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Dr. Paula Valenti

Superintendent of  Schools
 valentip@glenrocknj.org 
@grpssupt
 
June 22, 2017
Dear Glen Rock Employees, Parents/Guardians, Students and Community Members,
It has been my pleasure to serve as your superintendent of schools these past four years. Working with the Glen Rock Board of Education for the betterment of the students, families, and community at large, has been rewarding, challenging and exciting! One of my earliest mentors once told me that “if no one ever disagrees with you, you have not said much of anything.” This simple phrase has remained with me since my undergraduate days when I first entered the teaching profession. Whether we were debating an important educational program or personnel matter, the intellectual debate and discourse during my tenure in the district has provided me with an enriched professional experience.
Joining the Glen Rock Public Schools has taught me that with broad support, and commitment to excellence, students will benefit for years to come.  I am very proud of the collective efforts of administrators, teachers, and support staff members who championed district initiatives and initiated new programs.  I would like to highlight a few of the initiatives we have accomplished over these past four years and some that are planned for next year:
District-wide initiatives:
  • Successful multi-year contract negotiations
  • Facility security upgrades and enhancements to our district plan
  • Completion of the referendum high school  field and court projects
  • Refurbished Coleman School softball field
  • Launch of the Glen Rock Professional Development Academy
  • Development of a multi-year Technology Plan
  • Development of a three year Communication Plan
  • Expanded communication initiatives: super sessions, school and superintendent Twitter accounts, and Facebook fan page: Facebook.com/GRBOE
  • Community Showcase
  • Board/Borough Collaborations
  • New and enhanced website -  will launch January 1, 2018
  • Learning Management System (replaces School Fusion) - will launch January 1, 2018
  • Superintendent Book Study and guest speakers
  • Journey to Somewhere for balance and wellness 
  • 5YSP:  Five Year Strategic Plan
High School:
  • Rotating block schedule
  • 2017 – 2018 one to one laptop program for grades 9 – 12
  • Upgrades to the shared courtyard with a very generous private donation and  MS/HS Home & School Association financial support
  • Sustainable NJ grant applications and initiatives
  • Expanded electives, dual enrollment course work and clubs; recognition on the 6th annual College Board AP Honor Roll
  • Curriculum revisions to Spanish, Math, Fine, Visual and Performing Arts
Middle School:
  • MakerSpace, STEEM Day and Technology initiatives
  • Review of the Fine, Visual and Performing Arts curriculum
  • New Grade 7 curriculum brochure
  • Science Olympiad club
  • Media Center Maker space
  • Field Trips, Poetry Slam and talent show
Elementary Schools:
  • Full Day Kindergarten established 2016
  • Additional 2017 – 2018 teaching positions for Full Day Kindergarten (1) and World Language (2)
  • Teacher training in Math, Language Arts Literacy and Google
  • Review of the Fine, Visual and Performing Arts curriculum
  • New Social Studies and World Language curriculums
  • Expanded coding to the Grade 5 STEEM program
The Glen Rock Board of Education has worked diligently to prepare a fiscally sound and prudent 2017 – 2018 budget aimed at accomplishing district goals. I am proud of the work completed by the 5YSP ad hoc committee and proud of the administrative leadership input to that plan.
Thank you for the opportunity to have served as superintendent of the Glen Rock Public Schools. I believe that our collaborative efforts have garnered demonstrable results and I am encouraged by the collaborative efforts of the school district and the Borough of Glen Rock; good things await the future. My door is open through June 30 for those who may want to stop in and talk about the district; please contact my administrative assistant, Mrs. Ryan, by calling: (201) 445-7700 (x8950).
Sincerely,
Paula Valenti, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
 
 
Discussion Topics
Blog Entry Dr. Paula Valenti: Online Safety Posted: Friday, February 10 at 9:56 AM Discuss
Blog Entry Dr. Paula Valenti: Raising Kids to Thrive Book Study Posted: Tuesday, January 31 at 4:34 PM Discuss
Blog Entry Dr. Paula Valenti: Clowns and Halloween Posted: Monday, October 10, 2016 at 12:03 PM Discuss
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Lead in Drinking Water FAQ
The GRBOE recently conducted NJDOE required water testing in all schools during the April spring break. The results report is posted to the district website on the BOE and Building and Grounds webpages. Click here to review a frequently asked questions sheet.





Community Based Instruction in Glen Rock Public Schools
Click here to review the Community Based Instruction presentation that was delivered at the 5/22/2017 Glen Rock BOE meeting.
FaceBook Fan Page Launch!
The district enhances its communication efforts with the launch of the Glen Rock Public School district FaceBook page! Click here to read a letter from the superintendent.
Community Message
The Glen Rock Public Schools and the Borough of Glen Rock and Glen Rock Police have collaborated with school stakeholders to publish this community message about drugs, alcohol, etc. Please click here to read the Community Message.
US News School Ranking Memo
Recently, US News published its school ranking issue. Click here to read the superintendent's letter to the community about the press release and school rankings in general.
Super Sessions Janaury 2017
The Superintendent held two super sessions in January. These informal gatherings are an opportunity for parents, residents, student, teachers and those interested in education to engage in discussion with the superintendent. At the most recent session the topics of the Organic Food Service pilot, summer programs, budget deliberations and the Central School Science Fair were discussed. Attendees also discussed the air quality and subsequent air testing in the MS/HS Media Center, geese on the baseball field, an outdoor basketball court area and a few curriculum topics. Do you have a topic you are interested to discuss with the superintendent? Join me at the next super session ! April 26, 2017 at the Glen Rock Public Library. Morning session: 9:30 am - 11:30 am and Evening session: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
Superintendent Book Study: Waking Up White

Superintendent Book Study: Raising Kids to Thrive
Comprehensive Testing Report 2015-16
Click here to view the comprehensive district testing report for 2015-16.
See Something - Say Something Campaign
Homeland Security See Something – Say Something campaign is a way for the everyday citizen to assist authorities to maintain safety. "If You See Something, Say Something™" is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.
To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency. Describe specifically what you observed or what you saw; when you saw it; where it occurred; and if it's suspicious. If there is an emergency, call 9–1–1.
Mayor's Office Art Reception
Please click here to view a video slideshow of the GRPS Art Reception held at the Mayor's Office on September 21st to recognize Glen Rock student artists and teachers whose art works will be displayed during the 2016 - 2017 school year. .
See Something Say Something Campaign
The Department of Homeland Security has launched a nation-wide campaign: See Something Say Something. Click here to watch a 90 second video about this initiative.
Coleman Cafe







Dr. Paula Valenti enjoys sharing lunch and good conversation with fifth grade students at Clara E. Coleman Elementary School during Coleman Cafe. During the event, Principal Dawn Cappadona reminded the students that they represent the class that began this program when they were first graders.





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