Superintendent's Message

Dear Brigantine School Community:

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! While this year is unlike any other, we are committed to working together to

promote the best possible educational experiences for the students of this community, and we thank you for your on-
going support in this endeavor.

We will continue to focus on the common goals and objectives which emphasize safety and security, digital learning
opportunities, design thinking, critical thinking, enhancing a culture of learning, social awareness, communication,
fostering the development of the whole child, and more. To those ends, we continue to move forward in the following
ways:

VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION INITIATIVES


As we begin the year remotely, we have added programs and platforms to support teachers and students. IXL.com has
been added to all grade levels as a supplemental program in math, language arts, science, and social studies. This
program provides unlimited online practice in 8,000+ skills, personalized skill recommendations, progress-tracking
reports, and certificates and awards to keep students engaged and motivated.

Lexia Core 5 Reading is another new supplemental program for students to learn, practice, and consolidate
fundamental reading skills in an online adaptive program.

Additional online programs and platforms for the 2020-2021 school year include Newsela.com for high interest
nonfiction in current events, Class Dojo for parent communication, and Ed Puzzle to easily create beautiful interactive
video lessons for students.

STUDENT AND STAFF WELLNESS


Wellness initiatives for students and staff are a foundational part of our programs and initiatives. The Brigantine School
District has consistently promoted and supported the development of the whole child when planning and designing
curricular and co-curricular activities. We will continue to offer a whole-child approach while expanding opportunities
within the schools for student wellness and staff wellness activities. This is part of our initiatives to promote healthy
lifestyles, improve student focus and achievement, and support the ideas of physical, social, and emotional wellness
for all school community members.

DISTRICT LITERACY INITIATIVES


As we develop and refine our ELA programming for students, we are excited to announce a partnership with Columbia
University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop for professional development for the 2020-2021 school
year for teachers in grades K through 8. Our teachers have attended training workshops at Columbia for several years
and are very excited to have this opportunity to expand and deepen their knowledge of teaching, writing, and reading
to our students.

The mission of the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project is to develop avid and skilled readers, writers, and
inquirers. The Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop Staff Specialists have created state-of-the-art tools and
methods for teaching reading and writing, for using performance assessments and learning progressions to accelerate
progress, and for literacy-rich content-area instruction. This work cements the classroom instructional practices for the
coming year and beyond. Program data results show the positive trends from these initiatives

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NEXTGEN SCIENCE STANDARDS


Year four implementation occurs within grades K-5 this year. As stated on the NJDOE website, “The science standards
are designed to help realize a vision for education in the sciences and engineering in which students, over multiple
years of school, actively engage in scientific and engineering practices and apply crosscutting concepts to deepen their
understanding of the core ideas in these fields.” (pp. 8-9, NRC, 2012). Our STEM and Computer teachers continue to
work on developing engaging lessons in science, technology, engineering, coding, and math for all students K-8.

MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM UPDATES


Our district continues to evaluate and realign math course sequencing and resources for meeting the New Jersey
Student Learning Standards. This is coordinated through a data review of our programs, and comprehensive
conversations with our certified math staff. The district continues to utilize Go Math, Larson’s Big Ideas Math, as well
as IXL for supplemental assessments. These updates and instructional refocusing extend our practices to meet student
skill development and learning expectations.

GOOGLE. CHROMEBOOKS. INFRASTRUCTURE. SERVERS.

The district is now 1:1 for student Chromebooks, which allows for connectivity remotely as well as in-person learning.
Brigantine is a Google district, which allows for off-site servers to strengthen against malware attacks and to house
data. The district has also increased its Wi-Fi broadband through a fiber line into the building. Servers, firewalls, and
infrastructure continued to be updated over the summer, which provides a constant basis for content filtering, malware
scanning, and virus protection. The district also is able to provide internet access and devices to families that qualify.
I look forward to meeting you over the school year. Please feel free to call or email me and I will make myself
available.

Wishing you all a safe and successful school year!

Yours in Education,

Glenn Robbins
Superintendent of Schools