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Welcome University Middle School To The 2020-2021 School Year

Dear Parents & Guardians

Portrait of Andrea TuckerOn Wednesday, September 9, 2020, a new and exciting school year will begin, and I am once again honored to serve as the principal of University Middle School. It is understood that you may have concerns about how to make this school year successful for your child, in the midst of a pandemic. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with information that will assist as you prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

First, please make yourself very familiar with the Irvington Public School’s website (www.irvington.k2.nj.us).  It provides a wealth of information at your fingertips.  The 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan is available on the site. University Middle School has a dedicated webpage on the site for school specific information.  Please visit our school’s webpage to review our school calendar and keep abreast of events that are taking place at University Middle School. Also, our UMS Student/Parent Handbook is available for review; this document will acquaint you with rules and procedures that, when adhered to, will contribute to your child’s academic and behavioral success. As we build a community one student at a time, communication is key

The staff at University Middle School is committed to the success of all scholars. At our school, highly qualified and dedicated staff members work collaboratively to ensure that all scholars are provided with a quality educational experience, which fosters the personal, intellectual, social-emotional growth and development of each child, which in turn, will motivate student achievement; our primary focus

University Middle School has an approximate enrollment of 800 scholars. Our school offers everyone many valuable opportunities to participate in academic and extra-curricular activities that will assist our students in becoming more knowledgeable, skillful and confident learners in our society.  We encourage and look forward to helping students maximize their potential during their time here at University Middle School.

Our school has a 9-period schedule that includes Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education for all students. University Middle School also offers French and Spanish, an intellectually gifted program, magnet music and visual arts programs and technology classes. All of our scholars are trained to use Chromebook laptops as a learning tool, and all classrooms have a Smart Board, which teachers apply in daily instruction by designing interactive lessons.

Our school community will maintain our vision of encouraging our students to strive for academic excellence and prepare for a successful future. This vision is intertwined with building our scholars from within as we nurture their spirit and self-actualization. We will infuse social-emotional learning strategies within our daily schedule to support the needs of our students.  Social and emotional learning (SEL) enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges.  It recognizes the importance of fostering positive, healthy school climates and helping students learn from their mistakes. We also continue to nurture the hearts of our students with the assistance of a well-rounded support staff that offers academic, as well as, socio-emotional counseling. The staff consists of guidance counselors, a social worker, and a dean. This team also works diligently with all stakeholders to serve as a community-based center providing resources to parents, as well as, opportunities for them to share in the educational process of their children. This relationship fosters open communication with parents, and help families establish home environments to support children as students, all while providing a welcoming atmosphere.

We will continue to praise and celebrate academic excellence and positive behavior by acknowledging those scholars who work hard. The National Junior Honor Society, Honor Roll, Student of the Month, and Perfect Attendance are a few of the honors that are bestowed upon our scholars.  Our scholars have also placed in district sponsored contests such as the Martin Luther King, Jr Essay, Multicultural Essay, PRIDE Essay and the Spelling Bee. We also uplift our scholars with celebrations such as monthly assemblies, pep rallies and other exciting events.

University Middle School offers a supportive environment for scholars’ academic and emotional growth. Positive behavior and character education are proven to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes necessary for student achievement and success in life. Our PBSIS program will continue to be the underlying force of guiding student behavior. It will instill the idea that the acquisition of positive character values promotes healthy student development.

Overall, educating our scholars is a TEAM effort. As we continue our academic journey, we want to thank all of our students, parents, staff and community members for their hard work and dedication. We welcome our students and families to our school community.  At year’s end, we hope that we will all enjoy the rewards that will come as a result of our collective efforts to make UMS a school of academic excellence.

Best wishes for a terrific year, and welcome to the Home of the EAGLES!

Andrea Tucker


“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” – Marian Wright Edelman

2020-09-04T09:34:12-04:00Categories: School UMS|

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Welcome Berkeley Terrace To The 2020-2021 School Year

“Unleash Your Superpower: Make your Dream a Reality”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela

Portrait of Sean EvansWelcome to the Berkeley Terrace Elementary School, where we believe in unleashing the superpower in every student to make their dreams a reality.  This past school year has been super challenging with the onset of a global pandemic, virtual classes, and heighted concerns for the health and safety of our loved ones, but as a community we rose to the occasion.   We take this time to salute our first responders; many of them are parents of our beloved Berkeley students.

Despite these challenges, as a school, we forged ahead with our district mantra of building our community, one student at a time. Teachers increased their technological abilities, parents devoted time to push their children forward into a new virtual environment, and students unleashed their superpower to learn despite all of the distractions around them. We are proud of the successes that were made, but now it’s time to soar to new heights!

In our school, we are working together every day to build the hopes and expand the dreams of our students. We believe that our students are the future architects, engineers, inventors, and leaders of the next age in human development. Our job as educators is to assist and equip them to reach their highest capacity as contributors to the advancement of the whole human race. Our greatest desire is to see their best dreams become a reality! Even though it seems impossible, we are determined to stay the course until the task is done.

It is my distinct privilege and solemn duty to serve this great diverse community of learners as principal. My goals are clear, and although listed in an order, not one goal supersedes the other. Firstly, to inspire, motivate, and serve my illustrious staff so they in turn cultivate the same or more in our students. Secondly, to champion the cause of providing a thorough and efficient education to our children that adequately prepares them for college, career, and the real world.  Thirdly, to support my families with the care, compassion, and empathy that derives from a passionate and devoted servant leader.

Thanks to the sweat, toil, and dedication of our caring and skilled staff, Berkeley Terrace Elementary School remains a beacon of educational light in this historic neighborhood.  We are a robust academic community where our scholars are encouraged daily to achieve new academic heights. We are grateful for an active group of parents that partner with our staff to provide a quality education that exemplifies high expectations, rigorous lessons, and outstanding achievement for our 400 students.   

At Berkeley Terrace Elementary School, we provide our scholars with 21st Century skills and competencies in both academics and the arts.  We are uncompromising in our focus on rigor and student engagement in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Fine Arts, and World Language.  Our determination is to create self-directed learners who are exposed to diverse experiences, engaged in the optimized use of technology, and coached by caring adults to maximize their potential.

As we start this year in a virtual environment, we are determined to assist our families and communities to strengthen each scholar’s moral fiber, engage their right inner moral compass, and instill a sense of community.  We endeavor to establish tenets of good conduct and character, and promote positive self-esteem and awareness through the implementation of engaging lessons, positive classroom interactions, and social-emotional learning.  Together every stakeholder working diligently will be able to reach our goal!

“A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”  – Colin Powell

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.” –  John C. Maxwell

Let’s Get the Job Done,

Sean Evans,                                                                                                                                                                                  Principal

2020-09-03T20:00:40-04:00Categories: School BTS|

Union Avenue Middle School Parent + Student Handbook

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2020-09-04T11:04:04-04:00Categories: School UAM Blog Posts|

Union Avenue Middle School Parent Involvement Policy

Union Avenue Middle School Principal: Muller Pierre 973-399-6885
Union Avenue Middle School Dean/Climate Specialist: Michael Brown (973) 399-6885 Ext 1721
District Family Community Advocate:  Ms. Patricia Wilson  973-399-6800 Ext 1115

Parents will:

  1. Have monthly workshops with the Dean via the Parent Academy that will focus on academics, social development, conflict resolution, and time management skills.
  2. Have the opportunity to attend a presentation on assessment data at the September PTA meeting at Union Avenue Middle School.
  3. Have the opportunity to participate in the School Leadership Council and School Safety Team.
  4. Receive quarterly progress reports and communication (telephone, e-mail, conferences, letters) from teachers regarding their child’s academic progress.
  5. Have the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom to observe academic performance with 24 hours’ notice to the school principal. Conferences must be scheduled during teacher’s preparation period.
  6. Have the opportunity to develop academic intervention plans through the Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I & RS).
  7. Receive training and password for the Parent Portal in order to monitor the academic progress of their child and communicate more effectively with staff members.
  8. Receive information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent viable, in Spanish, French and Creole. Have the availability of Spanish and Haitian Creole translators and interpreters at meetings including the PTA.
  9. Receive community resources such as after school workshops in order to promote active participation in their child’s educational life.
  10. Work with school staff to plan a multicultural festivity as a means of embracing the school’s
    diversity and fostering positive relationships with parents and guardians.
  11. Work with school staff to train parents and guardians on Class Dojo online communication system and encourage community participation in an all girls’ and an all boys’ forum.
  12. Work with school staff to plan a health fair event as a means of embracing the school’s diversity, sharing pertinent health information, and fostering positive relationships with parents and guardians.
  13. Work in conjunction with the PTA to host a Tricky Tray event to raise funds for extra-curricular school activities.
2020-09-15T15:59:45-04:00Categories: School UAM|

2020-2021 School Year IHS Student Orientation

Dear Student and Parent:

On behalf of the entire Irvington High School staff, welcome back! We are so excited to begin this school year with you! The staff at Irvington High School has been working throughout the summer preparing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure your child has the safest and best learning environment possible.

Here are a few things you can expect when school starts virtually on September 9th, 2020: School will be virtual until December  23,  2020.  This date can possibly change based on the status of the current situation. 

2020-09-09T15:54:15-04:00Categories: School IHS|

Welcome Irvington High School To The 2020-2021 School Year

Portrait of Oge Denis Jr.Welcome to another tremendously exciting school year at Irvington High School, home of the BLUE KNIGHTS! Our motto for the 2020-21 school year is “The Pursuit of Excellence.” I am proud and elated to serve as the Principal of Irvington High School.  As principal, I look forward to serving such an innovative school community. As a community of administrators, teachers, staff, and parents we will continue to provide the best educational experience for our scholars.

A new school year presents opportunities for various beginnings—new classes, new faces, sometimes original courses, and often new materials or even novel teaching platforms. Summer vacation can be a great healer; and as we approach the opening day of a new school year, let’s build on this energy in moving forward. Newness alone, however, cannot produce transformation. We ourselves must be willing to be caught up in the rebirth that is possible with each new year. Starting a fresh year gives us the opportunity to make new plans, design new strategies, and implement new ideas. There is a special kind of joy and satisfaction in planning lessons and activities for a new class; although the subject or grade level may be the same, the students are new, and they appreciate the planning that is done for them. Whether one’s responsibility is administrating, supervising, teaching, preparing lunches, maintaining a building, or managing an office, there is always room for improvement and for new ways to do a good job even better.

This year, as in the past, we must concentrate on the processes that spur continuing advancement: evaluating what we have, determining what we can do to improve, and identifying what we need to make those improvements.

Irvington High School continues to close the achievement gap and focus on academic and cultural excellence. A few examples include: 

  • The Consumer Bowl Team members are the 2020 State Champions
  • Boys Basketball Team Group 2 State Champions
  • Eighteen (18) students received full athletic scholarships (ranked number 1 for student-athletes receiving scholarships among NJ public schools) in the past three years.
  • We are also among thirty-nine school districts out of 373 in the United States and Canada honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll. This award acknowledges the continued focus of meeting the needs of our diverse student population and providing them with rigorous, standards-based instruction while recognizing students’ individual needs.
  • Our very own Irvington High School Cosmetology Academy is contributing to the growth of the billion-dollar beauty industry one senior class at a time. This rigorous Career Technical Education (CTE) training, under the guidance of a state-licensed industry professional, students acquire essential skills needed to obtain a New Jersey State Cosmetology License upon graduation in the areas of cosmetology, barbering, makeup artistry and esthetics upon graduation. In the 2018-19 school year, a 5-week hands-on training barbering training was introduced into the cosmetology curriculum. 
  • Our Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp  (JROTC) had another phenomenal year. The program received accolades from the governor of NJ, US Senators, and the City of Irvington. We graduated 43 out of 43 seniors on time. All of them are currently attending college/universities or serving in the military. Our JROTC seniors have amassed a million dollars in scholarship monies.
  • In partnership with Pillar College, Irvington High School (IHS) offers dual enrollment. This sequence of study permits students to pursue a baccalaureate or associate degree and provides a strong and comprehensive link between IHS and post-secondary educational institutions.

The above noted accomplishments are a direct result of the hard work of our outstanding students, expert and dedicated staff of caring professionals, active and involved parents and a supportive community. 

The administration, teachers, staff, students and parents of Irvington High School will continue to work as a team to maintain a “culture of learning” where every student feels safe, supported and valued in an environment of respect. We will continue to raise our goals and expectations for both the academic and career and technical programs. Some of our goals include the implementation of more efficient instructional strategies to increase student achievement. This year we will introduce a new college dual enrollment program as well as new sports programs.

As a BLUE KNIGHT Family, we will continue to find new ways to reach academic greatness as we inspire our scholars to believe in the possible.

2020-09-02T11:25:00-04:00Categories: School IHS|

Welcome Grove Street School To The 2020-2021 School Year!

As we plan to reopen our schools for the 2020-2021 school year, we assure you that even during these unprecedented times which calls for reopening in phases, our mission remains the same. To afford all students, a rigorous, meaningful and engaging education in an environment that is safe, healthy, encouraging, supportive and nurturing.

Grove Street Elementary School is one of eight elementary schools in the city of Irvington, NJ. There are currently 448 students in Pre-K to Fifth grade. Our staff consists of 48 highly qualified professionals and approximately 20 support staff. Our primary goal is to provide all students with effective and meaningful learning experiences. At Grove Street School, we also strive to create an academic environment that is both enjoyable and challenging; one that gives students various opportunities to demonstrate and reinforce their talents through authentic work. We envision a community of 21st-century learners who are college and career ready. Our students are remarkable scholars with a wide variety of talents, interests, and an extraordinary sense of pride and resilience. We are also cognizant that the teaching-learning process develops uniquely for each student. An analysis of students’ performance on school and district assessments indicates considerable improvement in students’ performance. We are also very proud of our English Language Learners who also did remarkably well and our scholars with special needs who exceeded the state’s benchmark in mathematics.

Students in fourth and fifth grades receive Spanish instruction from a highly qualified teacher. Through language learning, students are exposed to a different set of aesthetics, cuisines, philosophies, politics, histories and traditions. It is our hope that this instruction will become the catalyst for students to travel and study abroad to further enhance their international education through observing and experiencing foreign cultures.

Additionally, the ability to communicate in multiple languages is becoming more important in the increasingly integrated global and inclusive business community as well as society in general.
When children are placed in a well structured, secure, and nurturing environment, surrounded by responsible and enthusiastic adults, they are able to thrive and surpass expectations. The team at Grove Street School is dedicated to providing a safe and encouraging atmosphere where all students receive unique learning experiences. The competence and passion of the staff are evident as we work steadfastly to engage, motivate, and educate all students. Instruction is delivered with patience and confidence by highly qualified teachers who possess additional expertise in best practices and strategies that will augment the teaching-learning process. Through persistence and the undisputable commitment of the team, students understand that they are respected and essential members of the school community. We are also proud of our supportive Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which is responsible for implementing many activities designed to enrich the social and academic lives of students.

In mathematics, we have begun to promote conceptual understanding, which has provided students with a conjectural prospective. We have successfully implemented the Eight Mathematical Practices and have witnessed a pattern whereby students are now able to solve problems using at least two different methods, while displaying the ability to communicate their rationale. Our students are beginning to develop a mathematical mindset and observe math in the world around them. We are creating scholars who believe that with determination and effort, they are capable of making sense of problems and are able to solve them while reasoning abstractly and quantitatively. The district has recently invested in i-Ready Math which is proven to predict student performance on state assessments. It can be described as an adaptive diagnostic which pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level, and ongoing progress monitoring shows whether students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets.

Our primary goal is to ensure that students develop proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. The English language arts curricula is overarched by the district’s adoption of Balanced Literacy. It incorporates Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, Comprehension, Vocabulary, and students’ ability to read with fluency. Strategies include confirming predictions, using prior or background knowledge, self-questioning, regulating reading pace, using clues, visualizing, rereading, and using text features and illustrations to expedite comprehension. It is aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) and focuses on informational text along with an attentiveness to the author’s purpose. Students also have access to i-Ready Read which offers computer assisted instruction and practice on each student’s skill level as determined by the i-Ready Diagnostic Assessment. I-Ready moves the student through the program by assessing performance on each skill. Extra lessons are programmed for students unable to master a concept or skill. Data gathered from the recent district assessments and benchmarks revealed a considerable increase in students’ ability to better comprehend text and to read with eloquence and fluency.

The Science Department will continue its partnership with The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL), American Chemical Society (ACS), and Students 2 Science (S2S). Cooperation with private and public entities is vital to helping us develop tomorrow’s 21st Century workforce. We are proud to announce a partnership with The Science Education Institute at Raritan Valley Community College, a consortium of three higher education institutions that include Rider University and Princeton University. Our three priorities this year will be the use of authentic problems to challenge and engage students, communication and scientific argumentation, and assessment using technology. We understand that effective education for science literacy requires that students are regularly and actively involved in exploring nature in ways that mimic how scientists conduct their research. They are provided opportunities for exploring, leading observations, testing ideas, repeating processes, and discovering. Coherent instruction revolves around the logic that science is exciting and inquiry based.
Many of our students continue to emerge as frontrunners of district and county sponsored essay writing and poetry contests. We also participate in “Law Day” whereby students partake in a Mock Trial as the NJ Bar Association simulates a trial before students using a specific fact pattern. This project allows students to serve as attorneys, defendants, bailiffs, prosecutors, witnesses, and members of the jury. The Social Studies Curriculum provides students with the tools to understand and appreciate the values and principles of American democracy and traditions in addition to a reverence for different cultures. Its study also facilitates an understanding of the present and the past. Additionally, the errors and successes that this world has made throughout time serve as catalysts for future behavior. It is through social studies that students can learn to appreciate different values, beliefs, and environments. Such knowledge and exposure fosters respect for differences and a better understanding of current events and environmental issues.

Educational trips include visits to the Jenkinson Broadwalk & Aquarium, American Museum of Natural History, Bayshore Learning Center, Turtle Back Zoo, Land of Make Believe, Liberty Science Center, The Bronx Zoo and a variety of interesting places. Each year, efficient budgeting and vigilant planning result in our students being entertained via a number of assemblies. These include Chinese Acrobats, Rainforest Animals, Omega Man Anti Bullying Workshop, African Folk Dancers, Pitter Patter Feet and the Brain Show, to name a few.
Pre-school students are guided by the Creative Curriculum. This incorporates learning objectives and activities which address all areas of growth in the preschool child. It is an inclusive educational program that builds on learning experiences which help to develop lifelong learners who work to analyze and solve problems. Learning is augmented and builds on the strengths and interests of each student. It also involves them in all phases of the learning process and documents their progress through continuous and authentic assessment. Hands-on activities and projects encourage comprehensive understanding by connecting learning and the attainment of knowledge to memorable events. The Creative Curriculum preschool program reflects upon the evolving needs of young learners and concurrently fosters their academic and social-emotional development.
Grove Street School continues to be one that promotes healthy eating habits. Our students are aware of the importance of good nutrition and view healthy eating as a regime. They are reminded to avoid sugary snacks and beverages. During physical education we continue to maintain the Beginners Bike Program where students are taught how to ride a bicycle.
The school is home to two fully equipped Technology Centers. Students utilize, desk tops, and chrome books during weekly visits to the centers. Teachers provide numerous opportunities for students to master a variation of software programs. These include the use of Measuring Up, Study Ladder, Reflex Math, Brain Pop, Razz-Kids, and a plethora of tools, which are used to enhance and supplement instruction. Additionally, each classroom is equipped with desk top computers, chrome books, and a smart board. As the world is rapidly moving forward and international communication has taken a new course, it is essential that students are prepared with the skills necessary to embrace 21st Century philosophy and technological superiority.

Students are honored for both academic success and commendable behavior by acknowledgments such as Student of the Month, Good Citizenship, Most Improved, Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, Super Honor Roll, and Good Deed Award recognition programs. The Positive Behavior Support In School Program (PBSIS) along with the Student Code of Conduct have become necessary components regarding the anticipated conduct of students. Performance contracts based on the core values also provide the basis for individual accountability and deportment.

Cheerleading, Dance Club, Step Team, Music Club, Book Club, Soccer League, and Basketball Teams, are a few examples of the extra-curricular activities offered at the school. Additionally, a National Elementary Honor Society as well as a Student Council have been implemented. In addition to allowing the school to bestow honor and recognition to outstanding scholars on a national level through the local chapter inductions and activities; this affiliation provides the school with a means to promote intellect, culture, citizenship, and service, as well as character and leadership within the school and the community.

The Irvington Public Schools’ Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) Policy will continue to be strictly implemented. All students are encouraged to demonstrate compassion, integrity, tolerance, understanding and respect. Since children learn by example, the school’s administrator, staff, volunteers, members of the community and all adults are responsible for demonstrating respectful comportment and a positive attitude at all times. At Grove Street School we steadfastly refuse to tolerate harassment, intimidation, or bullying on any level.
On a daily basis we are surrounded by phenomenal parents, community members, dedicated staff, and outstanding students who project levels of resilience, pride, and passion that are unparalleled. The Grove School Community continues to be one that is enlightened and nurturing where all decisions are made in the best interest of students. It is indeed a privilege and an honor to continue to serve as the instructional leader of this incredible school community.

Dr. Deniese Cooper
Email: dcooper@irvington.k12.nj.us
Office: 973 399-6867
Fax: 973 399-2442

2020-09-02T10:41:21-04:00Categories: School GSS|

2020-2021 Grove Street School PTA Meeting Dates

Our PTA Meetings

During these unprecedented times, it is imperative that we continue to keep the lines of communication open and work assiduously with families and the community at large. We will continue with our goal to provide all students with effective and meaningful learning experiences in an environment that is safe and encouraging.
    • Sept. 16th
    • Oct. 14th
    • Nov. 11th
    • Dec. 9th
    • Jan. 13th
    • Feb. 10th
    • Mar. 10th
    • Apr. 14th
    • May 12th
    • June 9th

As a result of COVID-19, until further notice, all meetings will be conducted virtually.

2020-09-02T10:45:26-04:00Categories: School GSS Blog Post|Tags: |

Florence Avenue School PTA

Our PTA Meetings 2020-2021

  • September 17, 2020
  • October 8, 2020
  • November 19, 2020
  • December 10, 2020
  • January 14, 2021
  • February 11, 2021
  • March 11, 2021
  • April 1, 2021
  • May 6, 2021
  • June 3, 2021

Meetings are on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in our Multipurpose Room. Please note that meetings will be cancelled in the event there is inclement weather.

2020-09-07T12:43:02-04:00Categories: School FAS|Tags: |
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