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Teacher Talk - June 6, 2022


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Sent: Monday, June 6, 2022 9:46 AM
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A Message from Dr. Reilly

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,

The Office of Academic Services is proud to announce this year’s Preschool Teachers of the Year! The Office of Early Childhood, in partnership with the Office of Special Education, have brought back this favorite tradition. Below are the honorees:

  • Malfalda De Almeida - Roberto Clemente
  • Blessing Folarin - Early Childhood Center - Central
  • Carole Ray - 14th Avenue School (PSD)
  • Tiffany Arce - Luis Munoz Marin (PSD)
  • Hayet Khezar - UVSO, Ivy Hill
  • Gabrielle Iovino - North Ward, 300 Mt. Prospect

The Preschool Teacher of the Year Celebration will take place on June 13th! Tickets are still available. Please see the flyer below for more details:

Additionally, I am excited to offer a tremendous congratulations to all of the students and schools that participated in the 2022 Newark Math Olympics! The purpose of this competition was to foster and provide a competitive experience in mathematics for Newark students in grades 6 through 12 in the subject areas of: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, PreCalculus, Calculus, and Probability/Statistics. A plaque, a TI-Nspire graphic calculator, and a Math Olympics t-shirt will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners in each subject. Awards will be delivered to students’ schools the week of June 13, 2022. 
This year, 705 students participated in the Virtual Math Olympics. Winners have not yet been determined so stay tuned to the next edition of Teacher Talk! Great job to all of our students and schools who participated and as a reminder, the in-person Math Olympics will be held on June 7-8, 2022 at NJIT.

Dr. Reilly 




Security Reminder (New)

Contact: Anthony Jackson, Office of Safety & Security


Staff members and students are strictly prohibited from propping doors open. Students and staff members shall not open a door for anyone. All persons seeking entry to the building shall be directed to the main entrance.

For more information: Building Security Reminder

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MAP PD for School Teams: EOY Analysis + Student Growth (New)

Contact: Rochanda Jackson, OPPET

On Wednesday, June 22nd, NWEA will host an optional PD session focused on examining Spring 2022 MAP results for members of School Test Coordination Teams.Session Activity will include:

  • Model walk through the Student Growth Summary using district data
  • Reflective questions for participants to analyze data.
  • Review of data facts, possible explanations, and action steps based on needs, e.g., School improvement planning and professional learning for teachers

The session will be held from 10 -11 am. Connect with your principal regarding participation.

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Professional Development Hours 21-22 (New)

Contact: Dana Mishoe

Be certain to complete the Professional Development Hours Form by June 24th. As required by NJDOE, i.e. every teacher completes at least 20 hours of PD per year. The link for the form is here: 

Professional Development Form:

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Final Paycheck to Close Out 2021-2022 School Year (New)

Contact: Flor Pescoran, Human Resource Services

The final 2021-2022 school year paycheck will be paid via direct deposit on July 8, 2022.

Number of days included on check:

  • 10 Month NTU employees 4
  • 10 Month Nurses 4
  • 10 Month Food Service Workers 4
  • 11 Month Food Service Workers 5
  • 10 Month Security Guards & Nurse’s Aides 6
  • Vice Principals/Dept. Chairs 7
  • Per Diems Days worked

Supplemental payments will be based on the date of receipt of approved documentation in Payroll.

All 12 month employees will continue to receive their pay biweekly.

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The Transformative Education Network launches the TEN Honors Award (New)

Contact: Matthew Brewster 

University High School Social Studies teacher, Peter De La Cruz, is the recipient of the first ever Transformative Education Network (TEN) Honors Award! The TEN at Montclair State University prepares and develops teachers who teach toward antiracism and social justice. As evidence of his commitment to social justice, Peter submitted student presentations from a unit he created titled, “The Ableism Project.” In this unit, Peter’s 10th grade students came to understand the history and impact of ableism in society as well as how people with disabilities are oppressed.

For more information:

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The Office of Special Education Summer Residency (New)

Contact: Amy Woods

The Office of Special Education (OSE) is offering a 3-day "UDL Teacher Residency" for both general education and special education teachers. Teachers will develop a shared understanding of UDL principles and guidelines. Through professional learning on the Six-Step Lesson Planning Cycle, participants will be provided with the knowledge and tools to implement changes to their lesson planning, instructional practices, and overall mindsets that will enhance students. Consider asking your teacher colleagues to join you as a team. Registration is in Whetstone for Aug. 16, 17 & 18.

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Tutoring Coordinators (New)

Contact: Julianne Bello

All tutoring coordinators will complete a summary sheet for their programs. The data captured will span from the beginning of the year until June 8th. Tutoring coordinators will receive an email with an Excel template for data collection, to be completed by June 17th, 2022.

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NBOE Well Summer (New)

Contact: Jennifer Medina, Human Resource Services

While the school year is drawing to an end and staff are preparing to adjourn for the summer, the Office of Benefit Services wants to remind you that your health and wellbeing remain our top priority. As part of NBOE Well, we encourage you to take advantage of the programs NBOE Well has to offer. They include Noom, PeerFit, Headspace, Teladoc and much more! 

Be sure to stay up to date this summer about these programs and more by visiting (guest key: NBOE). 

Know More. Choose Better. Live Well.

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The Summer Programs 2022 Brochure and Registration Links 

Contact: Genell Jackson-Lampley

The Summer Programs 2022 brochure and registration links are now live and can be found here: 

Please encourage your parents to register for this summer’s programs.

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Apply Now for Advisors, Afterschool, Co-Curricular, and Coach Positions

Contact: Rashonna CosbyHuman Resource Services

Contact: Rhashonna Cosby, Human Resource Services

We are now accepting applications for internal employees (preferred) and external candidates for Advisors, Afterschool, Co-Curricular, and Coach positions for the 2022–2023 School Year.


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Learning Ally Audiobook Platform Available for Students

Contact: Lisa Trobaugh

Teachers, please remember that our students have access to the audio book platform, Learning Ally. This platform offers audio access to over 80,000 titles. Students can listen to popular books and also follow along with highlighted text. Please use this link below to support your implementation of Learning Ally.

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Homework Hotline Help Available for Students 

Contact: Timothy Nellegar

Please remind your students that our Homework Hotline Teachers remain available after school Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm to answer their homework questions and help them prepare for exams. The final day of Homework Hotline will be Thursday June 9th. To see the Homework Hotline schedule and contacts please visit:

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Mathematics Teaching Support with 4DMA

Contact: Darleen GearhartOffice of Mathematics

Have a question about math content or pedagogy and want to brainstorm with someone? Schedule a Math 1:1 session with 4DMA! Start here:

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2022 Parent University May & June ‘22 Courses

Contact: Mariah Alston

Please share the May/June 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 months of May and June.

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2022 Parent University Spanish Series!

Contact: Mariah Alston

We are excited to announce a Spanish Parent University Series for May/June 2022. Please share the attached flyer and translated explanation below with your students and their families.

Universidad de Padres llevará a cabo una serie de 4 cursos en español de mayo a junio titulada "Salud Socioemocional y el Desarollo Académico de su hijo/a". Las fechas y el horario de cada sesión se pueden encontrar en el volante, así como en el enlace al sitio web de la Universidad de Padres donde puede acceder a la sesión en vivo.

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Escrow Reminder

Contact: Maribel James, Human Resource Services

This is a reminder that the Escrow Deductions will end Friday, May 27, 2022. For your convenience, see attached guide on how to navigate Escrow through ESS (Employee Self Service). Please feel free to log into ESS to view the option you have selected. The refund dates are as follows for the option you have selected:

  • One Check Option – issued in one (1) lump sum on Friday, June 10, 2022.
  • Four Check Option – issued in four (4) equal installments on July 22ndAugust 5thAugust 19th and September 2nd 2022.

If you wish to discontinue, kindly do so through the ESS process. Open enrollment starts May 1st through July 15th of each year.

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Retrieving your PD Certificate from Whetstone

Contact: Dana Moore-Mishoe

This quick video tutorial will help you navigate to and print the certificate from Professional Development training you were registered for in Whetstone and have attended.

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Expired Certification Notification

Contact: Eboni Lee

You will receive a notice via email from the Certification Team regarding provisional renewals and/or standard application. Please note, instructions on applying for the renewal and/or standard certification(s) will be given in the message. We highly advise that you adhere to the guidance in the email to avoid certification lapses.

Virtual Office Hours: Register today for the Certification’s Team Virtual Office Hours. This is an opportunity to address any licensure inquiries. April dates available now!

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NBOE-Well Healthy Actions Program
Jennifer Medina, Human Resource Services

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:

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Wellness Program FAQs

Contact: Jennifer MedinaHuman Resource Services

NBOE Cares about you! That’s why we launched NBOE Well.

You perform at your best when your health is in check. The 2022 wellness goal is to encourage you to connect with your primary care physician (PCP) to help you discover and manage any medical conditions you may have.

Recent claim data shows, NBOE has been able to identify key targets that should be in the wellness program:

Visiting your PCP and managing your medical health conditions:

For more information:

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Bootstrap Algebra and Data Science

Contact: Darleen GearhartOffice of Mathematics

Grades 7-9 Math teachers are invited to learn/design curricular replacement units for grade 7 and Algebra 1 students using interactive computer programming. Grade 7 Data Science modules incorporate data visualization, measures of center/spread, programming, and linear regression. Algebra 1 modules involve designing characters using mathematical concepts such as coordinate planes, order of operations, ratio and proportion, and domain and range (the underpinnings of algebra).

  • June 11 - 9:00am-3:30pm (Virtual)

Register for the session here:

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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. 

News Stories
May 27, 2022: District Chess Tournament Winners
May 27, 2022: Governor’s Awards in Arts Education Ceremony
May 23, 2022: Attendance Poster Contest 2022
May 18, 2022: Math + Art Desmos Contest 2022
May 17, 2022: District On Track to Install Smart Panels in 1,600 Classrooms
May 17, 2022: Newark Residents Approve Over $1.2 Billion School Budget
May 17, 2022Top Scholar Athletes Recognized by the Essex County Athletics Directors Association and Super Essex Conference
May 17, 2022: Fulfilling Our Promise to English Learners: ESL Teachers Peer Coaching Thrives in NBOE
May 17, 2022: Happiness is… a Little TLC
May 17, 2022: Five Comprehensive NBOE High Schools Commence the Middle States MSA-CESS Process
May 17, 2022: Building Acceptance and Awareness Through Activities and Education
May 16, 2022: Streamlined Improvements
May 16, 2022: Middle School Music Students “Show Us the Way”
May 10, 2022: University High Teacher to be Honored at Princeton Commencement
May 09, 2022: Special Olympics Track & Field Event at Brookdale Park