TRANSITION PROGRAM IMPROVES SCHOOL COMMUNITY — Junior PaperClips

Each year, Ms. Scheller’s 9th grade transition class develops a project that improves the school community. In past years, students have started a school recycling program and outfitted our then new Independent Living Studio with all manner of appliances and utensils. This year, students opened “Junior PaperClips,” a school supply store run by and for Newgrange students. In January, the class went to Target and purchased items that they thought their peers would buy. We had a limited budget and students had to work together to figure out how to spend our money wisely. In the weeks following, students teamed up to price products, advertise, and prepare to open a store. Wednesday, March 12, the Grand Opening, was a huge success! We look forward to serving the school community every Monday and Wednesday!

Transition Program

YOUNG ARTISTS DONATE TO NJAIS

“Young Artists of the Newgrange School donate art work to the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools”.

Tom Belding of the Newgrange School presents Carole Everett, Executive Director of NJAIS, a painting made by Newgrange’s students. The painting will be prominently displayed in the new NJAIS offices in Morristown, NJ.

This and numerous other paintings displayed around the Newgrange School were made in the Flex Art Class, under the guidance of Gordon Sherman, Executive Director (and able hobby artist).
March 7, 2014

 Art donation to NJAIS - Carole Everett -Tom Belding

NEWGRANGE EDUCATION CENTER — DIBELS CERTIFIED

The Newgrange Education Center is now a certified provider of Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills from Dynamic Measurement Group.  DIBELS- Next is the re-normed, standardized screening assessment created by Drs. Roland Good and Ruth Kaminski.

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS® Next) are a set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development. They are designed to be short (one minute) measures used to universally screen all children for potential reading difficulties and are used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and reading skills.

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS®) are comprised of measures to test fluency in the following areas: Initial Sound Identification, Letter Naming, Phoneme Segmentation, Nonsense Words, Oral Reading, Retelling, and DAZE (a new silent reading measure).

The measures were developed to assess student development of phonological awareness, the alphabetic principle, accuracy and oral and silent fluency reading connected text, vocabulary and comprehension. Each measure has been thoroughly researched and demonstrated to be a reliable and valid indicator of early literacy development. When used as recommended, the results can be used to evaluate individual student development toward validated instructional objectives,as well as provide feedback on effectiveness of intervention support. Administrators can use DIBELS Next data to inform them as to the effectiveness of the general education reading curriculum in terms of teaching important literacy skills.

 

Professional Development

DYSLEXIA BILL PASSED

Governor Christie signed the dyslexia screening bill Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The screening tests must be administered by a properly trained teacher or staff member. Screenings will start in 2014- 2015 school year but be mandatory by the 2015-16 school year for students in kindergarten through sixth grade who had not yet been screened.

Dr. Gordon Sherman, Executive Director of Newgrange, played a key role on the NJ Reading Task Force that recommended the need to screen children for dyslexia and provide those at risk with appropriate intervention early rather than later.

 

 

NEWGRANGE TRANSITION PROGRAM

The Newgrange School Transition Program and Transition Intensive Program (TIP):

The Transition Program at Newgrange is a school-wide program aligned with New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards for 21st Century Life and Careers.  Read More about our program which builds on Community Based Instruction; our Independent Living Studio and Structured Learning Experiences;  AND introduces the Newgrange Transition Intensive Program (TIP)

 

Transitions Program

 

 

NEWGRANGE’S NVLD PROGRAM AT ASPEN

Newgrange made a proud showing at the ASPEN Spring Conference in Woodbridge, NJ on April 21st. ASPEN is a national volunteer non-profit organization providing education, support, and advocacy for those people whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum and Nonverbal Learning Disorders. Since the Newgrange NVLD Program educates children in these populations, it is the perfect place to spread the word about the amazing work we do. Carol Cooper-Braun, NVLD Program Coordinator, and Erin Flynn, NVLD Educator, were available at the all-day conference to share information about our program. For more information about ASPEN or their upcoming conferences, log onto www.aspennj.org.

NVLD ASPEN Conference Picture (2)

Newgrange School Music Teacher Jennifer Haines Plays a Key Roll in Tailoring Chamber Music to ASD Youth

Last year, The Newgrange School was honored to have been chosen by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to help develop a pilot program entitled Autism Community Initiative.  The NJSO Autism Community Initiative provides music enrichment opportunities to children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); the Orchestra has developed a set of chamber music programs tailored to meet the needs of the autism community

As part of the pilot, the Orchestra presented 10 chamber music programs to more than 800 youth, educators and staff at six Mercer County locations, including The Newgrange School.  As preparation for the performances, the NJSO provided seven of its orchestra musicians with a professional development workshop—facilitated by Music specialist Jennifer Haines of The Newgrange School—about tailoring chamber music programs to ASD youth.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is one of 22 American orchestras to receive a first-year Getty Education and Community Investment Grant from the League of American Orchestras and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. The NJSO received the grant to further develop the NJSO Autism Community Initiative; the grant recognizes the Orchestra’s innovation and dedication to increasing its relevance to the community.

Congratulations to Mrs. Haines and the NJSO on their hard work and dedication!  You can read the entire press release here.