• Superintendent’s Update

    April 2019

     

    Dear Warren Hills Community,

     

    I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and are looking forward to outdoor activities.

     

    As we embark on the final marking period of the 2018-2019 school year,  I wanted to provide you with some important upcoming dates:

    • Friday, April 19, 2019 - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Spring Break - Schools Closed
    • Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Early Dismissal for students  - 11:55 AM
    • Monday, May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day Observance - Schools Closed
    • Friday, June 7, 2019 - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - Early Dismissal for students - 11:55 AM
    • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
    • Thursday, June 13, 2019 - WHRHS Commencement Ceremony

     

    NEW JERSEY STUDENT LEARNING ASSESSMENT

    (FORMERLY PARCC)

     

    On Friday April 26, 2019 - May 7, 2019, the  New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) (formerly PARCC) begin at the middle school. NJSLA for our high school students runs from Monday, May 20, 2019 - Wednesday, May 29, 2019.  I am providing this information to emphasize the importance of our middle and high school children participating in these New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) required exams.  

     

    The total combined scores for Warren Hills reflect the effectiveness of our curriculum and instruction within our schools.  As we are extremely proud of our educational product, we wish that every student demonstrate and verify this positive belief via their best NJSLA performance.

     

    Students in grades 7, 8, 9 & 10 are required to sit for all of the NJSLA testing sessions. Per the March 2019 directive received by the NJDOE, students in grade 11 will  NOT be required, but are encouraged, to sit for the NJSLA for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. However, students in grade 11 WILL be required to complete the NJSLA - Science Assessment, which replaces the end-of-course Biology assessment and aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards.

     

    As an update to Graduation Requirements for the classes of 2019 & 2020, the NJDOE has provided three (3) pathways by which students can meet the requirements in ELA and Mathematics. The three (3) pathways are:

    1. Achieve passing scores on high school level NJSLA/PARCC assessments; or
    2. Achieve scores defined in the graduation assessment requirements chart (link below) on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer; or https://homeroom5.doe.state.nj.us/broadcasts/2019/FEB/22/19704/Graduation%20Requirements%20chart.pdf
    3. Submit, through the district, a student portfolio appeal to the NJDOE.

    The NJDOE noted, “Special Education students, whose Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) specify an alternative way to demonstrate proficiencies, will continue to follow the graduation assessment requirements set forth in their IEPs.”

     

    For all students taking the NJSLA in grades 7-11 this year, the results are vital not only to the assessment and analysis of individual and collective performance, but also they provide the district with data essential to improving our practices for enhancing teaching and learning.

     

    I hope you share our commitment to fostering positive results in striving for maximum student participation and NJSLA outcomes for all students.  Feel free to contact your building principal or me personally for any additional clarification or questions you may have concerning the importance of the forthcoming NJSLA examinations.

     

    Regards,

    Earl C. Clymer, III

    Superintendent of Schools