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Upcoming Events
Today
- Rotary Interact Ceromony
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Tomorrow
- PLAY REHEARSAL
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
3/7/2015
- PLAY REHEARSAL
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
3/9/2015
3/11/2015
- PLAY REHEARSAL
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
District Announcements
PARCC Delayed Opening/Early Dismissal Schedule
PARCC administration will be postponed one day and will begin Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
Countdown to PARCC
District in Final Preparation for PARCC Administration
The Secaucus Public School District is making final preparations for PARCC administrations which will begin on March 2. The Performance Based Assessment (PBA) window is from March 2 to March 27 for Grades 3 to 11.

Schools have developed grade and subject-specific schedules that best accommodate their student population, staff and room and technological availability. Scheduled days for the PBA Math and ELA sessions are as follows:
  • HS (Grades 9 to11): March 11 to March 23​
  • MS (Grades 7 and 8): March 2 to 6 and March 10
  • Clarendon and Huber (Grades 3 to  6): March 2 to March 23
  • Make ups for all four schools and all grades will be as needed from March 23 to March 27
​​For more information about PARCC, please go to http://parcc.pearson.com.
To take a sample PARCC assessment for all grades in math and ELA, please go to http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests.
PARCC/CCSS
District to Host Final PARCC/CCSS Parent Info Night
Attention parents! If you were unable to attend the PARCC/CCSS Parent Info night on 2/4, the district will host its third and final session on 2/24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Middle School. District teachers will provide instruction on CCSS ELA and math, how to help your students with specific CCSS issues, and will work through sample PARCC assessments. Refreshments and take-away items will be supplied by the Secaucus Education Association. We hope to see you there!
CCSS/PARCC Parent Night

District Hosts Teacher-Led CCSS/PARCC Parent Boot Camp
On Wednesday, February 4 . in Middle/High School PAC, the Secaucus Board of Education in conjunction with the Secaucus Education Association hosted the second parent information evening regarding the CCSS and PARCC.

 

Breakout sessions were led by district teachers in grades

 3 through 8 in 

ELA and math. We thank all the parents who braved the cold and snow to attend and learn more about their children's education.

 
If you attended, please let us know how we did by taking this brief survey
SBOE Approves 2014-2015 Progress Targets Action Plan
Please see attached document for the SPSD Progress Targets Action Plan for Huber Street, Clarendon and Secaucus Middle School.
Kindergarten & PreK Registration
Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration Dates Set The Secaucus Public School District (SPSD) has scheduled Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten registration dates for the 2015-2016 school year.  Kindergarten registration will be held February 9, 2015 through February 12, 2015.  Pre-Kindergarten registration will be held March 10, 2015 through March 13, 2015. Public notices with detailed information will be advertised in the Home News prior to the registration dates.
 
The SPSD urges parents and guardians to use the on-line pre-registration system available on 
this website. Other residency, occupancy and medical documents will be required at the time of registration.  Printed residency documents will still be available.

The cut off dates to enroll in Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten have been revised for the 2015/2016 school year.  To register for Kindergartenchildren must be five (5) years old on or before October 1, 2015. To register for Pre-Kindergartenchildren must be four (4) years old on or before October 1, 2015. Students will be placed in a.m. or p.m.sessions of Pre-Kindergarten at a later time and based on total enrollment.
PARCC/CCSS
PARCC/CCSS Parent Night FAQs
Click here for FAQ document.
During PARCC/CCSS Parent Night in December, administrators opened the floor for parent questions. about the PARCC, CCSS or about teaching and learning in the district. The questions in the document are in black; the responses are in red. We are planning two more PARCC/CCSS Parent Boot Camps in the near future, so please check back often.


PARCC administrations in Grades 3-11 follow state mandate and are scheduled as follows: 
  • Performance-Based Assessments in ELA and Math: March 2-March 27.
  • End of Year Assessments in ELA and Math: High School ONLY:  April 20-May 15. 
  • End of the Year Assessments in ELA and Math: Grades 3-8 ONLY: April 27-May 22
Computer Science Education Week
Clarendon Students Get in on the Fun of Coding
Students in Mr. Sommer's Technology classes get in on the fun of coding as part of Computer Science Education Week. Students got to code snowflakes with the ladies of Frozen, Elsa and Anna (http://studio.code.org/s/frozen), Mr. Sommer reports that this is just another day in his computer class as coding is quickly becoming
a popular part of every day.
 
 
 
Far out!
Honeywell Chooses Secaucus Martinelli-Wurst for Educators in Space Academy
Far out! Michelle Martinelli-Wurst, Clarendon's and Huber's Gifted and Talented teacher has been chosen to participate in Honeywell's prestigious Educators in Space Academy. She was chosen as one of approximately 100 educators from around the globe to take part in exercises that simulate activities as an astronaut serving missions in space.

This coming June, Mrs. Martinelli-Wurst will travel U.S. Space & Rocket Center on the Huntsville campus of the University of Alabama. There she will receive a week of training in aspects of mathematics and science that she will bring back to her students and the entire Secaucus educational community.

More about the program can be found at http://educators.honeywell.com. Congratulations Mrs. Martinelli-Wurst!
It's That Time of Year
Huber Street School Gets in the Holiday Spirit!
Students and teachers at Huber Street Elementary school transformed their hallways and doors into a colorful winter wonderland. 

  
Secaucus Parent Academy
Parent Academy Info Night Documents Posted to Website
We would like to thank all parents for coming out to the PAC on the evening of 12/15 for our first Parent Academy night. The presentations and handouts are available on http://www.sboe.us under Departments > Assessments in a file called PARCC/CCSS Parent Academy.

The questions you asked last night are currently being generated into an FAQ and will be up in the coming days. We look forward to seeing you in the near future at our Instructional Nights! Dates are TBA.

 
@SecaucusPSD Twitter Account Now Live!
@SecaucusPSD Twitter Account Now Live!
The Secaucus Public School District is now tweeting information about district events. If you use Twitter, you can follow us and get the information as it is tweeted by following the handle @SecaucusPSD.
Spring Musical
SHS Announces Hairspray as 2015 Spring Musical
SHS announces that it has chosen Hairspray as the spring 2015 spring musical. Hairspray is a colorful comedic musical that follow the exploits of Tracy Turnblad as she gains celebrity on The Corny Collins dance show, then campaigns for social justice and in 1962 Baltimore. 

Performances are all in the PAC; dates and times are as follows: 
  • Thursday, 4/16 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday 4/17 @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 4/18, @ 3:00 p.m.
Tickets will be $12 and will go on sale on or about 3/1/2015.
From the Governor's Office: NJ Launches Statewide Ebola Plan
Through executive order, Governor Christie signed and has established the Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team (EVD-JRT) that will direct and coordinate all matters pertaining to New Jersey’s public health response to the virus... Read the plan here.
CDC Publishes Enterovirus-D68 Factsheet
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has developed an Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) fact sheet that outlines preventative practices that will help ensure your child does not contract it or other illnesses. The fact sheet can be downloaded here. 
SBOE Reports on 2014 Top SHS Students
SBOE Reports on 2014 Top SHS Students​
 
At the monthly Board of Education meeting on November 18, Trustee Jack McStowe delivered a brief report regarding the our students' time-in-district to their GPAs and SAT scores. Of the 144 members of the Class of 2014, 130, or 90%, took the SAT at least once.
 
The data indicate that of the 130 students who took the SAT at the top 10% of the class of 2014 received an average GPA of 4.086 and scored an average of 1918 out of a possible 2400 on their SATs. Of these 13 students, 85% of them were enrolled in Secaucus schools at 3rd grade or before; 86% of them enrolled during elementary school.
 
Students at the top 25% of the graduating class scored an 1801 and received an average GPA of 3.874. Of these students, 81% of them entered the school system during Grade 3 or prior. Ninety-four percent of them enrolled during elementary school.
 
Students in the top third of the class of 2014 scored an average of 1733 and received an average GPA of 3.762. Of these students, 80% of them entered the school system during Grade 3 or prior. Ninety-five percent of them enrolled during elementary school.
 
The average combined SAT score (Critical Reading, Writing and Mathematics) in NJ is 1523. In Secaucus, the Class of 2014’s SAT average combined score is 1460.
 
The District Testing Report was delivered at the October 2014 board meeting which outlined the district SAT averages among other data points. This report can be found on the district’s homepage or under Departments > Assessments.
2013-2014 Assessment of Student Standardized Test Performance Presented
The Secaucus Public School District is required to present the public a report on student standardized test performance. This report was delivered at the October 16 Board of Education meeting. To see a PDF of the presentation, click here.
Enterovirus D68
The Secaucus Public School District is concerned about the continued health and safety of all members of our educational community. There have been reports of illnesses spreading among children. One of these diseases is Enterovirus D68. More information about this virus can be found here.
NJDoE Releases CCSS Brochure for Parents
The New Jersey Department of Education recently released a brochure discussing the
 important aspects of the Common Core State Standards (Click here to download the brochure). We encourage all parents, guardians, students, and other interested individuals to read it to become more informed about the state-approved standards that drive our district's curriculum and guide our students' learning.
Revised Attendance Polcy and Regulations
The Secaucus Public School School is committed to the continued academic excellence of all students. As such, the Board of Education recently revised its Student Attendance Policy and Regulations. Please click on the Attendance Information button to review the information. If you have any questions, please contact your school's main office.
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