Archive for October, 2008

Come Out to Support Academic Issues: Nov. 11 BOE Meeting

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

October 28, 2008

Dear Metuchen Friends,

We’re ready to move on to the next step to support academic excellence in Metuchen by attending the Board of Education meeting on November 11 at 8 pm in the Metuchen High School cafeteria.  Last week, I and two other steering committee members met with Superintendent Terry Sinatra, Director of Curriculum Paul Piniero, Board President Terry Kohl and Board Vice-President Eileen Frowenfeld.  The meeting opened a dialogue between CQE and the administration. We discussed the three priorities that CQE identified this year:

·      A focus in all grades (K-12) on moving students from “Partially Proficient” and “Proficient” to “Advanced Proficient” on standardized tests and on improving the scores of students who are already “Advanced Proficient.” Seeking to move students only to “Proficient” doesn’t help all students achieve their best and lowers the district’s performance.

·      Encouraging more students to take a rigorous curriculum including, at the high school, honors and AP classes for those students capable of doing the work.  An honors/AP curriculum provides an advantage in gaining acceptance to a selective college, like Rutgers, and in doing well there.  CQE believes that an increase in the grade point differential will encourage more students, who are academically able, to challenge themselves with honors and AP.

·      The hiring of an additional guidance counselor at the high school to afford students more personal attention in all areas such as high school course selection, college selection, the application process, financial aid for college, etc.  The average counselor/student ratio in New Jersey’s high schools among I-districts like Metuchen is 1/150. MHS’s ratio is more than 1/260.

Because our meeting with Mrs. Sinatra and the others went well, we’d like the administration to see a show of support for academic issues from the community.  The Tuesday, November 11 Board meeting is the opportunity to keep the Board and administration engaged and to encourage them to provide leadership in raising the bar higher for every student.

Please invite those who support improving the academic performance of all Metuchen’s students in every grade and at every level.  Ask them to explore this Website where they can learn more about our goals, interests, and programs.

Together, let’s encourage a good relationship with the board and administration and urge them to foster an academic climate in each of our schools where every student is motivated to reach his/her academic best.

Sincerely,

Kathy Liss, CQE President