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  • Meeting 5.21.14

    Posted by Christal Barr at 5/22/2014
    At the last District Steering Committee meeting of the year, the GPA and Cell Phone proposals addressed the required and recommended recommendations that were discussed at the last meeting. We are happy to report that the GPA proposal has been approved and will be moving to the final stage - presenting the 'first reading' at a BOE meeting! The Cell Phone proposal addressed many of the recommendations but still needs to have discussion with BOE committees regarding the district's policies before moving to this stage. Many thanks to all of our faculty (and respective stakeholders) for all of their hard work - it is starting to pay off!
     
    We look forward to the start of the 14/15 school year and seeing more proposal's approved and implemented.
     
    It is indeed an exciting time to be a Blue Streak! :) Have a safe and happy summer!!!
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  • WHRSD to be on the radio!!!

    Posted by Christal Barr at 4/28/2014
    Mrs. Rader & Mrs. Barr are going to be interviewed - LIVE - on WRNJ Radio! Make sure to tune in on Thursday, May 1st at 10:30am and listen to us talk about the Middle States process and all the wonderful things WHRSD is doing!
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  • Meeting 4.9.14

    Posted by Christal Barr at 4/10/2014
    This was the first EBD District Steering Meeting since the Middle States visiting team was here in November. Since that time, and taking into consideration the feedback and suggestions provided by Middle States, WHRSD faculty have continued working in their respective goal committees to complete their proposals.
     
    The meeting started with a warm welcome back, followed shortly thereafter with an overview of a proposal flow chart. The flow chart, which was handed out to all stakeholders, outlines the necessary steps WHRSD faculty need to complete prior to a proposal being presented to the EBD District Steering Committee. To date, two goal committees have completed the required actions and were able to present their proposals - GPA and Cell Phone Policy. 
     
    Members of each goal committee presented their proposals, which included a cover page and powerpoint presentation. The goal committee members reviewed applicable BOE policies, the stakeholders that have been involved with the process, and any data they have collected. Healthy discussions for both ensued. The internal coordinators gathered the feedback for each and provided these committees; feedback included both required and recommended actions.
     
    The next EBD District Steering Committee will be on Wednesday May 21st 2014 from 5-7 in the HS library. All are welcome to attend.
     
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  • Meeting 10.23.13

    Posted by Christal Barr at 10/24/2013

    At this district planning meeting, we completed the external scan. The stakeholders identified trends that they believe could impact Warren Hill’s ability to meet our four objectives by 2020. Within each trend, external factors were listed and we discussed the possible impacts these external factors would have on Warren Hills. From there, we brainstormed possible responses the district could take to combat those trends. A great discussion pursued and it was an extremely productive night! Thank you for all who attended and contributed :)

    The Middle States Visiting Team will be at Warren Hills Regional School District from November 12th–15th. We are excited for their arrival! On Friday November 15th at 2:45pm, we will be hosting our Closing Ceremony at the high school. All are welcome to attend!

    Our next district planning meeting is tentatively scheduled for November 20th, from 5-7pm in the high school library.

     

     

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  • Meeting 10.09.13

    Posted by Christal Barr at 10/10/2013

    This meeting was well attended by both students and BOEmembers. Our meeting opened with Mrs. Rader giving a brief recap of thepre-visitation meeting we had on Monday with Dr. Valerie Valenti. A roughagenda of the days the visiting team will be at here at Warren Hills has beencreated and will be fine-tuned in the upcoming days.

    After the recap, we worked as a group on revising the lastobjective – 21st century. Once that was complete, Mrs. McKelveyexplained the last major step we need to complete prior to the visit, theexternal scan. Group members learned about the various external factors thatcould impact Warren Hills and discussed which ones were applicable to ourdistrict. At our next District Planning Meeting, which will be on October 23rd,we will continue to discuss and develop the external scan.

     

    Thanks to all who attended!

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  • Meeting 9.25.13

    Posted by Christal Barr at 9/26/2013

    Thank you for everyone to attended the meeting – it was a very productive night! During our time together, we discussed and revised action steps for the Communication Objective as well as the Engagement Objective. A lot of great ideas were shared and a more clear path was developed for many of these action steps.

     

    Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th.  All are welcome to attend!

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  • Meeting 9.11.13

    Posted by Christal Barr at 9/19/2013

    This was our first meeting of the 2013/14 school year! All were welcomed back and new members to the stakeholder committee were introduced.

    The first part of our meeting was a recap of the work completed over the summer by the internal coordinators and EBD leader, Sue Rader. Most of the work time was spent collecting documents and evidence required by Middle States. This included: Profile of the School System and Student Performance, as well as collective evidence for each of the 12 Standards of Excellence on the operational and foundational organization.

    The second part of the meeting was a presentation of the first draft of the action plans created by Warren Hills staff at the end of the 2012/2013 school year. Team members broke down into groups to look at the steps and revise/edit the activity steps. Great discussion ensued regarding the Achievement Performance objective.

    Our next meeting is scheduled for September 25th to continue editing the remaining three objective’s action plans.

     

     

     

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  • Meeting 6.5.13

    Posted by Christopher Kavcak at 6/7/2013
    We would like to say thank you for all the dedication, contributions, and hard-work of the district planning team. Our final meeting for the 12-13 school year was full of great ideas.  We focused our efforts on Communication and Engagement.  For a list of all the ideas, click here. 
     
    The committee began to see how all of our ideas are starting to blend our four goals together.  This a been a great year for moving forward with the Middle States process and much of this is accredited to the parents, students, teachers, and administrators that gave all their time and honestly at our meetings.  THANKS AGAIN!!!!!  
     
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  • Meeting 5.8.13

    Posted by Christopher Kavcak at 5/9/2013
    Thank you to all who attended last evening's meeting.  It was a very productive night.  There were alot of great ideas shared, and some very clear action plans emerged.   Here is are the highlights:
     
    Students Achievement
    1. A portfolio of language arts work to follow the student throughout the district. 
    2. A focus on data collection and data analysis to help track students and identify areas of weakness
    3. A focus on student centered lessons and more interactive classes
    4. The idea of academic supports being built into the school day or programs that offer academic support extended in after school hours. 
    21st Century Skills 
    1. Exploring the  need to move to a one-to one ratio in available technology
    2. Providing training for staff, so they are comfortable with the available technology
    3. Increasing and enhancing our tech support staff
    4. Increasing opportunities for student in regards to technology courses
    5. Enhancing lessons and assessments with technology
    6. Creating informational centers for parents with tech support for all school technology programs
    Communication
    1. Work to enhance community relationships
    2. Explore the option of Warren Hills having a social media presence
    We started to talk about engagement, however, we did not get an opportunity to finish. We will discuss this, as well as other ideas that may have came to mind on June 5th.  Please plan to join us, attendance at our last meeting was a little light.
     
    Come and BE THE CHANGE!!!!  
     
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  • Meeting 3.13.13

    Posted by Christopher Kavcak at 3/14/2013
    Welcome Back!!
     
    After a month of working with the schools' faculty and starting to get the vision off the ground, the district planning team was back to working on the Middle States Process.  To view the powerpoint of the progress to date, please click here.  
     
    The rest of the meeting was spend collaborating on how to get the word out.   To view our list, please click here.  
     
    Our next meeting is scheduled for May 8, 2013.  Please note that our April 10, 2013 meeting will be cancelled.  If you have any other suggestions, or questions until then, please post a comment or contact any of the internal coordinators. 
     
    See you all in May!  
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