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Superintendent's Message
Mr. Smith

Though the weather has been keeping us guessing as to which season we’re in, the other signs - warmer weather, more daylight hours, and the not-so-welcome return of itchy allergy eyes - are unmistakable, spring has arrived bringing with it one of my favorite times of the school year. With the many live performances, art and film festivals, and student award and recognition programs that honor student achievement throughout the year, spring is one of the most exciting here in Point Pleasant Borough Schools. These events and activities provide unique insight into the academic, artistic and athletic growth our students have experienced during the school year.

However, spring’s arrival is also somewhat bittersweet because it signals the end of another school year. It’s hard to believe that the end of the 2016-2017 school year is just weeks away. Soon, our schools’ will confer to our students their highest honors at their promotion and graduation ceremonies. It’s never easy to say goodbye but we send these young men and women off to realize their dreams and ambitions secure in the knowledge that we have prepared them well.

But before we turn our collective attention toward the future, I’d like to reflect back on what has been an unforgettable year. Although the close of each school year lends itself to contemplation and review, with its many achievements, the 2016-17 school year will stand as a touchstone to achievement for our district with our students far exceeding all standards of excellence. This year, like in previous years, our students have received commendations for their academic pursuits, seen critical acclaim for their work in the performing arts and have secured a number of state sectional championships and sportsmanship awards. What sets this year apart, however, is not only the volume of honors, but also the level of prestige of the awards that have been bestowed upon our students and staff. This year, students were distinguished as AP Scholars, Algonquin Rising Stars, and participants in the WorldStrides High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall among others. Our students have taken top honors in, various art competitions, like the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition; digital video contests including the Ocean County Library Film Festival; and numerous essay contests like the NCTE Promising Young Writers’ Contest, multiple Asbury Park Press Student Voices Essay Contests and the Barnes & Noble Favorite Teacher Essay Contest. A number of our student-athletes have also earned spots among our area’s top athletes on All County, All Shore, All Division and All State teams while some of our special education students have medaled in the Special Olympics! Earlier this year, Senior Jake Ippolito took top honors in Computer Programming at the Future Business Leaders of America State Competition. Jake will advance to the Nationals in California this summer. And recently, our high school’s Advanced Software Engineering Topics Class achieved finalist standing for two distinct projects at the Regional STEAM Tank Challenge. They’ll advance to the State Level Competition, which takes place at the New Jersey School Boards Association 2017 Workshop next October, where they’ll face off against 16 other innovative projects in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics fields.

District staff members have also earned recognition this year, including, 12 district teachers whose commitment to 21st Century teaching and learning inspired their pursuit of certification through the Google Certified Educator program; two Exemplary Elementary Educators; four Teachers of the Year; an NJSTA Simmons Scholar; an Educational Support Professional of the Year; a Greater Media Teacher Who Rocks; a Rutgers School of Engineering Dean’s Award for Service recipient; and two Coaches of the Year! Our teachers have also demonstrated an outstanding commitment to providing students with the best possible educational experience while remaining fiscally responsible and accountable to taxpayers with the receipt of over $70,000 in grant monies, this year alone!

Thanks to the Board of Education’s recent adoption of the 2017-2018 budget, even greater success is promised in the coming years. In alignment with the district’s commitment to delivering a first-class educational experience to our students while remaining accountable to Point Pleasant taxpayers, the approved budget maintains our schools’ high quality educational and co-curricular programs and progressively addresses students’ evolving needs with new programs and initiatives yet imposes the second lowest tax increase in over 20 years!

The 2017-18 budget represents a hard-won achievement for district administration and the Board of Education, who share the challenge of crafting a school spending plan that facilitates learning yet is sensitive to the needs of taxpayers. I believe the approved budget meets with both those goals and provides for the best possible educational experience for the children of Point Pleasant Borough.

On behalf of the Board of Education, Central Administration, and the entire Point Pleasant Borough School District, I thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Vincent S. Smith
Superintendent of Schools