Superintendent's Corner

Bernard F. Bragen, Jr. December 23, 2015

Reflections on a Year Gone By

As I grow older I begin to realize how much I truly sound like my parents, especially when speaking of the passage of time. I cannot believe the speed at which things seems to have increased with each passing year. I know, as students, the school year sometimes seem to drag on and last forever, but for those of us on the other side of the desk it passes in the blink of an eye. I feel like i was just writing about the opening of school and here we are about to welcome in the start of the new year.

As I look back on the year past, I am happy for many of the goals we were able to accomplish. On the secondary level we have continually increased our academic rigor and offered more options for students who want to challenge themselves to the fullest, be those dual enrollment, advanced placement or new elective courses. Each student at Raritan High School was also provided a brand new Chromebook to start the school year. Our K-5 students started the school year with a new math curriculum aligned to the common core standards. We have continually increased the availability of all technology at every grade level, including the creation of a Fabrication lab at Raritan High School. At Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center, several portable Smart Tables were provided for the the preschool classes to enhance their learning environment. Our AVID program was also expanded to cover grades 7 through 10. Our elementary multi-grade classroom has been a great success and we are looking to expand this program in the future.

As we approach the precipice of a new year, I remain excited about the future and all the opportunities that await our students. Their futures are only limited by the bounds of their imagination...