Message from Deputy Superintendent 

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,
Spring Break COVID-19 Testing Strategy
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.Important Calendar Updates
As shared by Superintendent León, please see below the revised School Calendar SY21-22, as well as the calendars for SY22-23:

End-of-Year Activities
Below are upcoming events during the month of June:

  • Senior Trip: June 3rd
  • Teacher of the Year: June 8th
  • Math Olympics: June 3rd (Virtual) / June 7th and June 8th  (In-Person)
  • Academic All-Star Awards Ceremony for the Class of 2022: June 10th
  • Science Olympics: June 14th – June 16th (High Schools Only) 
  • Graduation Ceremonies: June 23rd

Enjoy a safe and restful Spring Recess and holiday!
Stay Safe, Be Well
Deputy Superintendent Johnson

A Message from Dr. Reilly

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff,

Here is a link to the current T&L newsletter that we hope you enjoy along with the upcoming spring break. In addition, summer reading books are being delivered to schools. Please enjoy this year’s selection of summer books.

We will see you when you return. 

– Dr. Reilly



Stay informed on everything happening within Newark Public Schools and the Newark Board of Education! Read up on all of the many ways the district is garnering media coverage.  

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2021-2022 Discretionary Funds (New)

Contact: Maria Arce, Office of Accounting
Email: M1arce@NPS.K12.NJ.US

Dear Teachers, Nurses, or Academic Interventionist:

As per District policy, in order to be reimbursed in the amount of $150.00 or less for instructional materials such as; books, technology, writing instruments, etc., that supplemented and affected your work with pupils this school year; you will be asked to complete and submit a District Discretionary Fund Certification.

Only one submission per individual will be permitted.

Please see attached Memorandum for further instructions and to access the Survey Link.

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Community Roundtable (New)

Contact: Jazleen Othman, Office of Teaching & Learning
Email: M1arce@NPS.K12.NJ.US

On April 27th at 4:15 pm, the Office of Teaching and Learning presents a community roundtable. Join us as we hear from The Office of Social Studies and The Office of Student Life live on NBOE’s Facebook page. 

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Wellness Program FAQs (New)

Contact: Jennifer Medina, Human Resource Services

NBOE Cares about you! That’s why we launched NBOE Well.

You perform at your best when your health is in check. The 2022 wellness goal is to encourage you to connect with your primary care physician (PCP) to help you discover and manage any medical conditions you may have.

Recent claim data shows, NBOE has been able to identify key targets that should be in the wellness program:

Visiting your PCP and managing your medical health conditions:

For more information:

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Finalizing Grades for Cycle 3 [+HS: Sem 2 Midterms] (New)

Contact: Elizabeth A Haden, OPPET – SIS Team

Cycle 3 ends Tuesday April 12, 2022. 

Please be guided by the information in the attached document to prepare for the storing of Cycle 3 + Sem 2 midterm grades. Ensure that all students’ grades and comments are entered between April 12-25, 2022. The deadline date of grade submissions is April 25th. If you have questions or concerns, please consult with your administrator(s) and or PowerSchool clerk.

Thank you – SIS Team

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Mathematics Teaching Support with 4DMA (New)

Contact: Darleen Gearhart, Office of Mathematics

Have a question about math content or pedagogy and want to brainstorm with someone? Schedule a Math 1:1 session with 4DMA! Start here:

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Office of Special Education (New)

Contact: Aida M. Vasquez, Office of Special Education

In celebration of Special Education week in May, the OSE is honoring one special education teacher from each School Leadership Team. Our goal is to recognize 4 teachers to be honored as a 2022 SLT Special Education Teacher. School administrators and staff are encouraged to nominate an exemplary teacher who inspires their students, support staff and families.

Please see the attached for additional parent and teacher resources to further celebrate Autism Awareness Month. New information regarding the formation of a Special Education Teacher Committee is also enclosed.

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Preschool Teacher of the Year – Deadline Extended (New)

Contact: Carol Little, Office of Early Childhood

The Office of Early Childhood is pleased to announce the re-establishment of the esteemed Preschool Teacher of the Year Awards. Please join us as we acknowledge 4 exemplary teachers who inspire our youngest students to become life long learners. Nominations are limited to one teacher per school. The candidate must teach Pre-K, hold a Standard P-3 certificate, and have at least 5 years teaching experience with at least 3 years within the Newark Board of Education.

Please complete the nomination form by April 25, 2022.

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Student Support Services – Office of Student Life Newsletter (New)

Contact: Mary Garripoli, Student Support Services – Office of Student Life

Attached please find the quarterly newsletter from Student Support Services – Office of Student Life. In the March 2022 edition, you will find highlights, information and resources to support your students and staff. If you would like to showcase the culture and climate in your schools, please share information and artifacts regarding school activities and events with Mary Garripoli, Office of Student Life ( The information that you share, can be included in an upcoming newsletter.

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NBOE Funding Newsletter April 2022 (New)

Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez, Office of Federal Programs and Grants

The NBOE Funding Newsletter April 2022 is now available! The Funding Newsletter is an opportunity for educators to learn about new funding sources to implement innovative programs and initiatives. Please refer to the attachment for more information.

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Curriculum Writers Needed for K-12 ELA (New)

Contact: Elisa Lee, Office of ELA

The Office of Teaching and Learning is seeking Curriculum Writers to develop English Language Arts curricula for Grades K-12 based on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

Apply Here:

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Apply Now for Advisors, Afterschool, Co-Curricular, and Coach Positions (New)

Contact: Rashonna Cosby, Human Resource Services

Contact: Rhashonna Cosby, Human Resource Services

We are now accepting applications for internal employees (preferred) and external candidates for Advisors, Afterschool, Co-Curricular, and Coach positions for the 2022–2023 School Year.


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Bootstrap Algebra and Data Science (New)

Contact: Darleen Gearhart, Office of Mathematics

Grades 7-9 Math teachers are invited to learn/design curricular replacement units for grade 7 and Algebra 1 students using interactive computer programming. Grade 7 Data Science modules incorporate data visualization, measures of center/spread, programming, and linear regression. Algebra 1 modules involve designing characters using mathematical concepts such as coordinate planes, order of operations, ratio and proportion, and domain and range (the underpinnings of algebra). 

  • May 13 – 4:30-8:30pm (Bolden Center)
  • May 14 – 9:00am-3:30pm (Bolden Center)
  • June 11 – 9:00am-3:30pm (Virtual)

Register for all 3 sessions here:

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Orton Gillingham Training – Grade 1 & Grade 2 Classroom (New)

Contact: Heather Lieberman, Office of ELA

We are pleased to offer an additional IMSE Comprehensive Orton-Gillingham Training. This training is being offered to a cohort of Grade 1 and Grade 2 classroom teachers. Please see the attached document for more information and how to sign up if you are interested. Limited space is available. 

OG/IMSE Training:

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Writing Residency for High School Teachers (New)

Contact: Jennifer Beaugris, Office of Teaching & Learning

The Office of Teaching & Learning is excited to announce this paid writing residency available for high school teachers. For more information and the registration link please see the flyer below. 

Creative Writing Residency High School Teachers:

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Enter Essex County Teen Arts Festival for Visual Art (New)

Contact: Margaret El, Visual & Performing Arts

Entries may be submitted by individual high school students or teachers. Students entering the festival may submit only one entry. Each school is allowed no more than 20 works and five 3D works. Photos of entries must be submitted in jpeg or png format; 300 dpi is recommended but not required. Individual release forms must be completed for each student. All entries must be submitted by Thursday, April 14th. For a complete list of festival guidelines and entry forms, please visit

For more information, contact Maressa McFarlane at

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Observance of Ramadan

As you know Muslims observe Ramadan, which begins on Friday, April 1 and ends on Sunday, May 1. In our continuing efforts to be mindful and respectful of everyone, attached for your convenience, is a infographic from the Superintendent.

Ramadan – Need To Know Flyer

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Summer Program 2022 Job Applications
Genell Jackson-Lampley, Staff Development
Email: g1lampley@nps.k12.nj.usHere comes the sun, and we are looking for the best and brightest staff for the summer!

The job applications for the 2022 Summer Programs are now available for NBOE employees on Frontline. Programs run from July 5th to August 5th, with Extended School Year concluding on August 12th.

Browse the many opportunities and apply using this brochure: LINK
Easy directions can be found in these quick videos: 
Instructional Positions
Non-Instructional Positions

Applications close on April 8th.

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2022 Parent University April ’22 Courses
Contact: Mariah Alston, Office of Federal Programs & Grants
Email: m1alston@nps.k12.nj.usPlease share the April 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. Click the link here for more information.


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Heggerty’s Bridge the Gap – Phonics Resource (Grade 2 Teachers)
Heather Lieberman, Office of Teaching and Learning, ELA
Email: hlieberman@nps.k12.nj.usAll grade 2 teachers are being sent a phonics intervention resource, Heggerty’s Bridge the Gap. This is for use during small group instruction as a supplement for specific students. Please see the attached document for more information and to sign up for training.


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Science Poster Contest
Tracy Cummings, Office of Science
Email: tcummings@nps.k12.nj.usOffice of Science: Poster Competition
Theme: How can we ensure a healthy planet?
To be eligible for judging, all posters must be received by FRIDAY, May 13, 2022.


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Math & Art Desmos Contest
Darleen Gearhart, Office of Mathematics
Email: dgearhart@nps.k12.nj.usCreate and submit your original, artistic design by April 29, 2022 at 11:59 pm to compete in the Math and Art Desmos Contest 2022. Students must be enrolled in the course for which they submit an entry. Teams of up to three (3) students may collaborate on a single entry. All entries will be evaluated according to the course-specific rubric. First-place, second-place, and third-place entries for each course will receive a TI Graphing Calculator.

More information and resources about the contest (here)
Submit your entries using the link (here)

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Pre-College and Enrichment Fair
LaTonya D. White, Student Support Services- Office of Student Life
Email: ldwhite@nps.k12.nj.usThe NBOE Virtual Enrichment and Pre-College Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022 from 3:00pm to 5:30pm.

To register, students/parents must complete the following form.

The Webex Link to join the event will be received once the form is submitted. Please save the confirmation email which contains the login link for the day of the event.

Student registration will close Friday, April 8, 2022 at 2:30pm.

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Sedge Island Eco-Tour
Tracy Cummings, Office of Science
Email: tcummings@nps.k12.nj.usWhen: August 13, 2022
Time: 8:45 AM- 3:00 PM
Newark Board of Education teachers and administrators are cordially invited to an experiential workshop and eco-tour of the Sedge Island Wildlife Management Area, a remarkable 300- acre estuarine environment teeming with wildlife just off Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park, New Jersey.


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NBOE-Well Healthy Actions Program
Jennifer Medina, Human Resource Services
Email: benefits@nps.k12.nj.usHealth starts here: Join NBOE-Well for the 2022 Healthy Actions Program!

If employees enrolled in one of the Aetna medical plans obtain two (2) of the screenings listed below between January 1st, 2022 through December 31st, 2022, they will earn a $50 gift card.

  • Annual Physical
  • Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Well woman
  • Mammogram
  • Pap smear
  • Immunization/vaccine (flu, H1N1, pneumococcal, hepatitis b)
  • Prostate Exam

For more information:Program information 
Program Flyer (passcode: NBOE)

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Girls Who Code Summer Programs
Contact: Timothy Nellegar, Educational Technology-Office of Teaching and Learning
Email: tnellegar@nps.k12.nj.usGirls 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 
Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez, Office of Federal Programs and Grants
Email:*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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Teacher Talk will be delivered every other Monday.

  • The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.
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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