BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
Welcome Back Parents!
September 16, 2013
Principal - Scot R. Burkholder
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
Agenda 6:30 6:40 Welcome 6:40 6:45 - Presentation of Students for Flag Salute/School Motto 6:45 7:00 Introduction of Staff 7:00 7:05 PTO President Vanessa Belvin 7:05 7:30 Brief Presentation Goals for 2013-14 7:30 7:50 Classroom Visitation (Session One) 7:50 8:10 Classroom Visitation (Session Two) 8:10 8:30 Classroom Visitation (Session Three) Wrap Up Visitation / Closure
**Community Organizations will have tables in the hallway outside the
main office during your visit.
HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW SCHOOL YEAR:
Lower class sizes and increase in Special Education / Tutoring
Supplemental Support Teachers LAL and Math (Extra Help)
Student Teachers from Kean University
New Math Program My math with home connections
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program (Two Days Free of charge)
Technology Enhancement ALL classes have Promethean boards,
interactive remote clickers student response systems.
Free Breakfast for all students
Continued community service initiatives
Student Planners for ALL students with handbook
Student Blog with Tainan, Taiwan
Take pride in your home, school, and community.
Obey all school rules. Make informed choices. Do your best at all times. Take responsibility for your own actions. Set goals (short & long term). Dont give up, finish what you start. Do whats right, and not just whats
easy. Think about others needs and feelings. Be able to disagree with someone
without anger or violence. Stand up for what you know is right.
Defienda lo que usted sabe es correcto.
Sintase orgulloso de su casa, escuela, y comunidad.
Obedezca todas las reglas escolares.
Tome decisiones inteligentes.
Procure hacer lo mejor siempre.
Tome responsabilidad de sus propias acciones.
Establezca objetivos (a corto y a largo plazo).
No se de por vencido (termine lo que inicie).
Haga lo que es correcto, y no slo lo que es fcil.
Piense acerca de las necesidades y sentimientos de los otros.
Sea capaz de discrepar con alguien sin clera o violencia.
Please follow the sign in and sign out procedures sent home and limit the amount of early pick-ups for your children. Follow Traffic Safety Pattern!
Please do not walk into the building freely all must sign in with the main office to protect your children.
Be involved PTO, check homework / planner, read with your children WHAT EVER IT TAKES!
Parking Lot - Jefferson
New Drop N
New Speed Bump?
Intent is to strengthen standards for preventing, reporting,
investigating, and responding to incidents of bullying and reduce
the risk of suicide among students Effective September 2011
"Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any gesture, any written,
verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a
single incident or a series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as
being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such
as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual
orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or
sensory [handicap]disability, or by any other distinguishing
characteristic, that takes place on school property*, at any school-
sponsored function [or],on a school bus, or off school grounds* as
provided for in section 16 of P.L.2010, CHAPTER 122, that substantially
disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights
of other students and that:
SCHOOL ANTI-BULLYING TEAM
Formed to develop, foster, and maintain a positive
school climate, including HIB issues
Meets at least 2 times per school year
Consists of the principal (or designee, preferably a
senior administrator) and principal appointees:
Teachers in the school,
School anti-bullying specialist (serves as chair),
Parent of a student in the school
Other members determined by the principal
SCHOOL TEAM DUTIES
Receives any HIB complaints reported to principal*
Receives copies of any HIB investigation reports*
Identifies and addresses patterns of HIB in the school*
Reviews and strengthens school climate and policies in order to prevent and address HIB
Educates the community (i.e., students, teachers, administrators, parents) to prevent and address HIB
Participates in training (both required and requested)
Collaborates with anti-bullying coordinator in data collection and development of policies to prevent and address HIB
Other duties related to HIB requested by principal or anti-bullying coordinator
*Parent team members may only participate in activities that do not compromise student confidentiality.
If you child is sick (vomiting, diarrhea, or
fever) he/she must stay home from school
In accordance with Plainfield BOE policy
The school is not responsible for home injuries.
Please provide care for all home injuries prior to sending
your child to school.
NURSES NOTES MRS. T. SMITH, RN
Recent P.E.(exam less than 1 yr. old)
required: Out of state transfers
Please submit physical exam to the
nurse prior to 10/31/13. Student
not in compliance with P.E.
requirements will be excluded
from school in November.
JEFFERSON SCHOOL AS FOCUS SCHOOL?
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
County District School DFG Classification Rationale Title 1?
Union Plainfield City Jefferson B Focus Lowest Subgroup Performance Yes
A Focus School is a school that has room for improvement in areas that are specific to the school. As part of the process, Focus Schools will receive targeted and tailored solutions to meet the schools unique needs. There are 183 Focus schools.
Lowest Subgroup Performance: schools whose two lowest-performing subgroups rank among the lowest combined proficiency rates in the state. Schools in this category have an overall proficiency rate for these lowest-performing subgroups of 29.2% or lower.
FOCUS SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS - UPDATE
Hired a social worker, 2 additional intervention teachers
(Received one), and full time security guard.
ELA and Math blocks must be uninterrupted 90 minutes with
consistent readers and writers workshop focus and math mini-
lessons and centers - meaning changes to the existing master
prep schedule. - New Schedule will reflect
A 40 minute dedicated intervention block designed to allow time
set aside each day to work on improving your students ELA and
Math work and knowledge. While connected to the core blocks,
this is an independently planned data driven block. - New
Schedule will reflect
Additional Programs: Family Friendly Center, K-3 Academy,
Tutoring, Parent Academy any more to come.
Every 6-8 weeks Implementation progress &
At least 80% of School improvement plan actions are
accomplished at each 6-8 week period
Attendance At least 92% attendance for targeted subgroups, school
wide, and teachers that support those subgroups and school
Less than 5% of targeted subgroup students and students
school-wide are chronically absent (>10% of schools days
Discipline Less than 5% of targeted subgroup students and students
school-wide are suspended
2 times during
Survey / focus group responses 95% of teachers school-wide and for targeted subgroups
participate in the survey
25% of parents and/or students participate in the survey
At least 80% of survey responders state that the school
NJASK & HSPA proficiency 5 percentage points increase for targeted subgroup in
percent of students proficient in Math and ELA1
At least 5% on median Student Growth Percentile (SGP) for 1
out of the next 2 years for each targeted subgroup
2013 JEFFERSON SCHOOL NJASK SCORES Grade /
Remedial 100 - 179
Cusp / PUSH 180 - 199
Proficient 200 - 249
Advanced 250 - 300
Test # % # % # % # % #
3rd ELA 21 36% 20 34% 17 29% - - 58
3rd Math 26 45% 8 14% 19 33% 5 8% 58
4th ELA 37 49% 16 21% 22 29% - - 75
4th Math 18 24% 13 17% 38 51% 6 8% 75
4th Science 6 8% 12 16% 42 57% 14 19% 74
5th ELA 22 43% 15 29% 14 28% - - 51
5th Math 20 39% 10 20% 18 35% 3 6% 51
450 current Students
414+ Students (12-13) Vs. 402 (2010-11) (339 in 09-10)
Free and Reduced Lunch: 90% Gender Breakdown: _47.5_ % Female _52.4_ % Male
Bilingual / ESL: 42.5 %
Racial Breakdown: Hispanic 74.8 % African American:
24.1 % Multi / Other: 1.5 %
Special Education: 17.6 %
****Advanced Proficient Scores 28 (vs. 22 in 2012 /
21 in 2011 / 20 in 2010)
GOALS FOR 2013-14
Continue to raise student
achievement levels by 10 %
Decrease the number of
Graduate from focus status
Increase parent involvement at events by at least 10%
Increase community service
and outreach for families
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Assembly Presentations: Mayor
3rd Grade Black History Month Class Presentations
Peer Group Learning
Student Work One on One
Smart Boards in every class
Students using programs to
interview students in Taiwan
Student interactive clickers
SCHOOL FACILITIES PHOTO TOUR
Mural Project Mural Project
Media Center / Library Parking Lot Safety Upgrades
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Parents / Guardians
School Staff School
Overall responsibility for
improving our school is
shared by parents and guardians, students, board
members, school personnel
and community members.
Each is expected to work positively toward this goal
and to support our children!
Partnership = Success