Dear Members of the Tabernacle Community:
The Tabernacle School community prides itself on educational excellence for the benefit of ALL our students by emphasizing a strong partnership between the home, the school, and the community. As we embark on this journey together, I am always looking forward to working with you on behalf of your children. As an educator I believe learning is a lifelong process and our children’s passion for knowledge is formulated in their early years of education. Our children’s ability to meet the challenges of a global workplace requires an effective educational environment to foster their growth.
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 new learning standards for language arts and mathematics, known as the New Jersey State Standards; 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 of our students for success in a global economy. We believe the way to achieve high standards 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.
For the 2017-2018 school year, the district will be continuing efforts to (1) fully develop a comprehensive balanced literacy program and curriculum in grades K through 8, with a focus on Writer's Workshop, Word Study, and Personal Choice Reading, and (2) align Design Thinking Process with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), iSTEAM, and Engineering in the elementary programs. There will also be an increased investment in utilizing professional development opportunities to strengthen our staff. Also, the district will continue to enhance numerous learning studios, such as "The DEN" (Design, Enterprise, Network) at OMS and "The Collaboratory" at TES to facilitate Design Thinking and project based cross- curricular activities.
Working together we ensure our children find joy and excitement in their ability to learn and maximize their potential for educational success! Keep a watchful eye on our schools - teamwork makes the dream work!
Yours In Education,
Superintendent of Schools