March 2019

March 22, 2019

 

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff:

 

I hope this letter finds you enjoying the first few days of spring.  Writer Ellis Peters wrote that “every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.”  I hope that the season finds you astonished and appreciative of all that your children are learning in our schools.

 

Instruction in Action

In my first weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to observe a number of classes in action and have been welcomed by many enthusiastic teachers and excited students.  I’ve seen:

  • first graders deeply excited at the mere prospect of using paperclips to measure classroom objects to practice measurement skills.

  • a third grade classroom turned into an Italian restaurant as an environment for investigating fractions.

  • middle school students preparing for “bite-sized debates” about age-appropriate, controversial topics.

  • high school students engaged in a bridge-building design challenge.

 

My classroom visits are a reminder that there is a lot to celebrate in our schools!

 

State Monitoring Results

A more official notice of celebration came this week by way of the NJ State Department of Education, which notified us that we exceled during recent state monitoring.  The process, known as QSAC, is a comprehensive audit of our practices and achievement in five areas of school:  Instruction & Program, which we scored an 81%, Fiscal Management, which we scored a 100%, Governance, which we scored a 100%, Operations, which we scored a 98%, and Personnel, which we scored a 93%.  These results highlight where our practices are at their strongest and where we can continue to grow. 

 

Particularly as it relates to Instruction & Program, I realize there is a continued need to focus on academic achievement.  I’m excited to help lead that charge and support teaching and learning in 21st Century and “future ready” ways.

 

Coffee and Conversation

If you are interested in contributing to that conversation and sharing ideas, I encourage you to attend one of the Superintendent’s Coffee & Conversation chats listed below.  There will be no formal presentation but instead an opportunity for open dialogue and the sharing of questions and ideas.  While an RSVP is not required, I do encourage you to let me know if you plan to attend by emailing Ms. Lisa Casamento at Lisa_Casamento@kenilworthschools.com.  I hope to see you there.

 

  • Wednesday, April 17 @ 7:00pm, Harding All Purpose Room

  • Wednesday, May 15 @ 10:00am, Harding All Purpose Room

  • Wednesday, May 15 @ 3:30pm, Harding All Purpose Room

In closing, I’m encouraged by a sign hanging outside one of our pre-school classrooms.  As I walk by, it serves as a daily reminder that as we strive towards a healthy school culture and aspire to function as a high performing school district, we must all encourage each other with a sense of belonging and community.  Please join me in doing so.


 

Enjoy your weekend.

 

Sincerely,

Kyle C. Arlington

Superintendent of Schools