Dear parents, guardians and community members,
Like the month of January, snow has been the most discussed topic in every newspaper and discussion during the entire month of February. We have had to miss a couple of school days and had at least two modified school days. Let’s hope for a nicer March weather-wise!
During this month, we celebrated the smallest to largest contributions of African Americans both current and historical in our quotes of the day. Additionally, each homeroom designed a poster that highlighted a key term or event that relates to Black History Month. These can be found displayed throughout our hallways. Furthermore, students were exposed to a slideshow presentation that illustrated images and information related to civil disobedience in order to open up a dialogue about this topic. This led to many great conversations throughout our homerooms. Lastly, students also participated in a trivia activity analyzing their knowledge of historical events that helped to shape today’s society.
Eighth grade students were also able to experience an assembly produced by Winceyco Inc. which told the story of Ruby Bridges through a performance that was centered around music. The students had the opportunity to sing along and clap their hands as the live band played. It was a wonderful, fun, and informative event!
Family Literacy Night also occurred this month. Students and families alike were invited to Grace Wilday to enjoy a meal together and to partake in a fun, filled evening that focused on literacy. The choir from Abraham Clark High School sang and did a wonderful job! Parents and children had a fun time playing literary games together. Additionally, a short presentation on PARCC was presented. Overall, it was a successful event!
The second Honor Roll Breakfast of the year also took place this month. Students and their families were invited to celebrate their child(ren)’s academic successes. A special breakfast was served as students received recognition of their achievements. The top four scholars additionally received a pair of ear buds, a journal and a coupon for one free book from Barnes and Nobles provided by the Honors Achievement Committee. It was a successful and special event!
Furthermore, students took their graduation photos in preparation for their upcoming graduation. Students got their hair done and wore a pretty smile as they posed for the photographer. Graduation will be here before we know it!
Inside the classroom, teachers continue to prepare students diligently for the New Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards (NJCCCS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Simultaneously, the teachers are learning how to align their instruction and assessments to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Performance Based Assessment (PBA) set to begin in March. We will also be hosting a community workshop on the CCSS and the PARCC End of Year (EOY) assessment on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 6:30pm here at the school. Please come ready to learn about the 21st century expectations and engage in interactive activities on this night.
Since we are slightly beyond the middle point of the school year, I still hope that all parents are reviewing and discussing academic and behavioral performance with their child(ren). Finally, it is important to remind grade 8 families that the Grade 8 Promotional Exercise will be held on June 19, 2015 at 11am on the Grace Wilday field. We hope to see you present and participating at our monthly events.
Dr. Josue B. Falaise