Dear Teaneck Families:
Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your summer and that you had the opportunity to spend quality time with your family and friends. It is now time for us to focus on what promises to be an exciting and productive year ahead.
As Teaneck Public Schools’ new Superintendent, I am truly looking forward to the 2018-2019 school year. Over the summer, I had the opportunity to meet with many community members and it is wonderful to see and hear the passion that they have for our schools. Additionally, I have been working with my leadership team and their hardworking staff to better understand our district’s recent accomplishments and to concentrate on how we can move this district forward.
Let me assure you that our top priority has – and always will be – ensuring that every child receives a quality education, and that he or she can develop and reach their full potential. Still during this important “assessment year”, I will be seeking critical input from all stakeholders to help guide our development of a five-year District Strategic Plan. This plan will include our go-forward vision and mission, as well as specific objectives and goals for each of the next five years. You will soon hear more about how to participate in focus groups that I will be conducting in September with our parents, students, teachers and administrative staff, and community members. However, I have an open door policy and welcome feedback on how to improve our district at any time.
Some other key objectives for the upcoming year include:
1.) Conducting professional development with the administrative team
2.) Exploring potential district-run full day school for pre-K (age 3) through kindergarten
3.) Increasing parent involvement in our schools – I want to encourage all parents to reach
Out to your school principal and get involved in your PTO
4.) Improving internal and external communications, and community relations
I believe this district has a solid foundation – from our exceptional staff to our supportive parents, volunteers and Board of Education members. But unfortunately, many of the wonderful achievements taking place each and every day are mostly an untold story and we need to share our good news! To that end, I am pleased to announce that we now have a new Supervisor of Community Relations and Volunteer Services, Ms. Terry Corallo, who will be overseeing public relations for the district. I also want to welcome two highly-qualified administrators who have recently joined the district:
Ms. Lynne Crawford – Supervisor of Specialized Education
Mr. David Murphy – Supervisor of Physical Education & Athletics
And I want to congratulate Mr. Enoch Nyameke for his promotion to Assistant Principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
Finally, you will find the 2018-2019 ten-month and twelve-month calendars on our district website: http://www.teaneckschools.org/SchoolCalendars1.aspx . We are looking forward to welcoming back our students on Wednesday, September 5th.
In closing, I am extremely honored to be Teaneck Public Schools’ educational leader and I am committed to working with all of you to ensure that this district, which is so rich in its history and diversity, will become a shining star in public education.
I am enthusiastic about the tremendous possibilities ahead. Let’s work together to make Teaneck Public Schools a wonderful place to learn.
Wishing your child a very successful school year.
Dr. Christopher C. Irving,
Superintendent of Schools