News and Notes--2014-2015 Archive
April 14, 2015: Suffern High School's Cambridge Pre-U program was highlighted in this presentation. Introduced by Assistant Principal Dr. James Douglass, teachers Dr. Bob Wilson and Mr. Jared Gelb described the two-year research-based program. SHS seniors Snehith Abraham, Joely Adelson, and Eytan Rubinstein spoke about the research each of them has done in the course.
March 17, 2015: This Technology Update includes information gleaned from the Clarity survey, a tool implemented in November of 2014 in which teachers, students, and parents responded to a series of technology-related questions. In addition, the presentation includes professional development activities related to the District's migration to Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and highlights a number of classroom applications of GAFE.
February 10, 2015: Suffern Middle School's seventh grade Team Gamma teachers Mr. KC Davan, Ms. Gina DeMarsico, Ms. Eileen Finnegan and Mr. Todd Walker, shared the presentation Gamma has Grit! They spoke about how a focus on developing grit in students is shifting mindsets and the culture of learning for their students.
January 13, 2015: In her presentation Commit to Grit - A Literacy Based Character Education Program RP Connor teacher Ms. Michele McKiernan shared the curriculum she has written incorporating grit, goal setting, literature and the Common Core Standards.
December 16, 2014: The RCSD Professional Development Committee presented this PD Plan to the Board of Education for their approval. The committee included teachers, administrators, parents and representatives of higher education.
November 17, 2014:
Web site to support K-5 Standards Based Report Cards is launched as part of our elementary and district sites. Click here to see e-card templates, rubrics and more.
September 16, 2014: Report to the Board of Education
K - 5 Standards Based Report Cards Update provides additional information on the new elementary report cards that will be rolled out this fall. Information relating to the rationale for revising the report cards, the process by which they were revised and plans for communicating the next steps are included. Each grade will have a unique report card, specific to the expectations for what students should know and be able to do at that grade level. Rubrics will be available for teachers and parents to clarify student achievement in each area. This report card revision will include a "green" initiative where parents will access their child's report card through the parent portal.
September 2, 2014: Report to the Board of Education