August 2016

Dear Parents and Students,

On behalf of the teachers and staff, I would like to welcome you to the Dr. Joyanne D. Miller Elementary School. We are all looking forward to a new and exciting school year! Whether you are new to the building or Miller was your home last year, you are guaranteed to have a great and memorable experience. You will meet new teachers, make new friends, and also learn many new things.

You are a part of the Miller family; and as a family we respect, help, and encourage one another. The most important thing to remember is that you are in school to learn and create great memories along the way. Our theme this year is 'Miller's Got Magic.' Miller is such an exciting place to call home; that is difficult for some to leave! We expect all of our students to do their very best. When I was your age my mom said to me, 'Nothing beats a failure, but a try.' If you put effort into 'trying' to learn new things, you will!

Each year, I ask every student to refer to our Miller Student Excellence Kit below which includes various positive characteristics we are looking for our students to display.

Student Excellence Kit:

Honesty Inspiration Citizenship Care

Integrity Motivation Bravery Knowledge

Perseverance Respect Creativity Harmony

Responsibility Compassion Determination Attitude

What's happening at Miller School this year?

1. Mr. Fred Nickles and Mrs. Donna Haye join the Miller School family as our Interim Superintendent and Interim Assistant Superintendent!

2. Mrs. Day is the 5 th grade Assistant Principal and Mr. Kahn is the 4 th grade Assistant Principal.

3. New Staff - (Grade 4) Mrs. Pamela Cappelluti (long-term maternity leave); (Grade 5) Mrs. Ashleyann Iannelli, Mr. Ross Costello, Mr. Brian Corcoran; (Grade 4/5 self-contained) Mrs. Jennifer Edwards; (LDTC), Mrs. Woldanski, and (Speech) Mrs. Briana Figallo, (Sign Language Interpreter) Mrs. Becky Selden-Kelly

4. Josten's Renaissance Student and Staff Recognition Program returns to Miller School

5. Mr. Howard Isaacson Full Time Instrumental Teacher

6. A few of our homeroom teams have changed:

Team 1 (Green downstairs)


*McClain (Math/SS/S)

Catania (Math/SS/S)

Kerstetter (ELA)

Marcasciano (ELA)

Martin (ELA)

*Accelerated Math

Team 2 (Green upstairs)

Girard (Math/SS/S)

Andrews (Math/SS/S)

Grassi (Math/SS/S)

Palmieri (ELA)

Ingersoll (ELA)

Iannelli (ELA)

Team 3 (Orange downstairs)

Hart (Math/SS/S)

Scalley (Math/SS/S)


Schmidbauer (ELA)

Gross (ELA)


Hermes (All subjects)

Team 4 (Orange upstairs)

Ulland (Math/SS/S)

Costello (Math/SS/S)

Baldwin (Math/SS/S)

Brennan (ELA)

Reinoso (ELA)

Farmer (ELA)

Team 5 (Purple downstairs)

Biren (Math/SS/S)

Conley (Math/SS/S)

Sutor (Lamey) (Math/SS/S)

Li (ELA)

Feldenkreis (ELA)

Biggins (ELA)

Weber (All subjects)

Falco (All subjects)

Team 6 (Purple upstairs)

Crossman (Math/SS/S)

*Reider (Pieretti) (Math/SS/S)

Papaycik (Math/SS/S)

Chishko (ELA)

Irwin, J. (ELA)

Berenotto (ELA)

*Accelerated Math

Team 7 (Blue downstairs)

Cortese (Math/SS/S)

Shanteau (Math/SS/S)

Kusnirik (Math/SS/S)

Campbell (ELA)

Foshcini (ELA)

Bridgers (ELA)

Team 8 (Blue upstairs)

DeNicola (Math/SS/S)

Cappelluti (Math/SS/S)

Bower (ELA)

Cirillo (ELA)

Edwards (All subjects)

Irwin, D. (All subjects)

Special Education Teachers

D. Irwin, Weber, Falco, Hermes, Edwards (All subjects)

Sheridan, Costantino, Szalku, Marco, Giacinto, McNish, Hoffecker, Legowski, Ims (ELA)

Williams, Narkunski, Russ, Corcoran, Clark, Menchaca, DeRosa, Cummings (MATH/SS/S)

Title I Teachers

Higbee, Capriotti, Reilly, Mack (ELA)

Calascione, Elwood (MATH)

7. Our 4 th and 5 th graders will participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing in Spring 2017. This standardized test replaces the NJASK test.

8. We have several new and continuing programs/classroom strategies this year in an effort to increase student achievement in ELA and Math!

- THE DAILY 5 and CAFÉ - All classrooms will use this classroom strategy in ELA and possibly MATH.

- Implementation of Edulastic in all ELA and MATH classrooms to collect and analyze data for all trimester assessments.

- ReadyGen and Wonders Reading Program will be piloted in 6 classrooms.

- Hispanohablantes continues for selected Spanish-speaking students - grade 5 only.

- Accelerated Math continues this year on Team 1 and Team 6 (McClain and Reider)

- New Math textbook 'EnVision' in 4 th and 5 th grade

- New Math textbook 'Math Big Ideas' in 5 th grade Accelerated Math

- Use of online assessments on in grades 4 and 5 (ELA and Math only - trimester tests)

- New Reading Pilots in selected 4 th and 5 th grade classrooms (ReadyGen and Wonders)

I'm looking forward to seeing our returning 5 th graders, and I'm very excited to meet our 4 th graders as well. I have an open door policy should you ever need to speak with me.

Again, Welcome Back to the 2016-2017 school year! Let the learning continue on! I wish all of you an exciting, fun-filled, safe school year! Students, as you enter the building on the first day of school, I'd like each of you to make a commitment to being a positive example in the classroom, on the school bus, in the hallway, and also at home.

Our school handbook is available to view on our school's website. For those of you who do not have access to a computer a hard copy is available in the 4 th and 5 th grade offices for you to get one. Please take a moment to read through it, it will guide you through the year. carefully. This will enable you to have a successful and rewarding school year. Parents can find more details about district policies online on the district website .

Your Principal,

Ms. Potter