Dr. Danita Ishibashi
2099 Pennington Road
Ewing, New Jersey 08618
(609) 538-9800 Ext. 1402
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!
Welcome to one of the most unique school openings that education has experienced.
Please let me express appreciation and gratitude to the Ewing community of educators, support staff, students and parents who have been supportive and understanding during this public health crisis.
We are welcoming 29 new staff members to our Ewing Family and 3 administrators, Dr. Jennifer Antoni, Director of Counseling, Michael Colonna, Assistant Principal Ewing High School, and Ms. Alicia Mackall, Supervisor of Instructional Technology who will join the district shortly.
Whether you are a first year teacher or a twenty plus year veteran, this years’ school opening will be like no other. Each of us have experienced this public health crisis in a unique and personal way. The same can be said for our students.
We will embrace the district theme of Staying Strong: Moving Forward through meeting our students social emotional needs by building strong relationships with our students and moving forward by delivering teaching and learning through a blended learning approach.
Students are more likely to engage in learning when they feel safe, respected and valued. Each building has developed an opening of school social emotional learning plan to assist students with the transition back into our buildings. The elementary schools will teach students executive functioning and other social skills through a Responsive Classroom, Morning Meeting structure. Fisher Middle and Ewing High School will support social skill learning through extended homeroom lessons, counseling lessons and health classes. Our counseling department will support students through whole class and small group experiences. Dr. Antoni will facilitate the districts’ coordinated student support through counseling services.
For the first time, we will open the school year, in-person, with a one to one technology device initiative. Plus, the district has expanded the digital and instructional resources available to promote learning. So how can we leverage the best practices of virtual learning and the best practices of in-person learning to create a new learning experience for students? – “Blended Learning”! Now that we have experience designing Technology-Rich classroom instruction, we can strive for a “Blended Learning” approach as we return to in-person instruction. Ms. Mackall will collaborate with the Curriculum and Instruction and Technology departments to coordinate staff and student support through infusing instructional technology into our blended learning model.
What I have learned about the Ewing community is that difficult times bring out the best in everyone. Let’s focus this school year on how we can continue to embody our district theme: Staying Strong: Moving Forward
I wish everyone a positive learning experience this school year and look forward to all having an amazing school year!
Dr. Danita Ishibashi