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ATTENTION - THE BLUE WHALE CHALLENGE

posted May 25, 2017, 9:19 AM by Leslie Koller

When it comes to the well-being of your children – our students – we can never be too careful.

That’s why I feel it is important to bring to light a new “meme” or “game” on social media that students in other countries have been exposed to since last year – and it has now shown up on computers in our region.

“The Blue Whale Challenge” involves the enticement of students into risky behavior that could result in the ultimate challenge of taking one’s own life. While we do not know of any students who have done that, we need to make sure that parents are armed with the information necessary to protect their children. We will do the same in our schools. We are checking computers and speaking with students to make sure that they are not involved or influenced. 

If you have any additional information about the game or know of any students who may be involved, please contact your child’s school counselor or my office so that we may offer help.

ATTENTION - 13 REASONS WHY

posted May 25, 2017, 9:18 AM by Leslie Koller

As you may be aware there is a new Netflix original series, titled 13 Reasons Why, that is very popular among teenagers and we have become aware that some of our middle school children have been viewing the series. The school administration and counselors are concerned about the content of the show and lack of constructive follow-up related to the content. In the miniseries, which is based on a young adult novel released a decade ago, high school student Hannah Baker leaves behind 13 tape recordings detailing why she took her own life. Her former classmates are left to piece together Hannah’s final weeks in a made-for-television mystery.

In watching the series, young people and teens could interpret the message that suicide is a viable and/or glamorized option. The show’s content is extremely graphic, with disturbing scenes in each episode, which may be difficult for impressionable minds to watch and process in a healthy way.

Please take a moment to find out if your child has read the book or viewed the series. If so, please use the show as an opportunity to talk about some of its complicated issues. Please know that the Mt. Ephraim District school counselors and Child Study Team members are also here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. 

In the event that your child tells you that he/she is having suicidal thoughts, we urge you to get help immediately. Go to a hospital, call 911 or call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).

SURVEY - DESIGING STUDENT PERFORMANCE REPORTS

posted May 22, 2017, 11:58 AM by Leslie Koller   [ updated May 22, 2017, 11:58 AM ]

Since the 2011-12 school year, New Jersey’s School Performance Reports have provided communities with information on schoolwide academic achievement, demographics and school climate. The School Performance Reports were developed with, and are continually improved by, the feedback from stakeholders like you. 

The New Jersey Department of Education is again encouraging your input on a statewide survey designed to improve the readability and usability of these reports. 

Please access the brief online survey HERE to describe if and how you use the reports, what data is most important to you when looking at school performance, and how the data can be presented in a usable, understandable manner. 

The survey should take less than 10 minutes, and responses will not be tracked or identified individually. 

We also invite you to check New Jersey’s School Performance Reports online to view the latest reports. HERE

Thank you for your interest in helping New Jersey improve our School Performance Reports.

FINAL STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING

posted May 17, 2017, 3:05 AM by Leslie Koller

Tonight, Wednesday, May 17 at 7pm in the Mary Bray Media Center.

MT. EPHRAIM BOARD OF EDUCATION NOTICE OF SOLICITATION REQUESTS FOR QUALIFICATIONS

posted May 9, 2017, 1:04 PM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated May 16, 2017, 10:15 AM ]

Click here for more information.
Board of Education Architect

2017-18 BUDGET APPROVED

posted May 9, 2017, 5:24 AM by Leslie Koller   [ updated May 13, 2017, 8:44 AM by Kitty Gallagher ]

Thank you to the MEPS BOE for approving our 2017-18 school district budget.  Lots of great things going on at both of our schools.  For those of you who missed the presentation...You can view the budget details at this link......
https://drive.google.com/a/mtephraimschools.com/file/d/0B7L_ez45zu-7UmlXN1d6ZlF3aUU/view?usp=drivesdk

BOE MEETING

posted May 6, 2017, 6:02 AM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated May 6, 2017, 6:03 AM ]

BOE Action Meeting Monday, May 8 at 7:30PM in the Mary Bray Media Center.

MT. EPHRAIM BOARD OF EDUCATION NOTICE OF SOLICITATION REQUESTS FOR QUALIFICATIONS

posted May 5, 2017, 7:37 AM by Kitty Gallagher   [ updated May 5, 2017, 7:38 AM ]

Please click here for more information.
Board of Education Solicitor,
Board of Education Bond Counsel,
Board of Education Auditor

PARCC - MARY BRAY

posted Apr 23, 2017, 5:51 PM by Leslie Koller

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PARCC - KERSHAW

posted Apr 23, 2017, 5:46 PM by Leslie Koller

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