Twin Hills Elementary School

"Students Today; Leaders Tomorrow!" ~September 2022

Principal's Message...

"If we just believe, the best is yet to come!" ~Grover Washington Jr. ft. Patti LaBelle


The upcoming 2022-2023 school year will mark my 10th year as the principal at Twin Hills! Wow, how the time has flown by! I remember it like yesterday when I arrived at Twin Hills with my boxes, experiences, and nervous excitement in tow. It took no time for me to know I was blessed beyond belief to work with so many wonderful students, parents, and community members who have made my job more joy-filled than laborious. The staff has been second to none! Throughout the years, we have worked collaboratively to:
  • build collegial relationships and improve our professional capacity
  • foster an environment where children feel safe and cared for
  • promote high standards for the academic, social, and emotional success of all students
  • support families through a relationship based on compassion and respect
  • encourage students to envision and create opportunities for their futures


So, for me, ten years does not signify a benchmark to slow down. When reflecting, I assessed all that we've endeavored to envision a path forward. I recommitted myself to growing personally and professionally to benefit my students and their families, which is exemplified by my utilizing a new translatable monthly school newsletter format for our English Language Learners and their families. (Some know that I can be so traditional at times! ;<))


I am 20+ years in my career and feel so excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. Mary Haines, a respected former colleague, once said every educator should ask themselves, "Is that what I would want for my child?" She was right then, and she still is now. Each morning I ask myself that question. My answer is, "I experience Twin Hills as a special place to work and learn and want every member of our school community to feel the same!" Let's make it all we want it to be in 2022-23!


All of My Love!


~Dr. Sonya R. Nock

Parent/Guardian Safety Expectations

Parents/Guardians are asked to set the example for students by adhering to district policies and expectations.

- Fire/Bus Lane: Parking Lot Safety
- Visitors are not permitted to park in the bus/ fire lanes.
- Enter and exit at the appropriate locations
- Follow the directions on the parking lot signs and be alert for students.

- Students are expected to dress in accordance with the district's dress code.

Important Dates & Links

Dates:
  • 9/6: Greet & Peek (2:30-3:00 pm)
  • 9/7: First Day of School- Reduced Day: Dismissal @ 1:20 pm
  • 9/7-9/30: NJ Start Strong Assessments Grades 3 & 4
  • 9/14: Back To School Night @ 6 pm

Links:

Twin Hills is beginning its first full year as an English as a Second Language (ESL) school. The ESL program is designed to provide international students with the chance to learn English or improve their English language skills. The ESL program develops English language proficiency using second language methodology through explicit instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in all academic areas. As both children and adult students learn English, the benefit of ESL is that they can communicate with native-speaking friends and family within the community while reaching out to people who communicate only in English. These English Langauge Learners (ELLs) can bridge the gap between their families and the rest of the world.

Welcome Our Newest Seasoned Superstars:


  • Ms. Tracey Wright: Teacher
  • Malissa Farrish: Reading Specialist
  • Ms. Danielle Howe: School Nurse

Restorative Practices

Twin Hills continues our efforts to transform how we address student discipline and the daily interactions between our students and teachers. We view every occurrence of wrongdoing or conflict as a teachable moment and a learning opportunity, which can be addressed either informally through the conversational use of affective statements, key questions, or more formally through restorative justice practices or conferences.


Restorative Justice is a process whereby those most directly affected by wrongdoing come together to determine what needs to be done to repair the harm and prevent a reoccurrence. It is a philosophy to guide our actions in all our dealings. Justice means - justice for all in any circumstance. Restorative Justice and Practices...

  • addresses unacceptable behavior when a student does not meet expectations set forth by the teacher and school community
  • opens communication for all parties
  • builds positive teacher/student relationships and student/student relationships
  • promotes a positive climate in the school community

2022-2023 TH Title 1 Leadership Team

Twin Hills Title 1 Leadership Team consists of school stakeholders who assist the school's administration in making programming decisions for our school. Parent participants provide the team with a community perspective that might otherwise be missed. The team meets monthly on the following dates @ 3:45 pm.
  • September 26, 2022
  • October 24, 2022
  • November 21, 2022
  • December 6, 2022
  • January 23, 2023
  • February 27, 2023
  • March 3, 2023
  • April 3 & 24, 2023
  • May 15, 2023
  • June 5 & 12, 2023
** We are seeking 2 parents/guardians, in addition to the PTA leadership representatives. If interested, please complete the 2022-2023 TH Leadership Team Interest Link. Parents/Guardians will be selected based on their order of response and availability.

Twin Hills PTA Information

2022-2023 President: AnJaya Pennant


Start Strong Fall 2022 Grades 3 & 4 Assessments

The Start Strong Assessments will be administered to grade 4 students in the Fall of 2022. Start Strong Fall 2022 is intended to…


  • Produce information that should be used as a standards-based complement to the resources used by educators in their classrooms to evaluate the needs of students.
  • Be administered quickly and provide immediate results.
  • Meet federal flexibility for the 2020-2021 school year associated with the administration of general English language arts (ELA)/mathematics/ science assessment, including public reporting of school-level results disaggregated by subgroup.


Start Strong Fall 2022 does not replace local standards-based benchmark assessments districts may already have in place or the spring 2022 New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) statewide summative assessments.


You can find more detailed information at: Start Strong Fall 2022 Administration Information