A Message from Deputy Superintendent 

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,
Thank you to the hundreds of current and aspiring women leaders throughout the district who have registered for our 1st Annual Women’s Leadership Conference.  The virtual Women’s Leadership Conference will take place on Saturday March 19, 2022.  The conference begins at 9:00 AM with greetings from a panel of distinguished leaders and guests.  Registration is now closed.  To those of you who have registered, please join the main session early and come charged and ready to be engaged, as we share in this historic event and unleash the potential of women leaders. 
Options to access the main webinar and breakout sessions:

  • CLICK HERE for the main webinar (Webinar Number: 2624 292 1195 Password: womenlead22 – From Phones: 96636532)
  • CLICK HERE for the Electronic Brochure, which includes the live links to the main webinar and breakout sessions
  • CLICK HERE for a one pager, which includes the live links to the main webinar and breakout sessions

 All registrants will receive a hard copy of the Women’s Leadership Conference brochure prior to the event.
Stay Safe, Be Well,
Deputy Superintendent Johnson




A Message from Dr. Reilly

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff, 

On Wednesday, March 16th at 4:30 PM, the Newark Board of Education will broadcast the 2022 Young Artists Annual featuring students in grades 6-8.  This event first debuted in 2021 and celebrates student artwork, music compositions, and performances in acting, dance, and music.  Each year, a theme is established and young artists create work inspired by the theme. The 2022 theme “My Self, My Feelings, My Hopes and Dreams,” encourages students to create and perform works of art reflecting optimistic self-awareness about who they are, how they feel, and what they have learned from their experiences; while inspiring us with their personal hopes and dreams.

Join us in celebrating talented young artists across the district!

Watch Live (here) 

Dr. Reilly 










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Spring Break COVID-19 Testing Strategy (Updated)
Contact: Shamere Williams, Office of the Deputy Superintendent
Email: s21williams@nps.k12.nj.us


In accordance with the guidance shared by the Superintendent, all students and school staff will be required to test for COVID-19 prior to return from Spring Break. For your convenience, all schools will receive a Spring Break COVID-19 Testing Kit to distribute to each student and employee the week of April 11th. Each kit will include rapid tests and a set of instructions to process the test.
Students and school staff must complete the test on Sunday, April 24th prior to returning to school on Monday, April 25, 2022. All homeroom teachers will need to advise students to make them aware of this expectation. Anyone who has tested positive in the last 90 days is not required to retest during Spring Break.
Staff must follow the process of notifying Health Services of positive test results. Parents of students must notify their school nurse of positive test results. Additional details will be provided closer to Spring Break.

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Announcement of Trauma Focused Certification Contest (New)

On February 3rd, we invited all Social Worker 2s to enter a contest to win a fully paid Trauma Certificate Program offered by the National Association of Social Workers and receive 20 CEUs towards their license.  A special congratulations goes to the winners of the contest featured below.  Winners will receive paid sessions and earn CEU credits courtesy of the Office of Social Work. Happy Social Worker Month and Happy Women’s History Month!

Nicole Almeida Funcia, Ann Street School
Rosemary Coyle, Quitman Street School
Noel Burton, Barringer High School
Nancy Bonilla, Wilson Avenue School
Karla Cruz, Newark Vocational High School
Camisha Stewart, Barringer High School

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2022 Essex Vicinage Law Day Program for Schools (New)

The Superior Court of New Jersey – Essex Vicinage Law Day Planning Committee, in partnership with the Essex County Bar Association, invite you to register to participate in our annual Law Day Program. The 2022 Law Day theme is “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change” and activities will include mock trial, virtual visit with a judge, multimedia art, video and writing contests*. 
For more information on participating in the 2022 program,  please visit the Essex Vicinage Law Day website. There you will find information about: 

  • Online registration (See attached form. You may complete, save and email to EssexLawDay.Mbx@njcourts.gov)
  • Contest rules
  • Previous years winning contest submissions
  • Awards Ceremony photo galleries
  • Important dates & updates
  • Law Day history and previous year’s themes

We look forward to schools and students from our district joining the Essex Vicinage Superior Court Law Day Planning Committee and the Essex County Bar Association in recognizing Law Day 2022. 

Their office is available to answer any questions you may have. Please call 973-776-9300 (ext. 56886) or email EssexLawDay.Mbx@njcourts.gov.
Most Law Day actives will take place virtually. The in person mock trial program is contingent upon local and government guidelines on large group gatherings due to the pandemic in April or May of 2022. Updates will be posted on the Law Day website and email updates will be sent to registered participants. This is a free court hosted event and open to all Essex County Schools and students.

Registration Instructions
Law Day Activities
Art Contest Rules
Writing Contest Rules
Video Contest Rules

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Read Across America District Celebration (New)
Contact: Barbara Evans, Office of Federal Programs & Grants
Email: bevans@nps.k12.nj.us

Our District is excited to announce that we are celebrating Read Across America all month. It is a nationwide Reading Celebration! As a part of our districtwide celebration, we are inviting families to join in the fun. Each student in Kindergarten through 3rd grades will receive a bookbag, a picture book and student supplies.

We are asking that you support Parent Liaisons by distributing one filled bookbag to each student and encouraging families to engage in one of the suggested activities at home

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New Teacher Development (New)
Contact: Dana Mishoe, Educator Effectiveness
Email: evaluations@nps.k12.nj.us

The April New Teacher Development session will take place on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 between 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Teachers who are new to Newark (regardless of previous experience) are expected to attend 7 of the 9 monthly sessions. There will be two NBOE departments presenting in April – Technology and also Early Childhood.    
Please use the following Calendar Link to view all 4 New Teacher Development sessions offered on April 6th as well as the New Teacher Development Resource Folder for incredible past PD resources.

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Office of Special Education Updates (New)
Contact: Devvon Crawford, OSE
Email: d1crawford@nps.k12.nj.us

Upcoming PD Opportunities and update information about Autism Awareness.


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Girls Who Code Summer Programs (New)
Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Educational Technology-Office of Teaching and Learning
Email: tnellegar@nps.k12.nj.us

Girls Who Code is offering two exciting summer programs for current high school students who identify as girls or non-binary. They can choose from a 2-week immersion program or a 6-week self-paced program that will allow them to learn coding skills, network with others as well as provide them with career resources.

The program is free and they offer a need-based grant of up to $500 for eligible students who complete the Summer Immersion Program. Please encourage interested students to apply. Any questions please reach out to Tim Nellegar.


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Free Yoga Series Revised Calendar- NBOE Staff Your Well-Being Matters (New)
Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez, Office of Federal Programs and Grants
Email: j20rodriguez@nps.k12.nj.us

*In an effort to accommodate your busy schedules, the March yoga session dates have been changed. Please refer to attachment for details and Whetstone registration links.

Thanks to CDC Supplemental Funds, the NBOE is excited to partner with Newark Yoga Movement to offer FREE virtual yoga sessions. These sessions offer self-regulation tools, tips, and supports to relieve stress, anxiety, and trauma heightened by the pandemic. The yoga series will be offered twice a month through June 2022. Each class is 45-minutes. No prior experience is needed to participate.


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Earn While Learning – Creating Safer Classrooms: NJ LGBTQ+ Mandates (New)
Contact: Deborah Jennings, Office of Federal Programs and Grants
Email: djennings@nps.k12.nj.us

This 90-minute webinar on Tuesday, March 15, 20223:30pm – 5:00 pm – will focus on state and federal mandates and policies regarding LGBTQ+ youth. Explore methods to seamlessly incorporate LGBTQ+ instruction into your lessons and learn the mandates for transgender students. A new template resource for creating a plan with transgender students will be made available to participants. Recommended for all staff, particularly health teachers, guidance counselors and administrators.

Non-administrative staff will receive supplemental pay at their contractual rate. For more information contact: djennings@nps.k12.nj.us

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Earn While Learning – Implementing Required Standards in Elementary School (New)
Contact: Deborah Jennings, OFP&G
Email: djennings@nps.k12.nj.us

This 90-minute webinar on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 3:30pm – 5:00 pm – will provide tips, resources and lesson plan suggestions for addressing the new additions to the NJ Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for elementary school health. Recommended for health educators and health supervisors. Non-administrative staff will receive supplemental pay at their contractual rate. Limited enrollment – first come.

For more information contact: djennings@nps.k12.nj.us

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Earn While Learning – NJSLS Additions to Health Education 6-12 (New)
Contact: Deborah Jennings, OFP&G
Email: djennings@nps.k12.nj.us

This 90-minute webinar on Wednesday, March 17, 2022, 3:30pm – 5:00 pm – will provide tips, resources and lesson plan suggestions for addressing the new additions to the NJ Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) regarding health education for middle and high school. Recommended for health educators and health supervisors. Non-administrative staff will receive supplemental pay at their contractual rate. Limited enrollment – first come.

For more information contact: djennings@nps.k12.nj.us

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The Writing Revolution Teacher Residency (Grade 2) (New)
Contact: Heather Lieberman, Office of Teaching and Learning, ELA  
Email: hlieberman@nps.k12.nj.us

This is a paid teacher residency where participants will learn and create content-based writing instruction based on The Writing Revolution. Participants must commit to all 8 sessions and will be paid $656 upon completion. Limited to 30 Grade 2 Classroom Teachers. See the attached document for more information and to apply.

The Writing Revolution Link

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Heggerty’s Bridge the Gap – Phonics Resource/Grade 2 Teachers (New)
Contact: Lisa Trobaugh, Office of Teaching and Learning, ELA
Email: ltrobaugh@nps.k12.nj.us

All grade 2 teachers will be sent a phonics intervention resource, Heggerty’s Bridge the Gap. This is for use during small group instruction as a supplement for specific students. There will be training opportunities provided, dates will be forthcoming.

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ELA March Office Hours 
Contact: Heather Lieberman, Office of Teaching and Learning, ELA
Email: hlieberman@nps.k12.nj.us

The ELA Department is offering Office Hours for teachers. There are a variety of available day/time options to choose from. In the month of March K-5 will focus on small group instruction. As always, any questions or areas of concern are welcome.

Please see the document for dates and times.


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Updates from Human Resources 
Contact: Human Resources
Email: humanresources@NPS.K12.NJ.US

Teacher Reassignment
Information regarding the Teacher Reassignment Protocol on Frontline is forthcoming! The current reassignment period will be from March 28, 2022  until April 8, 2022.
Non-Renewal Decisions and Actions
Did you make revisions to your rosters? As you gather documents and make notes of  the changes made to your rosters, please review the non-renewal information and important dates here.
Per-Diem Hiring Requests
Good Day NBOE Principals, be advised that all Per Diem Hiring Requests are being processed via Frontline. Please click the link below to access Per Diem Staffing’s Hiring Links for the Per Diem Teacher Aide, Per Diem Personal Aide, Per Diem Teacher, and Co-Curricular, Advisors, Coaching, and Before & After School program.

Per Diem Staffing Hiring Links for Frontline
Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact perdiemstaffing@nps.k12.nj.us.

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2022 Parent University – March ’22 Courses 
Contact: Mariah Alston, Office of Federal Programs & Grants
Email: m1alston@nps.k12.nj.us

Please share the March flyer for Parent University with your students and their families to spread the word. We want to have as many parents as possible benefit from what is being offered.

NBOE Parent University is a system-wide learning program to provide resources, learning opportunities, and linkages for ongoing parent and family involvement and community engagement that supports student learning. We have an abundance of courses being offered in the Month of March. View here.


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March is National Nutrition Month 
Contact: Randy Schrader, Human Resource Services
Email: rschrader@nps.k12.nj.us

Eat well, feel great.
Eat healthier, be healthier.
A healthy diet can help you avoid heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke.

Perfect plate:
Half fruits and vegetables.
Half grains and lean proteins.

Health boosters:
Fill up on color, like kale, beets, carrots and red peppers.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit.
Cook with healthier fats, like olive, coconut, canola or peanut oil.
Choose healthy protein sources, like fish, beans, seeds and nuts.
Go for whole grains, like oatmeal or brown rice.

More: Eat Healthy on a Budget

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Gizmos Refresher Session 
Contact: Kathleen Tierney, Office of Science
Email: ktierney@nps.k12.nj.us

There will be a refresher on Gizmos for any high school science teacher who would like to attend. The session will take place on March 14th at 3 pm via the link below. Teachers are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity- to learn about how Gizmos can be incorporated into science lessons, to hear how other teachers are using Gizmos in their classrooms, and to ask questions about the platform.

Click the link here

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Alphabet Letter Tracing Books -Grades K & 1 
Contact: Lisa Trobaugh, Office of Teaching and Learning, ELA
Email: ltrobaugh@nps.k12.nj.us

Letter tracing booklets have been sent to each school for students in Kindergarten and First Grade. Please make sure each student in Kindergarten receives a copy. First grade students who still need support with writing letters should also receive a copy.


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Extended School Year Survey 
Contact: Candice Wells, The Office of Special Education
Email: c1wells@nps.k12.nj.us

In preparation for the 2022 Extended School Year program, the Office of Special Education has created a survey to plan for staffing and services this summer. Your responses will assist in determining the number of teachers, CST, SLS and support staff interested in working this summer. There will be opportunities for the morning and afternoon.

Additional opportunities includes PD that will be offered during the summer. OSE appreciates your input, please complete the link here.

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Homework Hotline Reminder for All Students 

Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Teaching and Learning 
Email: tnellegar@nps.k12.nj.us

As we continue to find ways to assist our students we want to continue encouraging you to utilize the Homework Hotline. Live NBOE Teachers are available to assist students in a myriad of areas every Monday – Thursday from 3:30 pm -5:30 pm. The full list of subject areas and tutor numbers can be found here.

Our teachers are excited and ready to work with your students! Please encourage your students to reach out!

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Submit Student Artwork to Hope, Healing and Resistance Statewide 

Contact: Margaret El, Visual and Performing Arts
Email: mel@nps.k12.nj.us

Submissions accepted through March 31, 2022. The NJDOE, in collaboration with Arts Ed NJ and the Art Educators of New Jersey, invites New Jersey students to participate in the Hope, Healing and Resilience through the COVID-19 Pandemic Art Showcase & Installation Project. Students from preschool to 12th grade are encouraged to submit a photo of original piece of two-dimensional (2-D) art that conveys positive messages of hope, healing, and resilience created after March 2020. Selected artwork will be displayed on the NJDOE website and in NJDOE offices.

Project Information

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NPS Mobile App! 

The district’s NPS Mobile App is now available for download for both Apple iOS and Android. With this app you, can:

• Receive Push Notifications when there is inclement weather and school closings

• Track news feeds (powered by your school web site, Facebook and Twitter accounts) at the district and school level

• Look up commonly-sought information directly from the mobile app




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