PreK-5 Science and SS – Beginning the week of March 30th, Prek-5 teachers were asked to include a Science and SS activity/assignment into their weekly instruction.  This may look different per grade level.  If the upper elementary teachers rotate teaching Science and Social Studies content (i.e. several weeks for Science then switch to several weeks of Social Studies), then you can expect to see assignments relating to one or the other content rea.   Related Area Teachers – We have worked to create an instructional schedule that incorporates the mandatory content areas: ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies.   We are looking to support, not overwhelm parents.  Therefore, during the week of March 23rd, Related Area teachers (Art, Music, STEM, Technology, Health/PE, and Spanish) were asked to post one (1) activity for the week per grade level.  These activities are "optional" for students.  We are completely prepared to waive report grades for these areas “if” our virtual schooling continues for a prolonged period of time.


Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders No. 104 & 107

According to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 104 and affirmed in Executive Order No. 107, “all public, private, and parochial preschool program premises, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, shall remain closed to students as long as the executive orders remain in effect.”  While some school districts have been advising families of anticipated dates for reopening, communication to Little Silver families has consistently conveyed that we will be closed for the foreseeable future.   The decision to reopen schools lies squarely with Governor Murphy. As Governor Murphy stated, “the decision to reopen will be based on careful discussion with our public health and safety experts, and with our educators and districts, and will be guided by the facts on the ground.” Therefore, while I recognize that Little Silver residents would like a definitive reopening date, I will not speculate school reopening dates unless directed to do so by the Governor.  Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time.


Do you Tweet?

If you were not a Twitter user before schools closed for the Coronavirus, you may want to create your account!  Little Silver Staff members continue to share the great things that are happening!

      

Follow the district @LittleSilverSch.  Follow Point Road @PointRoad2. Follow Markham Place @Warrior_News.  AND…ask your child’s teacher if they Tweet and follow them too!


New Jersey School Performance Reports

New Jersey’s School Performance Reports provide families, educators, and the public a picture of overall school performance. The performance reports offer valuable information across many elements, including schoolwide academic achievement and progress, demographics, school climate, chronic absenteeism, and college and career readiness.

The 2018-2019 New Jersey School Performance Reports were recently released.  They are available for your review.  Click here

Enhancements to the 2018-2019 School Performance Reports

The 2018-2019 reports include changes that respond to stakeholder feedback collected through a feedback survey, parent round tables and workshops, and stakeholder engagement throughout the year. These changes include:

  • Emphasis on progress with new pages showing progress on student growth, proficiency, and graduation rates over the last three years
  • Expanded data that allows comparisons between additional student groups (e.g. gender, homeless students, students in foster care) for student growth, chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, and career and technical education program participation
  • Additional resources to help explain where the data in the reports comes from and how it’s calculated
  • More information including participation in computer science and information technology courses and school-level per-pupil expenditures

One-Page Summary Reports

Along with the full reports, one-page Summary Reports for each school and district are also available. The Summary Reports provide a high-level summary of how well a school or district is performing.

A Summary Report Guide is also available on the School Performance Reports webpage to explain the different data points on the Summary Reports.

The NJDOE continues to seek public input on ways to improve future reports. Please complete the feedback survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/201819SPR or email reportcard@doe.nj.gov with feedback and suggestions.


Results from the 2019 New Jersey Student Learning Assessment – Science are in!

Results from the Science portion of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA-S) that was administered to last year’s 5th and 8th grade students are in.  There will be a presentation to the community during the April 30th BOE meeting.  If that meeting is virtual, the presentation will be posted and discussed during the live meeting.


The New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA)

Did you know that Governor Phil Murphy cancelled all statewide student assessments for the spring 2020 testing window?  While testing has been cancelled for the spring testing window,  the NJDOE will make the NJSLA available in the summer or fall for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (and middle school students taking high-school level courses) who may want to use the NJSLA high school assessments to meet their graduation assessment requirements.  Therefore, for our students currently taking Algebra 1, we expect the Algebra 1 assessment will be made available over the summer.  More information will follow when it becomes available. 


Census 2020

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.  The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for our communities. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.  The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.


Budget and Finance

The final budget presentation to the community will be during the Thursday, April 30th BOE meeting. 

PLEASE refer to the March Spotlight to review the Budget Fact Sheet 2020.


Tips for Children and Families during COVID-19


 

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has resources for managing anxiety and stress?  For more information on stress and coping during COVID-19 please click here