PRJHS Weekly Update

May 9 - May 20, 2016


Important Dates

  • Book Fair - Taking place in the Media Center May 23 - May 27
  • JHS Staff Meeting - Tuesday, May 24
  • NJ ASK Science Testing: Wednesday, May 25
  • 9th Grade Biology Testing: Wednesday May, 25 and Thursday, May 26
  • Empty Bowls: Thursday, May 26
  • 8th Grade Field Day: Friday, May 27
PRJHS 2014-15 School Performance Report Released

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is presented these annual reports of School Performance last week. We did a nice job!

Character Counts RESPECT Kick-Off May 24, 2016 - Physical Education Department

In lieu of the traditional lesson for the Respect Pillar, we will be hosting a guest speaker, Kate McHugh, during physical education periods on Tuesday, May 24. The young woman is a graduate of Southern Regional, who was bullied throughout middle school and high school. She has written a book about her personal experience, as well as two other books about teen issues. She is a speaker who makes presentations for school groups and other organizations.

Nominations for the RESPECT pillar are encouraged and will be accepted using the following link: RESPECT


AchieveNJ, is in its third year. The NJDOE is committed to improving the system, so they are proposing enhancements that address common challenges, increase flexibility to engage in high impact best-practices and promote innovation. This is the plan.

The Simple Message That Brought This Middle School Class to Tears
Should middle and high schools start later?

The state Department of Education is exploring whether to change school start times to 8:30am or later for middle and high schools. Parents, educators and students are being asked to weigh in on the benefits or downsides during three public meetings.

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Place-Based Learning-Connecting Kids to Their Community

At Hood River Middle School, place-based learning makes student learning relevant and engaging by turning their local geography, culture, history, and economy into classroom lessons.

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Philadelphia Zoo Summer Teacher Pass

This pass is available to certified/licensed classroom teachers, principals and assistant principals in PA, NJ, DE & MD. The pass holder will enjoy free admission to the Zoo Mon.-Fri. from 06/13/16 to 08/02/16. Registration deadline is June 30!


The NJDOE recognizes the month of May as National Physical Education & Sport Month and urges school districts to renew their commitment to health and phys. ed. programs and physical activity to improve the health and well-being of our children.



N.J. revises, renames Common Core academic standards


TRENTON - Nearly a year after Gov. Chris Christie declared that Common Core academic standards were "simply not working" in New Jersey, the state has adopted a revised and renamed version with few substantial departures from the original. The state Board of Education on Wednesday gave final approval to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, a roadmap that will outline what skills students should learn in each grade level.

"It won't be substantially different," said Mark Biedron, president of the state board. "We looked at everything to make sure that it was crystal clear, age appropriate. Yes, there were some changes, but there were not major changes."

New Jersey will maintain about 84 percent of the 1,427 math and language arts standards that make up Common Core, according to the state. About 230 standards will be modified.

Some of those changes will result in moving a standard — like when students should be able to distinguish long and short vowels — from one grade level to another. Others involve minor changes to the wording of a standard to clarify or enhance it, according to the state.

The new standards will go into effect in New Jersey schools beginning in the 2017-18 school year. "I think I can safely say that New Jersey has the best standards in the country," state Education Commissioner David Hespe said after the board adopted the new standards. "I'm proud of the work that we did over the past year."

New Jersey in 2010 was among the first of more than 40 states to adopt and then implement Common Core. The standards, developed by the National Governors Association, place a greater emphasis on a student's analytical skills and emphasize problem-solving and critical thinking. After initially supporting Common Core, Christie last May announced plans to review and potentially replace the standards with new ones developed in New Jersey. "Instead of solving problems in our classrooms, it is creating new ones," Christie said, citing confusion among parents and a lack of support from teachers.

The shift was widely perceived as a political tactic in advance of Christie's presidential bid, and Christie often touted his decision on the campaign trail. During a Republican debate in January he said: "Common Core has been eliminated in New Jersey." What Christie specifically ordered was a point-by-point review of the standards,including feedback from teachers and parents.

"New Jersey looked at it... pretty much every word," Biedron said. "We all agreed that the changes we made plus what was already there now is ours." The New Jersey Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, agreed that the standards needed to be reviewed, said Marie Blistan, the union's vice president. But more changes could have been made, she said. "I do believe that there is some more work that needs to be done," Blistan said. "Just changing the name to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, that's not the catch all."

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Mrs. Petry's Class Designs Shirts for NuWave Pools

Fifty students in Mrs. Petry's Graphic Design class were involved in designing t-shirts. Student could work individually or in pairs. Designs were evaluated and voted upon to narrow down the selection. Students presented the four top designs to Brian Gomez, the owner of NuWave pools. He chose a combination of two designs and Mr. Beaton's class will now produce those designs on t-shirts!

The top four designs were by.. Gavin McDermott & Jocelyn Maurer (option 1), Franchesca Witzak (option 2), Vanessa Black (option 3) and Kevin Watson (option 4).

The final design will be a combination of option 1 (top) and option 4 (bottom). Great job by everyone

PRJHS Track Meet of Champions Place Winners

Wildcats at the 7/8 County Meet of Champions:

Cory Young took 3rd in Hurdles

Elizabeth Makar took first in the Shot Put

John Morrin took 1st in the 400

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