Keansburg School District

Weekly Roundup - September 25, 2015

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Don't forget to review our P&P Manual

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Staff Developer Available for Support!


This past August, Christine Formica was appointed District Staff Developer and outside of supporting out district’s professional development plan and our newest colleagues, she is also available to support any teacher or staff member in the classroom. One of the advantages of having a staff developer is the ability for a non-administrator to work with all staff to coach teachers and model lessons as needed. Christine has an extensive instructional background as well as outstanding expertise in technology integration and literacy.

If you are in need of any type of support, please contact her or click on the link Request Support - KSD Staff Development to request her support.



Practical Differentiation Strategies to Meet the Needs of Gifted Students, Grades 2-6
Differentiated Instruction Ignites Elementary School Learning


PBL Project Weekly Warm-Ups Again Announced!

Hello educators!

Greetings from the PBL Project, and I'm excited to present another Problem-Based "Weekly Warm-up"! As always, these are completely free (I hope it's a great way to share our PBL Project), and are created each week based on current events.

This is one that was very well received last year, and I was told this year that I need to send it out prior to the start of next month. It just so happens that October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and the topic of bullying is always a big one at schools (and beyond). In this exercise, your students are going to organize an Anti-Bullying Campaign for the school. This includes outlining the details of the plan, such as its goals, the roles of different individuals, and specific strategies and procedures that the school should implement.

Here's a link to this Problem-Based Learning exercise:

As always, the Teacher Instructions, Classroom Discussion sheet, "Stimulus Items" (videos, articles, etc.), thought-gathering sheets, and grading rubric have been provided.

Please feel free to e-mail or call if you have any questions or comments, or if there's anything else I can do.


Ben Bache

The PBL Project, manager

2435 E. North St., #245

Greenville, SC 29615-1442


***The PBL "Weekly Warm-ups" are free to all educators. If you do not wish to receive them, simply click here:

Retirement Seminars Offered

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Underscoring some #Awesome accomplishments of the Students at KHS from Mr. Dondero

Hello Staff!

I just wanted to update you as to the amazing accomplishments of the students of Keansburg. As most of you know, the seniors at KHS obtain valuable career skills while completing internships at both professional business placements and within district. This year, our seniors really looked to the medical field for extended education. Students are currently interning at three pediatricians, two occupational therapists, a family physician, a physical therapist, a speech pathologist, a dentist, and two veterinarians. And the early mentor reviews have been fantastic!

I would like to recognize the following businesses that are mentoring our students:

Children’s Health Center, Holmdel

Venture Pediatrics, Middletown

Degenarro Pediatrics, Middletown

Tender Touch Occupational Therapy, Hazlet

Allcare Therapy Services, Howell

Main Street Medical, Keansburg

Kessler Rehab, Middletown

Speech Start, Hazlet

Elite Dental, Hazlet

Bayshore Veterinarian, Holmdel

Veterinarian Home Services, Port Monmouth

Head over Heels Gymanastics, Middletown

K9 Luxury Resorts, Middletown

Anthonys Pizza, Keansburg

McDonalds, Middletown

Middletown Arts Center, Middletown

Michaels, Holmdel

East Coast Ink, Keansburg

Boston Market, Middletown

St. Annes Daycare, Keansburg

Early Years Daycare, Union Beach

Shoprite, Middletown

Additionally… the following businesses offered to mentor our students

Garden State Carwash, Middletown

Dearborn Farms, Holmdel

Raritan HS (TV production), Hazlet

Prestige Travel Agency, Hazlet

Middletown Pancake House, Middletown

Turner Syndrome Foundation, Hazlet

Legal Service Center, Keansburg

Atlantic Highlands Animal Hospital, Atlantic Highlands

While many, many teachers offered to mentor KHS students, a very special recognition goes out to the teachers that are going above and beyond to provide additional education to our students.

Mr. Wolf; Mr. Wombough; Mr. Tonne; Ms. Rotondi; Mr. Iorio; Mr. Bubnick; Ms. Donnelly; Mr. White; Ms. Hart; Mr. Cier; Ms. Deflippo; Mr. Rosenberg; Ms. Greico; Ms. Rotolo; Ms. Pearce; Mr. Morphin; Mr. Novembre; Ms. Ascolese; Ms. Chesler

District Policy and Procedure Manual - Review and Sign Off by October 23, 2015

From: Dr. Tom Tramaglini, Chief Academic Officer

September 15, 2015


I am forwarding you the policy and procedure manual in Google Drive. Each year, we send several of our district policies to you so you are aware of changes or informed of the expectations approved by the Board of Education. Some policies and regulations that we have attached in this manual include those required by the State (e.g., evaluation policy).

We are giving you until October 23 to review these policies. When you have received and read through the manual, please initial on the sheet that I am sending each principal that you have received and read the policies and regulations. These sheets will be located in each school/departments office. In the past I have done this

electronically but the tracking is difficult and doing so in hard copy is more efficient. I will collect the form from each office on October 23.

Further, this list is generated by your location in ITC. That is, if your office or primary location is in a particular school or site, you are likely on that list.

If you do not see your name on the form, the last page in the packet is blank for you to add your name manually. Records are added to My Learning Plan to indicate your completion of the review.

All district employees should review the policies that are pertinent to their role and sign off on the form that you received and reviewed the information.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Link to access Employee P&P Manual

***One copy of the manual has been placed in each office of each building - if you would like to borrow the hard copy, please notify your main office.



Support Heroes and Cool Kids and PMRS at KHS!

Dear Staff,

The KHS Heroes and Cool Kids leadership club is once again selling KidStuff Coupon Books!

Heroes and Cool Kids members act as role models to the BMS fifth grade students by providing three outreaches per year. The in class presentations are on topics dealing with proper nutrition, civility, good sportsmanship, anti-bullying, and the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use/abuse. In addition, student members volunteer at various community and district events and help raise money for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

The coupon book costs $25.00..... this is easily made up with just a few coupons. There are great savings for everyone at such places as Macy's, Modell's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sears, Loft, Aeropostale, Payless, Gymboree, Monster Mini Golf, Michael's, Bed Bath & Beyond, and many more! We have provided a link below that provides information regarding the different book editions and the many businesses that offer coupons in each book. The book that we are selling is for Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, and Burlington counties. If you are interested in purchasing a coupon book as a gift for someone that lives in another county, please let us know and we can special order that edition for you. Just click on the book edition you are interested in to view business coupons listed in the various county editions.

To reserve a copy, please contact either me or Mr. McCarthy via email by Wednesday, 10/21/15. Checks can be made out to "KHS Student Activity Fund".

Thank you for your support!

Jimmy & Filitsa

****As per Meghan Daley and Sharon Moschetta - Hi everyone!

We just wanted to remind everyone that PMRS is doing the Kidstuff books as well. For participating each teacher will receive a Kidstuff book for free. We are looking forward to a great sale! Have a great day!





Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

"The fox leapt high to grasp the grapes, but the delicious-looking fruit remained just out of reach of his snapping jaws. After a few attempts the fox gave up and said to himself, 'These grapes are sour, and if I had some I would not eat them.' The fox changes his attitude to fit his behavior." - Aesop’s Fables

There is a general misconception that our beliefs are the cause of our actions. Often it is the other way around.

Just like the fox, people will tell themselves a story to justify their actions. This helps to protect their ego during failure or indicate why they committed a certain action. Teachers need to place students in situations where they can persuade themselves that they were intrinsically motivated to behave a certain way or to carry out certain actions.

click here for more of this article

Education- Am I a 21st Century Teacher?


Join 3 of our own teachers as they guest moderate Twitter Chat #EdTherapy on Thursday October 1 at 9PM EST

Dana Florio (@FeeneyGina) , Gina Feeney (@dana_florio) and Jackie Janik (@JerseyJackieJ) are guest moderating international Twitter chat #EdTherapy on October 1 at 9 PM EST - their topic will explore what all of us can learn from the great work that our early childhood teachers are doing which we can ALL apply to our practice.


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