Feb. 12th Professional Development for Staff
Please see the attached document for a complete listing of PD sessions, times and locations.
What's New with PARCC?
Click on the links below for information on new features and information for PARCC:
Save the Date!
There will be a retirement party for Mr. Pete Tirri on April 8th, at 6 p.m. at the Brownstone House.
Helpful Tools Available
We are pleased to announce a trio of new, helpful online and mobile-device based tools that are coming shortly or are already available for administrators, staff, students and families:
Paperless Forms – As we move toward an office environment in which the use and storage of paper will be nearly obsolete, the district has begun creating digital, paperless forms. The Versiform system will be available via a link located on the left side of this page. The Versiform system contacts all parties required for the processing of a form and follows up with reminders and status (approval/disapproval) notifications and remarks. A number of frequently used in-house forms are available already, and more will be added as work progresses on this fantastic new addition to our operations.
School Messenger – Telephone outreach to our students, families and staff will now take place via the School Messenger call system. This “auto-call’ messaging utility replaces the former ParentLink system and works much the same way but with greater efficiency and ease of use. Designated school-based system admins will find a School Messenger link button on the left side of this page.
District Application (App) for Mobile Devices – Watch for the new Paterson Public Schools application for mobile devices! If you have used our highly-successful mobile app in the past, we have created a new and improved version that will be available at the Google Play Store (for Android devices) and the App Store and ITunes (for Apple devices) shortly. Please note that you must delete the old application from your devices before downloading the new.
Crisis Intervention Manual Updated
The Department of Student Assistance has updated the Crisis Intervention Manual for the 2015-16 school year. This important document gives details on how to deal with suicide prevention, sudden death, community disturbance and school violence. This manual should be reviewed annually by all staff. It can be accessed directly here or by visiting the Student Assistance web page which also contains other valuable information on this and other topics.
Get Connected with Paterson Public Schools
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Student Growth Percentile Video
This video is part of the NJ SMART educational series. It provides viewers with a better understanding of what a student growth percentile (SGP) is, the concept of academic peers and how it relates to growth percentiles, how an individual SGP is calculated and interpreted, and how SGPs can be reported and interpreted for groups
Panther Academy Weather Station
Get up-to-the-minute weather information from the Panther Academy Weather Station simply by clicking on this link. Alternatively, you can download and install on your computer the weatherbug application (select Paterson and Panther Academy as your location). For further information contact Planetarium Manager, Gary Swangin.
Purchasing Process for District Staff
Proper procedures to assist Paterson Public School employees in making authorized purchases for the school year are clearly outlined in the following two documents: Ordering Process and Purchasing Manual