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Teacher Talk 5/10/2021

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Message from Dr. Mary Ann Reilly

Good Morning Teachers and Staff,
Maya Angelou in speaking about reading and books said, “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

We are so excited to share this year's summer reading book lists. It is a terrific collection. As in the past, all students will receive a physical, not electronic, book. These books allow the reader opportunities to reflect on one's self and to peer into the lives of others and learn.  

Here is the link to the summer reading flyers. Please begin to build excitement about these titles by sharing this information with your students. Books will be sent directly to schools. They should be arriving at the beginning of June.

Additionally, here is a link to professional development offerings for this summer with links to sign up. We hope you will join us in the summer for more learning.

Dr. Reilly


 Revised Calendar for SY 2020-21 (New)

Contact: Principal

The school calendar has been revised for this school year with the last day of school for students and all 10-month employees on June 25, 2021.  Graduation ceremonies will take place no earlier than June 25, 2021. Dismissal time for all other students on the last day of school is noted on the calendar as 1 pm.  If you can close-out by that time, then you will also be dismissed at 1 pm.

The revised school calendar needs to be distributed to families and students.

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Calendar for SY 2021-22 (New)

Contact: Principal

The school calendar has been approved for next school year. The school calendar needs to be distributed to families and students.  We are also including the NJ State Board of Education List of Religious Holidays.

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Math Olympics - Discover Your Inner Mathematician (New)

Contact: Darleen Gearhart, Office of Mathematics

The Newark Board of Education 2021 Math Olympics will take place virtually this year June 3rd for grades 6-12 . All students must register to compete in this year's Math Olympics. Students should complete the registration form below for the categories of Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Statistics/Probability no later than June 2, 2021. Prizes and fame will be awarded!

This competition is open to only students who are currently enrolled in a Newark Board of Education School.

Registration Link
Math Olympics Flyer 

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Educational Technology Educator Office Hours (New)

Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Office of Educational Technology-Teaching and Learning

The Office of Educational Technology is excited to offer the following After School Educational Technology Sessions for Teachers:

Checking for Understanding with Kahoot-Part II

Differentiating for Students with the Read and Write App

We look forward to working with you and answering your questions!

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OSE Updates (New)

Contact: Christina Perrotta, Office of Special Ed

OSE is committed to supporting Special Ed and Gen Ed teachers.

Office of Special Education Updates

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Discretionary Funds (New)

Contact: Maria Arce, Office of Accounting 

Dear Teachers, Nurses, or Academic Interventionist:

As per District policy, in order to be reimbursed in the amount of $300.00 for items that supplemented and affected your work with pupils this school year and COVID-19 related expenses, you will be asked to complete and submit a District Discretionary Fund Certification.

All individuals requesting reimbursement will be required to scan and upload a copy of their 2020-2021 discretionary receipts as supporting documentation no later than June 1, 2021. Please see the attached memorandum for further instructions and to access the link.

Discretionary Fund Memo

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Road Safety Art Contest (New)

Contact: Margaret El, Visual & Performing Arts

The Road Safety Art Contest is open to students in grades K-12. This contest invites students to use their creativity to raise awareness of how to stay safe on the road, particularly when driving, biking, or walking around large commercial motor vehicles. Entries can be hand-drawn, digital art, animated and live videos, crafts, or photos. The contest is open until June 4th. One GRAND PRIZE, one HONORABLE MENTION, and one PEOPLE’S CHOICE winner will be awarded in four categories (k-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12).

Contest entry form and submission guidelines here.

Contest Rules

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Summer Arts Enrichment Programs (New)

Contact: Margaret El, Visual & Performing Arts

The Arts Office looks to support the artistic growth of students through expanded Summer Arts Enrichment Programs located at Arts High School. Share the appropriate flyer with students/families and encourage enrollment for this fun and engaging arts enrichment program.

• Middle School Summer Visual and Performing Arts Academy-current grades 5-7 only (dance, instrumental music, vocal music, theatre and visual art)
• High School Musical Theatre-current grades 8-11 only (singing, acting, dancing, stage design and lighting)
• High School Visual Arts-current grades 8-11 only (art studio atmosphere)

Summer SVPAA Flyer 2021
Summer HS VPA Flyer 2021 

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New Teacher Development 

Contact: Dana Mishoe-Moore, Educator Effectiveness

The May New Teacher Development session will take place on Tuesday, May 18th, from 3:30 - 5:30pm. Teachers who are new to Newark (regardless of previous experience) are expected to attend 6 of the 10 monthly sessions. The Educator Effectiveness Team will facilitate this session.

Registration Link

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School Climate and Culture Surveys 

Contact: Jessica Silva-Olmo, Office of Student Life

Beginning this year as part of Priority 3-Strategy 3.1,  students, parents/caregivers, and staff are to complete a culture and climate survey. Data from this survey will be shared with principals in June. This data will drive the creation of each school’s culture and climate plan for the 21-22 school year.

Please share the links and deadlines with your school community, here

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Self Care Support 

Contact: Jessica Silva-Olmo, Office of Student Life

Self-care may be defined by the term itself – caring for yourself. Self-care includes anything you do to keep yourself healthy – physically, mentally and spiritually. Although prioritizing self-care may sound like common sense, especially if you’re considering longevity, it’s often the first thing to go when we find ourselves in challenging situations, whether because of bad health, a financial crisis, job loss, divorce or, in our current situation, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please use this link to access Self-Care articles, resources and support.

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Request for Kindergarten Clips 

Contact: Cheryl Mack, Office of Early Childhood

Due to the District being immersed in virtual learning for most of school year, Pre-K4 students at Contracted Pre-K Provider locations may not have the opportunity to visit feeder school locations for Kindergarten tours. To that end, The Office of Early Childhood is again requesting short video clips from Kindergarten Teachers to welcome rising Kindergarteners and provide a glimpse of a “day in the life” of a Kindergarten student. This is a monumental educational milestone to be celebrated, and we’d appreciate representation from teachers.

Please email clips to

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Escrow Reminder 

Contact: Maribel James, Human Resource Services

Dear Employee:
We hope that you and family are continuing to remain safe and healthy. 
This is a reminder for those enrolled in the Escrow Program that the deductions will be ending on Friday, May 28, 2021. The refund dates are as follows:
>>>One Check Option – issued in one (1) lump sum on Friday, June 11, 2021
>>>Four Check Option – issued in four (4) equal installments on July 9th, 23rd, August 6th and August 20, 2021.
Escrow Open Enrollment –May through July 15th of each year, if you are interested in enrolling, switching options or discontinuing from the Escrow Program we ask that you do so through ESS (Employee Self Service).  We are excited to introduce our ESS (Employee Self Service) way of enrolling in our Escrow Program this year!!  Please see attachment quick reference on how- to- enroll “Enrolling in the Escrow Program through ESS”.

Enrolling In Escrow Instructions

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Teen Life Conference 

Please share this year's Teen Life Conference information and encourage your students to register! 

When: Friday, June 11, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 

Share the registration link below so you can recruit and attend with your class.

Students can register using this link.  

This virtual youth development conference is free and will include the following presenters:   

Main Stage 10:00AM-10:30AM  

  • PPMNJ Welcome  
  • Teen Links Welcome  
  • Keynote Address (Tia Ryans)  
Workshop Sessions 10:35AM-11:05AM & 11:10AM-11:40AM  
  • New Jersey Social Justice Institute- Ashanti Jones "Social and community activism" 
  • Community Foodbank of NJ-Ashley Policastro  "Nutrition at the store" 
  • Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan NJ- Bethany Diaz   " LGBTQ+"  
Workshop Sessions 10:35AM-11:05AM & 11:10AM-11:40AM  
  • William Paterson  Alma Diaz "College Preparedness" 
  • Job Corps- Julia Gibson  "Are you ready for the workforce?" 
  • Rutgers-Newark HPD (HEALTH PROMOTION DIVISION) “Sexual Health and Social Justice” 

Teen Life Conference Flyer

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Office of Mathematics - Office Hours 

Contact: Darleen Gearhart, Office of Mathematics 

The Office of Mathematics is hosting weekly, one-hour sessions in which unit overviews from curriculum guides will be reviewed with emphasis on students’ conceptual understanding and resources for student engagement.

The session will be divided into two parts: first, the Summaries of Key Learnings will be reviewed and, second, teachers and coaches will have an opportunity to engage in a question-and-answer session. Join us Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. See the attached flyer for details.

Math Office Hours Flyer 

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Earn While You Learn! SEL Rethink Training - Cohort 3 

Contact: Deborah Jennings, Office of Federal Programs & Grants

Registration is now open for the Rethink Social Emotional Learning Training – Cohort 3. This series of SEL topics is offered to teachers, social workers, counselors, and nurses. The 8 sessions will be from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, twice a week beginning Tuesday, May 5 through Thursday, June 3 (no sessions the week of May 24).

Two different topics will be offered each week. Participants will receive supplemental pay. You can register through Whetstone or via the attached SEL Calendar that lists the session titles and dates.

SEL Calendar 

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 Register for the Science Olympics

Contact: Kathleen Tierney, Office of Science

The Office of Science will be hosting a Science Olympics competition in June for students in Grades 6-12. Middle school students will have the opportunity to showcase their science knowledge by competing against schools across the district in a quiz bowl team competition. High school students will compose and present science-related content in a spoken word format.

For more information, including registration links, join the 2021 NBOE Science Olympics google classroom- 
the class code is twjfk36. 

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Principal Certification and Graduate Program Survey 

Contact: Matthew Brewster, Staff Development


As we continue to build various pipelines, we know there are teachers and other instructional personnel with master’s degrees from accredited colleges/universities who hold NJ Principal certification or a Certificate of Eligibility. Individuals in that category who have not submitted their principal certification information to HRS can do so by sending an email to
You can access and download your certification by visiting the NJDOE Teachers Certification Information System.
Additionally, so that we may provide you with some important information and resources, we ask that you complete the Principal Certification Survey linked below:
Principal Certification Survey
We also know that some of you are currently enrolled in a master’s program at an accredited college/university that will lead to a NJ Principal Certificate of Eligibility. If this describes you, please complete the survey below so we can share some important information with you.
Graduate Program Survey

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Office of Mathematics Lecture Series: Aligning Neuroscientific and Math Ed 

Contact: Darleen Gearhart, Office of Mathematics

The Office of Mathematics is hosting it's first lecture titled, Aligning Neuroscientific and Mathematics Education Research to Understand Rational Number Cognition. All school administrators and teachers at all levels are encouraged to attend. Presenters include:

Arthur B. Powell – Rutgers University – Newark - USA
Miriam Rosenberg-Lee - – Rutgers University – Newark - USA
Roberto Abreu-Mendoza – Rutgers University – Newark - USA
Rogéria Viol Ferreira Toledo – IFMG - Brazil
Maria Alice Veiga Ferreira de Souza – IFES - Brazil

Register for WebEx link, here.

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Free Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) Committee 

Contact: Mary Leigh Harvey, Office of Student Life

The district is establishing a committee to join a growing movement to add the FAFSA as a graduation requirement. This committee will examine the policies of states that have made the completion of the FAFSA a graduation requirement and make policy recommendations to the Superintendent for Board approval. Committee meetings will be on May 10th from 2:50pm-3:50pm.

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What’s Your Evidence? Poster Competition 

Contact: Tracy Cummings, Office of Science

The Office of Science is excited to present: What’s Your Evidence? (Poster Competition)

We encourage teachers and students to get creative with the CER framework and enter our poster competition.

Theme: “Plants Are Our World”
Showcase your grade level specific investigable question provided or create your own investigable question based on the theme: “Plants Are Our World”

Posters can be made by hand or using a computer.

FRIDAY, June 4, 2021.

Please see links:
Competition Details
Entry Form

What's Your Evidence? Poster Contest Information

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Register for NGSS Summer Institute 

Contact: Kathleen Tierney, Office of Science 

The Office of Science is offering a free professional development experience for a select group of middle school science teachers interested in exploring how to use the tools provided by the NGSS to best support students. Please see the attached flyer for additional information. Anyone interested in this opportunity should submit the google form linked below. Once individuals have been selected, the Office of Science will complete the registration process for the district to attend the NGSS Summer Institute.

Registration Link
NGSS Summer Institute LIVE ONLINE

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$1000 Referral Bonus for NBOE Staff 

Contact: Nadia Khan, HRS

Do you know an amazing BILINGUAL or ESL Teacher who would be a perfect match for the Newark Board of Education? If you are a current employee and you refer someone who gets hired as a full-time Bilingual or ESL teacher for the 2020-21 or 2021-22 school year you can earn $1000 per hire. Find out more about this opportunity here.

*Some exceptions may apply.

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NBOE Now Hiring for the 2021-2022 School Year 

The Newark Board of Education will be opening three additional schools for the 2021-2022 School Year. The district will also be creating additional grade levels in eight schools! With the additional schools and grade expansions, there will be a multitude of positions that will be available for hire. WE NEED YOU!

The applications for the various titles are NOW LIVE!  Interviews will be scheduled and held virtually. We are looking for dynamic candidates that will personify the culture of each of our new schools. If you know someone who is ready to join our growing district, share this announcement.

Take a look at the schools’ overview below and Apply Today!

November Special Edition Teacher Talk Newsletter 


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