Dear Emerson Students, Staff, Parents and Residents,
Welcome back from what I hope was a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving Weekend. I am honored, humbled and excited to officially start today as Emerson's Superintendent of Schools. Emerson carries an unparalleled reputation as a town and school district dedicated to its children, their families, residents and schools. Since beginning my transition in July, I have learned the tradition of excellence that exists is due to the wonderful people of our community and the hard work of our students and staff.
Emerson is known for academic excellence and extracurricular programs, and also for its incredible spirit, enthusiasm and caring for each other. I take very seriously that you have entrusted the young people of this community to our care and will always work in the best interests of our students. Over the last several months, I have visited schools and classrooms, participated in district-level meetings, and attended many community functions. These activities have only served to strengthen my belief that Emerson is a high-quality district dedicated to its children.
I am in the process of finalizing the dates for a series of community meetings that will enable me to sit with parents and other community members to gather thoughts and feedback as I continue my transition into the district. Also please do not hesitate to say hello if you see me at one of our many community functions.
Along with my entry into the district, I'd also like to welcome Ms. Alice Keller as our Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology. In her previous district, Ms. Keller was involved in district-wide curriculum revisions for Language Arts, Science, and Math, developed staff evaluations, conducted data analysis to help improve student performance, and integrated the use of technology into the classroom. Ms. Keller earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. She also earned her second post-graduate degree from Montclair State University in Master of Arts in Education Leadership.
As always, if I can be of any help or assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Brian P. Gatens
Superintendent of Schools
As part of the Long Range Facility Plan and ongoing district strategic goals, all three Emerson Schools completed construction this summer to renovate entrances to further support our commitment for the safety and security for our children, parents, staff, and community. Without sacrificing our long standing inviting culture of neighborhood schools, visitors will still enjoy the friendly welcome and personal contact with our staff to share the purpose of their visit before fully entering the school.
These impressive solutions are in addition to a new pilot traffic pattern recently approved by the Boro to help reduce gridlock and improve the designated drop off and pick up areas at Villano School. All parents and residents are reminded to be aware of these changes and to demonstrate added caution and patience as we all adjust to these new procedures. Additional notices will be published by the school and with the cooperation and support of Chief Rossi and the Emerson Police Department, increased police presence will also be provided. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support as we work together to protect our precious children. As always we invite you to contact us at 201-268-2828 to share any comments and suggestions.