Dear School Community,

Let’s all remember that this month marks the 88th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birth. This is, as always, an opportunity to ponder the lessons of his courageous life, and consider what his legacy means to us today. I encourage everyone within the New Brunswick Public Schools family to remember his battle for equality, as well as his many inspiring words, including the following, one of my personal favorites:  "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

We are near the mid-point of the 2016-2017 school year, and I believe this is an excellent time for us to consider how things are progressing.  As with any district that has several thousand students spread out in more than 10 schools, we’ve had a few challenges along the way. That said, I think the positives have far outweighed any negatives, and I’m hoping we can build on our momentum as we move through the winter and spring.

One example of a truly wonderful event was the first “Superintendent Learning Night,” which we held at Roosevelt School in early December. This was an opportunity for parents to see firsthand the dynamic curriculum we’re developing, and participate in some hands-on experiences. We expected perhaps 150 attendees but what we got was in excess of 200 parents, 350 students and 100 staff members.  It was a remarkable, exciting event, and we still have three more Superintendent Learning Nights scheduled at different schools during the remainder of this year (as dates move closer, we’ll certainly share details).

Another way to assess the year-to-date is by viewing our district from the perspective of outsiders. This said, I’m very pleased with the coverage our district, students, and faculty have received from the news media. 

Here are just a few headlines we’ve seen and links to click on:

Of course, reporters will continue to also cover the challenges our schools face and they should; that’s their role. But I’m delighted New Brunswick Public Schools is being recognized for the multiple successes we’re enjoying whether in the classroom, in extracurricular activities, or in positioning our district for future growth. All in all, we’ve made quite a bit of good news during this current school year. 

I’m confident there’s much additional good news still to come as we continue to Prepare, Empower and Inspire our students to be lifelong learners and leaders. 

Dr. Aubrey A. Johnson
Superintendent of Schools