[Video Stream] Collingswood Board of Education Board Meeting 10/22/2018

Items on this agenda included an update on the expansion of the district’s preschool program, goals of the district to improve equity, a presentation from the Tatem Elementary PTA about their outdoor classroom, and an update on the district’s literacy curriculum strategies.



The entire agenda from the Collingswood BOE boarddocs: http://www.boarddocs.com/nj/colps/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=B4ZJ444B4B1B


Committee of the Whole Insights

  • The preschool grant, which allows Collingswood preschool families to take advantage of free preschool education.
  • There was also a conversation about the need to address the disparity in hiring teachers who will better represent our student body racially.


Board Meeting Highlights


Tatem’s PTA is presenting their outdoor space beautification project. The presentation details can be seen here: Tatem.Outdoor.Classroom

  • The outdoor learning space would include habitat elements
  • The budget was $1250 – with $500 as part of the initial spend.
  • The PTA is working to ensure a good future for the project with incoming families for the committee.
  • Clinton Connor brought up an interesting idea of streamlining outdoor improvements as an attempt to improve equity across all of the schools.


Ms. Jennifer McPartland and Mr. David Olivieri will present the K-12 Literacy presentation.

  • Grades 6-12 are undergoing a reorganization and refining their efforts
  • Cross-curricular content areas are being looked into as well
  • FastBridge is being used as a screening tool
  • Illuminate is a standards-based assessment tool
  • Fundations is the program being used in grades K-1
  • All is being done with Balanced Literacy in mind
  • Tier II – extension – is being done with additional support for students who need reinforcement
  • RACE writing method is being used with different focus each month
  • Literacy ties in with other academic goals
  • In secondary, the standards are designed to provide greatest potential for growth in PARCC
  • Grade 9 is working toward helping students create Thesis Statements
  • Grade 10 is Deciphering Meaning through text
  • Seniors have a research project referred to as “Capstone”. This is a waterfall type project that involves a topic of the student’s choice.
  • AP students do not complete the Capstone project, but are regularly doing similar projects.
  • Tutoring time is before school, during lunch, or after school – The tutoring time is designed to work with the student’s schedule
Slides from the Presentataion:

Policy and Miscellaneous

There was an expected update about the Outdoor space ad hoc committee (listed on the agenda) but there was no announced change or update at this meeting.

Curriculum Committee

Working on a standardized report card between the schools

Important Upcoming Dates

10/22/18-10/26/18 HS Spirit Week
Thurs, 10/25/18 HS All Hallows Read – LMC Classroom – 2:30pm-3:30pm
Thurs, 10/25/18 Equity Committee Meeting – LMC – 6:30-8:30pm
Fri, 10/26/18 HS Spirit Week Pep Rally – HS Gym – 1:00pm-2:00pm
Sat, 10/27/18 Garfield Zombie Chase Run – 8:30am-9:30am
Wed, 10/31/18 Elementary Schools Only; Early Dismissal for Halloween – 2:00pm Dismissal
Sat, 11/3/18 HS SAT’s
Wed, 11/7/18 Early Dismissal for Students – Staff PLD
Wed, 11/7/18 MS/HS End of 1st Marking Period
Wed, 11/7/18 HS Homecoming Dance – HS Café – 7:00pm-9:00pm
Thurs, 11/8/18 School Closed – Fall Break – NJEA Convention
Fri, 11/9/18 School Closed – Fall Break – NJEA Convention
Wed, 11/14/18 Zane North Barnes & Noble Night and MOD Pizza Night
Fri, 11/16/18 MS/HS Report Card Distribution
Sat, 11/17/18 PTA Fitness Fest at CHS
Mon, 11/19/18 BOE Meeting – 6:30pm – Zane North All Purpose Room

Public Comment Highlights

  • A resident is concerned about equity between the schools as there is a noticeable difference between them.
  • This person also asked the board referring to the literacy initiatives  about the benchmarks being used in student improvement
  • Kate Delany invited the board and attendees of the meeting to the BOE candidate forum, which is being hosted by the CEAG on 10/30/2018 at Good Shepherd Cafeteria.
    Please do not forget to attend or watch the next Collingswood Board of Education meeting on November 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Zane North School.

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Jen R

Jen R

Jen Rossi, Vice President Jen Rossi moved to Collingswood with her spouse in 2012. She is a graduate of Georgian Court University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Fine Art. She has a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing in Elementary Education (K-5) and as a Teacher of Fine Art (K-12). After a part-time floating position and substitute teaching, Jen returned to the corporate world. Professionally Jen is a Digital Marketing Manager for a privately owned insurance brokerage, providing important information on how to reduce the risks in today's business world: ranging from slip and fall injuries to computer network hacks. Getting the information in the hands of people who need it with the help of guidebooks, webinars, instructional videos, blog posts, social media alerts, and online courses. With this background in education and knowledge of the process for communicating important information to anyone willing to hear it, Jen focuses her energy on making a big impact with small things- making life a little more convenient, helping people get informed, keeping things practical and timely, and encouraging achievable goals for success. In her free time, Jen loves upcycling, improving, and otherwise repurposing materials to the delight of family, neighbors, and Etsy customers. She looks forward to running down questions and getting helpful information into social feeds and inboxes of members of the Collingswood community.