Dear Parents and Guardians:
I would like to welcome you and your children to a new school year here in the
Flemington-Raritan Regional School District! Our greatest pride is in the
work of our students, staff, administrators and Board.
The 2014-2015 school year will usher in, for the first time,
a full-day kindergarten program for all of our kindergarten-age students. Our
kindergarten teachers and related art teachers have been working throughout the
spring and summer on preparing the classrooms, writing curriculum and planning
meaningful, and developmentally appropriate lessons for the all-day program. We
are very confident that this change will greatly enhance the educational
experience of our youngest students.
Since I first arrived in July 2009, I have stated repeatedly
that student and staff safety is my number one priority. Over the past two
years we have been researching “best school safety practices” from experts from
around the country. We have been installing additional safety equipment,
reviewing and upgrading safety related protocols and policies and working with
Hunterdon County officials so that our schools are some of the safest schools
in the country.
One of the new procedures is our visitor registration
system; Raptor. When you visit our schools and are allowed to come into
the office, you will be asked to have your driver’s license scanned. The
program will prepare a badge, with your picture, which must be worn the entire
time you are in the building. The system will allow us to maintain an
electronic roster of who is visiting our school and help us, if needed, at dismissal time. Finally the scan will
immediately be reviewed by a national sex offender database in Houston Texas
and alert school staff if a match is found. Protocols have been developed
to further support this new program.
Finally, the 2014-2015 school year will be a year of
transitions. Our students will transition into a new state-wide testing
program; Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
(PARCC). The district will be bringing closure to the 2010-2015 Strategic Plan
and transitioning into a new long range plan in 2015. We also have several
changes in our administrative team with principals taking over the leadership
responsibilities of different buildings. We also welcome our new Math and
Science Supervisor Ms. Dana Collins. Finally, as a result of my retirement
announcement last spring, our Board will be selecting a new superintendent. I have already begun to take steps that will help ensure
that a smooth and seamless transition takes place in the summer of 2015.
We are here to provide our students with the most
challenging and responsible education in the safest and cleanest classrooms
possible. The changes I have outlined here will help us accomplish this goal at
the highest standard. I wish you a wonderful and productive school year.
Gregory T. Nolan