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    Principal's Message

    Dear Student, Parents/Guardians, and Invested Members of the Community

    As we conclude the first half of the year, we celebrate our achievements, cherish our accomplishments, and prepare to outperform ourselves this upcoming third marking period. Thus far, we have disseminated 237 Merit Honor Roll awards, for students who have earned the grade of “A” in all academic subjects with the exception of one “B”. We are also very proud to have disseminated 58 Distinguished Honor Roll awards for those students that have earned the grade of “A” in all of their academic subjects. The Grace Wilday family is very proud of our scholars and we work diligently to have other students join the ranks of the Merit and Distinguished Honor Roll students in the coming months.

    In addition to our academic success, we continue to strive to create a school climate that is safe, clean, and conducive to learning for all students. On the forefront of this endeavor, our Positive Behavior Support In School (PBSIS) continues to grow. The PBSIS Program encourages our students to display exemplary behavior throughout the school-- -in the classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, and bathrooms. Students that display the expected behavior are not only building character, but they are also eligible to earn PBSIS bucks that are redeemable for prizes at the PBSIS store. This powerful positive behavior tool celebrates and promotes good behavior and character building. Students are made aware that at Grace Wilday Junior High School,  good behavior is rewarded. 

    Looking ahead to this spring, students will take the Partnership forAssessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized assessment. Our 8th grade students will also take the NJ ASK assessment for Science. Our staff has been working diligently preparing students for these two very important assessments. We are counting on you (parents, family, and community members) to help all of our students by making sure that they are working just as conscientiously at home as they are in school. Students should complete their homework thoroughly, study for tests and quizzes, and go to bed early so that each morning they are alert and ready to learn. Working together in a partnership, we will prepare all of our students for college, work, and life.

    Educationally yours,
    Erik LeitePrincipal

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