I hope that you have had a restful summer to this point. August is the sign that we all must start getting ready for school. 2013-2014 proved to be a very good school year for Grace Wilday. With the ever increasing expectations of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), our teachers began preparing our students effectively with activities and assessments in preparation for the full implementation for this upcoming 2014-2015 school year. If you walked our halls during the school year, you would have seen the pride that our students took with their work.
There are not many changes prepared for our school besides the increase number of staff members with higher expectations and the three new science laboratories. It works out perfect because the New Jersey Department of Education (JDOE) has increased the expectations and responsibilities for teachers and administrators throughout the state. More information about the state’s requirements will be presented at our school’s Fall Open House on September 23, 2014 beginning at 6:30pm.
In our second year of implementing the Positive Behavioral Support in Schools (PBSIS) was a tremendous success. All new parents/guardians and students will find out what that is in September during the first month of school while we have our “PBSIS Kick Off”. Our entire staff has expressed their excitement about the things we are going to do together to achieve academic excellence according to our school and district vision and mission.
Your child should not wait until September to start preparing their minds. Remember that there was a summer required reading list for each grade level. Students must have the books/novels read before the first day of school and performed the required assignment. It is recommended that your child perform a number of the additional activities and readings. The books were selected to promote literacy and help your child with reading more complex informational texts. The reading and assignments will count towards each student’s first marking period grade. We ask that you ensure your child fulfills all of the requirements.
One of our goals as educators is to find more ways to improve and increase parental involvement activities. There is a direct correlation between high parental involvement and high student achievement. Our school’s vision and mission will be our driving force to every decision made regarding school processes. You and your child are invited to take advantage of providing input to every decision made here at Grace Wilday Junior High School during this upcoming 2014-2015 school year.
One way to become informed about our school’s policies, procedures and expectations and state initiatives is to be present at our Open House on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:30pm. In addition to meeting your child’s teachers, we will have community and family resource services available to assist you any way possible.
Another way to become more involved and aware of what your child is learning is to log onto our school’s website and view our school’s curricula for each subject area. It will allow you to have a deeper conversation with your child’s teacher during any and all conferences.
Finally, it is important that each student and parent remain focused on our school vision, which will assist the school’s faculty, staff, and administration in reaching our ultimate goal, increasing student achievement. I wish everyone a productive and successful school year.
Dr. Falaise, Principal
Grace Wilday Junior High School
Parents and guardians of Grade 8 students – According to the 2014-2015 district calendar, the 8th grade promotional exercise is scheduled to occur on Monday, June 22, 2015. The school administration has decided to host the event on Friday, June 19, 2015 instead. However, we would like for everyone to be fully aware of this change. We will be asking parents and guardians to sign notification about this change at the start of the school year. We will also post notifications about this change on our school’s website, via other packets sent to parents and in our monthly school newsletter beginning in September.
Just a few reminders:
1) The first day of school is September 4, 2014. Our school day starts at 8:30am and ends at 2:50pm.
2) The school uniform colors are:
All students MUST wear school uniforms from the first day of school until the last day of school. The only exception will be dress down days, which will be announced the day before. Any clothing that has printed words or designs beyond the Grace Wilday embroidery are not permitted.
Most of the items without the Grace Wilday embroidery (plain items) can be purchased from stores like Shopper’s World and Kidz Place in Elizabeth, NJ or ABC in Linden, NJ. Coupons for uniform discounts are available in the school’s main office.
All uniform orders with Grace Wilday embroidery can be placed through the PTO President, Denise Daniels at (908) 447-6177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) School supplies needed:
4 - Packs of pencils
3 - Packs of pens (Black or Blue)
1 - Glue stick
1 - Container of white out
1 - White glue
1 - Protractor
1 - Pencil case
10 - Pocket folders
1 - Ruler (marked inches [in] and centimeters [cm])
1 - Package of crayons or pencil crayons
6 - 1 inch binders
7 - Subject dividers (for binders)
2 - Pencil sharpener
6 - Highlighters
2 - Packages of lined paper for notebooks
1 - Dictionary/Thesaurus
1 - 1 gig flash drive
1 - Package of 3 x 5 index cards
1 - Backpack
Please be aware that teachers may have additionally supply needs. However, your child will be generally prepared with the list of materials above.