The following highlights are submitted by Irene Policastro, the Secretary to Superintendent John J. Marciante of the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District.
What’s New at Wemrock Brook?
The Wemrock community of learners welcomed the new school year! Embracing new opportunities for learning, the teachers and staff engaged in several innovative projects.
All of the teachers received professional development in the newly adopted English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum, integrating the Common Core State Standards for ELA. This new curriculum will serve as a guide, ensuring that all students achieve to a higher level, working toward college and career readiness.
In addition, all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers have adopted the new math program, enVision published by Houghton Mifflin. Students and teachers will enjoy the comprehensive math program, integrating both technology and hands-on manipulatives, and, of course, aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
This year second graders will have an opportunity to benefit from Study Island, an interactive, on-line test prep program. Additionally, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will continue using Study Island. They will have the chance to increase their math and language arts knowledge in this fun and interactive way while also preparing for the NJASK test. This valuable resource can be used to support your child in school and at home. And lastly, a new Assistant Principal, Matthew Kriley, will be joining the Wemrock administrative team on October 1st.
Meet the Principal Night
On September 4, 2012, Wemrock Brook Elementary School sponsored a “Meet and Greet” for parents to become more personally acquainted with their new principal, Beverly Wilpon. Mrs. Wilpon shared her professional history and educational philosophy with the parents, encouraging them to take an active role in the Wemrock community. The PTA was on hand to offer their support, and many new parents signed up to do volunteer work with the PTA.
New Jersey’s anti-bullying law was addressed to all students during assemblies and to all staff during after-school meetings. All students and staff have been trained to understand that bullying behavior of any type will NOT be acceptable at Wemrock Brook School.
Parents were also informed of the law, via our website. Ms. Baglieri, our school guidance counselor, is also the school’s anti-bullying specialist. Wemrock Brook’s Character Education Committee, along with Ms. Baglieri, Mrs. Waldron and Ms. Wilpon have been working hard to create plans for an exciting RESPECT week for early October. Our goal is to make Wemrock Brook Bully Free!