At last night’s Township Council meeting, which included the closed session meeting of the Montclair Board of Education and the council regarding the investigation of assessments leaks, the council publicly voted to deny the Board access to a network joint server as part of the assessment leak investigation 5-2, with only Mayor Jackson and First Ward Councilman Bill Hurlock voting in favor of allowing them access.
Councilor Hurlock explained his vote to Barista Kids, “From my standpoint, I didn’t think that there was a basis for us to proclude the BoE access for entrance into a jointly shared server. Much like, in the future, if the Council or municipal services, needed to get access.” He added, “I think they’re entitled to access on their own server.”
The New York Jets have announced that John Fiore, coach of the Montclair High School Mounties football team, has been named this year’s recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Year Award. For his efforts, he will receive $2,000 to benefit the school’s football program and he will be presented with a certificate from the Jets.
According to the NY Jets website, “The award, in its 18th year, is given to a coach in the tristate area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve, and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes.”
Schools close for winter break in less than two weeks and don’t reopen until January 2. If you are scrambling for childcare, or just need something to occupy the kids for a bit, we’ve put together a guide of vacation camps to help you out:
Little Live Y’ers Vacation Camp Who: Kids ages 3 – 6. What: A day filled with fun activities: swimming, gym, arts and crafts and more! Where:The Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042. When: December 23 – December 31. Kids can be dropped off as early at 7:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 6:30 p.m. Cost: Members – $55 a day / Non-members – $65 a day. In order to reserve a space for your child, payment and a registration form must be completed for each date attending. Please register within 3 business days prior to the program date. Registration received in less than 3 days prior to camp will be charged an additional $10 fee.
Download your registration form here. Call (973) 783-7640 for more information and to sign-up.
Members of the Montclair Board of Education and attorney Mark Tabakin, who has been investigating the leak of the planned assessments for students in the Montclair school district, met with the Montclair Township Council on December 10 in a closed session. The meeting prompted local education activists to address the council in the public comment section of the council meeting, in which many of them accused the school board of issuing subpoenas to residents opposed to the assessments to squelch dissent.
Resident Luis Delgado cited the debate over the reforms that has caused so much controversy over the past year and how it had been healthy for the township, but said that recent reports of the board’s investigation left him concerned about a lack of common sense in the direction its investigation is taking.
With a winter weather advisory, which will bring 3 – 5 inches of snow, in effect until later this afternoon, school closings and early dismissals are beginning to be called. Check back often, as we will continue to update this list:
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Code.org is producing CSEdWeek for the first time this year, held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
According to Code.org, every student in China learns computer programming. In the U.S., less than 5 percent do. Code is considered the “new literacy”:
Montclair Cares About Schools, a group of parents, educators, and community members concerned about the direction of the township’s public schools, will host a free, interactive workshop on Sunday, December 15 on what they believe is “the kind of teaching and curricula that helps students in our diverse district become creative and critical thinkers with high intellectual and ethical standards.”
Three educators will lead the workshop which will be held at the township fire department’s meeting room at 1 Pine Street. The facilitators are: