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March 6, 2018

"Being a good person does not depend on your religion, status in life, race, skin colour, political views, or culture. It depends on how you treat others." ~ Unknown


The quote above expresses my belief that many problems in our world, country, and community could be resolved if people simply spoke and acted from a philosophy of kindness and respect. I am deeply saddened by the growing culture of negativity and hate along with the inability of many people to discuss their differences in a rational and respectful manner. While I am a user and promoter of technology, I certainly view social media as one tool of this negativity. As an educator, I am alarmed by how all of this is affecting our children.


Please join me in a pledge that each one of us stops and thinks before we speak, post, and act. This is especially important when feeling upset with something the school or police or a neighbor is doing.  Imagine what could be accomplished if instead of responding with negative, hurtful language, we took the time to actually listen to, converse with, and help one another.


As adults, we must be the leaders and models. We need to show our children how to act in a positive and caring to resolve differences and solve problems in a constructive way. We also need to monitor what our children are doing and take action to address inappropriate behavior as well as provide support if they are struggling. While it is difficult to accept that a child has a problem, it is even more difficult to deal with the mistakes a child makes when the help needed is not given.


Here in the school district, safety and security have been and remain a priority, including being a district goal adopted by the Board of Education. While it would take pages of writing or hours of spoken word to explain everything we are doing, below is an overview of the varied ways we approach safety/security.

Our administrative team:

o   works in cooperation with the Galloway Township Police Department and other emergency responders to develop and implement security plans and protocols;

o   attends training by experts in the safety/security field; these trainings also inform and update our protocols and practices;

o   assesses and identifies improvements and upgrades for our facilities and technology/communications systems at all our schools and offices;

o   and staff members reach out to parents/guardians when there are student concerns, and strive to work collaboratively with families and provide resources;

o   work to create safe, positive school culture.

         Staff members:

o   receive ongoing training in how to prevent and how to respond to safety/security issues and threats - this includes if a student makes statements about harm to self or other;

o   have opportunities to provide feedback about our training and practices;

o   and students participate in unannounced drills which are observed by our administrators and/or law enforcement members; follow-up in some manner always occurs (e.g. protocols revised, additional training);

o   seek to build positive classroom environments and relationships with students;

o   assist students by addressing safety concerns and drills in a patient and caring way.


o   receive lessons and programs that help them deal with problem solving, conflict resolution, and other life skills;

o   receive tailored programs and services as individuals or small groups when a need is identified;

o   have opportunities for input (e.g. classroom discussions and circles) and, activities (e.g.  student council);

o   are referred to outside professional resources and, if needed, to our School Resource Officers and the GTPD.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact me. You are also invited to our next District Community Advisory Team and Board of Education meeting both being held on March 19th. If you are not a regular member of the District Community Advisory Team and want to attend the meeting, please contact my secretary Heather Harris at or 748-1250, ext. 1016, so that we can give you details and plan for seating. The Board meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. - you do not need to notify us in advance to attend the Board meeting.


Please be assured that the safety and security of every student and staff member are of the utmost concern to our entire administration and staff, our Board of Education, and me.


I leave you with a quote from Wonder. (For those of you familiar with the book, this is Mr. Browne's May precept):

"Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as you ever can."

~John Wesley

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

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