The beginning of each new school year is always an exciting time. I can’t wait for our hallways, classrooms and lunchrooms to be filled again with children who are learning, smiling and being challenged academically.
Even though we’ve been out of school for the past couple of months, Newark City Schools has been far from idle.
Our personnel department has been working hard to hire new teachers to replace those who have retired or taken new opportunities. We are excited to welcome about 25 new teachers to the district who have discovered that it’s a great time to be a part of Newark.
In June, we welcomed 300 students heading into grades 4 through 9 to Newark High School for our second annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp. The students — led by dedicated staff members — studied different parts of the City of Newark and offered their own ideas for solutions. Students suggested improvements to a dangerous intersection, learned about wastewater treatment and more, while using important 21st Century learning standards.
Our Kindergarten Readiness Academy kicked off district-wide in July. Twenty teachers led 90 incoming kindergarten students through five weeks of instruction designed to prepare them for school. The program is geared toward students who may not have been able to attend preschool, and focuses on the alphabet, school procedures and various STEM activities.
Both of these programs are designed by our curriculum department, in cooperation with many teachers, and are offered to students for free.
Outside the classroom, we have been busy maintaining our buildings and even adding a few things.
At Hillview Elementary, the PTA generously donated the money to build a new walking track at the school. We are so thankful to all of our parent groups that have added to our district. This track — like others across the district — will be able to be enjoyed by students and the surrounding community for years.
White Field also continues to transform, as our new ticket booth is now complete and a new ramp will make it easier for fans to get into the stands.
These summer activities are just snapshots of why it’s a great time to be a Cat.