Dear Colleagues, Families, and Students,
We have had a very productive year at RBR! Our staff and students have received numerous awards for their achievements and service. Red Bank Regional continues to set the standard for excellence.
As the school-year comes to a close, I wanted to update everyone on our progress in meeting District Goals for 2017-18. The goals are aligned with the five-year strategic plan and were adopted by the Board of Education in October.
For more information on the Strategic Plan and our continuing efforts to meet our goals, please see the “District Goals” tab on the website.
Goal #1: Expand the use of educational technology, including Google School platforms, to increase student engagement and technology integration into the instructional program.
Teachers and students have effectively utilized Google Applications for Education--including Google Classroom--to collaborate, discover, and investigate real-world problems. Nearly 100 percent of our teachers have met district benchmarks for the integration of these tools into the instructional program.
Here are a few highlights:
- Chromebooks were distributed to all Freshmen and RBR will become a full “1-1 environment” next year in which all students will have access to a laptop.
- The Instructional Technology Committee has approved a unified Professional Development Plan for next year to support growth and the integration of instructional technology.
- An internet access survey was completed to assess gaps in this critical area. Community and school resources have been utilized to close this gap, including the purchase of portable internet “hotspots.” Internet access has also been expanded to both of our offsite tutoring centers.
Goal #2: Consistent with the direction provided in the Strategic Plan, develop and implement plans to establish new, and strengthen existing, academy programs.
New courses and “capstone” experiences have been added in a number of academy programs. In addition, progress continues on efforts to establish new 4-year academy programs in Education and Health Sciences.
Notable highlights include:
A new partnership with Rutgers has been established for new dual credit/dual enrollment courses in health sciences.
Enrollment in Biomedical Science (new for 2017-18) exceeded expectations and a second course, Dynamics of Health Care, will be offered next year.
The district’s architect reviewed program needs and worked closely with staff to plan for proposed building renovations. This work will continue as we move forward in 2018.
Goal #3: Expand access to and enrollment in programs that link students to real world career options and college readiness experiences. These programs include dual enrollment courses, AP and IB programs, as well as programs that serve the needs of both college-bound and non-college bound students.
Enrollment in AP, IB, and Dual Enrollment courses continues to be strong, reflected in the table below. In addition, eleven students will be enrolled in the IB Diploma Program in 2018-19 compared to four in 2017-18.
AP (students taking one or more course) IB (students taking one or more course) Dual Enrollment 2015-16 248 (20%) 241 (20%) 165 (13%) 2016-17 329 (27%) 223 (18%) 175 (14%) 2017-18 305 (24%) 249 (20%) 243 (19%) 2018-19 307 (26%) 248 (21%) 256 (21%)
Other highlights include:
Partnerships with Syracuse University, Georgian Court University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University were strengthened and new programs with Brookdale Community College were implemented. As was mentioned above, a new articulation agreement with Rutgers Health Sciences has been established for 2018-19.
All core courses in grade 10 were reviewed and revised to align with new NJ Department of Education QSAC standards. The curriculum is discipline-centered but infuses “anchor standards” across the board. This represents an important shift in emphasis away from fixed content and toward the development of the skills, attitudes, and habits of mind that are rooted in the subjects we teach. The updated curriculum, including assessment frameworks, will be accessible to teachers, families, and students starting this summer. A similar revision will be implemented in 2018-19 to increase rigor in the grade 9 core program.
Performance data was utilized to target interventions by the new RTI team. The reading ability of all freshmen was screened using the Lexile framework and new interventions were developed to address skills in both literacy and mathematics. The work will be expanded in 2018-19, including the development of an “Early Warning System” to address areas of concern early.
This work would not have been possible without the contributions of RBR’s remarkable staff and the ongoing support of our community. Best wishes for a restful and fun summer. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com or at 732-842-8000, ext. 247.