Folsom Weekly Update

February 18, 2019

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Message from Dr. Mazzoni

I would like to thank the Folsom staff whom presented at last Friday’s professional development day. Each presenter did a fantastic job communicating their topic in great depth and engaging their colleagues. Below are a few updates for this week:

Staff Meeting

Staff meeting this Thursday in the library at 3:30 pm for teachers. The agenda will include an update on the following:

Class III Officers at Folsom

Lesson Plan Expectations

Guided Reading

Read Across America

A message from Mrs. Wendt… In preparation for “Read Across America” Week, (Feb. 25th – March 1st) student council members will be reading to students in Pre-k to 3rd grade for Dr. Seuss Day (Friday, March 1st). Each student council member selects a class and reads a Dr. Seuss book dressed in a character from that story. There is also a student who dresses as the Cat in the Hat and visits each classroom during the readings. All classes Pre-k to 3 are given Dr. Seuss hats or activity packets.

The reading time for this event will be from 8:50 am to 9:15 am.

International Day

I would like to thank the staff members whom showed an interest to be a committee member for the annual International Day. The initial committee meeting will be on Wednesday, February 27th at 3:30 pm in the library.

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

February 18

President's Day School Closed

February 19

HWHO Room 119

Volleyball practice 5:00-6:30 pm

Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm

February 20

12:45 Dismissal

No after school activities

February 21

Staff Meeting 3:15 pm


Folsom Chick-Fil-A Night 4:30 pm-7:30 pm

February 22

1FG Writing Celebration Parents visiting classroom 9:45 am

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

Pre-K Clothing Unit Celebration Parents visiting classroom 2:15-2:45 pm

Volleyball practice 3:30-5:00pm

Happy Birthday To You!

February 18th---Chris Veneziani

Educational News

It is exciting to see Folsom at the “table” in both of these New Jersey Department of Education initiatives: The Connected Action Roadmap (CAR) Framework and the Partnership for Collaborative Professional Learning. A group of members of the Folsom Leadership Team are scheduled to attend the first CAR meeting on Wednesday; weather pending! In addition, Mrs. Hetzel was chosen by the NJDOE to develop a standards-based ELA curriculum with a number of professionals throughout the state. Below is a message from Commissioner Lamont Repollet detailing the two initiatives:

Dear Colleagues,

Last month, the NJDOE joined with the Partnership for Collaborative Professional Learning, a collective that includes members from statewide education organizations, in launching a combined effort to develop a long-term initiative for strengthening teaching, leading and learning in New Jersey schools. The vision of the work focuses on providing a strategic and collaborative approach to developing standards-based curriculum and designing instruction in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics that fosters equitable outcomes for students while enhancing educators’ data and assessment literacy skills. By using an agreed upon systems-based approach – the Connected Action Roadmap – the statewide educator teams plan to create instructional units for English Language Arts and mathematics.

This effort is not about establishing new mandates or compliance requirements, but rather about working together to support best practices that directly and positively impact student learning.

Last month’s kickoff meetings for ELA and Mathematics were just the first in a multiyear process that will be ongoing through the spring to provide support to districts. By modeling the process of describing standards in terms of student learning objectives, the DOE and its partners seek to support districts with a continuous focus on student learning and growth. When complete, the DOE and its partners plan to release the instructional units to participating school districts to use within their professional learning communities.

The framework is one effort that will support districts in a systematic and collaborative approach to aligning instruction and assessment to the standards and using the data to drive improvement.

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