Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

A cacophony of construction sounds  rang through the halls of Dover Schools this summer as preparation was underway for the opening of the 2015 school year. Dover High School has undergone a renovation of restrooms in the 200 wing, bringing to a close the multiyear project to renovate all student facilities. The athletic wing has been completely remodeled from the ceiling to floor and is now a polished and professional site welcoming guests to our athletic venue.  The final phase of our HVAC system replacement is underway, and the final stage of roof renovations is now near completion. New restroom partitions have been installed throughout the district, and a variety of smaller projects will contribute toward a healthy, safe, and welcoming environment for our students. 

Academically, Dover is in the final revision stages of over 120 curriculum guides.  This will meet new requirements mandated by the State of New Jersey.  A variety of staff workshops were conducted this summer as we implement, on a district-wide basis, the SAMR model of technology integration.   This process will enhance the conceptual development and understanding of core concepts presented within each lesson. 

Dover will be incorporating several new initiatives as we endeavor to improve writing skills throughout the district. The Kindle Book Clubs at some of our schools are expanding as we encourage our students to increase their reading apart from the regular school day.  Student response to this project has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. We will be deploying iPads, complete with keyboards, to our Grade Four students, so that they may practice, develop and refine their skills in keyboarding and writing at school and while at home.  Students in Grades 7 and 8 will continue to participate in the current deployment of one Mac Air Notebook Computer per student and will benefit from a new Language Arts Program.

Dover schools will continue to evolve as we endeavor to provide the best possible educational opportunities for our children. All are welcome to visit and become engaged as we endeavor to transform our aspirations into expectations, preparing our students today for tomorrow.  Best wishes for a wonderful school year, please let us know if we can help you in any way. 

Robert Becker, Superintendent

New Student Enrollment for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

New Student Enrollment
Registration Packets are available at all Dover Elementary Schools. We welcome your visitation at any time to obtain this packet.  All documents, including residency proofs, should be completed prior to the assigned meeting.  Appointments may be made by calling Mr. Chris Spillman at 973-328-6224.  The Pre-K classes are limited to the available spaces. 

Dover School District Honeywell Alert System
Please be sure to update your Honeywell account in the event you change your phone number or contact information.  Some parents have voiced a concern that they are called too early or too late. 

Quite often, the time of the call is dictated by the event we are facing. If severe icing is   forecast, we will try to make the call earlier in the evening to avoid a lack of communication due to downed trees or power lines.  Our cafeteria staff arrives at approximately 5:30 am in some buildings that serve an early breakfast, so we try to make the call early enough for them to avoid being on the roads. We begin internal conversations at 1:00 am, and are usually on the roads between 4:00 and 4:30 am.   The most challenging instance is when we are forced to make a decision before we see our first snowflake. 

We shall continue to do our best with the safety of the children in mind.  If one does not want calls before 6 am or after 9 pm, I suggest you log into Honeywell, disable your voice option and sign up for the text or email options.  Of course, if we had a sudden emergency, one may not be as informed, but we cannot send out multiple reports at a variety of times. 

Please click on the attachment below to view the Honeywell Instant Alert initial registration instructions which are available in English and Spanish!
Registration Instructions.pdf
Tuesday, October 6
Board of Education Meeting: 8:00 Whole Session

Tuesday, October 20
Board of Education Meeting: 8:00 Regular Session

Tuesday, November 3
Board of Education Meeting: 8:00 Whole Session

Tuesday, November 17
Board of Education Meeting: 8:00 Regular Session

Tuesday, December 1
Board of Education Meeting: 8:00 Whole Session

The mission of Dover Public School District is to provide an optimum educational experience for all students, creating a passion for learning and encouraging all students to perform to their highest academic potential while promoting self expression, cooperation, and respect for others.  This shall be accomplished via a seamless integration of the New Jersey Core Content Standards into district curriculum and infusing the most current pedagogical practices and technology into the fabric of the classroom environment.

Board Meetings are held in the Board Conference Room
 Dover High School, 100 Grace Street, Dover at 8:00 pm.

Committee of the Whole Sessions:
January 6, 2015 (Re-Organization)
February 3, 2015
March 3, 2015
May 5, 2015 (Public Hearing)
September 1, 2015
October 6, 20015
November 3, 2015
December 1, 2015

Regular Sessions:
January 20, 2015
February 17, 2015
March 17, 2015
April 21, 2015
May 13, 2015 May 19, 2015 June 16, 2015
July 21, 2015
August 18, 2015
September 15, 2015
October 20, 2015
November 17, 2015
December 15, 2015

Please note that all dates may be subject to change.  It is advisable to confirm date and location
by calling the Board Office at 973-989-2005. 

Today, 10/4/2015
High: 57 Low: 46
Slight chance rain
38% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/5/2015
High: 61 Low: 44
Mostly cloudy
11% chance of precipitation.