Superintendent's Message

President's Day

FEBRUARY 2018 MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT


The 2018-19 legislative session in New Jersey is underway and the Senate Education Committee will be discussing several new pieces of legislation.  One important measure is S-1055, which would require all school districts to provide full-day kindergarten programs, beginning in 2019 or 2020, based on district factor group status.  The bill would also establish a uniform age for students to enroll in kindergarten, rather than allowing each school district to make that determination.  Under this bill, the child would have to be five years old by October 1st of the school year in order to enroll.  We’re pleased that our district’s proactive measure to implement a full-day kindergarten program in 2015 enabled us to ensure compliance and provide the best educational opportunities for our youngest learners, “Full-day kindergarten programs offer social, emotional and intellectual benefits to kindergarteners, giving them more time to focus and reflect on activities, and transition between them.  Further, research shows that five-year-olds are more than ready for a longer school day, and do better in a setting that allows them time to learn and explore activities in depth.” (National Institute for Early Education Research)

We know that community involvement in education correlates with higher academic performance and school improvement, “Parent involvement in education is crucial. No matter their income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to have higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school. The most accurate predictors of student achievement in school are not family income or social status, but the extent to which the family creates a home environment that encourages learning, communicates high yet reasonable expectations for the child’s achievement, and becomes involved in the child’s education at school.” https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/what-research-says-about-parent-involvement/  As we enter the sixth month of school, please continue to stay involved in your child’s education, remembering everyone in our district is just one phone call or email away.

In Midland Park, we are extremely fortunate to have a stellar record of community involvement in our schools and district.  Evidence of this involvement is noted countless ways—here are just two of the many events which link our schools and community:

  • The Midland Park Boosters held its annual fundraiser at the end of January and the Wings Cook-Off was a tremendous success!

  • The Midland Park Public Education Foundation will host its annual fundraiser on April 14th at Macaluso’s; this year’s event is the Seaside Soiree featuring the Nerds…tickets are selling out fast for this much-anticipated night!

These events are just two of the many fundraising efforts which support district programs and enrich school spirit.  Our volunteer organizations certainly set the gold standard and we are truly grateful.  We know you will continue to provide them with your support whenever possible.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marie Cirasella

Dr. Marie Cirasella


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