Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members,
Happy Spring! I hope the inclement weather days are well behind us. We have experienced some bizarre weather this past winter, from the freezing temperatures to the numerous snow storms. I guess the groundhog was correct in predicting six more weeks of winter!
Nonetheless, Springtime is here. April/May begins our annual state assessments for students in grades 9-11. We ask that you encourage your child to perform his/her best. Your support of providing positive encouragement, a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast go a long way in helping your child to perform at his/her very best.
In response to concerned students and parents following the recent school violence, I want to give you an overview of safety practices and measures that are carried out at MRHS to ensure a safe and secure building.
At our main entrance a security guard is trained to check in visitors on a specific system that runs driver’s licenses through a background check before they are allowed to enter the building. All visitors are given a paper name tag with their pictures on it. All doors are locked and secured and students and staff are taught not to answer the doors for visitors.
MRHS has many security cameras positioned inside and outside of the school building and administrators have the ability to check the cameras at any time. Staff and students are mandated by state statue to participate in bi-monthly drills to prepare for all scenarios in the school. We also work closely with the Haledon Police Department to ensure we are following the best safety protocols to keep our students and staff safe.
In the addition to the aforementioned, MRHS is pleased to announce the introduction of a pilot program, Report It, a free smartphone-anonymous reporting platform app that is all about helping to make our school community safer by allowing students and their families to share information anonymously and confidentially with school officials. By connecting students and their families directly to myself and other administrators, Report It provides an easy to use, anonymous and confidential tool that will help us work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
From any smartphone, users simply go to www.reportit.com to download the app. The users answer a few simple questions and provide information as to the nature of their concern. Users can also attach a picture or video. The information provided and the incident Geo-Location data is sent directly to the appropriate school personnel for review.
It is with great pride that I introduce myself as the new Principal of Manchester Regional High School and I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to serve your communities as an educational leader. I remember feeling a tremendous sense of joy when I was asked to become a member of the MRHS Family this summer. This was followed by an immediate sense of commitment to ensuring the continued success of your children, supporting the growth of your school, and forging lifelong relationships with all members of your communities. I pledge to serve your children to my utmost abilities every day, keeping them safe, ensuring they are provided with the finest education on a daily basis and, most importantly, providing them with the best experience possible in an environment that is welcoming, fun, and supportive.
I come to MRHS with fifteen years of public school service. Seven of those years were spent serving as an educational leader. During that time I was honored to serve diverse communities of people who were very supportive of their children and who allowed me to learn and grow with them. I served in all administrative capacities working with my team of colleagues to improve test scores and grades, reduce bullying, introduce new student programming, and create strong relationships with parents and community to make school climate and culture as positive as possible. Prior to my administrative experience I taught multiple subjects and courses as a special education and social studies teacher for many years.
My educational background begins with Montclair State University where I earned my BA and immediately entered the field of teaching. While working, I completed my MA in Educational Leadership at Montclair State University and my M.Ed. in Special Education at William Paterson University. It is my obligation to be a lifelong learner in order to always serve your children with a growth mindset. I also strive to continually apply what I learn to my practice and share this learning with my teaching staff so that we can grow and develop as a team.
I look forward to getting to know you during the upcoming school year. Our business is education, but the foundation of that business is relationships. I could not be more excited to create new relationships with you, your children, and our faculty and staff. “A person never stands as tall as when they kneel to help a child” –Anonymous. With that being said, I am so proud to be part of an organization that clearly takes the time to help their children every day. Please feel free to contact me at any time via e-mail, telephone, or by scheduling an appointment to meet with me in person at the school. 2018-2019 promises to be an exciting year of learning, fun, and excitement for our Falcons. I promise to do everything in my power to help them soar. Have a healthy, safe, and wonderful school year!
Manchester Regional High School
“The secret of education is respecting the pupil.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson