I hope that you have had a restful summer to this point. Now that August is here, it is a sign that we all must start getting ready for school. 2014-2015 proved to be a very eventful school year. 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 this past school year. If you walked through 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 increased expectations, a few new teachers and our new vice principal, Robin Bullock. If your child attended Leonard V. Moore Middle School, then he or she would have been accustomed to working with her because she has transferred to Grace Wilday. Everything works out perfectly because the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) 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 Tuesday, September 15, 2015 beginning at 6:30pm.
In our third year of implementation, Positive Behavioral Support in Schools (PBSIS) exceeded our expectations. All new parents/guardians and students will find out what that is in September during out 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 math packet. It is filled with many math problems to help your child for the appropriate grade level type of problem solving abilities and thinking needed for the upcoming year. Additionally, a summer reading requirement for each grade level was provided. Students must have the books/novels read before the first day of school. The books were chosen to promote literacy and help your child with reading more complex 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 school year.
Finally, it is important that each student and parent/guardian remain focused on our school vision, which will assist the school’s faculty, staff, and administration in reaching our ultimate goal, increasing student learning and achievement. I wish everyone a productive and successful school year.
Dr. Falaise, Principal
Grace Wilday Junior High School
Just a few reminders:
1) The first day of school is September 3, 2015.
2) The school uniform colors are:
White shirt with a collar (polo or dress shirt)
Navy blue pants, shorts, skirts or jumpers
Navy blue sweatshirts, sweaters, vests, or blazers
Navy blue or white stockings
Physical education uniform:
Navy blue shorts or sweatpants
White T-shirt (with Grace Wilday embroidery)
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 Walmart, Shopper’s World and Kidz Place in Elizabeth, NJ or ABC in Linden, NJ.
School supplies needed:
2 - Packs of pencils
2 - Packs of pens (Black or Blue)
1 - Glue stick
1 - Container of white out
1 - White glue
1 - Pair of scissors
1 - Protractor
1 - Pencil case
10 - Pocket folders
1 - Ruler (marked inches [in] and centimeters [cm])
1 - Package of crayons or pencil crayons
5 - Lined paper notebooks
3 - 1 inch binders
7 - Subject dividers (for binders)
1 - Pencil sharpener
3 - Highlighters
1 - Package of lined paper
1 - Dictionary/Thesaurus
1 - 1 gig flash drive
1 - Package of 3 x 5 index cards
1 - Backpack