Deputy Commissioner of Education Visits HES

Deputy Commissioner of Education Visits HES
Posted on 12/20/2017
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New Jersey Deputy Commissioner of Education Peter Shulman and Monmouth County Superintendent Dr. Lester Richens along with representatives from the State and County Departments of Education visited Highlands Elementary School on December 18th to recognize the school’s Lighthouse Award distinction.  The Deputy Commissioner and County Superintendent met with HES and Tri-District administrators to discuss the programs that have been implemented that have brought continued progress to the students’ PARCC scores, as well as visited several classrooms to see HES’ teachers in action and to interact with students.  Following the classroom observations, the entire school community gathered in the gym to thank the Deputy Commissioner and County Superintendent for visiting and for recognizing their hard work and progress over the past few years.

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HES Principal Rosemary Schutz, Tri-District Superintendent Daniel Layton, Tri-District Superintendent Dr. Susan Compton and Board of Education President Maryann Fiel with the Deputy Commissioner of Education, Peter Shulman and County Superintendent Dr. Lester Richens along with other state and country Department of Education representatives.

HES Principal Rosemary Schutz is so proud of the success that the school has achieved.  “The visit gave all of us here at Highlands a sense of affirmation that what we have put forth in education for our students is working. To be recognized by the DOE and having other Lighthouse districts to collaborate with is a win-win for us and for them.”

Highlands, along with six other school districts throughout the state were awarded the Lighthouse distinction in November.  Through the Lighthouse District Initiative, the NJDOE is highlighting districts that have, over the past several years, achieved academic growth in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics with diverse student groups.  The Lighthouse Districts have demonstrated student academic progress as a result of setting high academic standards, using assessment data to identify each and every student’s needs, and working tirelessly to provide the necessary educational supports. 

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Monmouth County Superintendent Dr. Lester Richens speaks to the students and staff at HES on December 18th.

Dr. Susan Compton, Tri-District Superintendent stated “Highlands is so deserving of this award.  I am so proud that the hard work of our students, educators and administrators have paid off in such a profound way.  I look forward to collaborating strategically with the other Lighthouse Districts as we continue to strive for growth and improvement.”

In addition to the Deputy Commissioner and County Superintendent’s visit, HES also hosted representatives from the six other districts that received the Lighthouse Award distinction.  HES will serve as the host for a series of collaborative meetings for the Lighthouse Award recipient cohort throughout the year.

HES was also honored in November by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders who declared November 21, 2017 as “Highlands Elementary School Day” in recognition of the Lighthouse Award.

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Tri-District Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Daniel Layton, HES Principal Rosemary Schutz, Tri-District Superintendent Dr. Susan Compton and Board of Education President Maryann Fiel with Arcelio Aponte, President of the New Jersey Board of Education, and State Commissioner of Education Kimberly Harrington at the Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting on November 21st.  

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