As this school year is drawing to a close I would like to thank the teachers for their efforts, congratulate the students on their achievement, and express my gratitude for the support of the parents. Additionally, as we approach summer break, it is fitting to reflect on things we have done and where we are headed.
Over the past year, we worked toward implementing the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, enhancing student performance on state assessments, and improving the use of technology in educational practice. Our curriculum and benchmarks of subject matter learned in each class is now online. We have assessed each child in math and ELA. We have increased the number of technology devices the children are using in the classroom each year for the last four years. Also, we have embraced the use of many Google programs like Classroom, Docs, Calendar, and Gmail.
A focus this summer will be to accomplish a “Read One Book” initiative in partnership with the North Bergen Public Library. Additionally, each child in grades Kindergarten through 6 will have a reading level sent home on the report card. Please use this reading level to get books and read with your child. The math department will have activity packs for the children to do to keep mentally active. Together, we are looking to make visible difference for our students, families, and community.
Next year we will set our sights on some challenging goals in the areas of continuing to improve student achievement and college and career readiness. We will look to make our students future ready today and to increase community engagement. In spite of the challenges, we will focus on what matters most to ensure our students are learning and we are continuing to grow as a staff and a district.
Educating our children for a successful future is important and a focal point of my educational plan. Despite the constraints and challenges caused by the states funding situation, we continue to focus on improvement. We will continue to find ways to control our resources, people, time, dollars, and relationships toward success for students and a strong school system of which our community is justifiably proud.
I hope each of you has an opportunity to rest and re-energize over the summer.
Lastly, I would like to wish all the dads a happy Fathers Day!!
Mariam Kamerji of North Bergen is one of 34 students from North America selected to participate in Curious Science Writers (cSw), a program that trains high school students to write, design, publish, and disseminate engaging, easy-to-understand stories about complex science.
SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR 2017-2018