Things are going to be very different around the Duggan house when September rolls around. My daughters, Katie, Haley and Molly, will begin their college experiences. I’m an instant empty nester who now needs to rediscover some of my passions that I set aside while I was raising my children. It’s exciting for me, but sad too!
In this issue, we’re starting a conversation about PARCC testing and where it might be headed. Many New Jersey families opted not to participate when the tests were conducted in the spring. It remains to be seen if participation will be mandated or whether children will still have the opportunity to sit it out. We asked local superintendents to weigh in on the issues surrounding the test and where standardized proficiency testing is headed.
In our Special Parent column, Leslie Perlmutter provides information about what parents with children with special needs must do in order to qualify for accommodations on standardized tests like the SAT and ACT.
One of the things I always remember about the beginning of the school year is all the forms that have to be filled out – including medical histories. This month, we discuss the importance of creating a comprehensive and current medical history for each member of the family so that all information provided to the schools is as accurate as possible. Even the healthiest of children need to record injuries, illnesses, medications, etc. that will help the school provide care if necessary.
It isn’t only parents and kids who need to prepare for a new school year. The family pet often needs to do so as well. Vera Lawlor presents strategies for helping pets cope with the anxiety and even loneliness they feel when the children return to the classroom.
Our Do-Gooders this month are Closter’s Hippocrates Polemis and Kevin Pereira. A pair of 11-year-olds at Tenakill Middle School in Closter, the boys appeared in a documentary on HBO this year called Saving My
Tomorrow. The six-part series feature interviews with children talking about how the environment is in danger and how people can make changes to help the future. They were interviewed for the documentary a few years ago while attending Hillside Elementary School. The series, which features appearances by a number of celebrities, started airing earlier this year. And the boys have found themselves busy talking with a variety of media outlets as they continue to get the message out there.
Enjoy the last, lazy days of summer before all of the excitement begins!