District Weekly News
October 1, 2020
REENTRY FORUMS FOR PARENTS
EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) ANNUAL NOTIFICATION
Please click here to view the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Annual Notification. This required letter explains teacher qualifications for Targeted Assistance Title 1 Schools. This year our Title 1 Schools are Brunswick Acres, Constable, Crossroads South, and Greenbrook Schools..
STATE ASSESSMENTS UPDATES
Each year we are required to notify our families of the Standardized Assessment Calendar. The NJDOE maintains this expectation even during the pandemic. SBSD Standardized Assessment Calendar: Note that at this time the NJDOE has not released a testing calendar.
OCTOBER IS DYSLEXIA AWARENESS MONTH
South Brunswick is committed to being a “dyslexia friendly district” with the ability to embrace and support the strengths and talents of our students with dyslexia.
1 in 5 people may have indicators of dyslexia. On October 15th, you may see educators wearing red shirts to bring attention to the 1 in 5 statistic.
In September of 2014, NJ passed three laws related to dyslexia. In short, the law requires two hours of mandated training related to dyslexia for appropriate school personnel; screening for any child who shows indicators of dyslexia or other reading disabilities early - by the end of the first semester of second grade with further comprehensive assessment and interventions to follow; and finally, dyslexia is now identified in the New Jersey Special Education Code of Law under the classification category of Specific Learning Disability.
Currently, research shows that approximately 1 in 5 students may struggle in reading and writing. Early intervention can greatly increase success for such students.
Those who are dyslexic may experience difficulty with: learning letters and their sounds, decoding words, reading comprehension, written expression, grammar/mechanics, spelling, and rapid word retrieval.
Strengths for these students may include: verbal communication, visual arts, computer science, design, drama, electronics, mathematics, mechanics, music and/or sports.
If dyslexia runs in your family or you have concerns about dyslexia and your child, reach out to your child’s teacher or administrator.
Our district is very proud of our commitment to being a dyslexia friendly district. A few years ago, our teachers created this video to showcase our commitment to supporting students with dyslexia and other learning differences. You can see the video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_Cpni_wZZynNkp2R0RUVTBSWGM/view?usp=sharing
In addition, our district was featured in New Jersey Family magazine (August 2017) in an article entitled, “Help! My Child Has Dyslexia” http://www.njfamily.com/Help-My-Child-Has-Dyslexia/
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH INFORMATION
GOOD NEWS TO SHARE ABOUT OUR BRIDGE CENTER
We received the awesome news that Governor Phil Murphy signed the State of New Jersey’s FY 2021 budget that includes full restoration of the funding for the School
Based Youth Services Program.
We would be remiss if we didn't extend a heartfelt thank you to the South Brunswick Community for all of your letters supporting the program that undoubtedly helped the Governor realize just how important this program is to the students of the South Brunswick School District and students in districts throughout the state.
Therefore, beginning tomorrow, October 1, 2020, all SBYS contracts will be funded
through June 30, 2021. The restoration of funds includes the complete restoring of the BRIDGE Center in both the middle and the high school.
Thank you again South Brunswick for your overwhelming support of the students and staff of our outstanding school district!