Dear WMTPS Community,
Over the past two weeks, students in grades 2-8 have completed the second administration of STAR Math Assessment. You will be receiving a copy of this report along with your child’s report card later this week. Please check the percentile rank (PR) metric which compares your child to students in the same grade from across the nation. This percentile rank may have changed since the first administration in late September.
Earlier this school year, we asked all stakeholders to complete the 2017-2018 Culture and Climate Survey. At the January 23rd Board of Education meeting, we shared the results of the survey with the Board and with the community. Since this was the second year of this survey, we were able to disaggregate the data and make year-over-year comparisons. The overall trend is positive. Some survey highlights:
- An 18.8% increase of respondents who strongly agree that, “Teachers treat students with respect”.
- A 20% increase of respondents who strongly agree that, “Other adults at school treat student with respect”.
- A 21.5% increase of respondents who strongly agree that, “The school encourages students to perform kind actions”.
- A 30.3% increase of respondents who strongly agree that, “Students treat other students with respect, regardless of differences”.
- A 43% increase of respondents who strongly agree that, “Students are willing to help other students, even if they are not friends”.
We will use this data to continue to improve our culture and climate so our teachers can teach and our students can learn in a safe and secure learning environment. Moreover, three of our schools – Apshawa, Westbrook, and West Milford High School have earned the prestigious distinction of being named as a State School of Character. These three schools join *Upper Greenwood Lake, Paradise Knoll, *Maple Road, and *Macopin as State Schools of Character. Congratulations also go to Marshall Hill for being named as an Honorable Mention State School of Character.
Lastly, congratulations to WMHS Wrestling Coach Taylor Pevny on being named as Passaic County Wrestling Coach of the Year! Coach Pevny is a Highlander alumnus and an outstanding example of our #HometownPride.
Alex Anemone, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
*Also honored as National Schools of Character.