From the Principal's Desk

Mansfield Township Elementary School

MTES Updates

Important Dates:

February 3: Core Value Assembly recognizing students for Politeness

February 17 & 20: Presidents' Day Weekend

February 21: Staff In-Service, No School for Students

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome back!!!! I hope you all had a wonderful, happy

and healthy Holiday Season with your family and friends. Although we had

shortened month of December with our days off for winter break, we had a fun

and exciting month.


We held our core value assemblies recognizing students for their Effort and Kindness. In addition, the Gardening club once again decorated our Celebration Tree with ornaments created by the students.


Mrs. Katz, our district Guidance Counselor, held an anti-bullying assembly/training for our student body providing students with examples of bullying vs. non-bullying behaviors, procedures for reporting bullying, being a bystander vs. an upstander, and strategies to employ if confronted by a bully.


Mrs. Willever, author/parent, provided our students with a wonderful assembly and generously donated materials to the teachers and her latest novel to the students. I'd like to thank the Columbus Home and School for this excellent program.


Thank you to Mrs. Manion for another excellent Winter concert which showcased our band and chorus.


Thank you to the Columbus Home and School for another wonderful Breakfast with Santa which is always well attended and eagerly anticipated by our students.


Sincerely,

Glenn Kershner
Principal

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School Closure Information

1. Blackboard Connect Global call to alert families as to delay or closure.

2. TV Broadcasts: Channels 3, 6, 10, and Fox 29

3. NBC Channel 19

4. School website: www.mansfieldschool.com

5. Radio stations: Listen for Northern Burlington County Regional School District, #661


Emergency Closing Days are made up in the following order:

February 17, 2017

May 30, 2017

April 21, 2017

April 20, 2017

April 19, 2017

April 18, 2017

April 17, 2017

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AM Drop Off Procedures Reminder

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When dropping your child off in the morning, please pull up as far as you can and have your child exit the vehicle on the passenger side. Once your child has safely exited the vehicle please pull forward to allow room for the next group of cars. Please wait patiently for the person ahead of you to move and do not pull around them as this creates an unsafe situation. Please do not exit your vehicle or wait and watch your child walk to the front doors, staff are supervising to ensure their safety. If you need to exit your vehicle to assist your child, please utilize one of the parking spaces in our lot. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Research shows that punitive discipline may have unintended negative consequences, special education professor Lee Kern writes in this commentary. Kern advocates for a tiered support approach to discipline, focused on education and intervention.

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School Goals

Below are the three goals I set for the year. We have completed the pre and mid-year testing and are currently analyzing the data to inform our instruction and measure growth.

Goal # 1: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: Students in Grades 3-6 will show growth in mathematics proficiency as tracked through a pre/mid-year/post assessment.

Evidence of completion will include a pre and post-test data analysis reflecting a 15% increase in the average score for Grades 3-6.

  • Students took a pre-test in September and a mid-year benchmark in January
  • Teachers completed item analysis for number correct and incorrect for each question to inform instruction
  • Scores were tabulated and growth was analyzed
  • Students needing additional support were identified


Goal # 2: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: Students will show growth in writing levels as tracked through a pre/mid-year/post assessment. Evidence of completion will include a pre and post-test analysis reflecting 85% or more of students in Grades 3-6 will improve by 1 or more gradations on the district developed scoring rubric. Students that score at the highest level on the pre-test will maintain that score over the course of the year.

  • Students took a pre-test in September and a mid-year benchmark in January
  • Teachers scored the writing on a rubric to analyze growth and inform instruction.
  • Students needing additional support were identified


Goal #3 – STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: Students will show growth in Reading based on the Benchmark Assessment Test. Evidence of completion will include a pre and post-test analysis reflecting 80% or more of students in Grades 3-6 will be on or above grade level by the year end assessment. Students that score at the highest level or above grade level expectations on the pre-test will maintain that score over the course of the year.

  • Students' reading levels were assessed at the beginning of the year
  • Teachers assess students throughout the year using formal and informal evaluations to monitor progress and inform instruction.
  • Students needing additional support are identified.