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News and Views from the May 20, 2019 BOE Meeting

May 20, 2019

Attendees at the Board of Education meeting on May 20, 2019, heard about exciting initiatives happening at Hartshorn and Wyoming Schools. We also heard from Jon Kleiman of Challenge Success, who shared results from our recent surveys of Middle and High School students.

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Hartshorn School Highlights

Hartshorn School Principal, Mr. Ken Frattini, shared some of the initiatives going on this year at Hartshorn, including, Pineapple Week, a week for teachers to share their classrooms with colleagues, the Kindness Challenge, Spelling and Geography Bees, Chess, Karate and more. See it all in the PowerPoint below.

Wyoming School Wonders

Wyoming School Principal Kristin Mueller and Instructional Supervisor Mike Mongon showed a video that highlighted all of the wonderful things going on at "dear old Wyoming." Click below to see for yourself...
We were so pleased to hear from Jon Kleiman from Challenge Success who spoke to our teachers, Board of Education, parents and community members during his visit to Millburn on Monday. In his presentation at the Board of Education meeting, he shared statistics from the surveys of Millburn high school and middle school parents and students taken this winter. The focus of Challenge Success is to use this data to inform the ways we can enhance the school experience to give our students the opportunities they want and need, while living a well-balanced life.

Superintendent's Report

  • Ed Foundation Donation

On the agenda, this evening is the annual donation by the Ed Foundation for the proposed mini-grants in the amount of $150,999. We want to thank the Ed Foundation for their tireless efforts to support the district and the mini-grant process is one of the favorites of the staff and students.

  • Comprehensive Equity Plan Review

On the agenda this evening is the approval of the Comprehensive Equity Plan review process. This is completed every 3-years and is designed to ensure policies, regulations and procedures are in compliance with fair and equitable practices. These practices are in effect for Board governance, professional development, affirmative action and staff hiring practices.

  • AP Studio Art Show

Everyone is invited to this exhibit of the AP Art students’ final portfolios. You can see some of the AP work around the Ed Center, but when you see each student’s work displayed in a thematic way, it is astounding. Stop into the HS gym on Wednesday, May 29, from 6-8 pm.

  • HS Academic Awards Program

The Senior Class Awards will be presented to our students on Friday, May 31 at 8 am. Congratulations to all.

  • Hooray for Hollywood! MHS Band Concert

This is a concert you won’t want to miss! Come hear all of your favorite music from the movies, performed by our award-winning Millburn High School bands…accompanying clips from classic films. Truly fun for the whole family!

  • Athletics

The Girls Track team are the Conference Champions. The Girls LAX are in the Sectional Semi-Finals (First time for MHS).

Comments & Questions

Public Comment at Monday's meeting focused mostly on concerns by students and parents regarding the High School's ad hoc a capella group, Soulfege. While undertaking a review of the music department and music curriculum, the high school also looked at its a capella and chorus program. They included Soulfege in their discussions to consider ways to keep the club going as part of the music department, strengthening both the music group and the music department.

After the BOE meeting, the Board discussed the subject in Executive Session, and confirmed that Soulfege will remain as an ad-hoc club. Upon return to the public session, they released the following statement:

"The Board approved at its May 20, 2019 meeting to acknowledge the continued support of Soulfege as an ad-hoc club at Millburn High School, and commend their community service and accomplishments.

"The Board supports the Millburn Music Department in their continued pursuit of excellence in music education."

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