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Dear Parents/Guardians and River Vale Community:
It is a great honor to serve the River Vale School District as your Superintendent of Schools. I am truly privileged to serve in such an outstanding school district and always look forward to working with the Board of Education, students, staff, parents, and administration to continue the great tradition of excellence in our schools! A continuing goal of our district is to “Focus on meaningful innovation as the key to addressing 21st Century Skills needed for success in a changing world.” This includes:
Increased Student Access to Technology: With much appreciated support from the River Vale Educational Fund and the River Vale PTA, we are excited to continue the district’s ongoing technology initiatives! Increased access to the right grade-level technology amplifies learning, increases engagement, and enables our classrooms to be more technology-driven, real-work oriented, and reflective of the evolving world our students live in. To learn more about the district’s ongoing technology initiatives, please click here.
Educate 2B Mindfulness Program: Thanks to a generous donation from the River Vale Educational Fund, the district's Educate 2B mindfulness program will be expanded in the 2016-2017 school-year so that over 40 staff members receive training in mindfulness, breathing, and yoga to support students in our classrooms. This training from Educate 2B founder Allison Morgan represents an innovative and important way to help address mental health for all students in the district.
Being a "Leading" School District: In addition to being a member of the New Jersey Department of Education’s innovateNJ program, a state-wide program aimed at supporting innovation by fostering sharing and collaboration between districts, the River Vale School District is also a member of the Garden State Coalition of Schools, a public education advocacy group with roots in Trenton, and EdLeader21, a national consortium focused on integrating vital 21st Century Skills into the classroom. This is an important time in public education, and our district needs to be a leader in terms of what a great education should look like for all children in New Jersey.
In River Vale, we are committed to providing students a rich and balanced education that focuses on the important 21st Century Skills needed for success in an increasingly complex, global world. This is an exciting time in education for our district, and together we will remain “Committed to Excellence” to our students!
Rory McCourt, Superintendent of Schools