Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! As we look forward to having children back in our buildings this coming Monday in our phase in approach, I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your support, patience and dedication over the past weeks and months. While the start of this school year may look different from any we have ever experienced before, the sense of anticipation and excitement hasn’t changed. I felt it this week as I walked through buildings, greeting staff and watching the launch of remote learning. The excitement and eagerness of our students and staff was palpable.
As we get ready to embark on this journey into our new hybrid environment, feeling some trepidation is understandable. As a district, we are committed to walking this path in partnership with you. We have amazing administrators, and we are all focused on reaching a common destination: the very best possible education for every single one of our students.
To the over 250 faculty members, who joined us in Reopening 2020 planning this summer, THANK YOU for your commitment to our professional growth. In addition to those paid to support our work this summer, so many teachers have spent the past weeks voluntarily participating in webinars, reading educational blogs, researching best practices in remote instruction, swapping ideas with other teachers, and so much more. You are devoted to giving our students your best, and I am confident that they are in good hands.
In addition, to our families: I am so grateful for you as we launch this new school year. Our community is fortunate to have parents and guardians who are as involved and deeply committed to their children’s education. Thank you for your patience and support, and for entrusting your children to us. Please know that our first days of school will be focused on establishing a sense of community and connection. Our students are the reason we do what we do, and we have missed them greatly. We will work together to assure that our students have the social, emotional, and mental health supports needed for continued success.
This is an exciting time to be in education, full of new opportunities and learning for all of us. I am looking forward to a year when we all rise to this most unusual occasion to provide those things that are best for our students.
Margaret Marotta Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools