Dear Students of the Black Horse Pike Regional School District:
As of July 1, 2013, I will begin to serve the community as Superintendent of the Black Horse Pike Regional School District (BHPRSD). I grew up in Gloucester Township and have countless, fond memories of Gloucester Township Public Schools, BHPRSD, teachers, and friends. My parents and teachers modeled and taught the importance of perseverance, planning and the will to succeed through hard work; I am eternally grateful for all of their guidance and support. As Superintendent, I wish to provide an environment rich in opportunities for students to share in the same experiences I had as a student in the BHPRSD.
As a result of meeting with students over this past school year, it is our intention to implement the following starting September 2013:
· Opportunities to perform higher critical-thinking tasks: Students will be expected to problem solve, create and build, for those performance skills are what separate us from the competition. In support of this, students will perform in district-level competitions.
· GREEN Team: Students are concerned about the health of our planet.
They wish to see the school be a reflection of that care, so efforts to reduce the use of gas, electricity, and water will be made. A student, teacher and administrator-led GREEN team will put into action a plan to reduce the school district’s use of gas, electricity, water, use of pesticides, and harmful cleaning chemicals. We want to be leaders in the community on reducing our carbon footprint and reducing the release of harmful chemicals into the ground.
·Greater collaboration between students and central administration:
Student Council representatives and class officers in each high school will meet with Central Administration to share and gather ideas. Students’ ideas are valued, so please discuss any ideas you have through your elected Student Council members or class officers.
I thank you for this opportunity and will handle all duties and responsibilities of my leadership role with utmost care so that generations of students will be afforded the opportunities that come with an excellent education. It is my firm belief that all students can learn and build success. Building success takes determination, daily commitment, focus, planning, and decision-making aligned to that commitment. Together, let’s aim to initiate creativity, celebrate success, and hold high expectations for academic achievement.
Dream big and plan wisely,