August 26, 2022
Dear Franklin Lakes Families,
We’re excited to welcome our children back for the 2022 - 2023 school year. It is our sincere hope that this summer was filled with lasting fun-filled memories shared with family and friends. Over the summer, the Board of Education, our administrative team, Central Office staff, maintenance staff and administrative assistants have been working to prepare a safe and inclusive learning environment for all.
Some of the highlights we’d like to share are:
- Summer Academy for Intensive Learning [SAIL]
- Our continuation of morning academic support
- Our continued dedication to a multi-tiered systems of support for all students through:
- Intervention/ Instructional Coaches for each school
- Refined Gifted & Talented services and G&T Specialists for Elementary and Middle School
- Our Curriculum Department and teams worked diligently to revise curricula to align to NJSLS 2020
- Our new Policy manual is now online
- Executive Order 302: Lifting Routine COVID-19 Testing Requirements for School Districts, Child Care Settings, and State Contractors
We look forward to laying the groundwork for a successful year and welcoming everyone back.
Please join me for a Back to School Superintendent Open Forum on Wednesday, August 31st at 10:30 a.m.. In order to maximize our time together please use this Thought Exchange to help share your thoughts. In the near future, I will share a separate communication dedicated to Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Standards.
As educators, parents and members of this community, we are blessed to support children. A child's whole world is viewed through the eyes of wonder and excitement. Our firm goal is to continually support that view and provide an environment for all to thrive. On behalf of the Franklin Lakes Public Schools, I wish you all the best for the remainder of the summer and look forward to seeing you soon.
Superintendent of Schools
District Goals: 2022 - 2023
- The District is committed to support improvements to Intervention & Referral Services / Tiered Systems of Support to ensure that data informs and drives the process. Improvements will assure access to coordinated, needs-based, and responsive support from academic, mental health, enrichment, behavioral and health services, while accelerating student learning and meeting needs in other areas. This goal supports initiatives in three major areas of instruction:
- Special Education
- General Education
- Supplemental Services such as
- Academic Intervention
- Gifted & Talented
This goal provides opportunities for certified staff to participate in professional learning activities to support improvements to I&RS and Tiered Systems of Support (Tiers I, II, III) and requires the collaboration of interdepartmental staff across the entire District.
- The District is committed to providing teaching staff with monthly opportunities to work within supportive, high-functioning Professional Learning Communities to build capacity and deepen expertise. The purpose is to engage in collaborative tasks and reflective dialogue that improves their teaching and their students’ learning. Professional Learning Communities can be:
- Subject Specific
- The District is committed to support each individual community school culture by engaging in school based initiatives and by supporting the continued development of the parent/school relationship, inclusive of:
- Supportive services that promote health/wellness
- Coordinated conditions of learning that will foster social and emotional well-being of students, families and educators.
2021-2022 District Goals
The District is committed to support social and emotional learning by:
- Providing conditions of learning that will foster social and emotional well-being of students, families and educators
- Providing supportive services that promote health/wellness
- Engaging students in development of the Social Emotional Learning competencies
The District is committed to the establishment of data focused Professional Learning Communities to build professional capacity and deepen expertise. The purpose of which is to engage in collaborative tasks and reflective dialogue that improves teaching and learning.
The District is committed to providing differentiated training to teachers/other certified staff with training and support to improve the Intervention & Referral Services/Tiered Systems of Support to ensure students gain access to a coordinated and responsive academic, behavioral, and health supports, as needed to accelerate and cope with other concerns.
2020-2021 District Goals
Engage the community in more robust forms of communication inclusive of website enhancments, social media platforms and district and school-based communicatoins focused on transparency and relationship building.
Support staff and students in the continued implementation of 5-8 curriculum (enVision Mathematics) and initial implementation of the K-4 curriculum (enVision Mathematics).