Superintendent's Weekly Message May 10, 2020
I would like to wish mothers and all the people who step into mother others a wonderful and healthy mothers’ day. Last week we celebrated Teacher appreciation week, and there are not enough words to acknowledge the way our teachers have embraced remote learning to maintain the connections with the students and their families. On Friday, I received directions from the NJDOE and the Office of Emergency Management, confirming that ALL graduations must be virtual. The directive clearly states that any variation from a virtual celebration would violate the Executive Order to remain at home.
We are developing a safe and orderly plan for students and staff to remove their belongings from schools and to reimburse families the money collected for proms and another end of year events. This week educators and parents will receive the revised grading policy during the pandemic. It is essential that students continue to engage daily in their learning tasks and that teachers continue to maintain communications with them.
This week we will have two meetings about the budget. I plan to put more resources and educators in the classrooms to work directly with students. Jersey City is a beautiful city with a diversity that resembles our great nation. Still, there is an opportunity gap for some of our students, and we must make every effort to help the school dependent students to succeed.
Thank you, and please continue to exercise social distance, work on your assignments, and pick up breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any of the 20 locations around the city. Please help your neighbor and pick up a meal for them if they can’t go.
Superintendent of Schools
Dear Parents and Staff,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Jersey City Public Schools. I am very excited to start the 2019-2020 school year with a clear focus on doing what is best for all of our students. This has been a very busy summer overcoming obstacles and planning for results that can be sustained for years to come. Our vision is to provide exemplary leadership and service to the schools, parents and the community as we work together to prepare children with a globally competitive, comprehensive, rigorous education. The beginning of the school year, similarly to the dawning of a new day, offers endless possibilities. As we begin this school year, I wish everyone the greatest success as we welcome approximately 30,000 students and their families.
Building on the progress made in the past and with the support of the Board of Education, as the Superintendent, I will use the Transition Plan for Return to Local Control for the Jersey City Public Schools to guide our reform efforts. While maintaining the implementation of the initiatives that have shown success, this year we will focus on building strong academic foundations through innovative experiences, enhancing the arts, building resilience in our students through social-emotional programs, and school safety. We will be working on short and long term solutions for the students and families of the Jersey City Public Schools. Clearly, it is a year of great ambition and promise. Nonetheless, I know we can meet all of our goals because we have a faculty and staff that believes in our students and in providing educational excellence. We have work to do, work that requires commitment, focus and collaboration but together we will make progress towards our goals. I do not need to remind the families of how important your job is for our children in Jersey City. The children need your wisdom and your care. My hope is that working together, the community and the school district, we can prepare our students for the careers of the future. I know the staff at the schools will attempt to challenge students with engaging lessons and proven innovative practices.
I look forward to a year filled with stories of great success and great learning. Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year in the Jersey City Public Schools.