PRINCIPAL APPRECIATION DAY
Today, May 1st, is National Principal Appreciation Day! Our schools are so fortunate to be led by two unbelievably dedicated, committed, and hardworking building principals.
Mr. Erhardt and Mrs. Winter, thank you both for all you do for our students, families, and staff!
April Showers Bring...May Assessments
By Mrs. Skibinski
As we flip the calendars to the month of May, our eyes turn towards state and local assessments. While some may find this to time of year to be stressful, we find it to be an exciting time for our students to showcase the skills and knowledge they have acquired throughout the year. Over the next few weeks, students in grades 3 - 8 will be engaging in the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) for ELA and Math. Students in grades 5 & 8 will also be assessed in Science.
In the knowledge that that these assessments measure a student's proficiency with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) in these content areas, our staff has been working tirelessly to provide students with the core content knowledge, critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies that they need to confidently engage with these assessments.
Families often ask us how they can support their child at home and prepare them for state assessments. Here is what we recommend:
- Be sure your child gets a good night sleep leading up to the assessment days. Being overtired can make it difficult for one to focus;
- If you can, be sure your child has a hearty and healthy breakfast on the days of testing, it is essential to "feed the brain" so it is fueled and prepared to think;
- Allow you child to wear comfortable clothes that make them feel relaxed;
- Make sure your child arrives to school on time, as being late can make them feel anxious as they head into a testing session; and
- Offer them encouragement by telling them to "show what they know" and to "try their best". The goal is to minimize testing anxiety for our students.
We appreciate our families partnering with us to make the testing experience one in which students feel good about sharing just how far they have come with their academic growth during the 2022-2023 school year.
New ELA Resources
During the April Board of Education meeting, the Board and Community received a presentation on new recommended ELA Resources. As identified by the staff and community during Strategic Planning, it is time in the curriculum cycle for the district to adopt new ELA resources.
Many thanks to the members of the ELA Resource Review Committee and Mrs. Skibinski, who put in unbelievable hard work to thoroughly vet and evaluate materials to make the recommendation to the administration and Superintendent.
Please click below to read all about it in Dr. Egan's presentation from April 25, 2023.
SPARTAN PRESS - APRIL EDITION
Who better to report upon another busy month in the West Long Branch School District than the students themselves??
Check out the newest edition of the Spartan Press, our student newspaper, by clicking below. Thank you to the contributors and staff of the Spartan Press, and also their advisor Mrs. Hess!
Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day
Athletics, Clubs, and Activities
Fitness for Fun Day
Still Collecting Plastic Film - Please Pitch In!
ESEA PROGRAM INPUT SURVEY
Each year, the district receives Federal funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In June, the district will write a grant application detailing how it intends to use these funds during the 2023-2024 school year for items such as professional development, enriching instruction, meeting the needs of students identified as needing additional assistance, and supporting English Language Learners. We are seeking the input of staff and families in helping us determine the needs of the school district, and therefore the best uses of these funds.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS
May 8: SCHOOL CLOSED for Staff Professional Development
May 17: National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony
May 18: FAS Variety Show @ 6:00 PM
May 18: Drama Club Variety Show
May 23: Regular Action Meeting of the Board of Education
May 26-29: SCHOOL CLOSED for Memorial Day Weekend