News from the Superintendent

January, 2017

Fostering Community Partnerships

Recently district administrators had the opportunity to sit down with representatives from the U.S. Army. After a recent New Jersey School Boards Conference where I had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Army's STEAM tank challenge and attend some other informational sessions, I began to consider how a partnership with the U.S. Army could help the students of our school district. As Superintendent, it is always my goal to find programs that will support our students diverse needs.

Although the partnership is tentative at this time, we have exciting news. The Army hosts a variety of programs for our district at NO COST to taxpayers and without a promise of recruiting of our students. This is a win-win for our district. The Army programs include support in the areas of on-line SAT/ACT prep courses for our college bound students at BHS as well as the opportunity for our students to be exposed to military level technology to learn more about careers in engineering and robotics. We may even have the opportunity for students to use technology in their classes that they otherwise would not have access to. We are also exploring Army mentors for at-risk students.

The Barnegat School district is extremely fortunate to add the U.S. Army to our list of Community Partners. Some other partners include:

  • Barnabas Health, Community Medical Center
  1. They support our Med-Sci Collaborative at BHS
  2. They support our full time prevention specialist at LMDS (at NO COST)
  3. They provide free I&RS training, character development program resources, surveys to our students/staff and have just introduced the TALK program (at NO COST)
  4. Next year, we anticipate offering the DART Youth Coalition for middle and high school students through Barnabas Health as well (at no cost).
  • Costco
  • BJ's
  1. Both Costco and BJ's have provided tutoring for students at NO COST as well as donations for recess equipment.

As the list of our Community Partners grows, we have the ability to connect with local businesses and families in unique and exciting ways. If you are interested in partnering with our school district, or have something special to offer, we would love to hear from you. The Superintendent can be reached at

Parent Information Sessions

On January 10, 2017 the Elementary School Counselors of our district hosted a presentation by NJ State Trooper, Detective Santamaria on Internet Safety. The information presented was educational and a bit frightening. Although the topic was of great interest and parents who attended found the session informative, the dangers of the internet are still very real for our families and children. The link to the presentation can be found on our school website. I've also attached a resource in this newsletter for parents to review.

On February 15, 2017 we will be hosting another Parent Information Session. This one will be held at Barnegat High School at 6:30 p.m. It is called the "15 Minute Child Break" and will be presented by Barnegat Police Department's Officer Steins. Child care will be available. We encourage parents to attend this session which will address drug specific information on street smarts, warning signs, and prevention resources. We will send additional reminders about this event in February.

These programs are being offered to assist families in being aware of internet and drug dangers. We hope that you are able to attend. It is our goal to assist parents so they can be aware of issues that could potentially impact their children.

Netsmartz Internet Safety Information for parents...

Please click the below link to access valuable information.

15 Minute Child Break Presentation

Please click the link below or attend our upcoming session on 2/15/17 at BHS at 6:30 p.m.

ROTC Program Changes at BHS in September

BHS currently runs an ROTC program in partnership with Southern Regional High School through the U.S. Air Force. Each ROTC program must have a minimum number of students to sustain the program's approval status from the Department of Defense. After three years of Barnegat applications to the Department of Defense, we have been granted program approval to run a U.S. Navy division of the ROTC program beginning in September of 2017. Students currently enrolled in the Air Force program may remain (and complete) their time as Air Force ROTC members or will be able to switch to the Navy program without losing rank.

We are excited that the ROTC program will mean more pomp and circumstance at district events and awards programs. It will also mean more opportunities for Barnegat students who chose ROTC. Students in the eighth grade at ROBMS will begin hearing about this opportunity shortly as they prepare for their High School careers.