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Welcome Back to School Letter from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Michael Nitti

 September 8, 2020 

Dear Ewing School Community,

If there was ever a summer that you are probably weary of receiving correspondences from my office, it would be this one. 

But it is, of course, tradition for a “Welcome Back Letter.”  However, considering how much you have had to read over the past couple of months, I will strive to keep this one brief.

As someone who went right from high school to college and then into teaching, this is my 49th consecutive first day of school, and it will certainly be one unlike any that came before it.

But it certainly does not make it any less exciting, meaningful and special.

So tomorrow we will have a first day of school that will be different than any other we have ever experienced.

Some students will be returning to school for the first time since early March, and others will be starting the school year on computers working remotely from their homes.

But one thing in common is that the first day of school is still a big day, and a big deal, for all of us; as it should be.  I will be nervous and excited tonight, as will so many of our staff and students.  But that’s a good thing, because it tells us what we are doing is important.  So let’s all work together to make it a wonderful day for our students and families, no matter what setting they may be in, and the start to a great school year, whatever challenges and obstacles that may lay ahead.

On that note, we ask for your patience and understanding as we open up school this year.  Remember, we are doing two things we have never done, things we have never thought of doing before COVID-19, and perhaps things that are unfair to ask us to do.  We are trying to implement a robust and integrated remote virtual learning program for thousands of students, while also returning children and staff to our building for the first time since March during a public health crisis.  Please give us time and flexibility and know that we will work through challenges. For our Virtual Learning students, our Remote Learning Coordinators are there for you if you have issues or problems.

This is a nice segue to our District Theme for this year; “Ewing Strong: All in this Together!”  As we navigated the public health crisis, there were so many stories of our school community coming together to look after each other and do great things.  From local groups providing support to families in need, to teachers going the extra-mile for their students, to stories like EHS Principal Chmiel putting in nine fourteen-hour days to be at every Family Commencement Experience, there are so many examples of Ewing people demonstrating Ewing Pride to help the community through a tough time.  Look for the hashtag #ewingstrong for examples of our school community continuing to weather the storm with resiliency and fortitude.

At the August Board meeting, the BOE approved the district’s annual Board Goals.  Take a moment to review them and you will notice the major themes that will drive our work this year, including promoting equity and inclusivity, focusing on the emotional and psychological wellness of our students, and working with all school community members to navigate our current challenges.

As we move into the new school year, please join me in providing warm greetings to our new staff members of The Ewing Public Schools.   Our new hires are listed below, so look for an opportunity to welcome them to our school community.  They already have come to understand that we have a supportive school community in Ewing.  I wish them all long and happy careers with The Ewing Public Schools.

Neil

Winkler

GB

Computer Tech

Esteban

Santana

GB

Computer Tech

Santina

Winthrop

AS

Teacher Elementary Special Ed

Amanda

Anzman

LS

Teacher Elementary Special Ed

Marlena

Grzesiak

MS

Teacher Math

Amanda

Scholz

AS

Teacher Elementary

Jesse

Ambriz

MS

Teacher Resource

Amanda

Marroquin

MS

Teacher English

Kelly

O'Neil

AS

Psychologist

Danielle

Stubbins

MS

Replacement Math Teacher

Kendall

O'Malley

MS

Teacher English

Antonio

Diaz

MS

Office Assistant

Roseann

Baker

MS

Health Office Assistant

JoAnn

Trevor

HS

Health Office Assistant

 

A final note of thanks to the entire school community for all of your help, support and understanding during this demanding and difficult time.  Best wishes for a great school year!

Sincerely,

Michael Nitti

Superintendent of Schools

 

The Ewing Public Schools

Board of Education Goals 2020-21 

Each summer, the Ewing Township Board of Education and the administration meet in a retreat setting to review the state of the district, discuss the progress made on the previous year's Board goals, and shape new goals for the upcoming school year in a collaborative and collegial manner.    

For 2020-21, the Board and the administration have established one encompassing goal for each of the major school district areas of: Personnel, Operations, Governance, Curriculum and Instruction and Fiscal Management.    

Goal 1: Personnel  

Implement training and professional development that cultivates a community of learners who embody the traits that characterizes a positive school culture such as empathy, inclusivity and equity.   

Goal 2: Operations  

As the district navigates the COVID-19 public health crisis, work with key stakeholders to develop an effective “Return to School” plan that emphasizes safety, promotes the continuity of learning, and develops the social-emotional well-being of our constituents.  

Goal 3: Governance  

Embrace an organizational approach that promotes patterns of interaction between individuals and within an environment characterized by acceptance, valuing, respect, support, and safety so that stakeholders feel challenged to become invested in the pursuits of learning and achievement.  

Goal 4: Curriculum and Instruction  

Integrate instructional and educational technology that provides authentic learning experiences, especially in a virtual learning format, promotes future readiness, and develops healthy students.  

Goal 5: Fiscal Management  

As the district navigates Referendum ’18 Phase 2 initiatives, efficiently manage facility projects and communicate pertinent information effectively to the community.  

2020-21 School District Theme

Inspired by the unity, resiliency and perseverance that has been demonstrated by so many members of the Ewing School Community during this challenging time, the district theme for the Ewing Schools for the 2020-21 School Year is:

“Ewing Strong: All in this Together”