FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
NOTE: If you have a specific question about your child's classroom protocols, kindly email that teacher directly.
Questions about the 1:1 initiative in Middle School should be directed to Mr. Wolford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS WRITERS' WORKSHOP?
Writers' Workshop has many different variations, but it began at Teachers College, Columbia University. To learn more about Writer's Workshop, click here
. It is a means of teaching writing through the model of a workshop: The period begins with a short, focused lesson on a selected skill - one that applies to most children in the classroom. Students then go to their individual writing-inprocess, all of which related to the unit of study at hand. During this time, the teacher confers with each student about his/her writing to provide feedback and next steps. Grammar and conventions are taught through (roughly 20-40% of) the minilessons.
WHAT ARE THE STUDENT LEARNING STANDARDS? ARE THEY THE SAME AS THE COMMON CORE?
The New Jersey State Board of Education recently adopted the Common Core Standards and revised them to what is now known as the NJ Student Learning Standards. These standards describe what the students should know and be able to do by the end of high school. As indicated by the Department of Education, "The most recent review and revision of the standards occurred in 2014. However, the standards in language arts and math underwent an additional review in 2015 with adoption by the New Jersey State Board of Education in May 2016." For more information, click on the standards tab.
WHAT CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE SCIENCE CURRICULUM?
There is new framework called The Next Generation Science Standards. It is based on three areas: common practices in science, incorporating the different domains such as structures and functions or cause and effect, as well as core ideas across all elements within scientific understanding. Changes have been made within each grade level. For more information, click on the standards tab.
WHAT WILL PARCC BE LIKE THIS YEAR?
Similar to last year, there will only be one window of PARCC testing. PARCC testing will take place between April 16 and May 25th, 2018. The students will have multiple sections of testing in Math and multiple sections of testing in English/Language Arts Literacy. For more information, visit the Student Learning Standards & PARCC Tab.
WILL MY CHILD BE TAKING THE NJASK SCIENCE TEST?
Students in grades 4 & 8 will be taking a science based test towards the end of May. The State of New Jersey is currently developing a new science assessment that meets the standards being taught within the NGSS. When more information is available, it will be released.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY CHILD'S HOMEWORK COMPLETION AT HOME?
At the K-8 level, homework is an essential part of the learning process when it is used to reinforce essential learning or introduce new concepts that will be built upon in class. Homework should
- take place at a regular time
- take place in a location free of distractions (including away from phones/social media)
- have a time limit (often, less is gained from staying up late than maintaining a normal bed time)
- involve parents less and less as children age
In addition, this site has a number of resources to help you practice and embed literacy and numeracy at home with your kids. Look under the "Home Resources" tab for these links.