Superintendent's Corner

Dr. Gruccio

Greetings Egg Harbor Township!

    ​The month of November is the time to be thankful!  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the Egg Harbor Township School community for their time, dedication, and efforts that are put forth to serve our students each and every day. With “Every Hand Together” we make the Egg Harbor Township School District a united organization with one common focus—our students! 

    The school year is progressing very quickly; the first marking period and our fall sports season have come to an end. We are working on meeting our district learning goals by meeting student learning needs and providing interventions to assist them with improved learning. Teachers and staff are concentrating on establishing a deeper understanding of each student by building relationships and creating safe environments for healthy self-expression. It is very important that we continue to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of students, as well as our teachers, so effective teaching and learning can occur. I am thankful for the progress we have made thus far. 

    As we continue with our quest to build community relationships, we will honor our community Veterans with breakfasts, luncheons, and services at our schools to show gratitude for their service. The Fine and Performing Arts Department showed their patriotism in grandiose style when over 500 participants performed our National Anthem at the November 3rd Homecoming Game. I was excited to see so many community members and parents attend the game, not to mention the overwhelming viewing of our social media posts regarding this event. More evidence of connecting with our community lies within our schools that are holding food drives for families in need so that they can celebrate Thanksgiving with all the fixings for a traditional wholesome meal. These acts of caring and community pride are admired and appreciated.

     Our first strategic planning meeting yielded close to 100 participants who shared their ideas on school pride and possible needs for improvement. I am very grateful to all who joined us and participated in the activities led by New Jersey School Boards representatives. To learn more about the first meeting and results of the activities, visit my Strategic Planning Webpage. You can also view my presentation that includes moments of pride about our school district and the children that we serve. I am especially partial to the video segments that showcase student voice. I am so proud of the students who met with me and who enthusiastically shared what they like about their schools as well as some of things they need to help them learn better. I am pleased to say that they love their schools and are thrilled with their teachers! They do have very interesting and relevant ideas for learning that we will certainly consider. I firmly believe that the student voice will help us create the most relevant strategic plan needed for the future of our schools.   

    With that said, I encourage you and your child(ren) to join us for our next strategic planning night on December 4th in the Davenport Elementary School at 7pm to help shape the vision of our school district as we move forward in 21st Century teaching and learning. Hope to see you there!

 

Wishing you a harvest of blessings, good health and good times. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Dr. Gruccio​