Announcements

  • Christmas Toy Giveaway - Hosted by members of the Willingboro Township Council on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 from 6-8 pm at the Willingboro Senior Center. Please see Flyer for more details.
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  • District Science Fair Please join us for our Public Exhibition of the Willingboro District Science Fair! December 12, 2014--11:30 am- 1:00 pm at the Burlington County College Mt. Laurel Campus. Please see the linked Flyer for additional details.
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  • Reorganization Board Meeting - The Willingboro Board of Education will hold its annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7 PM. Please see linked Meeting Notice.
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  • State of the District Address - the Willingboro Board of Education will host the 3rd Annual State of the District Address by Dr. Ronald G. Taylor, Superintendent of Schools, along with a Student-Centered Showcase highlighting district school-based initiatives and programs on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 6:30 PM in the high school auditorium. Please see the linked flyer as a reminder.
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  • Graduation Rate Improvement - Willingboro High School along with 12 other county high schools posted increases in their graduation rates. This marks the second consecutive year our high school graduation rate increased; to 73.86%. Please see the linked Burlington County Times article.
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  • Parent Newsletter -  Dear Parents please see linked here in the December 2014 issue of the 'Parents Make the Difference' newsletter for elementary schools, and the Activity Calendar. Enjoy!
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  • Superintendent's Blog - The purpose of this Weblog is to offer Dr. Ronald G. Taylor an opportunity to highlight and share important information regarding the work that we are doing on behalf of the students of Willingboro Public Schools. The weekly blog can be viewed by visiting the Superintendent channel on the district homepage. If you register on our website and subscribe to the Superintendent's channel, you can receive electronic updates (E-Alerts) via email when new content has been posted. See Dr. Taylor's introduction letter and click the Registration/Subscription link herein for detailed instructions.
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  • Diabetes Awareness Month - the Willingboro Public School District will host a Diabetes Awareness event on Monday, November 24th at the Country Club Administration Building from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Please see linked flyer.
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  • Health Dept. Guidance - Interim guidance for Burlington County schools regarding the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) can be found below. With a heightened awareness of the EVD, the New Jersey Department of Health is currently developing guidelines for schools. Please see the published Interim Guidance, Dr. Taylor's letter to the community, and Public Health information on our website Community channel.
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  • The Willingboro Project - Former Willingboro High School students and graduates have collaborated to showcase and pay tribute to Teachers and Administrators who helped shape their educational journey beyond college into the work world. Please see Part 01 of       The Willingboro Project.
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  • Operation Warm - Coats for Kids Event - Sunday, October 12, 2014 come out and support this worthwhile family event by running, walking or donating to make a difference! Please see linked Flyer.
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  • 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. Eventually, these resources will be available on the Partnership Resource Center (PRC), a dynamic and interactive web-based library of all PARCC resources and materials. The PRC will be available in 2014. Visit PARCC_for_Educators for more information.
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  • PARCC Practice TestsThese 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.
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  • Common Core State Standards (CCSS) - resources for our Parent stakeholders can be accessed by clicking here and visit our Data Points Tab under our rotating photos for additional State resources.
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  • Student Information System - Parents... you can monitor your child's academic progress via our Genesis 'Parent Portal'. Click on the Genesis link under the 'Students & Parents' Channel for information detailing how to obtain access. We look forward to your interaction.
     Genesis
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  • Internet Essentials - If your child receives free or reduced price school lunches, you may qualify for Internet Essentials from Comcast for just $9.95 a month. Click link to see how-it-works.
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  • PRC Newsletter -  Dear Parents please see linked here in the Fall issue of the  Parent Resource Center newsletter for research-based and practical information for student success. Enjoy!
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  • Lunch Balances Online - Our school district in partnership with MyPaymentsPlus collaborated to provide parents with a convenient online option to monitor and/or manage student lunch account balances. Please see Dr. Taylor's linked Letter and the Program's Flyer for more information.
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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.
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  • Rigorous Gifted & Talented Program - Willingboro Public Schools in conjunction with vested community partners invest in academic opportunities for ambitious 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in T.O.P.S program.  Please see linked Community News Article.
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New Initiatives

Accelerating Student Achievement through a Continuum of Instructional Leadership for the       2014-15 School Year

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-4' of innovative initiatives, we must capitalize on ‘Year-3’ investments, and Accelerate Student Achievement through a Continuum of Instructional Leadership.

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 Points

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...
 
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.

 


Referendum

Referendum Initiatives for Willingboro Public Schools
 
 
The $67 Million bond referendum approved by the Willingboro Community in March of 2010 is coming to fruition. The five elementary schools along with Willingboro High School have been completely renovated. The renovation efforts include: renovation of mechanical and electrical systems; new exterior windows and doors; new interior doors and hardware; new emergency generator; and the complete renovation of bathrooms. This effort has been accelerated by the use 
of swing space.
 
During the initial phases of construction it was realized that this effort was much too large to complete, only during summer or after hours shifts. Interrupting instruction by the construction process, during the school day was of course deemed by the Superintendent and Board of Education as an unacceptable approach.  After much planning with the District’s construction managers, GREYHAWK, a swing space approach was developed. Swing space refers to the utilization of and transfer to an unused facility while construction is expedited at the designated facility. This approach was possible due to the availability of unused, but very well kept excess buildings in the Willingboro Community. 
 
The initial swing space projects included the renovation of Hawthorne and WR James Elementary Schools. During the 2012-2013 school year these schools were successfully relocated to Bookbinder and McGinley School Buildings respectively. This allowed construction that was previously planned for three summers to be completed in just 10 months. Additionally the more compact consistent approach brought these District construction projects in under budget and most importantly shielded the day to day instructional process from interruption. The Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ronald Taylor was quoted as saying, “I am 
thrilled that the Board of Education has shown faith in both our vision and plan for this massive undertaking. The decision to utilize swing space allows us to be both fiscally responsible as well as academically focused. I would like to thank all of the members of the Willingboro School Family whose hard work brought this to fruition. Many hundreds of hours of work go into this type of undertaking and all are to be commended inclusive of Teachers, Administrators, Custodians, Clerical Workers and those in Central Administration.”
 
The swing space approach is now being utilized for the renovation of Memorial Middle School. During the summer of 2013, all materials and furniture were moved from Memorial Middle Newly renovated restrooms New windows and LED school sign  School to the Levitt and McGinley School Buildings to prepare for construction. As Levitt was deemed too small to accommodate all of Memorial Middle School’s programmatic needs, the McGinley School was named as the home of the 6th Grade Academy.
 
The Academy approach for mile-stone transition grades such as 6th and 9th are common place in many school districts as they 
allow for students to ease into a new secondary experience and achieve the expectations of the assigned educators. As of November 2013, the 6th Grade Academy and Memorial Middle at Levitt are doing very well in their new surroundings. The enrollment is higher than expected and both teachers and parents have given positive reviews. Meanwhile, construction at Memorial is progressing on time and on budget. 
 
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In accordance with the Referendum Initiatives for our schools, plans are underway for the renovation of all Schools.  The renovations will include, but not limited to:
  • Windows, Doors, and Boiler Replacements;
  • Restroom Renovations;
  • Unit Ventilator Replacement; and,
  • Electrical and Plumbing System Upgrades

PARCC

PARCC Online Assessments are Coming This Spring

In the spring of 2015, NJ schools with grades 3 to 11 will participate in PARCC assessments via an online testing platform.  Now is the time to make sure that your district is "tech" ready.

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 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. Eventually, these resources will be available on the Partnership Resource Center (PRC), a dynamic and interactive web-based library of all PARCC resources and materials. The PRC will be available in 2014. Visit PARCC for Educators for more information.
 
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.