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Superintendent's Message
Mr. Smith

There’s no better time of year in the Point Pleasant School District than the holiday season. As we come into the holidays, the first marking period has come and gone and students and staff are typically settled in and focused on achievement and the remainder of the year. There’s a feeling of accomplishment and contentment that can be felt district-wide, which lends itself well to the burgeoning holiday spirit that can be witnessed throughout the district. 

The charitable endeavors heralded by our students and staff as well as the season’s many events and traditions, truly makes this the most wonderful time of the year. It’s one of my favorite times to visit our schools, when they are alive with the sound of music and the holiday excitement is almost palpable. The ability to witness the wonder of the holidays through the eyes of our students is a treasured gift.

This time of year is punctuated 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 incredible achievements that have occurred over such a short time.

Whether in academics, athletics or the arts, our students are excelling in every area. Academic achievement remains high and our students continue to be recognized for both academic and co-curricular pursuits.

The fall athletic season was one of the most exciting in district history! From our Panthers Football team’s incredible undefeated season that ended at the HighPoint Solutions Stadium at Rutgers University for the Central Group II finals to Devin Hart’s incredible finish at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships earning him All-American status, this year has been one for the record books.

Our Performing Arts Department also continues to shine with extraordinary performances and achievement. Carrying on a Boro tradition, senior Matt Moran and Freshman Keith Reilly were chosen to join a select group of New Jersey’s most elite high school musicians for the Algonquin Arts Theatre’s 2017 Rising Stars Concert. And an impressive seven Boro students will perform at the 2018 All Shore Regional Chorus.

District teachers are also receiving well-deserved recognition for their efforts. Earlier this year, high school English teacher Shannon Orosz was named a 2017 New Jersey Exemplary Secondary Educators while math teacher Gerard Marrone has continued to demonstrate an inspiring commitment to becoming an exemplary, tech-savvy educator by earning his Level II Google Educator Certification as well as his Level 1 Flipped Learning Certification. Flipped Learning is an instructional strategy that reverses the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content online outside of class and moving activities that have traditionally been considered homework into the classroom. Mr. Marrone and many other district educators continue to share their expertise with their colleagues in targeted professional development courses.  And I’m pleased to announce that three district teachers have been asked to present at upcoming NJASA Techspo Conference, of the most widely attended technology conferences in the state. Nick Gattuso, Amy Hover, and Tina Monteleone have all been selected to present on best practices that yield high student engagement. Mr. Gattuso will focus on computer science programs and activities, Ms. Hover will focus on interactive technology that supports differentiated practices, and Ms. Monteleone will share ways to engage students in reading through a variety of apps and extensions.

But where this year has really stood out is through the charity and spirit of giving that has been demonstrated in our schools. The year began with a district-wide effort to support the recovery efforts from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Through a combination of donation receptacles placed at strategic locations and events, a staff ‘Jeans Day’ fundraiser, and donations from the district’s affiliated organizations, we raised over $3,000 to support the One America Appeal!

For the tenth consecutive year, all four district schools worked to make the holidays brighter for area families in need by participating in the Annual Students Change Hunger Holiday Food Drive competition, raising literal tons of food. Our schools also coordinated pajama, toy and gift, and coat drives for those in need. And Memorial Middle School celebrated their 22nd year of participation in the St. Jude’s Math-a-Thon!

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, happy and healthy New Year!

Sincerely,

Vincent S. Smith
Superintendent of Schools

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