Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! We look forward to another year and more exciting changes that will positively impact your child's learning experience. The district's teachers will continue our successful implementation of the state standards and while those standards are currently being reviewed, we believe that any changes will be minor and easily integrated into our current curriculum. This September we will continue the implementation of our digital conversion. All sixth grade students at Pine Brook School and all seventh and eighth grade students at MEMS will receive a Chromebook in the end of August. In addition, each of our fifth grade classrooms will have its own cart so that each fifth grade student will have a Chromebook to use during the school day. Please check the district web site for additional information on this initiative. We are also introducing a new report card for fifth grade. You can be assured that Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools' long tradition of excellence will continue. Working together with you, we will provide your children with a positive educational experience this year.
The district went "green" in 2010-2011. In 2015-2016, you will once again obtain your child's bus passes online. Your child's homeroom placement and the name of your child's teacher will be available through the Parent Portal. While all report cards will continue to be only available to parents through the Parent Portal, the district hopes to have a more printer-friendly version in place by the end of the first marking period.
For updates on district events, Board of Education minutes, all district curricula, and PTA happenings, please check our website: www.mers.k12.nj.us. I encourage all of you to download the district app which is used for all emergency announcements. Instructions for downloading the app can be found at the bottom of the main page of the web site.
District staff members can easily be emailed through the "Contact Directory" which can be found on each school's web page. Please note that the address for all district email has changed. For example, my email address is now email@example.com (k12 is no longer part of the address). While you can also leave a voice mail for your child's teacher or principal by following the menu when you dial the school, I recommend email as the most efficient way to contact the staff.
The schedule for the opening of the Parent Portal for the districts' schools will be on August 21, 2015. Bus passes will be available on the district web site on August 18, 2015.
I look forward to September and to sharing another great year with you.
John J. Marciante, Jr., Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools