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					                                       Montclair School District

                     Middle School Registration Packet
                               2011 – 2012
You can fill out the application form on page 8 of this packet by typing in your information online,
then printing out THREE COPIES of the completed form. Remember to sign each of the printed
copies. You may also print out three copies of the form, and fill each of them in by hand. You
only need one copy of supporting material and other forms.

Whichever method you choose, you must deliver the THREE COPIES of the completed
application form, signed where necessary, BY HAND, to the District Office at 22 Valley Road.
They may NOT be mailed, but must be brought in with all necessary supporting documents (only
one copy of each is necessary) specified in the package.

This packet includes:

            Calendar for Open Houses, School Visits, and Registration .................... 2

            Registration Materials

            Checklist for Items to Bring to Registration.............................................. 4
            Details of Registration Requirements ....................................................... 5
            Middle School Registration Form ............................................................ 9
            Media Permission Form ......................................................................... 10
            Internet Permission Form ....................................................................... 11

            Other Useful Material

            Middle School Summary......................................................................... 12
                  Glenfield Middle School ................................................................ 13
                  Mount Hebron Middle School....................................................... 14
                 Renaissance Middle School at Rand ............................................. 18
            Feeder System ........................................................................................ 21
            Transportation FAQs ............................................................................... 22
            Transportation Eligibility ......................................................................... 23
            Map of Montclair Schools ....................................................................... 24
            PTA Guide to Navigating the School Selection Process ........................ 25
            Quick Guide to Navigating Through the School System ........................ 29


Please review before Open House week the 25-minute video presentation, “Our Schools, Our
Town,” on the district website by going to http://www.montclair.k12.nj.us, and selecting
Parents/PTA in the left navigation bar.
                                                                   Middle School Registration packet/page 2



                 Middle School Open House and Registration Schedule
                                     2011-2012

Before Open House Week:

    •   Please review the 25 minute video presentation, “Our Schools, Our Town,” on the district
        website (click on “Parents/PTA”), or go to http://www.montclairpta.org, to get an overview of
        Montclair’s successful magnet school system, its history and purpose.

During Open House Week:

    •   Your 5th grader is welcome to come along!

    •   If you cannot attend either the morning or evening “Principal Presentation,” parent volunteers
        are prepared to provide you with information about each school as they give you a tour of the
        school during the other time periods/days.


Dates                 Glenfield                     Mount Hebron                 Renaissance at Rand
                      25 Maple Avenue               173 Bellevue Avenue          176 N. Fullerton Ave.
                      973-509-4172                  973-509-4220                 973-509-5741
Mon., Mar. 7, 2011    7:30 – 10 am (Principal       8:30-10:30 am (tours)        9-11 am (tours)
                      Presentation and tours)
                      7-9 pm (no tours; Principal
                      Presentation only)
Tues., Mar. 8, 2011   8:30-10:30 am (tours)         8:30-10:30 am (tours)        8-10 am (Principal
                                                                                 Presentation and tours)
                                                                                 7-9 pm (no tours;
                                                                                 Principal Presentation
                                                                                 only)
Wed., Mar. 9, 2011    8:30-10:30 am (tours)         8:00-10:30 am (Principal     9-11 am (tours)
                                                    Presentation and tours)
                                                    7-8 pm (no tours;
                                                    Principal Presentation
                                                    only)
Thu., Mar. 10, 2011   8:30-10:30 am (tours)         8:30-10:30 am (tours)        9-11 am (tours)


For students already in the district:

    •   If you would like your child to attend the middle school “feeder school” of his/her elementary
        school, you DO NOT need to submit any forms.

    •   If you would like your child to attend a middle school other than the feeder pattern described on
        page 18, you need to file a Freedom of Choice application, available at Central Office, 22 Valley
        Road, during March and April.

    Note: Freedom of Choice Requests do not guarantee placement. Freedom of Choice selection
    is based on a “random assignment, computerized program system” in accordance with the
    District’s Freedom of Choice (School Selection and Assignment) policy (P-5117), and space
    availability.

For new students transferring into the district: complete the registration application described in
these pages.
                                                                  Middle School Registration packet/page 3




          MIDDLE SCHOOL REGISTRATION SCHEDULE FOR 2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR
 (All forms can be picked up at the Montclair Board of Education, 22 Valley Road, Montclair. The
         completed forms should be returned to the Montclair Board of Education office.)

March 1       Freedom of Choice Request forms available to in-district middle school students

April 1       Deadline for submission of Freedom of Choice Request forms from in-district middle
              school students

April 1       Registration Applications available for new middle school students transferring into
              district

April 25-28   Registration for new students (transferring or starting in district),
                      Grades K-8, 1 pm – 8:00 pm, Mon. – Thurs., BOE, 22 Valley Road

April 29      Registration for new students (transferring into or starting in district)
                      Grades K-8, 1 pm – 5 pm, Mon. – Thurs., BOE, 22 Valley Road

May 3         Notification to parents about Grade 6-8 Placement (in-district Freedom of Choice and
              New Students)
                                                            Middle School Registration packet/page 4



                Document Checklist
    for Registering Kindergarten and Elementary (Grades 1-5) Students

Below, you MUST bring the documents in items 1-5 to Registration. Your child
will NOT be registered without them.


1           Registration Form (page 4 of this packet.) Make and bring three (3)
            copies. Note: This is the only document that requires 3 copies.


2           Child’s birth certificate or its equivalent (i.e. passport).




3           Any one (1) of the proofs of residence described in Group A on page 4
            of this packet.


4           Any three (3) of the documents described in Group B on page 4 of this
            packet.


5           Proof of immunization, as described on page 5.
            Note: Medical or religious exemptions are described on page 5.



Please also bring these two signed documents (6 and 7)


6           Print and television permission form




7           Website and internet permission form




ONLY for students transferring from schools outside Montclair


8           Copy of most recent report card and most recent standardized test
            results.
                                                                         Middle School Registration packet/page 5



                     Enrollment Registration Requirements

Proof of Age
A birth certificate or passport must be presented at the time of registration.

Proof of Residence
Group A: All persons coming to register children must bring four proofs of residency. The
registration process will not be initiated without ALL of the required documentation. Verification
of a child's residency requires the presentation of one of the following documents with a
Montclair address:

    1. Homeowner - Montclair real estate tax bill, mortgage statement, or signed Contract of
       Purchase.
    2. Tenant - Lease; if residing as a tenant without a lease, a signed, notarized Sworn
       Statement of Tenancy (Affidavit) completed by the landlord.
    3. Child is Domiciled with Montclair Resident Other than Parent - Affidavit Form A
       executed by Montclair resident and Affidavit Form B executed by parent or guardian.
    4. Child and Parent Living with Montclair Resident - Signed, notarized Sworn Statement
       of Residency (Affidavit) completed by the Montclair resident and parent or guardian.
    5. Child Placed in Montclair by Court - Court order placing child in home of Montclair
       resident.
    6. Child Placed in Montclair by Child Welfare Agency - Document of child welfare
       agency ordering that child be placed in home of Montclair resident.

Group B: In addition, any three of the following documents containing a Montclair address must
be presented:

    1.    Driver's license, vehicle registration and auto insurance card;
    2.    Current utility bill;
    3.    Current cable television bill;
    4.    Current credit card bill;
    5.    Written statement from realtor stating parent/guardian has signed a contract to
          purchase or rent in Montclair;
    6.    Official mail (bank statement, government correspondence: Internal Revenue, Division of
          Taxation, Social Security Administration);
    7.    Public assistance documents A.F.D.C. (Aid For Dependent Children) and W.I.C.
          (Women, Infants and Children);
    8.    Income tax return;
    9.    Voter registration card/records;
    10.   Unemployment benefit verification;
    11.   Recent paycheck/stub;
    12.   Documents to support Affidavit Forms A and B.



Transfer Students
Students transferring from schools outside of Montclair must provide a copy of their most recent
report card and most recent standardized test results (where applicable).
                                                                           Middle School Registration packet/page 6



Proof of Immunization: Documents Accepted as Evidence of Immunization
The following documents will be accepted as evidence of a pupil's immunization history
provided that the individual immunizations and the date when each immunization was
administered is listed:

    1. An official school record from any school indicating compliance with the immunization
       requirements listed below.

    2. A record from any public health department indicating compliance with the immunization
       requirements listed below.

    3. A certificate signed by a physician licensed to practice medicine, osteopathy, or a
       certified nurse practitioner in any jurisdiction in the United States indicating compliance
       with the immunization requirements listed below.



Diphtheria & Tetanus Toxoids & Pertussis DPT Vaccine
Every pupil less than seven years of age, a minimum of 4 doses DPT required. One dose must
be administered on or after 4th birthday. Any child with a total of 5 doses will also be in
compliance with this regulation.

Children born after Janiary 1, 1997 are required to have a booster of diphtheria, tetanus and
pertussis within one month following their 11th birthday.



Polio Virus Vaccine
Every pupil less than 7 years of age, a minimum of three doses of oral polio vaccine or (OPV or
IPV) is required provided one dose is given on or after 4th birthday. Alternatively, a pupil with any
four doses of polio vaccine spaced by a minimum of at least one month (28 days) will be in
compliance with this regulation.



MMR — Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine or 1 Mumps, 1 Rubella and 2 Measles
Two doses of a measles-containing vaccine given after the first birthday, (MMR), will be required
of all children born on or after January 1, 1990. Two doses of measles-containing vaccine must
be separated by an interval of at least one month (28 days).



Hepatitis B Vaccine
All students are required to have documentation of three doses of Hepatitis B.



Varicella
All children entering grades K-8 in September 2011,born on or after January 1, 1998, must have
one dose of varicella vaccination given on or after first birthday or official proof of disease from a
physician or nurse practitioner.
                                                                         Middle School Registration packet/page 7



Meningococcal Vaccine
Every pupil born after January 1, 1997 must have one dose of meningococcal vaccine within one
month following their 11th birthday.



Medical Exemptions
A medical exemption is acceptable from a licensed M.D. or D.O. or Certified Nurse Practitioner
or PA. Medical exemptions must be submitted and reviewed annually. A medical exemption
is acceptable if it is based upon a valid medical contradiction according to the American
Academy of Pediatrics standards.



Religious Exemptions
A parent/guardian may request a religious exemption by submitting a written statement to the
school, which explains how the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with the
pupil's exercise of religious tenets and practices. These letters will be reviewed by the
Montclair Board of Education. New Jersey legislation does not recognize philosophical or moral
objections as reasons for securing a religious exemption.



Required Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Testing
The Mantoux intradermal test using 5 TU of stabilized PPD tuberculin shall be used exclusively
for the test of all individuals targeted for testing by these recommendations.

The following tuberculin skin testing requirements apply to ALL school districts:

    1. Students born in a country that is not listed below and entering school in the U.S. for the
       first time, regardless of age or grade.

    2. Students transferring into the New HJersey school system directly from a country not
       listed below, regardless of age, grade or country of birth.

Exceptions for both groups of students listed above:

Entering at grades K through 5: Tuberculin skin testing is not required if the student has
documentation of a Mantoux tuberculin skin test at the age of four years or older, regardless of the
result of that skin test.

Entering at grades 6 through 12: Tuberculin skin testing is not required if the student has
documentation of a negative Mantoux tuberculin skin test in the last six months or a positive skin
test, with a documented negative chest x-ray, regardless when this test was done.

Tuberculin skin testing is not required if the student has attended school in another state prior to
entering the New Jersey school system.

Any student with parents claiming religious exemption cannot be compelled to submit to tuberculin
skin testing. In these instances, a symptom assessment must be done. If TB-like symptoms are
reported, a physician must document that the student does not have active disease. Each school
                                                                         Middle School Registration packet/page 8



district is responsible for determining the criteria essential to document a valid religious exemption.
Appropriate forms are available in the office of each district school nurse.




 Antigua &Barbuda     Cuba               Iceland             Monaco               Sweden
 Antilles             Cyprus             Ireland             Montserrat           Switzerland
 Australia            Czech Republic     Israel              Netherlands          Trinidad &Tobago
 Austria              Denmark            Italy               New Zealand          U.K.
 Barbados             Finland            Jamaica             Norway               U.S.
 Belgium              France             Jordan              Oman                 U.S. Virgin Isl.
 Bermuda              Germany            Lebanon             Puerto Rico
 Canada               Greenland          Luxembourg          Saint Kitts /Nevis
 Cayman Islands       Grenada            Malta               San Marino

Notify the school nurse at registration if your child has Food Allergies/Asthma/EPI-Pen or other
health issues.

Reminder: The registration process will not be initiated without ALL of the required documentation.
                        Montclair Public Schools Middle School Registration                                                                 Application Date _________________

                        IMPORTANT: This registration application cannot be processed until the parent/guardian has met with the
                        registrar/central office staff member to verify ORIGINAL residency documents, birth certificate/passport and
                        immunization records. You must bring THREE (3) COPIES of this completed application when you come to register
                        your child/children. Applications mailed to the Board of Education will NOT be accepted.

Student Information
    Amer. Indian/Alaskan. Native                 Asian           Black/African-American            Hispanic            Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander                White
Last Name                                                          First Name                                     MI                            Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch
                                                                                                                                          Sex         F        M
Street Address                                                                                                    Zip Code                Ward        Home Phone

Email                                                                    Date of Birth (mm/dd/yy)                 City of Birth                       State of Birth     Country of Birth

Last School Student Attended                                             School Address                                                               Grade Completed


Health Insurance:            Yes           No                            Health Issues:           Asthma          EPI Pen             Food Allergy              Other
   Father         Parent            Guardian (select one)
Name                                                                                                                              Email
Mailing Address (if different from Student Address)                                                                               Home Phone
                                                                                                                                  Business Phone
Legal Guardian         Yes            No                  Did you attend a Montclair school?          Yes        No               Cell Phone

   Mother           Parent           Guardian (select one)
Name                                                                                                                              Email
Mailing Address (if different from Student Address)                                                                               Home Phone
                                                                                                                                  Business Phone
Legal Guardian         Yes            No                  Did you attend a Montclair school?          Yes        No               Cell Phone
Person to be Notified in Event of an Emergency Other Than Parent/Guardian
Name                                                                                          Phone

Children in Family (List oldest first, and include applicant)
  Name                                                                                Sex     Birth Date         School                              Grade




Grade entered:                     Special Programs:          Special Education       English Language Learner        Native Language:
School Preference (Rank your preference in the boxes below from 1-3. Students without complete ranking information may be placed by Central Office)
Glenfield                                                          Mount Hebron                                                   Renaissance at Rand


I certify that all the information on this application is true and understand that school officials may verify the information.


Signature of Parent/Guardian _________________________________________________________________________________________________


FOR CENTRAL OFFICE USE ONLY                     Zone      A          B            C    School Assignment
                                                Residency Verification                 1.                                             2.
                                                                                       3.                                             4.
                                                DOB Verification                            Birth Certificate          Passport



C.O. Official Signature _________________________________________________________________                               Date ____________________________________________
Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                  Rev 3/2/11
                                                                                                     Middle School Packet/page 10


                    MONTCLAIR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
                                                            OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
                                                 22 VALLEY ROAD ~ MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY 07042
                                                                    WWW.MONTCLAIR.K12.NJ.US

                                                                                              FELICE A. HARRISON, Ed.D.
                                                                                                      Assistant to the Superintendent
September, 2011


Dear Parents/Caregivers:

From time to time, members of the news media are invited to the Montclair Public Schools. The
visits may relate to a particular event or to a general educational topic.

We are requesting your permission to release your child’s photograph, name, and/or videotape
for publication/airing during the 2011-2012 school year. This will be used for news or
community interest only. Commercial use is prohibited without specific Board of Education
approval.

Please note that this request pertains only to print, television and other media. It does NOT
include the Internet.

If you have any questions, please contact me at the number indicated above. Thank you for
your cooperation.

Sincerely,


Felice A. Harrison, Ed.D.
Assistant to the Superintendent

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                   MEDIA (OTHER THAN INTERNET) PERMISSION FORM

Student’s Name: _____________________________________________________________________

School: ______________________________________________________ Grade: _______________

Please check one:

                   I hereby give my permission for the Montclair Public Schools to release
                   photographs, videotapes, and/or the name of my child to the media. I
                   understand this will not be used for commercial purposes.

                   I do not want my child’s photograph, name or videotape used.


___________________________________________________                                             ___________________
Signature of Parent/Caregiver or Student if over 18 years old                                        Date

          Telephone: 973.509.4015 ~ Fax: 973.509.6405~ E-mail: fharrison@montclair.k12.nj.us
                                                                            Middle School Registration packet/page 11




                 MONTCLAIR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
                                                    OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
                                           22 VALLEY ROAD ~ MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY 07042
                                                              WWW.MONTCLAIR.K12.NJ.US

                                                                                 FELICE A. HARRISON, Ed.D.
                                                                                         Assistant to the Superintendent


                              Website/Internet Consent Form
We are sending you this Parental/Guardian Consent Form to both inform you and to request permission
for your child’s photo/image and personally identifiable information to be published on the district and/or
school’s web site.

As you are aware, there are potential dangers associated with the posting of personally
identifiable information on a web site since global access to the Internet does not allow us to
control who may access such information. These dangers have always existed; however, we as
schools do want to celebrate your child and his/her work. The law requires that we ask for your
permission to use information about your child.

Pursuant to law, we will not release any personally identifiable information without prior written consent
from you as parent or guardian. Personally identifiable information includes student names, photo or
image, residential addresses, e-mail address, phone numbers and locations and times of class trips.

If you, as the parent or guardian, wish to rescind this agreement, you may do so at any time in writing by
sending a letter to the principal of your child’s school and such rescission will take effect upon receipt by
the school.

Check one of the following choices:

        I/We GRANT permission for a photo/image that includes this student without any other personal
        identifiers to be published on the school and/or district’s public Internet site.

        I/We GRANT permission for this student’s photo/image and name to be published on the school
        and/or district’s public Internet site.

        I/We GRANT permission for this student’s photo/image and all other personal identifiers listed
        above to be published on the school and/or district’s public Internet site.

        I/We DO NOT GRANT permission for photo/image that includes this student to be published on
        the school and or district’s public Internet site.


Student’s Name: (please print) ________________________________________________________________

Student’s School: __________________________________________________________Grade: ____________

Print Name of Parent/Guardian: (print) ___________________________________________________________

Signature of Parent/Guardian: (sign) _____________________________________________________________

Relation to Student: ___________________________________________________________________________

Date: ___________________________________________


             Telephone: 973.509.4015 ~ Fax: 973.509.6405~ E-mail: fharrison@montclair.k12.nj.us
                                                                         Middle School Registration Package/page 12


                             MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMARY GUIDE

Glenfield Middle School
Grades 6 – 8                    Theme: Gifted and Talented/Visual and      Dr. Alex Anemone, Principal
25 Maple Avenue                 Performing Arts
Montclair, NJ 07042
973-509-4171                    Hours: 7:50 AM to 2:09 PM
                                                                           School Size: 685
                                Early Dismissal: 12:40 PM

Glenfield’s rigorous academic program is coupled with a rich selection of elective opportunities.
Students may immerse themselves in the many aspects of dance, instrumental or vocal music,
computer programming and technology, drama, pottery, jewelry-making or photo essay, to name a few.
World language is a basic subject, and students choose Spanish, French, or Mandarin Chinese to
study. The school offers students the opportunity to explore and search for ways to become better
communicators and problem-solvers.


Mount Hebron Middle
School                          Theme: The STEM magnet; Science,          Mr. Guy Whitlock, Principal
Grades 6 – 8                    Technology, Engineering and Math
173 Bellevue Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043             Hours: 7:50 AM to 2:09 PM                 School Size: 581
973-509-4220                    Early Dismissal: 12:40 PM


Mount Hebron provides a thorough academic, artistic, physical, and technological education for
students. The program emphasizes achievement, exploration, skill mastery, and critical thinking. Special
features of Mt. Hebron include a newly constructed greenhouse, a Forensic Club, a Science &
Technology Exposition, and Project Success where science and math programs are culturally infused
for gifted students. World language is offered in French and Spanish.


Renaissance School at
Rand                            Theme: Liberal Arts                        Mr. Charles R. Miller,
Grades 6 – 8                    Hours:                                     Principal
176 North Fullerton Avenue      8:20 AM to 4:05 PM (Mon–Thu)
Montclair, NJ 07042             8:20 AM to 2:35 PM (Fri.)
973-509-5741                    Early Dismissal: 1:10 PM                   School Size: 252

At the heart of the Renaissance School are students and faculty who investigate ideas through an
interdisciplinary thematic curriculum. The thematic approach centers on essential questions that
provide the discipline to exceed state and school district standards. Structure is based on commitment
to maximum use of instructional time. The school implements an extended day schedule incorporating
on-going collaborative seminars with cross-disciplined reading work. The school makes full use of
community resources including classes at the Montclair Art Museum and access to the Montclair Public
Library. We use specialized instructors from other schools in the district. In keeping with the philosophy
of the classroom with few walls, the thematic units include field study and investigation.
                                                                           Middle School Registration packet/page 13


                             GLENFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL
                             Dr. Alexander Anemone, Principal
                            Mrs. Cenithia Bilal, Assistant Principal
                                      25 Maple Avenue
                                    Montclair, NJ 07042
                                        973-509-4171

                                        Grades 6-8
                    Theme: Gifted & Talented/Visual and Performing Arts

                                  Hours: 7:50 a.m. – 2:09 p.m.
                                  Early Dismissal: 12:40 p.m.

Community, curriculum, coherence, climate and character are the building blocks at Glenfield Middle
School. Our students truly have choices; real options that promote excellence in living, as well as
learning. Glenfield Middle School reflects the energy, sense of possibility and engagement that define
the adolescents we serve.

Students are assigned to one of 7 houses. Within the house structure, a sense of family is promulgated
as people connect to create community. The value of “family” is affirmed, and students are supported by
a team of teachers who encourage them to unfold the mysteries of life through language arts,
mathematics, science, social studies and world language. In addition, through our aesthetic electives,
youngsters create, shape and express themselves through a rich variety of artistic experiences in paint,
sound, language, body movement, clay, voice and film.

Students and staff are energized and broadened as they create opportunities to sing, to say, to inscribe,
to render, to show, to actualize something new to the world. Through an extensive elective program and
interdisciplinary areas, Glenfield students experience what is demanded by artistry; they understand
what excellence implies and become acquainted with more than their visible or audible products or
achievements. Glenfield’s program unfolds the process, the craft, the self-reflection, the rehearsing, the
remaking and doubting into that which is referred to as excellence.

Glenfield Middle School is a purposeful learning community with a clear and vital mission; students have
more to discover, limits to be broken through, horizons to be reached and untapped possibilities to
explore. Through a multitude of experiences, our students make sense of their lives cognitively,
perceptually, imaginatively and effectively. Glenfield Middle School celebrates the individual child,
affirms the right of every youngster to a quality education and upholds academic standards for all.

Technology in both the “lab” concept and as part of the disciplines enriches all our students. World
Language is a new basic subject introduced to all students. Academic success is the cornerstone of our
foundation. The enrichment that overlays this strata adds meaning and purpose to our school. Our
mission statement reads, “We believe that every student can learn and achieve in a stress free, safe, and
secure environment, which is both nurturing and challenging”.
                                                                             Middle School Registration packet/page 14



                              MOUNT HEBRON MIDDLE SCHOOL
                                       Mr. Guy Whitlock, Principal
                                Mrs. Victoria Skopak, Assistant Principal
                                          173 Bellevue Avenue
                                          Montclair, NJ 07043
                                              973-509-4220

                                             Grade: 6-8
                                           Theme: S.T.E.M.
                           (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

                                       Hours: 7:50 a.m. – 2:09 p.m.
                                       Early Dismissal: 12:40 p.m.

Mount Hebron Middle School is dedicated to providing a thorough and vigorous academic education for
all of our students. Collaborative learning, technological integration and strong parental support are at
the heart of Mount Hebron Middle School’s success. Opportunities to reflect on current moral and
ethical issues, while affirming personal cultural identity, offer the young adolescent the ability to develop
emotional maturity and respect. Our school provides an opportunity for exploration, using guided and
self-directed methods, to ensure skill mastery and a lifelong love of learning. At Mount Hebron, students
learn to think critically, and to care and respect themselves, each other, and the world around them.



MAGNET THEME
Mount Hebron Middle School’s magnet theme is S.T.E.M. Magnet. (Science, Technology, Engineering,
Math). The school is fully equipped with science labs and computers. Students access information,
apply technologies to solve real world problems and connect with people and ideas from around the
world. Technology is an integral component in all classes as a means to deliver content, as well as, to
provide a vehicle for self-expression.



LEARNING COMMUNITY
Mount Hebron Middle School is a community of students, administrators, teachers, support staff, and
parents who trust, encourage and respect each other. We celebrate every person’s cultural traditions
and history, as well as, their accomplishments in and out of school. Community service is highly
recommended and acknowledged at awards assemblies in June after completing twelve hours of
documented service.

There is frequent communication between home and school. Parents are encouraged to take an active
role in supporting responsible learners. As parents and staff discuss the children’s talents and progress,
the students recognize their personal support system for growth.



SCHOOL ORGANIZATION AND SCHEDULE
In order to provide students with an intimate learning experience, Mount Hebron is divided into five
houses of approximately 120 students. Students stay in the same house for all three years of middle
school, with the same teachers. There are six teachers in the following areas assigned to each house
                                                                             Middle School Registration packet/page 15

and students remain within their house for these subjects: math, science, language arts, social studies,
technology, and physical education. Each house has its own special education teachers.

The day is divided into four 80-minute blocks of time to allow in-depth study of a subject. During the
remaining periods of the student’s schedule, exploratory arts, world languages, developmental skills,
and elective courses are taken according to a student’s interests and needs. Students alternate their
schedule on an A and B day basis, allowing for six basic classes and two electives.



ACADEMIC PROGRAM
The basic component of a student’s daily schedule is comprised of courses in the required areas of
language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, and physical education.

The related arts department includes World Language (Multi-levels of French and Spanish), Band,
Chorus, Reading, Art, Architecture, Digital Art, and Dance.



LANGUAGE ARTS
The Language Arts curriculum is literature based with a selection of novels identified for each grade
level. There is a deliberate inclusion of gender, ethnic, and economic diversity represented in both the
anthologies and trade books used.

Process writing is another essential component of our language arts curriculum. Our students are taught
to demonstrate fluency in all phases of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, revising,
editing, and publishing. Writing is encouraged in all its forms, with creativity and structure stressed
equally.

Speaking, listening, and viewing are embedded in the literature units in the language arts classes.
Speaking confidently and fluently in a variety of situations is an important goal of our language arts
program. In addition, through active listening, students develop critical skills to language arts program.
In addition, through active listening, students develop critical skills to become media-literate children in
our contemporary society.

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, which facilitate fluency in reading, writing, and speaking,
are offered from beginning to advanced levels.



MATHEMATICS
Sixth grade students will cover nine units of the Connected Math Project (CMP 2) curriculum. SAIL
(Students Accelerated In Learning) students who have passed the Fifth Grade Algebra Readiness
Placement Exam will have the opportunity to study the first half of Algebra in sixth grade. Students
needing additional time for instruction will have mathematics every day for 80 minutes instead of every
other day.

Seventh grade students who have made satisfactory progress in the sixth grade will have instruction
every other day. Seventh grade students will cover seven CMP 2 units. Those students who have
demonstrated that they are ready for Algebra will begin taking the first half of Algebra (Algebra A). These
students will have taken an Algebra qualifying assessment, and achieved a grade of “A” in sixth grade.
                                                                           Middle School Registration packet/page 16

Eighth grade students who have achieved an “A” in the accelerated seventh grade program will
complete the second half of Algebra (Algebra B). Exceptional students can elect to take Geometry as an
elective, in addition to Algebra B in grade eight. Students successfully completing this program will
enroll in Algebra II High Honors in the ninth grade at Montclair High School. Students who have made
satisfactory progress in the seventh grade CMP program will have instruction every other day. Those
students needing additional time and support will have instruction every day. It is expected that all
students enrolled in the regular program will enroll in Algebra I or Algebra I/II in the ninth grade at
Montclair High School.



SOCIAL STUDIES
Sixth grade students explore ancient lands from Egypt to Ancient Greece, India, and Rome. They learn
about the world by studying various world cultures, their fascinating histories, governments and
customs.

Seventh and eighth grade students explore United States history in a comprehensive, interactive course
that highlights geography, events, and contributions of important figures. Students will discover many
exciting aspects of American history, including colonization, revolution, and new government expansion,
Civil War, and Reconstruction. Students will re-live moments in our nation’s remarkable history!



SCIENCE
Mount Hebron science teachers believe that the best way to learn is by exploring the world we live in.
Students study concepts and apply them to everyday occurrences. A variety of teaching approaches is
used in the science classroom, such as, discovery, inquiry, constructivism, etc. There are labs and
activities in each class, which focus around the student and promote independent thinking, questioning,
and scientific discovery. Science is meaningful to students when it is applied to real life problems and
situations. Scientific communication and problem solving is developed throughout the middle school
years.

In sixth grade, students are introduced to the fundamentals of science process skills and explore Matter
& Energy, The Changing Earth, and Diversity of Life. The seventh grade students will be investigating
Motion & Forces, the Universe, and Ecology. In eighth grade, students will be studying Chemical
Interactions, The Earth’s Waters, and Cells & Heredity. The greenhouse, built in 2000, has a full time
teacher that works with all classes during each marking period. The students gain a better
understanding of the environment through this resource. Mount Hebron’s scientific community also
brings in experts from the field to share and discuss science with our students.



TECHNOLOGY
Technology as a learning tool and a mode of expression and communication has become a way of life.
Mount Hebron is equipped with eight state-of-the-art Technology Labs as well as computers in every
classroom. A fiber optic backbone supports the technology infrastructure throughout the building,
allowing immediate access to the Internet and global information. Students use technology to become
writers, mathematicians, scientists, and artists in ways that emphasize the construction of knowledge
and its application. Students use effective research techniques to gather their own data, examine,
interpret, evaluate information, and present their findings using multimedia platforms. Students will also
utilize video streaming, design projects to work in real time, investigate the time of technology, and
develop keyboarding skills.
                                                                              Middle School Registration packet/page 17



Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is an important innovative part of the Technology program at Mount
Hebron. PLTW teaches pre-engineering concepts at the middle school level incorporating three units of
study: Computer Assisted Drawing, The Science of Technology, and Automation and Robotics. PLTW is
a precursor to the PLTW program provided at the secondary level at Montclair High School.



HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The Health and Physical Education program is planned to develop the physical, social, and
psychological well being of the middle school students. Each student will receive three semesters of
Physical Education and one semester of Health.

In Physical Education, students will apply concepts that foster lifelong fitness including cooperative
games, team and individual sports, and Adventure Education (climbing wall). The President’s Physical
Fitness Program and Test are an integral part of the school’s Physical Education program. Students are
required to have a combination lock and a set of gym clothes.

In Health, students will learn about healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. Students will investigate the
physiological, social, and mental affects of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, as well as learn human sexuality
and family life.



VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
Classes in visual and performing arts are the arena for students to express themselves creatively, bolster
self-confidence and promote individuality. The arts program is inclusive. All levels of talent from beginner
to advanced are welcome to join visual and performing arts classes. No auditions or portfolios are
required. Students excel at their own rate with the guidance of formal instruction.



WORLD LANGUAGE
Differential instruction allows students to hone speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in the target
language. Textbooks are used in each level of language instruction.

The learners are active participants through multiple modalities such as dramatic skits, singing, drawing,
story writing, journal entries, paired activities, web quests, video and power point presentations to
increase language literacy.

Mount Hebron Middle School participates in many educational activities for middle school students
including Academic Competition at Seton Hall Prep, Model UN, Model Congress, Rogate, Academically
Speaking, Science Olympiad, Chess, SAIL (Students Accelerated In Learning), Book It, Science Expo,
Yearbook, Stage Crew and Theatre Productions.
                                                                          Middle School Registration packet/page 18


                        RENAISSANCE MIDDLE SCHOOL AT RAND
                                    Mr. Charles R. Miller, Principal
                                     176 North Fullerton Avenue
                                         Montclair, NJ 07042
                                            973-509-5741

                                             Grades 6 – 8
                                          Theme: Liberal Arts

                            Hours: 8:20 a.m. – 4:05 p.m. Monday-Thursday
                                      8:20 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. Friday
                                       Early Dismissal: 1:10 p.m.

                    “Where Learning Is Constant and Standards Are Exceeded”



The Renaissance Middle School at Rand's mission is to mold individuals to think critically and
responsibly. Students investigate ideas through an interdisciplinary, thematic curriculum within a small
learning environment. The Renaissance curriculum is inspired by historic rebirth of the arts and sciences.
Recent studies show that students learn more, behave and display more social concern in small learning
environments. As such, our population excels academically and socially. Our small population however,
makes use of an expansive campus as it utilizes a large array of community resources. We consider our
active parent body to be part of this extended learning community.

When you visit Renaissance Middle School at Rand, you will observe:
   • A culture where students work hard (individually and cooperatively) to complete quality,
      intellectual work.
   • Students who are engaged, persistent, confident, and proud of their work.
   • Teachers who connect learning to student lives.
   • Students engaged in tasks designed to exceed meeting district and state standards.
   • Diversity of learning contexts such as changing student groupings and varieties of settings.
   • Learning guided by salient themes; problems, issues or questions.



DISTINGUISHING ASPECTS
Our Renaissance community is composed of a rich diversity of family backgrounds, geographic origins,
achievement histories, talents, needs and strengths. At the heart of Renaissance Middle School at Rand
are students and faculty who investigate ideas through an interdisciplinary, thematic curriculum. The
thematic approach centers on essential questions that provide the discipline to exceed state and school
district standards.

The teachers of the Renaissance Middle School at Rand have crafted an interdisciplinary curriculum that
has at its foundation state standards and tasks that evaluate achievement. Student work is assessed
through portfolios that indicate growth over time. Structure is based on commitment to maximum use of
instructional time. The school implements an extended day schedule. Staff is involved in on-going
collaborative seminars with cross-disciplined reading and planning for student work.

Renaissance maximizes its staff’s creativity and ingenuity by teaching Fitness, Sports and Games,
                                                                           Middle School Registration packet/page 19

Ballet, Tap, Modern Dance, Music, Technology, Song Writing, Anthropology, and Digital Art to name a
few. Furthermore, our students explore French, Spanish, and Latin in sixth grade and then choose what
they want to pursue in seventh and eighth grade. Renaissance enjoys a productive collaboration with
both the Montclair Art Museum and Montclair Public Library. In keeping with the philosophy of the
classroom with "few walls", the thematic units include field study and investigation. These sites vary
from museum visits to outdoor ecological and historical sites. Desktop and laptop computers and a local
area network are integral to the school. Students benefit from wireless internet connectivity throughout
the building.



FRIDAYS AT RENAISSANCE
Departing from the typical Monday through Thursday schedule, Renaissance has created an award
winning Friday enrichment curriculum. The New Jersey School Boards Association, Board of Directors
recognized the Friday Program with the School Leaders Award in 1999 and Renaissance was awarded
the Service Learning Leaders Award in 2001 for innovative service to the community. All students
participate in community service at Renaissance. What makes the Friday schedule special is an
approach that allows students to expand the work they do in the classroom through field trips, the
exploration of enrichment topics, and community service. A sample of classes includes Opera, Drama,
Community Arts, Geometry, and Literary Circles.



ORGANIZATION
Students are organized into four homerooms per grade level. Teachers are part of grade level
instructional teams. The teams provide an optimal student-teacher ratio so that both group and
individual pedagogical techniques can be used. The school operates on an extended day four times a
week which provide 196 additional hours of instructional time during the school year.

The schedule is unique. Block scheduling encourages students to spend extended periods of time
concentrating and working on specific activities. Specifically, students work in the four core
(mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies) areas for 80 minutes twice a week.
Mathematics Workshop and Writing Workshop are further bolstered with two additional forty-minute
periods of instruction two days a week. Regular advisories, DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) and
Community Service complement the extended day schedule.

All students participate in community service.

    •   Social Action Class initiated for all grades; projects included Animal Rights (7th Grade), and
        Human Rights (8th Grade).
    •   Community Service Learning Classes for 6th graders include working on the gardens and
        grounds at Renaissance, Over the Rainbow, Montclair Pre-K, and the Montclair Co-op.
    •   Community Service Learning class for 7th and 8th grade, with student placements at the
        Watchung School, Park Street Academy, Mothers Morning Out, the Animal Shelter, the
        Municipal Building, and the grounds and gardens at Renaissance.
    •   Renaissance students enjoy Dances, Pep Rallies, Spirit Weeks, and Student of the Marking
        Period (STOMP) awards to name a few.
                                                                    Middle School Registration packet/page 20

AWARDS/RECOGNITION

  •   The New Jersey School Boards Association, Board of Directors recognized the Friday Program
      with the School Leaders Award in 1999
  •   Renaissance was awarded the Service Learning Leaders Award in 2001 for innovative service
      to the community
  •   New Jersey Service Learning Leader School Award
  •   Four students published in the 2000 Student Poetry Anthology
  •   Science Olympiad
  •   Mid-Model United Nations Conference
  •   Essex County Teacher Recognition participation
  •   Developmental Disabilities Council Fellowship for Inclusive Education
  •   7th Grade student and Renaissance recognized for Inclusive Education as Governor proclaims
      December 2-6, 2002 Inclusive Education Week
  •   1st Place Academically Speaking
  •   1st Place State of New Jersey Brown vs. Board of Education Essay Contest

SPECIAL EVENTS

  •   Initiation of the Global Learning Peer Mediation Program
  •   ROGATE Program through “We the People”
  •   Science Olympiad, India Day
  •   Drama production written and performed by Renaissance Students
  •   Student of the Marking Period (STOMP) each quarter
  •   Renaissance Performance Ensembles: Glee Club, Rock Band, Jazz Band, Chorus
  •   Partnership with Montclair Art Museum, Art Shows, Student Museums
  •   Spring Fair, Science Fair, Sixth Grade Expo
  •   Renaissance Fair, Robotics, Model Congress, Model UN.
                                                                                Middle School Registration packet/page 21




Who must file a Freedom of Choice (FOC) application?

Elementary School: Parents/Guardians who want to transfer their child to a different elementary school for the next
school year. The application must be filed at any time during the month of APRIL at the Montclair Board of Education,
22 Valley Road.

Middle School: Parents/Guardians who want their child to attend a middle school other than the feeder pattern noted
above. The application must be filed at any time during the month of MARCH/APRIL at the Montclair Board of
Education, 22 Valley Road.




         If you have any questions, contact Jo Ann Monahan, Registrar, at 973-509-4017.
                                                                                 Middle School Registration packet/page 22



                   FREQUENTLY ASKED TRANSPORTATION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Will my child be transported to school next year?
Elementary and middle school students residing more than 1mile from school will be transported. Those residing
less than 1 mile from school are not eligible for busing and there are no exceptions. High school students who
live more than 2.5 miles from Montclair High School will be offered bus transportation.

 How are distances determined?
Distance is measured from the front of your property via the shortest (walking) distance to the nearest door of
the school. The Montclair Board of Education uses data verified by three separate consultants. All three surveys
confirm the accuracy of our computerized distances.

Who is responsible for assigning bus stops?
It is the sole responsibility of the Transportation Office to assign bus stops. A School Principal, the bus driver or
aide MAY NOT change a bus stop without the approval of the Transportation Office.

Can I have a bus stop closer to my house or in front of my house?
Buses are assigned stops at corners. This is done for safety reasons as cars are less likely to pass a school bus
stopped at a corner and traffic tends to slow down when it reaches an intersection. Routes are also designed
for efficiency. Each route takes approximately 18-20 minutes. Adding stops lengthens the time of each run.


Is there a late bus in the morning?
NO. If your student misses a bus because he/she was not at the stop on time, it becomes the parent's
responsibility to transport the child to school. There is an EMERGENCY bus in town that is used when there is
an equipment failure or delays to certain routes. It is not to be used when a child has missed a bus because of
his/her tardiness.

My child is in kindergarten. If i am not at his/her stop in the afternoon, will the driver let him/her off the
bus?
NO. Kindergarten and first grade students must be met by a parent or a responsible designee. If no one is at the
stop to meet the student, he/she will be brought to the next school on the run or back to Nishuane School,
which is the last cycle.

Can my child be transported to a babysitter or day care center?
If your child is eligible for transportation from home, a written request for a change in bus assignment will be
accepted if the alternate address also meets bus eligibility requirements. All assignments are on a five-day a
week basis. Applications are available at all area day care centers, as well as in the Transportation Office and
Central Registration Office at the Montclair Board of Education, 22 Valley Road.

Can my child ride a different bus temporarily for a day?
 Since state regulations require that we file a copy of our routes at the beginning of each year with the names of
students at each stop, we are unable to change stops or allow students to ride buses to which they are not
regularly assigned.


NOTE: All buses are equipped with high back seats and seat belts. All buses have aides/attendants to assist
students.
                                                                            Middle School Registration packet/page 23



                     TRANSPORTATION ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Transportation to and from school is available for students in the Montclair Public Schools who meet the
eligibility requirements which are based on the distance from the child’s residency to the school he/she
is attending. According to board policy, transportation will be provided for the following students:

    1. All elementary students who reside more than1mile from their assigned school.

    2. All middle school students who reside more than 1mile from their assigned school.

    3. All high school students who reside more than 2.5 miles from the high school.

All eligible students will be automatically assigned busing to/from the home address by the
Transportation Office. Parents do not have to call the Transportation Office for regular busing
information.

The board is able to provide transportation on a space available basis for students in grades K-8 who
live down to one mile from their school; however, space available seating is determined on an annual
basis and does not guarantee continued transportation every year. Whenever possible, space available
transportation assignments are made prior to the first day of school.

Alternate transportation to or from a baby sitter or day care center is available provided that the
following requirements are met:

    1. The student must be eligible for transportation from his/her home address.

    2. The sitter or day care center must meet the mileage eligibility requirements.

    3. All assignments are made for the school year on a five-days-a-week basis. Students cannot
       receive alternate transportation on only certain days of the week.

    4. Assignments for sitter/day care are on a space available basis. The board must first provide
       service to those students who travel to and from home on the same bus.

Applications for alternate transportation are available at school registration as well as the Transportation
Office and local day care centers. Applications for transportation to local day care centers should be
submitted directly to the day care center by August 4. All other applications for alternate transportation
should be submitted to the Transportation Office by August 4. This will assure first day of school
assignments. Applications received after August 4 may not be assured an assignment at the beginning
of the school year.
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                                       Montclair Council of PTAs

                                A Guide to Help You Navigate
                              the Middle School Selection Process

Although each of the Montclair public elementary schools "feeds" into a middle school, it is possible to request a
different middle school through the Freedom of Choice process. Glenfield Middle School is the feeder school for
Hillside and Edgemont; Mt. Hebron Middle School is the feeder school for Bradford, Northeast, Rand and
Watchung. If you would like to request Renaissance Middle School (or a school other than your feeder school)
you must file a Freedom of Choice application. The decision whether to grant a Freedom of Choice request is
made by the school district, based on numerous factors, including the availability of space.

Many parents and children decide to attend their feeder school. In that case, no paperwork is required. If you are
unsure whether your feeder school is best for your child, you may want to visit the other schools. Practical
constraints, philosophical considerations and curriculum preferences may all be issues affecting your decision to
request a particular middle school.

How do you sort it all out?

Follow these simple steps to identify your preferences and prioritize your needs as you attend orientation
meetings and visit the Montclair middle schools.

Step I: Make a List. Using the guidelines below, list the characteristics and qualities you are looking for in
a school.

Step 2: Prioritize. Review your list and number your ideas in order of importance to you.

Step 3: Visit the schools. Try to visit as many elementary schools as you can. A list of sample questions is
attached to this worksheet. If you would like to speak to a parent whose children attend a particular school,
just ask at the tour or in the school office.



                                             Things to Consider

1. Practical Elements

    School Hours
    • Is the school opening and closing important?
    • Is the availability of after-school activities important?


    Transportation
    • Do I need bus transportation? The Transportation Office (973-509-4055) can tell you, based on your
       home address, to which schools your child is eligible for bus transportation.
    • Do I want to be within walking distance of school?
    • Am I able to drive my child to and from school?

    Special Needs
    • Does my child have any physical, emotional, linguistic or learning needs that require special attention?
                                                                       Middle School Registration packet/page 26




2. School Environment

    • Would my child be suited to a small school environment or would a medium or large school be better?
    • Am I interested in a traditional or more alternative approach to learning?
    • Is my child’s learning style better served by having the same class every day or block scheduling? [In
    block scheduling, instead of meeting for one class period (about 45 minutes) every day, a class might meet
    every other day for, say, 90 minutes. This gives the teacher more uninterrupted time to go into a subject in
    more depth, or to include more time for labs or projects.]

3. Areas of study

    •   How important are science and technology programs?
    •   How important is the math program (curriculum and opportunity for acceleration)?
    •   Are foreign language classes important? Which languages?
    •   How important are music, art, dance and drama programs?
    •   How important is the availability of after-school enrichment programs?
    •   Are any of the magnet themes important to me?



                           Key Questions to Ask During the School Visit

Here are some sample questions to ask at the school visits. Some of the information may be in the written
materials or tours provided by the schools. Put a check next to the questions that you would like answered when
you visit the schools.



Mission and Community
    •   Does this school have a particular educational philosophy or mission?
    •   How is the school's magnet theme incorporated into the school environment?
    •   How does this school encourage and monitor students' progress toward meeting grade-level
        standards?
    •   Do the children work independently or in small groups on various tasks or spend most of their time in
        large group instruction?
    •   Do students travel with their homerooms to each class or is there a different group of students in each
        class?
    •   What is this school’s approach to student discipline and safety?
    •   What professional development opportunities do teachers have? In what ways do teachers work
        together with other teachers? With parents/caregivers?




Curriculum and Resources
    •   What are some highlights of this school's curriculum in language arts, math, science and social studies?
    •   Are any classes “tracked” in different levels (e.g., remedial, advanced)? If so, what criteria are used to
        determine student placement in classes?
    •   Is there an opportunity to take accelerated math or science courses? If so, what criteria are used to
        determine student placement in these classes?
                                                                      Middle School Registration packet/page 27


   •   How does the school guide and prepare students for major academic decisions that will define their
       options in high school and beyond?
   •   How often are students graded? How are parents kept informed of student progress?
   •   What kinds of library resources are available to students?
   •   How is reading encouraged at school (e.g., incentive programs, contests)?
   •   How is technology used to support teaching and learning at this school? Are there classes in
       technology?
   •   How do the arts fit into the curriculum? Is there a school choir or instrumental music group? A school
       play or talent show? Art classes? Dance classes? During school or after school only?
   •   How does the Writers' Room fit into the curriculum?
   •   What world languages are offered? How much time is devoted to world language at each grade level?
   •   What programs exist to help students with their social and emotional development?
   •   What efforts; if any, does the school make to create a sense of community?
   •   Is there any interaction among different grade levels in class or in other activities?
   •   What extra-curricular opportunities (sports, clubs, community service, competitions) are available for
       students?




Special Needs
   •   How does this school support students who have academic, social or emotional difficulties?
   •   If your child has any medical problems, speak to the nurse during your tour. For example, how
       are food allergies, asthma, or diabetes managed at school? What paperwork is required before
       next September?
   •   Is the school building handicapped accessible with ramps, a lift and/or an elevator? (This is important for
       non-ambulatory students and non-ambulatory parents/caregivers).
   •   What strategies are used to teach students who are not fluent in English?


The Home/School Connection
   •   How does this school keep parents informed of school information and activities?
   •   Is there an active PTA and School Review? What other types of parent involvement take place at this
       school?
   •   What is the procedure for morning drop-off? Where does the child enter the building?
   •   Is there a late bus for after-school activities?
   •   What is the average cost of school trips and end-of-year activities?



Some Practical Questions
   • Is breakfast available at school?
   • Is there a recess period?
   • Do children of different grade levels eat lunch or have recess together?
   • Where do the students go for outside recess? What do they do during recess? What is the policy on
      going outside in cold weather?
   • What do the children do for indoor recess in inclement weather?
   • What kinds of field trips, if any, are planned for the students? What overnight trips?
                                                                     Middle School Registration packet/page 28


Things to Look For:


Check which of these things to note during the school visit.

    •   Classrooms look cheerful. Student work is displayed, and it seems appropriate for the grade level.
    •   Teachers seem enthusiastic and knowledgeable. (Check if they are asking questions that stimulate
        students and keep them engaged.)
    •   The principal seems confident and interested in interacting with students/ teachers and parents.
    •   Students move through the halls in an orderly and safe manner.
    •   Facilities are well maintained. Bathrooms are clean and well supplied, and the grounds look safe and
        inviting.
                                                                       Middle School Registration packet/page 29


                               Quick Guide to Navigating
                              Through the School System

Key Contacts

   •   Your School Building is the primary source of information.

   •   Principal and Assistant Principal: Get to know and confer with your school principal and
       assistant principal on general policy matters beyond the purview of school staff.

   •   Teachers: Teachers are the focus of the educational process and key to the education of your
       child. Parent/teacher consultation is the key to the educational success of your child.

   •   Counselors: Your middle school and high school have guidance counselors to help with class
       scheduling issues. All schools in the district have Student Assistance Counselors to help you
       and your child with concerns.

   •   PTA/PTSO Presidents: These people are the key to informing parents about the school
       community. Knowing the function and phone number of these key people will greatly facilitate
       your adjustment to the school community, and assist in the academic success of your child.

Question/Complaint Procedure

The question/complaint procedure described below should be used if you have a question or a concern
about your child's educational program. Begin at Step 1. You should proceed to the next step of the
procedure ONLY if the question/concern was not resolved at the first step.
                                                                                        Middle School Registration packet/page 30


  WHO’S WHO IN CENTRAL OFFICE
  NOTE: See also the website link in the yellow bar to “Staff List” for all staff contact information.


Name and Office                         Title                                                            Telephone
Superintendent’s Office
Dr. Frank R. Alvarez                    Superintendent                                                   973-509-4010
Dr. Felice A. Harrison                  Assistant to the Superintendent                                  973-509-4015
Mrs. Jo Ann Monahan                     Registrar                                                        973-509-4017
Ms. Sylvia B. Bryant                    Parent Coordinator                                               973-509-4028
Business Office
Mrs. Dana Sullivan                      Business Administrator                                           973-509-4050
Mrs. Andrea DelGuercio                  Assistant Business Administrator                                 973-509-4050
Mr. Leonard Romano                      Transportation Manager                                           973-509-4055
Mr. Leonard Saponara                    Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds                                973-509-4044
Department of Instruction
Dr. Clarence C. Hoover, III             Interim Assistant Superintendent for Instruction                 973-509-4030
Dr. Lydia Furnari                       Supervisor of Curriculum                                         973-509-4039
Ms. Jean Rac Wuensch                    Supervisor of Special Programs                                   973-509-4038
Mr. George Glass                        Student Data Analyst                                             973-509-4811
Mrs. Janine Gregory                     Literacy Consultant                                              973-509-4575
Pupil Services
Ms. Linda Mithaug                       Director of Pupil Services                                       973-509-4022
Mrs. Rebecca Ross                       Supervisor of Special Education                                  973-509-4031
Dr. Keith Breiman                       Supervisor of Special Education                                  973-509-4078
Mrs. Linda Colucci                      Supervisor of Special Education                                  973-509-2581
Personnel Department
Dr. James B. Patterson                  Personnel Administrator                                          973-509-4005
Mrs. Maria Narciso                      Technology Coordinator                                           973-509-4018



  Areas in which you can become involved in your child’s education and sharing in
  school community activities

           •    School PTA/PTSO: Co-Presidents available in every school — support educational
                programs
           •    School Action Team for Partnerships — School level curriculum and program
                concerns
           •    Volunteer Programs in Your School: You can volunteer to help out in areas in which
                you are proficient
           •    After School Programs.



  Suggested Reading List

           •    Preparing Your Children for Back to School, Jennifer Tankersley
           •    MegaSkills: Building Our Children’s Character and Achievement for School
                and Life, Dr. Dorothy Rich, Updated 5th Edition
           •    176 Ways to Involve Parents: Practical Strategies for Partnering with
                Families, Betty Boult
           •    School Family and Community Partnership, Dr. Joyce Epstein
           •    Achievement Gap: City Kids, City Schools, Dr. Pedro Noguero

  Parent Tips
                                                                         Middle School Registration packet/page 31

   1. Know your child's teacher — consult with the teacher as it relates to academics, discipline,
       etc.
   2. Know the building administrators/staff/resource persons within the building.
   3. Know the school rules as they relate to academics, discipline and attendance.
   4. Know the guidance counselors and/or student assistance counselors in your school.
   5. Attend the PTA/PTSO educational programs at the school and the educational program at
       the district level.
   6. Check the district website regularly and read the school newsletter.
   7. Visit the school.
   8. Check the backpacks of young children for information sent home.
   9. Know the calendar of events.
   10. Attend Board of Education meetings.
   11. Parent/teacher conferences are crucial to keep up-to-date with your child's personal and
       academic progress.
   12. Remember that it is the quality and quantity of time with children that make a difference.


       Remember: parents who are involved in their children's education are
       in a position to make a positive difference in their child's education.



Parent Coordinator

       Parent Coordinator: Resource to parents in the district. Works with parents in
       consultation with building administrators and staff, but can be reached independently for
       parent concerns. Whenever possible, parents should contact principals and/or teachers
       first when you have a question, concern and/or suggestion.

Areas of Service

   •   Parent education: workshops/support groups/seminars; Love&Joy of Reading; family math;
       Grandparent Support Program
   •   Parent Leadership Development: MegaSkills; parent leadership development
   •   Volunteers in the Schools: Persons interested in volunteering in the schools in tutoring and
       mentoring
   •   PTA/PTSO: Coordination of parent education programs with PTA.

Suggested Reading List

   •   Preparing Your Children for Back to School, by Jennifer Tankersley
   •   MegaSkills-Building Our Children’s Character and Achievement for School and Life, by Dr.
       Dorothy Rich – Updated 5th Edition
   •   176 Ways to Involve Parents-Practical Strategies for Partnering with Families, by Betty
       Boult
   •   School Family and Community Partnership, by Dr. Joyce Epstein
   •   Achievement Gap-City Kids, City Schools, by Dr. Pedro Noguero

				
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