Dear School Community,
It is a pleasure to welcome you back and a special welcome to all staff members joining the New Brunswick School Community for the first time. I am extremely excited to start the 2016-17 school year, my second in the district, and I trust you are equally as eager to move forward with educating our more than 10,000 students. With the hard work of our students, faculty, and staff, plus support from parents and community leaders, I anticipate this coming year will be even more successful. We built outstanding momentum during the previous school year, both in terms of academic improvement, professional development and connecting to the community. I am confident we will continue apace from the first day of the coming year.
We have a new vision statement for our district, “To Prepare, Empower, and Inspire lifelong learners and leaders,” and I urge each of you to keep this in mind throughout the school year. We are charged with the crucial task of educating young people. We must prepare our students for the future, empower them to be trailblazers, and provide inspiration to change the complex world for the better.
To reach our vision, we have developed a five-year Strategic Plan that focuses on six priority areas. The Strategic Plan is specifically intended as a broad educational approach that will ensure our students are engaged in their own learning, their environment, and the world. It will ensure that our students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and apply them to spur innovation and solve complex challenges. It also represents a commitment by our district’s administration, faculty, and staff to play a direct, active role in helping New Brunswick’s students excel.
I am eager to get started!! All staff members should report to the New Brunswick High School auditorium (1000 Somerset Street) by 9:00 am on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The day will begin with a presentation by the New Brunswick Education Association. Additional parking will be available at Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts (40 Van Dyke Avenue) with a shuttle bus service beginning at 8:15 am.
On Friday, September 2, all certified staff members and security officers should to report for professional development. Professional development information and locations will be forthcoming from district administrators.
Working together, I know we will meet the challenge and devote ourselves to a highly successful school year which begins September 6 for students. I am looking forward to meeting with you in September. Enjoy the rest of your summer!