News and Information about the New Providence School DistrictOCTOBER 2011
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Here's What's Happening in Our Schools
(click the links to read more)…AWR recently held its first PRIDE Days, as part of their Character Education program that focuses on teamwork, respect and responsibility. Each class was paired with a “buddy class” with 1st grades paired with 4th grades, 2nd grades paired with 5th grades and 3rd grades paired with 6th grades. Kindergarten and Pre-K classes also worked together. Prior to PRIDE Day, buddy classes met to discuss, role play, and plan what good teamwork looked like.The band performed in a variety of United States Scholastic Band Association regional competitions this month including at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford and Somerville High School. Their efforts produced a variety of awards.Fifth graders at Salt Brook school recently "walked" a simulated predetermined route from Town Hall in New Providence to Independence Hall in Philadelphia and completed a variety of mathematical computations along the way as part of Disabilities Awareness Month.Teachers at the elementary schools are continuing to develop and enhance lessons through the use of technology. This trend has been building for several years, starting with the use of laptops, educational software, and SMART boards and now entering a new phase that incorporates tablets and an increased focus on content creation.
Did you know the New Providence School Districtwebsite contains links to the school calendar, upcoming events, photo galleries and information about everything happening at NPHS, NP Middle School, Roberts, and Salt Brook? Take a look today!New Providence Middle School has received the distinguished award of being chosen a Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS) Model School by the New Jersey Department of Education–Office of Special Education. As part of this award NPMS recently hosted a group of Administrators from Dutch schools in the Netherlands.This fall over 25 different workshops have been offered to the teachers, instructional aides, custodians and support staff. The workshops have included new teacher orientation, Mathematics and Readers Workshop programs for all 1-6 grade levels, various departmental workshops and opportunities for collaborating subject area and special education teachers to work together on instructional process.New Providence Middle School kicked off Red Ribbon Week with a visit from the Union County K9 Unit, and the annual "stay off drugs" dance organised by the the NPMS Peer Leaders.New Providence High School students have been working hard to prepare for ‘Spirit Week'. The annual event involves all of the school's classes, who exhibit their school spirit by wearing class t-shirts, decorating the school building, and creating spirit posters.Keep the Date!(Check this space for events happening throughout the school year.)November 1: District-wide Finger Prints on File – click herefor more information and detailsNovember 5: New Providence Education Foundation “Casino Royale” -- 7:00pm – New Providence Senior CenterSuperintendent Forum Dates:Dr. Miceli will address the following topics. All meetings are open to the public and will be held in the High School/ Middle School Media Center from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.November 29, 2011: Curriculum and TechnologyJanuary 31, 2012: Facilities and BudgetMarch 21, 2012: BudgetShare the Our Schools newsletter on Facebook or Twitter or forward to a friend!