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Alloway Township School's E-Newsletter - October 2018

"Meet & Eat" during American Education Week: Nov. 12-16, 2018

We are excited to celebrate education at Alloway Township School during American Education Week! There are a lot of exciting things happening to benefit students, and we cordially invite one parent/guardian per student to join us for a Meet & Eat with your student. The itinerary includes a classroom observation, lunch in the cafeteria, and a brief presentation from administration. The class your student has before lunch is the class you will be observing. We are hosting our VIP parents and guardians as follows:

  • K - Grade 2: Tuesday, November 13 (10:15-11:35)

  • Grades 3-5: Wednesday, November 14 (10:50-12:20)

  • Pre-K: Wednesday, November 14 (AM - 8:00-8:45; PM - 12:00-12:45)

  • Grades 6-8: Thursday, November 15 (11:35-1:05)

Starting at 9:00 AM on Thursday, Oct. 25, you can access Sign-Up Genius through a link on our website or a link that will be sent by e-mail. If you are unable to sign up on-line, you can call Libby Lodge (935-1622 ext. 100) to help you sign up through Sign-Up Genius.

Remember to bring your ID so we can check guests in as quickly as possible without jeopardizing proper security procedures. Our VIP’s will be given a badge with their name and student’s name, so the deadline to sign up is Nov. 11.

VIP’s can bring a lunch or buy from our premier cafeteria - just like our students! An adult lunch is $4.75, and the menu is: Tuesday - pasta with meatballs, tossed salad, and garlic bread stick; Wednesday - BBQ chicken sandwich on a kaiser roll, emoji fries, and corn ; Thursday - breakfast burrito (egg/sausage/ cheese), hash brown, and juice cup. Small salads ($3.00) are available all three days, and large salads ($4.75) are available on Wednesday and Thursday only. Salad choices are: tuna, grilled chicken, or hard-boiled egg. Pre-order your lunch when you sign up.

We are looking forward to having our VIP parents and guardians learn alongside our tigers at our Meet & Eat events during American Education Week!

What's NEW for 2018-19!

  • 8 period schedule (same start and end times)
  • "Tiger Time" for K-5
  • Grade-level Wings
  • Chromebooks for Middle School (MS)
  • SOAR! (Supportive Opportunities for Academic Resources), a Title 1 program
  • 2 specials daily for MS
  • Grade 4 departmentalization
  • Key Communicators
  • strategic planning
  • cameras
  • semester VPA courses for MS

New Curricular Resources & Materials!

All About...."Tiger Time"

Grades K-5 have a period called "Tiger Time" for individualized instruction during the school day.

Students who need support in math and/or language arts receive SOAR during this period. SOAR is provided by two teachers: Mrs. Strawderman for language arts and Mrs. Murphy for math. SOAR is funded by our Title 1 grant to provide supplemental services for students who need to gain ground in language arts and/or math to reach the standards. Students must meet the school's defined criteria to participate in programs funded by Title 1. The defined criteria involves multiple sources of relevant data.

Students who are performing at grade-level standards and students who need to be challenged to extend beyond the grade-level standards will be tasked to do so by the classroom teacher during "Tiger Time." Learning menus provide students with a deeper dive into a content and also incorporate the following:

  • differentiation
  • choice
  • interest
  • cross-curricular
  • STEAM integration
  • project based learning

PTA Hosts "Meet the Candidates" Night

The ATS PTA hosted a "Meet the Candidates" Night at the Municipal Building on Oct. 11. The 8 candidates running for 3 school board seats this November were invited to be part of the panel discussion moderated by the PTA. Jean-Marie Sutton, Becky Cobb, Christina Paleschic, and Lauren Stubbs facilitated the evening. President Christina Paleschic moderated the discussion.

The facilitators invited both parents and community members to submit questions of interest in order to involve the community in shaping the direction of the discussion. The questions spanned a variety of topics pertaining to our Alloway Township School. The event provided the school community with information that will result in casting informed votes in November.

Thank you, PTA, for orchestrating this event!

School Security Information Night

October 15-18 is Violence Awareness Week. To kick-off this week, James Corbley from the NJDOE came to present information on school security to our school community. The event was held on Monday, Oct. 15 in the media center, and Mr. Corbley tailored a presentation to specifically address community concerns about best security practices in today's schools.

The informative presentation began with a quote from William Hedgcock Webster (2002): "Security is always seen as too much until the day it's not enough." Mr. Corbley is a retired trooper and now advises the DOE and schools on the multiple layers needed in today's world to provide a safe school.

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About ATS

ATS is a pre-K through 8th grade school serving students who live in Alloway Township.