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District Announcements
BOE holds joint session with GR Mayor & Council May 9
Those planning to attend the BOE meeting on May 9 are asked to note the change in time and place:
On Monday, May 9, 2016 the Glen Rock Board of Education will hold a joint meeting with the Glen Rock Mayor and Council in the Glen Rock Municipal Building Conference Room, 1 Harding Place, Glen Rock. The BOE will recess to Closed Work Session at 6:30 p.m., resuming the Regular Board Meeting at 7:30 p.m. 

Online Safety: what every parent should know!
Glen Rock Public Schools will host a Department of Homeland Security presentation for K – 12 parents on the topic of online safety Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Glen Rock High School auditorium. Special Agent David Fallon, Jr. will share important information aimed at assisting parents and guardians in understanding the potential dangers, and will share best practices in supervising and managing the social media lives of twenty-first century students.
Family Food Challenges parent presentations
Earlier this year, Glen Rock High School junior Erica Jones was awarded a $4,000 grant by Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time. This nonprofit organization provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward schools as they pursue sustainability programs. Ms. Jones’ project focused on education and improvements in health-related habits and/or cafeteria food, with a goal of offering better, more nutritious lunches and positive changes to Glen Rock families’ diets.
As part of this initiative, the district is holding two nutrition presentations for parents – for Middle School/High School parents on May 17 and elementary parents on May 19.
Please see the attached flyer for more information about these interactive, dynamic presentations, which will be facilitated by Glen Rock parent and Holistic Health Coach, Erica Danziger.
We are confident all attendees will leave with at least two great ideas for instilling healthier eating habits in your homes!
Paula Valenti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Family Food Challenges Flyer         About Erica Danziger
District announces candidacy details for November’s School Board Election
School Business Administrator/Board Secretary Michael Rinderknecht of the Glen Rock Public Schools, has announced that three seats for full, three-year terms and two seats for one-year unexpired terms will be available at the School Board Election to be held on November 8, 2016. 

Prospective school board candidates can obtain a nominating petition online from the Bergen County Clerk at­School-Nominating-Petition.pdf.  

Prospective school board candidates may also obtain a "School Board Candidate Kit" at the Glen Rock School’s Administration Building at 620 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, NJ Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or online at www.n   

Published by the New Jersey School Boards Association, the School Board Candidate Kit includes information about legal qualifications for school board candidacy and the role of the school board member. Information about the New Jersey School Ethics Act and important dates in the school election process are also included in the kit.Nominating Petitions must be filed with the Bergen County Clerk's Election Division no later the 4 p.m. on or before July 25, 2016. The Election Division is located at one Bergen County Plaza, Room 130, Hackensack, NJ 07601. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
District launches expanded use of social media for communications
For the better part of the 2015-16 school year, Glen Rock High School Principal John Arlotta has piloted the use of Twitter to announce high school events, athletic contests, public and student meetings, performances, field trips and a variety of accolades for staff and students.
Students and families of the five other schools in the district will now be able to follow these same types of activities for their own buildings, as the district has launched Twitter accounts for all four elementary schools, the middle school and the community school.
Anyone interested in following the activities of each school can add these handles to their Twitter feed:
@GRPSByrd,  @GRPSCentral, @GRPSColeman, @GRPSHamilton,  @GRMiddleSchool, @GRPSHighSchool and @GRCommSch.  Superintendent Paula Valenti has been using Twitter for school announcements for several months. However, the handle for that account has recently been changed to @grpssupt.
For now the school accounts will be managed by each building principal as well as the director of the community school. Honeywell Instant Alert will still be the initial “voice” for district emergency announcements, but that information will also be added to Twitter.
According to Superintendent Valenti, the BOE Community Relations Committee has been assessing the use of Facebook for similar purposes. A district Facebook page is currently in the works, which the district plans to roll out before the end of the school year.
Calendar Adjustments
  Dear Parents/Guardians, 

The rationale for the return of emergency days bears repeating for all district families.

First, the return of unused emergency closing days (which has not happened in over 10 years) is a stipulation of the negotiated agreement with the GREA.

Second, although the published 2015-16 school calendar includes a statement that unused emergency days would be returned beginning with May 31, then May 27 and so on, the calendar was approved in July of 2015. This was far in advance of the establishment of testing dates for certain state exams, including End of Year Biology, and PARCC which conflict with the published plan.

Third, in reviewing all school calendars across the district, the number of dates available for closure without conflict due to staff or student activities or established holidays is extremely limited.

Finally - Please know that the potential for a district closure remains in effect should there be inclement weather, or some other type of emergency, before the use of the returned emergency days. Therefore, IF there is a district closure BEFORE the use of the returned emergency days please be advised the district would open 3/24, followed by 3/28, 5/27 and 5/31. The district recognizes that the return of these four days impacts family planning and appreciates your understanding of the above factors that guided the decision-making process. Our aim is to work cooperatively with the community to continually improve all aspects of operations and communications.

Message from Commissioner David C. Hespe re PARCC
The New Jersey Department of Education posted on its website an important message from Commissioner David C. Hespe to parents explaining what they need to know about the second administration of PARCC that starts in April. Please click the following link to view the message. A Message from Commissioner Hespe   .
Glen Rock School District designated “High Performing” by NJDOE
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paula Valenti has received notice from the NJDOE that Glen Rock has been designated a “High Performing District” with regards to NJQSAC. As such, the district is eligible to submit an equivalency application through which it may waive completion of an extensive District Performance Review and monitoring by the state.

QSAC, New Jersey’s Quality Single Accountability Continuum, is the Department of Education’s monitoring and evaluation system for evaluating public school districts to determine the degree to which a thorough and efficient education is being provided. QSAC is based on five key elements of effective school districts: Instruction & Program, Operations, Governance, Fiscal and Personnel. Districts that have satisfied 80-100 percent of the quality performance indicators in each of these areas may submit a Statement of Assurance documenting they remain high performing, in lieu of receiving a full QSAC review every three years. At the regular meeting of the Glen Rock Board of Education on Monday, Dec. 21, the BOE will be voting on the recommendation of Superintendent Valenti to submit the Equivalency Application to the Executive County Superintendent to extend the district’s QSAC certification as a high performing district for an additional three years, i.e. through the 2017-18 school year.


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