Welcome Back to School

September Newsletter 2016

School Opening

The summer is always a busy time at Kinnelon Public Schools and while it feels like we would not be ready to open our doors in September, our custodial and maintenance department, technology department and administrators and their administrative assistants came through and once again, we opened with as few bumps as possible. Thank you to all who strive to make every school opening go smoothly.
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Back to School Night Dates

Stonybrook Kindergarten and Grade 3 - 09/19/2016 @ 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Stonybrook Grades 4 and 5 - 09/20/2016 @ 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

PRM - 09/21/2016 @ 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Kiel - 09/27/2016 @ 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

KHS - 09/29/2016 @ 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Happenings Over the Summer

Global Citizens Club Goes to Costa Rica

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Mrs. Battaglia, PRM Media Specialist and Advisor to the Global Citizens Club reported that the group "had an OUTSTANDING time!" She further reported that the culture, language, foods, and amazing setting were incredible! The students engaged in patrolling the beach for sea turtles and while enjoying it recognized that it was no "walk on the beach"! It was extremely physically challenging during the night where the students did their turtle searches in pitch blackness (light scares the turtles), loads of obstacles and debris that caused them to trip and fall, they experienced constant changing terrain (dips, hills and holes in the sand), pouring rain, blinding lightning, and biting sand fleas...but to this group of extreme volunteers it was worth every bit of it to see a turtle laying eggs, filling the nest with sand, then walking her back into the ocean...it was AMAZING!!! Our students did great! Mrs. Battaglia and her Global Citizens students will be spotlighted at one of the early Board of Education meetings, keep an eye out for the date.

Waksman Science Scholars Program

Camp Invention and Invention Project

Species on the Edge Competition

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Stonybrook Student Accepts Species on the Edge Contest Award

Mrs. Reinmund headed to Trenton in June to be there with Devon as she accepted her Species on the Edge Contest award.

Kinnelon Schools Mission Statement Has Been Redesigned

The Kinnelon Public School District’s mission is to empower students to utilize complex skills to pursue intellectual achievement, personal excellence and social responsibility, which will enable them to positively impact our changing global society.

Kinnelon High School Moves up in the Newsweek and NJ Monthly School Rankings

Kinnelon Instructional Staff Professional Learning Day Focusing on Planning for Rigor

KPSD instructional and administrative staff participated in a professional development workshop given by Mitzi Hoback of Marzano Research that laid the foundation for increasing rigor through the use of learning objectives and performance scales.

Kinnelon Educator to Present at National Conference

Ms. Lisa Wichman, music educator in the Kiel and PRM has been selected to present two sessions for music educators from 11 states at the biennial National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference in Atlantic City in April 2017!

“It’s was a tremendous honor to be selected to present not only one, but two sessions at the conference. I’m proud to represent Kinnelon (and NJ) while presenting with nationally renowned clinicians, as well as other music educators from the northeast”, Ms. Wichman states.

Ms. Wichman’s sessions entitled Keep Calm….and Teach Kindergarten Music and GAME ON! Games for Singing, Movement and Musicianship are geared for elementary music teachers and will feature Kiel students in short video clips.

She concludes, “I’m looking forward to sharing my love of teaching young children with other music educators. Thank you for your continued support of music education in Kinnelon! The tremendous support from administration and the community, (and the music staffs’ passion for teaching) has enabled our department to offer wonderful programs for our students”. Ms. Wichman is presenting at the @NJMEA conference in 2016.

Kinnelon Schools Strategic Planning Initiative

Kinnelon Public Schools Strategic Planning

Thursday, Oct. 27th, 7-8:30pm

121 Kinnelon Road

Kinnelon, NJ

1st MEETING/KICKOFF DATE: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Kinnelon High School New Cafeteria

The Board of Education invites you to participate in a Strategic Planning initiative along with your neighbors, community members, friends, teachers, students, and school district administrators to create a shared vision for the future of Kinnelon Public Schools. This process will be facilitated by New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA).

The Board of Education will be creating a shared vision for the district, will discuss the strengths of the district, the challenges that we face, and ways in which we can tackle those challenges. Please share your thoughts, ideas and hopes so that we can effectively plan for the future of our students.

  • 2nd Meeting: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7 p.m.
  • 3rd Meeting: Thursday, January 5, 2017, 7 p.m.
  • NJSBA Presentation of Plan at BOE meeting: Thursday, February 23, 2017
  • Approval of Strategic Plan: April/May 2017

LOCATION: Kinnelon High School New Cafeteria


If you plan on joining us, please RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/gN6MLBjzCGwcS8Yg1

Kinnelon Public Schools

The Kinnelon Public School District’s mission is to empower students to utilize complex skills to pursue intellectual achievement, personal excellence and social responsibility, which will enable them to positively impact our changing global society.