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District Announcements
Superintendent's 2014 Thanksgiving Message
Click here to read the Superintendent's 2014 Thanksgiving Message.
After Care is Cancelled for Wed., Nov. 26
Due to the impending storm, the After Care program at all elementary schools is cancelled for Wednesday, Nov. 26. Parents are asked to pick up their children at the early dismissal time of 12:33 p.m.
NO Opt Out of the PARCC Tests
On Oct. 30 Acting Commissioner of Education David Hespe issued a memorandum that seeks to clarify the ability of parents and students to choose to “opt-out” of the online PARCC tests.

The memo makes clear that there is no formal procedure for such opt-outs, and that the state expects students to take the examinations.  “State law and regulations require all students to take state assessments,” notes the document. “For the 2014-2015 school year, the PARCC assessment will replace the prior statewide assessments.”

The memo also notes that since the PARCC assessment is part of the state-required educational program, schools are not required to provide an alternative education program for students who do not participate in the statewide assessment. “We encourage all chief school administrators to review the district’s discipline and attendance policies to ensure that they address situations that may arise during days that statewide assessments, such as PARCC, are being administered,” Hespe said in the statement.

Focus on the Positive   The commissioner encouraged districts to discuss the positive aspects of PARCC with parents and students. Those benefits include the ability of PARCC to provide parents with important information about their child’s progress; and the fact that the PARCC tests will allow for timely and detailed diagnostic information about individual student performance that can be used to pinpoint areas of difficulty and customize instruction for students.
Inclement Weather Announcements
The Glen Rock Public Schools will utilize the Honeywell system to alert families of emergency delayed openings and school closings. Families are reminded to check and update Honeywell information to ensure correct phone numbers are entered into the system. The information will also be posted to FIOS, Channel 12 and Channel 2 news programs.
Notice to the Public – Amendment to Employment Agreement with the Superintendent of Schools
Please click here for information on meeting time and location.
GRPD Adds Crossing Guard
In response to parent concerns, the Glen Rock Police Department is adding an afternoon school crossing guard at the intersection of Rock & Berkeley effective Monday, November 3, 2014. This additional crossing post will be staffed by an adult guard from 3-3:50 p.m. every school day. The guard that is currently there in the morning will continue to cover that post from 7:15-8:45 a.m. 
Information Regarding Enterovirus
October 8, 2014
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
                With the recent reports of Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) in New Jersey, I want you to know that I understand your concerns and that you have many questions surrounding it. To help address some of these questions, the New Jersey Department of Health has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document regarding EV-D68. These FAQs are available at http://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/ev_faq.pdf  and are continuously updated, so please check back often. You can also access information from the CDC here. We will continue to monitor any instances of the virus throughout the state and locally and be in contact with additional information of necessary. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns regarding EV-D68 with regards to your own child, please contact your pediatrician or school nurse.
 
Sincerely,
 
Paula Valenti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
College Board Names 74 GRHS AP Scholars
Glen Rock High School is pleased to announce that 74 students have earned the distinction of Advanced Placement Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their outstanding achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Examinations in May, 2014.
Please click here for the complete story and list.   

            
Media Violence Impact on Youth
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that by age 18, the average American child will have viewed 200,000 acts of violence on television. Some studies suggest that exposure to violence in the media increases the chances that children will behave more aggressively, experience more anger and hostility, think more about aggression and violence, and become “numb” to images of violence. In response to this concern and in an effort to increase awareness the Governor recently signed P.L. 2013,c.146, which requires the NJDOE to educate parents on how they can limit a child’s exposure to violence on television, cell phone, computers and other electronic devices. Therefore, school districts are required to distribute the pamphlet below to the parents/guardians of students who attend Glen Rock Public Schools. A copy of the pamphlet is also available at your child’s school.
Glen Rock Public Schools ask that you partner with us to review this information and act accordingly. Thank you for your efforts to support positive student development
Click here for a copy of "Media Violence and Youth."
ABR (ANTI-BULLYING BILL OF RIGHTS) DISTRICT AND SCHOOL GRADE REPORT
In compliance with N.J.S.A. 18A:37-17a and the annual review of the Board of Education’s HIB policy as required in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15c, the Glen Rock School District has completed a self-assessment in determining the district’s status in complying with the ABR Act. The district is required to report to the BOE and the public the exact grade reports issued by the NJDOE. The purpose is to provide the board and the public the opportunity to learn about the district’s implementation of the ABR. Glen Rock will use this information in its annual review of its HIB prevention programs, approaches and other initiatives. In completing the self-assessment, the use of the reference to “HIB” is intended to be broader than the terms “harassment, intimidation and bullying;” it includes initiatives aimed at addressing anti-bullying and the improvement of school climates, school cultures and other conditions that negatively affect student learning and growth.
Click here to view the NJDOE assigned grades for Glen Rock School District and schools.
NJDOE RELEASES SCHOOL PERFORMANCE REPORTS FOR 2012-13
The New Jersey Department of Education has released the School Performance Reports for the 2012-13 school year. These reports are designed to inform parents, educators and students about how well a school is preparing its students for college and careers.
In particular, the new School Performance Reports seek to:
·         Focus attention on metrics that are indicative of college and career readiness.
·         Benchmark a school’s performance against other peer schools that are educating similar students, against statewide outcomes, and against state targets to illuminate and build upon a school’s strengths and identify areas for improvement.
·         Improve educational outcomes for students by providing both longitudinal and growth data so that progress can be measured as part of an individual school’s efforts to engage in continuous improvement.

The Performance Reports include measures of student growth, utilizing the Student Growth Percentile (SGP) methodology. SGP creates a measure of how students progressed in grades 4 through 8 on the NJASK language arts literacy and math assessments when compared to other students with a similar NJASK test score history. A short video explaining the SGP methodology can be found here: http://www.state.nj.us/education/njsmart/performance
 
The School Performance reports for Glen Rock can be accessed online at: http://education.state.nj.us/pr/  

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