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A Message from Deputy Superintendent 

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,
 
Women’s Leadership Conference
I would like to thank the hundreds of current and aspiring women leaders who joined us on Saturday, March 19, 2022 for Embrace. Empower. Elevate. The 1st Annual Women’s Leadership Conference.  I am in awe of each and every woman in our district - You are truly a Wonder Woman!
To access the session recordings, please CLICK HERE.
 
Important Calendar Updates
As shared by Superintendent León, please see below the revised School Calendar SY21-22, as well as the calendars for SY22-23:

End-of-Year Activities
Below are upcoming events during the month of June:

  • Senior Trip: June 3rd
  • Teacher of the Year: June 8th
  • Math Olympics: June 3rd (Virtual) / June 7th and June 8th  (In-Person)
  • Academic All-Star Awards Ceremony for the Class of 2022: June 10th
  • Science Olympics: June 14th – June 16th
  • Graduation Ceremonies: June 23rd

Wishing you all an excellent week of teaching and learning!
 
Stay Safe, Be Well

- Deputy Superintendent Johnson

 

A Message from Dr. Reilly

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,

This past week I met with principals and introduced The Writing Revolution (TWR), a possible game changer for you and your students that focuses on developing writing skills while reading and thinking critically. The method builds from sentences to compositions and will be embedded in curricula across all content areas and grade levels.

Currently, I am working with a group of third-grade teachers who are engaging in this work. Many of the teachers have already begun to embed these strategies into their current lessons and have reported an increase in student engagement and deeper learning within classrooms. 

I encourage you to sign up for the TWR residencies as they continue to be promoted through Teacher Talk submissions. Below you will find residencies for 2nd and 4th grade teachers. This is a paid opportunity for you and a place where minds come together and ideas come to life. 

The Office of Visual & Performing Arts presents this year's All City Dance Festival on March 30th & Teen Arts Annual on March 31st (see details in submissions below). Join us as we continue to celebrate the talented young artists across the district!

-Dr. Reilly

 
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NBOE IN THE NEWS

Stay informed on everything happening within Newark Public Schools and the Newark Board of Education! Read up on all of the many ways the district is garnering media coverage.  

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NEW ITEMS 

Observance of Ramadan (New)

As you know Muslims observe Ramadan, which begins on Friday, April 1 and ends on Sunday, May 1. In our continuing efforts to be mindful and respectful of everyone, attached for your convenience, is a infographic from the Superintendent.

Ramadan - Need To Know Flyer

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Summer Program 2022 Job Applications (New)
Contact: 
Genell Jackson-Lampley, Staff Development
Email: 
g1lampley@nps.k12.nj.us

Here comes the sun, and we are looking for the best and brightest staff for the summer!

The job applications for the 2022 Summer Programs are now available for NBOE employees on Frontline. Programs run from July 5th to August 5th, with Extended School Year concluding on August 12th.

Browse the many opportunities and apply using this brochure: LINK
Easy directions can be found in these quick videos: 
Instructional Positions
Non-Instructional Positions

Applications close on April 8th.

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Special Needs Registry for Newark Residents (New)

The Newark Department of Public Safety would like to better serve the needs of individuals with special needs. Please see and share the flyer below with information on the Special Needs Registry for Newark Residents.
 
Special Needs Registry Flyer

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2022 Parent University April ’22 Courses (New)
Contact: 
Mariah Alston, Office of Federal Programs & Grants
Email: m1alston@nps.k12.nj.us

Please share the April flyer for Parent University with your students and their families to spread the word. We want to have as many parents as possible benefit from what is being offered.

NBOE Parent University is a system-wide learning program to provide resources, learning opportunities, and linkages for ongoing parent and family involvement and community engagement that supports student learning. We have an abundance of courses being offered in the Month of March. Click the link here for more information.

APRIL-Schedule-PU-Spring-22-3.pdf
PU-Spring-2022-Courses.pdf

PU-Spring-22-PU-Calendar-Overview.pdf

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 Elementary Basketball and Cheer Season Begins! (New)
Contact: Julianne Bello, Office of Extended Learning Time
Email: jbello@nps.k12.nj.us

The Office of Extended Learning is excited to announce the launch of the Elementary Basketball Season this Saturday 3/26/2022. Come out to support our players and cheerleaders each Saturday!

Please use this link for schedules and locations. 

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You're Invited: Teen Arts Annual 2022 (New)
Contact: 
Margaret El, Office of Visual & Performing Arts
Email: mel@nps.k12.nj.us

Join us virtually or in-person at the Newark Museum of Art on Thursday, March 31st at 4 PM!

4:00 PM: Exhibit in the Gallery
4:30 PM: Virtual Exhibit Pre-Show
5:00 PM: Program & Student Recognition
6:00 PM: Refreshments in the Court

Featuring student artworks and performances by: American History, Arts, Barringer, Eagle Academy, East Side, Malcolm X. Shabazz, Science Park, Technology, and University High Schools

Virtual Program Link
Teen-Arts-Flyer-2022.pdf

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You're Invited: All City Dance Festival 2022 (New)
Contact: 
Margaret El, Office of Visual & Performing Arts
Email: 
mel@nps.k12.nj.us

Join us in WebEx for the All City Dance Festival on Wednesday, March 30th at 6:00 PM!

Dance performances by: Arts High, Belmont Runyon, Camden Street, East Side High, Elliott Street, First Avenue, Franklin, Harriet Tubman, Hawkins Street, Hawthorne Ave, Malcolm X Shabazz High, McKinley, Mount Vernon, New Jersey Regional Day, Peshine Avenue, Rafael Hernandez, Speedway, University High, and West Side High.

Link
All-City-Dance-Flyer-2022.pdf

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2022-2023 Instructional Transfer Period (New)
Contact: 
Jessica Scafe, Human Resource Services
Email: jscafe@nps.k12.nj.us

Our Transfer opportunity for the 2022-23 school year runs from Monday, March 28th through Friday, April 8th 2022.

During this period, you will have an opportunity to view positions in our new and expanding schools . This is a unique opportunity for you to match your talents with the needs of each school in the district and request a transfer.

If you are interested in applying for a lateral transfer for the 2022-23 school year visit here and be sure to select the Internal portal to access the application.

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Preschool Teacher of the Year 2022 (New)
Contact: 
Carol L. Little, Office of Early Childhood  
Email: clittle@nps.k12.nj.us

The Office of Early Childhood is pleased to announce the re-establishment of the Preschool Teacher of the Year Awards. Four exemplary teachers who inspire our youngest learners will be selected. Nominations are limited to one teacher per school. The candidate must teach Pre-K, hold a Standard P-3 certificate, and have at least 5 years teaching experience with at least 3 years within the Newark Board of Education. Please complete the nomination form by April 6, 2022.

Preschool Teacher of the Year Submission Form 

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OSE Updates (New)
Contact: 
Devvon Crawford, Office of Special Education
Email: d1crawford@nps.k12.nj.us

Several schools across the district with the Autism Program will engage with OSE on April 5th to Kick Off Autism Awareness Month. Please see the attached for the virtual invite and calendar of activities for parents. Occupational Therapy is also celebrated in April and more details are included.

Special education teachers, paraprofessionals and CSTs, we need you for ESY. To apply for summer positions to support the ESY Program please see the attached. April PD opportunities presented by the Office of Special Education are also included.

3-28-22-Teacher-Talk.pdf

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Paid Professional Development Opportunities by the Bergen Trauma Training Center (New)
Contact: 
Jennifer Rodriguez, Office of Federal Programs and Grants
Email: j20rodriguez@nps.k12.nj.us

Thanks to grant funding from the USDOE Mental Health School Professionals Grant, two paid professional development opportunities are open to all NBOE teachers and staff. The sessions will be presented by the Bergen Trauma Training Center. The first PD will be on April 5th focused on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The second PD will be on April 6th focused on Trauma Informed Social-Emotional Learning. Each session is 1.5 hours; registration is now open in Whetstone. For more information, see the attached flyer.

PD-Flyer-ACEs-Trauma-Informed-SEL-April-2022.pdf

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The Writing Revolution Teacher Residency (Grade 4) (New)
Contact: 
Elisa Lee, Office of Teaching and Learning, ELA
Email: e1lee@nps.k12.nj.us

This is a paid teacher residency where participants will learn and create content-based writing instruction based on The Writing Revolution. Participants must commit to all 8 sessions, 4/7/22 – 6/2/22; 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m on Thursdays, (no meeting Spring Break), and will be paid $656 upon completion.

Limited to 30 Grade 4 Classroom Teachers.

See the attached document to apply.

The-Writing-Revolution-Teacher-Residency-Grade-4.pdf

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Orton Gillingham Training - Grade 1 & Grade 2 Classroom (New)
Contact: 
Lisa Trobaugh, Office of Teaching and Learning, ELA
Email: ltrobaugh@nps.k12.nj.us

We are pleased to offer an additional IMSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training. This training is being offered to a cohort of Grade 1 and Grade 2 classroom teachers. Please see the attached document for more information and how to sign up if you are interested.

OG_IMSE-Training.pdf

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Heggerty’s Bridge the Gap - Phonics Resource (Grade 2 Teachers) (New)
Contact: 
Heather Lieberman, Office of Teaching and Learning, ELA
Email: hlieberman@nps.k12.nj.us

All grade 2 teachers are being sent a phonics intervention resource, Heggerty’s Bridge the Gap. This is for use during small group instruction as a supplement for specific students. Please see the attached document for more information and to sign up for training.

BTG-for-2nd-grade.pdf

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Practice Based Coaching for Head Start Pre-K Teachers (New)
Contact: 
KeLee Brown, Office of Early Childhood
Email: k10brown@nps.k12.nj.us

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Time: 1:00PM-3:00PM
Audience: Head Start Pre-k Teachers
Description: In small focus groups, participants will receive intensive coaching based on the needs assessment of the Head Start Teachers and classroom observations for self-contained classrooms. You will receive further guidance from the Head Start Instructional Specialist, Phylicia Thornton prior to the training.

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Science Poster Contest (New)
Contact: 
Tracy Cummings, Office of Science
Email: 
tcummings@nps.k12.nj.us

Office of Science: Poster Competition
Pre-K-5
Theme: How can we ensure a healthy planet?
To be eligible for judging, all posters must be received by FRIDAY, May 13, 2022.

How-can-we-ensure-a-healthy-planet_-1.pdf

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Math & Art Desmos Contest (New)
Contact: 
Darleen Gearhart, Office of Mathematics
Email: dgearhart@nps.k12.nj.us

Create and submit your original, artistic design by April 29, 2022 at 11:59 pm to compete in the Math and Art Desmos Contest 2022. Students must be enrolled in the course for which they submit an entry. Teams of up to three (3) students may collaborate on a single entry. All entries will be evaluated according to the course-specific rubric. First-place, second-place, and third-place entries for each course will receive a TI Graphing Calculator.

More information and resources about the contest (here)
Submit your entries using the link (here)
Math-Art-Desmos-Contest_-Announcement-2022.pdf

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Pre-College and Enrichment Fair (New)
Contact: 
LaTonya D. White, Student Support Services- Office of Student Life
Email: ldwhite@nps.k12.nj.us

The NBOE Virtual Enrichment and Pre-College Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022 from 3:00pm to 5:30pm.

To register, students/parents must complete the following form.

The Webex Link to join the event will be received once the form is submitted. Please save the confirmation email which contains the login link for the day of the event.

Student registration will close Friday, April 8, 2022 at 2:30pm.

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Sedge Island Eco-Tour (New)
Contact: 
Tracy Cummings, Office of Science
Email: tcummings@nps.k12.nj.us

When: August 13, 2022
Time: 8:45 AM- 3:00 PM
Newark Board of Education teachers and administrators are cordially invited to an experiential workshop and eco-tour of the Sedge Island Wildlife Management Area, a remarkable 300- acre estuarine environment teeming with wildlife just off Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park, New Jersey.

Sedge-Island-Experience.pdf

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NBOE-Well Healthy Actions Program (New)
Contact: 
Jennifer Medina, Human Resource Services
Email: benefits@nps.k12.nj.us

Health starts here: Join NBOE-Well for the 2022 Healthy Actions Program!

If employees enrolled in one of the Aetna medical plans obtain two (2) of the screenings listed below between January 1st, 2022 through December 31st, 2022, they will earn a $50 gift card.

  • Annual Physical
  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Well woman
  • Mammogram
  • Pap smear
  • Immunization/vaccine (flu, H1N1, pneumococcal, hepatitis b)
  • Prostate Exam

For more information:

Program information 
Program Flyer
HrConnection.com (passcode: NBOE)

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Spring Break COVID-19 Testing Strategy 
Contact: 
Shamere Williams, Office of the Deputy Superintendent
Email: s21williams@nps.k12.nj.us

Greetings,

In accordance with the guidance shared by the Superintendent, all students and school staff will be required to test for COVID-19 prior to return from Spring Break. For your convenience, all schools will receive a Spring Break COVID-19 Testing Kit to distribute to each student and employee the week of April 11th. Each kit will include rapid tests and a set of instructions to process the test.
 
Students and school staff must complete the test on Sunday, April 24th prior to returning to school on Monday, April 25, 2022. All homeroom teachers will need to advise students to make them aware of this expectation. Anyone who has tested positive in the last 90 days is not required to retest during Spring Break.
 
Staff must follow the process of notifying Health Services of positive test results. Parents of students must notify their school nurse of positive test results. Additional details will be provided closer to Spring Break.

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2022 Essex Vicinage Law Day Program for Schools 

The Superior Court of New Jersey - Essex Vicinage Law Day Planning Committee, in partnership with the Essex County Bar Association, invite you to register to participate in our annual Law Day Program. The 2022 Law Day theme is Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change” and activities will include mock trial, virtual visit with a judge, multimedia art, video and writing contests*. 
 
For more information on participating in the 2022 program,  please visit the Essex Vicinage Law Day website. There you will find information about: 

  • Online registration (See attached form. You may complete, save and email to EssexLawDay.Mbx@njcourts.gov)
  • Contest rules
  • Previous years winning contest submissions
  • Awards Ceremony photo galleries
  • Important dates & updates
  • Law Day history and previous year’s themes

We look forward to schools and students from our district joining the Essex Vicinage Superior Court Law Day Planning Committee and the Essex County Bar Association in recognizing Law Day 2022. 

Their office is available to answer any questions you may have. Please call 973-776-9300 (ext. 56886) or email EssexLawDay.Mbx@njcourts.gov.
 
Most Law Day actives will take place virtually. The in person mock trial program is contingent upon local and government guidelines on large group gatherings due to the pandemic in April or May of 2022. Updates will be posted on the Law Day website and email updates will be sent to registered participants. This is a free court hosted event and open to all Essex County Schools and students.

Flyer
Registration Instructions
Law Day Activities
Art Contest Rules
Writing Contest Rules
Video Contest Rules

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New Teacher Development 
Contact: Dana Mishoe, Educator Effectiveness
Email: evaluations@nps.k12.nj.us

The April New Teacher Development session will take place on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 between 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Teachers who are new to Newark (regardless of previous experience) are expected to attend 7 of the 9 monthly sessions. There will be two NBOE departments presenting in April - Technology and also Early Childhood.    
 
Please use the following Calendar Link to view all 4 New Teacher Development sessions offered on April 6th as well as the New Teacher Development Resource Folder for incredible past PD resources.

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Girls Who Code Summer Programs
Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Educational Technology-Office of Teaching and Learning
Email: tnellegar@nps.k12.nj.us

Girls Who Code is offering two exciting summer programs for current high school students who identify as girls or non-binary. They can choose from a 2-week immersion program or a 6-week self-paced program that will allow them to learn coding skills, network with others as well as provide them with career resources.

The program is free and they offer a need-based grant of up to $500 for eligible students who complete the Summer Immersion Program. Please encourage interested students to apply. Any questions please reach out to Tim Nellegar.

GWC_Summer_Student.pdf

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Free Yoga Series Revised Calendar- NBOE Staff Your Well-Being Matters 
Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez, Office of Federal Programs and Grants
Email: j20rodriguez@nps.k12.nj.us

*In an effort to accommodate your busy schedules, the March yoga session dates have been changed. Please refer to attachment for details and Whetstone registration links.

Thanks to CDC Supplemental Funds, the NBOE is excited to partner with Newark Yoga Movement to offer FREE virtual yoga sessions. These sessions offer self-regulation tools, tips, and supports to relieve stress, anxiety, and trauma heightened by the pandemic. The yoga series will be offered twice a month through June 2022. Each class is 45-minutes. No prior experience is needed to participate.

Yoga-Series-Calendar-Revised.pdf

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The Writing Revolution Teacher Residency (Grade 2) 
Contact: Heather Lieberman, Office of Teaching and Learning, ELA  
Email: hlieberman@nps.k12.nj.us

This is a paid teacher residency where participants will learn and create content-based writing instruction based on The Writing Revolution. Participants must commit to all 8 sessions and will be paid $656 upon completion. Limited to 30 Grade 2 Classroom Teachers. See the attached document for more information and to apply.

The Writing Revolution Link

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Updates from Human Resources 
Contact: Human Resources
Email: humanresources@NPS.K12.NJ.US

Teacher Reassignment
Information regarding the Teacher Reassignment Protocol on Frontline is forthcoming! The current reassignment period will be from March 28, 2022  until April 8, 2022.
 
Non-Renewal Decisions and Actions
Did you make revisions to your rosters? As you gather documents and make notes of  the changes made to your rosters, please review the non-renewal information and important dates here.
 
Per-Diem Hiring Requests
Good Day NBOE Principals, be advised that all Per Diem Hiring Requests are being processed via Frontline. Please click the link below to access Per Diem Staffing’s Hiring Links for the Per Diem Teacher Aide, Per Diem Personal Aide, Per Diem Teacher, and Co-Curricular, Advisors, Coaching, and Before & After School program.

Per Diem Staffing Hiring Links for Frontline
 
Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact perdiemstaffing@nps.k12.nj.us.

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Submit Student Artwork to Hope, Healing and Resistance Statewide 

Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts
Email: mel@nps.k12.nj.us

Submissions accepted through March 31, 2022. The NJDOE, in collaboration with Arts Ed NJ and the Art Educators of New Jersey, invites New Jersey students to participate in the Hope, Healing and Resilience through the COVID-19 Pandemic Art Showcase & Installation Project. Students from preschool to 12th grade are encouraged to submit a photo of original piece of two-dimensional (2-D) art that conveys positive messages of hope, healing, and resilience created after March 2020. Selected artwork will be displayed on the NJDOE website and in NJDOE offices.

Project Information
ArtInstallationBroadcast.pdf

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