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Mr. Robert Mooney
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Robert Mooney and I am honored to serve as the Interim Superintendent of the Wanaque Public Schools.
The district has had a busy summer conducting summer programs, writing curriculum, finalizing staff appointments and, of course, planning for the opening of school in September. The district’s summer Extended Year Program was conducted at the Wanaque School serving 59 students.
The Safety Town Graduation was conducted on Friday, July 19th at the Wanaque School. This two-week-long program, sponsored by the PTA, enjoyed the services of 33 middle school volunteers who helped instruct 55 children participants who will be entering our kindergarten program in the Fall. Special thanks to our two staff facilitators Vanessa Andresen and Gina Berry, Wanaque Police Department, Fire Department and the EMS for their assistance during all the safety activities. This year we had a special visit from the State Police who arrived by helicopter.
District officials have been busy during the month of May, June and July interviewing and ultimately recommending for appointment staff for our current vacancies. I’m pleased to announce that we are close to full staffing for September and we are working on a few final appointments to complete our staff roster. The new Assistant Principal at the Wanaque School is Alyson Puzzo. She comes to Wanaque with years of experience as an instructor and administrator.
Just a reminder- the district has scheduled the Annual Meet and Greet Activity at the Haskell School on August 28 starting at 11:30 AM. This is an opportunity for you to meet the new staff before the school year starts. I hope to see you there!
Under the direction of Samantha Nash, staff completed two comprehensive curricular guides over the summer. The Core Plus More program replaces the Study Skills Program for grades six, seven and eight. This program will include the following seven units: Organizational Strategies, Time Management, Reading to Learn, Study Skills, Financial Literacy, Social and Emotional Learning, and Career Exploration. The staff also completed a comprehensive revision of our Middle School Social Studies Curriculum. The sequence of courses have been planned to coordinate with the Lakeland Regional High School Social Studies sequence of courses. Sixth-graders will study United States History I, seventh graders will study United States History II and eighth-graders will study Ancient History I. The freshman At Lakeland Regional High School study Ancient History II.
Samantha Nash presented a PowerPoint related to curricular changes and revisions at the July 30 Board of Education meeting. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation can be found here.
I certainly look forward to meeting you as the new school year approaches. Please feel free to stop by my office to say “hello” or contact me at 862-200-6621.
Have a safe and enjoyable remainder of the summer!