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Dear Members of the Tabernacle Community,
In order for our schools to remain high performing for all students, we must continue to strive to adapt and embrace new knowledge and skills. The present educational challenges before us are the nationwide adoption of new learning standards for language arts and mathematics, known as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS); the NJ Department of Education's implementation of a new online statewide assessment by the Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC), in order to measure whether our students are on track to be successful in college and their careers, and; ensuring our curriculum and instruction are preparing all our students for success in a 21st Century economy. We believe the way to achieve these challenges is by ensuring our students are both challenged academically and supported emotionally in partnership with our families and community. Our schools are the anchor of our community and when they are excellent, they serve to attract new residents and help to stabilize home values. As always, we continue to focus on maintaining a high quality school district in a fiscally responsible manner.
Our initiatives for achieving excellence in education for 2014-2015 are: 1.) Continuing to implement an integrative Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (iSTEM) course for all middle school students in grades 5 through 8; 2.) Continuing with our efforts for assessing student growth in all grade levels through the use of comprehensive benchmark assessments; 3.) Entering year three of our four year professional development plan for enhancing language arts literacy instruction for all students, and; 4.) Continuing to develop and implement a full array of school guidance services for students in all grades as required by the NJ Department of Education.
Please visit our district website as we work toward achieving our District goals for this school year.
George J. Rafferty
Superintendent of Schools