Superintendent's Message



 Text Box: The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has placed heightened focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in its public schools indicating that, “SEL involves the process through which children and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”  The NJDOE has developed SEL competencies for the purpose of providing schools with guidelines for integrating SEL across grades and subject areas and our district school leaders have been on the forefront of such learning. This past summer, the Midland Park administrative team participated in professional development on mindfulness and the nexus between the dynamic and establishing a foundation for finding meaning and success in one’s own life and profession.  The team will continue its work in this area in 2019 by tackling broader, related concepts through the study of authentic, informed leadership practices and the vast potential inherent in turning ideas into action through the ability to teach, inspire, and empower others to succeed.  As you can see, ensuring lifelong learning opportunities remains a goal for all in our district.

World PeaceAs we welcome the New Year, thoughts turn to hope for a peaceful world, and the words of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon seem especially poignant today, “Peace is not an accident.  Peace is not a gift.  Peace is something we must work for every day, in every country.”  Our students continue to do their part to positively and peacefully impact the global collective via charitable school-based activities to benefit others and we’re very proud of their important work.  Our Student Senate, National Honor Society, and Interact Club routinely organize food, clothing, and used toy drives; middle school students traveled to the Children’s Therapy center to work with disabled students; the annual Project Linus saw students make blankets for the needy; and our choral students performed at Valley Hospital in support of the critically ill.  These good works exemplify the excellent character held by our students—what a marvelous example they have set for others to follow! 

On behalf of all in our district, please accept my best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.


Dr. Marie Cirasella

Dr. Marie Cirasella


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