2014-2015 Initiatives: Community Outreach, PARCC & the Long Range ED Plan

Here at the Curriculum Office we are very excited about 2014-2015. After all, it is the first year in implementing our Long Range Education Plan. In addition, our teachers and administrators are diligently preparing our students for the new PARCC assessment that will replace the NJ ASK tests later this year. These online tests in Language Arts and Math are aligned to the Common Core Curriculum Standards.

Here at Mountain Lakes we are committed that these exams will not deter us from delivering the exceptional curriculum that we have come to expect. You can find more about the PARCC at our district website as we are constantly updating it.

Finally, this office is always looking at ways to engage our schools with the supportive community it serves. That is why we are excited that the MLHS Social Studies Department will be partnering once again this year with the ML League of Women Voters to offer our upperclassman girls the opportunity to participate in Running & Winning. Continue to check this site for more examples of productive community outreach programs.

2014-2015 Initiatives:

MLHS Blended Learning

As part of our LREP goal of balancing the tradition of educational excellence along with innovation to make the most engaging and relevant learning environment possible for our students, several teachers at MLHS are piloting a blended learning experience. Ms. Nancy Latimer, our Educational Technology Specialist and facilitator of our Online Academy, is working side-by-side with Mr. Cosgrove, Ms. Mary Kane-Malone and Miss Begona Rodriguez in supporting these pilots in AP Economics, Latin and Spanish. This blended learning experience allows teachers and students to manage and organize course materials, integrate and deliver multimedia content, and connect with Google Apps for Education, YouTube, and many other online resources. Dr. Mucci and myself are also offering a new online elective, Law & Courts, in which students access the curriculum via Canvas, a virtual learning platform. The greatest benefit to having a blended learning experience is the ability for students to access course content whenever, wherever, and “why-ever” as often as they want, enabling them to customize their personal learning experience. The MLHS Principal, Mr. Jeremy Davies is leading this project and his vision for it epitomizes our LREP's goal of innovation.

LREP 2014-2015 Goals

Every five years, the Mountain Lakes School District organizes with with our community and student stakeholders to create a Long Range Education Plan (LREP) that charts the course for our district. Led by our Superintendent, we held dozens of events last year called Critical Conversations. Based on the feedback we received with parents, students and teachers, we have selected a number of the following goals for next year. Please note that these topics: Innovation & Tradition, Resiliency, and Learning Environments will be the basis of each of our initiates this year.

Running & Winning 2015

Sponsored and run by the Mountain Lakes League of Women Voters, the daylong Running & Winning workshop will give sixty 11th-12th grade MLHS girls the opportunity to explore public service as a career. This year we will be partnering with our Paterson Connection colleagues again and inviting twelve Kennedy High School students to join us. Highlights of the workshop will include interviewing female electedofficials and political operatives about their experiences running for officeand planning and running their own mock campaign. By collaborating in smallgroups, the students will be encouraged to explore and develop their ownleadership abilities. At the conclusion of the workshop, each student will begiven a certificate of participation. Lunch will be provided. Learn more at the link below.