Title I Family Night participants gather for a photo Thursday, March 2 at the Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School.


The Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School held a fifth-grade Title I Family Night Thursday, March 2 – one of five scheduled each year by school Title I coordinator Robynn Mack and district Title I state and federal programs supervisor Charles Fredericks.

The event was designed to expose and prepare families for the PARCC testing, with reviews of math and English language arts skills that fifth grade students are required to know based on New Jersey’s core curriculum guidelines.

The goal of family nights is to connect students, families and the school. Guests included Dan Cappelutti, a physical education teacher at the school and student teacher Matt Lichenstein, who used kinesthetic learning breaks in between centers set up to review strategies for working with fractions, coordinates and word problems, inference, themes and poetry.

By involving families in the education of their children, the Title 1 program seeks to build strong relationships and bridge the gaps in learning for students and families, according to a school press release.