Vincent S. Smith
Superintendent of Schools
2100 Panther Path
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
(732) 701-1900 x. 2412
It is my distinct honor and privilege to welcome you to the 2014-15 school year! Summer is officially winding down and the first day of school, slated for Thursday, September 4, is just around the corner. It’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks those yellow buses will be back on the road transporting our students to one of the four best schools in the country! That’s a bold statement, I know, and, although I concede I may be somewhat partial, even the most objective assessment of our district’s myriad accomplishments and accolades will support my assertion that our schools are outstanding by every measure.
Last year was one for the record books, with so many of our students experiencing success in so many different areas; and with its new programs and improvement initiatives, the coming year promises even greater success.
Although for many, summer is a time for rest and relaxation, that’s not the case for our district’s administration, faculty and staff, who have been keeping busy engaged in projects in preparation for the return of our students.
This summer saw district administration and staff continued work on streamlining the transition to the new Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics for the coming year. Further preparations for the implementation of the new PARCC assessments, which will be administered online to students in grades three through 11 beginning in Spring 2015, have been keeping our technology department very busy with new equipment and upgrades to the district’s digital infrastructure. The new equipment, specifically a quantity of Google Chromebooks for each school will satisfy the technology requirements established by PARCC and the infrastructure upgrades, which include universal wireless access to sufficient bandwidth and consistent wireless connections district-wide, will allow for the means to reliably use the Chromebooks.
District facilities have also undergone significant changes this summer with various capital improvements and renovation projects, including the district-wide roof and HVAC replacements provided for by last December’s approved referendum.
And prior to the start of school all faculty and staff will once again take part in professional development workshops, including a Google Academy, to educate teachers on utilizing Google Education’s powerful suite of tools and apps. This will help facilitate enhanced differentiated instruction through technological interventions, which ensures our students learn effectively concomitantly with 21st century themes.
To those families who are returning to our District, whether your child is advancing to the next grade level in the same school, or, after June’s promotion ceremonies, is beginning a new District school, I am confident you will be pleased with the upgrades and improvements awaiting our students upon their return.
For those families new to Point Pleasant Borough Schools, whether you’re sending your first child to kindergarten, you’ve recently moved or transferred, it is a privilege to help guide your transition into the District. We encourage you to become involved and engaged in everything our school community has to offer.
Our schools offer so many opportunities for our students to find personal success. And it is our mission as educators to guide our students through their journey of self-discovery to uncover their own unique talents. But for this we ask your support; our continued partnership will inspire our students’ attainment of the highest levels of achievement throughout their educational experiences.
On behalf of Central Administration, the Board of Education, our faculty and staff I would like to welcome you to the 2014-15 school year. Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer. We’ll see you on September 4!