Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-6.6, school districts are required each year by October 1st to provide notification to parents and guardians regarding any State assessment or commercially-developed standardized assessment that will be administered during that school year. Please click here for letter.
At the September 28, 2017 regular meeting of the Wayne Township Board of Education, a set of four ambitious goals were unanimously adopted to guide the work of trustees for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond. The goals were developed during a successful retreat held on September 12, 2017. The goals involve a variety of activities including strategic planning, enhancing board efficiency through technology, evaluating the format currently used for Board meetings, and providing additional support to new Board members. Click here to read detailed information about each goal.
Dear Parents: The Wayne Township Public Schools believes that students thrive academically, socially and personally when they feel safe and respected, no matter their background or beliefs. We are committed to fostering a culture free from bias, bullying and name-calling, where students feel empowered to embrace diversity in themselves and in others. As part of our continued efforts to maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment, this year we are excited to introduce the No Place for Hate®program to our schools. Please click here for more information and the letter from Superintendent, Dr. Mark Toback.
When it comes to accomplishments in and out of the classroom, the seniors at each of our high schools have certainly earned their share of accolades, and I know that all of Wayne residents will thoroughly enjoy reading about the Class of 2017. Please click here to read the Class of 2017 End of the Year Newsletter.
Mark Toback, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Wayne Township Public Schools
Celebrating Ability Awareness is a district-wide initiative that focuses on raising awareness and embracing differences and commonalities among students, staff and the community. Please help us come together in May to celebrate a world of inclusion! Please click here for more details.
Please be advised that starting on May 4, 2017 as part of the County’s ongoing bridge and culvert construction project on Preakness Avenue, Laauwe Avenue (southbound) at the intersection with Preakness Avenue will be closed. Traffic will still be able to turn onto Laauwe Avenue from Preakness Avenue. Southbound traffic will be detoured onto Garside Avenue and back to Preakness Avenue at the Garside Avenue intersection. It is anticipated that this closure will last from May 4th to May 24th, and again from June 5th to June 7, 2017. Please be aware that progress of construction, and weather, could always alter the schedule the county traffic engineer has sent to the District.
The students were thrilled and appreciated the opportunity to express their creativity through their marketing and culinary ideas. In addition to showcasing our students, the competition “served” another great purpose. The Wayne Hills Student Culinary Competition raised $2,660.75 for the Wayne Hills Consumer Science scholarship. We had over 350 people attending to see and taste the student creations, then vote for their favorite. Please click here for more information.
For example, if you have a child currently in eighth grade at George Washington Middle School, you should report to George Washington Middle School to re-register your child. This process has been streamlined, and it is not a full re-registration, but rather a document review that should take approximately five minutes.
The re-registration will start at the beginning of April. All registration documents must be provided to your child’s school by the last day of school in June. Parents of currently enrolled students in grades five, eight and ten will be receiving a letter from your child’s school in the coming weeks with information about how to re-register your student.
In addition to showcasing our students, the competition “served” another great purpose. The Wayne Valley Student Culinary Competition raised $2,084.75 for the AgnesHoerner/Ed Grobe scholarship for Consumer Sciences. We had over 300 parents and students in attendance that made it out in the cold to see and taste the student creations, then vote for their favorite. Please click here for more information.
If you’ve been wondering how to use the latest app, or need help with a particular device, please feel free to stop by and see us. Additionally, the students will be holding workshops and tech demonstrations including Google Apps, How to Build a Desktop Computer, Raspberry Pi and Arduino. The Passaic County Sheriff’s department will kick the event off for us with a special seminar on Cyber Security. Hope to see you there! Click here for more information.
At the regular meeting of the Wayne Board of Education on February 16, 2017, Mr. Matt Mignanelli was appointed as the Schuyler Colfax Middle School Principal. Mr. Mignanelli was appointed on December 16, 2016 as the Schuyler Colfax Acting Principal replacing Principal Kim Wettstein who resigned. Mr. Mignanelli was formerly the middle school Assistant Principal of Schuyler Colfax since August 3, 2015.
Schools will be closed for holiday recess from Monday, December 26, 2016 through Friday, December 30, 2016. Classes will resume on Monday, January 2, 2017.
Best wishes from the Wayne Township Public Schools for a happy holiday season and a joyous new year!
To date all fourteen district schools and other ancillary buildings in the district have been sample tested for lead having sampled over 1,200 water outlets. Samples are currently being tested at an NJDEP certified laboratory. Test results when completed will be available at Central Office for inspection by the public.
We are thankful for the support of so many fans and spectators for each football program. Congratulations to both teams for their outstanding seasons! Congratulations to Wayne Hills for winning their ninth state championship!
|Full Day Preschool||8:20-12:30|
|Elem. Extended Day||7:15–6:00|
Schools will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, 2016.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
On November 15, 2016, the NJSIAA held a hearing to determine whether the student athletes in question were eligible. After hours of testimony, the NJSIAA determined that our student athletics were eligible and that Wayne Hills High School football team deserves to be in the playoffs.
“Despite the controversial process that our student athletes and school community have gone through this past week, I am especially pleased that our boys will move to the playoffs without any doubt of their eligibility to do so,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mark Toback. “They will demonstrate their hard work on the football field, and the championship title will not be tainted by rumors or allegations of ineligibility. I am very much looking forward to watching them on the field next weekend. Good luck boys!” Please click here for the official press release.
Elementary Schools: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Middle Schools: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
High Schools: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Times may vary. Please visit your school’s website or call your school for specific times.
One day later, on November 10, 2016, Acting Commissioner of Education, Kimberley Harrington, found the NJSIAA’s decision to declare the students ineligible “…was procedurally flawed, as the students were not afforded any due process.” Further, the New Jersey Department of Education stayed the forfeiture of any wins by Wayne Hills and stayed the disqualification of the Wayne Hills football team from the 2016 Football State Championships.
“I am pleased that the New Jersey Department of Education recognized the importance of fundamental due process and notice to the impacted students,” said Superintendent of Schools, Mark Toback. “I am ecstatic that the harsh penalty of disqualification from the playoffs has been stayed, allowing our student athletics to once again demonstrate their hard work on the football field.” Please click here for official press release.
This morning the Superintendent, Dr. Mark Toback, held a meeting with the Wayne Hills High School football team and parents. “I understand and share in the students and parents concerns,” said Dr. Toback after the meeting. “Their outrage and disappointment is justified, and unfortunately, many dedicated and hard-working student athletes have lost a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
It has come to the attention of the Wayne Township Board of Education and the administration that members of the Wayne Hills High School football team will be appealing the NJSIAA ruling before Friday’s playoff game. The Board and the administration intends on formally joining and appearing with the parents in their pursuit of a fair and equitable resolution on behalf of the eligible Wayne Hills football players.” In addition, the Board of Education issued a letter to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association requesting that all eligible players be permitted to continue in the playoffs. Please click here for press release.
It is our understanding that the administration reported to you concerns regarding potentially ineligible players. The intention of the administration was to work collaboratively in addressing the concerns, so as not to impact the playoffs. Unfortunately, that is not what occurred. In addition, the harsh penalty does not encourage others in similar situations to self-report concerns. Please click here for complete letter.
A situation was brought to the Superintendent’s attention that a few players were possibly ineligible due to suspected non-residency within Wayne Township. The district is affirmatively obligated to directly report to the NJSIAA all potential violations of NJSIAA by-laws. After reviewing the scenario and the appropriate documentation, the NJSIAA notified the administration that certain students on the Wayne Hills football team were deemed ineligible because they did not have a bona fide change of address.
It is with much regret, that we have been advised that the NJSIAA has determined that the Wayne Hills High School football team has been disqualified from all 2016 tournament play (playoffs) based on the season-long participation of the ineligible players. Because of these students’ ineligibility, the team is required to forfeit any games that it has won in the season. As such, the Wayne Hills football team will not be allowed to move forward with the state playoffs.
“I understand and greatly appreciate the hard work that our boys put into the season,” said Superintendent of Schools, Mark Toback. “I share the heartbreak this will cause our students, families, district and the Wayne Hills community.” Please click here for press release.
Students Teaching and Reaching Students (STARS) is a program where students are paired with partners for special projects and events throughout the course of the school year. This collaborative approach provides individuals with increased opportunities to refine social skills, enhance peer relationships, and foster district wide integration. An overarching goal of the program is to foster awareness in students, staff, and the broader community in order to help us all embrace our differences and commonalities. Click here for article and picture.
WHAT IS NFL PLAY 60?
NFL PLAY 60 is the National Football League's campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. Click the following link for more information. http://www.nflrush.com/content/6468
Wayne, NJ – 14 schools in the Wayne Township Public School District have met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. These schools join a group of 83 schools that achieved the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2016. A total of 509 schools and 204 school districts are participating in the program overall. Click here for the press release.
Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Residents:
September always brings a combination of excitement and anticipation (and maybe some uncertainty) that makes the start of school a very special time for everyone. As we look toward the start of a new school year on Tuesday, September 6th, I have some exciting news about the school district that I would like to share. Click here for a continuation of the Superintendent's Welcome Back to School Letter.
In the spring, your child participated in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests to measure his or her academic progress with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Evaluating the results from PARCC testing can be a helpful tool in measuring your child’s success in school, and it is just one of the many ways your child’s teachers and administrators can determine whether he or she is on track to being college and career-ready. New Jersey has had statewide tests for decades, and they have served as a small, but important part of assessing our students’ annual progress. Click here for a continuation of the Superintendent's letter with links for the English Language Arts and Math parent guides for the score reports.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-6.6, beginning in the fall of 2016, school districts must, by October 1st, provide parents or guardians certain information on any state assessment or commercially-developed standardized assessment that will be administered in the school district. Click here for a continuation of the Superintendent's Letter to Parents.
Today is a special day to celebrate our teachers. On behalf of the Wayne Township Board of Education and the administration, it is my pleasure to express sincere appreciation for their excellent work and dedication. We thank our teachers for being models of patience, honesty, wisdom, responsibility, generosity and for their commitment to lifelong learning.
This one day event will only be held on Saturday April 30th, 2016 between the designated hours of 10:00 to 2:00 and only prescription pills will be collected. For any questions regarding “Operation Take Back”, please contact Detective Sergeant James J. Celentano at 973-633-3550.
May 3, at 7:00 pm in the Wayne Public Library. Please click here for further information.
Online registration via district website will open on Saturday, April 30 at 9 a.m. and close on Thursday, May 5 at 5 p.m. Parents will be notified about enrollment no later than May 10. Please be reminded that the K-Wrap class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 20 students per class, and a lottery system will be used to determine eligibility. Click here for the Brochure and Flyer.
Sincerely, Mark Toback, Superintendent of Schools
At this time, the Board of Education continues to explore the implementation of a Kindergarten Wrap-Around program. This program is designed to complement and extend a student’s overall kindergarten experience in a half-day model. This model offers enrichment activities that are consistent with the methodology and philosophy of the regular kindergarten classroom instruction. Time, materials and support would be provided to enrich the experiences that children obtain in our current half-day program. For more information about the proposed Kindergarten Wrap-Around Program model, please click on the link to view our informational brochure. Kindergarten Wrap-Around Program Brochure
Due to the deteriorating weather conditions and hazardous roads, all Wayne Township Public Schools will be closed on Friday February 5.
Due to the inclement weather scheduled for the morning, Wayne Township Public Schools will be implementing a DELAYED OPENING schedule on Tuesday, February 16, to allow sufficient time for safe transport of students and staff to school. The schedule for the day will be as follows (Lunches will be served).
SATURDAY, JAN. 23--SAT testing at Wayne Valley High School has been rescheduled for February 20.
SATURDAY, JAN. 23 and SUNDAY, JAN. 24--All sports, extra-curricular activities and events are cancelled.
When you see the new individual student report for your child, you will immediately notice that the report is very different when compared to what you received for the NJASK and HSPA. In order to assist you with reading and understanding the new report in advance, please review the parent guides by clicking here. Some additional parent resources will also be included in the mailing.
On January 21, 2016, the administration will be making a PARCC student performance presentation to the Wayne Township Board of Education. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The public portion of the meeting begins at 7:30 PM in the Town Council Chambers.
Come out and support Wayne Hills Football vs. Old Tappan
For Tickets and Info click here.
You will receive an email once report cards are ready to view. To get your child's report card, go to the Quicklinks tab at the top of our webpage, select OnCourse Connect, and enter your login information. To learn more about changes to the elementary school report cards, please click here.
Recently, an article by Patch Writer Tom Davis listed the Wayne Township Public Schools among school districts with the most violence, vandalism, weapons, drug use, and bullying. The numbers used in the article were drawn from an annual New Jersey Department of Education report known as the EVVRS (Electronic Violence and Vandalism Report System). I understand how deeply disturbing an article like this might be to many of our parents and our residents. If you examine the article in greater detail, you will realize that this is simply a case of irresponsible reporting designed to trigger a response that would lead residents to click on the Patch website. Read the full letter.
To sign up, call: 973-633-3170, ext. 295.
Kindergarten: Friday, August 14
Grades 1 to 5: Friday, August 21
-- June 24 minimal day for students and the last day for students (lunch will be served)
The graduation schedule for our secondary schools is as follows:
-- June 22 - Anthony Wayne Middle School at 6:00 p.m. (WV gym)
-- June 23 - George Washington Middle School at 6:00 p.m. (WV gym)
-- June 23 - Schuyler Colfax Middle School at 6:00 p.m. (WH gym)
-- June 24 - Wayne Hills High School at 6:00 p.m.
-- June 24 - Wayne Valley High School at 6:00 p.m.
Beginning in the fall, she will be new to the Director's position, but no stranger to the Wayne Township Public Schools. Mrs. Reichman has been a member of the Wayne school community for the past 10 years. Currently, Mrs. Reichman is the Principal of the AP Terhune Elementary School. Prior to her appointment at Terhune, Mrs. Reichman worked as an Assistant Principal at James Fallon, Pines Lake and Theunis Dey Elementary Schools. To view the full press release, click here.
- Grades 1-5 1:15
- A.M. Kindergarten 11:35
- P.M. Kindergarten CANCELLED
- A.M. Preschool 10:55
- P.M. Preschool CANCELLED
- Full Day Preschool 12:30
- High Schools 12:03
- Middle Schools 12:40
- Elem. Extended Day CANCELLED
Normally, our Blackboard Connect messaging system is very reliable. This winter, we certainly put the system to the test, and it worked without fail. Today, there was a technical problem and unfortunately, many parents did not receive a phone call about the school closing. Even more confusing is the fact that many other people did receive phone calls. We identified the problem and it is now fixed. Hopefully, nothing like this will happen in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will be running a test in the near future to verify that the problem has been fixed.
Please be reminded that, if in doubt, there are other ways to determine if the start of school is delayed or if school is closed. The website is updated with information about delays and closings, and we also post information on Facebook. We notify the major television stations. The district also leaves a recording on our phone system if there is a delay or closing.
PARCC Testing Dates:
- Elementary Grades 3-5: April 12 - April 29
- Middle School: April 12 - May 5
- High School: April 11 - April 15, April 18 - April 22, and April 25 - April 29
- Grades 1-5 1:15
- A.M. Kindergarten 11:35
- P.M. Kindergarten CANCELLED
- A.M. Preschool 10:55
- P.M. Preschool CANCELLED
- Full Day Preschool 12:30
- High Schools 12:03
- Middle 12:40
- Elem. Extended Day CANCELLED
All school sports, activities, and permits will be cancelled.
Anthony Wayne: Boys & Girls Club Basketball
Schuyler-Colfax: Children's Cultural Workshop
Wayne Valley: Play Rehearsal
Wayne Hills: Play Rehearsal, Robotics Competition, and Winter Guard Competition
1) Key Findings of the Kindergarten Feasibility Study
2) Referendum for Safety & Security Projects: Learn more about our plan and the significant financial incentive that exists at this time.
Visit the Wayne Township Learning Center website.
Kindergarten: Friday, August 15
- June 24: minimal day for students (lunch will be served)
- June 25: minimal day for students and the last day for students (lunch will be served)
- June 23 – Anthony Wayne Middle School at 6:30 p.m. (WV gym)
- June 24 – George Washington Middle School at 6:00 p.m. (WV gym)
- June 24 – Schuyler Colfax Middle School at 6:00 p.m. (WH gym)
- June 25 – Wayne Hills High School at 6:00 p.m.
- June 25 – Wayne Valley High School at 6:00 p.m.
Therefore, per our 2013-14 school calendar, all Wayne Township Public Schools will operate on a minimal day schedule for students on, Friday, April 11. Please click here to view the minimal day schedule.
The extended day program will be available on that day. Call 973-968-7427 if you have any questions.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to your elementary school main office no later than February 21, 2014 in order to reserve a seat.
*Snow date is February 27th same time and location.
- Grades 1-5 1:15
- A.M. Kindergarten 11:35
- P.M. Kindergarten CANCELLED
- A.M. Preschool 10:55
- P.M. Preschool CANCELLED
- Full Day Preschool 12:30
- High Schools 12:03
- Middle 12:40
- Elem. Extended Day CANCELLED
Where: Packanack Elementary School
When: January 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Snow date: January 23, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
|A.M. Kindergarten||8:55- 11:35|
Register early as the classes will close when they reach maximum participants. There are many fun-filled camps to choose from including Camp Adventure; Instrumental Camp; New Game Development; Art Camps; Mad Scientist; Kindergarten Enrichment; K-12 Interactive Camps, and a 3-week Arts Quest Theater Arts Camp featuring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Click here to view the flyer. For more information and to download the application and camp brochure, which include frequently asked questions and answers, click here.
- June 25: minimal day for students (lunch will be served)
- June 26: minimal day for students and the last day for students (lunch will be served)
- June 24 – Anthony Wayne Middle School at 6:30 p.m. (WV gym)
- June 25 – George Washington Middle School at 6:00 p.m. (WV gym)
- June 25 – Schuyler Colfax Middle School at 6:00 p.m. (WH gym)
- June 26 – Wayne Hills High School at 6:00 p.m.
- June 26 – Wayne Valley High School at 6:00 p.m.
The thumbnail calendar displays beneath the navigation tabs on the left of the page, One dot under a calendar date signifies a single event; two or more indicate multiple events. When you click on a date with a dot, a slide-out box displays information about the event. More>>
1. Go to the district or a school calendar and click the "+" sign next to "Choose calendars to view” at the top left of the calendar’s name.
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3. Below the list of schools, click the “View Chosen Calendar(s)” button to display all events from the selected calendars. More
Children who will be five years of age on or before October 15, 2013, are eligible to enter Kindergarten. Beginning on Monday, February 4, 2013, interested families can click here (Kindergarten Online Registration) to complete the on-line registration form, provide relevant health information, and gather information regarding programs including Safety Town. If you have any additional questions, contact the Office of Elementary Education at 973-317-2188 or email the Director at email@example.com.
For additional information, please call the Department of Special Services at (973) 317-2158.
End-of-the-year 5th Grade Events
May 11- SCMS Parent Orientation (at SCMS)
- Pool Party (during school)
- SCMS Student Orientation (during school)
- Promotion Ceremony ( at Wayne Hills High School)
- Wacky Day
- eXpress Yourself Day
- Yesteryear Day...Blast From the Past
- Zero Days Left...Party Day!
Tuesday, March 1- Hat Day
Wednesday, March 2- Wacky Wednesday- anything goes!
Thursday, March 3- Pajama Day
Friday, March 4- Jersey or College Sweatshirt Day
What is STARS?
S.T.A.R.S. (Students Teaching and Reaching Students) is a program at Pines Lake that promotes acceptance, friendship, and community. Fifth grade volunteers are grouped with students from our English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) program and self-contained classes to form friendships and to understand the wonderful differences among our diverse school community.
Throughout the year, STARS will be:
- Building social/emotional skills
- Building communication skills
- Building peer relationships
- Building self-esteem and confidence
Pines Lake is taking the Great Kindness Challenge. Complete your Kindness Challenge Checklist (distributed to your child through school). Hand it in to your homeroom teacher no later than Monday, 2/1/16 for a prize. Let’s continue to show ways to be kind all year long!
To celebrate No Name-Calling Week, we at Pines Lake, have chosen the following themes for each day:
Tuesday, January 19th - Kick Into Gear and Help Somebody Near:
Wear different color socks or shoes! Let’s celebrate that we are all different and we respect everyone’s differences!
Wednesday, January 20th - Score Points by Helping Others:
Wear sports attire to reinforce the idea that we are all on the same team working towards defeating name calling and bullying!
Thursday, January 21st – Dream of Kindness:
Wear your favorite pajamas! We have a dream… that Pines Lake School will be bully free!
Friday, January 22nd – School Spirit Day:
Wear your favorite School Spirit gear or Pines Lake colors to show our Pines Lake Community Pride!
Over $200 was raised to support the Wayne Council of PTO’s Food Bank!
Thank you for your continued support!
On, Pines Lake School will be hosting Pink Out Day. Students are invited to wear pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. In addition, we will be participating in a Pink Walk to show our support for all our families affected by breast cancer.
KidsCare will also be organizing a Pink Saleand during all lunches. Students will be able to purchase bracelets, ribbons, pencils, and more.
Thank you in advance for your support.
This year, Pines Lake School is supporting the efforts of a few middle school alumni who started the Vite4Life campaign. There will be a collection box in the front hall starting on . Please consider donating to this worthwhile campaign.
Vite4Life was created by a small group of students attending Schuyler-Colfax Middle School in Wayne, NJ. Our vision is to help kids around the world to have the vitamins they need in order to grow and be healthy. Our goal is to acquire over 1,000,000 bottles of vitamins.
What you need to do is donate any over-the-counter, unopened and unexpired bottles of vitamins. What we will do is send them to kids who need them around the world.
For more information go to www.vite4life.org or call 201-247-7668.
Show your support of a school district without violence, bullying, teasing, and harassment!
You can participate in this district-wide event on Friday, October 23, 2015, by wearing clothing with a
peace symbol, tie dye, or anything with an anti-bullying message of peace. Or wear your Pines Lake
Pledge to be a peacemaker within your class, school, and community. Pines Lake School Respects YOU!
Click Here for the Peace Out Flyer
Thursday, September 3- First Day of School for Students
Wednesday, September 9- Back to School Night 7:00 PM
Kindergarten - 40's
1st - 50's
2nd - 60's
3rd - 70's
4th - 80's
5th - 90's
Tuesday, March 24th is Pajama Day
Wednesday, March 25th is Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day
Thursday, March 26th is Wear Purple Day
Friday, March 27th is School Spirit Day
March 26th is Epilepsy Awareness Day. Purple is the color of the Anita Kaufmann Foundation, the Global Sponsor of Purple Day. On March 26th, there will be raffles, bracelets for sale, and other fun activities to help raise awareness about Epilepsy.
To celebrate No Name-Calling Week Pines Lake School has chosen the following themes for each day:
Give someone a compliment in person or write one on our “Positive Messages” board by the office!
Wednesday, January 21 – Let’s Put Name Calling to Rest
Wear your favorite Pajamas to school to show that you put name calling to rest.
Thursday, January 22 – Team Jerseys Day
Wear a jersey from your favorite sports team to reinforce the idea that we are all on the same team working towards defeating name calling and bullying.
Friday, January 23 – Tie-Dye Day
Wear tie-dye or Spirit Wear to reinforce the idea that we are all tied together with kind words.
This information session will be held on Wednesday, March 18th at 7pm in the Theunis Dey Cafeteria. We look forward to seeing you there!
Our encampment is scheduled for April 8, 9, and 10.
Click here for our December S.T.A.R.S. Newsletter.
S.T.A.R.S. (Students Teaching and Reaching Students) is a new program at Pines Lake that promotes acceptance as well as a sense of community. Fifth grade volunteers are paired with students from our self-contained classes to form friendships and to understand the wonderful differences among our diverse school community.
Throughout the year, we will be:
Building social/emotional skills
Building communication skills
Building peer relationships
Building self-esteem and confidence
You can participate in Peace Out Day on October 22nd by wearing clothing with a peace symbol, tie dye, or anything with an anti-bullying message of peace. Or, you can wear your school spirit colors to show that Pines Lake is a peaceful place to learn!
Pledge to be a peacemaker within your class, school and community.
Click Here for the flyer.
This year’s theme is “Stand Up, Don’t Stand By”.
- Monday: “The Choice for ME is to Be RESPECTFUL!” – Wear BLUE to celebrate the World Day of Bullying Prevention.
- Tuesday: “Let Respect SNEAK into your speech!” – Wear SNEAKERS.
- Wednesday: “Bands of Respect” – Wear your favorite HEADBAND or WRISTBAND or Band T-Shirt.
- Thursday: “Elect to be Respectful” – Wear Red, White & Blue.
- Friday: “Living with Respect is No Sweat!” – Wear sweatpants / sweatshirts.
Monday, Sept. 15- Wear your favorite color to school!
Tuesday, Sept. 16- Red
Wednesday, Sept. 17- Orange
Thursday, Sept. 18- Yellow
Friday, Sept. 19- Green
Monday, Sept. 22- Blue
Tuesday, Sept. 23- Purple
11:35-12:10 5th Grade Lunch
12:10-12:45 4th Grade Lunch
12:45-1:20 2nd/3rd Grade Lunch
1:20-1:55 Full Day K/1st Grade Lunch
Please help us improve our P@PINES after-school clubs by completing this short survey. The information gathered will be used to analyze our current programs and to help us make positive changes for the upcoming school year. Thank you for your time.
We are asking all Pines Lake students, staff and community to wear blue in honor of this day to help raise awareness about Autism. During lessons, Mrs. Napolitano and Mrs. Olaya will be collecting student handprints for our bulletin board to show that "we all have a hand" in appreciating and celebrating the diversity of others. Thank you!
Click Here to access the survey.
Together, we want every child to reach their academic, social, and emotional potential.
Monday- Hat Day
Tuesday- 2 Different Shoes, 2 Different Socks
Wednesday- Wacky Wednesday, Anything Goes
Thursday- Pajama Day
Friday- Sport's Jersey or College Sweatshirt
Below you will find the forms you will need for our 5th Grade encampment at Fairview Lake. The students will leave from Pines Lake School on Wednesday, March 26 and return on Friday, March 28 at approximately 1:30 pm. Please return the necessary forms by Wednesday, March 5 to your child's homeroom teacher.
- Shape Up! Boot Camp
- Chess for Champions
- Cooking with Fractured Fairy Tales
- Pines Lake Has Talent!
- Nature Club
- Disc Games
Beginning in January, each month we will hold two Mix-it-up (MIU) lunches for 4th and 5th grade students. During their lunch time, students are randomly assigned to a lunch table in an effort to strengthen their connections with more of their peers, to enhance their understanding of diversity and to help diminish social boundaries. Tables have "conversation starters" topics on them and our 5th grade student council has helped to facilitate the 4th grade MIU lunch. It has been a fun learning experience for us all! We will add 2nd and 3rd Grade in February to our Mix-it-up calendar.
Talk to your children about this activity and how it is improving their relationships with their classmates.
The lunch schedule for 2014 will be as follows:
11:35- 5th Grade Lunch
12:10- 4th Grade Lunch with Ms. Norczyk's Multiage Class
12:45- 1st Grade Lunch with Ms. Sullivan's Multiage Class
1:20- 2nd and 3rd Grade Lunch with Ms. Fitzgibbon's Multiage Class
In addition, Ms. Olaya and I will be working on creating a schedule to include Mix-it-up opportunities for our students. Creating an environment where all students are encouraged to build positive relationships with one another, will have a positive impact on our overall school climate.
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The following clubs are now closed: Lego Robotics 101 Session 1 and 2, Continuing Lego Robotics, and Introductory Chess.
Click here for our brochure.
Check back in the Spring for new clubs!
Please join me on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 PM in the Pines Lake Cafeteria to discuss the new Student Performance Reports. During this time I will focus the discussion around our shift in thinking and how the new report will focus on providing evidence of student learning. You will gain an understanding of where your child falls along the learning progression and how we can support your child's further growth and development. There will also be time for Q&A.
A $1 donation will be collected from each participant to support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in memory of our wonderful custodian, Mr. Jim.
Parents are also invited to join us in this wonderful event.
Thank you for your support!
On Wednesday, October 23, students and staff will participate in Peace Out Day. Students are encouraged to wear clothing with a peace symbol, tie dye, or anything with an anti-bullying message of peace. Or, students can wear our school colors to show that Pines Lake is a peaceful place to learn!
Pledge to be a peacmaker within your classroom, school and community!
Our annual "Back to School Night" will be on Wednesday, September 10. This is our opportunity to share an overview of our academic year and highlight new initiatives. More information will follow once school begins. We look forward to meeting our parents and welcoming them back to their child's school. Click Here to access our "Back to School Night" letter with schedule.
To aid in this effort our PE teachers use sports and fitness activities to help children refine gross motor skills, as well as cardiovascular strength. In addition, we have established our weekly Friday Fun Run, which eventually will include all first through fifth grade students. During recess students are encouraged to run or walk a mile to develop cardiovascular strength and enjoy some fresh air with their friends and teachers.
As a community, we also want to encourage healthy eating habits. Our breakfast and lunch programs provide meals that meet nutrition recommendations and include options from all the major food groups. I would also like to encourage parents to select fresh fruits and vegetables or hard cheeses for their children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade to bring for their daily classroom snack time.
Working together we will be able to continue to ensure that our children grow to be healthy and happy adults.
This message is being sent on behalf of the school PTO in order to collect parental consent to be included in the 2013-2014 PTO School Directory. Only parents who opt in using this form will be included. You may opt in for yourself alone, or one parent may grant permission to include all parents listed for the student. The form is due by October 15. The school PTO directory will list the following information as it appears in the OnCourse parent portal:
· student's name
· guardian address
· parent / guardian name
· guardian home phone number
· guardian email
If you wish to be included in the PTO school directory, please click on the following link, use your MyGradePortal user name and password (this was sent to you from the District at the start of the school year) and complete the form:http://tinyurl.com/WTPSPTOschooldirectoryform
Pines Lake Elementary students and staff will continue their commitment of showing respect to themselves and others by participating in “I Will Follow The Golden Rule” promise of “Treat others how you want them to treat you.” All promises will be displayed on our school-wide bulletin board and be supported by classroom discussions throughout the month.
To show your support, please help our students to participate in our School Spirit Day, Friday Oct.11th. Please have your children wear Pines Lake school colors or spirit wear in support of our year-long commitment to treat everyone in a respectful way.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. This Friday, September 25, is WEAR GOLD or YELLOW DAY at Pines Lake School. Wear Gold or Yellow on Friday to show your support for Childhood Cancer Research. This is an opportunity to put a spotlight on this issue and to show that Pines Lake cares.
Assisting with the ceremony was Saftey Patrol Sponsor and 5th grade teacher, Jo Zecca, and included Principal Jose Celis, Wayne Police Officer Tom Colella, crossing guard Donna DeBlock and Peter Tuliebitz from Wayne’s AAA.
Pines Lake School has set the following goals to help us set a course for this and future school years. The entire Pines Lake Community will need to work together to ensure that we achieve our goals. This means that teachers, students and parents all have to fulfill their responsibility, which will result in student academic success.
Language Arts Goal:
All students will make at least one year’s growth on the most relevant Fountas and Pinnell assessment
All students will “meet expectations” on grade-level appropriate “Power Standards”* by the end of the year.
*“Power Standards” are the critical grade-level standards that are essential for current and future success.
Students, who are meeting grade-level expectations, will make adequate yearly growth in reading.
Students, who are meeting grade-level expectations, will make adequately yearly growth in math.
Closing the Gap Multi-year Goal:
Students, who are below grade-level expectations in reading, will close the gap towards meeting expectations by the 5thgrade as measured by NJASK.
Students, who are below grade-level expectations in math, will close the gap towards meeting expectations by the 5th grade as measured by NJASK.
Pines Lake School welcomes Daisy the therapy dog. Daisy received her training and certification through Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. She will be visiting Ms. Norczyk's class throughout the year. Students will learn about therapy dogs and their benefits. The students will experience first hand some of the social and academic benefits of therapy dogs. Therapy dogs help build social skills and promote positive social behavior by facilitating communication and creating a positive atmosphere. Students may have the opportunity to read to Daisy. Reading to a therapy dog also builds confidence which helps increase fluency. Daisy will be a great addition to our school community.
Starting on Monday, September 23, all 1st through 5th grade students will participate in fall literacy benchmarking. This year, we will be using the Fountas and Pinnell Assessment, a one-on-one assessment that gives teachers an understanding of a student’s instructional and independent reading abilities. This tool will support teachers in linking assessment to instruction and inform educational decisions to ensure that all students are challenged and grow academically.
Every year, schools are responsible for preparing their staff and students for a variety of emergencies. Fire, evacuation, lock-down and shelter-in-place drills help staff and students know how to respond in case of an emergency and give them the practice they need to respond appropriately. Often times, these drills are unannounced, in an attempt to recreate an authentic emergency situation. Please be aware that we practice these drills regularly, sometimes with the presence of the fire and police departments. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Celis.
Through their actions, we know that when we are confronted with hate, violence and fear, we will respond with justice, unity and love.
At Pines Lake, we strive to instill these qualities in all our students.
To celebrate Patriot's Day, I encourage all students, staff and our community to wear red, white and blue tomorrow.
Until that time, if you are looking for the class sites or PTO webpage, please use the Quicklinks menu at the top left of the page.
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the new Assistant Principal to James Fallon, Pines Lake and Theunis Dey Elementary Schools. Although I am new to the administrative staff in the Wayne Township Public Schools, I am not new to the Wayne Schools. I have had the pleasure of working as a teacher here for the past ten years. I began my journey in the Wayne Township Public Schools in 2004 as a 4/5th grade Gifted and Talented classroom teacher at Packanack Elementary School. In 2007 I was recognized as a Jersey Gifted Society Fellow and trained at the University of Connecticut in implementing a school wide enrichment model. Shortly after, I was presented an opportunity to launch the new G.A.T.E.S. pullout program-serving students in all 9 elementary schools. This amazing endeavor gave me the opportunity to enrich the minds of 4th and 5th grade students in the areas of math and literacy while serving as an Enrichment Specialist to all grade teachers. I have also had a hand in many of the developments and advancements of the new elementary school curriculum.
My educational experience began with the completion of my Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, graduating with a degree in English and Economics. After graduation, I spent several years working in Publishing, before earning a Master’s in Elementary Education at Kean College, New Jersey. This past year, I completed a second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Caldwell College. My goal is to pursue my Doctorate in Educational Leadership in the near future.
I was recently selected by the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Academic Standards to be an Educator Evaluator and will be evaluating academic lessons and curriculum documents to measure alignment to the Common Core State Standards. With this opportunity, I will work with educators around the state to identify the most progressive and innovative 21st century learning tools and resources to enhance our instruction here in the Wayne Township Public Schools.
In my new role as Assistant Principal, I plan to lead your students and their teachers to ensure they get the knowledge and skills they need to lay the foundation for future educational success. I truly believe that your children deserve the very best education and will work passionately to foster an environment where you children will thrive academically and socially.
Please feel free to contact me via email at any time. My address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. During most weeks my building schedule is as follows:
James Fallon: Monday (full day) and Tuesday (a.m.)
Theunis Dey: Tuesday (p.m.) and Wednesday (full day)
Pines Lake: Thursday (full day) and Friday (full day)
I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning and growing together.