CLARK — On Tuesday, Sept. 4, employees of the Clark public school community gathered together for that initial kickoff of the school year, the district-wide Superintendent’s Convocation. The Superintendent’s Convocation was established two years ago when Superintendent Kenneth Knops came to the district, and it has been a tradition for the opening of the school year ever since.
The district’s 2012 Teachers of the Year representing all four schools were recognized. Teachers who had achieved tenure by being in district for three years and one day received certificates. Knops also recognized 15 staff members who had been selected to present at the upcoming New Jersey School Boards Association’s Celebration of Curriculum in October.
Knops concluded by reviewing “What’s New In District” for the upcoming school year with the district staff. Among the new programs are the Progressive Mathematics Initiative, a technology-based mathematics program that is being implemented throughout the middle school. The middle school will also be initiating a block schedule this coming school year, with all students in Grades 6-8 having 80 minute periods in both Language Arts and Mathematics, a doubling of time in those classes from the previous year.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Ed Grande addressing the staff to review new courses and programs in district, provide a forward look at some state-wide developments in supervision and testing, and offer a thumbnail sketch of district-wide professional development that would be taking place the following day.