Mrs. Bernadette Miglin, Ed.S, Principal
“Our mission is to embrace, nurture and educate all God’s children, preparing them for lives of service and leadership rooted in the Catholic values of faith, hope and love.”
August 26, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Looking at the calendar, we see that the next chapter in the history of St. Nicholas School is right around the corner. There are several important initiatives that we will be working on this year to continue our excellent academic results.
Last year we implemented a Guided Reading program for grades K-4 utilizing a grant from The Simon Foundation. This program provides a method of reading instruction designed to teach readers at their present reading level and move them forward. We will build on last year's work and continue with additional professional development for our teachers.
Also in the area of reading instruction, we have engaged Schillenger Educational Consultants to provide professional development to our Junior High teachers in the area of Close Reading. This method of reading instruction teaches students how to determine purpose and notice features and language so that they can think deeply about the details and meaning of the text. It is designed for use with all content areas: science, social studies, religion, and as part of our novel-based reading program.
Teacher Clod will continue to teach 7th and 8th grade math, and he will be joined full-time by Miss Benjamin who will take responsibility for sections of 7th and 8th grade as well as students in the younger grades.
We will continue our emphasis on the importance of serving others. Last year our ‘Mission’ contributions helped a community of children in Africa who have been orphaned by the AIDS/HIV epidemic. We also were able to make a donation to the Sisters of Christian Charity Retirement Fund. Our Student Council and National Junior Honor Society fundraisers allowed us to donate several hundred dollars to the American Heart Association. In addition, our 5th graders organized a fundraiser to assist the St. Jude’s Hospital. Right here in our own community, our Thanksgiving food drive and Christmas gift drive helped children and families in Jersey City enjoy brighter holidays.
Our science program has received a major upgrade this year. We have purchased a new Pearson Interactive Science Program for implementation in our junior high. This program will be supplemented with the use of a full set of chrome books for the classroom. Science content for this program is 'in the cloud' and students will access it using the new chrome books.
Our Science Lab is being completely overhauled by Mrs. Millan to expand hands-on science to all students. Chrome books, a new Interactive Science program, and a new Smartboard will provide numerous opportunities for active student learning. She will continue to work with Eduscape Learning coaches to integrate the use of chrome books and Google Docs software into our STEM program for the junior high.
We are changing the format of our Annual Science Fair to a STEM Engineering Fair which will feature STEM projects by all students from PreK through Grade 8.
All junior high teachers will communicate and collaborate with students and parents regarding assignments using Edmodo Internet collaboration software. This on-line software allows teachers to show homework assignments, outstanding projects, and even create on-line tests and quizzes. Parents, students and teachers will collaborate together to keep the communication flowing.
We will continue with our ‘Going Green’ initiative and provide as much as we can to parents via e-mail. Please let me know if you do not receive your weekly letter from me via e-mail.
These initiatives will be discussed in more detail at Back to School night. Your questions and comments are encouraged -- educating children is a collaborative effort and your participation is critical to student success.
Last week I e-mailed everyone the school calendar. I would like to highlight some key dates:
PreK & Kindergarten Back to School (Parents Only) - Wednesday, Sept 7th 9:00 AM
1st Day of School for Prek & Kindergarten - Thursday & Friday (Sept 8th & 9th) 12PM Dismissal
Grades 1-8 First Day of School - Wednesday, Sept. 7th. 12PM Dismissals Wed-Friday
Back to School for Grades 1-8 is Tuesday, September 13th 7PM.
As always, St. Nicholas School is continuing its tradition of academic excellence as we identify areas of improvement, and continuously seek ways of getting better. Thank you for the confidence expressed by placing your children with us.
May God bless you richly. See you on the 7th!
Saint Nicholas School is accredited by the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
118 Ferry Street
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Full days 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Half days 8 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Preschool program for three and four-year-olds.