Folsom Weekly Update

March 4, 2019

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Message from Dr. Mazzoni

March Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 27th – 28th are designated for parent-teacher conferences at the school. These conferences are teacher invite only. We will send out communication to all parents outlining the dates and that this is teacher invite only. Teachers are responsible to make appointments with parents of students who need to be seen for a conference (i.e. – academic and/or behavioral concerns). We will send out the school’s communication on Monday, March 4th.

Teachers have the flexibility to setting the duration of conference times as some meetings will need more time than others. Please hand in your scheduled conference dates and times to the main office by March 20th.

Main office staff will supply teachers with sign in sheets. Please turn them into the office after the conferences. Conference times are as follows:

- Wednesday, March 27th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm

- Thursday, March 28th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Lastly, teachers who do not have night conferences scheduled for Thursday, March 28th are required to stay normal scheduled hours.

Professional Development in Co-Teaching

Folsom School is entering into an agreement with the Southern Regional Institute (SRI) and ETTC at Stockton University for the opportunity to serve as a Co-Teaching coach/consultant for the Folsom School District. The coaching will include program observation, teacher-consultant meetings, curriculum options, best practices, and possibly future professional development.

Dr. Shelly Meyers will serve as the SRI&ETTC consultant. Dr. Meyers has done extensive professional development in Special Education for the SRI&ETTC of Stockton University. She is an Associate Professor and Director of Special Education, School of Education, Stockton University.

The four full days of coaching on a monthly basis will begin this March.

2019 New Jersey STEM Month Opportunities

March is New Jersey STEM Month. The goal of NJ STEM Month is to celebrate New Jersey’s commitment to student success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs. During the month, school districts and other organizations throughout New Jersey are encouraged to highlight efforts designed to increase access to STEM learning and to recognize outstanding examples of leadership, collaboration and achievement in STEM.

The Research and Development Council of New Jersey and the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network (NJSPN) are co-hosting NJ STEM Month as a celebration to feature New Jersey’s accomplishments in STEM and innovation. All organizations are encouraged to showcase and celebrate excellent work in STEM for NJ STEM Month by hosting or attending events. School districts and organizations can post STEM events to the NJ STEM Month 2019 calendar by using the NJSPN Event Form.

In addition, NJSPN has announced its first annual NJ STEM Month Awards in celebration of NJ STEM Month. Awards are open to all stakeholders responsible for learning, achievement and innovation in New Jersey. These stakeholders can include school districts, postsecondary institutions, nonprofit organizations, businesses, philanthropies, science centers, museums, zoos, aquariums and faith-based organizations. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 22, 2019. Winners will be honored at the STEM Fair at the New Jersey State House on March 25, 2019. Additional information can be found on NJSPN’s NJ STEM Month webpage

THE 8th Annual 2019 Youth Holocaust / Genocide Awareness Award Competition

Kidsbridge, the Allison Vandal Legacy program and the NJ State Commission on Holocaust Education are pleased to announce the nomination process for a statewide Youth Holocaust/Genocide Awareness Award Competition. We invite you, or any of your staff, to nominate a student who has demonstrated an altruistic act of generating awareness, empathy and action for Holocaust/genocide education (see attachment).

Weekly Events

Book Fair Week!

(schedule below)

***SACC will be held in rooms 121 & 123 all week due to the Book Fair***

March 4

HWHO Room 124

Foundation Meeting 3:30 pm

Drama 3:30-5:30 pm Gym

Volleyball Game Away(Ventnor) Double Header Bus Leaves 2:30 pm

Art Club Cancelled

March 5

HWHO Room 126

Drama 3:30-5:30 pm Rm 101

Volleyball practice 3:30-5:30 pm

Yearbook group A 3:30-4:30 pm

Falcon Club 3:30-4:15 Rm 104

Dance Club 3:30-4:30 pm Rm 107

March 6

HWHO Room 126

Drama 3:30-5:30 pm Gym

Student Council Meeting 3:15-4:00 pm Library

Volleyball Game Away(Mullica) Bus leaves 3:00 pm

Yearbook group B 3:30-4:30 pm

Lego Club 3:30-4:30 pm Rm 122

Family Reading Night 5:30-7:30 pm

March 7

HWHO Room 117

Drama 3:30-5:30 pm Gym

Volleyball Game Away (Margate) Bus leaves 2:30 pm

March 8

Life Skills Group 1(5PM) 11:38-12:23 Group 2(5D) 1:07-1:47

Book Fair clean up begins at 2:30 pm Library

Volleyball Practice 3:30-5:00 pm

Concert Band 3:30-4:30 pm

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Happy Birthday To You!

March 7th----Patrick Ward

Educational News

It is important that everyone is up-to-speed on PROPOSED bills – This is not a law at this time. Bill No. 1803 from Senator Shirley Turner is sponsoring a bill that would require school districts to adopt policies concerning student use of sunscreen and sun-protective clothing at school and school-sponsored functions.

Governor Murphy signed into law recently the following law:

Sexual Consent Instruction

A-2190/S-3108 (P.L. 2019, c.16) would require a school district to incorporate instruction in grades 6-12 on the meaning of consent for physical contact and sexual activity as part of the district’s implementation of the NJ Student Learning Standards in comprehensive health and physical education. The law goes into effect for the 2019-2020 school year.

The NJ Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced the following school-related measures:

Using Schools for Child Care Services

S-3330 authorizes school districts to provide child care services at district facilities for children younger than school age. The child care services may be provided by the district itself, a sponsor approved by the school board, or a child care program licensed by the state. The bill, referred to as the “Teddy Bear Academy” bill is the result of an issue emanating from the Evesham School District. There, the school board had contracted with the Teddy Bear Academy to provide daycare at school facilities that had become vacant through attrition. Competitors of the Teddy Bear Academy objected that the law currently does not allow this arrangement. This bill fixes that issue.