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2016-2017 School Year Calendar

April 29th, 2016

At the April 25, 2016 NWR Board of Education meeting, the 2016-2017 School Year Calendar was approved. You can view the 2016-2017 School Year Calendar by clicking the link below:

2016-2017 NWR Calendar

School Calendar

April 26th, 2016

Due to unused snow days, the calendar for the remainder of this academic year has been revised. Please see the link below.

Revised Calendar

Our last day of school for staff and students will be on June 20th. Graduation remains on June 24th at 6:45pm.

Exams will follow the tentative schedule below:

June 14: Period 1 & 2
June 15: Period 3 & 4
June 16: Period 5 & 6
June 17: Period 7 & 8
June 20: Make-ups and “move-up” transition day (more information to follow)

 

Update PARCC Math Test Schedule

April 22nd, 2016

We have adjusted the testing schedule in order to support participation in “bring your child to work day” on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Please see attached schedule.

Math Schedule

What is Rachel’s Challenge?

April 20th, 2016

PARCC Testing Schedule

April 6th, 2016

Dear Parents,

Attached, please find the middle school and high school PARCC schedule. As you know, New Jersey students are required to take state assessments. I understand that last year there was a perception that the assessment “did not count.” Please know that this year, the PARCC Assessment will count toward your child’s graduation requirement and all students enrolled in 7-11th grade English as well as all students enrolled in 7-8th grade Math, Algebra I & II, and Geometry classes are expected to participate in the test.

There have been some positive changes to the test for this year’s administration, namely the time required to take the test has been greatly reduced, so have the total number of questions. Student scores will also be returned to parents and to the school in a more timely manner. This will assist us in using the scores to evaluate our programs and make any needed changes prior to the start of the next school year.

Should you have any questions regarding the PARCC schedule, please feel free to contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Thank you,

Sarah Bilotti

2016 PARCC Schedule

Letter to Parents Regarding PARCC

April 6th, 2016

Click HERE to download the full letter that is quoted below:

Dear Parents,

Beginning next week, North Warren Regional will administer the second-year of the PARCC test in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The test was first administrated in 2015 and replaced the NJ ASK and HSPA tests. It matches the content and skills outlined in the standards that guide instruction in the classroom and provide valuable information about student learning. We are committed to providing accurate information to parents and families in your community, as well as clarifying any misperceptions about the value of student participation in statewide assessments.

The PARCC test provides a deeper level of information about student progress than previous tests, which makes it a valuable tool to measure student performance. PARCC identifies the areas in each subject where a student needs additional support and where he or she has mastered the content and can be challenged to go deeper into the subject matterinformation that is useful for parents, teachers, students, and school administrators.

As a parent, you can use the information you learn about your child’s performance to support your child at home and guide a discussion with their child’s teacher to identify what, if any, additional support is necessary in school. Teachers use the information to guide their instruction and provide more personalized activities and learning opportunities for students. Students can work on the areas where improvement is needed to ensure they are staying on track to be successful in the next grade. In areas where students excel, teachers can provide appropriately challenging work to ensure students continue to be engaged in school and advance their knowledge.

No single test can give a complete picture of achievement, but when it is combined with student grades and teacher reports, it can provide important information about student progress. With this year’s scores, you will be able to compare your child’s performance this year to last year’s and track your child’s progress over time. In addition, the PARCC test is the best way to ensure that traditionally underserved students—those receiving special education or English as a Second Language services, low-income, and minority students—are not overlooked.

Both the New Jersey Department of Education and our district are working to reduce the number of assessments students take at the state and district level to ensure that test provide meaningful information for teachers, students and parents. For example, for the 2016 school year, we have decided, as a district, to forego mid-term exams in favor of more authentic assessments to measure mid-year progress.

When a student does not participate in the annual state test, we all lose out on valuable information. It is our expectation that all students will participate in testing. We are committed to student achievement, and the PARCC test raises the bar for our students to ensure they are on the path to success. We are confident that with the quality instruction delivered by our dedicated educators, and your support, our students can meet and exceed these expectations. I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher , guidance counselor, or case manager with any questions you may have about the PARCC test or your child’s progress.

Thank you,

Sarah Bilotti

A Message from Commissioner Hespe Regarding 2016 PARCC Administration

April 6th, 2016

PARCC Parent FAQs

April 6th, 2016

Click HERE to download the full document that is quoted below.

Why Is the PARCC Assessment Valuable for My Child?

1. Why should my child take the PARCC test?
• The major complaint about New Jersey’s previous statewide assessments test in English language arts and math, the NJASK, is that they did little to provide educators to improve your child’s classroom, and that it provided parents with little feedback. The PARCC test is a more sophisticated assessment designed to address those issues. PARCC is aligned to the state’s new academic standards that are guiding what and how your children are taught in class. In addition to providing an overall score in both subjects, the test also shows how well your child is performing in comparison to peers in his or her grade level, school and district, as well as useful information about your children’s strengths and areas for improvement.
• PARCC is not meant to provide a complete picture of student achievement, but when combined with other measures, including teacher reports and student grades, it provides important information about your child’s progress.

2. What makes PARCC different from previous state tests?
• The test goes beyond multiple-choice questions to get a deeper understanding of your child’s learning. The questions require your child to apply his or her knowledge and skills to address real-world problems and describe the reasoning. Because the test questions are more in-depth, parents and teachers receive more detailed information about student learning than previous tests.

3. Can PARCC help my child improve?
• Yes. The PARCC reports break down each subject tested into different categories of skills, and shows how well your child performed in each. This helps you and your child’s teacher understand where your child is doing well and where he or she needs more support. You can use this information to guide a discussion with your child’s teacher(s) about additional supports or challenges needed in class, and other ways to support your child at home. Teachers and principals will use this information to improve classroom instruction and provide more effective and targeted support and professional development. They can also identify where your child has mastered content so they can provide more challenging work to continue to keep him or her engaged and making progress.

4. Why is my child’s participation important?
• These tests serve as an ‘academic checkup.’ Although they are only one measure of your child’s progress, the scores on the PARCC test can be compared from one year to the next. The test is a useful tool to determine your child’s performance and the level of progress and readiness for the next grade. Ultimately it will tell you how well your child is prepared for success after graduation.

5. How much instructional time does my child spend on the PARCC assessment?
Students in New Jersey will spend less than 1 percent of their time in school on the annual PARCC assessment.
• Since the assessments are aligned to our state standards, all learning prepares students for these assessments. Good teaching will always be the best method of preparing students for success—whether that’s success on an assessment, a presentation, or to move on to the next grade.
• Officials from New Jersey and other states in the PARCC consortium listened to the concerns of educators, and reduced the total amount of testing for 2016.

6. How will the test be shorter this year?
• The total testing time will be reduced, with the math test being shortened by 60 minutes and the English language arts test by 30 minutes.
• In addition, the two testing windows used last year (one portion of the test was given in the early spring, and another was given at the end of the school year) will be combined into one testing window for 2016.

7. Should I be concerned with over-testing?
• We are committed to preparing all students for success in college and career, and part of that requires assessing students. As a district, we’re working to ensure that our students only take assessments that provide meaningful data for students, teachers and parents. We’re committed to administering fewer, fairer and more accurate tests.

8. Should I be concerned about the privacy of my child’s data?
• Protecting student data and privacy is a top priority. Protections are in place at both the state and federal levels, as well as through all state-level contracts and agreements, to prevent student-identifiable data from being marketed or distributed. Federal law prohibits the creation of a federal database with students’ personally identifiable information. Any recommended data collection adheres to all federal and state privacy laws, including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
• The selling of student data was never allowed under the previous tests in New Jersey, and it is not allowed under PARCC.

9. Where can I go for more information?
• For more information on the PARCC test, including FAQs, videos and links to practice tests, visit http://understandthescore.org/. To see a practice test and for resources to help your child at home, visit http://bealearninghero.org/classroom/PARCC. Also visit the New Jersey Department of Education’s resources online: http://www.nj.gov/education/assessment.

Welcome Ms. Kappler!

March 22nd, 2016

NWR is excited to welcome Susan Kappler as our interim principal. Ms. Kappler will be with us until June 30, 2018. Ms. Kappler retired as principal of Kittatinny High School and since her retirement has been an active mentor and interim principal. Ms. Kappler will work will us throughout the next year as we work as a community to select and hire a permanent principal for our district.

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Photo credit P. Quick, Yearbook Staff

Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report

March 8th, 2016

North Warren Marching Band

February 17th, 2016

The North Warren Marching Band made a surprise appearance at the Maersk international staff conference in Parsippany NJ. They introduced Shilo Harris, Spokesman for The Patriot Project www.patriotproject.org. Shilo is a decorated Wounded Warrior who spoke to the Maersk team.

2016 Patriot Yearbooks

November 18th, 2015

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2016 “Red, White and You”
PATRIOT YEARBOOKS
Books are now available to purchase.
Order yours today. $85.00
MULTIPLE WAYS TO ORDER!!!!

Online Orders:
Balfour.com
By check:
Made payable to NW Yearbook – $85.00
Payment Plan:
$40 in November, $45 January

**Contact Ms. Gehm for more details— kgehm@northwarren.org **

Athletes of the Month

October 20th, 2015

The North Warren Regional Athletic Department announced their athletes of the month for the month of September. Chosen by their coaches, the following athletes were recognized for their continued dedication, hustle, sweat, desire, and heart that they exhibit every day for the athletic teams at North Warren.

Julia Greer – Cheer, Megan Frehill – Cross Country, Elinor Dowd – Field Hockey, Alex Predenkoski – Soccer, Kellyanne Farrell – Soccer, Brandon Mickelson – Football, and Todd Machynko – Cross Country.

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Refillable Hydration Stations

October 14th, 2015

The Water Bears are a team of five students from North Warren Regional High School that are dedicated to making a difference within their school and community.  Danielle Pergola, Kelsey Yarzab, Cole Palatini, Zack Cullen, Julia Wetzel and faculty advisor, Jennifer Trezza are working on a proposal for the 2016 Lexus ECO Challenge.  Their goal is to install refillable bottle hydration stations throughout the school.  If they win the challenge, they will be awarded $2000 to spend towards two stations.  Hydration stations have been installed in many offices, companies and colleges and are making their way into elementary, middle and high schools.

After surveying the student body and faculty/staff on water bottle use, the initiative is expected to reduce disposable bottled water use by 25%.  Less bottled water use will help minimize landfill growth, allow for better waste management, reduce fossil fuel usage thus contributing less to greenhouse gases as a school.  The survey results also showed that better hydration will result for students and staff in North Warren Regional High School.

Please email jtrezza@northwarren.org if you’d like to help with the Water Bears initiative to bring refillable water bottle stations to Blairstown.

PICTURE: Zach Cullen, Kelsey Yarzab, Danielle Pergola, Julia Wetzel and sitting, Cole Palatini

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2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

October 8th, 2015

John BurnsMr. Louis Melchor, the principal of North Warren Regional High School, announced today that John R. Burns has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented to this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. John placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“This young man being named a Commended Student has demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success”, commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “This student represents a valuable national resource; recognizing his accomplishments, as well as the key role his school plays in his academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden his educational opportunities and encourage him as he continues his pursuit of academic success.”

Join the North Warren PTO!

September 11th, 2015

The North Warren PTO is accepting memberships. We are looking forward to building a strong parent-teacher partnership that will make a positive impact on NWR students!

Complete the membership form and return it to the main office! Be sure to stop by our table at Back to School Night and ‘Like’ our Facebook page!

Membership Form

Details about the New SAT–coming Spring 2016

May 1st, 2014

On April 16, 2014, the College Board released more information about their planned changes to the 2016 SAT. The announcement showcases the large scope and impact these changes will have on students. While the old “SAT words” will disappear, new concepts like “Cross-Test Scores”, “Sub scores”, and “Primary Sources” will enter the lexicon of students on their path to college.      … Read More »