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BOE Revises 2014-15 District Calendar (pdf)
At our March 26, 2014 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved a revised district calendar for the 2014-15 school year. The changes are as follows:
- September 4th & 5th will now be full-day sessions for students
- Friday, October 31st will now be a single-session day for the students, followed by a professional development afternoon for staff.
- Wednesday, March 25th will now be a single-session day for the students, followed by a professional development afternoon for staff.
As for snow days, this calendar has two days built into it. In the event that a third or fourth day is used, the 18th and 19th of June (2015) would become school days. If we go beyond the four, then a revision to the calendar would occur once again and a day(s) would be added during the school year by taking away from a scheduled break.
March 19, 2014 Presentation of 2014-15 Preliminary Budget (pdf)
On March 19, 2014 our Board of Education approved the 2014-15 preliminary school budget. The budget presentation is available below for the community's review. (See "More")
On April 30th, the Board will hold a public hearing on the 2014-15 school district budget at 6:30 p.m., followed by our monthly regular BOE meeting.
Community Chats with our Superintendent
Thank you to our district's parents, staff and community members for attending our March 19th chats at Knollwood. March's topic was the district's placement process for students entering Kindergarten through fifth grade. Your attention, questions and suggestions were greatly appreciated.
April's Community Chat is scheduled for Monday, April 28th. Once again there will be a 7:00 a.m. and a 7:00 p.m. opportunity to attend. The topic will be announced by mid-April and will be based on input from our school community and relevant to our work and plans. We hope to see you there.
NJ Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act - District and School Grades
As part of New Jersey’s updated Anti-Bullying law, Fair Haven Public Schools have been graded on their efforts to comply with the new regulations to protect students from harassment and create a safe school climate. Statewide, the scores range from 0 to 75. They measure our efforts from Jan. 5, 2011 to June 30, 2013.
Our school district received a grade of 69. It is an average of the total scores of both of our schools in the district. Knollwood scored a 69, as did Sickles. Please review the PDF files attached. One is the official state report, the other a district-created spreadsheet that is an easier read, the third an NJDOE memo on guidance for grading schools and districts.
The scores are based on a 20-page self-assessment that rates performance in eight areas, including prevention, staff training, student curriculum and instruction, and reporting and investigation procedures.
Fair Haven Public Schools - NJ Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Grade (pdf)
NJDOE FH Schools Self-Assessment Grading Breakdown (pdf)
NJDOE Guidance on Grading Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (pdf)
PARCC Field Test
Knollwood School has been selected to administer the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Field Test this Spring 2014 to approximately 50 randomly selected 7th Graders in the subject of Math. The PARCC Field Test will also be given to over one million students across PARCC states. As stated in the PARCC Test Coordinator Manual, information from these field tests will be “used for scoring and scaling studies, other research studies, and for constructing operational test forms. The Field Test will produce no results for individuals, schools, or Local Education Agencies.” The PARCC test will be given in the subjects of language arts and mathematics to all 3rd – 8th grade students beginning in Spring 2015. The NJASK will continue to administer the science portion of the test to grades 4 and 8 in Spring 2015.
Please visit our Assessments Link on the left-hand side of our webpage for more information on the PARCC test.
In the spring of 2013 the Fair Haven Public School District was designated as a “high performing” district from the results of NJ Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC). Under QSAC, public school districts are evaluated in five key component areas of school district effectiveness - instruction and program, fiscal management, governance, operations, and personnel. To view a copy of the Commissioner’s Letter, please click here.
News from the Superintendent:
Greetings and Welcome to March! With only a few weeks to go until the official start of Spring, I’d like to thank our school community members for your understanding and support during this challenging winter season filled with unanticipated snow days, delayed openings and even an early dismissal. Kudos to our custodial and maintenance team for their work in having our campuses and facilities in safe and operational order so that we could have our schools in session during those snowy, icy and frigid school days.
School Calendar Update As a result of our fourth snow day used on February 13th, we have now extended our school year to June 20th. Graduation is still scheduled for June 18th, now a full-day of school. An updated calendar can be found on our site above.
Superintendent’s Community Chats Last month I began the first of many informal meetings with our school community. This month they will continue, with two sessions on Wednesday the 19th, one at 7 a.m. and the other at 7 p.m. Our chat will focus on the placement process for students entering grades one through five. Both sessions will be in the Knollwood APR and shall last no more than 45-minutes.
Kudos to our 6th through 8th Grade Performing Arts Troupe On Thursday, February 27th a packed house of our school community members was treated to an amazing performance of “Wonderland”. Thank you to co-directors Mrs. Hawkins and Illiano, Music Director Mr. Mottern, Tech Director Mrs. Levy, Set Director Mr. Zupko and last but not least, the cast and crew for their commitment to this year’s musical performance. Best wishes to our 8th graders on their continued involvement in the arts at the high school level. Thank you for your passion and efforts during your years at Knollwood.
Website We continue to update our site to offer our community lots of valuable information. Please visit it periodically.
2014 Parent-Teacher Conference Feedback (pdf)
An Update for our Fair Haven School Community (pdf)
Sources Used for Delays, Closings & Early Dismissals (pdf)
Letter to Parents, Change to School Calendar (pdf)
Jan. 1, 2014 - Honeywell Alert System (Parents) (pdf)
FHSD Press Release - Mary Ann Kampfe (pdf)
Fair Haven Schools Appoint Press Release Writer
District Anti-Bullying Specialists
Sickles Anti-Bullying Specialist: Kristen Burghart, 732-741-6151/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knollwood Anti-Bullying Specialist: Pamela Greenhall, 732-747-0320/ email@example.com.
District Anti-Bullying Coordinator: Marion Carolan, 732-747-0320/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Budget Newsletter 2013-2014 (pdf)
User Friendly Budget 2013-2014 (pdf)
Fair Haven Again Named as Model Program for World Language Instruction
The Fair Haven School District once again has been named by the State Department of Education as having a Model Program for World Language Instruction. The 2012-14 model program award was based upon a submitted written application, a full-day site visit to Sickles and Knollwood, and interviews with administrators, teachers, parents and students. As a model district, our schools will serve as a resource for other districts in the state and will enable educators to witness firsthand exemplary practices in world language instruction and assessment. Only a handful of districts statewide qualify for model program status so we are very proud of this achievement. Congratulations to our incredible world language staff and for Mrs. Spears who spearheaded this initiative.
Support for Families from the New Jersey Department of Education
As parents or guardians, you want nothing more than an excellent education for your children. At the NJ Department of Education, we want nothing more than to help you achieve this!
We have created a family-focused web site at www.NJFamilies.com with resources to help you support your child’s education, and navigate your school system. We have also opened a “Help Desk” which can be reached through the parent menu option of our toll-free number: 877-900- 6960.
Let’s work together for the good of our children. Please sign up for our mailing list on our web site at http://families.nj.gov/. We look forward to helping you help your children.
Absence Reporting Phone Numbers
To report absences call: Knollwood 732-559-0007 or Sickles 732-559-0008
The mission of the Fair Haven School District, a small caring community that values education, is to provide students with a broad academic foundation based on the New Jersey and Common Core State Standards, to nurture their talents and abilities, and to inspire them to become life-long learners.
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