Principal’s Welcome Message – BKA 2018-2019

Irvington’s Blue Knights Academy offers an alternative education program for students of the Irvington Public Schools. This program addresses the district’s commitment to developing the learning potential of every student to their fullest extent. With that commitment comes the realization that one system of education does not always work for all students. The Blue Knights Academy was established to meet the needs of those students who, for a variety of reasons, have difficulty within, or have rejected, the traditional school program.

The Blue Knights Academy program stresses a strong college preparatory course of study combined with an equally strong humanistic approach in a setting which provides the means to enable students to become successful and contributing members of society. Some students enter Blue Knights Academy in their freshman year following a referral by their middle school administrators. Other students are recommended to the program, depending on their age, by high school administrators as a means to prevent dropout and promote academic success. The curriculum offered in the Blue Knights Academy is the same as the high school and meet State requirements for graduation. Courses in English, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science are taught by a team of teachers dedicated to the goals of the program. Smaller class sizes, a concentrated time period, a team teaching approach, and a very strong partnership between the school and the home characterize Irvington’s Blue Knights Academy Program. Additionally, community partnerships with local, regional and national organizations such as the Newark Community Health Center and the United Way also serve to provide additional support services for students and parents of Blue Knights Academy.

In addition to courses offered in a conventional classroom setting, the Irvington Blue Knights Academy program offers a wide variety of on-line courses designed to provide students with the opportunity to meet graduation requirements through expanded curriculum offerings.

Online credit recovery courses are also available to afford students the ability to earn credit for courses previously taken, yet not successfully completed. Credit recovery courses allow for acceleration of program requirements, not typically available through traditional high school programs. This allows students who are over-age and under-credited to catch up and possibly graduate within their correct cohort. It is possible.

The educational growth and development of Blue Knights Students are my highest priority. The mission is to educate, motivate and empower each student to achieve academic excellence and develop self-confidence. To that end I, along with my staff will ensure each student will be prepared to achieve that success.

It is possible!

Hubert Ato-Bakari Chase
Principal

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Principal’s Welcome Message – IHS 2018-2019

November 11, 2018

Dear Irvington High School Families,

We have started the new school year with a renewed commitment to our scholars. Classes are in full swing and the first report card will be issued on November 29, 2018 at Parent-Teacher conferences.

Below is our Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Core Belief so you can support us on these goals.

Vision Statement

The students of Irvington High School will reach their full academic potential through exposure to a challenging and rigorous curriculum that addresses the learning styles of all student through differentiated instructional strategies and authentic assessments.

Mission Statement

The Irvington High School Staff will be dedicated to student academic success through a rigorous and relevant curriculum that empowers student to be productive, responsible, and self-directed citizens. Through the collaborative efforts of staff, parents, and the community, activities will be designed to strengthen school pride and character among students.

Core Belief

Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

We expect of from our scholars: high standards regarding academic performance, co-curricular participation, and responsible citizenship which are the foundation of our high school. It is the contribution of our scholars to our school community that makes Irvington High School an exceptional learning environment. Full participation in academic and co-curricular programs and a willingness to act responsibly as an individual within our educational environment will enable all scholars to have a successful and rewarding school year. Please support your child/guardian throughout the school year by attending events, parent meetings and please make sure you have access to the PowerSchool parent portal, so you have real-time information regarding your child/guardian’s grades and attendance.

Also, as a parent/guardian, we would like to hear from you as we are in the process of a Middle States Accreditation Self-Study. Please click on the link below and access our school website and a parent survey. Please complete as soon as possible so your voice can be heard.

https://irvington.k12.nj.us/ihs-parent-survey-18-19/

Thank you and if you would have any questions or concerns, please contact me at mmichailidis@irvington.k12.nj.us or 973-399-6897 x1845.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Mary H. Michailidis

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Principal’s Welcome Message – TMS 2018-2019

Thurgood Marshall Elementary School is a  PreK-5 school with a strong sense of community that has created an environment that is inclusive, where all stakeholders feel  camaraderie, engagement, and a sense of belonging/ownership. Together, we are committed to providing a rigorous curriculum full of art, literature, and music to ensure that every scholar whose life we touch receives the highest quality instruction, as well as promoting emotional and social stability. And with excellent teaching, modeling, and mentoring, we are ensuring that we are igniting a fire in each and every scholar at Thurgood Marshall School that will lead to a lifelong love of learning.

Every day is a great day to make a difference in a child’s life at Thurgood Marshall School. When you enter these hallowed halls of learning, you feel as if you are a part of our family. As a result, we embrace the challenge of providing a quality education to our children. In fact, Thurgood Marshall School is dedicated to providing a respectful, safe, and multicultural environment that will foster passionate, lifelong, and self-directed learners. Our teachers went above and beyond the call of duty the last school year. One fourth grade class explored flexible seating with a donorschoose.org grant. Another teacher, from Pre K, received a light table to enhance science lessons. Several more grants were acquired that provided students with a Little Free Library from Impact Library Grant, Spring Break Food Packs that fed 60 families, and pets in the classroom; Room 102 had a bearded dragon and Room 209 is anticipating a snake. Several teachers were part of the Executive Board of the PTA, as President and Treasurer. Regardless of the program or event, you can always count on the staff to be in attendance and lending a helping hand.

At Thurgood Marshall, we recognize that our students need learning experiences that meet them where they are, engage them deeply, let them progress at a pace that meets their individual needs and help them master the skills for today and tomorrow. It is our belief that when our children are met with such learning experiences, it facilitates successful learners who are able to explore their global citizenship via education. Not only that, Thurgood Marshall is dedicated to providing all scholars with high standards of learning. In our quest to do so, we offer our students certified and highly qualified teachers, specialists, and paraprofessionals; curriculum and instruction that is research-based and aligned to the NJ Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) and technology that is infused into the curriculum with programs such as Envision Math 2.0, ConnectED in English Language Arts, and NJCL.org in Science with the Next Generation Science Standards. Computers are in every class with Internet accessibility, as well as interactive Smart Boards, Smart Tables, Clear Touch interactive Panels and Chromebooks for 1st through 5th grades, as well as ELL and Media/Library. View the teachers’ OnCourse websites for specific sites that they use to infuse technology into lessons.

We achieve the NJ Student Learning Standards that will lead students to success in college, career, and life through assessments such as, PARCC, Houghton-Mifflin Reading Inventory, Houghton-Mifflin Math Inventory, Houghton-Mifflin Phonics Inventory, Core program benchmarks, teacher-made assessments, work sampling, portfolios, weekly content area tests, and district cycle and unit tests. Teachers then analyze, disaggregate and use the various informal and formal data to inform instruction and prepare differentiated and scaffolded lesson plans. We offer an instructional program that accelerates learning for all scholars and builds on strengths and interests of each one.

In addition to the K-5 classrooms, our school offers a preschool Gold Curriculum program and the Creative Curriculum with highly trained certified teachers.  The Gold Curriculum program is a comprehensive program that provides labs and projects that reinforce learning, self-confidence and self-direction in our young scholars. An appreciation for Visual Arts, Music, as well as the necessary Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts are also provided through this program. The Creative Curriculum program is research based and is offered in English and Spanish, which supports Spanish speaking students. Creative Curriculum provides for positive interaction and active communication with Teacher-Family interactions.

Thurgood Marshall School believes that respect and understanding grow when children of differing abilities and cultures play and learn together. Our school has Inclusion classes in each grade level for scholars who require additional educational support. We provide interventions such as speech, occupational and physical therapies. Our Autistic Program, servicing scholars from grades K-5, is so outstanding that we are now up to six classrooms. In the course of Autism Awareness Month, our school celebrates with the Light it Up Blue Campaign, an Autism Awareness Symposium assembly to raise Autism Awareness in the greater community. During the summer, students may attend EOY Summer Program for our scholars with special needs.

Thurgood Marshall Elementary School’s extended day and year offer a Wraparound Program that gives parents the opportunity for quality care in a safe environment that fosters mutual respect and offers children a variety of choices of developmentally appropriate and interest-driven activities. The day begins at 7:00 am and ends at 6:00 pm. Scholars in grades 3-5 can extend the learning day by attending PARCC, basic skills, and/or enrichment tutoring. There are also clubs such as Student Council that hosts Movie Nights, and National Elementary Honor Society that sponsors a St. Jude’s Math-A-thon and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) distribution. Moreover, students in Grades 2 can participate in the Homework Club, and for students who are musically inclined, there is also the Morning Band, and Chorus Program that won first place at the Irvington Senior Citizen Annual Talent Show. .

Thurgood Marshall prides itself on greater, effective communication with parents and the community through the efforts of the Parent Coordinator, Cindy Clark, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the School Leadership Council (SLC). The Parent Coordinator who works with scholars, teachers, parents, and administrators by implementing programs like the Backpack program, Kids Closet Program, and the Community Food Bank of Hillside. These programs provide food, school supplies, and various other family assistance. Furthermore, open communication is encouraged with monthly Positive Parent Conversations, the Brother-to-Brother mentoring program, and Academic-based Workshops. The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) enables parents to become an integral part of their children’s education in collaboration with teachers and other community stakeholders. The School Leadership Council (SLC) comprised of faculty members and parents meet monthly to discuss important aspects of the academic and social growth of the school, budget issues, and numerous school-related matters.

Finally, we at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School pride ourselves on Celebrating “SUCCESS”, by executing ceremonies and practices that recognize scholars, parents, and staff for their outstanding accomplishments. The Positive Behavior Support in School (PBSIS) Advisory sponsors weekly drawings from Mustang Bucks the students receive for being “Safe, Respectful, and Kind,” as well as quarterly assemblies where students receive bicycles, iPods, mp3 players, telescopes, sports and educational game packs, and other incentives. The Climate and Culture Committee sponsors  Honor Roll Breakfast, Father–Daughter and Mother-Son Dances and the annual Field Day activities for the end of the year.

In conclusion, the academic, social, and emotional development of each individual are realized through the collective efforts of scholars, staff, parents and the community.  Working together as an inclusive, academic, and familial community, we strive to achieve excellence in all facets of education and in the lives of those we cherish the most, our scholars .

Sincerely,

Wanda P.P. Warren, M.Ed.

School Leadership Council

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

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Principal’s Welcome Message – CAS 2018-2019

Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chancellor Avenue Elementary School is a diverse community of K-5 scholars pursuing academic excellence and the development of character and creativity. Our mission is to provide a learning environment that is rich with experiences to enhance the cognitive, social, and emotional development of the whole child so each scholar is prepared to be a shaping force for the 21st century. Our professional staff strives to empower scholars to be lifelong learners who use their knowledge, skills, and unique talents to make positive community and global contributions. We are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of scholars through diverse teaching strategies, data-driven instruction, and authentic educational activities.
We begin each day with Morning Convocation, a structured celebration of school pride and affirmation of our greatness. Sample activities include the recitation of school pledges and school responsibilities, the singing of patriotic and motivational songs, and the presentation of daily announcements. Scholars and staff are regularly recognized on their birthday, for being present and for academic and personal accomplishments. Morning Convocation energizes and focuses the entire community on achieving their full academic and social potential throughout the day.

Chancellor Avenue Elementary School exemplifies the District’s commitment to academic excellence. Our comprehensive integrated curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and is implemented by our highly trained educators using current, evidence-based practices. We set high academic standards while simultaneously developing intellectual curiosity and independence of thought. The K-5 English Language Arts program follows a balanced literacy framework that contains the necessary components for scholars to master written and oral communication and a passion for literacy. The K-5 math program provides a solid foundation in basic and advanced skills that also supports critical thinking and problem-solving. Our commitment to delivering quality education to all scholars has resulted in many scholars receiving top recognition in district competitions.

We believe that technology maximizes productivity and is essential for preparing scholars to be 21st century citizens. Current and emerging technology is integrated throughout all content areas. Our classrooms are equipped with interactive SmartBoards or Clear Touch Boards and desktops. Teachers and students also have access to many technological devices such as Chromebooks, iPads, and iPods to maximize instruction, increase engagement and promote collaboration.

Fine arts and physical education are essential elements of a complete education and all scholars engage in Visual Arts, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music and Physical Education. Through the exploration of different media, scholars learn technique, styles, and history and gain a greater appreciation of visual art. Our Art program produced winners in numerous district-sponsored contests. Scholars learn the elements of music through our rich and varied Vocal Music program and have the opportunity to perform on stage during our many performances. Our Physical Education program embodies the concept of healthy bodies/healthy minds by stressing the importance of nutrition and healthy eating as well as physical activities. Some of our scholars were afforded the opportunity to visit the New York Jets training facility via the NFL Play 60 program. All scholars in Grades 4 and 5 receive World Language instruction to better prepare them to live in a global society.

Chancellor provides an environment in which every scholar is respected and given the opportunity to develop strong character, attitudes, and values. Character education is taught through The 6 Pillars of Character Education: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. We encourage scholars to become productive citizens by making thoughtful decisions, solving problems collaboratively and peacefully, and demonstrating positive behaviors. Chancellor Avenue is a community where all members are treated with mutual respect and empathy. Scholars are encouraged to act responsibly and make individual contributions as a valued member of the school community. Our Positive Behavior Supports in School (PBSIS) program complements our character education program. Scholars are rewarded with Bulldog Coupons for demonstrating good character, wearing our school uniforms and maintaining their agenda books. These coupons permit scholars to participate in VIP Luncheons, Holiday Bazaars and Carnival Days (Fun Days).

 

Chancellor is committed to eliminating barriers to academic success. Our policies and practices ensure that every scholar has educational opportunities to meet our standard for achievement, participation, and growth. The ESL/Bilingual program delivers comprehensive instruction that enables English Language Learners (ELLs) to acquire age/grade appropriate content standards while developing English language proficiency. Our Special education program is designed to meet the specific needs of students with disabilities in the least restrictive setting. The exemplary special education staff are certified and specially trained to provide a wide range of services to meet the individual needs of scholars. Such services include academic intervention, speech therapy, and occupational and physical therapy. 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. Scholars who continue to experience difficulties may be referred to the Child Study Team (CST) for further assistance and evaluation. Regular communication and collaboration among teachers, staff, parents, and administrators ensures academic achievement and personal success for all scholars.

 

Chancellor provides several extracurricular activities to enrich our scholars’ learning experience. Currently, we offer the following clubs and activities: The National Elementary Honor Society, Safety Patrol, Chorus, Student Council, Cheerleading and Basketball. Our critically acclaimed Chorus is frequently invited to perform throughout the community. They recently delighted and astounded the audience at the Irvington State of the City Address. We cultivate leadership skills through our Student Council. Scholars in grades 3-5 participate in the democratic process by voting for Student Council representatives using actual voting machines acquired from the Essex County Board of Elections.

 

We celebrate personal and academic accomplishments each quarter during our Marking Period Awards Ceremonies. Our most unique and exciting program is called “Picture Me Tomorrow”. It is an integration of character education, career awareness, and goal setting. Scholars engage in career research, compose grade appropriate essays on a chosen profession, and then come to school on Halloween dressed in career attire.

Chancellor is a community-based school providing resources and services to parents and opportunities for them to share responsibility for their children’s success. To strengthen our partnership with parents we conduct Community Walks, Parent Meetings, and Chat & Chew sessions. Community Walks involve the principal and the staff walking to our scholars’ homes to meet with families, build relationships, promote our school and become more visible to the community. Chat & Chew Sessions are open-forums for parents to discuss various topics and concerns with the principal.

Chancellor Avenue School is scholar-centered school committed to excellence and quality in education. Our exemplary staff is dedicated to preparing scholars for active, meaningful participation in the 21st century. Together with parents and community members, we at Chancellor will ensure that our scholars are college and career ready.

 

Dr. Winston D. Jackson
Principal
Chancellor Avenue Elementary School

 

 

 

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Principal’s Welcome Message – APA 2018-2019

The Augusta Preschool family and I appreciate the opportunity to share your child’s early education experience with you. We are looking forward to a wonderful year of inquiry and learning. We take pride in being the only public school of its kind in the Township of Irvington that is exclusively dedicated to 3 and 4-year-old students. Augusta is an outstanding inclusive educational community that is committed to maximizing the development of the “whole child” through developmentally appropriate practices. Our highly trained staff provides students with a quality education in a safe,
nurturing environment where they can learn, grow and thrive.

The mission of Augusta Preschool Academy is aligned with the Irvington Public Schools, which is to improve the 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.

Augusta offers a full day, six-hour comprehensive program. All of our teaching staff is certified in early childhood education or early childhood special education. We use a researched based curriculum which is Creative Curriculum and My Math program. Students participate in individual, small-group and large-group activities. Students’ home language and culture are respected and appreciated. We offer a language-rich environment that encourage children’s development of early literacy skills through activities like daily read-aloud of high quality children’s literature to promote a love of reading, shared writing experiences that give children the ability to identify and use letters and words to expand their vocabulary and communication skills, and multiple opportunities to identify and practice writing letters and words.

We are very excited to be able to offer the Imagine Learning Program to our English Language Learners. The Imagine Learning Program, provides native language support to students if needed and places students on an individualized learning path which adjusts according to their needs.

We model social concepts such as “please” and “thank you.” We coach children in developing strong relationships with other students and adults. Play-based interest areas for math, science, dramatic play, music, creative arts and computers provide opportunities to balance and stimulate both shared and independent learning experiences. The curriculum offers children-initiated and teacher-directed activities to ensure Kindergarten readiness and overall academic success.

The school provides a clean and secure facility that places a high priority on the health and safety of students and staff. Our school day is structured to support the teaching and learning process. We utilize multi-modal teaching techniques to engage students in
the lesson (e.g. auditory, visual, and kinesthetic); daily lessons employ real-life experiences; and transitions between activities are managed effectively to promote continual student engagement. Faculty and students have access to sufficient and innovative technological tools and networked information resources. Class sizes are small with no more than 15 students in each classroom. Highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals are located in every classroom.

Parent involvement is a top priority at Augusta Preschool Academy. Look for opportunities to attend parent-child activities, volunteer in the classrooms and support PTA fundraisers. We strongly believe that the family and teachers must form a close alliance for the benefit of each child in the school. There are several ways that parents can assist their child throughout the year. Parents are expected to read to their child each night and return a completed Reading Log at the end of the week. A Lending Library is available to students in each classroom. Also, Augusta has a very active PTA that meets on the third Tuesday of every month. Parents are encouraged to join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and/or the School Leadership Council (SLC). They may attend parent workshops that cover a number of different issues, such as children’s language development and learning styles, parent nurturing and discipline strategies, child abuse prevention, and nutrition and health practices. In addition, parents may attend school assembly programs, Back to School Night, and Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parents may decide to chaperone a field trip or participate in Celebrity Read, Read Across America, and The Week of the Young Child activities. There are so many wonderful activities throughout the year that parents can be a part of.

Additional services are available to parents of Augusta Preschool Academy which include: The Preschool Intervention Referral Team (PIRT), a Child Study Team that strictly services the preschool population and a Parent Involvement Specialist who provides support and resources to preschool parents. Before and Aftercare services are also available to parents that begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m. daily. 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.

We are looking forward to a spectacular school year! From our family to yours, thank you for choosing Augusta Preschool Academy.

Rose Gordon
Principal

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