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9/24 Google Classroom Training For Parents

Parents, please join us for a special training to help you navigate online instruction while assisting your scholar ar home.

When: Thursday, September 24, 2020 Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Google Meet Please join using this link meet.google.com/dyh-phay-eju

2020-09-21T17:33:12-04:00Categories: School CAS Blog Post|

09/25 Oasis Free Distribution – Food, Diapers, Feminine Hygiene Products

An Oasis distribution of free diapers, food, and maxi pads will be held at University Middle School at 255 Myrtle Avenue on Friday, September 25th from 4-5 pm.  You must provide your child’s birth certificate and face masks must be worn.

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2020-2021 Irvington High School PTA Meeting Dates and Times

  • September 7, 2020- No meeting
  • October 5, 2020
  • November 2, 2020*
  • December 7, 2020*
  • January 4, 2021
  • February 1, 2021
  • March 1, 2021
  • April 5, 2021
  • May 3, 2021

Meetings are held every first Monday at 5:30 pm. Please be advised that meetings may be canceled or postponed in the event of inclement weather. (*) These dates are rescheduled dates due to holidays and school closure. 

*Meetings will be virtual via Zoom until further notice. Links will be provided via personal email or Class Dojo the Friday before the meeting.

2020-09-21T10:45:21-04:00Categories: School IHS|

Chancellor Avenue Grade and Class Schedules

Review this schedule whenever you do not know where you belong. Note: Grades 4-5, pay close attention to the exceptions throughout your schedule.

2020-09-17T15:08:17-04:00Categories: School CAS Blog Post|

2020-2021 Grove Street School Grade and Class Learning Schedules

2020-2021 Grove Street School Grade and Class Learning Schedules Click here to view

2020-09-11T15:06:18-04:00Categories: School GSS Blog Post|

Welcome Chancellor Avenue School To The 2020-2021 School Year

Portrait of Mr. ChaseGreetings Chancellor Avenue School Family, I want to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. This is truly a year of transition. First, let me introduce myself. I am Hubert Ato-Bakari Chase. As the new principal here at Chancellor, I am excited, humbled and honored to serve as the educational leader of this institution. Along with Dr. Sharon Holmes, Assistant Principal, we plan on building off of the incredible work of my predecessor, colleague and friend, Dr. Winston Jackson. He laid a solid foundation for academic achievement and social-emotional development in a culturally relevant and inclusive learning environment. We plan to continue this work.

In addition, the challenges posed by the Covid 19 Pandemic requires educators to transition away from a conventional instruction model into one that features remote virtual learning and hybrid schedules. This new reality requires innovative and creative forms of instruction. However the mission remains the same: provide high quality education. To accomplish this mission, every stakeholder which includes, administrators, teachers, counselors, support professionals, security and custodians must do their part.

This requires commitment, communication and collaboration so that all aspects of the educational process is addressed. I pledge to work tirelessly on your behalf in order to make this happen.

In conclusion, I want to thank you for your commitment to Chancellor Avenue School. Each and every one of you have an important role to play. I know you understand this reality. There’s an African proverb and principle called Ubuntu which says; “I am because we are…” This principle embodies the concept of team. The phrase is open-ended because the answer lies with you. It could read; “I am successful because we are successful, and because we are successful, I am successful.” Thus, this principal will govern our transition into this new school year and forge our collective vision for the academic achievement and social-emotional development of our scholars.

Let’s get it done!

Thank you,

Ato-Bakari Chase,

Principal,

Chancellor Avenue School

2020-09-17T15:01:02-04:00Categories: School CAS|

Welcome Florence Avenue School To The 2020-2021 School Year

Mary Michailidis

Welcome to the 2020 – 2021 school year. We are excited to have you and your child(ren)/guardian(s) as a part of the Florence Avenue School Family. Each staff member has been working hard to prepare for the returning our scholars. We have set high expectations and made plans to help every scholar at Florence Avenue School to be successful this school year.

This year school starts on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. with Phase 1 of Remote (Virtual) Learning. The Irvington Public Schools’ Reopening plan is summarized below and located in its entirety on the District website.

The District Reopening plan shall consist of four phases:

  • Phase 1: Full-time Remote (Online) Learning from September 9 – October 2, 2020. Teachers providing instruction remotely from home and students receiving instruction at home. Essential employees will report to their respective locations
  • Phase 2: Remote Synchronous Learning from October 5 -November 25, 2020.Teachers return and teach remotely from their classroom four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday). Students remain at home receiving instruction remotely. Wednesday is fully remote learning; however, the District can utilize the day for professional development on a needed basis
  • Phase 3: Targeted Instruction (Soft Launch) from November 30 – December 23, 2020. English Language Learners (ELLs), Students categorized as Self-contained classification according to their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and Tiered 3 students as identified by the District’s facilitated assessment report physically to receive in-person instruction four days a week. Wednesday will remain the day to deep clean the buildings, while teachers and students conduct learning remotely from home. The District can utilize Wednesday for professional development on as needed basis
  • Phase 4: Traditional learning (Brick and Mortar schools) from January 4 – June 25, 2001 In-person instruction for every student. Students attend schools daily and receive face-to-face instruction from their teachers. Full entry for all students and staff, Monday through Friday. Note: Full-time remote learning option is available to students upon written request to the Superintendent of Schools or designee Procedures for Submitting Fulltime Remote Learning Requests
    • Submit a written request to the Office of Superintendent of Schools or email request to arashid@irvington.k12.nj.us on or before August 31, 2020
    • Written request must include the child’s name, school, grade level, parent’s contact information, and explanation for the request.
    • Request for students with disabilities will be handled by the Department of Special Services
    • Points of contact for questions and concerns are Dr. Matin Adegboyega at 973-399- 6800 x 2117 or Dr. Latee McCleod at 973-399-6800 x 2167

Chrome book and charger re-distribution will occur on Friday, September 4, 2020 and Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 

Our school uniform colors are hunter green, yellow, white, and khaki. I expect students to dress in uniform daily which will help with creating a commitment of taking school seriously and being fully responsible for their education.  Students and staff will be required to wear masks, maintain physical distance, and wash hands frequently when we return to school. Below are additional expectations of students and parents to support the remote learning for maximum success.

Student expectations: excellent attendance, logging on to Google classroom and Google meet on time for each class, proper classroom behavior, paying attention and participating, completing assignments on time, completing iReady Reading and Math assignments, practicing good hygiene, washing your hands frequently, and wearing your mask, and being responsible for your education.

Parent/Guardian expectations: familiarizing and becoming proficient in Google classroom and Google meet (resources are located on the district website under the department of Media & Technology), support your child/guardian to attend live and recorded sessions at to complete assignments, reinforce proper classroom behavior, make sure they are dressed in uniform, have eaten breakfast, had a good night sleep and reinforce good hygiene practice.

The first few days of school will be an exciting new experience for you and your child(ren) as they make new friends and meet their new teachers and staff even if it over the computer. Your child’s/guardian’s teacher will reach out to you soon to provide the credentials for Google classroom and Google meet.

We look forward to seeing you soon over Google Meet.

Sincerely,

Mary H. Michailidis, Principal 

2020-09-07T12:20:00-04:00Categories: School FAS|

Welcome Mount Vernon Elementary School To The 2020-2021 School Year

Portrait of Nicole GilmoreIn this unprecedented time, there is no blueprint for managing the current public health crisis, nor is there one for how to respond to the national outcry for racial justice. Working together, we can rise to meet this moment. The second half of the 2019-2020 school year was like no other, though it has been my honor and privilege to serve as your principal during these uncertain times. 

Although this year looks different, the Mt. Vernon Avenue School Learning Community is dedicated to providing your child with a memorable, interactive and engaging remote learning experience. We are invested in providing learning experiences to ensure that all scholars from Kindergarten to grade five, have opportunities for Success, will take Ownership for their learning and actions, will maintain a positive mindset and Attitude in all academic and social interactions and will demonstrate Respect for each other as well as the learning process. Eagles SOAR! 

Our mission is to provide a superior academic education in a caring environment. As we enter the 2020-2021 school year, our focus will still be to ensure that every child feels connected to the school community, every child is challenged by new learnings and experiences, and every child knows that they have a caring educator they can turn to. 

Our K – 5 curricula is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and evidenced in inclusive classroom environments where we employ current and research-based pedagogy. Our literacy program follows a balanced literacy framework infusing key components such as phonological awareness, fluency, rich vocabulary instruction, speaking and listening, comprehension and writing. All of which promote a love for reading, scholarly inquiry and the challenge that comes with thinking critically and creatively to solve problems. We will continue with i-Ready Reading for our literacy program. i-Ready Reading is an intervention-based, adaptive learning program using an online platform, which serves to address each student’s unique learning needs. 

enVisionMath, our Math program, supports our work in ensuring that students develop an understanding of math concepts through problem-based instruction, small-group interaction, and visual learning with a focus on reasoning and modeling. The goal of the K-12 Mathematics Programs is for every student to achieve proficiency by developing both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency through rigorous instruction and authentic assessments. The curriculum includes concepts and processes of mathematics upon which technical and scientific progress depend. Therefore, provisions are made for students to collaborate and share different ways of reasoning and modeling to make sense, to question, and to think critically about the world of mathematics and beyond. The intellectual curiosity about the study of mathematics will promote the standards for mathematical practices, and students’ abilities to engage in discussions around concepts, and apply mathematics to solve problems in real-life contexts. 

Mount Vernon is dedicated to producing STEM proficient scholars who can answer complex questions, investigate global issues and develop solutions for challenges and real-world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students participate in an integrated science program aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science, based on the Next Generation Science Standards, exposing them to topics within the physical sciences, life sciences, and earth and space sciences each year. The science program is focused on moving students toward a deeper and richer understanding of scientific concepts and their application by engaging students in authentic, relevant learning experiences. Scholars participate in Virtual Learning Labs where they conduct experiments and engage in learning opportunities with a scientist. 

The Social Studies curriculum is organized thematically around the central concepts of civics, geography, and economics for kindergarten through third grade. In the fourth and fifth grades, the historical understanding of the United States and New Jersey are studied. Interwoven throughout each grade level are learning objectives that involve social scientific problem solving, decision making, social political participation skills, critical thinking, cooperative skills, and personal skills. Through these learning experiences, our scholars will develop the ability and inclination to employ critical thinking and decision-making strategies and an understanding of the uniqueness and interdependence of regions and nations in a global age. 

Fine arts and physical education are an integral part of a comprehensive curriculum and are essential for 21st-century learning. All scholars engage in Visual Arts, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, and Physical Education. Our arts education program enables students to develop an appreciation of the arts, broaden their perspectives and understand their world and the diverse cultural influences that surround them and sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills. Our physical education program provides a motivating and enriching curriculum that meets the physical, mental, emotional, and social needs of our scholars. The curriculum takes on an interdisciplinary approach addressing the core subjects in various forms. The overall goal of our physical education program is to provide scholars with the necessary skills to improve and maintain their health and wellness for a lifetime. 

Technology literacy is an integral component of a balanced educational experience. As such, technology is infused in all aspects of our curriculum. Our scholars interact with Smart Boards, Google Chromebooks, and instructional software present in our core curricular programs. Lesson components include student and teacher use of technology employing interactive SMART Exchange lessons to increase engagement and promote collaboration. 

Mount Vernon celebrates and recognizes the diversity that exists in our learning community. As such we are intentional in our practices in ensuring our curriculum and school climate is culturally responsive, allowing opportunities for each student to succeed. To this end, our teachers teach transferable life skills and provide instruction that is differentiated, fosters high student engagement, communicates high expectations, connects students’ prior learning experiences and involves parents in the school community, all which promote a sense of belonging while preparing them to be problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and confident learners. 

Irvington Public Schools is an inclusive school district. Our Special Education program is designed to meet the specific needs of scholars with disabilities in the least restrictive setting. The school-based Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) Team provides support and services to general education scholars suspected of having academic, social or behavior difficulties. For the 2020-2021 school year, we will continue to integrate Restorative Practice as a part of our PBSIS initiative, further supporting students social and emotional learning. 

Mt. Vernon Avenue Elementary School addresses the whole child and offers scholars a unique opportunity to play a larger role in the school community, forming stronger relationships with teachers, and their peers. Research has shown that structured extracurricular activities support academic achievement, high attendance rates, positive behavior, and identity development. Scholars can participate in the National Elementary Honor Society, Student Council, Newsletter Club, Digital Learning Club, School Safety Patrol, Chess Club, Cheer Team, Literacy Academy and/or Eagles Academy. Additionally, our scholars are also able to attend several exciting field trips aimed at enriching their curricular experience. Scholars have ventured to the Liberty Science Center, Turtle Back Zoo, The Bronx Zoo, NJPAC, SOPAC, Medieval Times, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, along with visiting the beach and Washington DC. 

Only by working together, will we ensure the success of our children. Our parents and community partners are active participants in the education of our scholars. They coordinate with the school on various events in collaboration with the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), Parent Coordinator workshops, and volunteer and fundraising events and programs. With community partnership playing a vital role in what we do, Mount Vernon has afforded the community a myriad of after school events to increase parent and community presence within the school. A few of our events include, Family Movie Nights, a Multicultural Dinner, Scholar vs. Teacher Basketball Games, a Family Dinner Dance, Game Nights, Skating and Bowling outings culminating in our annual Field Day with the inclusion of parent volunteers. These events aid in a comprehensive collaborative atmosphere between staff and the community at large. 

Mount Vernon’s dedicated staff work to build a strong school culture and climate that plays a role in improving student performance by maintaining a safe and positive learning environment, that expects staff and scholars to perform at high levels, celebrates accomplishments and believes in a shared system of accountability. Students reflect daily on our school mantra, Where Scholars Learn to SOAR and, recite the Eagle’s Oath. They are rewarded for modeling outstanding behavior through our Student of the Month award, raffles, Class Dojo points, and Eagle Bucks. We adhere to a school wide behavior program following the principles of Positive Behavior Supports in School (PBSIS). 

Student success is the goal of every staff member at Mount Vernon Avenue Elementary School. We are devoted to utilizing research-based best practices to guide every student, every day, to reach their full potential. Through intentional and reflective practices, we will continue to be a learning community that values collaboration, lifelong learning, and collective responsibility, evidenced by increased student achievement. 

Nicole Gilmore Principal 

2020-09-07T11:18:43-04:00Categories: School MTV|

Welcome Madison Avenue School To The 2020-2021 School Year

Portrait of Malikita WrightWelcome to Madison Avenue Elementary School, where “everyday is a great day for teaching and learning”. We understand that a strong academic foundation provides the framework to being a successful citizen in society. It is our mission to develop every child’s academic potential and their ability to be a contributing member to our community both now and in the future.

This year has been an unprecedented year. School as we know it has been altered due to the global pandemic. As an educational community, we have been faced with challenges unforeseen. However, through the efforts of our dedicated teachers and support staff, we have been able to purposefully keep our level of focus high to ensure our scholars learn. As we move into the 2020-2021 school year, we remain committed to teaching and learning.  We are excited to begin this year and look forward to providing experiences that continue to inspire.

We will begin this school year similarly to how we ended the previous year: using a remote/virtual platform. Fortunately, reflecting on our experiences with the emergency remote learning from the Spring, we have gained insight to better serve our families and scholars. High-quality instruction aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and the district’s curriculum remains the norm. Hence, teachers and support staff have developed creative ways to engage our scholars in high-quality instruction over a virtual platform.

We know that our parents/guardians were challenged with the sudden changes to our school. Yet, parents/guardians rose to the moment and stepped in to assist in ensuring our scholars remained connected to their school community. We welcome their unwavering support this school year as we continue to maneuver through the uncertainty of the pandemic. Similarly, we are prepared to provide our families and scholars with much needed support as well. Collaborative efforts will make a difference in the success of moving beyond maintaining to excelling academically and emotionally.

Health, safety, and wellness of our scholars and staff remain a top priority while we strive to move towards a return to in-person instruction. In the meantime, we will forge ahead with the determination and our superintendent’s vision of “building our community one student at a time”. Regardless of what public health conditions lie ahead, we are prepared to provide a quality education under any instructional environment.

This 2020-2021 school year is special. Although our return to school is not as we anticipated, our teachers, support staff, and administration are prepared to meet the challenges as they arise.  We will get through this together becoming better individually and collectively. I am honored to be the principal of Madison Avenue Elementary School and look forward to a safe, productive, and exciting school year!

Malikita Wright,

Principal

2020-09-07T10:50:41-04:00Categories: School MAS|

Welcome Augusta Preschool Academy To The 2020-2021 School Year

Portrait of Rose GordanWelcome to Augusta Preschool Academy. I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. The 2020-21 school year is upon us and our entire staff is excited to support you and your child. We believe in the school community working together to ensure the academic and social success of all students. The entire school community’s goal is to support our young learners in becoming socially, emotionally, physically, and academically successful.

We look forward to the moment when we can welcome our new and returning families to our school in-person. Until then, we have been working hard to prepare for this online learning adventure which will begin on Wednesday, September 9.

Although many of our traditional back-to-school events will look different this year, our teachers are excited to meet all of you. We will share information soon regarding what your virtual “Meet the Teacher” will look like. Students are expected to be engaged in learning online live with their teacher; however, teachers will be recording their online learning sessions to allow for students to view and complete class assignments at times that work best for their family. Keep in mind, however, that the more often students can interact in the live sessions with their classmates, the better connected they will feel.  We understand that every family will have unique scheduling needs due to parent work hours, etc. Please work with your child’s teacher to determine what will work best for your family.

Augusta’s mission is to improve the social emotional and academic achievement of our learners through a combination of critical thinking and life skills. Our goal is to lay the groundwork for a solid educational foundation by developing the child physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. We are proud of our dedicated teachers and support staff. All of our teachings are certified in early childhood education. We are an inclusive school, offering services that accommodate the individual needs of all learners. Within our program, we offer general education, bilingual education focusing on Spanish and French-Creole, inclusion education, and special education with a major concentration in Autism.

This year, we will pay particular attention to the social and emotional needs of our students, building strong relationships in this new environment and ensuring their comfort as an online learner. Additionally, you will soon be receiving information on the process to log-in and connect on the first day of school. Your child’s teacher will let you know what school supplies are needed for class when virtual learning begins. We do not want to add any additional burden to our families at this time concerning supplies. We are committed to building an ever-stronger village that will support the needs of each learner and challenge each student to learn and grow at his/her own optimal rate.  Parent involvement is essential to the success of our program. We offer various parent-child activities, PTA membership and monthly virtual parent workshops.

Please expect to receive additional communication in the days ahead about the start of school. We appreciate you for your perseverance and support during this unprecedented time. Remember, we are all in this new online learning adventure together, and we can’t wait to connect with you to begin our school year!

Thank you for your patience and support as we get ready to launch this virtual learning experience. We are looking forward to a spectacular school year.  From our family to yours, thank you for choosing Augusta Preschool Academy.

Rose Gordon
Principal

2020-09-05T13:42:56-04:00Categories: School APA|
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