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Superintendent's Message
Mr. Smith

 Spring has returned to Point Pleasant Borough bringing with it the end of another successful school year! Though the end of each year is always somewhat bittersweet as we say goodbye to our graduating class, we do so confident in the knowledge that our students are well-prepared to tackle any challenges that lie ahead.

The last few months of the year are among the most exciting in our district. With the many live performances, art and film festivals, and student award and recognition programs that honor student achievement I am consistently awed by the growth and achievement our students have experienced during the course of the year. I feel truly blessed to bear witness to the awesome transformation our students undergo as they progress through our schools. It’s one of the many gifts I am humbled to receive as Point Pleasant Schools’ Superintendent.

Though we may be facing a constant barrage of bad or sometimes even fake news from the media, there’s only good news coming from Point Pleasant Schools, some of which I’d like to share with you. This has been another incredible year with our students exceeding all standards of excellence. This year, district students were distinguished as AP Scholars, Algonquin Rising Stars, and have won Gold and Silver Awards in the WorldStrides OnStage Heritage Music Festival. Our students have also taken top honors in, various art, video and essay competitions, like the Asbury Park Press Student Voices Video and Essay Contest and other local competitions. The Panthers’ Athletic Programs continue to impress with our Football Team finishing an incredible season with a record of 11-1 making it all the way to the Central Jersey Group 2 Finals while our high school Wrestling Team took the top spot in the South Jersey Group 2 Sectional Finals. Plus, a number of our student-athletes have earned individual accolades with spots among our area’s premier athletes on All County, All Division and All State teams, including Point Pleasant Borough High School Junior Devin Hart, whose achievement in running has shattered multiple records. This year alone, Devin has twice achieved All-American Status, has been named Gatorade’s Player of the Year in Cross Country and just last month he took first place in the 3,000 M at the Penn Relays – the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States! The Penn Relays attract more than 15,000 participants from high schools, colleges and track clubs from North America and beyond. Devin is only the sixth New Jerseyan to win the Penn 3000 and the first ever from the Shore Conference!

As detailed in this publication, amazing things continue to happen in Point Pleasant Borough High School teacher Nick Gattuso’s classroom. The students in Mr. Gattuso’s Advanced Software Engineering class kicked off the school year by showcasing a pair of apps at the 2017 STEAM Tank Challenge Finals at the New Jersey School Boards Associations 2017 Workshop. Since then, applications created by his students have also won first place in the Congressional App Challenge for New Jersey’s Fourth District and have been selected for the NJSBA’s 2018 STEAM Tank Challenge!

District staff members also continue to earn impressive honors, including, two district teachers whose commitment to 21st Century teaching and learning inspired their pursuit of certification through the Google Certified Educator program; an Exemplary Secondary Educator; MMS School Nurse Deb Ewtushek’s receipt of the Beacon of Light Award; four Teachers of the Year; an Educational Support Professional of the Year; 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 thousands of dollars in grant monies!

And thanks to the Board of Education’s recent adoption of the 2018-2019 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.

The 2018-19 budget represents an 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.

Since September 2017, we have all gotten a little older and hopefully a little wiser, but it’s our spirit that has been most transformed, strengthened by the bonds we share as members of the Point Pleasant Borough community. On behalf of the Board of Education and Central Administration, I would like to thank you for helping to nurture the connection between our schools and our community. Your support is the most essential tool in balancing the realities of today with the dreams of tomorrow.

Sincerely,

Vincent S. Smith
Superintendent of Schools

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