Vincent S. Smith
Superintendent of Schools
2100 Panther Path
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
(732) 701-1900 x. 2412
It really is the most wonderful time of the year! Not only because the holidays are upon us once again, and with all the charitable endeavors heralded by our students and staff that have demonstrated the true holiday spirit is alive and well in our schools and our community, but also because of our schools’ many events and traditions reserved for this time of year. This is one of my favorite times to visit our schools, when they seem alive with the sound of music and the holiday excitement is almost palpable.
This time of year is marked by winter concerts and holiday events; by food and toy drives for our neighbors in need; and by great reflection as we look back on the school year’s first three months and the seemingly impossible number of achievements that have occurred over such a short time.
When I look back at the last three months, with its many achievements, I am filled with great optimism for the next portion of the school year. These first few months have been filled with unprecedented achievement among our students and staff. For evidence of our staff and students’ many successes, one need only take a brief walk down any of our schools’ hallways.
Whether in academics, athletics or the arts, our students are excelling in every area. Academically, our students are shattering records. So far this year, three Boro students have earned commendation from the National Merit Scholarship program, and an astounding 46 current students and members of the Class of 2014 have been named AP Scholars, far surpassing last year’s record of 34 students.
Our student athletes’ commitment to excel is demonstrated by the places they’ve earned among our area’s top athletes on All Shore and All Division teams! And senior Carolyn inked a National Letter of Intent to swim at Fairfield University.
Our Performing Arts Department also continues to shine with extraordinary performances and achievement. Kicking off a season of outstanding achievement, our high school Competition Marching Band took first place in the NJ State Band Championship. Carrying on a Boro tradition, an impressive three of our students were selected to join a select group of New Jersey’s most elite high school musicians for the Algonquin Arts Theatre’s 2014 Rising Stars Concert. A number of Choral students were also selected to perform at the All State Opera Festival where senior Nicole Toms was the highest scoring female performer, winning three of the five awards for which she was eligible. Miss Toms joins 14 of her fellow Choral students later this winter, to perform in the All Shore Chorus’ 52nd Annual Concert.
District teachers are also receiving well-deserved recognition for their efforts. Earlier this year, elementary teachers Stephanie Smith and Lauren Rodriguez were named 2014 New Jersey Exemplary Elementary Educators, and Megan Fritz was selected to share her teaching expertise at the annual NCTE Convention in Washington D.C.
As you can see, here in the Point Pleasant Borough School District, it really is the most wonderful time of the year! Thank you for your continued support.
From the Point Pleasant Borough School District family to your family, I offer our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a safe and happy New Year!