Education

Randolph Elementary School Principals Present Their Goals to the Board of Education

February 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

RANDOLPH,NJ- Randolph's district elementary principals, vice principals, director of Special Services and K-5 supervisor joined the Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 11 to present the elementary schools' accomplishments and school goals. 
 
"As the elementary school administration we strongly believe that education is a personal growth experience for all members of the learning community," said Ironia Elementary Principal Lee Nittel.
 
 
The goal of the administrations program is to create independent, productive and responsible 21st century learners that are well prepared for middle school, high school, college and eventually life as successful adults.
 
"We regularly collaborate to make certain that all our Randolph students regardless of what school they attend have a similar learning experiences," Nittel said.

 
Goal one, Student Focused Culture, concentrates on strengthening relationships. Fernbrook Elementary Principal, Lisa Gross, reported that  Teachers are sharing resources and best practices on a consistent basis. 
 
Student relationships are being strengthened with whole school meetings led by students. Each school also holds a week of respect to continue character building. They also  implemented peer program tutoring called Learning Together, which  promotes student- teacher relationships. 
 
To strengthen parental relationships the schools are keeping families involved with newsletters, twitter, blogs and a district reading workshop is being offered on Feb. 24,  where parents have an opportunity for discussion.
 
"At Fernbrook School we know how important it is for our students to be able to make a personal connection," Gross said. 
 
Fernbrook created a program called Team Club that has teachers mentor and further educate students. Students work together on team building activities, and build confidence in academic and social settings, to help with homework and practice communication skills.
 
At Centergrove, a student from each class is highlighted as the student of the month. Shongum, started a whole school initiative called  Bucket Filling, which encourages kindness and appreciation towards one another. Ironia established Girls On the Run, which combines the activity of running and focuses on healthy living choices, building self esteem, and conflict resolution. 
 
Another program, Helping Hands, is a mentoring life partnership for elementary and middle school children who have difficulties integrating into social situations. Helping Hands includes high school students who are trained to work with younger children. 
 
Goal two, Data Driven Instruction, observes the staff and their ability to use the system in a measurable way. Fernbrook and Shongum Vice Principal, Kristen Mueller, explained  "By making instruction purposeful and intentional the students will succeed."
 
Across the board  the elementary schools established PLC (Professional Learning Community). PLC allows teachers to look at the data that they're receiving from their students and review some of the best instructional strategies that are based on common core standards. They use data from students pre and post test to help guide the instruction.
 
"An added benefit is that students are getting something that they need instead of having to learn something that they already know, Mueller said.
 
PLC also promotes SGO (Student Growth Objectives), a given by the state that aligns with goal number two. It requires pre-assessment as well as post-assessment, continual observation and approval from administration. It has shown that students are growing. 
 
"It's just amazing data that we have observed," said Center Grove Principal, Mario Rodas. "Teachers have made the statements that we have never looked at student data in such a way as we do now."  Student Growth Objectives have led to a more productive classroom environment.
 
K-5 Supervisor, Danielle Soldivieri spoke about goal three, Relevance and Student Engagement. 
 
"Relevant learning is interdisciplinary and also conceptual," said Soldivieri, "It requires students to apply core knowledge, concept and skills to solve real world problems. Across our elementary schools there are two district wide initiatives that truly stand out and represent goal board number three, relevance."
 
The first district initiative is LATI (Learner Active Technology Infused classroom). The first co-board of LATI teachers are fifth grade teachers from across the district. These teachers spent a year perfecting their teaching skills by learning about the best methods and practices and providing authentic learning opportunities for students in classrooms.
 
The second district initiative is the application of the third grade social studies units through a problem base learning approach, which is very similar to the LATI initiative. Third grade social studies teachers across the district have revamped the curriculum presenting content to students in very relevant ways where they solve real world problems.
 
Shongum Pricipal, Clifford Burns, talked about the programs each school had to help prepare the next 21 century generation. Among the programs was STEAM. This program applies critical thinking skills using science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts to create unique solutions to real world problems. Each grade level works in a collaborative way on problems such as world hunger, protecting the Jersey shore from hurricanes and rebuilding the Seaside boardwalk.
 
"Our efforts are certainly inclusive of all students," said Director of Special Services, Danielle Hamblin."We need to make sure that we're providing the necessary support so that all students can be successful." 
 
All programs are in place to support all the schools students. Few of the programs are across the board at all four schools, and others are individualized and unique to a particular school because of individual needs.
 
"We are a community of educators and we're working collaboratively for the future of all of our kids, said Ironia Vice Principal, Cindy Mizelle. "We're very proud of everything that we're doing in our schools and we invite any of you to come on in and see some of our programs."
 
Board of Education President Tammy Mackay expressed thanks to all of the elementary staff at the end of the meeting. Mackay said how appreciative the board is of everything that they have done and continue to do for Randolph schools.
 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Randolph

Randolph Township Emergency Executive Closed Meeting

December 8, 2016

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Randolph Township Council has scheduled an Emergency Executive Closed Meeting for Dec. 9, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss legal issues under the attorney-client privilege that arose during a trial currently being conducted before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County, in the matter entitled Bailey v. Township of Randolph, et al., Docket No. MRS-L-1436-12.

Randolph Lions Club Fundraiser at Casa Da Pasta

November 30, 2016

RANDOLPH, NJ- On Tuesday Dec. 6 the Randolph Lions club will conduct a fund raiser at Casa De Pasta. At any time of the day, when you dine in or take out a meal, just mention 'Randolph Lions" and Casa Da Pasta will donate 10% of your bill to the club.

This is an easy way to help support the Lions and enjoy a great meal with no additional cost to you. 100% of all ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to do in Morristown this Weekend

December 3, 2016

MORRISTOWN, NJ-  Get ready for some holiday spirit! Music, gingerbread houses, movies, toy donations, holiday fairs, photos with Santa and much much more! Over 44 activities to keep you busy. If you are driving around looking at Holiday decorations, don't forget to submit your favorite to the JCP&L Merry & Bright Holiday Lights Photo Contest. Have a great weekend ...

Possession and Disorderly Conduct in November Police Blotter

December 6, 2016

Nov 8: Manuel E. Minchalacriollo, 22, Dover was arrested following a motor vehicle stop for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The defendant was processed and released.

Nov 9: Markessian P. Willis, 23, Newark was arrested for illegal possession of prescription drugs after a being stopped for a motor vehicle violation.  Willis was processed and issued two motor vehicle ...

Morris County Sophomores Invited to Learn About MCST Share Time at Denville Campus

December 6, 2016

DENVILLE, N.J. - Morris County sophomores considering a trade instead of college might want to attend an upcoming information session about the Morris County School of Technology's "Share Time" program.

At the session, on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria, interested sophomores and their families can learn about the 2-year, half-day Share Time programs which provided ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, December 9, 12:00 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holiday Decorations at the Stickley Museum

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, December 9, 12:00 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Second Annual Holiday Shop at Craftsman Farms

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, December 9, 5:30 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

Arts & Entertainment

Randolph High School Percussion Ensemble To Perform in National Percussion Festival , Car Raffle Helps to Reach Fundraising Goal

December 6, 2016

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph NJ High School Percussion Ensemble is proud to announce that they have been accepted to participate in a once in a lifetime opportunity to play at the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Ensemble Festival.  This is part of the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha in Indianapolis, IN. 

To help reach their fundraising goal, a ...

Randolph Student Honored as A November Music Student of the Month

Morristown, NJ - Students from schools based in Jefferson Twp, Chatham, Parsippany, Morristown, Kinnelon and Randolph were honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center November Music Students of the Month - Outstanding Jazz Musicians-- prior to the Tuesday, November 15 performance of the Big Head Blues Club featuring Big Head Todd & the Monsters.

The students were recognized for their ...

Randolph High School Earns Special Olympics Award for “Play Unified” Program

December 4, 2016

RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph High School was recognized as the NJ State Special Olympic Exemplary ‘Play Unified’ school at a recent ceremony.

Special Olympics unified schools program brings youth with and without intellectual disabilities together, through education and sports to create school communities of acceptance and respect.

“It was an incredible night, said Randolph ...

New Jersey State Baseball Umpires Association Cadet Class Registration

December 3, 2016

Bloomfield, NJ - The New Jersey State Baseball Umpire Association was founded in 1936 and is now 81 Years Old. The association consists of a dedicated group of men and women officials who are committed to the improvement of officiating Baseball and Softball games in our service area. We currently service Schools in Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Union Counties for High School Baseball ...

Patriots Path Council Honors TAPinto Founder for Service

December 8, 2016

BRIDGEWATER NJ - The Patriots Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored TAP into founder and publisher Mike Shapiro on Wednesday at its 2016 Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner at the Raritan Valley Country Club.  Shapiro was one of five recipients.

The Patriots Path Council, which serves Central and Northern New Jersey, presents the award to those who exemplify in their daily life ...

JCP&L Nearing Completion of 2016 Circuit Upgrade Program

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has completed upgrades on more than 80 major circuits this year to enhance customer reliability.   Overall, the modernization work will help reduce the number and duration of service interruptions for more than 113,000 customers in central and northern New Jersey.

Among the projects completed was an upgrade of equipment in the area known as the ...

Morris County Historical Society to Use Gift Shop Proceeds to Restore Rare Collections' Pieces

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Historical Society’s annual Christmas celebration will use proceeds from the Oak Leaf Gallery Gift Shop’s sales to fund the restoration of two damaged 19th century marble and cloisonné candlesticks frequently displayed at Acorn Hall. These candlesticks, along with a magnificent clock, epitomize the opulence of the Victorian era ...

St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society Raffles Valuable Bracelet for Charity, Dec. 18

RANDOLPH, N.J--- Just in time for the holidays, the St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society - the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox church of St. Andrew - is offering a truly special raffle limited to 200 tickets to win a stunning Tiffany Olive Branch Cuff Bracelet, valued at $1,175. Drawing deadline is Dec. 18.

With a limited sale of 200 tickets at just $20 each, the odds ...

Art Exhibit and Sale by Local Artist in Denville

Randolph resident, Debra Kapnick, is exhibiting more than 25 pieces of artwork at Café Metro, 60 Diamond Spring Road, Denville, from now through January 28th, 2017.  Watercolors, pastels, and oil paintings are on display and available for immediate viewing and/or sale.  Many of the works have been inspired by beautiful local scenery and may be recognizable to hikers and nature ...

Giving is Good. Smart Giving is Great!

December 5, 2016

With the year-end giving season approaching, many donors already know the basics of informed giving: set a giving budget, check-out charities before you donate and give before the first of the year for your contribution to qualify as a deduction on your 2016 taxes. But how do you know which charities really are best? 

To help donors take a closer look at the charities seeking their ...

"Move Today" Class Offered to Seniors

Move Today, a weekly exercise class for seniors, will be offered at Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, 540 Route 10 West in Randolph beginning on Tuesday, January 10th from 1-2pm. 

Move Today is a 30-45 minute non-aerobic exercise class designed to improve flexibility, balance and stamina. Participants assess their health, physical well-being and intent to make behavior changes ...

Plyometric Chaos vs. Plyometric Purpose Two Very Different Paradigms on How to Build Explosive Athletes

Megan is a sophomore high school soccer forward who just finished a great season starting varsity. She played hard, contributed to her team and competed every single game against varsity competition. Megan is also a really passionate soccer player so as the season ends she brings up the conversation to her parents that she wants to get stronger and faster for next season. Her parents, open to the ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales' Captures Old-Fashioned Nostalgia at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales.

The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on ...

Giving is Good. Smart Giving is Great!

December 5, 2016

With the year-end giving season approaching, many donors already know the basics of informed giving: set a giving budget, check-out charities before you donate and give before the first of the year for your contribution to qualify as a deduction on your 2016 taxes. But how do you know which charities really are best? 

To help donors take a closer look at the charities seeking their ...