School Climate

Twelve Years of Shared Services: The Best Educational Services, with Substantial Financial Savings – Passaic County Manchester Regional High School and Haledon – (Passaic County)

February 12, 2016

January 2015 was a milestone in Passaic County’s Manchester Regional High School and Haledon Public School Districts. The month marked the midpoint, of the 12th year, that the two districts have shared a superintendent and business administrator. To say the two districts are pleased with the arrangement is an understatement. Over the years, the shared … Continued

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School-Based Mental Health Counseling/Psychiatric Services – Woodbury (Gloucester County)

In Woodbury, school officials discovered a barrier to student growth was families’ difficulty in accessing community-based mental health services. For some families, scheduling problems or transportation issues made it impossible to access those important services. As a result, the district created a partnership with a local mental health agency, in which counselors come on-site to … Continued

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Project Guardian – Burlington Township (Burlington County)

There are security cameras and locking systems, redesigned vestibules and even new blinking traffic lights near two schools. But beyond the physical changes, there is also an Emergency Preparedness Task Force and a “Team Guardian.” There are regular meetings held three times a year, among school officials, police, firefighters, and others in the community, where … Continued

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Project Aware – Stafford Township (Ocean County)

In Stafford Township, it takes a community to educate students in the dangers of substance abuse. Health care workers from the local hospital; police department D.A.R.E. officers; and local anti-drug-abuse leaders worked with Stafford Township School District staff to create “Project Aware,” a substance abuse education program that was recognized by the NJSBA as a … Continued

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PBSIS – CHAMPS – Clifton (Passaic County)

The school is promoting positive student behavior, and enhancing the school atmosphere, through a program that rewards attributes such as respect for teachers, responsibility and preparedness, and good manners. In a nutshell, students are CHAMPS – Caring, Helpful, Accountable, Motivated, Polite and Successful. The school joined forces with the New Jersey Positive Behavior Support in … Continued

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Mental Health Awareness Day at Dumont High School – Dumont (Bergen County

The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) sponsored a mental health awareness day for all high school students. General and special education teachers, administrators, board of education members, Child Study Team members, and guidance educational specialists created a special that included various activities involving mental health. The program was developed in conjunction with the Bergen … Continued

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You….I…..We Inspire – Piscataway (Middlesex County)

In 2014-2015, the Piscataway School District began a book club, which engaged students in the work of educational and motivational leaders such as Yvette Jackson (The Pedagogy of Confidence) and Stephen Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. From there, a new program for the 2015-2016 school year was born:You…I…We Inspire. Throughout the year, … Continued

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Dunfee Dragon’s R.O.A.R. – Barnegat Township (Ocean County)

At Lillian M. Dunfee School in Barnegat, one can hear the ROAR of positive behavior. Positive behavior, appropriate expectations for students, and school connectedness are developed through a program called ROAR, which was honored with one of three Best Practices Awards at the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) Conference in 2014. The … Continued

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CORRECT – Oxford Township (Warren County)

The Oxford school district website states it up front: Oxford Central School Students Are C.O.R.R.E.C.T. In fact, “CORRECT” is the name of the district’s home-grown character education program, which strives to instill in children the positive character traits that spell out the program title: Courage, Optimism, Respect, Responsibility, Empathy,Citizenship and Trustworthiness. The program, which serves … Continued

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