The Going Green Club of Euclid School decided to collect lightly used clothing for the vets. In this small way, they are doing their part to recycle in Hasbrouck Heights. The members are very proud of the amount of items they received. They feel they have not only recycled by also contributed to a worthy cause!
The 2014-2015 academic year is well underway, and with it comes the promise of a new beginning for school children all over the country.
But with this new beginning also comes a new era of high-stakes standardized testing. This year, New Jersey’s public school children in grades 3-11 will take Common Core-aligned PARCC tests, a series of online assessments that “allow parents and educators to see how children are progressing in school and whether they are on track for postsecondary success”–and on September 30th, Education Commissioner David Hespe announced that all students, beginning with the Class of 2016 (current juniors), must pass at least one PARCC assessment each in math and language arts in order to graduate.
While virtually everyone agrees that meaningful assessment has an important role in the classroom, many parents, students, teachers, and taxpayers are becoming increasingly concerned about the extent to which high-stakes tests–and the issues associated with them–are shaping public education in the United States.
Because there is so much uncertainty and misinformation about standardized testing in general–and, more specifically, about PARCC assessments–the Delran Education Association will host a “Take the PARCC” night to allow parents, educators, board of education members, legislators, and taxpayers to experience online PARCC assessments and engage in a discussion about high-stakes testing that will address the following:
- What is the purpose of PARCC testing–and how will the results of these tests be used?
- Who creates and scores the PARCC?
- What is the federal government’s role in standardized testing?
- How many standardized tests will New Jersey students be required to take this year?
- How much instructional time will be devoted to testing?
- To what extent is curriculum being shaped by standardized testing?
- To what extent are teachers being asked to use test-prep materials–produced and sold by testing corporations like Pearson–in class?
- How has standardized testing affected children’s feelings about school?
- What data is being collected about each student who takes standardized tests–and with whom is that data information shared?
- How much do the PARCC tests–and the tecnhological and logistical requirements that accompany them–cost?
- Are districts being forced to cut programs and/or personnel to budget for PARCC exams?
- What, if anything, can local boards of education do about state- and federally-mandated testing?
- What rights do parents have with regard to refusing testing for their children?
- Who determines how districts handle refusals?
- Could districts face negative consequences–financial or otherwise–if students refuse the tests?
We will be joined by Susan Cauldwell, lead organizer of Save Our Schools New Jersey, and we have extended invitations to other New Jersey student-advocacy groups. Announcements about their participation will be posted via social media in the weeks leading up to the event. Stay tuned for more information.
Anyone interested in participating in the Delran Education Association’s “Take the PARCC” event should mark their calendars with the information below and confirm their attendance by using the registration link below.
“Take the PARCC”*
Wednesday, December 3rd at 7pm
The Enterprise Center at Burlington County College
3331 Route 38
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Hasbrouck Heights Education Association holds their second annual Holiday Shop Mob!!!
Every single day the members of the Hasbrouck Heights Education Association shop at local businesses. This year, they will extend Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015 and make it a week long SHOP MOB in December.
Every day during the week of December 14th, the association will have a different theme for their members to shop and buy local merchandise. Members will wear their HHEA Local Pride shirts to showcase who is a member. Plus, every time they spend money, they will hand the merchant an HHEA business card to let them know we support them during this holiday season.
The schedule for our HHEA members to visit family-run businesses in the area is as follows:
December 14th: Lunch Out! Members will purchase lunch at local Heights food establishments like Heights Pizza, Lovey’s or Sub works.
December 15th: Shop the Boulevard! On this day, members will walk up and down the main street in Hasbrouck Heights to purchase items from local gift shops. Examples would be The Heights Flower Shoppe, Bill O’Shea’s Florist, or Kim’s Nails.
December 16th: Grocery Shop at Shop Rite (Inserra) in Lodi. Members will purchase their holiday groceries as well as DONATE food to the Hasbrouck Heights Food Bank.
December 17th: Dinner out! Members will purchase gift cards or eat at local Heights restaurants like Sophia’s, Risotto House or Tom Yum Koong Tai Kitchen.
December 18th: Local “APPY HOURS” at local establishments, like Houlihan’s, Heights Bar & Grill and Heights Beer & Wine Emporium.
The purpose of the HHEA SHOP MOB is to bring awareness to the economic contributions that middle class teachers bring to the communities they work in. Policies that hurt middle class wage-earners, disguised as laws to help small business, actually do the opposite. When wages are suppressed, then so is spending power. When the middle class does better, we all do better! We invite the public to join us and SHOP LOCAL!
To see more information about this event or pictures please visit the website of the HHEA: www.HHEA.net
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