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Costley School welcomes our 8th graders to 2017-2018 school year.. Our school uniform is beige khaki pants/ skirt and navy blue polo shirt. First day of School is Thursday, September 7. Please report to cafeteria at 7am.

EAST ORANGE SCHOOL DISTRICT
JOHN L. COSTLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
116 Hamilton Street East Orange, New Jersey 07017-1026
Phone (973) 266-5660                                    Fax (973) 266-2956
www.eastorange.k.12.nj.us
Board Members                                                                                                                                                              I. A. Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Bergson Leneus,  President                                                                                                                                                   Dr. Gloria Watson
Mr. Jenabu C. Williams, Vice Principal
Ms,Joy Toliver,Esq                                                                                                                                                                       Principal  
Ms.Terry Swanson Tucker                                                                                                                                                          Ms. Amalia V. Trono
Dr. Kristie M. Howard                                                                                                                                                                
Mr. Cameron B. Jones,Sr.         
Ms. Marjorie Perry                                                                                                                                                                       Assistant Principal                                                                                                                                                                                                     .                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dr. Nigel Sangster
 
 2016-2017 School-Parent Compact
John L. Costley Middle School and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.
This school-parent compact is in effect during school year   2016-2017.
School Responsibilities
 
John L. Costley Middle School will:
  1. Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:
Rigorous instruction leading to the mastery of common core standards 
After School and Saturday Tutoring Programs
Intervention Classes for students who need tiered interventions
Character Education Program during Home base
Mentor-Mentee Program
  1. Hold Monthly Meet and Greet and parent-teacher conferences during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.  Specifically, those conferences will be held:
Monthly Meet and Greet
Weekly Friday parent-teacher conferences
  1. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress.  Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:
  Mid –quarter notices
 Cycle Progress Report Cards
  1. Provide parents reasonable access to staff.  Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:
 
 Open door policy to meet with guidance counselors and Child Study Team members
 
Friday Conferences with teachers and staff
 
  1. Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows:
Parent Involvement Activities scheduled monthly like PTO meeting, monthly Meet and Greet, and After School Events
 
 
Parent Responsibilities
We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:
  • Monitoring attendance.
  • Making sure that homework is completed.
  • Monitoring amount of television their children watch.
  • Volunteering in my child’s classroom.
  • Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my children’s education.
  • Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular time.
  • Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate.
  • Serving, to the extent possible, on policy advisory groups, such as being the Title I, Part A parent representative on the school’s School Improvement Team, the Title I Policy Advisory Committee, the District wide Policy Advisory Council, the State’s Committee of Practitioners, the School Support Team or other school advisory or policy groups.
 
Student Responsibilities
We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards.  Specifically, we will:
  • Do my homework every day and ask for help when I need to.
  • Read at least 30 minutes every day outside of school time.
  • Give to my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all notices and information received by me from my school every day.]
 
Additional Required School Responsibilities
John L. Costley Middle School
  1. Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s parental involvement policy, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.
 
  1. Involve parents in the joint development of any school wide program plan, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.
 
  1. Hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements, and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs.  The school will convene the meeting at a convenient time to parents, and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend.  The school will invite to this meeting all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs (participating students), and will encourage them to attend. 
  2. Provide information to parents of participating students in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon the request of parents with disabilities, and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.
 
  1. Provide to parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
 
  1. On the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate suggestions, and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children.  The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
 
  1. Provide to each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the State assessment in at least math, language arts and reading.
 
  1. Provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulations (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002).
 
 
 Amalia V. Trono, Principal    
 
(PLEASE NOTE THAT SIGNATURES ARE NOT REQUIRED)
TITLE I School Parental Involvement Policy
 
John L. Costley  Middle School

Title I regulations require that each school served under Title I jointly develop with and distribute to parents of participating children, a written involvement policy agreed on by the parents that describes the requirements of SEC. 1118. PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT  (c) through (f) as listed below and outlined in the Title I law:

 
C.   POLICY INVOLVEMENT- Each school served under this part shall —
  1. Convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of their school's participation under this part and to explain the requirements of this part, and the right of the parents to be involved;
 
This meeting is held during the Open House at the beginning of the school year
 
  1. Offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide, with funds provided under this part, transportation, child care, or home visits, as such services relate to parental involvement;
 
Monthly Meet and Greet  and Friday Conferences during school hours
Regular PTO meeting and after school events
  1. Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under this part, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parental involvement policy;
 
Parent Survey during open house and at the end of the school year.
  1. Provide parents of participating children —
  1. timely information about programs under this part;
(B) a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet; and
(C) if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible;
  1. if the school wide program plan is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.
 
D.  SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HIGH STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT- As a component of the school-level parental involvement policy, each school shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.
E.  BUILDING CAPACITY FOR INVOLVEMENT- To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, each school and local educational agency assisted under this part —
  1. Shall provide assistance to parents of children served by the school or local educational agency, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the State's academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child's progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children;
 
  1. Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement;
 
  1. Shall educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school;
 
  1. Shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children;
 
  1. Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand).
  2. May involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training;
 
  1. May provide necessary literacy training from funds received under this part if the local educational agency has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for such training;
 
  1. May pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parental involvement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions;
 
  1. May train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents;
 
  1. May arrange school meetings at a variety of times, or conduct in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school, in order to maximize parental involvement and participation;
 
  1. May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement;
 
  1. May establish a district wide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parental involvement in programs supported under this section;
 
  1. May develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses in parent involvement activities; and
 
  1. Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this section as parents may request.
 
(For number 6 - 14, list any activities and/or actions your school will be implementing.)
 
F.  ACCESSIBILITY– In carrying out the parental involvement requirements of this part, districts and schools, to the extent practicable, shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language such parents can understand.