September 2, 2014
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
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