The month of May is upon us and the school year is coming to a close. The weather has finally started to get a little warmer and the flowers have begun to bloom. There are many tasks your children should be doing as we complete the year. PARCC testing will be administered to assess each child’s understanding of the curriculum and the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. We gain some valuable information about our instruction and curriculum alignment from the results of the PARCC assessment. Staff members use this data, along with many other diagnostic and informational tools, to evaluate how our students answered the questions and reflect on how we can improve the delivery of instruction.
This month, on the 8th, we also celebrate the hard work of teachers and school nurses.
Here are some proverbs that are very appropriate for this day of appreciation:
A load of books does not equal one good teacher. (Chinese Proverb)
Diligence is the vehicle on the paths of Mountains of Books; endurance is the vessel on the courses of the Seas of Learning. (Chinese Proverb)
Teachers open the door but you must walk through it yourself. (Chinese Proverb)
“We can teach from our experience, but we cannot teach experience.” ~ Sasha Azevedo
“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~ Richard Henry Dann
“Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.” ~ Josef Albers
Happy Teacher Recognition Day!!!!!
May is also Military Appreciation Month when we honor those current and former members of our military. Memorial Day weekend has come to represent the kick-off of summer, a season of barbecues, beaches and vacations. I hope everyone has time during the fun and enjoyment to pause and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. The month also holds several other military anniversaries and events, including Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Armed Forces Day. We will be reading about and hearing from speakers on topics related to this in our classes. Additionally, the port of New York hosts many ships during the Memorial Day weekend, so if you see a service man or woman please give thanks.
Dr. George J. Solter Jr.
First and foremost, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. As 2018 begins, I want to reflect on all that has occurred since my last newsletter. These stories are exceptional, but they wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the hard work and dedication of the faculty and S.T.E.M. committee. ~Jared Keshishian, District Supervisor of Science