Friday, January 18, 2013
Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes proposed two calendars to be considered for the next school year.
Two calendars have been proposed for the 2013-2014 school year by Superintendent of Scotch Plains-Fanwood schools, Dr. Margeret Hayes. The first calendar, Draft A, begins the school year on Sept. 9 and ends on June 18. In Draft A, teachers will hold the first of their three required professional days on Sept. 4 and the other two sessions on Oct. 14 and June 20. The second draft, Draft B, begins on Sept. 9 but ends on June 23. Draft B will keep Sept. 4 as a professional day but hold the other two professional days on Jan. 17 and Feb. 14. This would create two long weekends for students, since Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Feb. 17 is President's Day. Both calendars will hold Winter Break from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1 and Spring Break …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
On Jan. 10, The Tropyband Orquesta will perform at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School to kick off “The Big Read” throughout both communities.
The Tropyband Orquesta will kick-off the Scotch Plains and Fanwood initiative, “The Big Read,” which involves the community reading “In the Time of Butterflies” and other literature. At 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 residents of both communities are invited to attend a performance by the 14-piece-esemble in the auditorium of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. View the videos, to see more of Tropyband Orquesta. “The Big Read is a wonderful opportunity to invite families across our communities to join together and share in the joy and inspiration that comes from reading,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Margaret W. Hayes. In line with the Board of Education's global initiative, the BOE and the Scotch Plains Library are working together on "The …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Board member, Douglas Layne, provided the details of the agreement.
At the Oct. 18, Board of Education(BOE) meeting, the Board voted unanimously in favor of the teacher contract agreement between the BOE and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Educaiton Association (SPFEA). Board member, Douglas Layne, provided the public with an outline of the major aspects of the labor agreement. Resident of Fanwood, Michael Lewis, asked if the contract made any changes to medical or insurance benefits, which Mr. Layne replied no. However, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes, added that there was a change, but it was due to a change implemented by the state and was not part of the BOE and SPFEA's agreements specifically.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Superintendent, Margaret W. Hayes, announced goals at Thursday's Board of Education meeting.
On Thursday, Oct. 11, Superintendent, Dr. Margaret W. Hayes, showed the board and attendees a presentation of goals the Board of Education is hoping to accomplish in the 2012-2013 school year. About seven concept and themes for goals were discussed. Here is a list of the goals: 1. Student Achievment 2. Technology 3. Service Learning - Board believes this is very imporant. 4. Global Awareness 5. Space/Facilities 6. World Language 7. Volunteer and Patronage The 2012-2013 goals will eventually be added to the Board of Education's website, spfk12.org.
Friday, April 27, 2012
The SPF Board of Education approved a program designed by Princeton University, issued proclamations for art awards.
Terrill Middle School will be participating in the Roots Program, a Princeton University program meant to curb bullying and harassment in schools. The program will be utilzed at the middle school level by evaluating the school's social climate.The Board of Education approved the use of this program at Thursday's reorganization meeting. The program, supported by the New Jersey Department of Education, is a year-long research study that provides the middle school with an HIB (Harrassment, Intimidation, Bullying) strategy catered to the school environment, feedback on the effectiveness of the program, and suggestions for further HIB programs. The Roots Program is a program designed to create grassroots, ant-bullying movements among students …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Governor, Union County school officials support termination of mandatory No Child Left Behind school requirements.
Gov. Chris Christie gave his stamp of approval Thursday after President Obama announced that New Jersey is among 10 states receiving a federal waiver that releases it from the guiding rules and regulations of the No Child Left Behind Act and allow greater freedom for districts to develop systems of student accountability. The waiver comes with an approval of the state's yearly required NCLB application, in which state officials advocated for the existing standardized testing benchmarks be abolished. A new form of measuring student progress will begin in September of this year. NCLB was signed into law in 2001 by then-president George W. Bush. The program featured a 2014 deadline for making all students proficient in math and reading. In …