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News & Notices

Our students are making headlines, and we want to share all the great news with you. We will keep this page updated with important announcements, news stories, and student shout-outs. Please check back often, and help us celebrate our students’ many achievements.

Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Kristin Trchala, teacher of the year

Stony Lane is so proud to announce that Mrs. Kristin Trchala, grade 4 teacher, is this year’s Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Trchala has taught in the Paramus Public Schools for 18 years and has been at Stony Lane since 2010. We are so proud of her!

Paramus Public Schools/Littogether Learning Communities Host Hannah Schneewind for Reading Skills Workshop
Hannah Schneewind speaking to the attendees

The Paramus Public Schools and the Littogether Learning Communities proudly present community learning workshop days. On January 18 the workshop, led by author Hannah Schneewind, was entitled “Teaching Readers and Teaching Reading: Strategies for Centering Students While Supporting Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension.”

Teachers of grades k–5 inside and outside the Paramus district attended the full day workshop at Memorial Elementary School. Schneewind is co-author of a book called Trusting Readers: Powerful Practices for Independent Reading which focuses on integrating reading skills into instruction that teaches the whole child. The workshop explored how to introduce strategies for getting to know readers, specific language to use while giving them feedback, and how to balance focusing on the reader with focusing on the skills associated with reading.

Presentation on the screen for the reading workshop

Mr. Tom Marshall, principal of Paramus’ Stony Lane Elementary School and founder of Littogether Learning and the New Jersey Literacy Leaders’ Network, explained, “Sometimes we think that being a good teacher of reading means paying attention to the nuts and bolts of the language, and sometimes we think it’s about the meaning-making that happens when reader meets text. It’s really not one or the other. Being an effective teacher means being able to teach both the reader and reading. We need to be prepared to give feedback about metacognition and attribution as well as to give feedback about decoding, fluency, and comprehension skills.”

Staff members sitting at a table to listen to the workshop Hannah Schneewind speaking to a student on the floor Hannah Schneewind speaking to another student on the floor and writing something down on a notepad