|Stella Sheppard, LMS student, flying during Seussical this week|
Happy Friday everyone!! I will admit that this week has been uniquely challenging and the fact that it is coming to an end is fine with me. I want to first thank the Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to speak at their luncheon two days ago. It was a fantastic hour spent with people who are dedicated to the betterment of Millville. Samantha Cruz, Millville City Supervisor of Parks and Public Properties, was honored as the citizen of the month. This recognition was well deserved as Samantha does a great deal to help the City improve. So congratulations to her and her lovely family who attended to celebrate with her.
Purposely keeping this week’s message 'short and sweet’, I hope everyone enjoys a well earned wonderful weekend with family and friends!
"Congrats to Jason Kessler, for being selected by the Daily Journal as the Girls Basketball Coach of the Year for the 2017-2018 season. Jason was also recently approved by the Board of Education as the new Assistant Principal at MSHS."
~Dave LaGamba, Supervisor
"John Law is consistently providing expert support to keep our computer and telephone networks up and running. John does a great job helping our customers with their telephone and web site problems. John is also one who is always looking for ways to improve our processes and services."
~Dan Wright, Communications Manager
"Shout out to Yansi Alvardo-Cardona. Yansi does amazing work providing OT services at the Child Family Center. She also goes out of her way to help staff and parents. She provides insights, tips, and support to our teachers. Recently she translated for a mom, who recently relocated from Puerto Rico, during a Child Study Team meeting. She ensures that parents are welcomed and understand all the workings of the Child Study Team process! She is a true asset to our early childhood program."
~Chris Barlas, Vice Principal
"A big shout out to Katie Burns, our new speech teacher at the Child Family Center. Katie works with non-verbal children as well as children with speech deficits. She is energetic and enthusiastic and never shys away from a challenge. She also provides assistance to teachers and gives them suggestions on how to work with language delayed and speech children. During CST meetings she speaks with parents in a kind and understanding manner, provides data of her work with the children and gives recommendations to the parents so they can help their child at home.. She is a great asset to our team at the Child Family Center."
~JoAnn Burns, Principal
"Amy Gehringer, a sixth grade Social Studies teacher at Lakeside, is one of those rare teachers who works tirelessly for her students without any expectation of recognition. Amy recently had her students create a museum on Ancient Egypt. Each student researched an area of choice and designed a three dimensional display for their museum. Each class visited the museum and conducted themselves as though they were in an authentic museum. They viewed the displays and answered questions about Ancient Egypt. Allowing choice helped students think outside the box of those traditional topics and resulted in some of the most amazing displays I have ever seen. Thank you Amy for all that you do!"
~Pat Wulk, Supervisor
"Carol Ann Ciccio is a resource for the Lakeside Staff. She meets with administration on a regular basis to ensure that the staff have their needs met. She is proactive and is always seeking ways to improve Lakeside Middle School."
"Thanks to these 8th grade math teachers for inviting me into their classroom for Pi Day: Tom Fien, Jennifer Todd, Jennifer Rauch, and Nancy Lokey! Their theme related lessons had students graphing, making words and shooting hoops! It's nice to see collaboration among the teachers as well as with the special and general education students. The teachers even did "plus/ delta" with the students at the end of the period."
"I have had the pleasure of meeting and observing Jennifer Gillen and Brieanna Hinrichsen, two high school special education science teachers at that are new to Millville this school year. I was most impressed with their hands-on approach to science learning and their willingness to go above and beyond for their classified students."
~Debby Sukinik, Supervisor
"Congratulations to the staff, cast and crew of "Seussical, Jr." (Shari Booz, Erika Zeiters, Megan Belluci, Jillian Heacox, Jesse Jones, Tom Costa) The production was a great success and the hard work and extra hours was evident in the caliber of the production!
~Henry Hartman, Supervisor
"Super shout out to Tina Dallas, Special Education teacher at Holly Heights, whose high energy approach to teaching keeps her kiddos motivated, moving, and most of all learning. I am impressed with the amount of quality instruction and energy Tina can pack into a 30 minute resource block. Keep up the great work!"
~Maris Lynn, Supervisor
"I would like to thank the Equity and Diversity Team at the HS for all of their hard work in making sure the walkout was a safe and organized event. They truly have the best interest of the school and students at all times. They are kind amazing people that impact a the climate of the buildings in a positive way. "Y'all Rock"
"A big shout out for Jason Kessler who dove right into his new position with ease. He has already faced some challenging days and more are ahead in the world of Administration. He is a great addition to our team and we are so glad to have him on board."
~Stephanie DeRose, Principal
"It is great gratitude that I extend a fond farewell to the English Department retirees, Sue Corson, Bernie Cirocco and Sue Flickinger. You have all touched so many of our student's lives over the years. Your dedication, time and patience have not gone unnoticed. I wish you the very best in your retirement. Best wishes!"
~Maggie Colina, Supervisor
"A big shout out to Megan Rosado. Megan is our PBIS aide at Holly Heights and does an amazing job. She greets everyone with a friendly smile and is eager to help both students and staff. She goes the extra mile to develop a positive rapport with our students and provides them with the skills they need to make better choices."
~Steve Saul, Principal
"Andrea Pfeiffer has coordinated job placements around the high school for our BD students. The students complete jobs such as library workers that help file books, maintenance assistants that help with deliveries, cafeteria assistants that help prepare lunches, and LINK assistants that deliver passes. We are two weeks in and the students love their jobs! Thank you, Andrea, for coordinating these opportunities for the students!"
~Jessica Kauffman, Dept. Chair
"I would like to give recognition to Pat Wulk, Assessment Supervisor, as well as all of the staff/ testing facilitators involved with preparing for PARCC. It is a heavy responsibility preparing for this State mandatory assessment. I had the opportunity to sit in briefly on part of the training and was impressed with the staff as they worked to prepare for the upcoming assessment. While I have very strong feelings regarding how the PARCC results are used – I am very proud of the way our staff prepares and executes the State mandate."
Have a great weekend!
Dr. David N. Gentile
Superintendent of Schools
#MPSWC (MPS World Class)
Published by Spike Cook, Millville, NJ