Superintendent's Message


Welcome Back

Dear Families and Community Neighbors,

Here we are on September 1st, two days before our students will return to school in the most unconventional, non-traditional school opening in modern history.  Since March, school life has been dramatically altered as we strove to meet the challenges of education in a global pandemic, an eventuality none of us could ever have imagined possible.  Nonetheless, we persevered, evidencing the enduring commitment to students that defines the best in our profession. 

My admiration for our teachers and staff is deep and I know they will continue to focus on meeting the needs of all students during this school year.  I’ve also been amazed by our district families who worked with us and their children during the school closure to maximize the potential gains inherent in virtual learning.  This collaboration was difficult, yet productive, and we all learned a great deal.  Please be assured this new knowledge will be put into professional practice during virtual learning experiences this year as we continue to hone skills in developing effective, engaging virtual learning for students.

Please remember that one of the most important measures parents can take is to remain in touch with administrators and teachers throughout the school year—we’re all just one phone call or email away.  These words of encouragement to reach out have never been more important than in this school year.  There will doubtless be many, many questions for teachers, principals, and district administrators in the coming weeks.  We hope you will not hesitate to let us know of them immediately, so we may work together to allay anxieties by providing the most accurate program, school, and district information. 

In closing, as we come together in learning communities once again, I hope you will keep in mind that the mandated face coverings we will wear may obscure our smiles, but those smiles are still there, beaming messages of “Welcome Back” to one and all.  Until we see one another again, please accept my best wishes for a wonderful school year!


Dr. Marie Cirasella

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


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