Strategy 8: We will ensure a healthy, safe and supportive school environment focused upon learning and growth.

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Results Statement 1: Ensure a successful transition to high school through implementing programs that welcome and build the confidence of incoming ninth grade students and provide ongoing support of their psychological, emotional, and academic growth.

 
    The Superintendent works with district and school administrators to charge a District Transition Coordinator, and to convene School Transition Committees. The District Transition Coordinator and School Transition Committees develop programs for incoming 9th graders. Suggested programs include (but are not limited to) 8th grade band outreach, 9th grade school kickoff programs, peer-to-peer transition programs, and revisions to school and district web sites.
 

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Spring, 2013: A Transition Task Force convened in May to begin the process of listing and evaluating current programs.
 
2013-2014: This school year, we formed an Executive Student Cabinet to the Superintendent. The cabinet members are students who serve as liaisons between the student body and central administration to foster effective communication and partnerships between the schools and central administration. The student cabinet members worked collaboratively with the Superintendent to assist in fulfilling the district's goals.
 
The Guidance Steering Committee developed and facilitated a Transitions Survey that was conducted in cooperation with the Hanover Research Group. In total, 609 individuals provided usable responses to the survey: 32 seniors, 200 parents of seniors, 90 incoming freshmen, and 287 parents of incoming freshmen. Findings from the survey were analyzed and reported to principals and to the Guidance Steering Committee. This information was used to evaluate current transition programs for our incoming students.
 
For the first time, each high school hosted a Special Services “Showcase” in which K8 district personnel had an opportunity to visit our programs, observe classes, and discusses the needs of rising 9th graders. The Office of Special Services held a meeting with Special Education Directors from the K8 sending districts to discuss program options and needs of students transitioning to high school. This information and “first hand” look at our programs provided sending district personnel with specific information to make appropriate placement decisions and recommendations.
 
2014-2015: In 2014, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) notified public schools about a new law that requires districts to screen students for Dyslexia and provide ongoing professional development for staff members. As a result of our commitment to ensure optimal supports and services for students, the Office of Special Services hosted a workshop titled Dyslexia: Screening and Instructional “Best Practices” for FRHSD staff and our sending districts.  Twenty-seven educators were in attendance, including fifteen participants from the K-8 districts. 
 
In Spring 2015, FRHSD will be the regional host site for a Wilson Reading System Training for 26 teachers from eight different districts. This training is required to expand on the Wilson Reading program currently available to our students. In an effort to cost share and regionalize efforts, the Office of Special Services extended an offer to Monmouth County districts to have their teachers participate in the training alongside the FHRSD teachers.
 
The Office of Special Services maintains close contact with building supervisors, parents and Special Education Directors from the K-8 sending districts in an effort to support a seamless transition to high school for rising 9th graders. Our student management system (Genesis) and IEP software system (IEP Direct) were used to securely share student information, articulate about program and student needs, and budget for the educational needs of classified students.
 
This school year, we once again hosted the Special Education Program Showcase. Our sending district partners had an opportunity to visit our programs, observe classes, and discuss the needs of rising 9th graders. The Office of Special Services maintains on-going communication with Special Education Directors from the K-8 sending districts to discuss program options and needs of students transitioning to high school. This information as well as the “first hand” look at our programs provided sending district personnel with specific information to make appropriate placement decisions and recommendations. A collaborative working relationship between the Office of Special Services and the K-8 Directors is maintained to ensure program offerings are aligned to student needs for successful transition and future planning.
 
Each high school has multiple levels of support for the transition to high school. Transition programs currently available include: Summer orientation events, Kick-Off Pep Rallies and Back-to-School Picnics, and “Mission Transition” activities. “Mission Transition” activities are ongoing throughout the course of the school year in collaboration with the Peer Leadership program. These activities guide students through the first year of high school and provide peer to peer mentoring. Each school also hosts a New Student Orientation that familiarizes incoming students with all aspects of the school environment – physical space, academic expectations, extra-curricular and athletic opportunities, social and emotional supports available and individualized learning experiences.