Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 18, 2017

District News:
  • The next Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Ridgway library.  The 2017-2018 budget will be presented.  
  • The 2015-2016 School Performance Reports have been released.  Click HERE to see the reports.  Click HERE for more information on the reports.  You may also complete a short survey to offer feedback on the reports.  
  • The Bond Referendum webpage is updated frequently with announcements and pictures.  The projects are going smoothly.  We thank everyone for their continued patience.  
Magowan School News:
  • Kindergarten through Fourth grade students will begin the STAR READER incentive program on Monday, April 10th.  Each grade level set an ambitious goal for the number of books they could read in a nine week time period.  Ms. Miles held kick off assemblies the week of April 3rd.  Parents, be on the lookout for more information on how you can help your child!
  • Our Fourth grade students and staff visited the Franklin Institute on April 4th.
  • Third grade students took the PARCC test from April 3rd - April 11th.  
  • The Second grade team takes their annual trip to the Philadelphia Zoo on April 26th.
  • The Edgewater Park Township is donating a tree to Magowan School.  Representatives from the Township will present a brief assembly about Arbor Day to the Third grade students.  This event takes place on Arbor Day, April 28th.
  • Magowan School will once again participate in a community service project.  There will be a Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) assembly on Friday, May 5th.  A JDRF representative will teach students about Diabetes and kick off the fundraiser.   Students are encouraged to raise money with an adult family member and should never go door to door!
  • Looking ahead… Fun Day will take place on May 19th with a big Birthday Party for Mighty Max on June 2nd!
Ridgway School News:
  • We are proud to announce that the Iron giraffe project at RMS has raised over $4,000 to help supply fresh drinking water to families in South Sudan.
  • On 4/7, the 7th grade students will have their class trip.
  • On 5/17, RMS will host our annual Spring concert at 7:00 pm.
  • On 5/30, parent orientation for 4th grade parents will take place at RMS for children who will be 5th graders next year.  We will host two times that day,   10:00 am to 11:00 am or 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
  • On 5/31, the 8th grade students will take the NJASK Science test.
  • The 6th grade camping trip will take place May 4th-6th.
Corner of Curriculum & Instruction:
PARCC Assessment is Underway in Edgewater Park
Students in grades 3-8 will take PARCC in Math and Language Arts this spring. Below you will find parent resources to learn more about the assessment.  For a sample parent score report please click HERE.
Your child’s teacher can also provide more information about his/her academic performance.  In Edgewater Park Township we are committed to using multiple measures to describe students’ individual academic growth.  Please join us in celebrating your child’s hard work throughout the school year.  
To learn about PARCC click HERE
What are students asked to do on PARCC?
Students read passages from real texts — fiction and nonfiction, and sometimes watch video or listen to audio. They write, using what they've learned from the passages and multimedia to support their arguments. These skills are critically important for students in college and in the workplace. In the past, students have typically been asked to write only once in each grade span — in elementary, middle, and high school. PARCC measures writing at every grade because it is key to showing readiness for the next academic work, and in high school, readiness for college and career.

Students also solve multi-step math problems that require reasoning and address real-world situations. This requires students to reason mathematically, make sense of quantities and their relationships to solve real-world problems, and show their understanding. Many previous assessments focused mostly on rote procedure only.

Students participate in the end-of-year component shortly before the end of the school year. This consists of innovative, short-answer questions and items to measure concepts and skills. Students demonstrate their understanding of literary and informational reading passages and give definitions of words based on their reading of texts, rather than on memorization. They also show understanding of mathematics concepts, procedures and short applications.
Glossary of Terms Related to PARCC

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Ms. Miles enjoyed being a guest at a writer's celebration with Mrs. Eachus and her Kindergarten students.

Fifth grade students enjoyed a visit to Kean University to meet Salva Dut

Ms. Peak and Mrs. Fontana’s 7th grade STEM Club members visited Lockheed Martin for Engineering Day.  The students engaged in hands-on engineering activities.