Welcome Back-to-School for the 2014-2015 School Year
I would like to officially welcome everyone to the 2014-2015 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun-filled summer that was spent with friends and family. Just think, September (and school) is right around the corner.
As summer winds down, we look forward to what the new school year brings. As many of you are aware, Roxbury will be implementing full-day kindergarten. This monumental endeavor will certainly assist our children in the long term as the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards become a reality this year.
Our students in grades 7 – 11 will be equipped with Google Chrome books as the district implements a One-to-One initiative. This program will allow students the opportunity to become more engaged learners, develop better technology skills, and eventually reduce the dependency on paper-based textbooks. The 1:1 initiative also ensures that the district is adequately prepared for the PARCC online assessments. The PARCC is replacing the NJASK and HSPA tests and will be administered in Spring 2015.
This past year, we conducted a strategic planning process. The endeavor sets the foundation for our district for the next three years. Ironically, one of the objectives that came from the strategic planning process was to implement full day kindergarten. Thank you to all of our parents, community, and staff members that came out to assist us in this worth-while project. The plan specifically focuses on the following areas:
1) Student achievement/professional development;
3) Facilities and finance/safety and security;
4) Culture and Climate/Community.
Action plans will be developed that will provide how we address the areas.
On the staffing front, I would like to welcome our new teaching staff members. We will be conducting New Teacher Orientation on August 26-28th where we will officially recognize the new administration at the Eisenhower Middle School, Mr. Dominick Miller, Principal, and Elizabeth Omenga, Vice Principal. Ms. Donna Sugarman will be at RHS for the next several months before she officially retires. We wish Ms. Sugarman the best as she enters the next chapter of her life. We would like to welcome Ms. Denise Glenn as the science supervisor for grades 6-12 and Ms. Patricia Sikorski, who officially moves from lead teacher to social studies supervisor for grades 6-12. We also want to welcome Mr. Roger Schneider, who is the new Vice Principal at Roxbury High School. Congratulations to all of our new staff members.
The Building and Grounds Staff, Aramark, and several outside contractors have been extremely busy making major renovations and improvements to our schools. In all our buildings, we have initiated a $7.9 million Energy Savings Improvement Program. This government-sponsored program has afforded the district to make long overdue and upgrades to the heating, cooling, lighting and controls systems in the buildings. At RHS, we are replacing 8 HVAC units, thus completing the upgrade of system. The stadium field lights were replaced with state-of-the-art energy saving units. At EMS, we are taking advantage of NJDOE ROD grants where the district will be reimbursed up to 40% of the cost of the project to replace approximately 56,000 square feet of roof over the main structure. The main office and front storefront and vestibule has been updated and lighting is being replaced with LEDs. Lincoln Roosevelt saw 25 univents updated. All of the Lincoln classroom doors were replaced and 10 classrooms were painted, floors remediated and updated. Jefferson School had a new heating system installed. Nixon School is scheduled to have the parking lot milled and paved. Kennedy School will also see some additional paving work done.
As many of you recall, this past winter had taken its toll on, not only our patience, but the roof structure at Franklin School. We are pleased to announce that 13 classrooms were recently reinforced with steel beams allowing the roof to handle additional snow loads. The rooms all have new drop ceilings, LED lighting, and a fresh coat of paint. Unfortunately, there are many items that did not make the list, but those that did have improved the overall appearance and climate of our schools. Next time you’re in our buildings, make sure you take notice of the little things that are happening to improve the learning environment for our students.
We hope to improve the registration and communication process this year. Our goal is to utilize the Genesis student management system to its fullest extent. It is extremely important that you ensure the information on Genesis is updated and complete. Our principals will have the opening student/parents letters on the district’s web site. Student schedules and teacher assignments will be available on Genesis starting August 25th.
Superintendent of Schools
7:30 PM Board of Education Meeting
7:30 PM Board of Education Meeting
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Lentz & Lentz SAT Prep
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Back to School Night - Franklin
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PTA Meeting & Back to School Night- Nixon