EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Taking a moment to reflect on the central achievements of the East Brunswick Public Schools in the 2017 calendar year, Superintendent Victor Valeski and Director of Instructional Innovation and Community Outreach Dr. Joyce Boley shared these district-wide achievements with TAPinto East Brunswick:
School security continues to be a top priority for the Board of Education and Administration of East Brunswick Public Schools. In addition to the features they have installed and implemented at the security vestibules in each of their facilities, controlling access to protect students and staff, they continue to enhance security protections on each of their campuses.
EBPS FLEX Program
EBPS implemented a “School within a School,” an alternative educational program called FLEX, designed to meet the graduation requirements of the district’s identified at-risk students who need an alternative educational environment. After an extensive review process, students, with their parent’s consent, are offered placement in an after-school program. This customized setting, allows teachers to focus on assisting students with credit recovery so they can re-enter school, on track for graduation.
EBHS to MCC Pathways Program
The EBHS/Middlesex County College Pathways Program has created countless opportunities for many of our students. 395 EBHS 10-12th grade students registered for 693 MCC courses earning over 2000 MCC credits. Each family works with the school counselor to plan how the Pathways Program can contribute to their child’s preparation for college or career. For most, the Pathways Program will be an opportunity to develop academic confidence by taking college level courses while current students at East Brunswick High School. By combining their East Brunswick High School coursework with only one or two semesters at MCC, students may possibly graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree.
Future Ready Schools
EBPS strives to ensure that our schools provide students with the technology-rich environments that they need in order to be engaged and successful members of a digital society and workforce. Our schools must establish a culture of digital innovation, where educators are empowered to deepen and extend student learning through the use of technology, digital content, and media. The national Future Ready Framework was developed by the Alliance for Excellent Education. The vision of this initiative is to support schools as they promote the skills, abilities, and capacities essential for success in college, career, and citizenship in a digital age. Future Ready Schools – New Jersey is built on the foundation of this national Future Ready Framework. Of the approximately 600 school districts in New Jersey, currently only 20 school districts can claim to have a Future Ready School and East Brunswick has earned certification for their high school. Through sub-committees of their Instructional Technology Council, East Brunswick will continue to evaluate practices in each of these areas with plans to obtain Future Ready Certification for the remaining 10 of their schools.
Parent-Friendly Report Cards
Based on feedback from the district’s strategic planning effort, EBPS has revised the elementary school report card. This report card was designed to provide a comprehensive look at each child as a student in the East Brunswick Public Schools. A group of various stakeholders convened on multiple occasions to create a more user-friendly tool for parents to understand their child’s mastery of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. The new report card is a quarterly document that addresses each content area and the skills/strategies taught in that marking period. Backup documentation is hyperlinked to the standards and the rubrics used to assess. Parents may view a brief video on the district website which explains the changes. The district is working on translating the report card to meet the needs their diverse community. EBPS remains committed to enhancing the partnership between teachers and parents.