Monday, May 6, 2013
'The entire district is at risk because of the failure of the leadership of the district, not of the principal,' said resident Pamela Cytron.
When the principal of Glenfield Middle School found a student with an imitation firearm in a backpack last month, he mishandled the situation and compromised student safety, which ultimately led to his resignation, said Superintendent Penny MacCormack. Glenfield Middle School Principal Charles Miller “made some significant errors” in response to finding a student with an imitation firearm on April 24, MacCormack said Monday. The “omissions” in Miller’s report of the incident “did not help me feel I could trust the leadership in the school any further.” During a special meeting Monday in the municipal building organized by the parent/teacher group Glenfield School Action Team, MacCormack told more than 150 parents gathered there that …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
'It hurts me as a taxpayer that we are spending $95,000 on this,' said Anne Barney-Giampoala, a parent and Montclair teacher.
The Board of Education had to defend a survey given to students this week that cost the district $95,000. Students in grades three through 12 began taking the Tripod Student Survey this week which Superintendent Penny MacCormack said is the “best student survey out there." The survey is part of the district's attempt to analyse key elements of classroom life, give students a voice and improve teaching practices. But residents and teachers criticized the survey’s cost and effectiveness at the board meeting on Monday. Anne Barney-Giampoala, a parent and Montclair teacher, said she believed the money spent on the survey could be used in more useful ways. Being a teacher who administered the test to her own students, she also raised …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Superintendent Penny MacCormack will be the guest speaker.
The Montclair NAACP will meet on Thursday between 7:30 and 9 p.m. at Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, located at 228 Bloomfield Ave. Superintendent of Montclair Schools Penny MacCormack will be the guest speaker.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
'We should be real careful about what processes we are using to [place students in learning levels],' said Superintendent Penny MacCormack.
Montclair district's practice of student tracking -- pairing students of similar educational aptitude into learning groups -- was questioned this week about its effect on race in the classroom. Superintendent Penny McCormack responded Friday to concerns from the Civil Rights Commission about the racial distribution of students in learning levels based on tracking. "I think we need to look at that," said MacCormack. "We need to take a good hard look at that, and in addition how and why students are placed in the levels." MacCormack was unable to elaborate on how student learning levels in the schools were broken down by race, or whether any racial segregation could arise from the tracking system. MacCormack said the district is …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
All 11 Montclair PTAs offer suggestions about how to improve the district.
New Montclair Superintendent Penny MacCormack convened a congress of Montclair’s 11 public school Parent Teacher Associations Tuesday at the Montclair Public Library to introduce herself and discuss her vision for the district. In addition to a get-to-know-you session, MacCormack, who began her tenure on Nov. 1, heard from invitees specifics of where their schools could be improved. “This is a great forum to build a foundation of listening and learning,” said MacCormack. “I’m inspired. I’m excited. I feel that taking the time to put together a plan ... is certainly the way to go. “Right now, I’m listening and learning in an effort to formulate a broader vision and build that strategic plan together with the community.” MacCormack …