APRIL 2017 MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Dear Midland Park Parents/Guardians and Community Members,
April is in bloom and public school districts across the state will begin using the broad testing window provided to schedule the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. PARCC is an annual year-end test in English language arts/literacy, and mathematics in grades 3-8 and high school. The state website notes the following, “Most states voluntarily adopted new, more rigorous academic standards in 2010 and 2011 and teachers have been using them since then in their daily instruction. As a result, states needed high-quality assessments aligned to those standards that would test students of all achievement levels on what they are learning. Many of the old state tests measured only lower-level skills. The new assessments serve as an "educational GPS system," measure students’ current performance, and point the way to what students need to learn by graduation so they are ready for college and/or a career. Recent independent studies have found PARCC aligns to the standards and assessment criteria that matter most.” We encourage your questions with regard to the PARCC assessments and hope you will contact your child’s principal at any time. The NJDOE website also offers a variety of helpful parent resources on PARCC at the following link: http://www.parcconline.org/resources/parent-resources.
On Thursday, April 27th, MPHS will hold its annual induction of qualifying students into the National Honor Society (NHS) in Memorial Hall at 7 pm. Membership in the NHS is based on a student's fulfillment of four requirements: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Members of the junior and senior class who meet all four requirements and complete an application will be admitted to the National Honor Society. We sincerely congratulate our stellar scholars on this worthy achievement, one which brings honor to student, family, school, and community.
Best regards for a happy spring season!
Marie C. Cirasella, Ed.D.