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Teacher Talk 6/20/22

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A Message from Dr. Reilly

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,

The Office of Teaching & Learning is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Science and Math Olympics. Students demonstrated their academic excellence and perseverance across several days of competition.  Congratulations to all our winners!

Science Olympics Winners:

1st Place: Science Park High School

Matt Abhad

Coach: Phoebe Gruetter

Arianna Alves


Aaron Rivera

Adamari Rodriguez

Avinash Venukopan

2nd Place: West Side High School

Genesicia Ayeh

Coach: Vidya Mujumdar

Peter Ayansiji


Jamari Romain

Percival Ampomah

Lisandra Gimenez

3rd Place: Bard High School Early College

Kyla Coats

Coach: Jenna Chirico-Berman

Nicholas David


Najuania Hemmings

Daniel Oyasodun

A special thank you to all of the teachers who worked to ensure students were ready to compete and to the Offices of Mathematics and Science.

As we bring this year to a close, I think of what Langston Hughes told us, “Hold fast to dreams.” Wishing you enough space and time this summer to do so.


Dr. Reilly






61st Puerto Rican Day Parade of Newark, NJ (New) 

The 61st Puerto Rican Day Parade of Newark, NJ will be on September 18, 2022. Please see the attached flyer for further details.

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Pre-K-5 Science Poster Competition Winners (New) 

Contact: Tracy Cummings

Thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated in this year's poster contest.

Theme: How can we ensure a healthy planet?

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Office of Federal Programs and Grants (New) 

Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez

The Rethink SEL & Mental Health PLC summer series is now open for registration in Whetstone. The PLC series is offered for all K-12 teachers and support staff. Participants will receive their contractual supplemental pay. Please see the attached flyer for session descriptions and Whetstone registration links. For more information, contact Jennifer Rodriguez at

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Mindfulness App for High School Students (New) 

Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez

We are excited to share that the WHIL app, a digital platform that promotes mindfulness, resilience, and mental & emotional wellbeing, is now available for all NBOE high school students! 

The app is free for all NBOE staff and high school students and can be downloaded using the verification code: NewarkPublicSchoolDistrictWhil

Please encourage all of your high school students to download this resource. See the attached flyer for further details.


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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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MAP PD for School Teams: EOY Analysis + Student Growth

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

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

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 Office of Special Education Summer Residency

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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NBOE Well Summer

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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NBOE-Well Healthy Actions Program
Contact: 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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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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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 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 StoriesJun 17, 2022: Math Olympics Winners – 2022Jun 09, 2022: NBOE Celebrates the 2021-2022 Teacher of The YearJun 07, 2022: Gallaudet University: Clerc Center Collaboration Visits Bruce Street School for the Deaf and Technology High SchoolJun 06, 2022: Toast to the Teachers 2022May 27, 2022: District Chess Tournament WinnersMay 27, 2022: Governor’s Awards in Arts Education CeremonyMay 23, 2022: Attendance Poster Contest 2022

Press Releases
Jun 16, 2022: Newark Board of Education and CASA Reach Tentative Contract Agreement 
Jun 09, 2022: NBOE Celebrates the 2021-2022 Teacher of The Year
Jun 07, 2022: Gallaudet University: Clerc Center Collaboration Visits Bruce Street School for the Deaf and Technology High School
Jun 02, 2022: Newark Board of Education Increases Teachers’ Starting Salary to $62,000
May 26, 2022: Newark High School of Architecture & Interior Design Groundbreaking Ceremony
May 16, 2022: First Lady Tammy Murphy Tours NBOE’s First Ever Silver Certified Sustainable Jersey School – First Avenue
May 10, 2022: Newark’s Arts High School Celebrates its Gates Scholar Ms. Crystal Caldwell



NPS Mobile App! 

The district's NPS Mobile App is now available for download for both Apple iOS and Android. With this app you, can:

• Receive Push Notifications when there is inclement weather and school closings

• Track news feeds (powered by your school web site, Facebook and Twitter accounts) at the district and school level

• Look up commonly-sought information directly from the mobile app


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