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News and Views from the October 7, 2019 BOE Meeting

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Learn About C&MP with Dr. Burton

On October 7, at 7 pm, Dr. Burton presented a "Learn About C&MP" overview of the plans, project and funding for the Capital and Maintenance Plan (C&MP) Referendum.



Please join her to "Learn about C&MP" on these upcoming dates:


  • October 28 - 7 pm - Education Center - "Safety & Security Projects"
  • November 11 - 7 pm - MIllburn MIddle School - "MMS Cafeteria Addition and other Infrastructure Projects
  • December 16 - 7:45 pm: Financing, Funding & Voter Information



Mark Your Calendar: the C&MP Referendum Vote takes place on January 28, 2020.


All presentations can be found on our Website: https://www.millburn.org/apps/pages/Capital_Maintenance_Plan

Learn About C&MP Presentation

Superintendent's Report

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· C&MP Update

To date, we have received most of the NJDOE approvals and as anticipated, we have been approved for debt service aid. Once all of the approvals are received we will share the official debt service aid figures for the planned C&MP projects.


· Start Time District Goal

As part of District Goal #1, we met with the Innovation Council for an informational/work session last week. We invited staff, administrators, students, parents, and Board members to take part in this investigation on start times. There were 57 participants who came out for a dinner (sponsored by MEA) and a very productive and lively meeting. We have had a tremendous response to our call to sign up for the subcommittee work as well. Work will continue with another meeting to be scheduled in the coming weeks.


· AP Chinese Testing

Students who are currently enrolled in our AP class are scheduled for the AP exam. There are a set of 20 computers that are taken offline and get dedicated to this exam which includes 2-weeks of prep for these computers. The software is very unreliable (due to the age of it that the College Board is looking to eventually update) and therefore only 15-16 students are scheduled at one time in order to have backups ready for students to switch to during the exam. There are additional Millburn students who are self- studying who are also scheduled for the test during the alternate test date. Note that the exams are scheduled during the day when the rest of the students are still in school, therefore AP testing rooms are at a premium. It is important to note that in considering opening up another testing room for self-study students would necessitate a room to be available, a proctor, new computers, new keyboards, additional setup time, and tech support during the exam for both rooms. We are working with other schools, which we found out have begun to eliminate this course due to how difficult it has been to test this course.


· Consortium Parent Education program

The first of our Consortium Parent Education programs for this year takes place on Tuesday, October 15th, 7pm at Summit High School. “Supporting Teens in Reducing Their Stress (and ours) in the Pursuit of Success,” will be presented by Matt Bellace, PhD, a clinical psychologist and stand-up comedian. Dr. Bellace uses humor to convey his very powerful message - we need to support young people in both words and actions if we want them to make healthy choices for themselves. This program will focus on how parents can help foster skills in a supportive environment without arguing. The goal is to help improve the quality of life for both parents and their teens.


· PTOC Parent Education Committee presents “LIKE,”

On Tuesday, October 22 the PTOC Parent Education Committee will present a showing of “LIKE,” an insightful documentary on the power of the LIKE button and the role of social media as a place to connect, share and care …but is that what’s really happening?

There will be 2 shows: 11 am - Bowtie Cinema - get tickets now & 7 pm - MHS Auditorium – followed by a panel discussion and Q&A about the social pressures our teens face.


· Education Foundation Event

We want to send a special thanks to the Ed Foundation for the Rocktoberfest event that was held Saturday, September 28th in Taylor Park. It was a beautiful fall day filled with a fun run, games, vendors and plenty of music. The blend of local bands and the variety of events made for a wonderful fall day for the whole family. Many thanks for all the efforts of the Ed Foundation and the many volunteers, including our own Board Members in coordinating this fabulous event and the community’s support.


· Yom Kippur

For all who observe Yom Kippur, may you have an easy fast this week.

Assistant Superintendent's Report

Professional Development (Goal #3)

Last week, on October 3rd, 44 teachers and administrators participated in the first of a four day series of Equity and Social Justice training with Dr. Khatii Joshi. The presentation was well-received as participants gained an increased sensitivity and awareness of diversity and equity issues, in order to promote the creation of school environments free from the distractions of prejudice, stereotypes, and bias.


Professional Development: (Goal #3)

This week we began the “Crossover” program which aims to support the transition and articulation of the student experience from Washington to the Middle School. During this round, six teachers engaged teachers in a day of articulation, collaboration and reflection on instruction and student work. These planned learning walks will help to bridge and understanding and awareness of the path our students take from grades 5 to 6. In addition, we are preparing for our full-day staff development on October 14, 2019.


Week of Respect: (Goal #3)

Week of Respect The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (P.L.2010, c.122) requires that the week beginning with the first Monday in October of each year (October 7-11, 2019) be designated as the Week of Respect in New Jersey. To recognize the importance of social and emotional learning and character education the Millburn Schools are engaging in a variety of activities. For example, students at Deerfield Elementary have been rewarded for their positive actions toward one another through documentation on a public bulletin board, they also celebrated other cultures through a Cultural Arts assembly focusing on dance. Additionally, students at Hartshorn Elementary learned about respect in their classrooms by completing charts that identified behaviors that demonstrate respect for other people and property. Also, students at Washington Elementary were encouraged to wear blue clothing to show their support and awareness for their “Stomping Out Bullying” activities, they also were given access to various video clips during lunchtime that showed inspirational stories of other young people engaging in kind behaviors toward their peers. Likewise, our students at the Middle School also wore blue in support of the cause while they were tasked with completing a rap song with the themes of “being a good role model”, “knowing who you are”, and “being a good citizen”. Lastly, students at the High School were encouraged to pledge about respecting others; they were also clad in blue to demonstrate support.


Millburn’s Second Edcamp

We will be hosting our second Edcamp on November 2nd at Washington School from 8:30 to 12:30. The event is an invitation for educators and community members to a free exciting day of innovative learning, conversation, and fun. All are invited to come and join us for a morning of collaboration, design thinking and idea-sharing, as well as breakfast and raffle giveaways.



Athletics
  • Football improves to 4-1 with their 38-18 win over Fort Lee
  • Girls Tennis is in the Sectional Semi-Finals Thursday at 2 pm
  • Boys and Girls Soccer kicks off their county tournament play on Thursday at home
  • Boys and Girls Cross Country will compete in the Conference Championships today
  • Girls Volleyball has increased their record to an impressive 14-1 ahead of county and state tournament play
  • Paulina Feoli is in the 4th round of the NJSIAA Singles Tournament
  • Field Hockey advanced to the Semis of the County Tournament
  • Chloe Zegas, Millburn, Forward (9 goals, 5 assists. Maryland commit) is in the running in an NJ.com poll for top soccer senior in the state. Voting is open until Wednesday at NJ.com.

Comments & Questions

Public comments this week largely centered around a Policy Committee review of Policies 2431 and 9270 regarding Athletics and Homeschooling, and whether current policy should be revised to allow homeschooled children to participate in athletics and extra-curricular activities.


Policy Committee Chair, Cori Haase, read the Policy Committee minutes that include an explanation of the committee's deliberations and decision to make no changes to the current policy.

Want more? Have questions?

See the full AGENDA - 10/7/19


2019-2020 Board & District Goals


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