Parent Coordinator Updates September 23, 2019

From Dr. Werner

Dear WJPS Families,

Happy official beginning of autumn! I came across a quote by Chad Sugg that I wanted to share with you: "Love the trees until their leaves fall off; then encourage them to try again next year." I thought this captured the essence of our belief at WJPS that, as works in progress, students need the support of those around them to develop their abilities, and to come to understand that a love of learning and resilience is the foundation for accomplishment.

At WJPS, we strive to create a supportive environment where students feel known, and are encouraged to work hard to produce their best work. This year the DOE has introduced the Instructional Leadership Framework (ILF). As the diagram below illustrates, the ILF is a cyclical process of strengthening core instruction, knowing every student well, and using a shared and inclusive curriculum. The ILF was developed to ensure that every school has the strategy and tools to continuously improve instruction and provide students with rigorous learning experiences they all deserve. This year our staff will be looking closely at the ILF so that all students benefit from a rigorous, inclusive curriculum in an environment where they are known and valued.

I would also like to share with you some good news regarding the WJPS High School Metrics for 2018-2019. Not only have we continued our high graduation rates and college enrollment, we have also made incredible strides in college and career readiness. This increase demonstrates the number of students who are passing Advanced Placement tests, scoring college-ready on Regents examinations and taking College Now classes:

  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 97.3% (SWD 100%)

  • College and Career Prep Course Index (CCPCI): 75.3% (a gain of 39.2%)

  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Rate: 93.3% (a gain of 4.1%).

I know that these strides could not happen without the constant support of families, who are our partners in educational excellence. I thank you for all you do!


Janine Polla Werner, Ed.D.

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Meet the Teacher Night

We look forward to meeting new and returning families on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 during Meet the Teacher Night. The big playground will be open for parking.

Meet the Teacher is 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. You will follow your child's Monday schedule, changing classes every 15 minutes. Lunch Periods will be skipped.

6:00 pm: Everyone goes to 1st period

6:17 pm: Everyone goes to 2nd period

6:34 pm: Everyone goes to 3rd period

6:51 pm: High School goes to 4th period

6:51 pm: Middle School goes to 6th period

7:08 pm: Everyone goes to 5th period

7:25 pm: Everyone goes to 7th period

7:42 pm: Everyone goes to 8th period

The Main Office, room 324, will be open if you need help with PupilPath, My Schools, etc.

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact me at helen.reed@wjps.org.

Important Immunization Information & Deadlines

As of June 13, 2019, public, private and parochial schools and child care programs in New York can no longer accept requests for religious exemptions from school immunization requirements. This law applies to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and to all child care settings. If you previously obtained a religious exemption for your child, it is no longer valid. Schools and child care programs will continue to accept medical exemptions.

Students must meet immunization requirements in order to attend school. Children who did not attend school or child care over the summer who have not received all required immunizations must receive the first dose in each immunization series by September 19, 2019. By October 7, 2019, parents or guardians of such children will also need to show that they have scheduled appointments for all follow-up doses. Children who do not meet immunization requirements will not be permitted to remain in school.

A list of the new school immunization requirements for the 2019-20 school year is summarized below.

All students in child care through grade 12 must meet the requirements for the following vaccines:

· DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis or whooping cough)

· Poliovirus

· MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)

· Varicella (chickenpox)

· Hepatitis B

Children under age 5 who are enrolled in child care and pre-kindergarten must also meet the requirements for these vaccines:

· Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b)

· PCV (pneumococcal disease)

· Influenza (flu): Children must receive the flu vaccine by December 31, 2019

Children in grades 6 through 12 must also meet the requirements for these vaccines:

· Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)

· MenACWY (meningococcal disease)

Please review your child’s immunization history with their health care provider. Their provider can tell you whether additional doses of one or more vaccines are required for your child to attend or remain in child care or school. Visit schools.nyc.gov and search for “immunizations” for a full list of required vaccines.

If you have questions about these requirements, please contact me at helen.reed@wjps.org

Get Notified When Your Child Arrives at School

Students use their ID cards to scan in every morning when they arrive at school. Parents and guardians can receive a text or email altering them when their child scans in. Please use the google form below to sign up for this service. Multiple parents/guardians can receive the information, but a separate form must be filled out for them.

School Lunch Form - Please Complete Online

Thank you to everyone who completed the lunch form online! School lunch may be free, but we still need to collect the information as the forms help keep lunch free, and they determine extra school funding for WJPS. The information is also used for fee waivers for college applications and Advanced Placement Exams.

We encourage you to fill out the form online as the Department of Education will not be sending enough paper copies for every student. Please visit My School Apps to complete the online form now.

If you are uncomfortable with the form, please know that you can click a box that says you do not want to share your income information.