Archive for August 2012

Looking Forward to the New School Year

August 25, 2012

The summer months have been very busy at the Tewksbury Township School District. Preparations such as the hiring new staff, providing professional development, writing curriculum, ordering materials, and cleaning the facilities were ongoing throughout the summer months.

The summer began with a highly successful Teacher Quality Institute (See the June 25 post). Professional development will be ongoing during the 2012/13 school year and will include multiple sessions in the areas of technology integration, vocabulary instruction, writing, reading, performance assessment, and cooperative learning strategies.

Key administrative hires were completed this summer for the positions of Supervisor of Special Services and Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Elizabeth Calamito begins her tenure as the Supervisor of Special Services.  Dr. Calamito brings passion, experience, and expertise to this very important position. Our new Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction is Dr. Douglas Bolton. Dr. Bolton has worked for many years in various leadership roles in the area of curriculum and instruction. Dr. Bolton’s expertise in the area of curriculum and instruction will serve our school district very well. We are fortunate to have both of these seasoned professionals join the Tewksbury administrative team!

We welcome the following staff members that have also joined our team:

  • Cheryl Miller                                   OTS Language Arts Teacher
  • Jenevieve D’Amico                         OTS Science Teacher
  • Melissa Balsamello                         Preschool Autistic Teacher
  • Thomas Lobb                                   OTS Health/PE Teacher
  • Michael DiGiovanni                       Computer Technician
  • Laura Francis                                   Kindergarten Instructional Aide
  • Alyssa Schatzman                           OTS Instructional Aide
  • Charity Dilts                                     Special Education Instructional Aide
  • Kathleen Oswald                             Special Education Instructional Aide
  • Phokham Sysouvong                      Custodian
  • Somvang Chantbakhoune             Custodian

A welcome also is extended to our student teachers and interns:

  • Stephanie Sinck                               OTS Science from  Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Kristen Povolny                               OTS Guidance from Rutgers University

The faculty reports on August 27 and following a welcoming session, the teachers will be busy finalizing their web pages and attending mandated training sessions on the topics of affirmative action, HIB, and OSHA requirements.

All in all, the Tewksbury learning community is ready and excited about the new school year! I will continue to keep you updated as we move forward with the multiple initiatives that will take place throughout the months ahead.

Jim Gamble