Please join us for
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
September 17, 2014
This is to inform you that Back-to-School Night will be held at Memorial School on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. This year High Mountain School and Memorial School have joined together with the same vision of building a student-centered community that will focus on every child as individual learners. “Commitment, Collaboration, Connections, & Community” is the core of this vision. Together we will continue to prepare our students for the complex global society of tomorrow. Please join us on Back-To-School Night to begin our journey together.
The evening is planned for parents only.
Activities for the evening will commence at 7:00 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium, which is located on the second floor. During the scheduled classroom visitations, each teacher will provide an overview of the grade-level program, and invite you to view a sampling of your child’s work. Also, you will have the opportunity to meet with special-area teachers, the school nurse, and support staff during the course of the evening. You will also receive a program at Back-to-School Night, which will provide the schedule of visitation times. If you have more than one child among grade levels, it is recommended that you and another parent/guardian split the classroom visitations. Please note that the evening does allow you to revisit a teacher towards the end of the evening to gain an overview of your child’s class.
Please remember that the Back-to-School Night Program does not allow time for teachers to hold individual conferences with parents about specific children.
The purpose of the evening is to provide you, the parent, with an overview of the academic program offered to your child at Memorial School for the 2014-2015 school year. However, if you do want to discuss your child’s progress, please feel free to arrange a meeting with his or her teachers at a mutually agreed upon time. In addition, Parent-Teacher conferences will offer an opportunity for in-depth dialogue. Sign-ups for individual conferences, which are held in November will be available in each homeroom.
Please note that the PTO display table and refreshments at our Annual Meet & Greet will be set up in the cafeteria directly across from the gymnasium where you can learn about the various organizations in North Haledon. If you have not already become a member, or signed up for a committee, you will have an opportunity to do so on Back-to-School Night. The North Haledon Education Foundation will also have representatives present to discuss how they support our schools.
Memorial School students will be dismissed early Tuesday, September 23rd, as follows:
Pre-K/A.M. (Mrs. Governale) 8:25 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.
Pre-K/P.M. (Mrs. Governale) 10:59 a.m. – 12:59 p.m.
Kindergarten through 4th grade 8:35 a.m. – 12:59 p.m.
In conclusion, we are all looking forward to your attendance for what should be an extremely enjoyable, informative, and rewarding evening.
Giovanni A. Giancaspro
Memorial School, Principal
Memorial School is proud to announce that this year’s school pictures will take place outside, weather permitting. What could be a better backdrop to enhance your child’s school photo!
On the school picture order form parents/guardians do not have to choose a pose for their child’s portrait. All poses will be the same.
In the unfortunate event of rain, all students will be photographed with a lovely Autumn backdrop. Be sure to send in your school picture forms and checks made payable to Lifetouch by Thursday, September 25th.
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Dear Memorial Elementary School Parents and Community Members,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at Memorial! The opportunity to open the new school year as the instructional leader of such a magnificent school is truly a blessing. I plan to embrace the traditions that have been established at the school and to continue to work collaboratively with staff, students, parents, community and business partners to create a school district of the 21st century.
We, at Memorial Elementary School, are excited and eager to begin this new school year as we continue to provide rigorous and relevant academic, social, emotional and physical learning experiences for our students so they can become independent college and career ready citizens of the 21st century. As the principal of Memorial Elementary School, it is also important to me that everyone seeks to build positive relationships among all stakeholders in our Memorial learning community. Everyone who steps through our doors – staff, students, parents and guests are all treated well, in a respectable, positive and nurturing environment. Building strong relationships with all of you is important to everyone in Memorial’s learning community. Safety and security is priority and ensuring that your child(ren) feel safe at school is critical. Communication is paramount to developing strong relationships.
For this reason, I encourage you to contact your child’s teacher or myself with any concerns or questions. Therefore, our theme for this school year 2014-2015 is “Making Connections.” A community is defined as a unified body of individuals, people with common interests living in a particular area. Memorial’s unified common interest is the students of this school. I respectfully ask that as a community, we all embrace the idea of doing whatever it takes to ensure the positive academic, social, emotional and physical growth of all Memorial students.
As a professional learning community, we are committed to working together to provide challenging educational opportunities for all children and to ensure that our school is a safe and secure environment for learning. To be successful as a learning community we need everyone’s help. Collaboration is the key! Developing a collaborative relationship with your child’s teacher is the main ingredient to a healthy and successful year. Open communication is vital to ensure a successful home-school partnership. Parent involvement is a key aspect in every child’s education and a primary factor for success in school.
There are many ways that you can get involved: volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, becoming a member of the PTO and Education Foundation or assisting with other school activities.
A new vision and school year presents many opportunities to move forward ... a new beginning. However, “newness” alone cannot bring transformation. We must be willing to embrace change and trust that it will be what is best for the students and the school. We have the opportunity to bring about change. I ask that we all work together to collaborate and continue to strive for excellence. Memorial is a GREAT school and we will strive for it to be even GREATER! Henry Ford once said, “Together we can . . . TEAMWORK. Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success!
In closing, I feel very lucky to be leading Memorial Elementary School. It is through being a collaborative learning community with consistent, honest and open communication that we can best serve our students. Please feel free to phone or email me and I’d be happy to be of assistance to you. I thank you in advance for this opportunity to serve once again as the Principal of Memorial Elementary School.
Giovanni A. Giancaspro
Memorial Elementary School, Principal
201 Squaw Brook Road
North Haledon, NJ 07508
I hope everyone is off to a good start of the school year. Throughout the year, please check the school website for any updated medical issues of concern. Together we can maintain a healthy school environment for all of our students. Please refer to this link for frequently asked questions on the Enterovirus,D68:
Memorial School is happy to announce it's first ever Reading Challenge for the 2014-2015 school year. For information and reading log sheets, please click the link below and learn more today. Happy Reading as we work together to reach our goal of 100,000 pages!
School Spirit Day
Friday, September 26th
Wear your school colors!
Green & White
Memorial School Has Character!
Mr. Giancaspro & Mr. Miller
are so excited!
Memorial School Students
will be participating in the statewide
Week of Respect, October 10th-16th.
First and foremost I would like to thank you for your hard work and cooperation throughout the beginning of this school year. It has been wonderful seeing parents and community members playing such an active role in the lives of North Haledon students!
During the week of October 10th through the 16th, schools across the state will be observing the annual “Week of Respect”. All students at Memorial School will receive age-appropriate character education instruction focusing on preventing harassment, intimidation and bullying. Further, children in grades one through four will be encouraged to participate in a poster contest based on the topic of respect. Posters can focus on respecting the environment, the school, classmates, family members, friends and oneself.
Students will have the opportunity to start their poster during art class and have the option to finish it outside of school. Participation in this contest will be on a voluntary basis. It will not have an impact on your child’s grade in any way. Completed posters must be handed in to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, October 17th in order to participate in the contest. One boy and one girl from each grade will be awarded for having the best posters. All contestants’ work will be displayed proudly throughout the halls of Memorial School and throughout North Haledon. Each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their efforts.
Posters will be judged based on the following criteria: appropriateness for school, creativity, neatness, having a clear message and overall visual impact. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me using the information provided above. Examples of posters can be found on my website: http://www.oncoursesystems.com/school/webpage/10847061
Thank you again for your patience and cooperation!
Stephen Miller, MA NCC
North Haledon School District
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October 10, 2013
The North Haledon Schools’ system is proud to introduce Standard-Based report cards for Grades K-4 this year 2013-2014. The change to a Standards-Based report card comes from the belief that our previous report card did not fully communicate what students are expected to know and be able to do as set forth in the College and Career Ready Common Core Standards. This new report card will benefit students, teachers and parents/guardians.
It will allow students to be more aware of what is expected of them. It will provide parents with a more detailed outline of the expectations in each of the major academic areas. We believe that your understanding of what is expected of your child and how well he or she is progressing towards the goals at his or her grade level is very important. We look forward to working together to provide your child with the knowledge and tools to be successful and to reach his or her fullest potential. The following questions may be on your mind as we transition from a traditional to standards-based report card.
1. What is Standard-Based grade reporting?
A Standards-Based grade reporting system is designed to inform parents about their child’s progress towards achieving specific learning standards. The NJ Common Core State Standards establish high and challenging performance expectations for all students. They describe what students should know and be able to do, and serve as the basis for Memorial School’s curriculum, instruction and assessment model.
2. Why was the report card changed to the Standards-Based report cards?
The report card was changed to provide more information to parents about student progress on the NJ Common Core State Standards. On a traditional report card, students receive one grade for reading, one for math, one for science and so on. On a Standards-Based report card, each of these subject areas is further expanded by a list of skills and knowledge students are responsible for learning. Students receive a separate mark for each indicator.
3. What is the purpose of the Standards-Based report card?
The purpose of the Standards-Based report card is to provide feedback that is more detailed to parents regarding the progress their children are making towards specific content indicators at each grade level. This report card allows parent and students to understand more clearly what is expected at each grade level. With this understanding, parents will be better able to guide and support their child helping him/her to be successful in a rigorous academic program.
4. How does the Standards-Based report card compare to the traditional letter grade system?
Standards-Based report card reporting is different from traditional letter grade reporting. Letter or numerical grades are often calculated by combining how well the student met a teacher’s expectations, how the student performed on assignments and tests, how much effort the teacher believes the student put in and how the student is doing in comparison to classmates. Letter and numeral grades do not tell parents, which skills their child has mastered or where he or she is working at grade level. The Standards-Based report card measures how well an individual student is doing in relation to the grade level standards, not the work of other students. This will give parents a better understanding of their child’s strengths and weakness and encourage all students to do their best.
5. Won’t the entire grade level receive the same grades?
Learning is a process and it should be expected that repeated exposure and experiences are necessary to gain ownership of new skills and strategies. An assessment score of 3 indicates the student is progressing toward the standard. Once a student demonstrates thorough understanding of concepts and skills with a performance characterized by the ability to apply skills with accuracy and quality, he or she would receive a 2. This move from a 3 to a 2 can take place at any point during the school year and is very student specific. Once a student demonstrates he or she meets the standard, they can then consistently demonstrate their ability to apply a thorough in-depth knowledge of basic and extended concepts and skills with performance characterized by self-motivation and the ability to apply skills with consistent accuracy, independence and a high level of quality. This would result in a 1. This again is very student specific and can occur at any time during the school year.
6. My child has an IEP. How will he or she be assessed?
There are modifications and accommodations in your child’s IEP to support his or her progress on grade level standards as assessed on a Standards-Based report card.
7. Does this new system place more emphasis on daily interactions between teacher and student as opposed to standardized scores?
Neither traditional nor Standards-Based report cards rely solely on standardized test scores. A major characteristic of elementary assessment had always been the daily interaction throughout the process of learning. Standards-Based report cards better provide for in-depth communication on the continuum of learning.
8. How do you expect parents to explain to their children why they did not get a 1?
It is important that parents and teachers have honest conversations with students. Some concepts and skills are more difficult to grasp than others, but given time and motivation, students can continually challenge themselves. Attitudes are contagious and it is important that adults involved convey to the child that learning is a process that needs to be respected. A score of 3 while learning a new skill or concept is appropriate. A score of 2 demonstrating mastery is to be celebrated. A score of 1 indicates a strength being recognized that is above and beyond the grade level expectations.
If you have any further questions regarding the new Standards-Based report cards or new schedule implemented this fall. I will be holding a meeting to discuss both of these topics.
Date: October 17, 2013
Place: Memorial School, Cafeteria
Time: 6:30pm-7:00pm Kindergarten
7:00pm-7:30pm 1st & 2nd Grades
7:30pm-8:00pm 3rd & 4th Grades
Thank you for your cooperation in this regard.
Giovanni A. Giancaspro
Memorial School, Principal
As we begin the 2013-2014 school year with a new standards-based report card, the teaching staff will be assessing students in all content areas that are located on the report card. The students at Memorial School will start to come home with graded assignments, rubrics, and assessments that are reflective of their performance on standard-based assessments.
Students will be earning academic indicators on their performance on assignments and assessments. The indicators are listed below to help assist parents with making a connection to their child’s progress in specific content areas from basic to advanced levels.
The academic evaluation key for all graded assignments and assessments will be:
1 : Exceeds Standards – Student consistently understands, applies, and extends key concepts, processes, and skills. Works beyond standards.
2: Meets Standards – Student understands and applies key concepts, processes, and skills. Meets standards.
3: Approaching Standards – Student is beginning to understand and apply key concepts, processes, and skills. Approaching standards.
4: Needs Support – Students is not understanding key concepts, processes, and essential skills. Area of concern.
N/A: Not Applicable – Not assessed at this time.
The academic grade level indicators are directly aligned to the standards and will be placed on all rubrics, assessments, progress reports, and academic report cards.
I will continue to keep you updated, as we roll out the 2013-2014 new standards-based report cards and grading procedures.
Giovanni A. Giancaspro
Memorial School, Principal
201 Squaw Brook Road
North Haledon, NJ 07508(973)427-8993