Education Foundation Gifts Broadcasting Equipment

Education Foundation Gifts Broadcasting Equipment
Posted on 10/22/2021

The Wyckoff Education Foundation recently donated $20,000.00 to fund new broadcasting equipment across WSD’s five schools. Each elementary school was outfitted this fall with a mobile studio by Padcaster™, complete with green screens, iPads, lighting, and microphones. Lincoln School’s principal, Mr. Lee, along with teachers Mr. Patanella and Mrs. Panzitta and three fifth grade students, showcased the new podcasting and videocasting equipment with an episode from their new student-run video news show — “The Lion’s Den” — at last Monday’s school board meeting. New Pentax™ digital SLR cameras were purchased for Eisenhower Middle School, to enhance student skills related to photography, video recording, and multimedia production. Due to the generosity and support of our parents and community through the Wyckoff Education Foundation, our students are enjoying these collaborative and cutting edge technologies in the classroom.

Special Education Parent Group

Following a meet and greet earlier this month with new Director of Student Personnel Services, Diane Ciaramella, the first official meeting of the WSD Special Education Parent Group (SEPAG) will be held on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The purpose of this parent group is to provide input on district policies and programs for children with disabilities and their families. Parents will discuss general issues related to special education, without reference to any specific child’s Individualized Education Plan. All parents of classified learners are encouraged to attend. To register for Monday night’s virtual meeting, contact Karen Riley at [email protected].

Parent-Teacher Conferences and Progress Reports

Schools will close early on November 10th and 17th for parent-teacher conferences. Parents may select either an in-person or virtual option. Elementary teachers will reach out to parents to schedule a specific conference time; middle school conferences will be offered to parents of students whose mid-marking period progress reports indicate academic concerns. 

Start Strong Testing Results Will Be Released in December

New Jersey’s Start Strong assessments were administered last week,  with make-up tests this week, to students in Grades 4 to 8, measuring student performance in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science (Grade 6 only). The New Jersey Department of Education plans to make the results available to families on December 17, 2021 via paper copies mailed home and also electronically through a state parent portal. More information will follow as the release date approaches.

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