Superintendent's Message

JANUARY 2022 MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

January 2022


Dear Midland Park Families, Staff, and Community Partners,

The wizards of the technology sector are fond of predicting the future, especially at this time of year.  For 2022, they forecast some amazing innovations, including voice-to-text features to eliminate keyboards, legally approved global cryptocurrencies, an increase in popularity of augmented and virtual reality headsets, an abundance of electric vehicles on the road, and healthcare’s new normal: telehealth experiences with an artificial intelligence virtual provider.

Public education took a swift and unexpected step into the future almost two years ago when the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic required us to alter the way we work with students, blurring the lines between physical and virtual space.  Administrators and teachers adapted quickly to ensure effective instruction, tapping into new methods for virtually engaging students; school families were valued collaborators and supported their child’s learning experiences in every way; and students rose to the occasion, accepting the many changes presented to them and working to maximize learning opportunities through the hybrid days. As we look ahead with hope to a healthy 2022, let us continue our efforts to remain vigilant in adhering to COVID-related safety protocols, joining together to keep one another and ourselves safe.

As always, the New Year brings thoughts of peace for the world our children will inherit.  President John F. Kennedy spoke frequently about global peace and his message is enduring, “Peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.”

On behalf of all in our school community, please accept my best wishes to you and yours for a year of health, happiness, and peace.

Best regards,

 Dr. Marie Cirasella

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


 

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