Announcements

  • Operation Warm Community Coat Drive - The Willingboro School District is partnering with our local Community partners in the Annual Operation Warm Coat Initiative Program and we would appreciate your help! Get involved!

    Click HERE more information.
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  • Save The Date - The 7th Annual State of the District Superintendent's Address will be held Tuesday, February 27th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willingboro High School Auditorium. Please join us as we celebrate Willingboro Public Schools Together! View Flyer HERE.

     
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  • Community Food Drive - The Willingboro School District is partnering with The Willingboro Township Council and Common Heroes in a Community Food Drive. Please help us feed families in need and be a part of a worthy cause. Click on this link to get more details..

     
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  • Amazing PreK News - Please click HERE to read all about the exciting NEW PreK GRANT!!!

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  • Fall News Letter - Dear Parents/Guardians, please see the linked Parent Resource Center 2017 Fall Newsletter. Enjoy!

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  • Feature Courier Post Article- One of our educational partners who assisted us in gaining Literary Grants is featured in this article! Click HERE to read more.

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  • 2017-18 Academic Programmatic Update - As presented to the public at the August 28, 2017 Board of Education Meeting. Click HERE for the full report.

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  •  New Online Lunch Application - Please click HERE to fill out your lunch application online. You can also click HERE for a printable version of the application.

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  • New Welcome Back Page - Please take a moment to visit our new Welcome Back page for information pertaining to the upcoming school year. Click HERE.

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  • Superintendent's Welcome Back Letter - Please take a moment and click HERE to read Dr. Taylor's Welcome Back Letter.

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  • Willingboro High School Uniforms - We are very pleased and excited to announce that
    the Board of Education has approved Willingboro High School's new student uniform for the 2017-2018 school year! For more information please click HERE.

    Risse Brothers - 901 East Clements Bridge Road, Runnemede, NJ 08078
    *Down the road from Delux Bakery
    *Right behind Mister Softee

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  • Chimera Wrestler Going To World Championships - Mr. James Green, WHS Chimera State Wrestling Champ, discusses his preparation for his 3rd trip to the World Championships in Paris, France! Watch the interview HERE!

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  • New Playground Awarded - It is with much excitement that I share with you (in case you missed it) the CBS news story highlighting the ribbon cutting of the new playground won by Hawthorne Park Elementary School as a result of their recycling efforts. Follow the link below...Congratulations to Mr. Burgess and the Hawthorne Family! View the story HERE.

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  • Minorities in Engineering - BCT Article Highlighting WHS Students. Click HERE to view.

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  • 2017 SOD Superintendent's Video - Please click HERE to view the 2017 State of the District, Superintendent's Address video. 

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  • "Man of the Year" - Congratulations to student Jamar Sims for being honored recently as "Man of the Year" by the organization known at A Few Good Men. Click to HERE find out more!

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  • High School Graduation - Willingboro High School Graduation Rate Increases for the 4th Consecutive Year! Read Article Here

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  • Congrats Coach Everette - Coach Everette leads the High School football team to an extreamly successful season! Read the article HERE.

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  • Parent Workshop - A parents guide to the PARCC Score Report. Please click HERE

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  • BCT All County Football Team - We are very pround to have 2 of our Willingboro High School Football players make the BCT All County Football Team. Please see FLYER

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Welcome SY 17-18

PARCC

  •  For a printer friendly version of the PARCC letter please click here

    PARCC PARCC FAQs
     
     
     

    Updated PARCC Score Report Resources Available Online

    With the second year of PARCC testing completed, the PARCC consortium website andUnderstandtheScore.org have been updated with information for parents and students about the new student score reports for 2016.

    The PARCC website and UnderstandtheScore.org both feature resources from partners such as Learning Heroes and the Collaborative for Student Success about how to use the reports to help inform preparation for the 2016-17 school year, along with links to PARCC resources specifically tailored to students in each consortium state.

    PARCC Online Assessments Spring 2016

    In the spring of 2015, NJ schools grades 3 to 11 participated in PARCC assessments via an online testing platform.  We, Willingboro Public Schools, demonstrated our ability to successfully administer these online assessments with the right technological infrastructure. Our school-based leaders have already initiated the necessary planning required to successfully execute the District's plan for 2015-2016 PARCC Administration. We are now on more familiar ground, and our focus to help students master the subject content standards while growing more comfortable with the online format is front and center. So the message below released before our first PARCC experience reinforces the focus of our students understanding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and online testing platform familiarity. Now is the time to make sure that all stakeholders, (i.e., Parents, Students, Teachers, and Administrators), are in sync ready to support and encourage our students' success!

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    The more familiar teachers are with the test administration requirements, the more comfortable you will be.  While your principal and technology coordinator will focus on bandwidth and devices, you can help ensure a smooth test administration by making sure that your students are prepared with content knowledge and familiarity with the technology.
    How can the district help students and teachers feel comfortable with the online assessments?

    1. Know the process.  Teachers and students can become familiar with the testing process so that all know the expectations on how the administration of the assessments will be facilitated.  The testing website is prepared to house modules to assist school staff with the online assessment process.  Stay tuned. 
       http://www.pearsonaccess.com/cs/Satellite?pagename=Pearson/QuickLink/pcPEMTraining
    2. Know the format of the test questions.  PARCC has many practice tests online.  Review the test samples with the understanding that the navigation and look of the test may be different during the actual performance-based and/or end-of-year assessments.  The test developer has a site prepared for school staff and students.  Review the information on the following sites and practice with the sample tests - individually and with the whole class.

    http://www.parcconline.org/practice-tests   
    http://www.parcconline.org/computer-based-samples  
    http://www.parcconline.org/practice-test-answers

    1. Know the technology.  Teachers should facilitate the use of the technology across all content areas, which is the same technology and use of technology that is utilized for the assessments.  The testing environment should not be the first time the students touch the device or use technology to perform certain tasks.

    The NJDOE has a one-stop shop for PARCC questions.  Contact PARCCTRT@doe.state.nj.us to have questions or concerns addressed.  We are excited about this move toward a new mode of testing delivery.  We welcome your comments.  With your input, the testing program can continually improve.

    Source: The Bridge, 09/14
     

    PARCC for Parents - Dear Parents...the information and resources on this webpage is to support you as you work with your child(ren) at home reinforcing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as they are the base from which the PARCC Assessments are constructed. Additionally, you will find website resources that help you understand new score reporting used throughout the PARCC consortium. If you need additional support with understanding the scoring, you can always conference with your child(ren)'s teachers.
     
    Website Resources:
    PARCC for Educators - PARCC’s goal is to provide guidance and support to help teachers bring the Common Core State Standards to life in their classrooms. PARCC is developing tools and resources aligned to the CCSS and the PARCC assessments. Click here to see a resource overview. These resources are available on the Partnership Resource Center (PRC), a dynamic and interactive web-based library of all PARCC resources and materials.  Visit PARCC for Educators for more information.
     
    Website Resources:
    PARCC Practice Tests - These tests include samples of the PARCC assessments, answer keys, and English Language Arts (ELA) scoring rubrics. Click here to navigate to the practice test site. See linked PARCC FAQs.
     
    Common Core State Standards (CCSS) - resources for our Parent stakeholders can be accessed by clicking here for the State website and visit the Common Core States Initiative website for additional resources. Also see NJDOE's CCSS website
     
    PARCC Assessments - The New Jersey Department of Education homepage for PARCC.
     

Parent Notes

  • Click here for user-friendly version of the Student Attendance Presentation
     
     
    Knowledge is Power!    
     
    Click here for user-friendly version of the
    iReady Parent notice
     
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Initiatives

  • Developing Life-long Learners to become productive global citizens

    Our Program

    Effective schools are schools in which students are able to succeed well beyond what is generally expected. Our schools must add extra value to each Student’s outcome in comparison with other schools serving similar student populations. We remain committed and dedicated to improving the well-being and academic outcomes of all our children as we transform Willingboro Public Schools into a ‘Blue Ribbon’ School District.

    As we enter into 'Year-6' of innovative initiatives, we must capitalize on ‘Year-5’ investments, and develop life-long learners for productive global citizenship.

    Our journey to improve student achievement entails creating new courses, implementing new initiatives, and researched best practices.  Our commitment and pledge to provide a quality education for all students will be the foundation and driving force our students need to ascend to outstanding academic achievement during their educational tenure.

     
    Technology Refresh:
    The objective of the computer refresh is to upgrade the existing technology in classrooms and computer labs with current year technology; replacing the six to seven year old computers in District’s computer labs and classrooms.  This refresh consists of 1,000 desktop computers, and eight 30-station laptop carts; one for each school.  The benefits to this Technology refresh are huge. With PARCC high stakes testing occurring this school year, and our increased utilization of online formative assessments, with Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP) testing, newer technologies allow us to take advantage of greater computing efficiency. 

    Cosmetology Program Returns:
    We welcome the return of Cosmetology to the course offerings in our high school CTE programming. This is the first level of a 3-year Cosmetology Course designed to provide students with instruction required to meet the standards set forth in the Cosmetology and Hairstyling Act of 1984. A State Licensed Program which requires a student to complete 1200 Hours (1000 Hours Vocational School) of instruction and take the State Board Examination to earn the Cosmetology/Hairstyling license upon completion of the Program.

    Willingboro High School is offering AP Language and Composition for high performing juniors.

    Contemporary Young Adult Literature:

    This course traces the development of modern literature in the last 40 years where students will study a variety of genres: past and present. This course provides the platform for making rich, real-life connections to literature.  Students will be able to express themselves through a variety of creative activities, and demonstrate understanding of key contemporary ideas by completing performance tasks that fuse current web-based programs and instruction to provide students with a well-rounded literary experience. Students will explore multiculturalism and how it contributes to a continuously advancing a diverse America, and study some controversial selections that are appropriate in understanding the world as it continues to evolve. The selections also inspire activities aligned with the common core standards.

    AP 11 Language and Composition:

    Prerequisite: Minimum “B” average in English 10 Honors or “A” average in CP English 10.

    This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. The course emphasizes the expository, analytical, argumentative writing, as well as the personal and reflective writing.  Students’ writing will be based on reading,as well as, on personal experience, and observation. Students will also learn how to read primary and secondary sources carefully, to synthesize material from these texts in their own composition, and to cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations such as the Modern Language Association (MLA). This course is recommended for advanced proficient eleventh graders interested in the AP12 track.

    MiddleSchool Robotics:

    The purpose of this curriculum is to provide an introduction to robotics and encourage young people to explore the technology that encompasses robotics. Our goal is to inspire interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects that will open the door to career opportunities in the aviation and space realm.

    System44:

    System 44 is an intensive foundational phonics and decoding intervention reading response program for our most challenged readers in Grades 3-12. From the creators of Scholastic's Read 180 program, System 44 will be piloted this year in each school targeting our non-readers to beginning readers in both general and special education programs.

    Naviance:

    Naviance college and career readiness solution is a proven resource that both middle and high school students utilize to research and explore hundreds of colleges and career paths. As part of the district-wide investment to enhance college and career readiness for our students, we eagerly look forward to the positive impact Naviance will have on our students' goal-setting, establishing academic plans to meet their goals, and desire to be life-long learners.

    NewTechnology:

    Our desire is to meet our students’ needs and move them into our 21st Century world prepared, inspired, and ready to make significant contributions to humanity. All English Language Learners in grades 9-12 will receive an iPad to assist them in mastering the English Language. The purpose of this initiative is to accelerate the acquisition of phonics, vocabulary, fluency, reading-comprehension skills, and other language building blocks for our ESL students. Students will have access to software to improve their English fluency.

    Middle School Curriculum Updates

    On June 16, 2010, the NJDOE adopted a plan for the implementation of revised curricula.  The plan required that districts adopt the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in grades 6-8, beginning September 2013.  With that goal in mind, Willingboro Public Schools has adopted a new textbook and revised the middle school math curriculum.  Our teachers had a great deal of input and influence in the adoption of the textbook and the revised curriculum.  We are certain that the addition of these new resources will provide our teachers with the additional confidence and tools needed to engage student learning on all levels.

    Benchmark Assessments

    Last school year the high school implemented NWEA MAP assessments to measure student growth, design instructional programs based on student’s needs, and to identify learning readiness and opportunities for student growth.  This school year we will use NWEA MAP in grades 1 to 12 to measure student achievement and to improve instruction. Research indicates that the frequency of student assessments directly correlates to student achievement. Periodic benchmark assessments are implemented to provide school and district administrators with timely internal educational data to drive instruction of critically needed conceptual development in the classroom.

    K-12th Curriculum Implementation

    Curriculum is a set of predetermined work plans developed by or for teachers to use in classrooms by which the content, scope, and sequence of that content, and the skills taught through that content are defined and configured. Formal curriculum is predetermined and it structures the curriculum of the school, and appears in curriculum guides, state regulations, or officially sanctioned scope and sequence charts. Core Curriculum focuses on content and skills basic to the disciplines of Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics. We are excited to announce that teachers in grades K-12th beginning Fall 2012, will utilize an updated curriculum that provides pacing and instructional guidance for our elementary schools based upon the 2009 NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards, as well as the new Common Core Standards for Language Arts and Mathematics.

    Textbook Inventory & Management System

    With the full implementation of the Follett web-based Textbook Management System, administrators will finally be able to account for and share available textbook resources within our school district electronically, and more efficiently adopt new texts as required.

    Textbook Adoption

    An innovative textbook adoption program, whereby required texts are secured through a lease agreement was recently approved by the Board of Education.Through this initiative, a long standing issue of dated instructional resources has been addressed. To date, new textbooks have been purchased for Geometry, Algebra, PreAlgebra, Social Studies, Biology, Science, World Languages, K-8 Music, and K-5 Literacy. 

    Preliminary SAT Scoring Service (PSSS)

    The PSSS will provide students with opportunities to learn and practice proven strategies for successful aptitude testing. The PSSS test measures critical reading, mathematics and writing skills using the pre-disclosed 2012 PSAT/NMSQT Saturday test form. We will use the PSSS to help guide and inspire our students as they plan for their promising future.

    Gifted and Talented Program Expansion

    During Winter 2011, Willingboro schools embarked on a journey to restore the Gifted & Talented Program for students in grades 3-5. Teachers helped develop students who demonstrated high levels of proficiency on multiple platforms of assessment in their park school. The instructors, through partnerships with both William and Mary University and Rutgers University, were tasked to challenge these students to think critically and expand their aptitudes. Last school year, these opportunities were expanded to the middle grades.

    Alternative Education Programming

    Our desire to meet the needs of all of our students inspired the designed an Alternative Education Program which will be located at Bookbinder School this school year. The Alternative Program helps to academically prepare students who can benefit from smaller learning communities in an environment where alternative learning styles are explored to promote students success. Additionally, this program supports students who are returning to Willingboro Public Schools from out of district placements.  

    NJQSAC

    The New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC), as required by N.J.S.A. 18A:7A-3 et seq., is a system whereby all public school districts in the State are monitored and evaluated. NJQSAC is designed to be a single,comprehensive accountability system that consolidates and incorporates the monitoring requirements of applicable State and Federal programs. This year we will continue to execute the State approved District Improvement Plan (DIP) to ensure compliance with the five established NJQSAC components: Instruction and Programs; Fiscal Management; Personnel; Governance; and Operations.

    Middle School Sports Initiative

    Willingboro School District is very pleased to announce the successful restoration of competitive sports for our middle grade students. We believe the reinstatement of Athletic programs at the Middle School will augment our overall program; by both motivating students to improve their performance away from the competitive environments and providing leadership opportunities for youngsters.

    Professional Development Partnerships

    In an effort to accelerate the academic performance of our students, and the instructional capacity of our teachers in secondary settings; the Willingboro School District is excited to announce multiple Professional Development Partnerships with Texas Instruments, and Progressive Mathematics Institute (Mathematics), Children’s Literacy Initiative, and Standard Solution (Language Arts and Social Studies).

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