End of School Year Schedule
The following information applies to all schools except where noted below:
High School Exams – June 10th – June 17th
June 22nd Graduation Day; Last Day for Students; Full day staff
EXCEPTIONS TO ABOVE:
School 9 in Dodge Foundation Program
School 9 has been selected to participate in the 2016 STEAM Professional Development Program sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation at the Stevens Institute of Technology during the month of August. This program will assist in planning and implementing activities in which students work collaboratively to design and build technologies that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). Kudos to Ms. Dailey, School 9 Art Teacher for applying for and obtaining this rigorous grant!
NASA Scientist and Paterson Graduate Inspires Students
When she was a student at East Side High School, she worked late nights at the Easy Pickins clothing store on Main Street, walking a mile back home in the dark after each shift. Now, Jackelynne Silva-Martinez is working at NASA, simulating the environment of Mars in a Utah desert and performing tests for the space agency’s Curiosity rover that has been roaming the red planet for the past four years. Click here to read the full article.
Two District Teachers Chosen for Prestigious Program
The Science Department is proud to announce that 2 district science teachers, John Faherty of School 21, and Kathryn Healey Dormann of School 28, have been chosen to participate in the PISA2 Partnership to Improve Student Achievement in Physical Science: Integrating STEM Approaches. PISA2 is an $11.5M National Science Foundation-sponsored mathematics and science partnership program that engages grades 3-8 teachers from 14 New Jersey school districts to enhance their content and pedagogical content knowledge and practice in science and engineering. Professional development activities are led by Stevens Institute of Technology disciplinary faculty and Center for Innovation and Excellence in Education (CIESE) science and engineering teaching experts. In addition, all teachers participate in school year, full-day workshops and are provided one-on-one, in-class support.
Anna Adams Receives Award
Talented Teacher Recognized
School of Education and Training at JFK teacher Blair Seidler was honored as a fellow in the 2016 Sarah D. Barder Fellowship Program administered by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Mr. Seidler was nominated for this award for demonstrating the positive effect that he has had on a CTY student’s education. The fellowship was endowed in 1988 by Sarah D. Barder, an educator, philanthropist, parent, and fan of CTY who wanted to recognize talented teachers who successfully challenged and engaged academically advanced students.
Immersed in History
Congratulations to Mrs. Tai D. Matthews, grade 6 Humanities teacher and advisor to the National Junior Honor Society at the Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented at School 28. Mrs. Matthews was recently awarded a prestigious scholarship to attend the 2016 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute this summer in Williamsburg, Virginia. In collaboration with 24 educators from around the country, she will participate in an intensive, six-day experience to investigate American history from multiple perspectives. She will explore the American identity by visiting historical sites, analyzing primary sources, and participating in authentic simulations and hands-on activities. Mrs. Matthews is very much looking forward to this opportunity that will enable her to bring history to life for her students.
Dr. Frank Napier School of Technology Vice Principal Sharon V. Davis-Elenis, has completed the program for Educational Leadership at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, thus attaining her Ed. D. She will formally graduate in May of 2016.
Davis-Elenis began her academic career earning a B.S. with a double major in business administration and fine arts and a minor in mathematics from Rutgers University. She began her education career in the public school sector in Paterson. In her position as a kindergarten teacher, she nurtured young minds for seven years before assuming the roles of literacy teacher mentor, language arts school-based supervisor, and her present position as vice principal.
What's New with PARCC?
Click on the links below for information on new features and information for PARCC:
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.
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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