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Announcements

     

The next  meeting of the Midland Park Board of Education is Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in the Midland Park Jr./Sr. High School Media Center,  250 Prospect Street Midland Park NJ at 8:00 pm

The Board of Education authorizes the use of electronic surveillance monitoring devices in school buildings and on school grounds.  Therefore, all school buildings and grounds within this school district may be monitored using such devices in accordance with Board Policy.  (MPBOE Policy 7441)  
      

Board of Education Policies-School Integrated Pest Management Plan  

  

Superintendent's Message

 
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SEPTEMBER 2018 MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

 


As educators, we never cease musing on the dynamic power of schooling.  David Leonhardt of the New York Times speaks to the importance of schools, “Education is the most powerful force accelerating economic growth, reducing poverty, and lifting middle class living standards.  Well-educated adults earn much more, live longer, and are happier than poorly educated adults.”  Researcher Mike Schmoker (2018) expands on Leonhardt’s position, noting, “If Leonhardt is even half right, educators face a moral obligation to act on the best evidence-based practices that will ensure record proportions of students receive a quality education.”

Text Box: Educators take the moral obligation Schmoker speaks of with the gravitas it deserves.  We prepare for the first day of school, and each day thereafter, with great care.  Administrators and teachers collaborate on the provision of instruction borne of best practices grounded in research proven to support students as they continue on personalized learning journeys.  This summer, the administrative team focused on identified goals as they tackled the critical work of establishing a strong foundation for another successful school year.  Here are a few noteworthy items to review as we begin:

Text Box: The NJDOE has identified Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies for all students and our district is committed to compliance with these critical mandates.  SEL instruction is shown to reduce high-risk behaviors, increase student attendance, reduce code of conduct infractions, and positively impact student achievement.Facility improvements continue and our buildings reflect significant change, including: window replacement projects at all schools; districtwide solar energy project scheduled to begin this fall; reallocation/renovation of instructional classrooms at MPHS; new main office/secure entrance at Godwin; and acoustic panels and ceiling baffles to be installed in the gym at Highland. The buildings and grounds staff have worked tirelessly to prepare for September…painting, repairing, and landscaping efforts have resulted in clean and welcoming school environments.   

Text Box: Governor Murphy’s administration has taken the first steps to transition away from PARCC to a new generation of statewide testing; New Jersey students lead National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—fourth graders tied for first nationwide in reading and math; a panel of tax experts have recommended the elimination of nearly half of the state’s school districts—all districts on the recommended list for elimination are K-8 districts; and the Senate has advanced several new school bus safety measures.

As we look ahead to our collaborative work, one of the most important measures parents can take is to remain in touch with administrators and teachers throughout the school year—remember, we are all just one phone call or email away.  We also hope you will frequently access the district website for the digital calendar of events and school and teacher web pages.  Finally, we look forward to seeing you at the many back-to-school events and activities scheduled this year at our schools…celebrating students for their academic and extra-curricular achievements makes for wonderful memories.  On behalf of all in our district, please accept my best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018-19 school year!

Sincerely,

Marie C. Cirasella

Marie C. Cirasella, Ed.D.




          



 

Headlines



2018 Best Communities in Music Education

Midland Park School District recognized for being one of the best communities for Music Education in the nation 

for 2018- 5th year in a row.
Click here to learn more.




NJ School Performance Reports


2016-2017 New Jersey School Performance Reports
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Big News

MIDLAND PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR IN DIGITAL FORMAT

The Midland Park School District Calendar for 2018-2019 has been created in a digital format and is currently available to school families and community neighbors via the district website.  We are confident that transitioning to a digitized format will improve our ability to update scheduling changes more swiftly and with greater accuracy.  Please know that all school and district information previously available in the paper-based calendar is included in the digital calendar.  To access the 2018-2019 calendar, simply visit the district webpage and click the "Calendar" tab.  Thank you.

 For Instructions to Print the New Online Calendar,
click here.


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Summer Meals 4 Kids
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EMERGENCY CLOSING/DELAYED OPENING PROCEDURES
(click the hyperlink to view the procedures)


Midland Park Designated as “High Performing” via QSAC

We’re pleased to provide this information with regard to the NJQSAC process. By way of review, NJQSAC stands for New Jersey’s Quality Single Accountability Continuum and is the NJDOE’s monitoring and evaluation system for public school districts. QSAC evaluates districts through a single comprehensive accountability process that consolidates and incorporates the monitoring requirements of applicable state laws and programs and complements federally-required improvements. Through QSAC, districts are monitored according to five components that have been identified as key factors in effective school districts: Instruction & Program, Operations, Governance, Fiscal, and Personnel.

 

NJDOE has streamlined the QSAC process for select districts and we were pleased note that a state review of our submitted indicators resulted in a “High Performing District” designation.  Subsequently, the Midland Park School District was eligible to submit an equivalency application to waive completion of the time-consuming QSAC monitoring.  NJ Commissioner of Education Kimberly Harrington has advised us that the waiver has been approved and the Midland Park district will maintain its high performing status for a period of three years.  We plan to use the time and resources provided through this initiative to support continued best practices in the five QSAC areas.

 

We wish to acknowledge the amazing contributions of district staff: administration, instructional, support, and buildings and grounds personnel, and our Board of Education, students, and school families, for their valued contributions to this well-deserved designation.


  •     Work in ProgressREFERENDUM UPDATE!
  • The Midland Park School District’s referendum projects are being tackled in swift order as we seek to maintain a timeline of approximately two years for completion. To keep the community informed, please continue to check here for periodic referendum updates. To access the latest Referendum Update, click on the Work In Progress icon above.  

 

  • School District and School Grades Required by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act – June 13, 2018

    As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L., 2010, c122), the Midland Park Public Schools has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades to the school district’s HIB webpage, and to each individual school’s webpage. In order to foster safe and positive learning conditions for students, the school and district grades are part of an integrated process for reinforcing and strengthening a school’s climate and culture through prevention and intervention efforts targeted toward harassment, intimidation and bullying. Please click on the headline above to find the district and school ABR grades.

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  • Midland Park Public Schools Preschool Program 2018-2019

  • The Midland Park School District is accepting applications for the 3 & 4 year old general education preschool integrated program housed at Godwin School for the 2018-2019 school year. The integrated preschool program incorporates the education of special education children with that of general education preschoolers, following general education curriculum standards. 

    To be eligible, a general education child must be three or four years of age on or before October 1, 2018.  (Child must be toilet trained).  Children will attend either a morning (8:30 to 11:00 A.M) or afternoon (12:20 to 2:50 P.M.) session five half-days a week in accordance with the Midland Park school calendar. Current students will have priority for program registration.  Students will be assigned to either the morning or afternoon session at the discretion of the district.  Parents will be responsible for transportation. The annual tuition for the program is $3,100.00, either paid in full no later than September 1, 2018 or in two installments with a $25 fee, due September 1 and January 1. All students will be registered at the time of entry requiring birth certificate, copy of immunizations and proof of residency (program is only open to Midland Park residents).

    Applications are available on the district website www.mpsnj.org .    You may also contact the Director of Special Services, Ann Marie Bruder at (201) 444-7445.

      

QuestionDo You Have a Question for Your Board of Education?

  • The questions and concerns of the community are important and contact information for trustees of the Midland Park Board of Education are readily available on this website—just click on the Board of Ed. Link on the district homepage to find individual phone numbers and email addresses for all Board of Education trustees.

 

Thank you   REFERENDUM DETAILS TO IMPROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT FACILITIES!

Click the link above for more information.

 

Anti-BullyingAnti-Bullying Bill of Rights Legislation, P.L. 2010, Ch. 122

Click the link to access the Midland Park School District's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights contact information regarding incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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