Principal's Message

September 2018

 

Dear WOK Families:

 

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  We enter this new academic year with great expectations for an awesome year of learning and growing.  I am both honored and privileged to continue to be your principal and to work with our wonderful students, our dedicated staff, and our supportive family and community members. 

 

At WOK we are committed to keeping student achievement and holistic growth as our highest priorities.  All we do at WOK will serve our mission:  to provide a safe, dynamic environment in which students develop the academic and social skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing, global society.  We will accomplish this mission by engaging families and the community, encouraging character development, and ensuring a rigorous, relevant curriculum and culture for all.

 

We are very pleased with the success of our academic programs over the past two years.  From 2016-2018 student performance on the PARCC in ELA increased by 15% for 7th graders and in math by 2% for 7th graders, 8% for 8th graders (non-Algebra I), and 28% by 8th graders taking Algebra I.  We are excited to continue this growth in student learning with several initiatives this school year.

 

  1. New Language Arts curriculum – Students will receive rigorous, relevant instruction through engaging, theme-based units that expose them to quality, diverse literature.  Students will demonstrate their learning through various assessments, including at least one project and at least one writing piece every marking period.
  2. New Math curriculum – enVision is our new textbook that has an online component and allows students to learn math in fun ways that require them to apply their learning.
  3. Achieve 3000/Teen Biz – This on-line literacy program helps students improve reading skills through non-fiction articles on high-interest topics.
  4. Freckle – This on-line math program helps students improve their math skills with targeted work that meets them where they are.
  5. NJIT Partnership – Select students have the opportunity to participate in a Saturday program at NJIT called Real World Connections (RWC) where students work on real-life industry projects in such areas as STEM, architecture, forensics, and graphic design.

 

You can help your child succeed by setting aside time every night for homework, by checking the parent portal at least once a week, and by contacting the school right away with any questions or concerns.  We appreciate your support in ensuring your child attends school on time every day in proper uniform, and by regularly connecting with your child’s teachers.  I extend to you my personal best wishes for your child’s success and development at WOK!

 

Educationally Yours,

Joyce M. Caine

Principal

 

“In this revolution, no plans have been written for retreat.”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Sincerely,


Joyce M. Caine 908-352-7664x 4401, jcaine@hillsidek12.org
Principal