Education Scene

This page is dedicated to issues big and small that impact our children’s education at Watsessing. There are many topics from technology in the classroom to increased testing to nutrition and the future of arts education in public schools.

There is a lot on our school district website: http://www.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/pages/bloomfield

To get the skinny on demographics, teacher/student ratios Great Schools has a compilation of data on Watsessing. http://www.greatschools.org/new-jersey/bloomfield/148-Watsessing-Elementary-School/

And since Singapore is often held up as a model for educational success, here’s what they are up to: http://www.moe.gov.sg/initiatives/every-school-good-school/

For information on what’s happening locally for kids in our area http://kids.baristanet.com/ is a great resource. There will often be articles on summer camps, and a host of family activities. The site also has the latest on school closings due to inclement weather.


March 2016 Meeting Summary

That was a long meeting! We covered a lot though – here’s what was discussed: 2 Board of Ed representatives were present and talked about: Upcoming facilities improvements for Watsessing  – painting some of the classrooms, replacing the sidewalk, refinishing wood floors among other items. They also spoke about the upcoming season of PARCC testing and reminded us that the

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Kindergarten Registration Happening NOW!

Parents/Guardians of any student who will be 5 years old on or before October 1, 2016 will be able to register their child for the September 2016 Kindergarten class beginning February 17. This registration will be held at the Student Registration Office on the ground floor of the Administration Building. This is for enrollment in any of the district’s elementary

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Engineering Night at Watsessing!

What: Engineering Night Where: Watsessing Elementary School (71 Prospect Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003) When: February 11th, 2016, 6pm – 8pm Who: Students in Grades 3 through 6 and their parents Purpose: To educate, engage and ignite the interest of students in grades 3 through 6 about engineering and the different careers in this field. Planned program to include: Guest speakers

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1-12-15 Meeting Summary

Great presentation by Mrs Krick reviewing the One Drive email system students 3-6 are utilizing at school and at home. She provided some tips on internet safety including: Review your children’s internet browsing history Use filters on your search engine – “kids click” is one she mentioned, or you can google “safe search engines for children” Be aware that bad

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Addressing the Issues of School Phobia and School Anxiety

Monday, December 15th Bloomfield High School Media Center 7:30 – 9:00 PM Addressing the Issues of School Phobia and School Anxiety Dr. Ramaswamy will be discussing strategies to help you address your needs at home, getting your child to school and succeeding in school. Download the School Flyer

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Discussion on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB)

FRIDAY NOV 21st at 2:00pm & MONDAY NOV 24th at 6:00pm Join Ms. Giachetti for a discussion about conflict resolution and what do to when words or behaviors hurt others. No need to RSVP, just drop by the Watsessing Media Center on the 3rd Floor. Download this flyer to LEARN MORE!

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High Stakes Testing Forum Oct 26

COMMUNITY INVITED TO HIGH-STAKES TESTING FORUM ON OCTOBER 26 Protecting Our Schools will be topic of discussion that local group hosts at meeting http://www.bloomfield.k12.nj.us/files/_4PGv4_/71df2b18e752f0b23745a49013852ec4/Poster_for_Forum_October_26.pdf   At a time when our schools are increasingly constricted by top-down mandates and new demands for high-stakes testing, what is the role of local school boards? This question will be discussed at a forum, “Protecting

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Watsessing Student Excellence!

Science Fair – Sharv Dave and Stephanie Small both won for best resources for projects. Forensics – Sharv Dave and Amber Angel won at the building level and competed at the Essex County level. Academically Speaking – Hailey Myslinski won at building level and competed at the townwide competition. Challenge 24 – Dante Simpson, Sharv Dave, Brian Toro, and Emma

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15 Year old discusses some issues with the Common Core

Vidoe published by Arkansas Against Common Core

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Free classes from the Khan Academy

These free classes from the Khan Academy are geared for 3rd grade and above. https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-third-grade-math These classes can be done at home, on your personal computer. If you are interested in creating an opportunity at school for students without a computer at home, please contact watsessinghomeandschool@gmail.com and we’ll help you setup access.

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Congratulations to Ben Morse!

Congratulations to Ben Morse, he is the newest member of the Bloomfield Board Of Education! We are so happy to have you representing the interests of all the Bloomfield students!!

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High Stakes Testing Forum on WMBA TV

Watch the October 30, 2013 Forum on High Stakes Testing. http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T00304&video=174590

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Board of Education Forum: “Education reform” March 27

Where: Bloomfield High School Media Center When: March 27 @ 7pm The BOE will be sponsoring another forum about education issues and the education “reform” movement. The date is March 27, 2014 at 7PM at the bloomfield high School Media Center. It is specifically for parents for them to hear what has been happening and what will be happening and

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Lace to the Top

Lace to the Top is a movement against High Stakes Testing. “…we are here because we see something wrong in education and screaming “Help!” has not worked… Green laces are a loud and impossible to ignore symbol of good people protecting their kids. That’s it… The message he has set forth is simple. Stop it. Fix it. Or scrap it.

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Standardized Testing Forum – FREE on Jan 12

Changing The Conversation On Assessments One Size Does Not Fit All Free forum about High-Stakes Standardized Testing and Alternatives DATE: Sunday, January 12 TIME: 1-3pm at the PLACE: Montclair Fire Dept. Meeting Room (1 Pine St). The New York Performance Standards Consortium is a group of 28 public high schools that measures students’ mastery of material with performance assessments instead

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Did you know?

Bloomfield school district has it’s own youtube channel? Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/bloomfieldbengaltech

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Helpful links on current NJ testing

Bloomfield district website testing link Department of education – New Jersey assessments & standards Watsessing will be piloting the new PARCC test in the 4th grade this year. (please speak to Dr. Rosamilia for details). More info about the test.

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