• Sunday with the Interim Superintendent

    Teaneck Public Schools
    Superintendent Report
    April 19, 2017

    It is with great sadness that I share the news that Leola Maddox, Media Specialist at Thomas Jefferson, has passed away.  Ms. Maddox died on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The Teaneck Board of Education, district administration, staff and students offer their condolences to Ms. Maddox’s loved ones.

    The second grade classes in district have begun their work with George Street Playhouse!   The students have been meeting their visiting theater artists and have begun learning about showing emotion to an audience.   As part of this program, George Street Playhouse will be presenting Austin the Unstoppable at each elementary during the upcoming weeks.  This fun, upbeat musical engages students in the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise and celebrates how positive change can occur through love, hard work and support.

    On April 6, 2017, Whittier School participated in Junior Achievement Day.  Representatives from KPMG visited with students of every grade to lead learning activities about business.  Students from Teaneck High School assisted in delivering lessons to students in first and second grades.   It was a productive day of learning!

    Tomorrow evening, April 20, 2017, the Jewish Federation will hold a celebration of their Bergen Reads program.  Our district has been a partner with this program for 15 years.   The event will be held at the Nellie Parker School in Hackensack.   We thank our Bergen Reads volunteers who come weekly for the entire school year to assist our elementary students with reading.  

    We are continuing to seek volunteers to work in our schools.  If you are interested, please visit the Teaneck Schools for more information.  We have completed a new volunteer handbook and will provide a brief training session for all new volunteers to guide them in understanding our expectations for volunteering with students.  Volunteering with our students is a great way to experience firsthand the greatness of our schools and students.

    As a district, we are working diligently on board goal number 2, indicator A, which is to provide online professional development using Kyte Learning to all administrators and teachers.  This online program provides video lessons on how to use technology in the classroom.  As of today, our teachers and administrators have participated in 610 online classes!  The courses include a wide range of topics, including using Google apps, blogs in classrooms, Chromebook basics, Kahoot!, MakerSpace, and the Answer Garden app.  Of those courses taken, 308 courses included the teacher taking an assessment and all but one passed!  An end-of-year report will help determine if we meet our goal of having all teachers and administrators complete either one online course or five individual lessons.

    As part of our board goal number four, to effectively communicate with parents and the community, I am happy to announce the launch of the Teaneck Superintendent Twitter account.  You can follow the account @TeaneckSupt.  I will be posting news from the district and announcements about our district.  You may also follow Teaneck High School (@TeaneckHigh) and Hawthorne School @HawthorneSchool).   Our other schools will have accounts up soon!

    The next Sunday with the Interim Superintendent will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Eugene Field Conference Room, 1 Merrison Street, Teaneck. 

    Vincent McHale