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2015-2016 New Jersey School Performance Reports

 The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) presents the 2015-16 School Performance Reports. These reports are designed to inform parents, educators and communities about how well a school is performing and preparing its students for college and careers. In particular, the School Performance Reports seek to:

  • Focus attention on metrics that are indicative of college and career readiness.

  • Benchmark a school's performance against other schools that are educating similar students, against district and state-wide outcomes, and against state targets to illuminate and build upon a school's strengths and identify areas for improvement.

  • Improve educational outcomes for students by providing both longitudinal and growth data so that progress can be measured as part of an individual school's efforts to engage in continuous improvement.

While the New Jersey School Performance Reports seek to bring more information to educators and stakeholders about the performance of schools, they do not seek to distill the performance of schools into a single metric, a single score, or a simplified conclusion. Instead, the intention is that educators and stakeholders will engage in meaningful conversations about the full range of the data presented. While the School Performance Reports bring attention to important student outcomes, the NJDOE does not collect data about other essential elements of a school, such as the provision of opportunities to participate and excel in extracurricular activities; the development of non-cognitive skills; the pervasiveness of a positive school culture or climate; or the attainment of other employability and technical skills, as many of these data are beyond both the capacity and resources of schools to measure.

   Third graders are discussing the author's point of view. They are reading nonfiction critically and determining what they think the author is trying to say based on the evidence they gather.
   Third graders are discussing the author's point of view. They are reading nonfiction critically and determining what they think the author is trying to say based on the evidence they gather
   Third graders are reading non fiction critically and analyzing the authors point of view.

Students and Ms Almeida created this bulletin board to remind ACS students of how to create the strongest kindest learning community possible. 


Message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents, Staff, Students and the Leonia and Edgewater Community:

The words are simple and come from the heart – thank you, thank you, thank you!

Your support this week, when one of our students needed you the most, was outstanding and so wonderfully typical of what it means to live and work in Leonia and Edgewater. We, as a school community, could not be more fortunate to call you friend and supporter.

Thank you so much for the phone calls and emails, for the “how do I help?”, and “what do you need?”

Most of all, thank you for making our school community part of your family.

Best wishes,
Joanne Megargee

Officer Perez visited ACS lunchtimes to talk about Halloween safety. 

Welcome Back!

August, 2016

Greetings Parents, Guardians, Students and Community Members:

On behalf of the Board of Education, our Administrators, Faculty and Staff, I welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year.  May your child have much success in their new grade level and may you find a true partnership with the Leonia Public Schools.  We look forward to welcoming you on those first few days and hope that you will stop in to say hello, as well. 

For your read, The Bergen County Association of School Administrators has published a welcome letter that I thought would be of interest.  Enjoy the helpful hints for a successful school year.  Most of all………welcome back!

Joanne Megargee, Superintendent


August 2016

The Bergen County Association of School Administrators, comprised of school superintendents and other central office personnel, looks forward to welcoming Bergen County’s 162,000 students back to our schools for another year of learning and growth. We delight in our work with your children and families, and with excitement and enthusiasm pass along the following guidance as we stand on the cusp of another school year.

  • A New Year is a Fresh Year

Entering the next grade level offers your child the opportunity to have a fresh start. Use this wisely. Before the school year begins, speak with your child about the successes and struggles of last year, and how this year can be used to make steady and upward improvement. Perhaps a change in study patterns, attending extra help, or more support at home is necessary.

  • First Things First

Bergen County’s schools offer many exciting opportunities and activities for their students, and while there is strong social/emotional growth that takes place during school, it is important to remember that our schools are primarily academic institutions. It is essential that you help to support the academic growth of your child by consistently and clearly expecting them to dedicate time to their studies. There is no greater thing that you can do to help prepare your child for their future.

  • Hard Work Above All

There is simply no replacement for hard work. Emphasize to your child that time dedicated to their studies, attention to school work, and effort will be the deciding factor between success and failure.

  • An Involved Child is a Successful Student

Research shows that the most highly engaged, successful and satisfied students are those that play a role in the life of the school beyond their classroom studies. Encourage your child to join school clubs or sports teams, volunteer, and be a part of the life of their school. You can set this example by joining your school’s Home & School Organization, attending school functions, and showing your child what positive and helpful participation looks like.

  • Strive for Balance

Help your child find the appropriate middle ground between taking their studies seriously enough, but not so much that there is a negative impact on their health and wellness. There have been increasing reports of students experiencing high levels of stress due to seemingly unending deadlines and expectations. Using time wisely, not taking on too much outside of school, and finding time to relax are all essential. Keep an eye on your child, and continue to strive for that middle ground.

  • You Set the Greatest Example

As important and vital schools and teachers are in the life of your child, remember that you are your child’s first and most influential teacher. Your words, attitude and actions set your child’s tone and attitude, and it is essential that you support your child’s school experience. Set an example by working closely with teachers, be involved in the life of the school, and continue to remind your child that a strong education is the best ‘insurance policy’ that one can have in an unpredictable world.

We look forward to a great 2016 - 2017 school year, and wish our students, families, and communities all the best.

The Bergen County Association of School Administrators

First Day of School Arrival and Dismissal Information

First Day of School  is Tuesday September 6, 2016
All Students arrive at 8:35 a.m.


  • Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students
    • Please enter through the Highland Street entrance and line up in the hallway next to the sign with the teacher’s name. Please know space is very limited. There will be assistant teachers in the hallway assisting the pre kindergartners and kindergartens to find their line and to line up.  If needed, please have one adult escort the child to the line. Please do not bring baby carriages into the building since there is no space.
  • First Grade students
    • Please enter through the Fort Lee door . Children will go up the steps and line up by their classroom doors. There will be assistant teachers in the hallway assisting the first graders.
  • Second and Third Grade students 
    • Please enter through the small Highland Street door which leads to the small gym. The students will line up in the small gym with their teachers. Assistant teachers will be present to help the students to line up.
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade students
    • Please enter through the Crescent Avenue doors. Students will line up with their teachers in the big gym.


  • Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 12:45 on the first day.
  • Pre-Kindergarten will be dismissed from the Highland Street doors.
  • Kindergarten will be dismissed from the playground. Ms Rinaldi/ Ms. Brivio’s class will be dismissed from the Fort Lee Door.

Important Information

Students in 1st through 5th grade will be dismissed at 12:50 as follows:

  • First Grade will be dismissed from the Fort Lee door. Ms Franceschini’s class will be dismissed from the playground.

  • Second Grade will be dismissed from the Highland Street doors

  • Third Grade will be dismissed from the Crescent Avenue doors.

  • Fourth and Fifth Grades will be dismissed from the Broad Avenue doors.