PRJHS Weekly Update
January 11 - 15, 2016
Save the Date!
- School will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18
- JHS Leadership Council Meeting: Tuesday, January 19 in Media Center
- Slam Dunk Fundraiser Assembly: Wednesday, January 20, 8:30 AM in the gymnasium (only for students who qualified)
- JHS Spelling Bee: Thursday, January 21, 6:00 PM in the JHS Cafeteria
- JHS Club Yearbook pictures will be taking place during the day on Thursday, January 21
- JHS Staff Meeting: Tuesday, January 26
Congrats Dr. Clark
NJ Schools Among the Best in the US
Ranking above the national average in every major category considered, New Jersey's school system once again placed among America's best in an annual report on school quality. New Jersey earned a 'B' on the Quality Counts Report by Editorial Projects in Education, the publisher of Education Week. Only Massachusetts, which received a 'B-plus' was ranked higher in the study released Thursday. The grades are based on ratings in three major categories: Chance for success, school finance analysis and K-12 achievement.
Chance for success: B-plus
New Jersey ranked third in the nation on this index, which considers thirteen indicators of success from cradle to career, such as preschool enrollment rates, postsecondary participation and annual adult income. One negative was that the state ranked 31st in the country for "steady employment," a measure of adults working full-time and year round in 2014. It ranked 46th in children whose parents are fluent English speakers.
School finance: B
The state earned the sixth-best grade in America, and it finished second in the country in K-12 education spending as a percent of state taxable resources. However, New Jersey again received a low ranking for equity. Its difference in per-pupil spending between the 95th and 5th percentiles was 47th in the country.
K-12 achievement: B-minus
New Jersey ranked second overall in K-12 achievement, based on scores from national tests taken in 2015 and historical data dating to 2003. It had the fourth-highest 2015 scores in eighth-grade math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a test taken by about 2,000 eighth-grade students in the state. Despite the high scores overall, New Jersey students from low-income families struggled to keep pace on the eighth-grade math exams. The state's poverty gap on that test ranked 49th.
The Quality Counts report reinforces New Jersey's standing as one of the strongest school systems in the nation, said Mike Yaple, spokesman for the state Department of Education. But the state still needs to improve, he said.
To read the report, which shows how awesome our teachers are, use this link.
PRSD EDCamp Registration Form
This is the official registration form for PRSD EdCamp which will be held on February 11th at Pinelands Regional Junior High School from 7:30am - 2:30pm.
Lunch will be provided so please fill out this registration form in full so we can ensure that there is enough food for all attendees.
Students of the Month for December
- Congratulations to Dan Grasso on the birth of his son, Nathaniel Joseph on January 18, 2016. Nathaniel weighed in at 6 pounds 11 ounces and measured 20.25 inches.
- Congrats Melissa Thompson on the birth of Jayson Harold who weighed in at 6 pounds 13 ounces and measured 18.5 inches.
- Congrats to Jennifer Leavens and her husband as they are expecting baby #1