• We believe 2015-2016 will be a great year for the Curriculum office. This is the first year we will not be managing a new mandate from Trenton. Therefore we will be able to focus on our new initiatives and enhancing former programs and older mandates like the PARCC assessments.
     
    Our first program we will be launching is the district's revamped Professional Development Committee. This committee (the DEAC) meets monthly and will manage district-wide professional development days (September 1st and June 23rd). Offerings will definitely include Google in-serves, especially as our district goes "GAFE."  
     
    This year our teachers and students will be ready for the revised PARCC tests that replaced the NJ ASK & HSPA tests last year. These online tests in Language Arts and Math are aligned to the Common Core Curriculum Standards. We are very happy that the PARCC tests will only happen once this year and will not take away vital days of instruction from our program of study. Results from last year's test will not be released until December of 2015 but keep checking below for updates and information on how to analyze your child's results. (Link to audio-enhanced PARCC 2015 Results presentation.)
     
    Thanks to our MLHS Principal's vision, we adopted a new Learning Management System called Canvas for the high school. There was so much interest in the product that the initial MLHS pilot doubled and one has emerged in Briarcliff. We will be using Canvas to offer our teachers PD as well. Finally, Canvas has allowed us to offer our first online requirement at the high school: Online Economics.  
     
    2015-2016 Initiatives