News and Announcements

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    Sixth-Grade Orientation and Parent U.

    Thursday, May 28, 2020
     
    Good afternoon,
     
     
    Last evening was our virtual grade six orientation program. Below is the link to the orientation video. The accompanying slides are posted on the CHK website under the "Principal's Messages" link towards the top of the page.
     
     
     
     
    Embedded within the slides is a link to a virtual Parent University session on expectations for honors-level middle school classes. This Parent University session is one of a host of virtual ones that can be found on the district website at the below link.
     
     
     
     
    Please make use of these resources. In addition, we are open to suggestions for future sessions. Kindly reach out to Supervisor of Educational Initiatives Mrs. Christine Broski by email at cbroski@clarkschools.org with any ideas that you may have.
     
     
    Thank you and enjoy your evening.
     
     
    Ed Grande
    Superintendent of Schools
    Clark Public School District
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    ALJ Alumni Association

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    This is the time of year when the ALJ Alumni Association would typically hold their annual scholarship and induction ceremony. Obviously, this year's dinner and inductions have been postponed. However, the scholarships are still being given to our graduating seniors. A very special thanks goes to Mr. Art Lundgren and his team. They work tirelessly throughout the year so that our students can benefit. Below is a link should you want to learn more about the association.

    https://aljalumni.org/

    As always, thank you. Enjoy your evening.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    National Junior Honor Society

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Hope you enjoyed the long weekend and, in your own special way, were able to thank those individuals in the military who gave their lives for us all to have good, free ones.

    Our seventh and eighth-graders at CHK were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society last Thursday evening. Please use the below link to view that virtual program. Many congratulations to these well-deserving students, their families, and their teachers. A very special thanks to CHK Teachers Ms. Suzanne Hamilton and Mr. Matthew Serwedes for all of their behind-the-scenes, hard work that went into the program.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYVge9wzJIg&feature=youtu.be

    Thanks and enjoy the rest of your day.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Memorial Day Weekend

    Friday, May 22, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    I hope that you and your families have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. The unofficial start to summer is here, and let's hope that the summer brings great things for us all. Many thanks again for staying Crusader Strong throughout this entire situation. As a reminder, there will be no remote learning this coming Monday (the 25th) in observance of the holiday. Lunches will also not be available on that day for pick-up. We will, however, look forward to reconnecting on Tuesday.

    Have a good, safe one!

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Updated Coronavirus Plan (Updated 05-22-20)

    Clark Public School District
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    Student Board of Education Representative

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Today we would like to congratulate Patrick Brennan, our Class of 2020 Student Board of Education Representative. This prestigious position required Patrick to connect with faculty members so that he would be prepared for our monthly Board meetings. While polishing his public speaking skills, he also enjoyed learning about the happenings in our community and neighboring schools. With a consistent spot among the top 15% of his class, it is no wonder that Patrick has been inducted into the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Italian Honor Society. Among his many accomplishments, he is most proud of his involvement in our varsity football team where he served as captain and for being a role model to the ALJ student body through his participation in the Peer Leadership and Heroes and Cool Kids programs. We will surely miss Patrick's presence when he attends Lehigh University this coming fall to pursue a major in Business.

    Patrick, congratulations on all of your accomplishments!

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Salutatorian

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    We would like to congratulate our 2020 Salutatorian, Heidi Compton. Heidi's stellar academic efforts at Arthur L. Johnson High School have led her to inductions into the National Honor Society where she serves as Secretary; the Science National Honor Society; the Italian Honor Society; and Tri-M, our Music Honor Society. Heidi also participates in activities that highlight her leadership ability, communication skills, and passions. These activities include our Varsity Field Hockey Team of which she is the Captain, Science League, Concert Band, Italian Club of which she is the President, Core Team at St. Agnes Church, Heroes and Cool Kids, and Peer Leadership. Volunteering occupies much of Heidi's time. This past summer, for example, she created and led an environmental program for children at our local library that included weekly lessons and activities. Her AP Capstone research study also had an environmental focus. We will miss Heidi's dedication and positive impact this coming fall when she attends Vassar College to major in English and Political Science while also playing Division III Field Hockey.

    Many congratulations Heidi!

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Valedictorian

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
     
    Good afternoon,
     
    Today we will congratulate this year's Valedictorian at Arthur L. Johnson High School, Bobby Lukasiewicz. Bobby has earned the highest cumulative grade point average for his four years at ALJ. In addition to working towards an AP Capstone Diploma, he has completed fourteen AP courses throughout his high school career.
     
    Outside of the classroom, Bobby serves as Vice President of the National Honor Society, President of the Italian Honor Society, and Captain of the Varsity Tennis Team. He is also a member of the Key Club, Italian Club, Science League, and Varsity Basketball Team.
     
    Bobby will be majoring in engineering at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana this coming fall.
     
    On behalf of the entire Clark Schools community, congratulations Bobby!
     
    Ed Grande
    Superintendent of Schools
    Clark Public School District
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    ALJ Earns National School of Character Title

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    I have some great news to share at the beginning of this new week. As you might remember, ALJ was named a State School of Character in January of 2019 by Character.org. The application for the national level of recognition was subsequently submitted, and the site visit took place prior to the school closure. I am thrilled to report that we received notification of ALJ now being a National School of Character. I would like to thank ALJ Assistant Principal Mr. Edward Bucior for leading this initiative and the committee of ALJ staff members who worked so hard to make this recognition possible. Our entire ALJ family is also deserving of a very special congratulations.

    Go Crusaders and enjoy the rest of your day!

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Special Education Week

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    This past Sunday through tomorrow is Special Education Week. I would like to close this school week by recognizing our special needs students, their parents, and our staff members. Their efforts and successes are outstanding, and they continually make us proud. I know that I and many others are personally motivated by them.

    Hope that you all have an enjoyable, relaxing, Crusader Strong weekend.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Update on End-of-Year Events

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    The State restrictions in terms of this June's in-person ceremonies that were communicated earlier this week are being adjusted. For example, allowances for gatherings in vehicles are being made under certain circumstances. With that being said, we are awaiting guidance and clarification from the State regarding those needed conditions. Please know that we have created various plans to celebrate our students. However, it is very difficult to commit to any given plan at this time with the ever-changing State guidelines. I could never stress enough how the best interests of our students at the different grade levels and schools has and always will be at the forefront of our planning. Fortunately, the guidelines are seeming to become a bit less restrictive over the course of this week. This process will be a fluid one as we move ahead due to these changing guidelines, but we will be certain to share more information as soon as doing so is possible.

    Hope this information is a bit helpful. Thanks again for your patience and understanding, and enjoy your evening.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Refunds

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Refund checks for canceled school activities and field trips along with those for our before/after care program are being processed. Please know that this process will take some time due to the volume of checks involved and the need for us, in some cases, to wait for the hosting sites to refund us.

    In terms of Maschio's food service refunds, please use the below link to find the associated information.

    https://tinyurl.com/yawmevd6

    Many thanks and be well and safe!

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    CPA Educational Services Professional of the Year

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Our CPA Educational Services Professional of the Year is Ms. Kristina Novello. Ms. Novello is a paraprofessional aide. In the below attachment you will find Supervisor Ms. Nicole Viola's virtual speech around Ms. Novello's superior work at CPA. Please join me in sending thanks and congratulations to Ms. Novello for all that she does to help facilitate the learning of our preschoolers.

    Have a good rest of your day.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    End-of-Year Events

    Monday, May 11, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    I hope the weekend was relaxing for everyone and that Mother's Day was enjoyable. The below letter was sent from Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, State Director of Emergency Management, on Saturday afternoon. As you will see in the letter, "virtual celebrations and other remote forms of recognition should take the place of any in-person or public ceremonies." Please know that this update came as a great disappointment as the administrators, staff, and I have been working closely with the Board of Education and Township to plan face-to-face events with the needed social distancing and precautions in place. However, all May and June school events have now been cancelled in accordance with this directive. If we are by some chance fortunate enough to see this restriction lifted during the summer, we will look forward to celebrating with our high school graduates face-to-face and in real-time. Being a statewide directive, we are certainly not alone in dealing with this restriction. On the bright side, nothing can change the fact that we have a superior group of kids across our schools and the different grade levels, and we will work tirelessly to provide them with the recognition that they deserve as we are and always will be Crusader Strong!

    Many thanks for your ongoing trust, patience, and flexibility. Being with good people like yourselves makes a challenging time like now that much easier. As always, we will be sure to share any possible changes or updates as they arise. Enjoy the evening ahead.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    School Calendar Adjustments

    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Hope the week was a productive one for everyone. As was communicated in early March prior to the school closure, Friday, May 22; Tuesday, June 2; and Friday, June 12 were going to be our three snow giveback days. However, allowing for an extended Memorial Day Weekend, no school on Primary Election Day, and a long weekend in June does not seem to make as much sense now given the current situation. Ending the school year and remote learning early instead makes more good sense. As a result, these three giveback days will now be Friday, June 19 through Tuesday, June 23.

    The last day for students and staff will be Thursday, June 18. Accordingly, our early dismissal days will begin on Tuesday, June 16.

    Many thanks for your flexibility and understanding, and best wishes for a great weekend.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    VRS Teacher of the Year

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    It is with great pleasure that I am announcing our VRS Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Cecilia Petela. Mrs. Petela is a second-grade teacher. In the below attachment you will find VRS Principal Mr. Joseph Beltramba's virtual speech on Mrs. Petela's instructional talent. I would like to thank Mrs. Petela for all that she does for ours kids and VRS. Please join me in congratulating her on this very well-deserved title.

    Many thanks and enjoy the rest of your day.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    FKH Teacher of the Year

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    I am thrilled to recognize our FKH Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Mary Jo Baker. Mrs. Baker teaches third-grade. In the below attachment you will find some words that FKH Principal Mrs. Shirley Bergin prepared regarding Mrs. Baker's immense aptitude towards working with and caring for children. Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Baker on this well-deserved recognition. She is also deserving of a very special thanks for all that she does for our young learners.

    Today is National School Nurse Day. Mrs. Kowalski, Mrs. Curti, Mrs. Kircher, and Mrs. McLean help in keeping our students and staff safe and well each and every school day. The importance of their role should never go unnoticed.

    Thanks and have a good evening ahead.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    CHK Educational Services Professional of the Year

    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Our CHK Educational Services Professional of the Year is Mr. Steven Acosta. Mr. Acosta is a middle school counselor. In the below attachment you will find some words that CHK Principal Mr. Richard Delmonaco prepared with regards to Mr. Acosta's important and impactful role at CHK. Please join me in congratulating and thanking Mr. Acosta. We are very fortunate that he is here in the Clark Schools with us.

    On another note, today is Teacher Appreciation Day. Our teachers are always deserving of much gratitude for all that they do for our kids and schools. However, that appreciation is only intensified this year due to the current situation that they are dealing with so very well. Again, please join me in thanking them.

    Enjoy the rest of your day.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    BOE Online Meeting Recording

    Attached you may listen to the Boe Meeting from today's Google Meet.

    Clark Public School District
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    School Closure

    Monday, May 4, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Hope you had a pleasant weekend and were able to get outside a bit and enjoy the nice weather. As you may know, Governor Murphy made an announcement this afternoon closing all New Jersey schools through the end of the school year. Remote instruction will remain in place during this extended closure. Please know that we have been brainstorming various graduation and end-of-year options and will continue to do so. While today's update from the Governor is helpful, we are still awaiting additional guidance and will need time to think it all through. We want any next steps to be well thought out and will be sure to share our plans as soon as doing so is possible.

    Thanks for your consistent cooperation and understanding. Enjoy the evening ahead and be sure to stay Clark Schools Strong!

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    May 1st

    Friday, May 1, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Here we are at May 1st. The more regular warm, pleasant weather is hopefully right around the corner now. Today is School Principal's Day. Our schools operate so very efficiently because of the strong leadership of Mrs. Feeley, Mr. Delmonaco, Mrs. Bergin, Mr. Beltramba, Mr. Bucior, Mrs. Clarke, and Ms. Applebaum. I consider myself beyond fortunate to get to work alongside them.

    Below is a link to a music video entitled "Waitin' On A Sunny Day." ALJ 2016 graduate Zachary Sandler is featured in this video. We are obviously very proud of him and the Clark Schools music program of which he is a product.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn264EUz-iE&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0qADy4LXRhMxadyX8sg2cXsXTq998QLMG0Oae3qaxXr8suF_CJ5Nj8ZwQ

    Hope you enjoy the video and weekend ahead. We will be continuing with our Showcase of Success next week. As always, many thanks for your ongoing support.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    05-04-20 BOE Meeting - Time and Location Change

    Please see attached for updated information on the May 4, 2020 BOE Meeting.

    Clark Public School District
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    CHK Teacher of the Year

    Thursday, April 30, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    It is my immense honor to recognize our CHK Teacher of the Year, Mr. Thomas Peitz. Mr. Peitz is a middle school art teacher. In the below attachment you will find CHK Principal Mr. Richard Delmonaco's virtual speech regarding Mr. Peitz's instructional greatness. Please join me in thanking Mr. Peitz for all of his good, hard work in the classroom with our students. Many congratulations to him on a job beyond well done!

    Thanks and have a good evening ahead.

    Ed

    Clark Public School District
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    ALJ Educational Services Professional of the Year

    Wednesday, April 29, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    The other type of Governor's Educator of the Year is that of Educational Services Professional. This title is to recognize individuals in non-classroom teaching roles who have immense impacts on the students with whom they work. The selection process matches the meaningful one for teachers that was described yesterday. Our ALJ Educational Services Professional of the Year is Ms. Molly Cusick. Ms. Cusick is a high school counselor. In the below attachment you will find the views of ALJ Principal Mrs. Jennifer Feeley regarding the significant role that Ms. Cusick fulfills at the high school. Please join me in thanking and congratulating Ms. Cusick. We are very fortunate that she is a part of the Clark Schools family.

    As always, many thanks!

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    ALJ Teacher of the Year

    Tuesday, April 28, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    It is with great pleasure that we recognize our ALJ Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Janice Gossman. Mrs. Gossman is a high school art teacher. In recent years, the State has required all nominations for this award to be in written form and then those written nominations are scored via a rubric by a committee of various stakeholder types throughout the school community. Only the information contained within the written nominations can be considered by the committee. In other words, there is an immense level of rigor behind receiving this honor. In the below attachment you will find some words that ALJ Principal Mrs. Jennifer Feeley prepared on Mrs. Gossman's behalf. Please join me in sending many congratulations and a huge thank you to Mrs. Gossman for her great service to our kids, high school, and district as a whole.

    Thanks and have a good rest of your day and evening ahead.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Thoughts and Prayers

    Monday, April 27, 2020

    Hi everyone,

    Joe Checorski from our Maintenance Department passed yesterday morning. Joe was in the hospital for a number of weeks fighting COVID-19. He seemed to be doing better, but things took a turn for the worst very recently. Joe was a great worker with many skills and a wonderful person. Let's be sure to keep him, his wife Martha, and the rest of his family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Many thanks.

    Ed

    Clark Public School District
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    Week's End

    Friday, April 24, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Thanks for a great week back to remote learning. To me, it seems as though it was just Monday morning and here we are headed into the weekend. This past Wednesday was Administrative Professionals’ Day. While we were unable to celebrate as we more typically would have, I want to send a very special thank you to all of our assistants as they make our lives easier through their good efforts. They are a beyond key factor to the smooth functioning of our schools and district as a whole.

    Some parents have rightfully so inquired about refunds. The Business Office is in the process of beginning to process refund checks for cancelled activities and field trips. Please understand that this process will take some time due to, for example, the need for us to wait for some of the hosting sites to issue their refunds to us. Refunds for our before/after care program will be addressed after the Governor’s May 15th update.

    I am looking forward to reconnecting next week at which time we will begin to honor our most recent Governor’s Educators of the Year. In the meantime, please take time to unplug and recharge this weekend, and continue to stay Crusader Strong!

    Ed Grande
    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    2020 NJ State Seal of Biliteracy Recipients

    Thursday, April 23, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Today we will recognize our students who received the 2020 New Jersey State Seal of Biliteracy. These students needed to demonstrate a proficiency level of Intermediate Mid in all four domains of a world language. In addition, they were required to demonstrate proficiency in English by meeting the State high school graduation requirements for English language arts or through attaining the appropriate cut score on the ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) assessment. The attached table contains a list of their names and the world language for which they each earned the Seal. Once again, please join me in congratulating them, their parents, and their teachers for an outstanding job.

    Many thanks and enjoy your evening.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Perfect 2019 NJSLA Scores

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    We were planning to have a Showcase of Success at our April Board of Education meeting as a means of honoring some of our more than well-deserving students and staff members. Since doing so was not possible, we will be recognizing those individuals via our daily Honeywell messages instead.

    We will begin today with those students who earned perfect scores on one of last spring's (2019) New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) tests. Given how challenging these tests are, this was no small feat. A list containing their names and the tests for which they each received a perfect score is attached. Please join me in congratulating them, their parents, and their teachers for an outstanding job.

    As always, thank you and have a good one.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Virtual Storytelling

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Some virtual reading sessions have been posted on our district website under the "More" tab and then the "Year-Round/Remote Learning" sub-tab towards the top right of the page for our preschool and elementary students to enjoy. A special thanks goes to our ALJ Key Club members who prepared these recordings.

    As a reminder, please check the School Counseling Department's Instagram page each week for some fun, engaging activities.

    Thanks and be safe!

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Welcome Back

    Monday, April 20, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Hope you and your families enjoyed our spring break and found the past week to be a relaxing one. As a reminder, Governor Murphy has closed all New Jersey schools through at least Friday, May 15. As we get closer to that time, he will be making a reevaluation regarding any possible reopening. Regardless of whether or not schools are able to reopen after the 15th, all school-related activities and field trips scheduled for the month of May are being canceled.

    ALJ senior Taylor Turek has led the creation of an Instagram posting that highlights the college admissions of the ALJ Class of 2020. This posting can be found on the Instagram account @aljhsseniors2020 and also on the ALJ Facebook page. As you will see, we, as a school community, have a great deal to be proud of!

    Thanks for all that you do, and enjoy the rest of the day and evening ahead.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Spring Break

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    Good evening,

    Thanks for another great week of remote learning. I would be remiss if I did not thank our students and teachers. Their immense effort and success are clearly evident. I would also like to thank our parents, staff members, and administrators for their remarkable support of our virtual classrooms. Spring break will begin tomorrow (Friday, April 10) and run through Friday, April 17. We hope that this break provides much needed restorative time for you and your families. The Governor will not be making a determination as to when schools will reopen or remain closed until April 17th, so our remote learning will be resuming on Monday, April 20 until further notice.

    With the exception of tomorrow (Friday the 10th), lunches will still be available for pickup during the break.

    We have asked our teachers not to assign work over the break so that our students can have some relaxing "away" time. If you email a teacher, school counselor, or child study team member during the break, please be patient with expecting a response as they too will hopefully be enjoying this time with their families and therefore may not respond until our return to remote learning on the 20th. Kindly extend this same patience to our administrators and support staff since many of them will be using vacation and/or personal days during the break.

    Mrs. Lori Kowalski, our school nursing supervisor, will be maintaining a virtual school nurse's office for all of our schools during the break. Should a student, family member, or staff member have a question or concern related to COVID-19 or even one of a more general nature, he/she can initiate contact with Mrs. Kowalski by emailing her at lkowalski@clarkschools.org.

    Below you will find a reminder of some good health practices for us all to maintain during this break.

    Enjoy the "away" time and your holiday. Most importantly, stay safe and Crusader Strong! We will be sure to reconnect on the 20th.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    We Are Crusader Strong Video

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020
     
    Good afternoon,
     
    Thank you for your support in keeping our Crusader community together and positive during this challenging time. Below is a link to a We Are Crusader Strong video. Many thanks goes to those of you who are featured in the video. A very special thanks goes to ALJ Mathematics Teacher and Head Football/Assistant Track Coach Anthony DelConte for leading this endeavor. As Mr. DelConte said, we are sure to overcome this challenge as we are Crusader Strong!
     
     
    Hope you enjoy.

    Ed Grande
    Superintendent of Schools
    Clark Public School District
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    This Week's Activities

    Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Our School Counseling Department, led by Mr. Andrew Amendola, has been engaging our students in fun activities while they are at home. This week, for example, our high school counselors are collecting pictures of our seniors wearing their college acceptance gear. Our middle school students and staff members are recreating the YMCA song in "CHK Style" while our elementary students are playing Pictionary games between both schools. Please be on the lookout for these types of activities aimed at bringing some recreational-type fun to each week's remote learning.

    Many thanks and enjoy the evening ahead.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Michael Baker Jersey Day and Scholarship Fund

    Monday, April 6, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Hope the weekend was a relaxing one for everyone. We are asking all students, parents, and staff members to consider wearing their favorite team jerseys tomorrow (Tuesday, April 7) as a means of honoring the memory of Michael Baker. Michael is an ALJ graduate who passed last year. He was an avid baseball fan who loved the Yankees. If you choose to participate, please post a picture to the FKH and/or district Facebook page(s). Kindly know that a Michael Baker Scholarship Fund exists, and scholarships will be awarded to three graduating seniors of the ALJ Class of 2020. Should you want to make a donation, a check made payable to "The Michael Baker Scholarship Fund" can be mailed to 33 Deerwood Drive, Clark, NJ 07066.

    Thank you for your consideration of tomorrow's jersey day, and enjoy the rest of today.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Happy Friday

    Friday, April 3, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Many thanks for a great third week. I hope that the upcoming weekend will allow everyone to recharge. Below is a link to an uplifting video that will hopefully put a smile on your face. 

    https://www.berklee.edu/news/berklee-now/what-world-needs-now-student-made-video

    Until we reconnect on Monday, stay Clark Schools Strong!

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

     

    Clark Public School District
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    NJ DCF Flyers and Lunches

    Thursday, April 2, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Below is a link to a number of flyers published by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJ DCF) that are related to COVID-19. The hope is that they will be helpful to you or someone whom you know.

    https://www.nj.gov/dcf/news/publications/covid19.html

    As a reminder, lunches for those students in our free/reduced lunch program are available for pickup each school day at the Main Entrance of ALJ from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Two lunch choices are available to select from on any given day and, on select days, Maschio's, our food services company, will be sending special treats to be distributed with the lunches. Their kind hope is to give our children a nice surprise. Again, please help spread the word so that we can get the needed food to our students. If a parent/guardian is unable to make the pickup, a designated other can do so. If such an arrangement needs to be made, please email me at egrande@clarkschools.org.

    Thanks and enjoy the rest of your day.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Cancellation of State Testing Implications

    Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    I just wanted to provide everyone with some information regarding the implications of this spring's cancellation of statewide assessments. Please know that this cancellation will not prevent students from meeting their graduation assessment requirement. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is continuing to process portfolio appeals for the small percentage of current seniors throughout the state who have not yet met their graduation assessment requirement. Our students who are in need of these portfolios have already submitted the required work.

    Current juniors and sophomores will also have access to both the menu of alternate assessments (e.g., the SAT or ACT) and the portfolio appeal process as pathways to complete their graduation assessment requirement. These students are not required to take the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) in order to access the menu of alternate assessments or the portfolio appeal process.

    A link to detailed information regarding the graduation assessment requirement is given below.

    https://www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/parents/GradReq.pdf

    For parents of current fourth and seventh-grade students, we, as a school district, will be looking into the use of an alternate assessment in place of the NJSLA as a factor towards determining placement into middle and high school courses for the 2021-2022 school year (i.e., two years away as we already have the data that we need for next year's placement decisions).

    I hope that this information is helpful, and we will be sure to share any additional information as it becomes available. Enjoy your evening.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Pride Newsletter

    Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Please go to www.clarkschools.org under "Pride Newsletter" towards the mid-bottom of the page to find a digital copy of the March 2020 Pride district newsletter. Much appreciation goes to those students and staff members who are either featured or made a submission. A very special thanks goes to ALJ English Teacher and Pride Advisor Katrina Poskay for all of her good, hard work in compiling this newsletter.

    Many thanks and have a relaxing evening ahead.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Child Care

    Monday, March 30, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    I hope that the weekend was a restful one and that your new week is off to a productive start. Parents/guardians in need of child care can contact their County Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R). CCR&Rs will have the most up-to-date information on available child care options and subsidies. Please see the attached flyer that includes a link to by-county CCR&R contact information.

    Thanks and enjoy the rest of your day.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    End of Week Two and Closure Extended Through Fri., April 17

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    As of yesterday, the closure for schools throughout the State was extended to at least Friday, April 17. Our spring break will still run from Friday, April 10 through Friday, April 17. As a result, the remote learning will be suspended during that time.

    Thanks to our entire school community for another great week. I know that a lot of information is being shared, and, as a result, some of you may very understandably be feeling inundated. All of our districtwide Honeywell messages related to the closure are posted at www.clarkschools.org under "News and Announcements" should you or someone whom you know want to refer back to them. In addition, a summary sheet of the key email addresses that have been shared is also posted there. Please know that you can reach out to any of our administrators or me should you have a question. Enjoy the upcoming weekend, and, most importantly, stay safe and Clark Schools Strong!

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Key Closure Email Addresses

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    Technology Helpdesk and Frequently Asked Questions

    Thursday, March 26, 2020
     
    Good afternoon,
     
     
    The below link will take you to our remote learning technology page. Within that page you will find a sub-link to our virtual helpdesk along with the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the technology needed for remote learning. This page will be updated as we move forward and learn more. When submitting a request through the helpdesk, please include the required information that is listed on the page as this information will allow our technology team to most quickly meet your needs. Due to the possible volume of requests, kindly trust that your request will be addressed as soon as possible. All technology-related requests should go through the helpdesk for the reason of consistency across the district. Such an approach will allow us to most efficiently meet everyone's needs.
     
     
     
    As always, thank you for your cooperation. Have a good evening.
     
     
    Ed Grande
    Superintendent of Schools
    Clark Public School District
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    Student Attendance and Standardized Testing

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    As we move ahead, if your child is ill and unable to participate remotely on any given school day, please proceed similarly to how you would on a more typical day. In other words, either enter the absence into Genesis or send an email to the appropriate address listed below. The email will take the place of a phone call to the school since the building is closed and no one is there to receive the call.

    ALJ: ALJRemoteAttendance@clarkschools.org
    CHK: CHKRemoteAttendance@clarkschools.org
    FKH: FKHRemoteAttendance@clarkschools.org
    VRS: VRSRemoteAttendance@clarkschools.org
    CPA: CPARemoteAttendance@clarkschools.org

    In addition, kindly err on the side of caution and email your child's teacher if your child is ill and unable to meet a given deadline or participate in a remote meeting.

    On another note, the State of New Jersey is canceling this spring's state standardized testing, i.e., the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA), ACCESS for ELLs, and the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment. In addition, the College Board is making modifications to this spring's Advanced Placement (AP) testing program, and related information will be forthcoming from the School Counseling Department to the involved students and their parents.

    As always, thank you and have a good one.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    April Activities and RWJB Hospital Rahway Donations

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Regardless of whether or not schools are able to reopen after April 3, all school-related activities scheduled for the month of April (including Band Bonanza on April 7, meetings, field trips, award ceremonies, etc.) are either being canceled or postponed.

    Please see attached for a document that gives details regarding donations to Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas (RWJB) Hospital Rahway. Many thanks in advance for giving their most worthwhile of requests your consideration as these donations will assist in treating patients during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Enjoy the evening ahead.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Remote Meetings and Public Library Cards

    Monday, March 23, 2020

    Good afternoon,

    Hope the weekend was an enjoyable one and that the new week is off to a productive start. As we are continuing with our remote learning approach, an increasing number of our teachers are opting to conduct virtual meetings with their students. Kindly remind your children that each school's code of conduct will still be in place during these virtual meetings, and therefore, they should not be recording the session, each other, or the teacher. We have been fortunate not to have any such issues arise yet but wanted to give this proactive reminder.

    On another note, please see attached from the Public Library regarding the obtaining of a library card if your family does not already have one so that online materials can be accessed.

    As always, many thanks for your cooperation. Enjoy the rest of the day.

    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Thank You!

    Friday, March 20, 2020

     

    Good afternoon,


    I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in our school community for a great first week of remote learning. Our students, with assistance from their parents, have been hard at work alongside our teachers, staff, and administrators. In addition, the support from our Board of Education, Mayor Bonaccorso and the Township Offices, and the larger community has been remarkable. While all of this good work was taking place from our homes, the Pritchard staff continued to diligently clean and disinfect our buildings. They too are deserving of a very special thanks.


    Please enjoy the well-deserved weekend ahead, and stay healthy and safe. I am looking forward to being energized again next week by all of you.


    Ed Grande

    Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Coronavirus Plan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document

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    Coronavirus Plan (Revised 03-19-20)

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    Grab-and-Go Lunches

    As a reminder, grab-and-go lunches for those students in the free and reduced lunch program are available for pickup each school day at the Main Entrance of Arthur L. Johnson High School from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kindly help spread the word so that we can get the needed food to our students. If a parent/guardian is unable to make the pickup, a designated other can do so. If such an arrangement needs to be made, please email me at egrande@clarkschools.org.

    Many thanks for working together during this time. Your collective efforts are most appreciated.

    Ed Grande, Superintendent of Schools

    Clark Public School District
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    Technology Office Hours--Final Opportunity

    There will be a final opportunity for devices to be picked up this Thursday (March 19) in the ALJ Instructional Media Center (IMC) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. We are adding these final technology "office hours" since our remote learning will have been in place for three days and therefore families may have a better idea of their device needs. Again, this will be our final set of technology "office hours."

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    Technology Office Hours and Lunches

    As a reminder, please stop by our technology "office hours" in the ALJ Instructional Media Center (IMC) this evening (Monday) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or tomorrow (Tuesday) morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. should your child need a device.
     
    Comcast (https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19) is offering free internet service for 60 days.  You would need to apply at https://www.internetessentials.com, and they will send a free box to your home.  
     
     
    On another note, a change is being made to our lunch plan due to our need to account for the lunches via a roster. These lunches will be available each school day for pickup starting tomorrow (Tuesday) at the ALJ Main Entrance from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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    Building Access on Monday, March 16

    As was already communicated by our principals, our buildings will be open during certain time frames tomorrow (Monday, March 16) should a student or staff member have items that they will need to have at home with them during the closure but that are still in the building.

    Those time frames by building are as follows:

    ALJ: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    CHK: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    FKH: 7:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
    VRS: 7:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
    CPA: 7:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

    Please know that, after these time frames, building access will not be granted until further notice with the exception of the technology "office hours" on Monday evening and Tuesday morning in the ALJ Instructional Media Center (IMC).

    Thank you for your cooperation

    Clark Public School District
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    School Closing--Monday, March 16 to Friday, April 3

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    Coronavirus Update 03-13-20

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    Coronavirus Update 03-09-20

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    Coronavirus Information

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    Skull Breaker Challlenge

    Good afternoon,

     
    Please see the below link to an article regarding a very dangerous trend known as the "Skull Breaker Challenge" that is occurring through the social media app TikTok.  While we have yet to hear of our students participating in such behavior, we wanted to give you a heads-up so that you could talk to them about the associated dangers.
     
     
    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's school counselor.
     
    Many thanks and enjoy the weekend ahead.
     
    Ed Grande
    Clark Public School District
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    Kindergarten Registration 2020

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    State Standardized Testing

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    Congratulations to Our 2019-20 Governor's Educators of the Year

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    Hehnly Winter Concert - 12/19/19 at 7:00 PM

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    Kumpf Winter Concert - 12/18/19 at 7:00 PM

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    Arthur L Johnson Winter Concert - 12/17/19 at 7:00 PM

    Watch Live at 7:00 PM

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    Valley Road School Winter Concert - 12/11/2019

    Watch Live at 7:00 PM - 12/11/2019

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    Security Reminder

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    Union County Teacher of the Year

    Mr. Bryan Lowe

    VRS Grade Five Teacher

    Many congratulations!!!

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    ALJ Spring Open House 2019 - 4/9/19

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    Momo Challenge

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  • Congratulations ALJ as Being Named a State School of Character!!!

    State School of Character

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  • BOE Meeting, May 4th, 2020

    The BOE meeting for May 4th, 2020 has a time and location change.  Please see attached for details.

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  • SY 20-21 Calendar and SY 19-20 Giveback Days

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (if only one snow giveback day); then

    Friday, June 12, 2020 (if only two snow giveback days); and then

    Friday, May 22, 2020 (if three snow giveback days)

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  • Registration and Redistricting

    Please note: All incoming grade K students will follow the after redistricting map.

    All new students in grades one to five will be assigned to FKH or VRS based on the enrollment counts at the time of registration.

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  • Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) Family/Parent and Student Surveys

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  • Water Testing Update and Reports

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  • Parent Contact Info. in Genesis

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  • Genesis Password Solution

     
    There was a programming issue on Genesis's end of the software with the large number of preset passwords.  They did not anticipate this problem prior to our actual implementation.  Please check your email account that you have on file with the school as a new temporary password will be sent there.
     
    If you have any further issues moving ahead, kindly reach out to our Genesis help desk (genesis@clarkschools.org).  Many thanks for your understanding and patience.
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  • Genesis Student Information System

    Our district has recently upgraded its student data management system by implementing the Genesis software interface.  This program is a versatile one that should greatly enhance communication between our school district and families by, for example, being inclusive of an updated Parent Portal.  In order to begin the process of registering with the program, please go to https://parents.genesisedu.com/clark.  In order to log into the system, use the email address where your child(ren)’s report cards have previously been sent as your username.  If you are new to our district, use the email address(es) that you provided on the registration paperwork.  Your temporary password for the system should have been sent to that address.  Kindly know that you will be able to change your password and other information, including your email address(es), after you initially log in.  A Genesis user guide will also be sent to the email account attached to your login information as well.  This year we will again be using email as the primary mode of sending written communication home throughout our district.  As a result, please make certain that your email address(es) is/are kept current and updated within the Genesis system.   

    Kindly note that it is recommended that parents/guardians do not share their login information with their children.  Students in grades five to twelve will have accounts of their own to access their records, schedules, and other information.  They too can access their Genesis accounts by visiting the same link that was provided above but by entering the six-digit student identification numbers connected to their school email accounts as their usernames.  They should enter the temporary passwords sent to these school email accounts.

    This new system is ready for you to access beginning today (Thursday, August 16)Please pay careful attention to any messages that are posted when you log in each time as important information will be displayed.  If you or your children have any questions or trouble logging in, reach out to our district Genesis help desk at genesis@clarkschools.org.  In addition, visit our district website at www.clarkschools.org and, under the “More” tab towards the top right of that page, you will find a “Genesis Student Information System” sub-tab.  This sub-tab currently houses a copy of the Parent User Guide, and additional resources will be added there as they become needed.

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    Field - Afterschool
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    3-5 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. 

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    6:30 p.m.

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