2015-2016 New Jersey School Performance Reports
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) presents the 2015-16 School Performance Reports. These reports are designed to inform parents, educators and communities about how well a school is performing and preparing its students for college and careers. In particular, the School Performance Reports seek to:
Focus attention on metrics that are indicative of college and career readiness.
Benchmark a school's performance against other schools that are educating similar students, against district and state-wide outcomes, and against state targets to illuminate and build upon a school's strengths and identify areas for improvement.
Improve educational outcomes for students by providing both longitudinal and growth data so that progress can be measured as part of an individual school's efforts to engage in continuous improvement.
While the New Jersey School Performance Reports seek to bring more information to educators and stakeholders about the performance of schools, they do not seek to distill the performance of schools into a single metric, a single score, or a simplified conclusion. Instead, the intention is that educators and stakeholders will engage in meaningful conversations about the full range of the data presented. While the School Performance Reports bring attention to important student outcomes, the NJDOE does not collect data about other essential elements of a school, such as the provision of opportunities to participate and excel in extracurricular activities; the development of non-cognitive skills; the pervasiveness of a positive school culture or climate; or the attainment of other employability and technical skills, as many of these data are beyond both the capacity and resources of schools to measure.
Dear LMS Parent Community,
The weather seems to be leaning more toward Spring these days, and recess is right around the corner. LMS has been buzzing with many activities. PARCC testing is in full swing, and has been a very smooth administration again this year. The past few weeks have also brought fun and exciting activities to LMS including the 6th grade Science Fair, our Earth Day Expo, the annual HASA International Pot Luck Dinner, and this year’s Drama Club performance of Dorothy in Wonderland.
When we return from the Spring Recess, Mrs. Davis and I will be looking ahead to next year’s scheduling. With that comes the opportunity for students to apply for Portfolio placement in Language Arts, Science, and/or Social Studies. Attached to this email you will find the necessary application documents, including my letter which describes in detail the eligibility requirements, process steps, and submission deadlines. Please read the letter carefully and talk with your child about their academic goals before deciding to have them submit an application. If you have any questions regarding the program or the process please feel free to contact me or Mrs. Davis.
Enjoy the Spring Recess. Whether you are traveling or staying closer to home, I wish you all a fun and restful time with friends and family.
Mr. David Saco
Leonia Middle School
Letter From the Principal
Dear LMS Parent Community,
Welcome to November at LMS. Spirit Week was a great success again this year. I have a few updates to share with you.
LMS Photo Day
Yesterday students received their Picture Day photos in homeroom. Please remember that the Make-up/Retake Photo Day is scheduled for Monday, November 14. If you are interested in having your child sit for a make-up or re-tale photo, and you would like to place an order, please follow the instructions listed in one of the following scenarios.
If your child was absent or missed taking their photo on the October 7, you may use the attached order form. If you wish to order a photo package, have your child bring a complete order form to the photographer on November 14.
If your child took a photo on the October 7, but you are unhappy with the package you received, you do not need to complete a new order form. Your child may return to package you are unhappy with to the photographer on November 14 and sit for their re-take photo. BNL will fulfill re-take orders once they have received the unwanted photo package.
If you did not place an initial photo order, but are happy with the photo your child took on October 7 and would now like to order a photo package, you may complete the attached form and have your child bring it to the photographer on November 14. Your child will not need to sit for another photo in this case.
Please remember that all Leonia schools will be closed on November 10 and 11.
Next HASA Meeting
Save the date. The next LMS Home and School meeting is scheduled for November 14 at 7:30. Please join us. I will Eblast additional information to you next week.
Welcome Back President Ilves!
Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, visits Leonia Middle School.
President Ilves graduated Valedictorian - Class of 1972 at the original LHS,
which is now Leonia Middle School.
Greetings Parents, Guardians, Students and Community Members:
On behalf of the Board of Education, our Administrators, Faculty and Staff, I welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. May your child have much success in their new grade level and may you find a true partnership with the Leonia Public Schools. We look forward to welcoming you on those first few days and hope that you will stop in to say hello, as well.
For your read, The Bergen County Association of School Administrators has published a welcome letter that I thought would be of interest. Enjoy the helpful hints for a successful school year. Most of all………welcome back!
Joanne Megargee, Superintendent
The Bergen County Association of School Administrators, comprised of school superintendents and other central office personnel, looks forward to welcoming Bergen County’s 162,000 students back to our schools for another year of learning and growth. We delight in our work with your children and families, and with excitement and enthusiasm pass along the following guidance as we stand on the cusp of another school year.
- A New Year is a Fresh Year
Entering the next grade level offers your child the opportunity to have a fresh start. Use this wisely. Before the school year begins, speak with your child about the successes and struggles of last year, and how this year can be used to make steady and upward improvement. Perhaps a change in study patterns, attending extra help, or more support at home is necessary.
- First Things First
Bergen County’s schools offer many exciting opportunities and activities for their students, and while there is strong social/emotional growth that takes place during school, it is important to remember that our schools are primarily academic institutions. It is essential that you help to support the academic growth of your child by consistently and clearly expecting them to dedicate time to their studies. There is no greater thing that you can do to help prepare your child for their future.
- Hard Work Above All
There is simply no replacement for hard work. Emphasize to your child that time dedicated to their studies, attention to school work, and effort will be the deciding factor between success and failure.
- An Involved Child is a Successful Student
Research shows that the most highly engaged, successful and satisfied students are those that play a role in the life of the school beyond their classroom studies. Encourage your child to join school clubs or sports teams, volunteer, and be a part of the life of their school. You can set this example by joining your school’s Home & School Organization, attending school functions, and showing your child what positive and helpful participation looks like.
- Strive for Balance
Help your child find the appropriate middle ground between taking their studies seriously enough, but not so much that there is a negative impact on their health and wellness. There have been increasing reports of students experiencing high levels of stress due to seemingly unending deadlines and expectations. Using time wisely, not taking on too much outside of school, and finding time to relax are all essential. Keep an eye on your child, and continue to strive for that middle ground.
- You Set the Greatest Example
As important and vital schools and teachers are in the life of your child, remember that you are your child’s first and most influential teacher. Your words, attitude and actions set your child’s tone and attitude, and it is essential that you support your child’s school experience. Set an example by working closely with teachers, be involved in the life of the school, and continue to remind your child that a strong education is the best ‘insurance policy’ that one can have in an unpredictable world.
We look forward to a great 2016 - 2017 school year, and wish our students, families, and communities all the best.
The Bergen County Association of School Administrators