Gateway Regional High School
Gateway Regional School Management Team
The purpose of the Gateway Regional School Management Team (GRSMT) is to work collaboratively toward school improvement in all areas. Committees provide a vehicle for personalized professional development and teacher leadership opportunities. See the GRHS Professional Development Plan for details on how the committees fit into the overall professional development structure.
Committees operate using principles of action research to pose questions of importance to the school community, collect data and information, plan programming and interventions, and report back to the school as a whole. Committees will meet by an established schedule, record minutes of meetings, and maintain documents related to the functioning of the committee.
- Committees will seek to embody and further the district vision of MORE through their work.
- Committees will establish a schedule of meetings at the beginning of the year. Any changes to this schedule will be promptly reported to committee members and Mr. Jeff Pierro, principal.
- Committees are encouraged to create operational norms.
- Committees are encouraged to use data to establish goals at the beginning of each year and to document progress toward these goals throughout the year.
- For assistance with data location or analysis, see Mr. Jeff Pierro or Ms. Amy Mount.
- Committees will collaboratively create agendas in advance of meetings and provide these agendas to members.
- Committees will keep minutes and maintain documentation related to their work. Minutes and documentation will be shared with members and made available to both the administration and faculty. Committees are encouraged to use a Google Drive folder for this purpose.
- Committee leads or their designee will periodically attend school management team meetings to report on committee proceedings and progress toward goals.
- Committees are asked to be mindful of the scope of their work and the impact that their actions may have on other areas of functioning of the school. Substantive changes to school functioning must be presented to the Executive Council and may be presented to the district Board of Education for approval prior to any changes being made. Committees must work within the confines of the current year budget and are encouraged to meet with Mr. Jeff Pierro or Ms. Amy Mount should issues of a budgetary concern arise.
EALC - Employee / Administrator Liaison- Gateway Regional School Management Team
- Responsibilities: The Association shall be represented by a Liaison Committee which shall meet with the principal and/or superintendent at least once a month during the school day for the duration of the school year to review and discuss local school programs and practices and to play an active role in the revision or development of building practices. (ex. Code of Conduct, Bell Schedule, etc)
- Members: Jeff Pierro, Amy Mount, Melody Epley, Adrienne Evans, Desiree Brennan, Aimee Little, Michael Joyce, Denise Kane, Brian Dericks, Andrea Genzano, Lauren Clark, Julie Wenner, Mike DiCicco
- Lead: Mr. Jeff Pierro, Principal
- Meets: Monthly, during the school day via release time
- Notes: Per GREA Agreement
ScIP: School Improvement Panel
- Responsibilities: Professional Development, Mentoring Programs, Teacher Evaluation, Implementation of Corrective Action Plans, Helps to set professional development topics/agenda for the year, Mentors new teachers, Provides leadership in teacher evaluation, Assists teachers with implementation of CAP, Helps analyze walkthrough data
- Members: Jeffrey Pierro, Kevin Fahy, Melanie Stewart, Amy Mount, Ashleigh Raubertas, Julie Wenner, Melissa Eckstein, Christina Gailliout
- Lead: Amy Mount, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
- Meets: September - June, every other month
- Notes: Required by NJ - http://www.state.nj.us/education/AchieveNJ/scip/
- Meets outside of regular schedule, paid a stipend
DEAC: District Evaluation Advisory Committee
- Responsibilities: Coordinates efforts to plan and implement evaluation plan, analyze aggregate SGO data, analyze aggregate teacher practice scores, respond to staff questions/concerns re: evaluation
- Members: Dr. Shannon Whalen, Kristy Green, a parent, Tamar Shelov, Amy Mount, Jeffrey Pierro, Desiree Brennan, Andrea Keenan
- Lead: Amy Mount
- Meets: September - June, quarterly
- Meets outside of regular schedule, teaching staff is paid per meeting
Student Success Committee (I&RS)
- Responsibilities: “general education students are served a coordinated system for planning and delivering intervention and referral services designed to assist students who are experiencing learning, behavior, or health difficulties, and to assist staff who have difficulties in addressing students’ learning, behavior, or health needs.”
- 1. Identify learning, behavior and health difficulties of students;
- 2. Collect information on the identified learning, behavior, and health difficulties;
- 3. Develop and implement action plans that provide for appropriate school or community interventions or referrals to school and community resources, based on the collected data and desired outcomes for the identified learning, behavior, and health difficulties;
- 4. Provide support, guidance and professional development to school staff who identify learning, behavior and health difficulties;
- 5. Provide support, guidance and professional development to school staff who participate in each building’s system for planning and providing intervention and referral services;
- 6. Actively involve parents or guardians in the development and implementation of intervention and referral services action plans;
- 7. Coordinate the access to and delivery of school resources and services for achieving outcomes identified in intervention and referral services action plans;
- 8. Coordinate the services of community-based social and health provider agencies and other community resources for achieving outcomes identified in intervention and referral services action plans;
- 9.Maintain records of all requests for assistance and all intervention and referral services action plans and all related student information… according to all Federal and State laws and rules pertaining to student records and confidentiality.
- 10. Review and assess the effectiveness of each intervention and referral services action plan in achieving the identified outcomes, and modify each action plan to achieve the outcomes, as appropriate; and
- 11. At a minimum, annually review intervention and referral services action plans and the actions taken as a result of the building’s system of intervention and referral services, and make recommendations to the principal for improving school programs and services, as appropriate.
- For special education students, I&RS services must coordinate with the student’s IEP team.
- Responsibilities: Promotes and facilitates communication among co-curricular activities; Class representatives; Ambassadors and peer leadership opportunities;
- Members: Andrea Genzano, Adrienne Evans, Asia So, Michael Pietroforte, Amanda Warrington, Marissa Pona, John Covely, Patricia Mangiocco, Michelle Brangan, Bernadette Goff, Shannon Baals
- Lead: Adrienne Evans
- Responsibilities: Staff Recognition, Student Recognition, Wow Committee. Fundraising
- Members: Lauren Clark, Suzanne Lynch, Carrie Evans, Kristin Johnson, Jacqueline Cross, Elizabeth Buehler, Ann Hayes, Jamie O’Neil, Mary Kelleher, Donna Convey, Chris Better, Kathy Lemon, Erika Busch
- Lead: Lauren Clark
- Staff Recognition-Donna Convey
- Student Recognition-Jacqueline Cross
- Wow Committee- Mary Kelleher and Chris Better
- Fundraising-Kristin Johnson
- Responsibilities: Anti-bullying and character education
- Members: Irene Cline, Zachary Kennedy, Kelly Barrett, Kevin Fahy, Bernadette Goff
- Lead: Aimee Little
- Responsibilities: Alumni relations, Family strength network, Food pantry, Service learning and Community service
- Members: Mike, DiCicco, Brian Dericks, Desiree Brennan, Jen Ruiz, Matt Emmett, Kevin Mandela, Deb Broadbelt, Brian Mai, Holly Campbell, Melissa Irwin, Mike D’Alessandro, Staci Flamini, Lisa Eckley, Patricia Slater, Courtney Baals
- Lead: Mr. Mike DiCicco, Athletic Director; Mr. Brian Dericks
- Community Service-Melissa Irwin
- Alumni Relations-Mike D’Alessandro
- Food Pantry-Patricia Slater
- Family Strength Network-Marissa Pona
- Responsibilities: Determining school schedule to maximize instructional time and promote social-emotional learning
- Members: Carol O’Connell, Cheryl Baldasaro, Jason Straub, Elise Albano, Dave Harris, Melody Epley, Elizabeth Desmond, Sam Morris, Catherine Gibbons
- Lead: Mrs. Carol O’Connell
- Responsibilities: Create the district technology plan and seek opportunities to promote the integration of technology into the curriculum
- Members: Michael, Joyce, Dan McGowan, Jim Gooding, Ariel Lee, Beth Brown, Erika Busch
- Lead: Mr. Michael Joyce
Discipline and Restorative Justice Committee
- Responsibilities: Monitor student discipline data and trends to determine productive ways to promote positive student behavior
- Members: Denise Kane, Sharon Hill, Robin Danza, Keith Abed, Cheryl Scully, ChrisAnn Ceraso, Holly Bush, Pamela Gale, Kathleen Lynch, Liam James, Mike Karp, SueAnn Fayer, Kristy Green
- Lead: Mrs. Denise Kane
Professional Development and Meeting Schedule, 2017-2018
- 8/21 and 8/22: New Staff Orientation
- 8/22, 12:30-3:30: PLC Facilitation, Option 1
- 8/30, 9:30-12:30; PLC Facilitation, Option 2
- 9/5: PD Day: All In for 2017-2018!
- 9/6: ½ Day: Common Instructional Practice
- 9/7: ½ Day: Technology Thursday
- 9/8: ½ Day:McRel/SGOs Refresher
- 9/11: Departmental PLCs after school
- 9/18: Committee Meetings after school
- 9/25: PD Day: Meeting Diverse Student Needs
- 10/2: Faculty Meeting after school
- 10/16: Departmental PLCs after school
- 10/23: Committee Meetings after school
- 11/6: Faculty Meeting after school
- 11/8: PD Day: Whole Gateway Group
- 11/13: Departmental PLCs after school
- 11/20: Committee Meetings after school
- 12/4: Faculty Meeting after school
- 12/8: ½ Day: Gateway to Careers; Departmental PLCs
- 1/8: Faculty Meeting after school
- 1/12: PD Day: Data Driven Instructional Decisions
- 1/22: Departmental PLCs after school
- 1/29: Committee Meetings after school
- 2/5: Departmental PLCs after school
- 2/12: Committee Meetings after school
- 2/15: PD Day: TBD
- 3/5: Faculty Meeting after school
- 3/12: PD Day: PARCC Training; TBD
- 3/19: Committee Meetings after school
- 4/9: Faculty Meeting after school
- After PARCC - 3 ½ Days TBD
- 5/7: Faculty Meeting after school
- 5/11: PD Day: Biology Test Training; TBD
- 5/14: Departmental PLCs after school
- 5/21: Committee Meetings after school
- 6/18: ½ Day: Preparing for 2018-2019
- 6/19: ½ Day: Preparing for 2018-2019
- 6/20: ½ Day: Individual Productivity
- 6/21: ½ Day: Individual Productivity
GRHS Vision - MORE
Gateway Regional High School prepares students for their future. Our goal is that every student leaves ready for their next big step, whether their choice includes college, trade school, career-entry, or the military. We strive for our instruction to be relatable to students’ lives today and in the future. We encourage student choice and self-direction. Our curriculum and instruction are standards-aligned, data-driven, and differentiated for both student needs and student interests. Positive relationships between students, teachers, and staff aid in the connection between what students are learning and why itmatters. We seek to contribute to students’ personal growth and development as scholars, citizens, and individuals. Gateway Regional will inspire students to always keep learning more.
Gateway Regional High School seeks to continuously improve. Curriculum is vertically and horizontally aligned. Our curriculum review process allows for dynamic documents, growing and evolving to meet student needs and available resources. Teachers spiral concepts and practice throughout the year and offer extension opportunities to take learning beyond the 43-minute period. Gateway Regional High School helps students take ownership of their improvement through formative assessment and frequent feedback in relation to goals and standards.
Gateway Regional High School embraces student-centered learning.Students connect current trends and their interests to curriculum and instruction. Our curriculum prepares students for a variety of measurement sand the real world. Curriculum includes interdisciplinary connections,problem-based learning scenarios, and college and career readiness standards. Gateway Regional teachers ask the question, “How does this help students progress toward their goal?” so that students can answer the question, “How will this matter in my life?”
Gateway Regional High School engages the 21st century learner by encouraging choice, connection to student interests, and real-life problem solving. Instruction is delivered through a variety of formats, including collaborative and cooperative learning, student-driven independent choice,inquiry-based learning, and integration of technology. Teachers and students are encouraged to be hands-on, creative, and to uncover learning rather than just covering standards. As a result of rigorous, challenging, student-centered instruction, Gateway Regional students ask questions, participate in activities, and are motivated to learn.
These statements were collaboratively written by the GRHS faculty and staff in January 2017.