Messages from the Superintendent

  • Listen to the podcast by City Hall!

    Superintendent of Schools Gives Update in City Podcast

    Dr. Johnson was featured in the "New Brunswick COVID-19 Report" podcast published by City Hall on October 9, 2020. The regularly updated podcast is made available by Mayor James Cahill and Public Information Officer Bert Baron. Listen to the informative update at www.cityofnewbrunswick.org/podcasts

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  • Message from Superintendent

    September 2, 2020 — Welcome to New School Year

    Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, staff, families, the entire community, and we hope to be in our classrooms and offices soon. Further, our priority continues to be the intellectual and social development of our students and staff.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    August 28, 2020 — Welcome Back Staff!

    We are serving in an environment that is changing daily, which is impacted by many moving parts. Let’s remember that whether the day is challenging or smooth, we will come through this together and we all are part of the New Brunswick Public Schools team.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    August 13, 2020 — Virtual Learning Start for the School Year

    Specific details about individual student schedules, the structure of the all-virtual school day and additional professional learning are in development and will be announced as quickly as possible.

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  • Re-entry plans

    July 23, 2020 — School Re-entry Plan

    Our district re-entry committees have been working diligently to construct a learning plan that includes both in-person and virtual instruction (hybrid model) for all students and staff for this upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

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  • Reopening Plans

    June 30, 2020 — Update on Reopening Plans

    Following guidelines from the NJ Department of Education, we've been been preparing reopening plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Please view the letter from Superintendent Johnson for an update on focal points to safely enter schools. 🧼

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    June 23, 2020 — End of Year Message

    Each and every one of us employed by New Brunswick Public Schools, more than 2,000 in all, were engaged in a daunting and remarkable undertaking. We did not know what to expect, at least in the beginning, and much of what we did from March through June 22 was developed along the way. We strategized, we improvised, and we persevered.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    June 1, 2020 — Message in Regards to the Death of George Floyd

    As educators, it is important that we understand the complexity of our reality and that of our students. It is important to teach our students the history behind their identity, the language behind their culture, and the geography from where they came. It is important to allow open conversations with the understanding that black and brown students may experience and interpret issues differently.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    May 4, 2020 — Announcement on the Closure of Schools

    Governor Murphy has announced that schools in the state of New Jersey will be closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Although we will not be able to physically see each other, we will continue to provide remote learning experiences for our students and district staff, using our online platforms.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    March 20, 2020 — Extended Closure Due to COVID-19

    As a precautionary measure all schools will remain closed until further notice in order to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Because the virus is easily spread from person-to-person, it is unsafe for large groups of people to gather.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    March 16, 2020 — COVID-19 Status Update

    Since we’ll be working with our students remotely, I presume everyone involved will have a fascinating educational experience. We will continue to do exactly what we are supposed to do as educators - push boundaries for our students. Teaching and learning shouldn’t stop just because the school buildings are temporarily closed.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    March 13, 2020 — Schools Closed for One Week

    Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing New Brunswick Public Schools effective Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20th to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus. We will continue to monitor the impact of the virus and decide whether schools will be opened or remain closed on a weekly basis.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    March 12, 2020 — Schools Closed Tomorrow

    We are taking precautionary measures and closing our schools tomorrow, Friday, March 13th. At this time, we have no confirmed cases however the situation is changing daily. As a precaution, schools will be closed tomorrow to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and for continued cleaning.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    December 23, 2019 — Happy Holidays

    Sometimes, offering a simple “Thank you” never seems sufficient. Our work can be demanding-- at times stressful-- but rewarding and gratifying when we recognize the benefits of the work we do everyday. We thank you for all that you do and are appreciative of everyone’s collective enthusiasm to prepare, empower and inspire our students. Let’s re-energize for the new year and continue to do impactful work in New Brunswick Public Schools.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    September 4, 2019 — Excitement for an Amazing Year

    I would like to welcome our school community to the 2019-2020 school year! September is always full of excitement as students return to school to embark on learning experiences that will shape their future. Principals, teachers, nurses, counselors, food service staff, security and crossing guards, and the rest of the support staff are ready to welcome back all our students.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    June 26, 2019 — End of Year Reflection

    Let’s look back through days, months, and even years and give ourselves a pat on the back. What we do as educators and other school district employees is extremely challenging. Without our individual and collective efforts and expertise and support from parents, our students would have little access to the knowledge necessary for building successful, fulfilling lives. I encourage you to make the most of your time away from school. You’ve certainly earned it.

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  • May 10, 2019 — Teacher Appreciation

    May 10, 2019 — Teacher Appreciation

    We want to personally thank the teachers for their dedication and commitment to educating all children. We know that teaching can become quite challenging, but we know that we have the best teachers that will provide the optimal learning environment for our students to succeed. Thank you, teachers, for everything you do to make the New Brunswick School District a better place every day of the year.

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  • December 21, 2018 — Holiday Break

    December 21, 2018 — Holiday Break

    With this year’s holiday break upon us, I encourage all of you to relax and enjoy the days off. If possible, try spending extra time with family and friends. Of course, a central theme of the holidays is giving to and doing for others, and I’m currently pondering how this relates to all of us, as a group of educators. From my perspective, we each should consider what else we might do to impact our students in a positive, long-term manner.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    November 21, 2018 — Happy Thanksgiving!

    During the holiday break, I would suggest we also ponder how the seemingly routine things we do each day can give others a reason for gratitude. Our actions have the power to brighten days and bring smiles to those around us, whether at school, in our communities, or in our own homes.

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  • September 6, 2018 — Invitation for Parental Involvement

    September 6, 2018 — Invitation for Parental Involvement

    We invite you to partner with us! Encourage your child to engage in their learning by asking questions, learning from mistakes, reflecting on ideas and understanding how they use those ideas to solve complex problems. As a community, our focus must remain on collaborating to offer integrated supports that will provide an optimal learning environment for our students to grow. Together we can Prepare, Empower and Inspire our students to be lifelong learners and leaders.

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  • August 29, 2018 — Staff Reflection

    August 29, 2018 — Staff Reflection

    I realize teachers feel pressure to teach the entire curriculum before the year ends. But, you cannot effectively teach content if students aren’t listening to you. So, it’s essential we continue embracing a personalized learning approach that extends beyond simply assigning grades for each assignment. We need to provide an opportunity to dialogue with our students and provide specific feedback on assignments, while also providing students with time to revise and reflect on their work.

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  • July 2, 2018 — Enjoy the Summer Break

    July 2, 2018 — Enjoy the Summer Break

    During these next two months, I encourage everyone to spend extra time with family and friends, see and learn some new things, read a few good books, and pause for some quiet reflection. I’ll be trying to do some of the same, while also planning for the resumption of school. This will be my fourth year in our district, and I’m confident our schools are heading in an exciting, positive direction.

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  • May 10, 2018 — Appreciation of Teachers' Dedication

    May 10, 2018 — Appreciation of Teachers' Dedication

    It is May, which means that we are in the home stretch and this is the month that we take time to collectively recognize and appreciate the important work that district staff do in our schools and offices everyday. I am reminded of this every time I make visits and witness the positive energy within the walls of the district. This is exactly what I expect and it is what I am confident all of us; faculty, staff, and administration alike will keep up through to the end of this school year on June 27th.

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  • February 23, 2018 — Safety and Vigilance

    February 23, 2018 — Safety and Vigilance

    We must remain vigilant and aware, in other words, “if you see or hear something, say something.” Many incidents have been avoided because students, parents, teachers, or administrators were able to alert law enforcement in advance. Moving forward, we will continue to enhance our security protocols, we will prioritize conversations to better address health and wellness issues our students experience and we will encourage mentorship programs that proactively redirects and build “Voice and Agency” for our students.

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  • January 15, 2018 — Dr. King and Success of Children

    January 15, 2018 — Dr. King and Success of Children

    From my perspective, the simple reality is that those with less education tend to be not as successful as those with who spend more time learning. We can never stop or pause in the work that we do; continuous learning is the gateway to success. In essence, our work at New Brunswick Public Schools is important to the community in which we serve and are crucial drivers toward prosperity and equality. Our charge to prepare, empower and inspire lifelong learners and leaders will equip everyone to pursue their dreams and goals.

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