|Stella and her supportive family|
I want to recognize and wish Mr. Bryce Kell the best as today is his last day of work. While his official final day is a short bit away, he begins a vacation that will lead into his retirement. I want to thank him for his many years of service as school business administrator to the Millville community. Some misinformed folks, jokingly gave him the bad reputation for always saying “no” when the question involves spending the district’s money.
The truth is whenever we have wanted to do something that benefits the students of the District he is always happy to help find a way. He had the very difficult job of overseeing the ever restricted budgets based on reduced funding from the NJ Department of Education. Over the past nine years, he and I have worked closely to try to manage the impact of State flat funding. As I have shared before flat funding typically has meant the need to reduce spending in some part of the budget to the tune of approximately $3 million annually. This year he was able to find a way to reduce eliminating positions. He has been a true professional and careful start of the District’s money. He will be deeply missed. He has had the opportunity to work closely with his replacement, Mr. Richard Davidson and recently told me we are in good hands. After 25 years of service to the Millville Public School system, he has earned the rest. May he spend long lazy days on either his sailboat or on the links. Please join me in wishing him the best in retirement.
I would like to recognize Stella Sheppard who is currently an 8th grader at Lakeside Middle School. She was the District’s 8th grade representative for the NJSBA county 8th Grade Dialogue Dinner. Along with representatives from all of the Cumberland County schools she responded to a series of questions designed to get the point of view of our students on their education so far. She did an excellent job representing MPS. Please give her a round of applause wherever you find yourself reading this!
"Sandy Gery, Jessica Andreoli, Maria Jones, Lauren Morris, Barb Lore, Jenn Anton, Lisa Digiorgio, and Kim Taylor opened their classrooms to groups of 7 district administrators and a trainer from Eureka Math to help support our implementation of the Eureka program. They allowed 8 adults to come in and observe a math lesson after only teaching the program for just under 7 months. Their fearlessness and their students' ability to stay on task was truly impressive. I'm excited to see the student outcomes over the next few years now that we have put a high-quality, rigorous curriculum in the hands of outstanding teachers like these. Thank you so much, ladies!"
~ Bobby Barber, Supervisor
"Shout-out to our 4th grade team of Samantha Catlett, Stacey Gant, and Nancy Gandy for setting and modeling expectations for their students during a recent trip (and every day). The students’ behavior was complimented by those at the location, and that reflects the time and effort you three put into molding our Bears to be safe, responsible, and respectful citizens of our community. Great job!"
"I'd also like to echo Bobby Barber's shout-out to Barb Lore, Jenn Anton, Lisa Digiorgio, and Kim Taylor for their willingness to have a group of administrators check on our progress with Eureka. Your openness to have your lessons observed for the purpose of getting better at what we do is awesome. Thank you!"
~ Mike Coyle, Principal
"Shout out to Maggie Colina for leading, organizing and administering the ACCESS Assessment for our English Language Learners. A lot of hard work, preparation and attention to detail is required to get everything into place. Thank you for making sure our students have a positive testing environment."
~ Pamm Moore, Asst. Supt.
"Shout-out to Brittany Straczinski for putting together an excellent Primary Concert at Rieck Avenue! Go Jets!!!"
~ Danette Boone, Vice Principal
"Special thanks to Wick at MSHS for his dedication to our students with special needs. His proactive approach to building positive relationships and setting high expectations has a tremendous impact on our kids’ lives. He also works with staff and the child study team to help mentor some of our students."
~ Steve Matusz, Exec. Director Special Services
"A special shout out to Emily Barlas, Charlotte Richardson, Amanda Wichnick, Sam Corda, and Mallori Higbee on preparing and being ready for the upcoming DLM (Dynamic Learning Maps) state testing which starts next week. Your attention to details, scheduling, and encouragement of the students is appreciated. Thank you!"
~ Vanessa Strassner, Supervisor
"A Silver Run shout out goes out to the Social Committee & PTO for organizing a month long read-a-thon here at Silver Run. The read-a-thon culminated in a door decorating contest in which students shared a message about their favorite book and/or author. Thank you to all the classrooms who participated!!"
~ Eric Reissek, Principal
"A BIG shout out to Christine Caraballo and Maria Stoerrle for all of their hard work and time spent on the organization of the PET SHOW at CFC . We had snakes, and dogs and cats and turtles, rabbits, bearded dragons, tarantulas, my favorite, the stuffed animals and many more animals as well as a reading corner (about pet books), a veterinarian office, art activities and even "Kibble and Bits" for all of the participants. They walked the Red Carpet and received their medal! Again thanks to the two organizers and all the staff who joined them in the evening for this wonderful family event."
~ JoAnn Burns, Principal
"To all of our district music teachers who have once again helped us get the designation for Millville to be one of the "Best Communities in Music Education" by the National Association for Music Merchants. This is a great distinction and is not possible without all of your efforts!"
~ Henry Hartman, Supervisor
Have a wonderful weekend!!
Dr. David N. Gentile
Superintendent of Schools
#MPSWC (MPS World Class)
Published by Spike Cook, Millville, NJ