Lyndhurst School District (03-2860)

Lyndhurst School District

During the 2015-16 school year, the Lyndhurst Public School District welcomed an interim superintendent and a new assistant superintendent, both of whom were committed to work with the building-level administrative team to renew the schools of Lyndhurst and the community of Lyndhurst through a dedication to excellence and a unity of purpose.
Throughout the year, all principals and supervisors were trained in, and served as trainers of, effective, research-based instructional practices in order to foster the implementation of a district-wide instructional model that will improve classroom instruction and student achievement. The topic of effective instructional strategies, particularly those presented by Robert Marzano in The Art and Science of Teaching and in Becoming a Reflective Teacher, were incorporated by administrative modeling teams at each month’s faculty articulation and directly connected to their integration into the Lyndhurst’s Evaluation tool, The Danielson Framework.
Through the assistance of a curriculum and instructional consultant, a district Assessment Committee and Curriculum Committee were formed. Separate and together, these groups focused on improved rigor and widespread differentiation in assessments as well as the development of cyclical procedures for curriculum review and revisions above and beyond the standards of compliance. At both the faculty level and the administrative level, the Lyndhurst Public Schools researched and employed practices of efficient data collection and analysis and used effective means of technology in order to facilitate data-driven decision-making that continues to enhance our curricula design, promote standards-based assessments, and foster student achievement. A leadership consultant also worked with principals to assist in promoting a culture that ensures a school’s chief education officer is not just an effective manager, but one knowledgeable and current in curriculum, instruction, and school code.
During the 2015-16 school year, the Lyndhurst Public Schools improved its instruction of Title I and special education students through enhanced programming that focused on compliance, improved testing and instructional strategies, and expanded, in-district placement options. We continue to strive to provide services that invite the placement of all Lyndhurst students into the schools of our district and meet the needs of these students not only with compliance, but with excellence beyond the standards.
During the 2015-16 school year, the Lyndhurst Public Schools put a great deal of attention into the exploration, nurture, and promotion of public trust. Practices of honest, transparent and efficient communication protocols identified the obstacles as well as the opportunities to improving the academic and social performance of every student. The district’s welcome of community feedback, critique, and recommendation led to a vast increase in participation in state assessments as well as an increase in the results of such assessments. This also resulted in a joint agreement with the township to replace Lincoln School with a state-of-the-art junior high school for grades 7-9. The space that would be provided by the loss of one grade level at the current high school would expand the opportunities for applied learning, health and technology coursework and studies in fine and performing arts. The redesign of Lyndhurst High School would be part of the development of a referendum to be presented to schools in November of 2016 which would enable the expansion of all district schools. The success of this referendum – which remains undetermined at the time of this report - would thereby offer the students of Lyndhurst a neighborhood school structure, 3 transitions from PK – grade 12 (Elementary, Junior High School and High School) with transportation to the junior high school from all elementary locations. It would also expand the number of sections in grades K-6 from an average of 7 to 9 at all of these levels. The additional facilities provided by the Junior High School would also be incorporated into the programming of Lyndhurst High School, thus creating more opportunities for college/career readiness studies and an air-cooling system would become part of the Lyndhurst High School environment.
The Report Card Narrative of each school will provide you with a glimpse into their 2015-16 classrooms. You are invited to read each of these so you may explore the unity of purpose among our schools while also celebrating the unique flavor of each school. We remain proud of our progress and confident of our future success.