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Dr. Brian RepiciHOME OF THREE (3) NATIONAL GREEN RIBBON SCHOOLS
2021-2022 School Year Message
COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives and our educational offerings, and yet, we are looking forward to a productive 2021-2022 school year. While we will continue to need your cooperation, understanding, and patience, we will provide academic, social-emotional, developmental, and co-curricular support to all children.
We are eager to get back into our classrooms and serve students. Even though we still have safety protocols to follow, we expect our students and staff to perform at high levels. We must be focused and determined more than ever to achieve our goals and to provide solid services to the community.
All of us have to do our part to keep everyone safe. Please check out our Re-Opening of School plan on our District and School Websites.
Here are some of the things we will be focused on this year. Additionally, you can visit the Superintendent page to see the District Goals. Thank you for your partnership.
PROMOTE STUDENT AND STAFF WELLNESS
For four school years, we have focused our energies on improving student and staff wellness through professional development, upgrading spaces to work-out gyms, increasing the safety and security of our schools, hiring additional counselors and changing some of their responsibilities, and adding curricula that address methods and strategies for students to manage emotions. We will continue this focus by supporting Wellness Committees in each school, which consists of school staff who are charged with devising ways to be focused on health and well-being.
Last school year we launched our C.A.R.E. (Center for Alternative and Restorative Education) at Camden County College. The C.A.R.E. Program will provide students with a safe, supported, and comfortable learning environment designed to minimize distractions in a shortened school day while increasing students' abilities to self-regulate, be present in the moment, process information effectively, and demonstrate successful acquisition of knowledge. Participation in the C.A.R.E. Program requires either an application process with supporting medical documentation, recommendation by the building administration, or placement by the Child Study Team. All recommendations are subject to review by the district physician. Last school year, Mrs. Baratta, Director at C.A.R.E., and her team helped four students graduate from high school ahead of schedule.
SECURITY UPDATESIf there is ever a need to immediately notify parents/guardians of an emergency situation, we will be utilizing the District webpage, the District Facebook page, and the Alert Calling System. Please make sure the schools have accurate and up-to-date contact information, including address, phone number(s), and e-mail addresses.
SCHOOL FACILITY RENOVATIONS
TRITON was built in 1956, HIGHLAND was built ten years later, in 1966, and TIMBER CREEK was built in 2001. We take great pride in our school facilities, both inside and outside, as we believe that the schools should be extremely clean, safe, inviting and a source of pride in the community. We continue to upgrade our facilities so that our learning environments create conditions that optimize students' experiences.
This year we will utilize the second floor of the Wolverton Library with the assistance of Camden County College in preparation to educate students in our expanded Job Transition II Program for students with disabilities. We completed a Highland locker renovation downstairs, are completing Phase III of Timber Creek's roof sealing, renovated Highland's instrumental music classroom, purchased new Chromebooks for students, renovated the Triton cafeteria floor, constructing a new Timber Creek 9/11/2001 Remembrance space at the front of the school, upgraded laptops for staff, and installed numerous, sliding SMARTBOARDS in classrooms.
I want to wish everyone a peaceful and productive school year.Yours in education,
Dr. Brian RepiciSecretary: Mariellen Habina
Phone: 856-227-4106 Extension 8025