SEPTEMBER 2016 MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Summer 2016 is swiftly coming to an end and we’re ready to welcome September, the month when we embrace a new beginning for learning. It has been a busy and challenging summer as the administrative team tackled the critical tasks of establishing a strong foundation for a successful school year. Here are just a few noteworthy items to review as we begin our journey down a new road:
Facility improvements continue and our buildings and grounds reflect significant change, including: the installation of new classroom tile floors at Godwin school; new tile floors in classrooms and cafeterias at MPHS; the renovation of the MPHS Media Center and Memorial Hall is nearing completion; boiler room upgrades at Godwin and MPHS are completed with new unit ventilators in both schools; all schools have completely renovated student restrooms with new ceramic tile, fixtures, and new epoxy floors; the Highland school field renovation includes new retaining wall and backstop, plus the installation of diamond clay.
In late August, Governor Christie announced improved statewide PARCC, Year Two results as more students took the Math and English Language Arts Tests: “Overall, a higher percentage of students met or exceeded expectations – indicating they are on pace to be college and career ready – in nearly all subjects and grade levels. This is the second year that the PARCC assessment has been administered in New Jersey, and it is the earliest that results from a New Jersey statewide assessment have been released after the close of the testing window.” (NJDOE Broadcast, August 2016)
Some of you may be aware of the state’s new proposed Fairness Funding Formula as addressed in a front page article in the Record of August 15th. The discussion over school funding initiated by the Governor’s proposed plan would give all students $6599 regardless of where the child lives and purports to equalize state aid in all districts. There are relevant perspectives for consideration on both sides of the issue and it will be interesting to see how the discussion progresses in days to come.
One of the most important measures parents can take is to remain in touch with administrators and teachers throughout the school year—remember, we are all just one phone call or email away. We also hope you will frequently access the district website for the monthly digital calendar of events and school and teacher web pages. Finally, we look forward to seeing you at the many back-to-school events and activities scheduled this year at our schools…celebrating students for their academic and extra-curricular achievements makes for wonderful memories! On behalf of all in our district, please accept my best wishes for a happy and healthy 2016-2017 school year!
Marie C. Cirasella, Ed.D.