• September 25, 2017

    “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

    • Albert Einstein

    “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”

    • Bob Marley

     

    September 18, 2017

    “Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.”

    • Samuel Johnson

     

    September 11, 2017

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

    • Nelson Mandela

     

     

    September 7, 2017

    Dear Parent or Guardian,

       As a school community, it is imperative that our students understand the importance of adhering to the policies set forth by the Department of Education, ensuring a positive school tone and productive learning environment for all children.  The regulations and rules followed within a school help our students to learn and grow into productive members of society. Timeliness, respect, hard work, integrity and good character are just some of the qualities that we try to instill in our Cavallaro students, which will prepare them for their future.

       As we know, students learn these life lessons through a system of positive modeling, counseling, rewards and consequences.  Therefore, our School Leadership Team, Safety Committee and Administration agreed to institute an After-School Detention Program, which acts as a consequence and deterrent to repetitive minor infractions of the Department of Education’s Discipline Code. If the infraction continues after parent outreach has taken place, this form of discipline is followed. Our After-School Detention Program will be held on Mondays from 2:10 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Thursdays from 2:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. A child will only receive detention after you have been contacted and notified by the Dean or Assistant Principal. It is our hope that this system will encourage students to better adhere to school policies.

       If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s Assistant Principal. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

    Sincerely, 

    Maria Bender

    Principal

     

     

    September 7, 2017

    Dear Parents and Students,

       Welcome to a new school year! It is with great pride and pleasure that I welcome back our 7th and 8th grade students, as well as open our doors to this year’s incoming 6th grade students.  As Principal of Joseph B. Cavallaro I.S. 281, it is my hope that together we will provide each student with a nurturing and educationally challenging school year.  Please join us in setting high standards of excellence and expectations for each and every child aligned to the Chancellor’s Framework for Great Schools, with an emphasis on College and Career Readiness. 

       Our mission statement reads, “As the magnet school for STEAM, we at Joseph B. Cavallaro will provide every child with the support to grow intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. In an advanced inquiry based learning environment, we will serve as leaders for the 21st Century, in both technology and the arts.”  As a school that prides itself on offering their student’s an educationally and culturally rich environment, it will be our goal to continue forward in that direction.  This year’s Instructional Focus reads, “Students will be provided with classroom instruction that meets the needs of the individual learner through tiered differentiation and scaffolding, as determined by formative and summative assessments.”    

       In partnership with the entire school community, it is my vision to provide every child with a safe, nurturing and educationally equitable learning environment complete with a rigorously challenging curriculum setting all students on the road to college and career readiness.  If together we hold true to the values of equity, integrity, communication, perseverance and trust, it will ultimately permeate into the hearts and minds of our students through our example.  Please feel free to join us in the many events we hold throughout the year.  Thus, our mission of preparing each and every child on a successful path will be attained with your involvement.  I look forward to a promising school year.

    Sincerely,

    Maria Bender

    Principal, Joseph B. Cavallaro I.S. 281

     

     

    September 6, 2017

    SCHOOL-BASED POLICY OF JOSEPH B. CAVALLARO I.S.281 FOR USE OF CELL PHONES, COMPUTING DEVICES, AND PORTABLE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

    In accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation A-413, students are permitted to bring the following electronic items to school: 1) cell phones; 2) laptops, tablets, iPads and other similar computing devices (“computing devices”); and 3) portable music and entertainment systems, such as iPods, MP3 players, PSP, and Nintendo DS.

    A. The use of cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems at school is subject to the restrictions below.

    1. Cell phones and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used at any time during the regular school day.
    2. Computing devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.
    3. Use of cell phones, computing devices, portable music and entertainment systems and other electronic devices during the administration of state standardized examinations is governed by State Education Department Rules.
    4. Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
    5. Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in locker rooms or bathrooms.
    6. It is the responsibility of each student to safeguard his/her cell phone, computing device, portable music and entertainment system and other electronic device.

    B. Cell phones may be used as set forth below.

    During the school day:

    • Cell phones may not be turned on or used while on school property.

    During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities:

    • Cell phones may not be turned on or used while on school property.

    C. Computing devices may be used as set forth below (select applicable option(s) or select other options consistent with Regulation A-413).

    During the school day:

    • Computing systems may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.

    During after-school, school-sponsored programs or activities:

    • Computing systems may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.

    D. Portable music and entertainment systems may be used as set forth below.

    During the school day:

    • Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used while on school property.

    During after-school, school-sponsored activities:

    • Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher

    E. Confiscation and return of electronic items

    • If the device is visible, the student will receive a verbal warning by school personnel.
    • If the device is in use, it will be confiscated, the parent will be contacted and the item will be returned at end of school day.
    • If the device is used a second time, it will be confiscated and return following a parent conference.
    • If the device continues to be used and the student continues to be in violation of school policy, revocation of the privilege to bring the item to school will be reserved by the school.

    F. Discipline

    Students who use cell phones, computing devices, and/or portable music and entertainment system in violation of any provision of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor Regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“ISUSP”) will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code.