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Alloway Township School's E-Newsletter ~ September 2019

Character Trait for September: RESPECT

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The 2019-20 school year started on Thursday, September 5 for students, and our school staff was so glad to see our returning students and to welcome new students, too!

We have three events to welcome students and families to our school. The 3rd annual 'Welcome Back Open House' for all students and their families was on Wednesday, August 28. We had 100 students and their families (returning and new) attend this event. The 'Meet & Greet' for our Pre-K through 2nd grade students and their families was held on September 4. Our youngest and newest students had the opportunity to become familiar with their teacher, the school, their peers, and their classroom.

The traditional 'Back-to-School Night' is for grades 3 through 8, and it is on Wednesday, September 18th 7:00-8:30. Parents follow their student's schedule in order to learn about their forthcoming year. This event is intended for a parent/guardian audience. If you intend to attend this event and need child care, our SACC leaders and students from WHS National Honor Society will provide it for free! We simply require that you sign your children up ahead of time so we can prepare accordingly. Use the link to our SignUp Genius to register your children for Back-to-School Night child care at our school.

We are looking forward to an exciting year at ATS. Welcome!

Individual Student Reports for the Spring 2019 NJSLA can be picked up at BTSN on 9/18 in the main office.

Testing Information for 2019-20

State statute requires that schools provide parents and guardians with information about state and commercial assessments that will be administered during the school year. At Alloway, the state assessment is New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA), and the commercial assessment is Measure of Academic Progress (MAP).


Subject Areas: Math & ELA

Grade Level Tested: 3-8

# of Administrations: 1 (Spring)

Mode of Testing: computer*

Testing Time Allotted: 4 hours

Testing Window: May 11-22

Results Arrive to District: Summer

Additional Information:

Required? Yes, by state


Subject Areas: Math & Reading

Grade Level Tested: K-8

# of Administrations: 2 (Fall & Spring)

Mode of Testing: computer*

Testing Time Allotted: untimed **

Testing Window: Fall (September) & Spring (May)

Results Arrive to District: Next day

More Information:

Required? Not by federal or state (but for diagnostic purposes—yes)

* - accommodation & accessibility options available

** - typical time per subject is less than an hour for 3-8 & less than a half hour for K-2

Wellness Programs

Goal #2 in our Strategic Plan compels us to provide programs that support emotional and mental health of students by expanding programs, events, and offerings aimed at addiction and abuse. This fall, we are providing DARE for Kindergarten and 5th grade students. Simultaneously, Southwest Council is providing a prevention program that is developmentally appropriate for grades 1-4 and 6-8. Officer Fucci, who facilitates the DARE program, presented at our August board meeting. Southwest Council will be presenting an overview of their approach and program at the September board meeting. Curricular materials will be available, too.

In addition, Southwest Council, a non-profit agency whose programs are grant funded, will facilitate a Community Info. Night Re: Addiction on Wednesday, Oct. 2nd @ 6:30 at ATS. This event is open to parents, guardians, and the school community.

Community Info. Night Re: Addiction ~ Wednesday, Oct. 2nd @ 6:30

Supplemental Opportunities for Academic Resources (SOAR)

We use multiple measures to determine which students need additional support in math and language arts. This program is called SOAR (Supportive Opportunities for Academic Resources). The support is provided daily and consistently during the school day, and students do not miss another class in order to receive the support.

Grades K-5 have a period called "Tiger Time" for individualized instruction during the school day. Students who need support in math and/or language arts will receive SOAR during this period. SOAR is provided by two teachers: Mrs. DeFebo for language arts and Mrs. Murphy for math. Students who qualify for SOAR language arts and/or math are pulled out for small group instruction with the SOAR teacher.

Our elementary math curriculum uses McGraw Hil as a resource. McGraw Hill's Number Worlds has supplemental materials designed to make the grade-level standards accessible to students, and these materials are resources for SOAR math. Fountas and Pinnell (F&P) is considered the "gold standard" for literacy materials at the elementary level. Our SOAR language program has F&P's Leveled Literacy Intervention kits that provide students with 12 weeks of additional guided reading sessions. SOAR for middle school students is provided as push-in support.

If you child meets the criteria to be served by this program, you will receive a letter as notification. If you do not want your child to receive this support, please indicate your wishes in writing to Kristin Schell ( There will be an informational meeting for parents of students receiving SOAR, a Title 1 funded program, on September 30 @ 6:00.

Walking/Biking to School

We love the carbon footprint of walking and biking to school. At the beginning of each school year, Officer Fucci and school administration meet with students to review NJ's Helmet Law and tips for safe passage. For more information, refer to our Website under 'Parents.'
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Familiar Faces in New Places

Mrs. Acton - 3rd Grade

Mrs. Brawley - In-class Resource (elementary) & Resource (MS)

Mrs. Chan - In-class Resource (MS math)

Mrs. DeFebo - SOAR ELA

Mrs. Garrison - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Hann - In-class Resource (MS ELA)

Mrs. Owens - Preschool

Mrs. Ramos - In-class Resource (elementary)

Mrs. Strawderman - MS ELA

Upcoming Events:

Picture Day - Tuesday, Sept. 17

Science Fair Club Parent Meeting - Wednesday, Sept. 18 @ 6:30 Room 406

8th Grade Parent Meeting - Wednesday, Sept. 18 @ 6:30 Room 302

Back-to-School Night (Gr. 3-8) - Wednesday, Sept. 18 7:00-8:30

Camp Edge Field Trip (Gr. 8) - Thursday, Sept. 19

School Store - Friday, Sept. 20

Board of Education Meeting - Tuesday, Sept. 24 @ 6:30

Camp Edge Field Trip (Gr. 7) - Wednesday, Sept. 25

Butterfly Release Ceremony (pre-K - Gr.2) - Friday, Sept. 27 @ 1:00

MS Dance - Friday, Sept. 27 7:00-9:00

SOAR Parent Info. Night - Monday, Sept. 30 @ 6:00

Student Appreciation Day - Tuesday, Oct. 1

PTA Meeting - Tuesday, Oct. 1 @ 7:00

Southwest Council's Community Info. Night Re: Addiction - Wednesday, Oct. 2 @ 6:30