Several District Employees to Be Honored at Awards Dinner
The 2014 Frederick "Fred" Jordan Memorial Scholarship Fund Heritage Awards Dinner will be held on February 26, 2014 at the The Brownstone House. For ticket information call Natalie M. Jordan at (973) 873-8496. List of honorees and details can be found in this flyer.
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Mr. Nick Vancheri, Principal of School 7 and Joyce Kazoun, William Paterson University Professor in Residence, presented a workshop entitled, “The Joys and Rewards of Middle School" to more than thirtyhigh school students from around the state. This conference, which was sponsored by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Future Educators Association, provided these "aspiring educators" an opportunity to learn from current professionals in the field. Mr. Vancheri and Professor Kazoun focused on the physical and emotional developmental changes that affect middle school students and how both administrators and teachers need to tailor their approach based on these changes. As a bonus to the future educators in attendance, two outstanding 8th graders from School 7, Julian Caceres and Iman Omar, spoke about their personal experiences and changes while in middle school.
Paterson Public Schools Dodge/STEAM Grant Coordinator, Dina Scaccheti, and School 7 Art Professor in Residence, Myra Winter, also presented at the conference to another group of aspiring educators. Ms. Scaccheti’s and Ms. Winter’s presentation was entitled: "STEAM: You Can't Be Smart Without Art".
Dr. Evans and Ms. Shafer Present for NJSBA
Both State District Superintendent Dr. Evans and Deputy Superintendent Shafer co-presented at the New Jersey School Board Association’s (NJSBA) annual conference in Atlantic City on Wednesday, October 23rd. In the spring of 2013, the district submitted three proposals for workshops at the New Jersey School Boards Association’s 2013 annual conference. The proposal detailing our High School Renewal Initiative was accepted.
The High School Renewal Initiative has involved several components including the restructuring of the two comprehensive high schools, Eastside High School and John F. Kennedy High School, into small learning environments. This initiative created opportunities to develop partnerships with businesses and institutions of higher education and expand alternative education programs to address the many diverse needs of our student population.
The High School Renewal Initiative has had a positive impact on our school community in a variety of ways. The High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) results have increased significantly in the last three years (2010 – 2013): language arts students’ proficient scores went from 51.7% to 71.8% and in mathematics, students’ proficient scores went from 33.0% to 49.7%. The HSPA scores are now the highest in ten years. In addition, the high school dropout rate decreased by 7%, the graduation rate increased by 21.5 percentage points, and more of our students are being accepted to and attending 2 and 4 year colleges over the span of these three years.
Dell Specials for Paterson Public Schools
Dell computer has special offers for Paterson City School District students, faculty, and staff. Visit www.Dell.com/mpp/K12 to take advantage of their promotions or call 1-800-695-8133 and reference Member ID: US29289392. Cyber Monday deals from Dell
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 Operational
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
Need Additional Supplies?
DonorChoose.org is a not-for-profit website that provides resources to teachers. Educators are welcome to submit online proposals via www.donorschoose.org. Info: Lauren Siciliano, NJ State Coordinator, Lauren@donorschoose.org or (212) 239-3615, ext. 21