Vincent S. Smith
Superintendent of Schools
2100 Panther Path
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
(732) 701-1900 x. 2412
Although it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the close of the 2014-2015 school year, issuing diplomas and saying goodbye to the Class of 2015, three-quarters of summer break have come and gone and the start of the 2015-2016 school year is just weeks away. As the September 8 start of school draws near, I wanted to take a moment to extend to you my warmest welcome to what promises to be another outstanding year here in Point Pleasant Borough Schools.
More than any other time, I most look forward to the start of each new school year for it bears with it an incomparable energy, an energy that is wrought with hope and promise, and filled with endless possibilities. It’s a time for new beginnings when a new crop of bright young students enters the first stages of their educational journeys, while our returning students continue down their established paths toward graduation and their futures.
For our staff, the new school year is a time for renewed optimism, high energy, and an affirmation of our commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of each child that we have the responsibility to nurture, educate, and support.
Whether your child is entering school for the first time as a kindergartener, preparing for their final year as a high school senior or somewhere in between, the start of a new school year is a time for boundless potential and unlimited opportunities. It is our faculty and staff’s privilege to help our students navigate these opportunities, creating pathways to their personal success.
Our district cultivates student success through a challenging and rigorous instructional program that is balanced with a diverse set of co-curricular activities in academics, athletics, performing arts and social organizations. The introduction of various new programs and initiatives and the continued efforts to refine instructional practices while improving instructional continuity throughout the district coupled with the improvements and updates to district curriculum, programs and facilities have all but guaranteed that students will have even more opportunities to achieve personal success in the coming school year.
Summer is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year here at the district with the administration, faculty and staff working hard to ensure we’re prepared for our students' return. Since the last day of the last school year up to the first day of the new school year, our administration and staff tirelessly work to update our programs and facilities in the 10 short weeks afforded by summer break. This summer, administration and staff have continued to work on aligning district curriculum with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.
Following the success of last year's Google Chromebook initiative, this summer also saw the district add another 150 Chromebooks to be divided among our schools.
District facilities have also undergone significant changes this summer with continued work on the various capital improvements and renovation projects provided for by the December 2013 referendum.
And prior to the start of school all faculty and staff will once again take part in strategic professional development workshops, including a series grounded in Google for Education, which will help staff harness the transformative powers of Google in their classrooms. This will further facilitate enhanced differentiated instruction through technological interventions, ensuring our students learn effectively concomitantly with 21st century themes.
I am confident you will be pleased with the upgrades and improvements awaiting our students upon their return.
Our district recognizes that the best possible learning experience can only be achieved through the collaboration of an exceptional staff, engaged parents, and an informed and involved community. We ask for your continued support and engagement. Our continued partnership will ensure each student reaches his or her full potential, and will uncover every opportunity for success.
On behalf of Central Administration, the Board of Education, our faculty and staff welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer. We’ll see you on September 8!