Superintendent's Message

Class of 2020


“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

Abraham Lincoln

The month of June has arrived and is now identified as the fourth month of the transition to mandated distance learning required to contain the spread of Covid-19 in our communities and state.  But, June is always evocative of what has gone on before and what will go on from this point—a celebration of the academic journeys of the members of our senior class and shared, excited anticipation for the bright futures which lie ahead.  The 76 graduates of the Class of 2020 have been accepted into 74 colleges and universities and have received a collective total of $1,494,000 in scholarship monies.  Seventy-one of these amazing students will be attending colleges and universities and five students have chosen to enter the workforce.  Our graduates have grown in scholarship and character and will be dearly missed by one and all.  Congratulations go out to each and every member of this special class and we wish them success and happiness as they move on to new challenges.

In reflecting back on this tumultuous school year, we once again acknowledge our administrators, teachers, and staff for their commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities, despite the modality chosen for us.  Our school families have been valuable partners in distance learning and together we have ensured instruction continued during the final months of the school year.  As always, we are grateful to the trustees of our Board of Education for the many hours of volunteer service provided to our community.  Finally, the efforts of our many partners, including the Boosters, PAPs, MPPEF, MPEPTA, and PTA, provided important support for students, schools, and district and we thank them. 

This time in our country’s history has been replete with difficult challenges—challenges which called upon everyone to tap into inner strengths and meet great adversity with strong resilience.  Although progress has been made, we still do not know when, or even if, daily life will return to what it was before the pandemic.  As such, these words of American heroine Helen Keller seem particularly poignant today, “Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.”

On behalf of all in our district, may June and all the months to follow find you and your loved ones safe and healthy.


Dr. Marie Cirasella

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


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