• Our annual parent teacher meetings for the elementary schools will take place in the evening of November 28th followed by high school meetings on December 4th.  Please take this opportunity to speak with your child’s teacher concerning his or her academic progress.  I would like to remind each of you that this is not the only opportunity to review your child’s academic status. In addition to parents’ night, you have access to the Realtime parent portal, the forthcoming Realtime smart phone app (for which we will conduct informational meetings), and/or phone calls or emails to the teacher or guidance counselor to discuss any issues.

    As we approach the end of the first marking period, teachers will now be working on grading students utilizing the new standards based report card for grades K-2.  As the instructional leader of the district, I felt it was imperative to communicate the changes of our grading policy to the parents of our community.  During the SBRC parent meetings, I highlighted new features of the report card, discussed standards based grading, and introduced the report card rubrics for ELA and Mathematics, which can be found on the district homepage. 

    As grades are being finalized, be sure to refer to the ELA and Mathematics rubrics when reflecting on student performance throughout the marking period.  In my discussions with parents, I have explained that standards-driven instruction is a progression of mastery throughout the year.  While students may be approaching the standards (AS) in some areas, they may meet (MS) or exceed (ES) the standards in other areas at any point during the year.  Please pay close attention to the language that provides guidance of student expectations for each standard.

    Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, is a time to remember and pay tribute to the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces who have answered the call of duty to defend our nation and way of life, often at the greatest personal sacrifice.  The staff would like to express our deepest thanks to the veterans who served our country with great honor in the past, and to those who uphold their duties today. We encourage our children this month to reach out to the veterans in their community to thank them for their service.  It is a small but meaningful gesture that shows appreciation to the living heroes in their lives and will embed in their young minds respect for those who sacrificed selflessly.

    Lastly, this month we will also celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on the last Thursday of November. As we reflect on things for which we are thankful, I want to take this opportunity to share just a few of them with you:

    We are thankful for our students who come to school every day ready to learn.  They are the reason for us to be here each day.

    We are thankful for the support of the parents because together with the support staff, teachers, supervisors, directors, and administrators we are here to make sure each child has the opportunity to be successful.

    I would like to wish all of you and your families a happy, healthy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!

    Dr. George J. Solter Jr.