Superintendent's Message


Pumpkin Field

Dear School Families & Community Partners,

The Dangers of TikTok Challenges

As you may be aware, the social media platform TikTok is a short-form, video-sharing app that allows users to create and share 15-second videos on any topic.  It is recognized as the world’s fastest-growing app and is especially popular among teenagers, having just hit 1 billion monthly users worldwide.   

A new TikTok challenge, known as “Devious Licks,” began early in September when students began posting videos of themselves stealing items from schools, tampering with soap dispensers and fire extinguishers, and vandalizing school bathrooms. It is important for parents to support the district’s effort to stop such destructive acts by reinforcing with their children that any vandalism or theft of school property will be mediated according to the school’s Code of Conduct and law enforcement authorities will be notified. District schools are the students’ homes during the instructional day and we know the vast majority of them are proud caretakers of their learning environments.  With your help, we can bring an improved awareness of the dangers inherent in the destructive behavior of such TikTok challenges to all students, and we thank you in advance for your support.

The Week of Respect, October 4-8, 2021; School Violence Awareness Week, October 18-22, 2021

The first week of October is designated by the state of New Jersey as The Week of Respect, a time when we focus on creating and sustaining school environments that are welcoming and supportive to all.  In Midland Park, each school will continue to recognize this annual event in grade-appropriate ways.  The district also provides a Week of Respect Newsletter to our community, which includes a message from the Superintendent with regard to the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights legislation for New Jersey Public Schools, a message from Mr. Craig Rush, the District's Anti-Bullying Coordinator, and messages from the Godwin, Highland, and MPHS school administrations. Please be sure to access this important newsletter by clicking on the HIB link on the district website’s homepage. 

School Violence Awareness Week follows later in the month.  The state’s website speaks to the importance of the district’s role in this regard, “While the New Jersey Legislature has set aside both weeks to highlight these very important issues, it is a school district’s clear, consistent message throughout the school year about positive school climate and student behavioral expectations that will help reduce violence and create safe and supportive learning environments for all students and staff.”

Wishing you and your families a safe and happy October!

Best Regards,

Dr. Marie Cirasella

Marie C. Cirasella, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


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