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10/5/18

Fire Prevention Open Houses

Upcoming Parent Academy Workshop - October 24th

The 2018-19 SB Parent Academy workshop series continues on Wednesday, October 24th at Crossroads North Middle School at 7:00 p.m. with: Communicating With Your Child’s Teacher: Bringing the Parent/Teacher Conference Into the 21st Century.


In the South Brunswick School District, parent-teacher conference time has served as one of the hallmarks of our home-school connection for decades. Now, with the increase of online software and information systems, like Genesis, we are able to exchange data more frequently and easily with parents over the course of the school year, changing the way we partner with parents. Join them for an interactive workshop as they explore the benefits of the various information systems and how best to incorporate them into your home-school communication and help your child succeed. Please click here for additional information.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

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.


Some history:

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. Our teachers created this video to showcase our commitment to supporting students with Dyslexia and other learning difference. 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/