Christian Angelillo, Ed.D.
Well the weather folks have turned up the heat and that can only mean one thing: summer is just around the corner! I know ... it's hard to believe that another school year has come and gone so quickly.
We've had a wonderful year with lots to be proud of from our regular academic rigor within each and every classroom to special learning opportunities like the careers days (1st and 8th grades), more STEAM lessons and integrated cross-curricular projects and multi-faceted research projects such as the 4th Grade Wax Museum and 3rd Grade Culture Show. We are the beneficiaries of special assemblies brought to us by the HSA and the opportunity to perform a staged musical, funded by the Education Foundation. Our visual and performing arts teachers helped our students to display their best work in concerts and the art show. Extra-curricular activities promote lots of creativity and leadership.
Our student athletes made us very proud each season. In fact, just this month the baseball team under coach Bob Russell, won the Group 1 Championship and brought home a new trophy for our trophy case. All of our Falcons can be counted on to play with heart every time they step onto a field or court.
Looking ahead to next year, we are excited about the STEAM lab growing into a true Makerspace. Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage in science, engineering and "tinkering." Mrs. Link will be running our Makerspace in a classroom next year and her classes will make full use of the new equipment. Other classes may visit the Makerspace when the lab is available.
In an effort to create optimal articulation amongst subject-area teachers, several teachers are moving classrooms as we try, space and logistics permitting, to cluster subjects and grades in the most efficient manner. Students will find certain teachers in new classrooms next year and it is hoped that collaboration and strategic conversations will be taking place.
Allow me to take a moment to thank our community partners for all their help throughout the year. The Home and School Association and the Education Foundation provide us with extra financing and programming that truly enhance the opportunities for students to be engaged in the classroom and beyond. I know the Board joins with me in expressing gratitude to all the parents who find time in their busy days and weeks to serve in these two groups.
When any administrator stops to reflect during the month of June, he or she is always looking in two directions ... assessing the year just past and anticipating the year to come. It's been a good year at Rockaway Valley School and the year ahead is full of promise. I hope your summer is filled with lots of relaxation, some great books and sunshine. The summer tends to fly by, so take time to enjoy every minute. Best of luck to our students leaving us for various high schools! We'll see everyone else in September.
With Falcon Pride,
Christian Angelillo, Ed.D.
Boonton Township Public Schools - Rockaway Valley School