Karen Barry
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Millstone Township School District
Administrative Offices 
5 Dawson Court
Millstone, NJ 08535
mailto:barryk@millstone.k12.nj.us(732)786.0950 ext. 5103
mailto:barryk@millstone.k12.nj.us barryk@millstone.k12.nj.us

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    Here we are on day 55 of tele-schooling and there are just a few days left of school.  None of us expected for this to last so long.  Our diligent teachers have continued to conduct learning remotely and our students have worked hard.  However, we have to thank all of our wonderful parents for all of the work they have done at home as well.  Many of our parents are working remotely and I know as a mom of two boys myself, that this has been an stressful time for all of us as we balance our own work and that of our children.  Thank you!

    As school comes to a close, we are all waiting for the governor to announce the plans for September.  We will continue to share information with everyone as it is released.  Hang in there and enjoy the beautiful weather when you can.  
    Posted Jun 11, 2020, 9:42 AM by Karen Barry
  • We Can Do This...
    It is Day 2 of virtual learning in Millstone.  I have to say that it was very strange pulling into the parking lot at the middle school yesterday morning.  I usually walk through the middle school in the morning and see the students arriving and scurrying to their homeroom classes.  Sometimes I get to see our Japanese Swordsmanship class in progress as I walk past the cafeteria.  Mr. Williams proudly modeling for his students as they follow along with excitement.  I sometimes stop in to our very own Shop Rite.  This has been a stop over the last few weeks as I purchased water, canned food, and, of course, snacks as I prepared to avoid food shopping with a mass of people.  If you haven't had a chance to shop at our Millstone Middle School Shop Rite, it is open from 3 to 4pm Monday to Thursday when our school is in session.  It is definitely worth the trip.  It does has a private entrance right off of our bus loop.  

    Day 1 of virtual learning was what I believe to be a success.  It is amazing to see what our staff is creating and I had the chance of seeing some pictures that were shared by parents.  If you want to share a picture of your child's work station, please share on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #Proud2BMillstone.  

    If any parent needs assistance with logins for our online learning tools, please do not hesitate to email me:  barryk@millstone.k12.nj.us
    Posted Mar 17, 2020, 5:23 AM by Karen Barry
  • The Busy Bees of Summer...
    Millstone Schools are buzzing with learning as our summer days surf by.  Our ESY program has been in full swing since the beginning of July.  The community recreation program has students filling our hallways excited for field trips and activities.  And, our teachers have been attending or leading summer professional development on topics such as curriculum writing, Mindfulness, Running Records for reading, and Creating a Digital Classroom just to name a few.  Our New Staff Academy is the week of August 12th and we have 9 new teachers joining us this year due to many retirements that occurred in June.  We are excited to bring on a new wave of wonderful teachers.  Enjoy the remaining days of summer as we prepare our buildings for September.  
    Posted Jul 31, 2019, 3:43 PM by Karen Barry
  • Spring has Sprung!
    Although we are still waiting for warm weather to be consistent, we are in full swing for the spring at Millstone Schools.  Grades 3-8 students began the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments this morning with Day One of Language Arts.  We should be wrapped up by Wednesday of next week.  End of year field trip are beginning and 8th grade graduation will be here before we know it.  Enjoy the longer days!
    Posted May 2, 2019, 8:00 AM by Karen Barry
  • New K-3 Standards-Based Report Cards Debut December 8th
    A committee of K-5 teachers and administrators worked for 14 to 16 months to bring this new standards-based report card to our K-3 students this year.  Information sessions were offered in the spring and a parent brochure was available in the spring and again at Back to School Night and Parent Conferences in November.  Our committee is excited with the work that we accomplished.  Not only did we work together to pour over report card samples from around New Jersey, we also brought in our expert teachers in language arts, math, science, social studies and related arts to ensure that we were looking at this report card from every angle.  Every single line of the standards-based report card represents what our teachers feel is a valuable standard of their subject area.  In addition, our teachers in all areas have rubrics to coincide with each line of the report card to assist them in defining whether a student is approaching, meeting, exceeding, or not yet meeting expectations for the grade level in each standard.  

    Once these report cards come home on December 8th, Mrs. Bogusz, Ms. Guidry, and myself would like to make ourselves available to you for assistance.  We have planned an Informational Meeting for Tuesday, December 13th at 10 am in the Primary School to assist those parents who need assistance in understanding the report card.  This is not a time for conferences on individual report cards, but a time to ask questions on what it may mean to Approach Grade Level Expectations in a particular Area or Meet Expectations.  

    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 10:31 AM by Karen Barry
  • Let the festivities begin...
    Opening festivities for teachers began on September 1st with our Superintendent's Conference Day.  We welcomed our teachers back in our beautiful Millstone Performing Arts Center at the Millstone Middle School building.  Teachers were awarded with "anniversary" certificates for 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service at Millstone Township School District.  Our very own PE teacher, Kelly Rossetto, honored us with a split on the stage to celebrate her 25 years!  You can check the picture out on my twitter feed.  Five years ago Kelly welcomed 20 years with a cartwheel.  We can't wait to see what she does for 30 years.

    Scott Feder, our Superintendent, welcomed our teachers back, announced our new #Proud2BMillstone logo, and reviewed our flexible evaluation options for tenured teachers.  A variety of meetings took place over the next day and a half--leaving time for our teachers to prepare their classrooms for those wonderful students who would be happily entering the buildings on Tuesday, September 6th.  

    The first week was a total success.  We welcomed 104 brand new students to our Millstone family.  It is so exciting to see our students filling the hallways again.  Our K-5 teachers are kicking off our new Go Math program.  Stay tuned for parent information sessions on the Go Math program sponsored by Mrs. Vitro and Mrs. Smith.  These will take place on conference day in November.  We are also debuting our brand new Standards-Based Report Cards in K-3 this year.  All of our K-5 students will be moving to be graded on Trimesters.  Those Trimester dates:  December 1, March 9, and June 16.  Our middle school students will continue with four marking periods and the same report cards.

    Posted Sep 14, 2016, 9:58 AM by Karen Barry
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