Superintendent's Message

Field of Pumpkins


Dear Parents & Community Partners,

We hope you will mark your calendars and join the Administrative Team for the district’s 2017 Assessment Profile, to be presented at the Midland Park Board of Education meeting of October 16, 2018 at 8 pm.  The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) speaks to the mandated reporting of state assessment scores to district boards of education and community, “The state Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics tests measure how well students are meeting grade-level expectations and developing college and career readiness skills, such as critical thinking, persuasive writing, and problem-solving.  Students, parents, and educators use these test scores as one way to learn about students’ academic strengths and academic needs. Educators use assessments to adjust their teaching to meet student needs.”  

The first days of autumn find our students immersed in academics, with athletic contests, fine and performing arts, and extra-curricular activities. This month features many enriching experiences for students of all ages; here are just a few highlights:

Fall LeafMusic in the Park XXI, Sunday October 7th
The district is very proud to host this annual competition with 58 students in the MPHS Marching Band this year.  Eight bands will march in competition at the event and the 180 member-strong Bergenfield High School Marching Band will also perform in exhibition.  With an eye toward our musical future, we’re especially delighted to note that the Highland Elementary School Band will join our band to perform, “The Star Spangled Banner.”  

Fall Leaf
The Week of Respect, October 1-5
The first week of October is designated by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR) legislation as The Week of Respect, a time when all public schools focus on the importance of maintaining mutual respect in all actions and venues.  In Midland Park, each school will recognize this event in grade-appropriate ways.  Please be sure to access our Week of Respect newsletter by clicking on the ABR link on the district website’s homepage.

Fall LeafPumpkins and Parades!
Elementary students are looking forward to the annual Harvest Festival, pumpkin sale, and Halloween Parades at Godwin and Highland Schools…we hope to see you there!

Warm days are turning cool and brightly-colored leaves are swirling around…October is a wonderful time of year to be outside at school events.



Dr. Marie Cirasella

Dr. Marie Cirasella


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