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. 51003
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Keep Informed

  • 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
  • Summer Days...
    As we drift through the summer days here at Millstone, there has been a great deal happening here at the schools.  Our ESY program is underway and it is a pleasure to see our students gracing the hallways of the Primary School building each day.  Teachers have arrived at different times during the summer for courses such as Goobric and Flubaroo taught by Ms. Uffer or to write math curriculum with Mrs. Murin or science curriculum with Mrs. Topinka.  We have all been very busy.  Boxes of new supplies have been arriving daily and our middle school students will be excited to find a few more Future Ready Classrooms when they enter the building in September.  In addition, our 5th grade students should be practicing their keyboarding skills to prepare for our one-to-one chrome book distribution when they return as well.  

    Let's not forget we will have a huge reveal of our very own Millstone mini Shop Rite at the middle school in September run by our own students--the excitement is already emanating through the hallways here.

    We hope all of our students and their families are having a fantastic summer.  We are prepping for a great start to the year.  In the meantime, we hope there are some great books being read, Lego models being built, math problems being solved, and maybe even a little exercise happening as some of you go out searching for Pokemon.  Enjoy and be safe.
    Posted Jul 19, 2016, 11:30 AM by Karen Barry
  • Time in winding down...
    The end of the year will be here before we know it and a great deal has been happening within the walls of our schools.  Our students have been attending exciting fields trips.  Our preschoolers traveled to Philadelphia to visit the Please Touch Museum while our Eighth graders traveled to Washington D.C. for two days to visit amazing sites such as the Holocaust Museum, the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Cemetery and so much more.

    Our third through eighth graders completed PARCC testing in April and great events such as Career Day at the Middle School, publishing parties and field day at the Primary and Elementary Schools continue to keep the excitement going as May winds down and we prepare for the end of the school year.  

    Our Math Committee work culminated at the end of April with a presentation to the Board of Education by Dr. Christopher Huss, Karen Vitro, K-5 Math Coach, and Karen Barry.  See the power point presentation below.
    Posted May 22, 2016, 5:39 PM by Karen Barry
  • Spring is in the air...
    As I am sure many of you agree, I cannot believe that we are almost in the middle of the month of March already.  So much has been happening here at Millstone Schools.  Read Across America was a huge success.  I was able to witness many of our Elementary School Students reading to our Primary School Students on Friday, March 4th.  There was excitement throughout the building.  The Primary School also hosted Family Reading Night and since I was guest reading in second grade classrooms that day, I can tell you that we had a great deal of super hero readers excited to attend that night.  Our Middle School Play, Barnun, was a huge success.  It was amazing to sit in the audience and see our students walking on stilt, balancing on a ball, juggling, or doing acrobatics.  Bravo to all of our actors/actresses!  

    New excitement includes our 2nd Annual Millstone School Design Fair tonight--March 10th.  Mr. Semko, Director of STEAM, and many of our teachers are excited to see their students showcasing items they have created in class and take part in family challenges.  

    On another note, PARCC testing is approaching right after spring break.  We had a great deal of feedback from our teachers last year about scheduling the testing and every grade will have a weekend break between subject area assessments so they are not testing 5 days straight.  Please see my link under PARCC Resources to the left for the schedule.

    I wish all of our Millstone students and families a restful and enjoyable spring break.
    Posted Mar 10, 2016, 8:50 AM by Karen Barry
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