Welcome to Grandview Elementary School. I hope this correspondence finds you well and this school year continues to be memorable and enjoyable.
Each year in our school is somewhat different. However, one aspect seems to remain the same. The start of each new school year brings with it an air of excitement that is characterized by hope, expectancy and great anticipation. It is a time for celebration, as we pause and rejoice momentarily in our successes. It is also a time of contemplation, where we examine and embrace the areas that challenge us to become better. As such, we forge ahead, with the enthusiasm and assurance that we will have an even greater year. To this end, I am eager and excited regarding the wonderful things that are occuring at Grandview!
Throughout the year, we will continue to work diligently to sustain the academic progress our students have made. In fact, we will challenge them further with a rigorous curriculum and an academic calendar which will include Project-Based Learning Exhibitions, Digital Literacy, Invention Convention, M-A-Thon Competitions and Spelling Bees. Throughout the year, you will receive details regarding student achievement and the PARCC Assessment as well as details concerning our curriculum for each grade and our technology additions as we promote the digital literacy curriculum and 21st Century Competencies.
In order to maintain our successes, we have Support Specialists assigned to each grade level, where they assist students in Literacy and Mathematics. Also, we offer a counseling department that is proactive with Behaviorists on staff who are trained and certified to offer a variety of services.
Our school culture continues to be inviting and conducive for academic excellence as well as social-emotional development. We are in our 7th year of the implementation of the Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS) initiative, which is a collaboration between the New Jersey Department of Education and the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center. As a result, our theme “Grandview Greatness” continues to resonate throughout our learning community, instilling a sense of pride and purpose as we promote a school climate with a structured discipline system which includes positive reinforcement.
Throughout the year I will be communicating with you on a regular basis through various mediums: automated phone messages, e-mails, conferences, and phone calls. I will continue to make my office available to you, keeping you updated regarding all important issues that affect you and your child. Also, I ask that you regularly visit the District as well as the Grandview School websites. Here you will be able to find important information such as classroom/teacher websites, supply lists, and announcements.
As I move towards closure, experience has taught us that situations will occur which will require us to examine certain procedures and make adjustments where necessary. However, our time together has also proven that we can overcome all challenges when we continue to maintain an open dialog and work together. As such, I want to again remind you that my door is always open and I welcome suggestions and feedback as we seek to promote “Grandview Greatness” in all areas. I really appreciate all that you do. Also, I thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we seek to find remedies and solutions that will make our great school more productive and efficient.
In closing, I thank all of you for the consistent support and commitment to our great school. Please feel free to contact me if I can assist you in any way. Until I see you, please be safe and be well.
William F. Baskerville, Jr.
732.752.2501 ext. 5741