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Superintendent's Message
Mr. Smith

I’m honored to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year! Summer is winding down and the first day of school, slated for Sept. 6, is around the corner. It’s hard to believe that in a few short weeks those yellow buses will be back on the road transporting Point Pleasant’s students to one of the four best schools in the country! That’s a bold statement, I know, and, although I concede I may be partial, even the most objective assessment of our district’s many accomplishments will support my assertion that our schools are outstanding by every measure.

There is so much to look forward to as our schools prepare to welcome the nearly 3,000 students who comprise our student body.

Whether your child is entering school as a kindergartener, preparing for their final year as a senior or somewhere in between, we welcome you to what promises to be another incredible year in Point Pleasant Schools. The start of the new school year is an exciting time, it’s a time of unlimited potential and for endless opportunity. It’s our privilege to help our students navigate every opportunity for success.

District administration, faculty and staff are already hard at work, readying our classrooms and ourselves for the coming year. Though for many, summer is a time for rest and relaxation, that’s not the case for district staff, who’ve been hard at throughout the summer.

School’s currently in session for many of our teachers, who are taking part in our summer professional development workshops. This summer’s professional learning opportunities include curriculum updates and a variety of articulation sessions focusing on AP courses, literacy units, and new electives. Additionally, we continue to train our teachers on the Google Platform for Education with workshops on Google Keep, Google Forms and a variety of Google extensions and apps to support learners. Other technology workshops have been offered to educate our teachers in the use of supplemental programs and tools to help streamline classroom instruction and make for a more effective and efficient learning experience.

District facilities have also undergone significant improvements this summer with regular maintenance and work on various capital improvements and renovation projects. Among this summer’s projects are the replacement of classroom lighting at Nellie Bennett and the high school as well as the installation and replacement of drop ceilings at the two schools. Classroom renovations are also nearing completion at the middle school and Ocean Road, where updates are underway in the eighth-grade science labs and kindergarten classrooms, respectively.

I’m also pleased to announce that the final renovations to the Al Saner Stadium Field are now complete and the track and field are ready for the August 7 open of the Fall Sports Season! The repaving of the track, which was recently finished, was the last major project in a series of updates made to the stadium since 2015, and included the installation of a turf field, and upgrades to the field’s lighting, bleachers, and press box. Thanks to these renovations, our students will have access to a versatile playing venue accessible to multiple sports that can be used safely, year-round for years to come.

I’m confident you will be pleased with the many upgrades and improvements awaiting our students upon their return.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer. We’ll see you on Sept. 6!

Sincerely,

Vincent S. Smith
Superintendent of Schools

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