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Announcement Archive

 
District Announcements
Summer 2017 Reading Lists
May 17, 2017
The 2017 Summer Reading Lists are now available.  To access the reading lists for elementary, middle, and high schools, please click here.
National Teacher Appreciation Day
May 9, 2017
Tuesday, May 9th, is National Teacher Appreciation Day, and a very special day in the Wayne Township Public Schools.  Parents and students are very busy showing how much they appreciate our many excellent teachers.  “The influence of a good teacher can never be erased” is a well known quote that puts the work of every teacher in perspective.  Every day, teachers come to work and have a major influence on their students, although in most cases their positive influence goes unrecognized.  Today is a day to make sure the important work of teachers is recognized.  A special thanks to our teachers in the Wayne Township Public Schools for the many ways they influence students to be their best and for their commitment to the school system.

Regards,
Mark Toback, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Wayne Township Public Schools

Extended Memorial Day Weekend
May 2, 2017
Each year emergency days are built into the school calendar for use when bad weather forces a school cancellation.  This year, we used three of the four allotted emergency days; therefore, the remaining one emergency day will be added to the Memorial Day weekend.  As indicated on the school calendar, in addition to schools being closed Memorial Day, Monday May 29, 2017, schools will also be closed on Friday, May 26, 2017.
Wayne Day 2017
March 17, 2017
SAVE THE DATE:  ​The annual Wayne Day festival is being held on Sunday, June 11, 2017.  This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Wayne Day and will prove to be a spectacular day for all that attend. This super day will feature music, children's rides, BMX show, food from local restaurants for purchase, community booths, and a circus show.  Be a part of this big event!  For more information, visit the event webpage at www.wayneday.com.  Click here for the flyer.
Wayne Township Public Schools Celebrates Ability Awareness in the Month of May
May 9, 2017
In support of the inclusive philosophy of Wayne Township Public Schools and in honor of Special Education Week, District wide events will be held during the month of May to celebrate students' abilities.

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.
2017 WEF Summer Camp Registration
May 2, 2017
The Wayne Education Foundation is pleased to offer their SUMMER CAMPS again this year.  They have many exciting camp selections for all ages!  All of the instructors are certified teachers which offers your child a higher quality camp experience.  The camp will be held the weeks of July 10-14, 17-21, and 24-28.  Click here to visit the WEF webpage to download copies of the camp brochure and registration form.
Spring Recess 2017
April 13, 2017
Schools will be closed on Friday, April 14 and for Spring Recess from Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21, 2017.  Classes will resume on Monday, April 24, 2017.  Have a safe and enjoyable break!
Notification: County's Bridge and Culvert Construction Project starting May 4, 2017
May 2, 2017

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.  

Wayne Hills Student Culinary Competition
March 30, 2017
Congratulations to all of our Wayne Hills future chefs for another strong performance in the annual Wayne Hills Student Culinary Competition.  A special thanks to Sodexo Food Services for their sponsorship of the event.
 
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.
Straight Talk for Parents about Children's Social Media Use
March 30, 2017
On Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m., please join us for a presentation to be delivered by an officer from the Passaic County Sheriff's office, followed by a panel discussion with some of our Wayne parents, principals, the Director of Technology, and the District Anti-Bullying Coordinator.  This presentation will be held at Anthony Wayne Middle School.  For more details, click here and register through the link on the flyer.
Re-Registration for all Students in Grades 5, 8 and 10
March 24, 2017
In order to ensure that all students attending the Wayne Township Public Schools are residents of Wayne, we will once again be requiring the re-registration of students at certain grade levels.  Parents of students at three grade levels (fifth grade going into sixth grade, eighth grade going into ninth grade and tenth grade going into eleventh grade) will be required to re-register their children in the coming months at their child’s current school. 
 
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.
Wayne Hills' Ninth Annual Student Culinary Competition
March 17, 2017
You are cordially invited to attend the Wayne Hills Ninth Annual Student Culinary Competition on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and awards are at 7:30 p.m. located in the large gym. Please click here for more information.
Wayne Valley's Student Culinary Competition
March 17, 2017
Congratulations to all of our Wayne Valley future chefs for another strong performance in the annual Wayne Valley Student Culinary Competition.  A special thanks to Sodexo Food Services for their sponsorship of the event.

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.
Schools Closed Wednesday 3/15
March 14, 2017
Due to hazardous conditions and difficulties with removing such large amounts of snow, the Wayne Township Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, March 15th.
Tech Help & Learning Day at Wayne Hills High School
March 3, 2017
We are happy to announce that the Wayne Hills High School Computer Science Club will be holding a technology outreach event for the Wayne Township community.  The event will be held on Saturday, March 4th from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Wayne Hills High School Commons area, just inside the front door of the building.  Parking will be available in the main lot.  Student volunteers and others will be on-hand to provide help and insight on a wide variety of technology-related items.

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.
Permanent Schuyler Colfax Middle School Principal Appointed
February 22, 2017

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. Please click here for full article.

Winter Recess/Presidents' Day
February 15, 2017
Schools will be closed for Winter Recess/Presidents’ Day on Friday, February 17, 2017 and Monday, February 20, 2017.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  Enjoy the break!
OPEN NOW! - Kindergarten and new First Grade Student Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year
January 10, 2017
Registration will take place at the Wayne Township Learning Center (Preakness), 1006 Hamburg Turnpike in Room #9, not at your child’s school, during the weeks of February 20th and February 27, 2017.  Only a parent or guardian may enroll the child.  The child is not required to be present.  Please click here for more information.
Schools Closed March 14th
March 13, 2017
Due to the inclement weather forecast, all Wayne Township Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 14th. 
Delayed Opening February 13
February 11, 2017
Due to the inclement weather, Wayne Township Public Schools will be implementing a Delayed Opening Schedule on Monday, February 13, 2017 to allow sufficient time for safe transport of students and staff to school. Lunches will be served.
 
Cancellation of After-School Activities
January 31, 2017
Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the Wayne Township Public Schools are cancelling all after-school activities for Tuesday, January 31, 2017, with the exception of the after-care program, which will continue to operate as usual.  
Wayne Valley Entrepreneurship Students speak with Shark Tank Entrepreneur, Junior Desinor
January 25, 2017
Students in both Ms. Quintino’s Entrepreneurship class and Mr. Martinez’s College Business class had a different classroom environment on Thursday, January 19th.  Students gathered in the media center and got to video chat through Google Hangouts with Junior Desinor, a successful entrepreneur from the hit television show, Shark Tank.  Please click here for Press Release.
Wayne Township Board of Education Accepts WEF Donation
January 25, 2017
At the January 19 Board of Education meeting, Toni Liskiewicz, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, accepted a very substantial donation from the Wayne Education Foundation in the amount of $75,000. The majority of this donation will be put toward the purchase of Vernier LabQuest devices and Probeware to be used in our high school science classrooms. These wireless data collection devices create investigative lab experiences, which become the basis for argument, abstract thought, analysis and problem solving.  Please click here for Press Release.
District Fills Administrative Vacancies
January 25, 2017
At the regular meeting of the Wayne Board of Education on January 19th, a number of administrative changes were made to fill three vacancies.  All of the positions were filled with well-known employees of the schools district.  Former Director of Secondary Education Toni Liskiewicz was promoted to the position of Assistant Superintendent, which created a vacancy that was unfilled for many months.  Wayne Hills Principal Maureen Weir was appointed to fill this critical central office position.  Long time Wayne Hills Assistant Principal Michael Rewick was appointed as Wayne Hills Acting Principal.  Finally, the resignation of Schuyler Colfax Principal Kim Wettstein led to the school’s Assistant Principal Matt Mignanelli being pointed as the Acting Principal.  Mr. Mignanelli previously served as Schuyler Colfax Acting Principal during the summer of 2016 before Ms. Wettstein was able to begin her work in Wayne due to contractual obligations with her prior district.  Please click here for Press Release.
Cancellation of After-School Activities
January 23, 2017
Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the Wayne Township Public Schools are cancelling all after-school activities for Monday, January 23, 2017, with the exception of the after-care program, which will continue to operate as usual.  The district will continue to monitor the weather forecast carefully.  Any additional information about school closures, delayed openings, or other cancellations will be posted on the district website and our social media accounts.  Parents will also be notified by email and by phone.
Wayne Township Board of Education Cites School Board Recognition Month
January 20, 2017
(Wayne, New Jersey) – On January 19, 2017, the Wayne Board of Education called on citizens to continue working together to advance the education of all students, as it recognized the contributions of colleagues throughout the state during School Board Recognition Month in New Jersey.  Please click here for Press Release.
 
Lead Water Testing Update
January 19, 2017
The Wayne Township Public School District lead water testing results of its (9) elementary schools are available.   We are happy to report that our water testing results are good and there were no tests that exceeded the EPA and DEP standards.  Please click here for your school results.  The secondary schools and the district's other ancillary building results will soon be posted upon completion.
Exciting Enrichment Opportunities Available for ALL Students
January 17, 2017
The Elementary Enrichment website offers many exciting enrichment opportunities to all students in grades K through 5.  Students can participate in a wide variety of challenges, including Mathlete & Super Solver math problems, creative writing activities and more.  Please click here for more information.
Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Grades
January 13, 2017
As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122), the Wayne Township Public Schools has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades to the district's HIB webpage, and to each individual school's webpage. Click here to view a copy. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Paula Clark, District Anti-Bullying Coordinator, paulaclark@wayneschools.com, if you have any questions.
Wayne Township Board of Education Members Sworn in at the Organizational Meeting
January 5, 2017
(Wayne, NJ) – At the Wayne Township Board of Education organizational meeting held on January 5, 2017, two returning and two new board members were sworn in by Mayor Christopher Vergano.  Incumbents Mitch Badiner and Michael Bubba were sworn in for 3-year terms along with newcomer Suzanne Pudup.  Stacy Scher was sworn in to complete an unexpired 2-year term.  Please click here for full press release. 
STARS Program Movie Event
January 3, 2017
STARS will be holding an off-site social event for students, families and friends at the AMC Loews Wayne 14 Movie Theaters, 67 Willowbrook Blvd., Wayne on Saturday, January 7, 2017.  Shows start promptly at 10:00 a.m.. There will be two Sensory Friendly Movies to choose from:  Disney Moana or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Admission is $5.66 (tax included) per person.  Please note:  This is not a drop-off event.  In order to help get a sense of how many people plan to attend this event, please respond to the link listed on the flyer.  To view the flyer, please click here.
 
Holiday Recess
December 23, 2016
Happy Holidays!

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!  
 
NJDOE Required Guidelines for Lead Testing
December 15, 2016
The Wayne Township Public School District has been following the request by the Department of Education http://www.state.nj.us/education/lead/ to follow the required guidelines set forth by the Department of Environmental Protection for the sample testing of lead in drinking water in schools effective on July 13, 2016.

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.
Wayne Township Public Schools Automotive Technology to be featured on Emmy Award-Winning "Classroom Close-Up"
December 13, 2016
The Wayne Township High Schools’ Automotive Technology Program will be featured in a segment on this Sunday’s episode of NJEA’s Emmy award winning, Classroom Close-Up, TV show. The segment, which was filmed during the Auto Program’s annual end of year event in June, will air on NJTV at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 18th, and again on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Footage will include highlights from the event’s auto show, interviews with Automotive Technology students and instructors, and drone footage of the event.  Click here for Press Release.
A.P.T. and Ryerson Elementary Schools receive Grants from James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club for School Library
December 13, 2016
A. P. Terhune & Ryerson Elementary School received grants today from bestselling author James Patterson to support their school libraries. In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that Media Specialists, Mrs. Carruthers and Mrs. Halstater can use to acquire books and other materials for their Schools’ Media Centers.  A.P.Terhune and Ryerson were selected amongst thousands of applications for funding grants. Click here for Press Release and pictures.
District Automotive Technology Students Partner with Wayne Education Association to Make Holidays Brighter
December 9, 2016
Once again students in the Wayne Township High Schools Automotive Technology Program got a chance to put their hand tool and assembly skills to work putting together bicycles that will make the holidays brighter for some local children in need.  Automotive students from both Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley High Schools graciously and expertly assembled the bicycles under the supervision of auto technology instructors Steve Hopper and Ken Bergen.  Click here for Press Release and Photos.
 
Wayne Hills Patriots vs. Wayne Valley Indians at MetLife Stadium, Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Kickoff 7:00 p.m.
November 30, 2016
All tickets are General Admission and will be sold (cash only) at MetLife Stadium at the Box Office Trailers located at the MetLife Gate with ticket booths opening one hour prior to the first game on Sunday. The Box Office for advance sale tickets will be open Wednesday through Friday, 11am - 5pm at MetLife Stadium. Please click here for important details.
Congratulations to Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley Football
December 5, 2016
On Sunday, December 4, 2016, Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley played a hard-fought football game for the North I Group IV NJSIAA Championship.  Both teams displayed outstanding skill, game preparation, and team spirit.  The game ended in a 24-24 tie at the end of regulation time.  During the first overtime period, Wayne Hills scored a touchdown to secure a thrilling 31-24 victory.

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!
 
Minimal Day: Start of Thanksgiving
November 22, 2016
Please note Wednesday, November 23, 2016 is a minimal day with schedules as follows:

 
  School        Minimal Day
Grades 1-5 8:55-1:15
A.M. Kindergarten 8:55-11:35
A.M. K-WRAP 8:55-11:35
P.M. Kindergarten 10:35-1:15
P.M. K-WRAP 10:35-1:15
A.M. Preschool 8:20-9:55
P.M. Preschool 10:55-12:30
Full Day Preschool 8:20-12:30
High Schools 7:20-12:03
Middle Schools 8:00-12:40
Elem. Extended Day 7:15–6:00

Schools will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, 2016.  
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Elementary Vocal Music Newsletter
November 28, 2016
Elementary students in Wayne Township have the opportunity to attend various weekly special subject classes such as art, physical education, media, and music.  Our vocal music teachers have compiled this brief newsletter to give you an inside look as to what types of activities your child is exposed to in the music room at their respective elementary school. Take a look and remember to click the hyperlinks for additional information!
Wayne Hills High School Football Team is in the Playoffs
November 16, 2016
On Wednesday November 9, 2016, the parents of Wayne Hills High School football team athletes filed an appeal of NJSIAA’s decision that disqualified the Wayne Hills High School football team from all 2016 tournament play (playoffs).  The Wayne Township Board of Education filed a motion to intervene and joined in the appeal on behalf of the eligible players of the Wayne Hills High School football team.   On November 10, 2016, Acting Commissioner of Education, Kimberley Harrington, stayed the NJSIAA’s decision to declare the students ineligible because the students were not afforded any due process.   
 
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.
 
 
 
American Education Week November 14, 2016 through November 18, 2016
November 4, 2016
The following dates for visitation are as follows:
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.
2017-2018 School Calendar Has Been Approved
November 22, 2016
At the November 17, 2016 meeting of the Board of Education, the school calendar for the 2017-2018 school year was adopted.  The calendar can be viewed under QUICKLINKS at the top left corner of this page or under the Calendar & Schedules tab.
Wayne Hills High School Football Team Disqualification is Stayed by NJDOE
November 13, 2016
(WAYNE, NJ) On Wednesday November 9, 2016, parents of Wayne High School football team athletes filed an appeal of NJSIAA’s decision that disqualified the Wayne Hills High School football team from all 2016 tournament play (playoffs) based on the season-long participation of ineligible players with the New Jersey Department of Education.  The Wayne Township Board of Education filed a motion to intervene and joined in the appeal on behalf of the eligible players of the Wayne Hills High School football team.
 
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.
 
 
Wayne Hills High School Football Team Appeal
November 9, 2016
As previously reported, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (“NJSIAA”) 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 ineligible players.
 
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.
 
Wayne Board of Education Issues Letter to NJSIAA
November 9, 2016
On behalf of the Wayne Township Board of Education, we write to urge the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association “NJSIAA” to reconsider its decision that the Wayne Hills High School football team be disqualified from all 2016 tournament playoffs based on the season-long participation of ineligible players.
 
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.
Wayne Hills High School Football Team Disqualified
November 8, 2016
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (“NJSIAA”) is the governing body responsible for overseeing high school athletics in the State of New Jersey.   It is responsible for all education-based interscholastic athletics, which support academic achievement, good citizenship and fair and equitable opportunities. The NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 31 sports.
           
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. 
STARS Fall Harvest!
November 7, 2016
Wayne Township Public Schools and Wayne Special Parents Association (WSPA) co-sponsored a STARS Fall Harvest event on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Wayne Hills High School.
 
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.
EnVision 2.0 Math Parent Tip Guide
November 4, 2016
In order to assist parents in navigating the EnVision 2.0 program, a Math Parent Tip Guide has been created.  To view the most up-to-date guide, please click here.
Wayne Middle Schools Kick Off Red Ribbon Week with a Visit from Matt Mayberry
November 3, 2016
On Monday, October 24th the Wayne middle school students were invited to an Assembly sponsored by the Wayne Alliance, the Wayne Education Association, and the Eskow Family. The students quietly listened to Matt Mayberry talk about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Matt Mayberry is a recovering addict who turned his efforts towards professional sports. Through dedication to his recovery, he made it to the NFL, only to have a career ending injury during his first game. He took the negative situation and turned it into a positive by refocusing his efforts on becoming a motivational speaker to inform others about the dangers of addiction.  Click here for Press Release.
Wayne Administrator Recognized as Exemplary Elementary Educator
November 2, 2016
WAYNE, NJ) - The Wayne Township Public Schools are proud to announce that Dr. Lydia Cooper has been recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education as a 2016 New Jersey Exemplary Elementary Educator.  The goal of this program is to identify educators who are valued by their school district and community and have exhibited strong knowledge and skills, an inspiring presence, and a clear vision for quality teaching and learning.  Dr. Cooper was part of a rigorous selection process and selected based on her exceptional leadership abilities.  She has had a positive impact on our Wayne Township Public Schools Elementary school students, colleagues and the school community.  Click here for Press Release.
District Receives Third Consecutive Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting
October 26, 2016
Wayne Township Public School District received its third consecutive Certificate of Excellence Award in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2015.  Click here for Press Release.
James Fallon Elementary School Fifth-Grade Students Won The NFL/American Heart Association Play 60 Challenge In Our Area!
October 18, 2016
James Fallon Elementary School fifth-grade students won the NFL/American Heart Association Play 60 Challenge in our area and were visited by two of the New York Jets players, Quincy Enunwa and Brandon Bostick.  Two students and their families won tickets to a NY Jets game. Congratulations fifth graders! Keep moving!  Click here for Press Release.

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

 
Week of Respect - October 3 through October 7, 2016 - Make The Choice To Be Respectful
October 5, 2016
The week beginning the first Monday in October is recognized as the Week of Respect in New Jersey schools.  Many activities are planned this week at your child's school.  Please contact your child's principal for further information about activities at each school.
Wayne Township Public Schools Board of Education Statement Regarding Full Day Kindergarten Special Question
October 18, 2016
In addition to the national implications with selecting a new President, the election of November 8, 2016 will hold a special significance for the Wayne Township Public Schools.  Voters will be making an important decision about the future of the school district and will decide whether or not the district will offer a full-day kindergarten program starting with the 2017-2018 school year. Please click here for the Press Release on the Special Question, Interpretive Statement, and FAQ's.  For further information on Full Day Kindergarten Feasibility Study and Key Findings, please click here.  They can also be found under the QUICKLINKS TAB.
Wayne Hills High School 50th Anniversary Celebration
September 27, 2016
Wayne Hills High School is celebrating their 50th Anniversary on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Wayne Hills High School starting at 11:30 a.m.  Click here for the announcement.
Formula E Race Car Visits Wayne's Automotive Technology Program
September 27, 2016
(WAYNE,NJ)--Prior to its unveiling at the recent press conference in Brooklyn, Formula E’s show car made a pit stop at the District’s Automotive Technology Program.  The car required several adjustments, including the addition of a new front spoiler, as well as some freshening up after its trip from California, and since program instructor Steve Hopper’s son, Michael, has been instrumental in bringing the race to New York, the natural place for that work to be done was in the program’s shop at Wayne Valley.  Click here for Press Release.
Board of Education Recognizes Educator Commitment
September 23, 2016
(WAYNE,NJ)—The Wayne Township Board of Education is proud to recognize the efforts of five highly dedicated educators for their commitment to a district-wide initiative.  Director of Elementary Education Donna Reichman presented certificates to Reading Specialists Elizabeth Sponenburg, Debra Nussbaum, Suzana Adamo and Margaret Pisani.  Assistant Director of Student Support Services Erica Cerilli-Levine was also recognized for her successful program implementation and professional support efforts.  Click here for the press release.
All Schools in the Wayne Township Public School District Achieve Sustainability Certification
September 8, 2016
83 schools across NJ recognized as sustainability leaders with certification from Sustainable Jersey for Schools
 
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.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Toback's Welcome Back to School Letter
September 2, 2016
September 2, 2016

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. 
Kindergarten Wrap Program
August 31, 2016
It's a Wrap!
 
The Wayne Township Public Schools "wrapped up" an important milestone for an exciting new program available this school year.  A parent and student orientation for the new Kindergarten Wrap Program was held on August 30th.  Shortly after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 A.M., orientation sessions started and ran into the afternoon.  Each session was full and 115 parents were in attendance.  Parents and students alike enjoyed the opportunity to meet the teachers and learn about the program.  A highlight of the orientation was a demonstration about how technology is used to support the 21st century kindergarten classroom.  Parents especially enjoyed a chance to play and learn with their children using a Smart Table, which is an interactive display in the form of a table designed for children.  The district was able to develop the K-Wrap Program last spring in response to the expressed desire of kindergarten parents to have a placement for their children in the Wayne Township Public Schools for a complete school day.  The district developed the program after researching similar programs that exist in other local districts such as Madison and Ramsey.  At present, the program has a maximum enrollment of 160 students.
Wayne Township Public Schools Welcomes New Administrators
August 30, 2016
Superintendent Dr. Mark Toback welcomes three new administrators to Wayne Township Public Schools.  Mrs. Kim Wettstein has been appointed as the Principal of Schuyler Colfax Middle School; Mr. Richard Porfido as Assistant Principal of Athletics, Physical Education, and Activities at Wayne Hills High School; and Mr. Jacob Cavins as Assistant Principal of Mathematics and Special Education at Wayne Hills High School. Please click here for the press release.
Anthony Wayne Middle School Awarded Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant to Fund a Clean Water Initiative
August 30, 2016
Sustainable Jersey for Schools representatives announced that Anthony Wayne Middle School has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant. Anthony Wayne is one of 30 schools in New Jersey to receive a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant funded by the New Jersey Department of Health in this funding cycle. Click here for the press release.
Elementary School Teacher Assignments
August 29, 2016
Teacher Assignment letters for Elementary Schools were mailed to parents on the following dates:
 
Kindergarten:  Friday, August 12, 2016
Grades 1 through 5:  Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Secondary Student Schedules - To Be Posted After 5:00 P.M. in OnCourse Connect on Monday, August 29, 2016
August 29, 2016
Secondary student schedules will be posted August 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in OnCourse Connect.  To access your child's schedule, go to the district site and click on "Quick Links" and select "OnCourse Connect." If you have any questions regarding your child's schedule, please contact your child's school. 
 
If you are a first time OCC user or forgot your username, please contact the school office for your username and temporary password. If you forgot your password, simply select the "Forgot password" link in OnCourse Connect.
 
NEW FEATURE: You now have the ability to update your password and email address in OnCourse Connect. Click on your name in the upper right-hand corner and select "profile," here you can change your password and email address.
 
Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills Both Named Top 100 New Jersey High Schools
August 29, 2016
Every two years, New Jersey Monthly Magazine ranks comprehensive public high schools in New Jersey.  The Wayne Township Public Schools are proud to announce that both Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills were listed by New Jersey Monthly among the top 100 high schools in New Jersey.  We are also very happy that both high schools made significant moves up the rankings.  In 2014, Wayne Valley was ranked at #91 and now Wayne Valley is ranked #69.  Wayne Hills went from a #65 ranking and moved up to #56.
PARCC Letter from the Superintendent
August 19, 2016
August 19, 2016
 
Dear Parent/Guardian:
 
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.
2016-2017 Back to School Forms
August 19, 2016
Preparation for the 2016-2017 school year has begun, and the new student forms are available on the district and school websites.  Please review the cover letter for instructions under Parents > Parent Information and Forms > Student Back to School/Enrollment Forms.  
Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley Ranked Among the Very Best High Schools
August 12, 2016
The Wayne Township Public Schools are proud to announce that both Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley were recently ranked among the top 500 high schools in the United States by Newsweek.  Wayne Hills was ranked at 222 while Wayne Valley was ranked at 417.  The ranking represents the performance of the school in terms of preparing students for college. Click here for the press release.
Toni Liskiewicz Appointed Assistant Superintendent
July 28, 2016
At the July 27, 2016 regular meeting, the Wayne Township Board of Education appointed Mrs. Toni Liskiewicz to serve as the next Assistant Superintendent of Schools effective immediately.  The district wishes her great success. Click here for the press release.
Extended Day Program Registration
July 27, 2016
Wayne Youth Programs is now accepting Extended Day Program Registrations for the 2016-2017 School Year.  The Early Start and Wrap-Up Programs meet each day school is in session in your child’s school.  Click here for additional information and to access the online registration.
CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2016!
June 23, 2016
Superintendent, Dr. Mark Toback, is pleased to present the 2015-2016 End-of-Year Newsletter which celebrates our graduating class and provides a preview of the upcoming school year.  
Superintendent Dr. Mark Toback's Letter to Parents
September 30, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
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.
STARS Bowling Event
June 6, 2016
On Saturday, June 18th, STARS will be holding their bowling event at T-Bowl Lanes, 195 Berdan Avenue, Wayne. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is open to students, families, and friends.  Admission is $8.00 per guest which includes 2 games + shoe rental.  To view the flyer, and to RSVP, click here.
Memorial Day Break
May 19, 2016
Schools will be closed for the Memorial Day break beginning Friday, May 27 through Tuesday, May 31. Classes will resume on Wednesday, June 1.  Have a safe and enjoyable break.
Teacher Appreciation Week--A Message from the Superintendent of Schools
May 3, 2016
Every school day, the 806 teachers working in the Wayne Township Public Schools deliver over 5,000 lessons to their students.  Quietly, they deliver lessons that change lives and inspire students.  They often give students much more to think about after school besides their homework.  There are countless examples of our teachers extending themselves well after the final bell.

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. 
 
Sincerely,
Mark Toback
Superintendent of Schools
Operation Take Back
April 28, 2016
On Saturday, April 30th, 2016, the Wayne Township Police Department in conjunction with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration will be holding the annual “Operation Take Back” in the lobby area of Wayne Police Headquarters from the hours of 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Wayne residents and the parents of school aged children are strongly encouraged to anonymously and safely dispose of any unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications (pills) at the temporary collection site located at police headquarters.

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.
"In a Different Key: The Story of Autism" Book Discussion
April 29, 2016
Please join the Department of Student Support Services, Wayne Special Parent Association, and Wayne Public Library Foundation for a book discussion, In A Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donovan and Caren Zucker. This event will be held on Tuesday,
May 3, at 7:00 pm in the Wayne Public Library. Please click here for further information.
WSPA Workshop
April 25, 2016
Please join the Wayne Special Parent Association this Wednesday, April 27th for an important and informative workshop on Puberty & Sexuality within the special needs community. Our renowned speakers include Dr. Peter Gerhardt and Amy Gravino. This event will be held in the Anthony Wayne Middle School Media Center at 7:00pm. Please visit the following website www.wayne-spa.wayneschools.com for more details. 
 
Kindergarten Wrap-Around Program Registration Information
April 22, 2016
At the April 21 regular meeting, the Wayne Township Board of Education APPROVED the Kindergarten Wrap-Around Program. The five schools selected to host this program based on initial survey results of families will be James Fallon, Theunis Dey, Pines Lake, Randall Carter, and Lafayette. Eligible students outside of the host schools will be bused to their projected locations for the FULL DAY.

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.
STARS Restaurant Week
April 15, 2016
The STARS program is pleased to announce their upcoming restaurant week initiative. Restaurants listed will donate a percentage of sales during this event to the STARS Program. For more details, please click here for flyer. 
All Wayne Jazz Festival - Tuesday, April 19
April 14, 2016
The All Wayne Jazz Festival is a great night, which celebrates the Wayne community coming together to enjoy the great American Art form of Jazz!  Wayne Hills, Wayne Valley, Schuyler-Colfax, Anthony Wayne, George Washington and our 1st EVER All Wayne Elementary Jazz band will be performing starting at 6:30 p.m. The event is being held at Wayne Hills High School on TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 and admission is free to all!
Kindergarten Wrap-Around Program Update
May 10, 2016
I am happy to provide the community with an update about the kindergarten wrap program, which was conceived as a means to assist our parents in response to the defeated full-day kindergarten special question. Click here for updated information and answers to a number of questions circulating in the community.

Sincerely, Mark Toback, Superintendent of Schools
Spring Recess 2016
April 1, 2016
Schools will be closed for Spring Recess from Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8, 2016.  Classes will resume on Monday, April 11.  Have a safe and enjoyable break.
Kindergarten Wrap-Around Program Registration
March 24, 2016
The Board of Education has formally decided that there will not be a Full-Day Kindergarten program for the 2016-2017 school year in the Wayne Township Public Schools. All registered incoming Kindergarten students are confirmed for a Half-Day Kindergarten program. If you have not fully completed the registration process, and you are planning to have your child(ren) attend the Half-Day Kindergarten program, please schedule an appointment online at wayneschools.com (after March 28) or call your child’s school directly to schedule your in-person appointment to provide all necessary documentation.  
 
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
Elementary 2nd Marking Period Report Cards
March 18, 2016
Elementary Parents, the 2nd Marking Period report cards are now available in Oncourse Connect.  To get your child's report card, go to the Quicklinks tab at the top left of our webpage, select OnCourse Connect, and enter your login information.  To learn how to recover your username and password, click here. 
enVision 2.0 Math Program Offers Family Math Nights
January 29, 2016
Parents, students, and siblings are welcome to attend Family Math Night.  View the Math Parent Tip Guide to assist in navigating the enVision 2.0 program.  
    Tuesday, March 8th: (6th Grade Only) Anthony Wayne, Schuyler-  Colfax, and George Washington
- Schuyler-Colfax Hosting at 7:00 p.m.
After School
February 23, 2016
Due to weather conditions, school events up until 6:00 p.m. today will run as scheduled including After Care.  However, all school activities beyond 6:00 p.m. are cancelled.
2016-2017 Wayne Preschool Registration
March 9, 2016
Children from the ages of three to five years are eligible to enter our preschool program. Preschool student registration for the upcoming school year begins on March 14, 2016 and will continue until all classes are full. Interested families may follow the registration procedures for preschool on the district website and fill out the Wayne Preschool Registration Form. Click here to access the preschool webpage.
 
UPDATED WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT
February 5, 2016

Due to the deteriorating weather conditions and hazardous roads, all Wayne Township Public Schools will be closed on Friday February 5.

Delayed Opening February 16
February 16, 2016

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).

Wayne Schools Recognize Educators of the Year!
February 17, 2016
The Wayne Township Public Schools are proud to recognize our Governor's Educators of the Year selections for each of our schools for the 2015-2016 school year.  Great teachers make such a difference in the lives of children and in many cases influence students far beyond the classroom.  Please take a moment to read about our teachers by looking though our flipbooks and slideshows.  We're certain you will enjoy reading about some of the many excellent teachers working in the Wayne Township Public Schools by viewing our Elementary Educators of the Year Flipbook and Slideshow, and our Secondary Educators of the Year Flipbook and Slideshow. Congratulations to all of our Educators!
Wayne K-Wrap Program for Incoming Kindergarten Students
March 9, 2017
Attention parents of incoming Kindergarten students:  Online registration for the Wayne K-Wrap program will open on March 13, 2017 at 9 a.m. and remain open until March 24, 2017 at 5 p.m.  Please click here for more information.
ALL WEEKEND ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED
January 22, 2016
Due to the winter storm, please be advised that all WEEKEND activities have been CANCELLED
 
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.
EnVision 2.0 Math Parent Tip Guide
January 21, 2016
In order to assist parents in navigating the EnVision 2.0 program, a Math Parent Tip Guide has been created. To view the guide, please click here.
Happy Holidays!
December 22, 2015
Best wishes from the Wayne Township Public Schools for a happy holiday season and a joyous new year. Classes will resume on January 4, 2016.
FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN ADVANCES
January 11, 2016
At the organization meeting of January 7th, the Wayne Township Board of Education voted to implement a free full-day kindergarten program starting in September 2016.  The district will fund the new program by including it within the 2016-2017 budget.
LAFAYETTE, "HALLWAYS THAT INSPIRE," FEATURED ON NJ CLASSROOM CLOSE-UP
December 22, 2015
Recently, the Lafayette Elementary School, Hallways That Inspire project, was featured on NJ Classroom Close-Up.  Click here to watch the video of the event.
Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Grades
January 8, 2016
As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122), the Wayne Township Public Schools has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades to the district's HIB webpage, and to each individual school's webpage. Click here to view a copy. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Paula Clark, District Anti-Bullying Coordinator, paulaclark@wayneschools.com, if you have any questions.
STARS PROGRAM MOVIE EVENT
December 18, 2015
STARS will be holding their first movie event at the AMC Wayne/Willowbrook on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 10 a.m.  There will be two sensory friendly movies to choose from:  Alvin and the Chipmunks:  The Road Chip and Star Wars:  The Force Awakens.  Admission is $5.55 (tax included) per person.  Please note: This is not a drop-off event.  To view the flyer, please click here.
Introducing the new Elementary Enrichment Webpage
December 15, 2015
Wayne Township Public Schools is introducing their new K-5 enrichment opportunities and resources for students and parents. The webpage is located under the Students tab, Elementary Enrichment, or by clicking here.  
PARCC TEST RESULTS
December 10, 2015
Last spring students from across New Jersey participated in a new standardized testing program known as the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).  After many months of waiting, I am happy to report that our test results are arriving in multiple shipments, and we will be mailing them to you on or before December 18th, assuming we receive the remainder of our shipments as scheduled.
 
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.
WAYNE HILLS FOOTBALL AT METLIFE STADIUM
December 2, 2015

Come out and support Wayne Hills Football vs. Old Tappan 
Saturday, December 5th, 1:00 p.m.
at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
For Tickets and Info click here.
Elementary Report Cards Are Coming!
December 3, 2015
On Friday, December 11, Elementary Report Cards will be available in OnCourse connect. 

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.
Wayne Township Public Schools Welcomes New Assistant Superintendent
November 20, 2015
At the November 19th regular meeting, the Wayne Township Board of Education welcomed Dr. John B. Alfieri to the district. The district wishes him great success. Click here for the press release.
Wayne Hills vs Wayne Valley Football Game
November 3, 2015
Join us on Friday, November 6 to see two great high school football teams in action.  Wayne Hills travels to Wayne Valley for a 7 p.m. kickoff.  See the attached schedule of events which will begin at 4:00 p.m. 
Extended Day Program: After Care
November 2, 2015
After Care hours for Monday, November 2 and Wednesday, November 4 are consistent with the regular scheduled hours as follows:  School End to 6:00 p.m.
A Message from the Superintendent Regarding Wayne Patch Article
November 10, 2015
Dear Residents,

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.
Preschool Class Added at Ryerson Elementary
October 26, 2015
A new preschool class is opening at Ryerson Elementary School. We are now accepting preschool students between 3 and 5 years old.  The program offers half day sessions in the morning from 8:20-10:55 and in the afternoon from 12:10-2:45, three times per week at a cost of $207.00 per month.                                        
To sign up, call:  973-633-3170, ext. 295.
Elementary Parent Math Night Resource Folders
November 8, 2015
Click here to view the presentations and digital resource click sheets.
September 11, 2015
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2015-2016 School Forms
August 28, 2015
The 2015-2016 school year has begun! Click here to download and/or print forms, then sign and return them to your child’s school as required.  District and Testing calendars may be viewed under Calendars and Schedules above.
Community Pass
August 28, 2015
The Community Pass online payment system has been updated.  Please click here to view the instructions to make payments through Community Pass.
Back to School Nights
August 24, 2015
Wayne Township Public Schools will be hosting Back-To-School Nights from September 8, 2015 through October 8, 2015. Take this opportunity to visit your child's school and to meet teachers, principals, administrators and Board Members. It's a great way to build that all-important home-school connection. The Back-to-School Night dates can be found on the District & School Event Calendars. Click here to view the calendar.
Elementary School Teacher Assignments
August 10, 2015
Teacher Assignment letters for Elementary Schools will be mailed to parents on the following dates:

                 Kindergarten:  Friday, August 14
                 Grades 1 to 5:  Friday, August 21
WTPS Mobile App Now Available for Download
July 2, 2015
Stay in touch with the Wayne Township Public Schools by downloading our new mobile app! Easily navigate through current news and events or check out the latest updates with social media like Facebook and Twitter. Quickly retrieve contact information, lunch menus, and more! It’s your school district available at your fingertips. To download, go to the top navigation bar on the district/school websites > Resources > WTPS Mobile App.
June 16, 2015
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Wayne Township Public Schools Welcomes New Administrators
June 19, 2015
At the June 18 regular meeting, the Wayne Township Board of Education warmly welcomed two new administrators into the district and promoted two current employees to principal positions.  Erica Cerilli-Levine was appointed as the new Assistant Director of Student Support Services.  David Drozjock was appointed as the new Assistant Principal of Athletics at Wayne Valley. Dawn Auerbach, a long-time employee of the district and most recently serving as an assistant principal at all three Wayne middle schools, will be the new Principal at AP Terhune Elementary. Kolleen Myers most recently served as an elementary assistant principal, was promoted and will now serve as the Principal of John F. Kennedy Elementary.  To read the full press release click here.
Last Days of School Reminders
June 16, 2015
-- June 23 minimal day for students (lunch will be served)
-- 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.
End of the School Year Newsletter
June 24, 2015
Read about the Class of 2015 and other important news from around the district in our end of the school year newsletter.
Principal Donna Reichman Appointed Director of Elementary Education
June 5, 2015
The Wayne Township Board of Education approved the appointment of Mrs. Donna Reichman to serve as the next Director of Elementary Education.  She brings a wealth of expertise to the position from her work in Wayne and in collaboration with other school districts on various curriculum reform, technology, and professional development projects.

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.
Wayne Day 2016
June 2, 2016
The annual Wayne Day festival is being held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. behind Wayne Valley High School and the Municipal Building, rain or shine. There will be children’s carnival rides and food for purchase.  Music, entertainment, and activities will be scheduled during the day, and local businesses and non-profit organizations will have booths at the festival.  Please don’t forget to stop by the Wayne Township Public Schools booth to see what’s going on in the district.  For more information, visit the event webpage at www.wayneday.com.
Sodexo Offers Gluten-Free Menu
May 8, 2015
Sodexo now offers a Gluten-Free menu in all of our schools.  The gluten-free items need to be ordered in advance.  To place an order and to view the menu, click here for further information.
Summer Reading Lists
May 6, 2016
The 2016 Summer Reading Lists are now available.  To access the reading lists for elementary, middle and high school click on the QUICKLINKS tab on the top left corner of the district or any school website.
WSPA Parent Workshop
April 30, 2015
On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in the Anthony Wayne Media Center, the Wayne Special Parents Association will be holding their May parent workshop entitled, EmployabilityCome hear exciting success stories from parents as well as new district initiatives.  For additional information, click here.
Wayne Township School District Recognizes Autism Awareness Month
April 15, 2015
April is Autism Awareness Month and in recognition, the school district created an initiative to present students and staff with key facts about autism in order to foster greater collective understanding. The Wayne Schools will be selling pins, buttons, and other handmade merchandise to raise awareness.  Proceeds will be donated to United by Autism. On April 30, the district will "Light It Up Blue" when all members of the community are invited to wear something blue to end our Autism Awareness Month activities.
The District Wears Pink this Friday
April 8, 2015
The Wayne Township Public School District is joining Ryerson Elementary School in wearing pink this Friday, April 10, for Lily LaRue Anderson, who lost her courageous battle with brain cancer earlier this week.  
WSPA Transition Fair
March 26, 2015
On Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Anthony Wayne Middle School cafeteria, please join the Wayne Special Parents Association, the District Transition Team and various agencies who will present the facts about available services for employment, vocational training, transportation, and housing.  For additional information click here.
Spring Recess
March 27, 2015
Schools will be closed for Spring Recess Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3, 2015.  Classes will resume on Monday, April 6.  Have a safe and enjoyable break.
An Evening with the Arts and Fundraiser
March 24, 2015
The Tri-M Music Honor Society is sponsoring "An Evening with the Arts" to be held on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at Wayne Hills High School.  Students in all Wayne Township Public Schools will be showcasing their talents in singing, instrumental music, acting, art, and dance.   Also, a $5 suggested donation will be given to The Mr. Holland's Opus Fund, who collects and donates new and used instruments to schools across the country that have no music programs (www.mhopus.org).
     
Early Dismissal March 20
March 19, 2015
Due to the inclement weather forecast, we will be implementing an Early Dismissal Schedule for Friday, March 20, 2015 to allow for sufficient time to safely transport our students at dismissal. Lunches will be served. All school sports, activities and permits are cancelled. The dismissal schedule is:
  • 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
Blackboard Connect
March 5, 2015
Dear Parents and Guardians,
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.

Yours truly,
Mark Toback
 
Wayne Schools Recognize Educators of the Year!
February 19, 2016
The Wayne Township Public Schools are proud to recognize our Governor's Educators of the Year selections for each of our schools for the 2015-2016 school year.  Great teachers make such a difference in the lives of children and in many cases influence students far beyond the classroom.  Please take a moment to read about our teachers by looking through our flipbooks and slideshows.  We're certain you will enjoy reading about some of the many excellent teachers working in the Wayne Township Public Schools by viewing our Elementary Educators of the Year Flipbook and Slideshow, and our Secondary Educators of the Year Flipbook and Slideshow. Congratulations to all of our Educators!
Schools Closed March 5
March 5, 2015
Due to the inclement weather forecast, all Wayne Township Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, March 5, 2015.
Outcome of Referendum
March 11, 2015
The outcome of the March 10th referendum for safety and security projects for the Wayne Township Public Schools did not pass.  The unofficial vote total was 905 "yes" votes to 924 "no" votes.  This total included vote by mail ballots.  However, the provisional ballots totaled 8 additional "no" votes and 6 additional "yes" votes.
 
PARCC Testing
March 3, 2016
PARCC Letter to Parents from the Superintendent of Schools

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
Referendum for Safety & Security
February 26, 2015
On Tuesday, March 10th, there will be a referendum from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at all regular polling locations in Wayne.  This referendum will allow voters to decide about whether or not the school district should proceed with a project that will increase safety and security.  In an effort to make this important work more affordable for taxpayers, the district applied for and received a grant from the state which will cover about 40% of the project cost.  The district will be eligible to receive the grant until the end of the school year when this funding opportunity will expire.  Click here for more information.
2016-2017 Kindergarten and New First Graders' Registration
February 2, 2016
Central registration for new students who will begin school in September 2016 will be held during the weeks of February 22nd and February 29th at the Wayne Township Learning Center (Preakness). Beginning February 15th you will be able to complete electronic registration forms and reserve your appointment online.  Each school has both daytime and evening appointments available per our  Fall Pre-Registration Schedule.  Please see our Registration Page for additional information.
PARCC Information for Parents
January 28, 2015
Documents include updated Frequently Asked Questions, sample PARCC questions, the relationship between PARCC and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as well as resources to prepare our students to take the PARCC.
Schools Closed January 27
January 26, 2015
Due to the inclement weather forecast, all Wayne Township Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
Early Dismissal
January 25, 2015
Due to the anticipated inclement weather forecast, we will be implementing an Early Dismissal Schedule for Monday, January 26, 2015 to allow for sufficient time to safely transport our students at dismissal. Lunches will be served. The dismissal schedule is as follows:
  • 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. 

Weather Related Cancellations for Saturday, January 24
January 23, 2015
Due to the inclement weather forecast for Saturday, January 24, 2015, the following activities are canceled:
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
The Public Is Invited!
January 23, 2015
At the January 29, 2015 Board Meeting, the following informative presentations will be provided to the public. Please join us in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 7:30 pm.
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.
 
2015-16 Kindergarten Registration
January 23, 2015
Children who will be five years old on or before October 15, 2015, are eligible to enter kindergarten in Wayne Township Public Schools. Beginning on Monday, February 2, 2015, interested families may visit the district website to complete the online registration form, provide the required health information, and also gather information about programs such as Safety Town. Once the on-line process is complete, the next step would be to make an appointment with your child's respective school to complete the registration process. Questions may be directed to the district's Office of Elementary Education, at 973-317-2188 or dpandolfi@wayneschools.com.
2015-2016 School Calendar
January 16, 2015
At the January 15, 2015 meeting of the Board of Education, the school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year was adopted. The calendar can be viewed under QUICKLINKS at the top left corner of this page.
2016-2017 School Calendar Adopted
November 20, 2015
At the November 19, 2015 meeting of the Board of Education, the school calendar for the 2016-2017 school year was adopted.  The calendar can be viewed under QUICKLINKS at the top left corner of this page.
Elementary Performance Indicator Reports for Trimester 1 are now available in the OnCourse Connect portal
December 12, 2014
Please log on to OnCourse Connect to review your child's performance indicators. You will notice a new Download Report Card button at the top of the Grades area in the portal.  Click the button to download a printer-friendly PDF version of your child's report including the key to the performance indicators right at the top of each page. If you have any questions about your child's performance indicators, please contact your child's teacher.
Chief Academic Officer of the NJDOE Visits the Wayne Township Learning Center
December 8, 2014
NJDOE Chief Academic Officer, Kimberly Harrington, recently visited the Wayne Township Learning Center's workshop, Applying ELA and Math PARCC Skills to Middle School Science and Social Studies. Ms.Harrington answered middle school teachers questions about PARCC testing and preparing our students for the statewide exam. She also commended the district for their proactive approach.  Read more.
Visit the Wayne Township Learning Center website.
Happy Thanksgiving
November 26, 2014
S.T.A.R.S. Program
November 24, 2014
Students Teaching and Reaching Students (STARS) is now being implemented in all Wayne schools. Students in the program "buddy" with special needs classmates, helping promote acceptance and a sense of community. Click here to view the article which appeared in Wayne Today.  
About our Website: You can look up a faculty or staff's contact information online
December 8, 2014
Our online Faculty & Staff Directory lets you search for an employee's contact information by name or location.  You can find the Faculty/Staff Directory under Quick Links at the top left of the page or the Resources section of the top navigation bar. Read more.
Know the Bear Facts Program
October 29, 2014
On November 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm, in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, Wayne Township will be hosting the program, Living with Black Bears in New Jersey.  Residents are invited to attend this free program given by the NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife.  Practical information and tips for coexisting with bears will be addressed. For more information contact:973-694-1800 xt3243.
Parent Math Night Resource Folders
October 9, 2015
View the presentations and digital resource click sheets from the Parent Math Night meetings. 
September 11th--National Day of Service and Remembrance
September 11, 2014
Elementary Student Performance Reports
September 24, 2014
During our second year of implementation, revised elementary performance reports in the areas of English Language Arts and Math, as well as newly created rubrics to supplement the reports, are being shared at parent forums in each of our elementary schools.  These documents are now available for parent reference on the district website's Director of Elementary Education webpage.  You may view the documents by clicking here.
 
New Elementary School Report Cards
August 12, 2015
Report cards support student learning, measure student achievement and provide feedback on specific skill areas of strength and weakness.  We have assessed our reporting system and revised our elementary report cards to better communicate student progress. This past spring, a Report Card Committee reviewed recommendations from administrators, teachers and parents.  Revisions were made and included a return to letter grades in Grades 3, 4 and 5.  Progress indicators have also been refined in Grades K - 5 to more clearly communicate student achievement and progress. Click here to view the new elementary report cards.
Elementary School Teacher Assignments
August 12, 2014
Teacher Assignment letters for Elementary Schools will be mailed to parents on the following dates:

Kindergarten:    Friday, August 15
Grades 1 to 5:  Friday, August 22

 
District Testing Calendar
June 22, 2015
The Department of Education revised the Testing Calendar dates for  PARCC, NJ ASK (NJ Assessment of Skills and Knowledge – Science), and NJBCT (New Jersey Biology Competency Test).  Click here for the revised District Testing Calendar.
Last Days of School Reminders
June 6, 2014
Here are some reminders as we approach the last days of the school year:
  • 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)
The graduation schedule for our secondary schools is as follows:
  • 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.
MyGradePortal is now OnCourseConnect
March 19, 2014
with a new web address, wayne.oncourseconnect.com. The new name & system reflect a new layout and enhanced features which weren't available in the old portal. Parents, guardians and students can also access the new site using Quicklinks at the top left of any Wayne Schools website and choosing OnCourseConnect.

About our Website: Quicklinks
September 10, 2014
For fast access to popular, useful and timely information, click on Quicklinks at the top left of every webpage. More>>
Safety Town 2016
May 6, 2016
Safety Town will be offered July 5-July 29. The one week program allows children entering Kindergarten in September to participate in fun activities about safety in their home, community, and school. Click here for additional information and to access the online registration. 
April 11: Minimal Session Make-Up Day
March 28, 2014
Due to the excessive inclement weather events this year, Wayne Township Public Schools has exceeded the five allotted emergency days that were built into the calendar. As a result, the school district is required to make-up one day of instruction in order to comply with the 180-day requirement under N.J.S.A.18A:7F-9 in order to receive state aid. 

Therefore, per our 2013-14 school calendarall 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. 
Food Allergy Forum
February 19, 2014
The Wayne Township Public School District is holding a Food Allergy Forum for parents/guardians of elementary school children who have food allergies. The forum will be held on February 25th* in the Packanack School gymnasium from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The guest speaker will be Jessika Lusk representing Machado Law Group. We invite you to bring your questions and concerns and engage in a discussion regarding protections under the law, student rights, and district procedures.

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.
2014-15 School Calendar
February 7, 2014
At the February 6, 2014 meeting of the Board of Education, the school calendar for the 2014-15 school year was adopted. Please click here to view a copy of the calendar. 
January 22: Schools Closed
January 21, 2014
Due to the inclement weather forecast, all Wayne Township Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
Weather Related Early Dismissal
January 21, 2014
Due to the inclement weather forecast for later today, the Wayne Township Public Schools will be implementing an  Emergency Dismissal Schedule for today, January 21, 2014 to allow for sufficient time to transport our students at dismissal. Lunches will be served.  All school sports, activities, permits, and aftercare will be cancelled.
  • 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
January 7: Delayed Opening
January 6, 2014
Due to the inclement weather forecast for Tuesday, January 7th, Wayne Township Public Schools will be implementing a DELAYED OPENING schedule to allow sufficient time for safe transport of students and staff to school. Click here for the schedule of delayed start times.
Preschool Registration
December 13, 2013
Looking for a preschool program for your three or four year old? Wayne Township Public Schools offers a Preschool Tuition Program.  Come to our orientation and get the details.  Click here to view the flyer.

What: Preschool Orientation/Registration
Where: Packanack Elementary School
When: January 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Snow date:
January 23, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Weather Related Early Dismissal
December 10, 2013
Due to the continuing snowfall scheduled for the remainder of the school day, Wayne Township Public Schools will be implementing an  Emergency Dismissal Schedule for today, December 10, 2013 to allow for sufficient time to transport our students at dismissal. Lunches will be served.  All school sports, activities, permits, and aftercare will be cancelled.

Grades 1-5 8:55-1:15
A.M. Kindergarten 8:55- 11:35
P.M. Kindergarten Cancelled
A.M. Preschool 8:20-10:55
P.M. Preschool Cancelled
High Schools 7:20-12:03
Middle Schools 8:00-12:40
New Elementary Student Performance Reports
October 29, 2013
This school year marks the introduction of Wayne's new student performance based reporting system for elementary schools. The purpose of this performance report is to describe your child’s learning progress based on the district’s curricula aligned to the Common Core and State Standards. The November conference will remain as scheduled, but this conference will be used to inform you of your child's learning progress followed by the first report available on December 13. Please click here to view the Powerpoint that has been presented to parents and the Board of Education. You may also view the content of the new performance reports by clicking here.  Please know that when the performance reports are available on-line in MyGradePortal, the format will change but the content will remain the same.
2016 Summer Camp Opportunities
April 11, 2016
The Wayne Education Foundation is pleased to offer their 2016 Summer Camp schedule.  All camps will be held at Wayne Hills High School during the weeks of July 11-15; July 18-22; and July 25-29.  All camps are instructed by certified teachers to provide a higher quality camp experience.

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.   
PTO Student Directory Guardian Consent Form
October 11, 2013
Parents who are interested in signing up for the 2013-2014 student directory must complete the online consent form by October 15. Only parents who opt in using this form will be included and receive a copy of the directory. You may opt in for yourself alone, or one parent may grant permission to include all parents listed for the student. The directory will list the following information as it appears in the district’s Student Information System: student's name and grade; and guardian/parent’s name, address, home phone number and email. If you wish to be included in the directory, click here for the form (you will need your MyGradePortal user name).
FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN SURVEY
December 17, 2015
As many residents are aware, a recent special question regarding full-day kindergarten for the Wayne Township Public Schools did not obtain voter approval.  In response to this outcome, the district is seeking out ways to accommodate parents while recognizing the will of the voters.  Specifically, we are researching the feasibility of creating a tuition-based "wrap-around" program, which would be full-day.  This would be a voluntary, fee-based program.  We have created a survey in order to compile feedback to assist with the design of the program.  For information, and to complete the survey, please click here.
Governor’s Elementary Educators of the Year Flipbooks
January 29, 2015
Learn more about our Elementary Educators of the Year. Congratulations to all of our Educators!
Summer Reading
June 28, 2013
Schools out for summer, but student learning continues. Click here to access our summer reading lists for elementary, middle, and high school. 
Elementary Report Card
June 24, 2013
At the elementary level we are revising our report card system by creating a performance report card, that will inform parents of their child’s learning progress based on Wayne’s curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards or new Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards. We hosted a community forum on June 13 to present additional information and we are posting the presentation for your information, review, and feedback. Click here to view the presentation. If you have any questions, please e-mail Mrs. Diane Pandolfi, the Director of Elementary Education at dpandolfi@wayneschools.com
Last Days of School Reminders
June 24, 2013
Here are some reminders as we approach the last days of the school year:
  • 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)
The graduation schedule for our secondary schools is as follows:
  • 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.
About our website: Using the thumbnail calendar
November 3, 2013

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>>

Our website provides links to our social media sites
January 18, 2015
Click the icons on the left navigation panel above the “Home” tab to go to our Facebook page, Twitter feed, Instagram site and YouTube channel.
Parents can log in to their child's classroom sites
September 19, 2013
Parents can log in to SchoolFusion from a school website by using their child's Wayne Schools username and password. More>>
About our Website: You can view the events of more than one school on a single calendar
September 9, 2013
This is very useful if you have children attending more than one school and you'd like to view their events on a single calendar.
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.
2. Click the "+" sign and checkbox next to the school and /or district calendar you’d like to view.
3. Below the list of schools, click the “View Chosen Calendar(s)” button to display all events from the selected calendars.  More
 
About our Website: Clicking on the Wayne Township Public Schools logo...
June 21, 2013
at the top left of the page will take you to the district homepage.   On a school website, clicking on a school's title will take you back to the school's homepage. More>>
WEF Summer Camp: Last Call Registration
May 29, 2013
 The Wayne Education Foundation's (WEF) Summer Enrichment and Sports Camps are still accepting registrations at this time. The camps offer a variety of options from which to choose. ALL classes are taught by high-quality, certified teachers and ALL camps are lead by varsity coaches. Click here to check out the WEF website for more information and to download a brochure and application.
Safety Town 2013
April 12, 2013
Safety Town will be offered July 8-August 2. The two-week program allows children entering Kindergarten in September to participate in fun activities about safety in their home, community, and school. Click here for additional information and to access the online registration.
Kindergarten Registration
February 4, 2013
Wayne Township Public Schools is pleased to announce the launch of an on-line registration process for students eligible for Kindergarten in September 2013.

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 dpandolfi@wayneschools.com.  
Kindergarten Registration
April 10, 2013
All Wayne parents who plan to register their children to attend Kindergarten in September 2013 are expected to complete the online registration process.  Children who will be five years of age on or before October 15, 2013 are eligible to enter Kindergarten.  Please click here (Kindergarten Online Registration) to complete the online registration form.
2013 - 14 Preschool Program Parent Orientation
February 11, 2013
An orientation will be held at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, on the evening of February 12th at 7:00 p.m. for parents interested in registering their child for preschool.  Registration opens to the public on February 13th at Packanack Elementary School located at 190 Oakwood Drive.  Please call (973) 633-3170 ext. 295 for an appointment.  Limited space is available for both our three and five day programs (am and pm sessions) so please register early.

For additional information, please call the Department of Special Services at (973) 317-2158.
Weather Related Early Dismissal
February 8, 2013
Please be advised that due to the impending weather event expected for Friday, February 8, all Wayne Township Public Schools will operate on an Emergency Early Dismissal schedule. Lunch will be provided; however, all in district aftercare, extra curricular activities, sports, and facilities use permits throughout the district will be cancelled through Saturday.
Pines Lake News
Back-to-School Night
September 13, 2016
Tuesday, September 20 from 6:30-8:00 PM.  
 
6:30-7:00 PM      Principal and PTO Opening Remarks
7:05-7:25 PM      Teacher Presentations in their classrooms
7:30-7:50 PM      Teacher Presentations for parents with children in multiple grade-levels or homerooms.
7:55-   PM            Parents are invited into the Cafeteria for refreshments, to meet with PTO leadership, and to buy Pines Lake Spirit Wear.
 
* Specialists will be available in the LMC (Library-Media Center) throughout the evening.
Classroom Supplies
August 9, 2016
Click Here to access your child's classroom supplies for the 2016-2017 school year.
 
5th Grade End-of-the-year Events
May 11, 2016

End-of-the-year 5th Grade Events

May 11- SCMS Parent Orientation (7 PM at SCMS)

June 2- Pool Party (during school)

June 7 - SCMS Student Orientation (during school)

June 21- Promotion Ceremony (7 PM at Wayne Hills High School)

ABC Countdown
May 11, 2016

Monday, June 20-  Wacky Day

Tuesday, June 21- eXpress Yourself Day

Wednesday, June 22- Yesteryear Day...Blast From the Past

Thursday, June 23- Zero Days Left...Party Day!

Pines Lake Vegetable Garden
March 30, 2016
On March 30, all of our students participated in planting our new school garden.  We were grateful to have City Green and the Pines Lake Garden Club lead a variety of activities and support our students as they planted lettuce, radishes, snap peas, and other cold weather vegetables and learned about vermicomposting and hydroponics.  Click Here to view our slide show.
 
Read Across America Week
February 29, 2016
Pines Lake is celebrating Read Across America!  Take a look at this week's theme days.

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
STARS in the Snow
January 26, 2016
Pines Lake STARS had fun in the snow on Tuesday, January 26, engaging in thoughtful activities that reinforced communication and collaboration, while also teaching creativity and scientific observation.  Click here to see our slideshow.

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
January 26, 2016


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!
Right to Write
January 26, 2016
Pines Lake School will be participating in the RIGHT TO WRITE collection project this winter.  Please send in extra pens, pencils, markers, or other writing utensil to your child's classroom collection box.  All donations will be sent to children in Mexico, Colombia, Haiti, Guatemala, and the Philippines.  Check out their website for more information:  njrtw.webs.com.
Teacher of the Year
January 15, 2016
Pines Lake School is pleased to announce that Mrs. Sweeney (3rd Grade) and Mrs. Napolitano (School Nurse) are this year's recipients for Teacher and Educational Specialist of the Year.  We are grateful for their contributions to Pines Lake and excited to celebrate this recognition.  
No Name Calling Week
January 15, 2016
January 18-22, 2016

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!
Happy Holidays
December 23, 2015
Happy holidays from our Pines Lake Family to Yours. Click here for pictures from our Holiday Sing-a-long.
5th Grade Art- Mask Making
November 30, 2015
Mrs. Pokora and our 5th Grade students have just completed their Mask Projects.  After learning the history and purpose for masks across multiple cultures, each student created an original work.  Click Here to view our 5th Grade Masks.
4th Annual Turkey Trot
November 30, 2015
Click here to see some pictures from this year's Turkey Trot.

Over $200 was raised to support the Wayne Council of PTO’s Food Bank!
Thank you for your continued support!
Parent Visitation Day
November 9, 2015
Please join us on Thursday, November 19 for Parent Visitation Day.  Click Here to read our invitation letter and permission form. 
Honoring Our Veterans
November 9, 2015
Please wear RED, WHITE, and/or Blue on Wednesday, November 11 to honor our veterans.  
Happy Halloween
October 30, 2015
The Pines Lake Staff would like to wish all our families a Happy and Safe Halloween! Click here for some pictures from our Halloween festivities.
Pines Lake Supports Breast Cancer Awareness
October 23, 2015

On Tuesday, October 27, 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 Sale on Tuesday and Wednesday during all lunches.  Students will be able to purchase bracelets, ribbons, pencils, and more.

Thank you in advance for your support.  

Vite4Life campaign
October 23, 2015

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 Monday, October 26.  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. 

5th Grade Fairview Lake Encampment
November 19, 2015
Our 5th Grade students had a wonderful time at Fairview Lake Camp.  Click here to view our slideshow.  
Peace Out Day
October 22, 2015
October is Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
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 
spirit wear! 

Pledge to be a peacemaker within your class, school, and community. Pines Lake School Respects YOU!

Click Here for the Peace Out Flyer
Important Dates
August 28, 2015
Tuesday, September 1- Newcomer's Ice Cream Social 5:30 PM
Thursday, September 3- First Day of School for Students
Wednesday, September 9- Back to School Night 7:00 PM
 
Pines Lake Teachers of the Year
January 6, 2015
Pines Lake is pleased to announce that Ms. Winand and Ms. Olaya have been nominated by their colleagues, parents and students to receive the Teacher of the Year award for 2014-2015.  These two dedicated teachers stand as exemplars, reflecting the qualities that we value most in education.  Their commitment to their students and colleagues, highest standards of professionalism, and leadership qualities make them most deserving of this award.   
Theme Day on Friday
April 15, 2015
This Friday, we will be having our school-wide Talent Show performance, "Through the Decades."  To support our performers, we are encouraging all our students to dress in their grade-level decade attire.

Kindergarten - 40's

1st - 50's
2nd - 60's
3rd - 70's 
4th - 80's 
5th - 90's 
Epilepsy Awareness Week
March 20, 2015
Pines Lake School will be observing Epilepsy Awareness Week starting on Monday, March 23.  Students are invited to participate by following these theme days.
 
Monday, March 23rd  is Tie Dye Day
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.
 
PM@PINES Spring Session is Here
March 17, 2015
Come join us for some fun at PM@PINES.  Please read over the amazing clubs that we will be offering your children this spring.  Click Here for the Spring PM@PINES brochure. 
Walk in the PARCC
February 18, 2015
Please join us on Thursday, February 19, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM for a "Walk in the PARCC."  During this time, you will receive important information related to the PARCC assessment, including key differences between NJ Ask and the PARCC and Pines Lake's assessment schedule.
No Name-calling Week
January 16, 2015
All Wayne elementary schools will participate in the annual, nation-wide “No Name-Calling” initiative, with this year’s theme titled, “We are Tied Together through Kind Words”.    No Name-Calling Week is a national program that provides schools, students and educators with the tools and inspiration to challenge name-calling in their communities. 

To celebrate No Name-Calling Week Pines Lake School has chosen the following themes for each day:
Tuesday, January 20– Positive Messages 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.
5th Grade Fairview Lake Encampment
March 6, 2015
Our 5th Grade Encampment Trip to Fairview Lake is quickly approaching!  Click Here for the flyer announcing our information session regarding this program.  
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.  
Author Visits Pines Lake
December 9, 2014
Former Pines Lake Elementary School student, Jolie Della Valle, came to visit some of the early elementary students and read her book, Georgie and the Ants in the Pants.  During this visit with Mrs. Lee's media classes, the children were singing and dancing to her read-aloud and her ukulele music.  Jolie even signed books for some of the students.  We are always excited to have Pines Lake alumni return to inspire the next generation.
Pines Lake Teacher of the Year
December 4, 2014
Do you know a classroom teacher and/or educational services professional who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference?  If so, please take the time to recommend this person by completing this nomination form and returning it to the building principal by Wednesday, December 10.  Administrators, staff members, parents and community members are encouraged to participate.  Click Here to access our nominating form.
All Clear at Pines Lake School
October 23, 2014
After speaking with the Fire Department and inspecting the building, we will be open for school tomorrow, Friday, October 24.  There was a malfunction with one of our HVAC units that lead to some smoldering insulation and which resulted in smoke throughout the building.  The school has been cleared of smoke and is ready for students tomorrow.  Our evening 5th Grade Halloween Party will proceed as scheduled.  We look forward to an "uneventful" school day tomorrow. 
STARS Program
December 15, 2014
Please help us make the S.T.A.R.S. program better by completing this short questionnaire.  Click Here to access our online questionnaire.  Thank you for your time and support.

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

 
Parent Workshop
October 22, 2014
Parent Workshop - "Demystifying H.I.B: What You Need to Know as an Elementary School Parent"
There will be a parent workshop on Monday, November 3, 2014 from 9:30 AM-10:30 AM at Theunis Dey Elementary School for parents of students in Theunis Dey, Pines Lake and A.P. Terhune Schools.  The workshop will be on "Demystifying H.I.B.: What You Need to Know as an Elementary School Parent."  Please Click Here for more information and response form.
Peace Out Day
October 21, 2014
Show your support of a school district without violence, bullying, teasing, and harassment! 

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.
Week of Respect
October 3, 2014
“Week of Respect” will be celebrated throughout New Jersey the first full week in October.  Pines Lake School has some very special activities planned to help students learn and demonstrate how they can show RESPECT for themselves, others, and their community. 

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. 
Parent Forum
September 11, 2014
Please join me on Monday, September 15 at 7:30 PM in the Pines Lake Cafeteria as I share updates relative to the revisions on our Elementary School Standards-based Performance Reports.  In addition, we will discuss the development of standards-based rubrics and to explain communication efforts to increase collaboration between school and home.
Color Week
September 10, 2014
Pines Lake School, join me in supporting our kindergarten teachers during Kindergarten Color Week!  Next week our students in kindergarten will be learning about colors so let's help out by wearing those colors.  Here is the schedule:

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
Back to School Forms
September 4, 2014
Back to School forms are available this year via a link located on both the District's and our School's webpages. Forms should be downloaded, printed, signed, and returned to school as necessary.
Welcome to Pines Lake Ms. Myers!
September 4, 2014
Please join me in welcoming our new assistant principal, Ms. Kolleen Myers.  We are excited to have her join our Pines Lake community.  Please Click Here for a personal message from Ms. Myers.  
 
Lunch Schedule and Snacks
September 3, 2014
Below you will see our lunch schedule for this school year.  For students in full-day Kindergarten through 3rd grade, we encourage you to send your child with a snack.  Please consider sending your child with fresh fruit or vegetables or hard cheeses.  Aside from being a healthy option, these also tend to be allergen free choices.  Thank you for your support in making Pines Lake a healthy place to learn.

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 
PM@PINES Parent Survey
May 29, 2014
Attention parents who enrolled their child in PM@PINES!

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.

Click Here

Light It Up Blue!
March 25, 2014
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day!

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!
5th Grade Parent Survey
March 25, 2014
Schuyler-Colfax Middle School is inviting all 5th Grade parents to complete a survey that will provide them with information to help transition students to middle school.  Please click on the link below or visit the Schuyler-Colfax homepage to access the online survey.

Click Here to access the survey.
Conflict Resolution and Problem-solving Strategies
March 20, 2014
Parents today are faced with an overwhelming amount of challenges that come with raising a healthy and happy family. In an effort to nourish this healthy environment, please join your Elementary School Counselors for an information session on April 1st from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at A.P. Terhune Elementary School that will focus on discussion of the skills that are needed to communicate more effectively, problem solve independently, and to manage conflict appropriately.

Together, we want every child to reach their academic, social, and emotional potential.
Conflict Resolution workshop flyer 
Performance Report FAQ
March 19, 2014
Wayne Township Public Schools launched a new Performance Report in 2013-2014.  The Performance Report informs parents and students about progres toward achieving specific learning standards correlated to the Common Core Standards.  Please click here to acces a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Responses regarding the Elementary Performance Report.   
Read-Across-America Celebration
February 28, 2014
Join us in celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday and Read-Across-America the week of March 3.

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
Nurse's Corner
November 24, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving!  Here are some tips to help us enjoy the upcoming holiday season while staying healthy and fit at the same time. Take a walk through our local Laurel Gardens, breathe the fresh air, enjoy the fall foliage, watch the animals.  Walking is not only great exercise, it calms the mind and keeps stress levels down.  We are expecting snow very soon, go out, have a snowball fight, build a snowman, make a snow angel, go sleighriding!  There are many fun activities to do outdoors during the winter.  The winter holidays bring lots of parties and treats.  We know it’s ok to eat treats once in a while but it’s important to pay attention to what we eat during the holidays.  Many holiday treats such as cookies, crackers, frozen entrees, seasoned pasta and rice contain unhealthy trans fats. Trans fats are partially hydrogenated fats that are used to improve shelf life of processed foods.  They are very unhealthy to eat because they can clog our arteries and heart.   It’s important to read the labels on everything we eat to know what we are putting into our body.  Here are some SENSIBLE SWAPS:  Have nuts instead of crackers, fruit instead of cookies or doughnuts, lean protein and fresh veggies instead of frozen entrees.  Many restaurants and food chains post their nutrition information online.  Do some research before your order.  You’ll be surprised how some small changes in your eating habits will help you in the long run.  STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS!
Fairview Lake 5th Grade Encampment
February 25, 2014
5th Grade Parents,
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.  

Parent Information
PM@PINES is Coming!
February 20, 2014
Spring PM@PINES Clubs are Coming!  If you child is interested in participating in one of our clubs, complete and turn in your form (PMPINES) by March 3.  Clubs include:
  • Shape Up! Boot Camp
  • Chess for Champions
  • Cooking with Fractured Fairy Tales
  • Pines Lake Has Talent!
  • Nature Club
  • Disc Games
CORRECTION: Chess for Champions is on Thursdays starting in April.

Mix-it-up Lunches
February 4, 2014

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.  

Lunch Changes for 2014
December 23, 2013
In the new year, I would like to make some positive changes to the lunch room that will allow us to manage student behaviors better and encourage inclusion among all our students.  

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.
Parent HIB Workshop
December 9, 2013
Parents today are faced with an overwhelming amount of challenges that come with raising a healthy and happy family.  In an effort to nouristh this healthy environment, please join your Elementary School Counselors for  an information session that will foucs  on bullying lawas, peer conflict and how to build positive school climates.  We look forward to talking and working with you.   

modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/365669/File/parent HIB workshop flyer 2013.pdf
 
After-school Enrichment Clubs Are Coming
December 3, 2013
 Starting in January, Pines Lake will be offering a variety of after-school enrichment clubs to our students during our PM@PINES program.  A brochure will be coming out this week, sharing our exciting programs so you can sign up you son or daughter.  Clubs will include Introductory Chess, Cooking with Fairy Tales and Fractured Fairy Tales, Extreme Fitness, Lego Robotics 101 and Continuing Lego Robotics, and Girls Only.

The following clubs are now closed: Lego Robotics 101 Session 1 and 2, Continuing Lego Robotics, and Introductory Chess.

Click here for our brochure.
modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/365669/File/PM@PINES.pdf

Check back in the Spring for new clubs!
Student Performance Reports
November 17, 2013

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.

2nd Annual Turkey Trot
November 7, 2013
Please join us for our 2nd Annual Turkey Trot at Pines Lake Elementary School.  Students and staff will be asked to run/walk a course around the building on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 2:30-3:00.

 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!

Peace Out Day!
October 21, 2013
 During the week of October 21, Pines Lake School will be recognizing School Violence Awareness Week.  This is our opportunity to teach our students about the consequences of violence and the importance of creating a safe and peaceful enviornment.

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!
Back to School Night
September 3, 2014

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.  

Health and Wellness
October 8, 2013
Pines Lake School strives to create an environment where students develop a strong sense of health and wellness.  Teachers and students work together to establish healthy eating and exercise habits to ensure that our students are developing academically and physically. 

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.

PTO School Directory
October 8, 2013

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

·         grade

·         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

Respect Week
October 7, 2013
 RESPECT WEEK will be celebrated throughout NJ Schools this week of October 7-11.

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
September 24, 2015

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.


 
Safety Patrol
October 3, 2013
 Pines Lake School inducted 27 5th grade students to become Safety Patrol members for the 2013-2014 school year.  These students assist the teachers in maintaining safety throughout the school in the mornings and at afternoon dismissal.   The Safety Patrol members are on duty patrolling the hallways, and to help with the children getting off and on the buses.  This program is run by the North Jersey AAA which provides the students with their belts, badges and hats. 

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.

Performance Reports
October 1, 2013
 Thank you for joining me during our Back-to-School Night.  It was a wonderful opportunity to meet many parents and share about our "shift" to Performance Reports to improve communication with parents about student progress.  These new reports will focus our conversations on student growth and strengthen the partnership between the school and parents.  A comment from a parent highlighted the benefit of our shift to performance reports. "I do hope others see the value of providing constructive feedback on student learning, rather than merely keeping measure of achievement."  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about our performance reports or their impact on student achievement.   
Construction Near Pines Lake School
September 23, 2013
 Pines Lake Dr. West at Vale Rd. will be closed beginning Wednesday, September 25th for approximately 5 days due to road work and resurfacing.  All vehicle traffic must enter and exit into the Pines Lake community from Indian Rd.  As a result, there may be delays for buses that pick up and drop off in that area for Wayne Hills, Schulyer Colfax and Pines Lake students.   The Transportation Department will do it’s best to minimize the delays where possible, while keeping the student’s safety our first priority.

Pines Lake Goals for 2013-2014
September 19, 2013

 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

Math Goal:

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.   

NJASK Goal:

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.  

Therapy Dog Visits Pines Lake
September 19, 2013

 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.  

Fall Benchmark Assessment
September 17, 2013

 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. 

Emergency Drills
September 22, 2015

 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.  

Remembering 9/11
September 10, 2013
 Tomorrow, our nation will unite to remember those who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001 by celebrating Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.  They epitomized the values that we hold dear and strive to emulate on a daily basis.  Their sacrifice and courage are the qualities that characterize the highest form of the American spirit.  

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.  
Meet the New Principal and Assistant Principal
August 22, 2013
On Tuesday, August 27 from 4 pm to 6 pm, please join us to welcome our new administrators Mr. Jose Celis and Mrs. Donna Reichman.  We are excited to have them join our community at Pines Lake.  The event will be hosted by our Pines Lake PTO.   
School Websites to get a Fresh New Look
January 28, 2013
We hope you enjoy previewing the new design for our school websites.  Beginning with the elementary schools and in line with the district site, the schools will see a fresh new look, improved navigation, and enhanced functionality.  Stay tuned as we complete the navigation and content updates over the following week and communicate the official launch of the elementary website conversions.

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.
Welcome Mrs. Donna Reichman
September 11, 2013

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: dreichman@wayneschools.com.   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.

 

                                                                                                Donna Reichman

Pines Lake Elementary School • 511 Pines Lake Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470 • Phone: 973-633-3175

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