Announcements

  • Christmas Toy Giveaway - Please see the FLYER about an exciting event by Santa and his elves!!

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  • Athletes Honored - We are thrilled to have 5 of our Willingboro High School football team members recently honored by the Gordon-Masters Football Club. Please see attached flyer for details.

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  • Parent Resource Center - Dear Parents/Guardians, please see the linked Parent Resource Center Fall Newsletter. Enjoy!
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  • Mandatory Parental Notification of Standardized Assessments - Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-6.6, WTPS will provide parents or guardians with certain information on State assessments that will be administered in that school year. Refer to the attached calendar for details. 

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  • NJ QSAC Update - "As part of our goal to always improve our processes and services to our students and the community at large; on Monday September 26th, the Willingboro Board of Education approved an update to our Long Term Plan (LTP) for the improvement of our 'Instruction and Program' outcomes via curriculum adoption as measured by New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC)." 

    Board Presentation:  NJ QSAC WBOE Presentation

    Board Approved LTP:  NJ QSAC Revised Long Term Plan

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  • Willie R. James Sr. - The Willingboro Board of Education and Dr. Ronald G. Taylor passed a 'Resolution' honoring the life of W. R. James, Sr. a civil rights pioneer who fought housing discrimination and helped integrate Willingboro in the 1960s. Please read the linked BCT article on our civil rights Hero!

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  • Annual AHERA Notice - Please see the linked information notice regarding abestos use as an insulating material.

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  • Construction Award - Years of collaboration pays-off! Grayhawk, our Construction Managers, received recognition for professional services and successful completion of a project over $20M. Please see the linked recognition.

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  • State Survey - The New Jersey Department of Education wants to better understand what members of our school communities value in the public schools. The purpose of the linked survey is to gather information to help determine the quality of public schools and what data stakeholders would like to see reported on public schools.

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  • Engineering Legacy -
    Willingboro valedictorian Daniel Nguyen builds on district's engineering legacy story by Kelly Kultys, Burlington County Times (BCT) staff writer. Please read the linked BCT article.

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  • Parent Activity Calendars - Dear Parents see linked here the final Elementary Parent Activity Calendar and the Middle School Parent Pointers Calendars for June, July, and August for your summer use. Enjoy your summer and the activities too!

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  • PRC Spring Newsletter - Dear Parents/Guardians, please see the linked Parent Resource Center Spring Newsletter. Enjoy!

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  • National Elementary Honor Society - Twenty-two fourth- and fifth-grade students at Twin Hills Elementary School were inducted into the school's chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society on Wednesday May 4, 2016, in Willingboro. Please see the linked BCT video.

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  • Penn Relays Champ - Issac Williams, WHS class of 2012, and his University of Houston teammates won the 110 meters Men's Shuttle Hurdles Championship of America at the Penn Relays last week. Link to Article...

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  • PARCC Readiness Toolkit - The National Parent Teacher Association, in conjunction with Learning Heroes and Univision, has released the Readiness Roadmap Toolkit, featuring dozens of released items designed to help parents work with their children to ensure they are meeting grade-level standards for success.

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  • NJEA's Classroom Close-Up - On Sunday, April 24, 2016, McGinley 6th Grade Academy students, who were among the last generation to talk directly with Holocaust survivor Ernie Gross, will appear on the show. Please see information from the linked April NJEA Review page 47.

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  • Graduation rate Increase - Willingboro's rate of 77.78 percent marks the third consecutive year our graduation rate improved. The 2012 rate of 62.83 percent has increased nearly 15 percent over the last 3-years. This information is available on the NJDOE website and was reported in a Burlington County Times article posted by staff writers David Levinsky and Kristina Scala, on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 5:00 pm.

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  • HIB District Report - Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, our school district has conscientiously implemented the requirements found in the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act with the establishment of Policy and Reporting Procedures, School-based Safety Teams, HIB Initiatives and Staff training. Please see our District and School HIB Self-Assessment Report for the 2014-2015 school year.

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  • NJEA HIPP Grant - Thanks to Ms. Onyango at Twin Hills, students have the opportunity to benefit from Project WILD, a wonderful interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program! Please see the linked article to read more about this. 

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  • Chronic Absenteeism - A major goal for our School District this year is to improve overall student attendance.  According to the New Jersey Department of Education, a student is considered chronically absent when they miss 10% of the school year. There are only 180-days in a school year, if a student is enrolled for the entire year and absent 18 days they are chronically absent. Please see this important video link courtesy of Attendance Works: A Community Imperative and the Student Attendance presentation.

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Welcome SY 16-17

~ Developing Life-long Learners to become productive global citizens ~ 

 
For a printer friendly version of the Welcome SY 2016-17 letter please click here
 
Welcome SY 2016-2017
 
 
SY 2016-17
 
 
 
 
 

PARCC

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PARCC PARCC FAQs
 
 
 

Updated PARCC Score Report Resources Available Online

With the second year of PARCC testing completed, the PARCC consortium website andUnderstandtheScore.org have been updated with information for parents and students about the new student score reports for 2016.

The PARCC website and UnderstandtheScore.org both feature resources from partners such as Learning Heroes and the Collaborative for Student Success about how to use the reports to help inform preparation for the 2016-17 school year, along with links to PARCC resources specifically tailored to students in each consortium state.

PARCC Online Assessments Spring 2016

In the spring of 2015, NJ schools grades 3 to 11 participated in PARCC assessments via an online testing platform.  We, Willingboro Public Schools, demonstrated our ability to successfully administer these online assessments with the right technological infrastructure. Our school-based leaders have already initiated the necessary planning required to successfully execute the District's plan for 2015-2016 PARCC Administration. We are now on more familiar ground, and our focus to help students master the subject content standards while growing more comfortable with the online format is front and center. So the message below released before our first PARCC experience reinforces the focus of our students understanding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and online testing platform familiarity. Now is the time to make sure that all stakeholders, (i.e., Parents, Students, Teachers, and Administrators), are in sync ready to support and encourage our students' success!

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The more familiar teachers are with the test administration requirements, the more comfortable you will be.  While your principal and technology coordinator will focus on bandwidth and devices, you can help ensure a smooth test administration by making sure that your students are prepared with content knowledge and familiarity with the technology.
How can the district help students and teachers feel comfortable with the online assessments?

  1. Know the process.  Teachers and students can become familiar with the testing process so that all know the expectations on how the administration of the assessments will be facilitated.  The testing website is prepared to house modules to assist school staff with the online assessment process.  Stay tuned. 
     http://www.pearsonaccess.com/cs/Satellite?pagename=Pearson/QuickLink/pcPEMTraining
  2. Know the format of the test questions.  PARCC has many practice tests online.  Review the test samples with the understanding that the navigation and look of the test may be different during the actual performance-based and/or end-of-year assessments.  The test developer has a site prepared for school staff and students.  Review the information on the following sites and practice with the sample tests - individually and with the whole class.

http://www.parcconline.org/practice-tests   
http://www.parcconline.org/computer-based-samples  
http://www.parcconline.org/practice-test-answers

  1. Know the technology.  Teachers should facilitate the use of the technology across all content areas, which is the same technology and use of technology that is utilized for the assessments.  The testing environment should not be the first time the students touch the device or use technology to perform certain tasks.

The NJDOE has a one-stop shop for PARCC questions.  Contact PARCCTRT@doe.state.nj.us to have questions or concerns addressed.  We are excited about this move toward a new mode of testing delivery.  We welcome your comments.  With your input, the testing program can continually improve.

Source: The Bridge, 09/14
 

PARCC for Parents - Dear Parents...the information and resources on this webpage is to support you as you work with your child(ren) at home reinforcing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as they are the base from which the PARCC Assessments are constructed. Additionally, you will find website resources that help you understand new score reporting used throughout the PARCC consortium. If you need additional support with understanding the scoring, you can always conference with your child(ren)'s teachers.
 
Website Resources:
PARCC for Educators - PARCC’s goal is to provide guidance and support to help teachers bring the Common Core State Standards to life in their classrooms. PARCC is developing tools and resources aligned to the CCSS and the PARCC assessments. Click here to see a resource overview. These resources are available on the Partnership Resource Center (PRC), a dynamic and interactive web-based library of all PARCC resources and materials.  Visit PARCC for Educators for more information.
 
Website Resources:
PARCC Practice Tests - These tests include samples of the PARCC assessments, answer keys, and English Language Arts (ELA) scoring rubrics. Click here to navigate to the practice test site. See linked PARCC FAQs.
 
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) - resources for our Parent stakeholders can be accessed by clicking here for the State website and visit the Common Core States Initiative website for additional resources. Also see NJDOE's CCSS website
 
PARCC Assessments - The New Jersey Department of Education homepage for PARCC.
 

Parent Notes

Click here for user-friendly version of the Student Attendance Presentation
 
 
Knowledge is Power!    
 
Click here for user-friendly version of the
iReady Parent notice
 
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Initiatives

Developing Life-long Learners to become productive global citizens

Our Program

Effective schools are schools in which students are able to succeed well beyond what is generally expected. Our schools must add extra value to each Student’s outcome in comparison with other schools serving similar student populations. We remain committed and dedicated to improving the well-being and academic outcomes of all our children as we transform Willingboro Public Schools into a ‘Blue Ribbon’ School District.

As we enter into 'Year-6' of innovative initiatives, we must capitalize on ‘Year-5’ investments, and develop life-long learners for productive global citizenship.

Our journey to improve student achievement entails creating new courses, implementing new initiatives, and researched best practices.  Our commitment and pledge to provide a quality education for all students will be the foundation and driving force our students need to ascend to outstanding academic achievement during their educational tenure.

 
Technology Refresh:
The objective of the computer refresh is to upgrade the existing technology in classrooms and computer labs with current year technology; replacing the six to seven year old computers in District’s computer labs and classrooms.  This refresh consists of 1,000 desktop computers, and eight 30-station laptop carts; one for each school.  The benefits to this Technology refresh are huge. With PARCC high stakes testing occurring this school year, and our increased utilization of online formative assessments, with Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP) testing, newer technologies allow us to take advantage of greater computing efficiency. 

Cosmetology Program Returns:
We welcome the return of Cosmetology to the course offerings in our high school CTE programming. This is the first level of a 3-year Cosmetology Course designed to provide students with instruction required to meet the standards set forth in the Cosmetology and Hairstyling Act of 1984. A State Licensed Program which requires a student to complete 1200 Hours (1000 Hours Vocational School) of instruction and take the State Board Examination to earn the Cosmetology/Hairstyling license upon completion of the Program.

Willingboro High School is offering AP Language and Composition for high performing juniors.

Contemporary Young Adult Literature:

This course traces the development of modern literature in the last 40 years where students will study a variety of genres: past and present. This course provides the platform for making rich, real-life connections to literature.  Students will be able to express themselves through a variety of creative activities, and demonstrate understanding of key contemporary ideas by completing performance tasks that fuse current web-based programs and instruction to provide students with a well-rounded literary experience. Students will explore multiculturalism and how it contributes to a continuously advancing a diverse America, and study some controversial selections that are appropriate in understanding the world as it continues to evolve. The selections also inspire activities aligned with the common core standards.

AP 11 Language and Composition:

Prerequisite: Minimum “B” average in English 10 Honors or “A” average in CP English 10.

This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. The course emphasizes the expository, analytical, argumentative writing, as well as the personal and reflective writing.  Students’ writing will be based on reading,as well as, on personal experience, and observation. Students will also learn how to read primary and secondary sources carefully, to synthesize material from these texts in their own composition, and to cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations such as the Modern Language Association (MLA). This course is recommended for advanced proficient eleventh graders interested in the AP12 track.

MiddleSchool Robotics:

The purpose of this curriculum is to provide an introduction to robotics and encourage young people to explore the technology that encompasses robotics. Our goal is to inspire interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects that will open the door to career opportunities in the aviation and space realm.

System44:

System 44 is an intensive foundational phonics and decoding intervention reading response program for our most challenged readers in Grades 3-12. From the creators of Scholastic's Read 180 program, System 44 will be piloted this year in each school targeting our non-readers to beginning readers in both general and special education programs.

Naviance:

Naviance college and career readiness solution is a proven resource that both middle and high school students utilize to research and explore hundreds of colleges and career paths. As part of the district-wide investment to enhance college and career readiness for our students, we eagerly look forward to the positive impact Naviance will have on our students' goal-setting, establishing academic plans to meet their goals, and desire to be life-long learners.

NewTechnology:

Our desire is to meet our students’ needs and move them into our 21st Century world prepared, inspired, and ready to make significant contributions to humanity. All English Language Learners in grades 9-12 will receive an iPad to assist them in mastering the English Language. The purpose of this initiative is to accelerate the acquisition of phonics, vocabulary, fluency, reading-comprehension skills, and other language building blocks for our ESL students. Students will have access to software to improve their English fluency.

Middle School Curriculum Updates

On June 16, 2010, the NJDOE adopted a plan for the implementation of revised curricula.  The plan required that districts adopt the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in grades 6-8, beginning September 2013.  With that goal in mind, Willingboro Public Schools has adopted a new textbook and revised the middle school math curriculum.  Our teachers had a great deal of input and influence in the adoption of the textbook and the revised curriculum.  We are certain that the addition of these new resources will provide our teachers with the additional confidence and tools needed to engage student learning on all levels.

Benchmark Assessments

Last school year the high school implemented NWEA MAP assessments to measure student growth, design instructional programs based on student’s needs, and to identify learning readiness and opportunities for student growth.  This school year we will use NWEA MAP in grades 1 to 12 to measure student achievement and to improve instruction. Research indicates that the frequency of student assessments directly correlates to student achievement. Periodic benchmark assessments are implemented to provide school and district administrators with timely internal educational data to drive instruction of critically needed conceptual development in the classroom.

K-12th Curriculum Implementation

Curriculum is a set of predetermined work plans developed by or for teachers to use in classrooms by which the content, scope, and sequence of that content, and the skills taught through that content are defined and configured. Formal curriculum is predetermined and it structures the curriculum of the school, and appears in curriculum guides, state regulations, or officially sanctioned scope and sequence charts. Core Curriculum focuses on content and skills basic to the disciplines of Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics. We are excited to announce that teachers in grades K-12th beginning Fall 2012, will utilize an updated curriculum that provides pacing and instructional guidance for our elementary schools based upon the 2009 NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards, as well as the new Common Core Standards for Language Arts and Mathematics.

Textbook Inventory & Management System

With the full implementation of the Follett web-based Textbook Management System, administrators will finally be able to account for and share available textbook resources within our school district electronically, and more efficiently adopt new texts as required.

Textbook Adoption

An innovative textbook adoption program, whereby required texts are secured through a lease agreement was recently approved by the Board of Education.Through this initiative, a long standing issue of dated instructional resources has been addressed. To date, new textbooks have been purchased for Geometry, Algebra, PreAlgebra, Social Studies, Biology, Science, World Languages, K-8 Music, and K-5 Literacy. 

Preliminary SAT Scoring Service (PSSS)

The PSSS will provide students with opportunities to learn and practice proven strategies for successful aptitude testing. The PSSS test measures critical reading, mathematics and writing skills using the pre-disclosed 2012 PSAT/NMSQT Saturday test form. We will use the PSSS to help guide and inspire our students as they plan for their promising future.

Gifted and Talented Program Expansion

During Winter 2011, Willingboro schools embarked on a journey to restore the Gifted & Talented Program for students in grades 3-5. Teachers helped develop students who demonstrated high levels of proficiency on multiple platforms of assessment in their park school. The instructors, through partnerships with both William and Mary University and Rutgers University, were tasked to challenge these students to think critically and expand their aptitudes. Last school year, these opportunities were expanded to the middle grades.

Alternative Education Programming

Our desire to meet the needs of all of our students inspired the designed an Alternative Education Program which will be located at Bookbinder School this school year. The Alternative Program helps to academically prepare students who can benefit from smaller learning communities in an environment where alternative learning styles are explored to promote students success. Additionally, this program supports students who are returning to Willingboro Public Schools from out of district placements.  

NJQSAC

The New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC), as required by N.J.S.A. 18A:7A-3 et seq., is a system whereby all public school districts in the State are monitored and evaluated. NJQSAC is designed to be a single,comprehensive accountability system that consolidates and incorporates the monitoring requirements of applicable State and Federal programs. This year we will continue to execute the State approved District Improvement Plan (DIP) to ensure compliance with the five established NJQSAC components: Instruction and Programs; Fiscal Management; Personnel; Governance; and Operations.

Middle School Sports Initiative

Willingboro School District is very pleased to announce the successful restoration of competitive sports for our middle grade students. We believe the reinstatement of Athletic programs at the Middle School will augment our overall program; by both motivating students to improve their performance away from the competitive environments and providing leadership opportunities for youngsters.

Professional Development Partnerships

In an effort to accelerate the academic performance of our students, and the instructional capacity of our teachers in secondary settings; the Willingboro School District is excited to announce multiple Professional Development Partnerships with Texas Instruments, and Progressive Mathematics Institute (Mathematics), Children’s Literacy Initiative, and Standard Solution (Language Arts and Social Studies).

Data

Benefits of the successful use of data to improve student achievement...

'The planned use of data is a common characteristic among schools that are high performing and beat the odds in terms of student achievement.The use of data to drive educational decision making results in improved teacher practices and school culture. Teachers report greater differentiation of instruction, greater collaboration among staff, increased sense of teacher efficacy, and improved identification of students' learning needs as outcomes of data use.'


New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) Data Points...
 
Standards Review and Listening Tour Sessions
http://www.state.nj.us/education/standards/
 
All DOE Data & Reports
 
Data Collection Information Center
 
 
 
 
Excellent Educators for New Jersey (EE4NJ)
 
NJ Quality Single Accountability Continuum

 NJDOE HIB Guidance
http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/behavior/hib/guidance/

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
http://www.state.nj.us/education/sca/toolkit/

NJDOE has posted materials on their CCSS page, those that you might find useful for back-to-school events, school or district newsletters, school board meetings, or other interactions with parents and the public:
1. CCSS for Parents and Families: Overview: This 2-page document provides basic
    facts about the standards and how they are being implemented in schools.
2. CCSS for Parents and Families: Myths & Facts: This 2-page document addresses
    common misconceptions about the CCSS.
3. CCSS for Parents and Families: Resources: This 2-page document includes an
    annotated, categorized list of online resources that explain and exemplify the
    standards.
4. CCSS Brochure for Parents and Families: This tri-fold brochure includes a basic
    explanation of the CCSS and remarks from major  stakeholders who support the
    standards, including the NJEA, NJPSA, PTA, business and higher education
    communities, etc.

 


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