Important Message For HARP and YES Academies Staff
The new school facility that will house the HARP and YES Academies will unfortunately not be ready for opening day. Temporary arrangements have been made for the start of school. YES Academy students and staff will report to 47 State Street (the Boris Kroll Building) and HARP students and staff will report to 175 Main Street. View this media advisory for more details.
Staff Professional Development Schedule - Sept 1 & 2
Educators Gather at the White House
On Wednesday, July 22, the White House hosted Rethink School Discipline, a national convening and conversation on improving school discipline policies and practices. At the meeting held at the White House South Court Auditorium, participants discussed new tools and resources to be released by the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, an interagency initiative launched by the Administration in 2011, along with data and research that underscores the need for further action. School leaders across the country, including three representatives from Paterson Public Schools, shared best practices used to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline by fostering safe, supportive, and productive learning environments that keep kids in school and out of the juvenile justice system. In addition to educators, researchers, and non-profit leaders, the program also featured senior Obama Administration officials. Paterson Public School District representatives were Superintendent Dr. Donnie Evans, Assistant Superintendent Maria Santa, and Director of Alternative Programs Nicole Payne.
Helpful New Tools Available
We are pleased to announce a trio of new, helpful online and mobile-device based tools that are coming shortly or are already available for administrators, staff, students and families:
Paperless Forms – As we move toward an office environment in which the use and storage of paper will be nearly obsolete, the district has begun creating digital, paperless forms. The Versiform system will be available via a link located on the left side of this page. The Versiform system contacts all parties required for the processing of a form and follows up with reminders and status (approval/disapproval) notifications and remarks. A number of frequently used in-house forms are available already, and more will be added as work progresses on this fantastic new addition to our operations.
School Messenger – Telephone outreach to our students, families and staff will now take place via the School Messenger call system. This “auto-call’ messaging utility replaces the former ParentLink system and works much the same way but with greater efficiency and ease of use. Designated school-based system admins will find a School Messenger link button on the left side of this, the Staff webpage as well.
District Application (App) for Mobile Devices – Watch for the new Paterson Public Schools application for mobile devices! If you have used our highly-successful mobile app in the past, we have created a new and improved version that will be available at the Google Play Store (for Android devices) and the App Store and ITunes (for Apple devices) shortly. Please note that you must delete the old application from your devices before downloading the new.
Crisis Intervention Manual Updated
The Department of Student Assistance has updated the Crisis Intervention Manual for the 2015-16 school year. This important document gives details on how to deal with suicide prevention, sudden death, community disturbance and school violence. This manual should be reviewed annually by all staff. It can be accessed directly here or by visiting the Student Assistance web page which also contains other valuable information on this and other topics.
Get Connected with Paterson Public Schools
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Student Growth Percentile Video
This video is part of the NJ SMART educational series. It provides viewers with a better understanding of what a student growth percentile (SGP) is, the concept of academic peers and how it relates to growth percentiles, how an individual SGP is calculated and interpreted, and how SGPs can be reported and interpreted for groups
Panther Academy Weather Station
Get up-to-the-minute weather information from the Panther Academy Weather Station simply by clicking on this link. Alternatively, you can download and install on your computer the weatherbug application (select Paterson and Panther Academy as your location). For further information contact Planetarium Manager, Gary Swangin.
Purchasing Process for District Staff
Proper procedures to assist Paterson Public School employees in making authorized purchases for the school year are clearly outlined in the following two documents: Ordering Process and Purchasing Manual