Dear School Community

We have flipped another page in our calendar, and now it is May which means we have reached the homestretch of this 2015-16 school year.  It also means that this is the month that we take the opportunity to collectively recognize and appreciate the important work that teachers do in our classrooms every day.  I am reminded of this every time I visit  classrooms.

During this time of the year, the challenge for students is to stay focused despite being somewhat fatigued from eight months of school work and despite the looming promise of the summer break. I understand it maybe difficult for some of our young people to continue pushing forward now, and I encourage New Brunswick Public Schools’ faculty and staff to recall their own days as students, and how they felt when the end of the year was in sight.

Students who perform in musical ensembles, in athletics, or on stage have experienced how crucial it is to bear down and generate positive results during the most difficult of times of fatigue. Being able to do so is, to borrow an expression, the mark of a champion. I call it “GRIT.”

In the end, we are graded on what we accomplish during the entirety of the school year, and the effort we put forth in May or June is every bit as impactful as what we do in September; Perhaps even more so.

My favorite quote about perseverance and continuing to do what we know to be necessary comes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

So, let’s commit to doing our very best, day after day, throughout the month of May. In the end, as the school year concludes in June, we will look back on what we’ve accomplished. 

With this in mind, I have included an infographic (Click Here: POWER THROUGH) that focuses on finishing the year with a flourish.

I am inspired by the professionalism and dedication of our educators in New Brunswick.


Dr. Aubrey A. Johnson 
Superintendent of Schools