Midland Park May 20, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 9 The Midland Park School District was recently notified by New Jersey Commissioner of Education Lucille E. Davy that its scores in the recent Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) performance review have earned the district a “high performing district” designation. Davy’s April 27 letter advises Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Heebink that the district has been placed on a continuum for each of the five areas that were evaluated. Those areas, and their placement on the continuum, include: instruction and program, 89 percent; fiscal management, 100 percent; operations, 89 percent; personnel, 100 percent; and governance, 100 percent. QSAC monitoring of local districts takes place every three years. “We are highly gratified with our final QSAC scores for multiple reasons,” commented Dr. Heebink. “First of all, it is an external confirmation for the com- District earns top scores from QSAC monitors munity that their investment in quality education is yielding the desired results. Secondly, it is a validation for the entire staff that their extra efforts invested in preparing for the QSAC review were recognized by the state’s visiting team. Finally, it is a just reward for the Board of Education, which responded immediately to the gaps found in our own internal review and corrected them prior to the state visit,” he added. Dr. Heebink said that once the detailed breakdown for the areas where the district scored below 100 percent is received, the staff would analyze the report and address those concerns. He pointed out that the district’s performance scores were well above the minimum 80 percent score in every area of the review process and above the Bergen County scores as well. “While our operations management and governance scores were nine points above the 80 percent requirement, we will still be interested in and responsive to any reasons which caused us to lose 3 points between our own review and that conducted by state personnel,” Dr. Heebink said. Midland Park students’ accomplishments have received recognition in other areas of endeavor as well: • Coffee House Poetry, a program conducted by the fifth grade team of Dianna Grasso and Linda Carr, was selected for recognition by the New Jersey School Boards Association through its 2009 “Innovations in Special Education” initiative. Only ten programs in the state were chosen for this honor. • In sports, Caleb Zuidema broke his brother’s school record with a javelin throw ���������� rennials ������������ Pe ��������������� ������ ���������������� �������������� Midland Park Mayor Joseph Monahan will be the guest speaker at the Midland Park Chamber of Commerce’s first meeting of 2009, scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at Midland Park Memorial Library, 250 Godwin Avenue. The purpose of the meeting, according to the mayor, is to open a better dialogue with the business community in order to understand the issues each member faces Chamber to host Mayor Monahan of 188 feet, and John Passero ran the 100meter high hurdles in a time of 15.9 seconds. • Five Midland Park High School students earned state or national recognition in the 2009 Le Grand Concours, a national French contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French: - At Level One, Margaret Szydlik ranked fourth in the state and sixth in the nation; Grace Eid ranked sixth in the state and eighth in the nation; and Matthew Lai ranked tenth in the state. - At Level Two, Emily Valentine ranked ninth in the state and tenth in the nation. - At Level Four, Gabriel Torres ranked ninth in the state. and how business owners and the community can work better together to help each other survive the current climate and thrive in the future. 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