Thank You Bound Brook Community
The Bound Brook Board of Education and Administration wants to express its appreciation to all the voters who came out to voice their opinion about the referendum through their ballot choice. We are looking forward to being able to upgrade and renovate our schools to improve the educational environment for all Bound Brook students over the next couple of years.
We thank you for your confidence that we have only the best interest of students in mind as we progress with the project. We invite residents to continue to have an active voice in the district’s operations through attending board meetings and events at all the schools.
Breakfast After the Bell
Last year we made several program changes that have been very successful. First was the Breakfast After the Bell program. Bound Brook captured the first place prize in the NJ Food for Thought School Breakfast Challenge for significantly increasing the number of students eating a healthy morning meal at school.
As the Northern/Central Jersey winning district, Bound Brook received a $5,000 grant to purchase equipment to sustain breakfast service. In addition, the 5th grade students at Lafayette were treated to a pep rally with an NFL player Mark Herzlich of the New York Giants.
Bound Brook’s student participation in the federal School Breakfast Program climbed from just 211 students in September 2013 to 1,402 in May 2014 – a 564 percent increase. According to data from the Departments of Education and Agriculture, Bound Brook is now feeding 82 percent of eligible, low-income children.
HEADS UP Program
On Wednesday, October 15th, the HEADS UP Program, sponsored by the Philadelphia Police Department, presented to the students of Bound Brook High School. HEADS UP stands for Heroin Education and Dangerous Substance Understanding Program. The program was a huge success and the district is looking into additional educational programs through the county and state agencies.
Make a Difference Day
In conjunction with the Bound Brook Police Department (BBPD), several of our schools, teams and clubs participated in the Bound Brook Community’s’ “Make a Difference Day”, which is the largest single-day of volunteering in the country. On Saturday, October 25, 2014 the students and staff of the district helped to complete several beautification projects downtown. The district, along with the Bound Brook Police Department have also purchased flags and art wrap covers for light posts and signal boxes to help encourage community and school spirit.
The district has embarked on updating curricular programs and support systems to help our student achieve success. The district has adopted all new curriculum and programs for grades kindergarten through grade 6. We have Journeys languages arts program, Go Math program, and Science Fusion. These three programs are integrated programs that build skills for each curricular discipline in all three programs. At the middle school level, grades 7 and 8 have revamped their math programs to include pre algebra and algebra 1 courses. While all language arts programs have been rewritten to align with Common Core Curriculum Standards. In addition, the district has realigned the Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) process to better assist students in their academic endeavors. The district has also trained all of our teachers grades kindergarten through 6 in responsive classroom techniques.
The Board of Education has updated the district retention policy. The Board of Education supports educational programs of high academic standards. These programs shall provide maximum opportunity and challenge for each student to progress according to his/her own needs and abilities. Students shall be placed at the grade level most appropriate to their academic, social, and emotional development. The educational program shall provide for the continuous progress of students from grade to grade. To read the policy please go to our website for additional information.
The Bound Brook School District started the school year with a very positive climate of growth and hope for the future! We believe in keeping the community informed regarding our schools and hope this newsletter does just that for each of you.
Daniel Gallagher, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools