Kenilworth Public Schools

September 23, 2016

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GREAT STUFF Going on In Our Schools

The Kenilworth Public Schools Ranked Among New Jersey's Best to Teach In

Where are the best New Jersey school districts to teach?

A new ranking by has answered that question, using data about teacher salary, experience and attendance. The recently-released rankings also take into consideration the district's academic, safety and resources.

"A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers who are offered excellent support and compensation," said.

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Bruins that Care Food Drive Calling for YOUR help!

Our annual 911 food drive will be held during the month of September to honor the fallen and their families lost in the 911 attacks. It is a day of community service and Bruins and Bears That Care are are asking you to do your part. Donations such as cereal, canned goods , pasta, coffee, etc would be very much appreciated. It will go to our local food pantry to help families in need. Please be generous and thank you in advance.

This food drive began 15 years ago in memory of 2 men lost from Kenilworth.

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First Grade Students Full Speed Ahead

First grade Language Arts students read "The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School". The little fish had a rough start at school and was very anxious. He ended up realizing that he did belong and could do it! Students created their own fish with the four facts.

Fact 1: You Are Smart

Fact 2: You Can Get It

Fact 3: You Belong

Fact 4: Don't Forget It

Middle School Teachers: Peer Tutoring

The DBMS Peer Tutoring program is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, the 28th of September 2016. National Junior Honor Society members will be tutoring. We are also looking for additional well-qualified tutors to add to our ranks! Please let me know if you have a student to recommend.

Tutors and tutees will meet right after school in Room 134 for assignments and the sessions will run from 2:15 to 2:45.

If you have any students who are in need of any help, please complete the attached form and have the student’s parent/guardian sign the permission slip. You will also be receiving a digital copy in your email for your handy reference! Please send all returned forms to me. Please let Marisa Zsamba know if you have any questions.

Stuff just For Faculty and Staff

What Great Teachers Do Differently: Part One

N.J. school aid formula is flawed for pre-K, special ed, audit says

By Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for
September 22, 2016

TRENTON — As New Jersey politicians debate changing the state's formula for funding public schools, a new state audit has highlighted some specific flaws in the current system.

The report, released Wednesday by State Auditor Stephen Eells, shows that schools are both underfunded and overfunded in some respects based on the current model.

Among the problems identified are outdated data, inaccurate pre-K enrollments and an inadequate system for funding special education.

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Grant Opportunity

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Educational Policy

ESSA Regulations on Equitable Funding

The regulatory process continues for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), with proposed rules recently published by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) aimed at ensuring equitable funding across and within districts. These rules address the federal “supplement-not-supplant” provision that requires districts to prove Title I funds are added to (and do not replace) state funding. ED floated earlier proposals requiring districts to demonstrate that state and local per-pupil spending in Title I schools at least equaled the average of that spending in non-Title I schools. Critics, however, argued that because these calculations would necessarily include teacher salaries, such proposals could create severe disruption in districts forced to transfer teachers to ensure equitable spending. This newest proposal specifies that it does not require teacher transfers, and it allows districts to meet its equity goals via a number of avenues.

ED explains that under the proposed regulations, districts have the flexibility to demonstrate compliance with supplement-not-supplant requirements in several ways by using:

  • A weighted formula to allocate funds to schools with high percentages of disadvantaged students.
  • A formula that allocates funds as a function of district averages in staff salaries and per-pupil expenditures.
  • A peer-reviewed test that allocates funds fairly.
  • Any other method that ensures that per-pupil spending in Title I schools matches at least the average of per-pupil spending across the district.

The proposed rules were the subject of a hearing before the House education committee this week, where proponents applauded the additional flexibility while opponents, including most of the major national education groups, claimed it oversteps federal authority in district decisions. However, ED says the proposed regulation would provide up to $2 billion in additional state and local funding for high-poverty schools. ED will be accepting public comments on the proposed supplement-not-supplant regulations until November 7.

ED also recently published guidance on the new school improvement provisions in ESSA, specifically addressing the requirement that these plans be “evidence-based.” The nonbinding guidance encourages districts to use interventions with a strong record of positive influence on the types of students or schools that need help, and to think deliberately at every step of the turnaround process.

From Meow to Roar: A Journey in Advocacy

September 19, 2016

By Danielle Brown

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a public hearing for feedback on the 2016 draft mathematics & ELA standards in my community. The meeting was held in the cafeteria of what once was a middle school, that was closed due to lack of funding. The room was set up with 24 burgundy plastic chairs, only to be filled by 8 people.

You read that correctly, EIGHT people.

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Attend the Annual Michael Vitale, Sr. Annual Health Fair

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Be vigilant and communicate with your children

What to Teach Kids About Strangers

Information about the differences between strangers kids should look out for and strangers kids can trust.

Kids see strangers every day in stores, in the park, and in their neighborhoods. Most of these strangers are nice, normal people, but a few may not be. Parents can protect their children from dangerous strangers by teaching them about strangers and suspicious behavior, and by taking a few precautions of their own.

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