2016-2017 School Year Message
COMMON LUNCH PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT & CO-CURRICULAR INVOLVEMENT
Our schedule is a change from a very traditional schedule to one that maximizes resources, relationships and time so that our students make the most of their high school experience, improve academic achievement, and are college and career ready. Through the new schedule, more students will have the opportunity to engage in academic enrichment activities, participate in co-curricular programs, and, faculty will gain opportunities to meet and discuss instructional best practices in an effort to improve the student experience.
If 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.
We continue to upgrade our facilities so that our learning environments create conditions that optimize students' experiences. Therefore, this school year, the following facility upgrades are already underway:
1. Replacing the Highland second floor roof.
2. Replacing the Highland stadium bleachers.
3. Repair the Highland gymnasium floor and auxiliary gym floor.
4. Complete the installation of new lockers at Triton Regional High School. We are replacing the original lockers, which were over 50 years old.
5. Re-paving the student parking lot at Triton Regional High School.
6. Purchased a bathroom facility for the outside of Timber Creek Regional High School.
7. Expanding our security cameras in all three schools.
8. Replacing outdated classroom technology in all schools that includes the replacement of over 300 teacher computers.
9. Upgrading our Wi-Fi so that it has the capacity to support a 1:1 student laptop initiative in 2017-2018 for 9th grade students.
COMMUNITY LUNCH & LEARN
The schedule provides students the ability to make responsible choices that maximize their school experience. Balancing lunchtime with chances to participate in co-curricular activities, pursue remedial and/or enrichment experiences, or participate in career discussions strengthens a student’s ability to make the best use of his or her time. We strongly believe that by providing our students with this level of responsibility, to enhance their high school experience, we are better preparing them for their post-secondary goals. Students will have opportunities to pursue remedial support in a given subject or gain enrichment opportunities to deepen their understanding or mastery of a particular academic discipline.
Over the course of the last three school years, we have already realized a reduction in utility costs due to the installation of high efficiency lighting (over 19,000 light bulbs have been changed district-wide), changing our refrigeration practices, establishing wiser heating and air conditioning practices, shutting off lights and computers when not in use, and structuring more responsible irrigation practices. In addition, we have discontinued the use of chemicals used to strip flooring, improved indoor air quality by installing MERV8 filters in our HVAC systems, and improved our recycling and composting behaviors so that what gets discarded in lunch rooms and classrooms results in a reduction of our environmental and ecological footprint.Timber Creek’s environmental impact has been measured by its reduction of Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide per person. Prior to the Green Team, Timber Creek Regional High School’s Carbon Dioxide output per person was 5.19 Metric Tons. Today, because of all of the changes at Timber Creek, the Carbon Dioxide output is 2.51 Metric Tons per person. Moreover, Timber Creek has measured a 23% reduction in electric and natural gas due to adopting environmentally conscientious practices. Timber Creek is a New Jersey and United States Green Ribbon Award winner.
At Triton, as a result of their Green Team, they have reduced kBTU's by 28.6% and reduced the Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide from 7.44 Metric Tons per person to 6.17 Metric Tons per person. This has resulted in Triton also being honored as a New Jersey and United States Green Ribbon awards recipient. Both schools are also Energy Star rated.
Yours in education,
Dr. Brian Repici