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September 2, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Greetings from Galloway Township Public Schools! The arrival of this letters indicates that the 2014-2015 school year is about to begin. Our ten-month instructional staff members return on September 2nd , and we eagerly welcome your children on September 4th.

Throughout the summer our staff members were busy working with students in enrichment and intervention programs, participating in professional development and curriculum work, and completing many annual responsibilities and tasks to prepare for the new school year. Again this summer, there were important facilities projects including the replacement of the Roland Rogers and Smithville Elementary School roofs. Of course, the usual summer work of school cleaning, new student registration, the fiscal audit, and many other responsibilities were completed. All of our staff members worked diligently to prepare our schools and district for the return of your children.

A major component of this summer's work was the planning and training related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Partnership to Assess College and Career Readiness (PARCC). Teachers received grade and content specific training to assist them with the ongoing transition. To help you understand these state mandates for curriculum and testing, there are presentations scheduled immediately prior to each Back-to-School Night. I encourage all parents/guardians to attend, especially those of you that have children in grades three through eight. Please look for additional information in September.

This summer also brought additional administrative changes. At the August 25 Board of Education meeting, Mr. David Ragazzi was approved as the newest GTMS Assistant Principal. Additionally, the Board accepted the resignation of Mr. Jamie Gillespie, Smithville Assistant Principal. Mr. Gillespie accepted a position as the Primary School Principal in Upper Township. We thank him for his service to our children, and wish Mr. Gillespie well in his new endeavor. Mr. Rob Ford was appointed as the new Smithville Assistant Principal. Please look for school-based communication regarding these new members of our administrative team. We were also fortunate to add to our school family by hiring new teachers, classroom assistants, custodians, and food service staff to replace those that retired or otherwise left the district. Of note is the hiring of part-time School Resources Officers to rotate between and among our schools. Look for additional information in the near future.

Please accept this annual welcome back letter as an invitation to work together with our teachers, administrators, and staff to ensure a positive educational experience for your children. In today's hectic world, there are always time limitations on families' schedules; therefore, we offer a variety of ways for you to communicate with us and become involved. Please look for more information at Preschool and Kindergarten Orientation, during Back-to-School Night, and on our district and school websites and Facebook pages. Best wishes to you and your children for a wonderful school year!

Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Meeting the Standard of Excellence
609.748.1250, ext.

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