Superintendent's Message

Dear Lavallette School Community,
 
I hope that you have been enjoying this summer and all that our beautiful shore area has to offer!  It is hard to believe, but the 2022-23 school year is around the corner.  Our staff has been working throughout the summer to ensure our classrooms and all areas of the school building are in great shape for our students to return.
 
There are a variety of forms that are required to be digitally acknowledged in the Parent Portal.  I ask that you log in at your earliest opportunity to review this information.  Please note that some forms will need to be printed out and returned with a signature by September 9th.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the main office.
 
Our staff returns on Tuesday, September 6th for two in-service days, and the first day for students in K-8 will be Thursday, September 8th. Kindergarten students will have half-days on 9/8 and 9/9. Our new preschool students will have their first half-day on Friday, September 9th and begin full-day on September 12th.
 
Curriculum Updates
Students in grades K-4 will now have an additional period of Science/Social Studies and our 5th grade students will have a new Technology period weekly. Students in grades 6-8 will have a new weekly Science lab period, in addition to their regular Science instructional period. 
 
We are excited about the new improvements to address students’ social emotional learning.  Our new Circle of Power and Respect curriculum provides daily activities for students focused on empathy, kindness, respect, and community building. Schoolwide assemblies will further reinforce these critical topics that help students feel safe in school, socially and emotionally. Our new Lavallette Star Student program  honors students who model these characteristics and act as role models to others. Star Students will be selected each marking period and recognized at quarterly board meetings.
 
Public Health Updates
On July 6, 2022 the Department of Health issued new COVID-19 guidance, which includes moving from individual contact tracing to broad-based notification via email to families, students, and teachers about potential exposure and the actions they should take to remain safe and reduce transmission. Quarantine requirements, with the exception of an outbreak/cluster of cases and/or household contacts,  have been eliminated for students who have been exposed to a confirmed case.  You can view the details of our district’s Safe Return Plan HERE.
 
Please mark your calendars for Back To School Night on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:00 PM.
 
Enjoy these last weeks of summer and thank you for your continued partnership in our collective mission to provide the highest-quality education for all of our students.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Lisa Gleason
Superintendent