Welcome Back 2016-17

Dear Members of the Jersey City Public Schools Community,
 
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year.
 
I love graduations in June, but watching three- and four-year olds on their first day in September is a joyful experience. It brings to mind the song,
 
I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
 
If we believe that our children are the future and that we must prepare them to become responsible, fulfilled and successful global citizens, then we must agree that educating our children is everyone’s responsibility. Of course parents are responsible. Parents are their children’s first teachers and valued partners. Of course educators are responsible. As educators we have the lion’s share for the “academics,” but learning is a complex activity and takes place outside of the classroom as well. Our children are also responsible, and that is why we must nurture strong relationships with them, build on their strengths, insist on high intellectual performance and amplify their voices.
 
But the homeowner who has no children but wants to be sure that the community thrives has a role. The faith-based congregations that nurture the spiritual well-being of a community have a role. Community-based organizations that support children and their families have a role. Our elected officials, civic leaders and activists certainly have a role. The bus driver, the hairdresser and the college professor have a role.
 
Educating our children is a long-term commitment, and each one of us is a valued contributor. We must each support, guide, celebrate, nurture and be advocates for our children. And it is the collaboration of the home, the school and the community where they will learn to value the fruits of education, their responsibility to the well-being of the community, and their own power to make a difference.
 
We believe in the future of ALL the children of Jersey City Public Schools.
 
Together we can. Together we WILL.
 
Dr. Marcia V. Lyles
 
Superintendent of Schools