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Madison Avenue School Parent Involvement Policy

Madison Avenue Elementary School Principal: Ms. Malikita Wright 973-399-2903 Ext 2902
Madison Avenue Elementary School Parent Coordinator: Ms. Sythnia Pender-Jones  973-399-6800 Ext 2912
District Family Community Advocate:  Ms. Patricia Wilson  973-399-6800 Ext 1115

Parents will:

  1. Have the opportunity to participate in monthly virtual workshops organized by the ParentCoordinator and/or teachers with a focus on academics, social development, parenting etc.
  2. Have the opportunity to serve on the School Leadership Council and School Safety Team.
  3. Have the opportunity to participate in virtual workshops, presentations and meetings facilitated by the PTA.
  4. Receive quarterly progress reports and communication (telephone, e-mail, virtual conferences and letters) from teachers regarding their child’s academic and social progress.
  5. Have the opportunity to visit their child’s virtual classroom to observe academic performance with 24 hours advance notice to the school administrator.
  6. Have the opportunity to develop academic intervention plans through the Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I & RS).
  7. Be provided with a quarterly newsletter to keep parents informed of various school and district initiatives that are occurring in their child’s education.
  8. Have access to the district website where they can access the school’s website and calendar of events.
  9. Have the opportunity to attend virtual Open House to meet their child’s teacher, and receive an overview of the curriculum, and school expectations.
2020-09-09T09:56:39-04:00Categories: School MAS|

Welcome University Elementary School To The 2020-2021 School Year

Welcome to University Elementary School! Home of the HAWKS!

Dr. SimonsWe are excited to lead our scholars under the guidance of dynamic scholar leaders support staff, and supportive parents. At University Elementary School, our educational community strives to provide our scholars with an academically rich environment, implement character-building opportunities, and engage scholars in courses that are aligned with New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) in a differentiated setting. Our goal is to instill in scholars the University Elementary School’s HAWKS expectations to be Helpers, Achievers, Worthy, Kind, and Scholars. University Elementary School is housed on the first three levels in the Irvington School District’s Board of Education facility and is one of eight elementary schools located in Irvington Township. University Elementary School consists of approximately 450 prekindergarten through 5th-grade scholars who receive instruction from a team of highly qualified scholar leaders who teach scholars using research-based strategies that will prepare them for college and career in a 21st-century global environment.

At University Elementary School, our first step to preparing our scholars for college and career is to provide them with instruction that will ensure that they meet all academic requirements.  We continued in our efforts to meet this goal during the 2019 – 2020 school year’s early closing by implementing distance learning using a Google Classroom virtual platform where teaching and learning took place for all required content areas.

The 2020-2021 school year has once again presented us an opportunity to join together to cultivate and encourage scholars’ talents and voice while helping them grow and develop academically, socially and emotionally. Although remotely, we are committed to embark upon the District’s mission, Building a Community, One Student at a Time. In support of this, all scholars were provided with a District issued Chromebook to bridge the gap between the physical and virtual classroom.

University Elementary School’s English Language Arts program effectively supports our goal to ensure that scholars are prepared for 21st-century college and career. The English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum is aligned with NJ Student Learning Standards and focuses on the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and grammar. Our ELA program integrates social studies, science, and technology subjects. Additionally, our staff instructs our scholars by utilizing a wide range of informational and narrative genres in a Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop setting. Our scholars learn in a differentiated and balanced literacy environment that addresses their individual learning needs. It is imperative that all scholars are able to read and write on level. English Language Learner scholars are supported by our English as a Second Language (ESL) program, which adheres to the guidelines and standards of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. The lessons are based on English Language Development (ELD) Standards that are correlated to NJ Student Learning Standards. We also offer iReady; an adaptive diagnostic for reading that pinpoints scholars’ needs to the sub-skill level and provides ongoing progress monitoring to show whether scholars are on track to achieve end-of-year targets. To further assist our English Language Learner scholars, our highly qualified instructors are well versed in SI, Sheltered Instruction. Instructors teach lessons that support our English Language Learners to become proficient in speaking, reading, and writing in English using SI strategies.

University Elementary School continues to provide an educational experience rich in mathematics, science, and technology that grooms our scholars for successful roles in society. In the area of Science, our program is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards focus on moving scholars toward a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and their application. The NGSS are aligned to offer a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate approach to learning science. Our Mathematics program is taught in a differentiated environment and addresses instruction and learning using concrete, pictorial, and abstract approaches that cater to the various learning styles of our scholars. Scholars use manipulatives, technology, and problem-solving techniques that prepare them for 21st-century requirements and state assessments. Additionally, we implement the iReady Mathematics Program, an adaptive online assessment that consistently tracks scholars’ growth to identify gaps and provide customized remediation. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum and can be found embedded in our library media arts program, math, English Language Arts, science, and social studies curriculums. Every class has an interactive whiteboard and each grade level class has access to laptops to support instruction and learning. University Elementary School also has a dedicated computer lab that houses desktop computers for focused technology practice and instruction.

Teachers and scholars prepare throughout the year to ensure successful outcomes on all assessments. In addition to regularly scheduled academic skills assessments that communicate scholars’ progress, scholars are also administered the annual New Jersey Student Learning Standards Assessment, NJSLA, that tests the skills of 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade scholars as it relates to English Language Arts and mathematics and the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science, NJSLA-S, which tests our 5th-grade scholars’ science skills.

While in our traditional setting, University Elementary School offers extra-curricular activities that serve to enhance interpersonal and decision-making skills, personal growth, and leadership through its clubs and organizations as we are committed to educating the whole child. In these endeavors, HAWKS are given opportunities to become active and productive members of the world community.  University Elementary School is home to one of four Intellectually Gifted programs in the Irvington School District and serves scholars in grades 1 through 5. Our Intellectually Gifted Program is housed in our IG Resource room and led by a highly-qualified scholar leader. The IG program serves scholars whose cognitive abilities require special education to meet their unique needs. The National Elementary Honor Society is comprised of 4th and 5th-grade scholars who have an A average in all major subjects and A’s or B’s in all other subjects and adhere to the scholarship, leadership, service, and character. University Elementary School also has rising 3rd-grade scholars who shadow inducted Honor Society members. Student Council Members are the voice for all HAWKS. Members meet to review the concerns of their peers, raise monies to support Student Council Members’ programs, and discuss ideas presented to the principal.

In our brick and mortar building, our scholars contribute to the culture and climate of University Elementary School by serving on sports teams, such as our HAWKS basketball and soccer teams. HAWKS cheerleaders teach their peers school songs, school cheers, and encourage scholars to get excited about taking exams, such as NJSLA, during school rallies and sports events. Scholar leaders, parents, and volunteers lead our Girl Scouts program. Our scouts are trained to adhere to scouts’ law and pledges, which are aligned with the values of HAWKS expectations. Our scouts are actively involved in community service projects that include providing food and clothing to those in need. Safety Patrol members support scholars and staff in University Elementary School’s efforts to ensure that school community members are safe and secure. A safe and healthy learning environment is necessary for scholars to learn and achieve academic success and many programs are established to serve them. University Elementary School’s guidance counselor, health and social services coordinator, and nurse are on staff to assist with the emotional, social, and physical well being of our scholars. This includes our Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying (HIB) Specialist who serves scholars in need of support. Our School Safety Team meets monthly to review HIB data to develop, foster, and maintain a positive school climate by focusing on the ongoing, systemic processes and practices in the school and to address school climate issues. The Positive Behavior Support, PBS, program lends itself to the promotion of a safe learning environment. Our PBS team acknowledges scholars who adhere to HAWKS expectations by rewarding them with HAWKS tickets, Class Dojo points, school store items, school parties, school trips, and more. Our expectations of scholars to Be HAWKS are not only University Elementary School’s expectations, but they are also our mantra and play a major role in our scholars’ daily school experience. This year, our scholars will continue to learn the Power of Yet through the implementation of Mindset strategies using our mentor text, The Bubble Gum Brain. 

The stakeholders of our school’s educational community have a shared vision of high expectations for all scholars and our parents play an integral role in our success. Our parents are members of the Parent and Teacher Association (PTA), School Leadership Council (SLC), Scouts programs, and more. Also, parents serve as classroom parents, volunteer, assist with fundraising initiatives, and attend our many public programs. These partnerships are essential to our scholars’ academic success.

University Elementary School will continue to strive to meet the needs of our scholars, parents, and the school community by creating an environment that cultivates and challenges every scholar to be contributing members of their school community. University Elementary School is proud to contribute to the growth of scholars who will serve, support, protect, invent, heal, teach, and lead our expanding global and technological community.

Educationally yours,

Dr. Chinaire Simons

Principal

2020-09-03T20:01:21-04:00Categories: School UES|

University Elementary School Parent Involvement Policy

University Elementary Principal: Dr. Chinaire Simons
University Elementary Parent Coordinator: Tykyannah Fields-Brown   973-399-6826 ext. 1167
District Family Community Advocate:  Ms. Patricia Wilson  973-399-6800 Ext: 1115

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety and security of the scholars and staff, parents will not be permitted into the school building for gatherings, assemblies and in-person meetings.

Parents will:

  1. Have virtual monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly workshops with Parent Coordinator that will focus on academics, social development, conflict resolution, and time management skills.
  2. Have the opportunity to virtually attend and review information relating to assessment data at the November PTA meeting (if assessment data is available).
  3. Have the opportunity to participate on the School Leadership Council and School Safety Team virtually.
  4. Receive quarterly progress reports and communication (telephone, e-mail, conferences, letters) from teachers, regarding their scholar’s academic progress.
  5. Have the opportunity to visit their scholar’s virtual classroom to observe academic performance with 24 hours notice to the school principal.
  6. Have the opportunity to assist in developing academic intervention plans, virtually, through the Intervention and Referral Service (I&RS) Committee.
2020-09-03T20:38:12-04:00Categories: School UES|

Thurgood Marshall School Parental Involvement Policy

Thurgood Marshall Principal: Ms. Stacey Love
Thurgood Marshall Parent Coordinator: Cindy Clark  973-399-6800 Ext 2219
District Family Community Advocate:  Ms. Patricia Wilson  973-399-6800 Ext 1115

Parents will:

  1. Be encouraged to attend school wide events including conferences, assemblies, concerts, PTA meetings, and Bring Your Parent to School Day.
  2. Be accountable for their child’s academic performance.
  3. Actively participate in their child’s education on a daily basis.
  4. Have monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly workshops with Parent Coordinator that will focus on academics, social development, conflict resolution, and time management skills.
  5. Have the opportunity to attend a presentation on assessment data at the first PTA meeting of the school year.
  6. Establish effective and meaningful partnerships with their child’s school by participating in the decision making process at the school, by having the opportunity to participate on the School Leadership Council and School Safety Team.
  7. Receive quarterly progress reports and communication (telephone, e-mail, conferences, and letters) from teachers regarding their child’s academic progress.
  8. Communicate with their child’s teacher and stay abreast of his or her academic, social and emotional development in school.
  9. Have the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom to observe academic performance with 24 hours’ notice to the school principal.
  10. Have the opportunity to help develop academic intervention plans through the Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I & RS).
  11. Be provided with a book give away sponsored by Reading is Fundamental (RIF) twice a year to add to home-library, to foster reading at home.
  12. Have the opportunity to serve as parent volunteers in various areas of need throughout 2019- 2020 school year.
  13. 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, if possible, in Spanish, French and Creole.
  14. Receive training for the Parent Portal via Power School in order to monitor the academic progress of their child and communicate more effectively with staff members.
  15. Have the opportunity to meet with the Superintendent of Irvington Public Schools at the Superintendent’s quarterly forums.

 

2020-09-04T12:31:02-04:00Categories: School TMS|

University Elementary School 2020-2021 Parent & Student Handbook

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2020-09-03T20:02:05-04:00Categories: School UES, School UES Blog Posts|

Mount Vernon Elementary School Parent Involvement Policy

Mount Vernon Elementary School Principal: Ms. Nicole Gilmore 973-399-6875
Mount Vernon Elementary School Parent Coordinator: Ms. Clara Thomas  973-399-6800 Ext 1417
District Family Community Advocate:  Ms. Patricia Wilson  973-399-6800 Ext 1115

Parents will:

  1. Have the opportunity to participate in monthly or bi-monthly meetings and/or workshops organized by the Parent Coordinator, PTA and/or teachers with a focus on academics, social development, school-wide initiatives, parenting, etc.
  2. Have the opportunity to serve on the School Leadership Council and/or School Safety Team.
  3. Receive quarterly progress reports and communication (telephone, e-mail, conferences and letters) from teachers regarding their child’s attendance, academic and social progress.
  4. Have the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom to observe academic and/or behavioral performance with 24 hours advanced notice to the school administrator.
  5. Have the opportunity to support the development their child’s academic and behavioral intervention plan through the Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I&RS) or through the Child Study Team (CST) as appropriate.
  6. Be provided with a quarterly newsletter to keep them informed of various school and district initiatives with regard to their child’s education.
  7. Have access to the district website where they can access the school’s website, PowerSchool and calendar of events.
  8. Have the opportunity to attend Open House to meet their child’s teacher, and receive an overview of the curriculum, and school expectations.
  9. Be provided with official school correspondence in the language representative of the language spoken at home as per the Home Language Survey when possible.
  10. Be provided with learning opportunities and resources such as technology and training opportunities to support their children with remote instruction.
2020-09-07T11:23:35-04:00Categories: School MTV|

Florence Avenue School Parent Involvement

Florence Avenue School Principal: Mary Michailidis, Principal 973-399-6892
Florence Avenue School Parent Coordinator: Ms. Darlene Reeves  973-399-6800 Ext 1924
District Family Community Advocate:  Ms. Patricia Wilson  973-399-6800 Ext 1115

Parents will:

  1. Have monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly workshops with Parent Coordinator 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/October PTA meeting at their school.
  3. Have the opportunity to participate on the School Leadership Council and School Safety Team.
  4. Receive quarterly progress reports and communication (telephone, e-mail, conferences, Twitter, and 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-hour notice to the school principal.
  6. Have the opportunity to develop academic intervention plans through the Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I & RS).
  7. Have the opportunity to receive the Parental Involvement Policy in a language they can understand including Spanish and Haitian Creole.
  8. Have notification of any updates to the Parental Involvement Policy in a timely manner to meet the changing needs of the students, parents, and the school.
  9. Have the opportunity to attend school meetings, which will be held at varied times to encourage participation.  Notification will occur through school memos, school website, automated phone system, monthly school calendar, Channel 34, and Twitter.
  10. Have the opportunity, with assistance from the District Family/Community Advocate and Parent Coordinator, to provide materials and training, such as information regarding the Common Core and using technology to assist parents to work with their children to improve their academic achievement; and to foster parental involvement through Parental Workshops, Family Nights, Field Day, fundraising, English Learning Classes and PTA meetings.
  11. Have the opportunity to be recognized as Parent of the Month.
2020-09-07T12:25:31-04:00Categories: School FAS|

9th and 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll Recipient

9th Annual AP District Awards Honor Roll Recipient - AP Collegeboard Logo

10th Annual AP District Awards Honor Roll Recipient - AP Collegeboard Banner

Irvington’s commitment to expanding access to Advanced Placement® coursework, while also improving student performance has earned the District placement on the 9th and 10th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.

Irvington is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that is a leader making access to and success in AP courses a priority.

2018-2019 Irvington Public School Performance Reports

2020-07-10T14:49:29-04:00Categories: Central Office, Parent Notices|

Berkeley Terrace Extended Learning Program 2020

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