Superintendent's Message


Albert Einstein


SEPTEMBER 2019 MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT


Education researcher Kathleen L. MacKay speaks to the impact of education on our country’s society, “Exactly how important is education in the current culture of American society? Will Durant, great American writer and philosopher, once said, ‘Education is the transmission of civilization.’ Durant delved into the study of several civilizations throughout history in some of his publications, and noted the importance of education as it applies to society, including its economic growth. A nation’s brilliance and ability to prosper is directly dependent upon its people’s edification. Without continuing to open one’s mind and allowing oneself to be taught, a person becomes stagnant, ignorant, and frozen in time.”

In Midland Park, we prepare for the first day of school with eagerness and are always re-energized when our schools are filled with students and teachers once again.  Our team of education professionals collaborate on the provision of instruction borne of research-based best practices proven to support students as they continue on personalized learning journeys.  The administrative team focused on a myriad of identified goals to prepare for the critical work of establishing a strong foundation for a successful school year.  Here are a few noteworthy items to review as we begin anew:

State Seal The Murphy Administration boosts Extraordinary Special Education Aid by $50 million, making some progress toward the $300 million needed each year for full state funding of special education costs.  A four-year pilot program to study risks/benefits of later school start times for some high schools is underway, with five schools participating in the study.  Pending further approval, “Mallory’s Law” would impose tougher penalties on parents when a student bullies another student, providing for civil liability of a parent of a minor found to be guilty of harassment or cyber harassment.

Construction Hammer Progress on facility improvement projects continues and the buildings look wonderful.  Here are a few highlights: staff restrooms at Godwin have been renovated and the new nurse’s office is completed; Highland has a new security-enhanced vestibule and the new interior door installation is beginning soon; at MPHS, the soffit project has been completed, faculty restrooms have been renovated, the new main office vestibule is completed, and preparations for the new Culinary Arts Suite are in full swing; and the solar project is complete and fully operational.

Stay in Touch
As we look ahead to our collaborative work, one of the most important measures parents can take is to remain in touch with administrators and teachers throughout the school year—remember, we are all just one phone call or email away.  We also hope you will frequently access the district website for the digital calendar of events and school and teacher web pages.  Finally, we look forward to seeing you at the many back-to-school events and activities scheduled this year at our schools…celebrating students for their academic and extra-curricular achievements makes for wonderful memories.  On behalf of all in our district, please accept my best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019-20 school year!

Sincerely,

Dr. Marie Cirasella

Dr. Marie Cirasella


 

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