July 2019

July 31, 2019

Dear School Community:

I hope this letter finds you enjoying your summer with friends and family.  As we gear-up for the 2019-2020 school-year, I write to share some school district updates intended to dial-you-in-on current summer work and preview some exciting advancements that await our students and staff in September (please see the attached for links to additional sites: Superintendent Update 7.2019.pdf ).

Welcome to our new Director of Student Personnel Services

  • Ms. Dawn Cuccolo has been appointed as our new Director of Student Personnel Services.  In this position, Ms. Cuccolo will oversee and help administer several critical aspects of our school district including English Language Learning and Basic Skills Intervention Programs.  The most significant part of her job will be oversight of Special Education. 

Ms. Cuccolo has special education supervisory experience, most recently having served as the Director of Special Projects for the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education. Her interpersonal skills, deep professional knowledge, and ability to help address our current goals make her a strong fit for the Kenilworth Schools.  Some of Ms. Cuccolo’s core beliefs include offering a continuum of services and programs, developing more professional learning for intervention services, and working to build trust with both professional faculty and staff along with parents. 

 

We will be sharing some transition opportunities come fall to allow our community to meet Ms. Cuccolo.


Welcome to our new Supervisor of Guidance

  • On July 1st, Ms. Joy Przywara joined our district as our Supervisor of Guidance.

Ms. Przywara comes to us with a wealth of experience in guidance and counseling services.  She has a great deal of energy and vision to help shepherd us in important work including:  enhancing our college profile, increasing our efforts to engage and outreach to our community, and supporting greater college and career preparations and programs for our students. 

 

With all faculty for next year currently in place, I’m excited to share with you brief bios of our cadre of new teachers in a September update. 


Curriculum & Professional Learning Advancements

  • Several new and revamped courses will launch this fall, some of which include World Cultures, Information Science cycles, Game Design, and Entrepreneurship, among others.  To support our students in achieving the most they can, many of our teachers have engaged in professional learning this summer around topics such as our inaugural implementation of Tools of the Mind, our new preschool program, and Orton Gilingham training provided through the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education to strengthen our approach to word study in grades K and 1.  Additionally, third grade teachers have engaged in professional learning to prepare for a pilot of Readers Workshop. Our administrative team also participated in professional development aimed at reflecting on communication styles and practices. 

Technology Upgrades

  • Hundreds of new touch-screen Chromebooks will be available to students across the grade-levels beginning in September.  Moreover, some upgrades to our Wi-Fi have been completed.  We will also be using this school year to prepare for a 1:1 Chromebook program roll out in September of 2020 for Brearley Middle-High School, thus providing students with anytime, anywhere technology access.

Enhancing Communication

  • To increase our ability to communicate proactively, thoughtfully, and with intention we are currently working on a communications plan.  Please take a moment to complete this short survey to provide baseline information about how we may improve as a district and indicate if you are interested in serving on a district-wide communications team.  As a launch to this work, we are currently revamping our website with the intention of keeping the site more regularly updated, more user-friendly, and more aesthetically pleasing.  We anticipate a late fall unveiling.

Buildings & Grounds Work

  • Our custodial and buildings and grounds crews are hard at work not only engaging in routine summer cleaning but completing substantial upgrades to our facilities.  Some work includes:
  • complete renovation of Brearley’s gymnasium
  • conversion of Harding Elementary School library into a Makerspace to support STEAM learning
  • completion of fencing around Harding Loop
  • repair work to Brearley’s second floor

Substitutes Needed

  • The Kenilworth Schools are looking for community members to increase our pool of substitute teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.  What’s better than working in your own backyard?  For more information, or to express interest, please email Ms. Lorrell Dutkevicz at Lorrell_Dutkevicz@kenilworthschools.com.   

It’s hard to argue Shakespeare’s assertion that “summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”  Enjoy these waning days of summer.


Sincerely,

Kyle C. Arlington

Superintendent of Schools

My Vision for Teaching & Learning