Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! It is with great excitement that we open our doors for a new year at the Russell O. Brackman Middle School. We are proud of our past accomplishments and look forward to a productive and rewarding year. It is an honor to work with such a dedicated and talented staff, awesome students, supportive families, and an outstanding community. This is an especially exciting time of year for all of us. Our focus is to create a learning environment that inspires innovative thinking. Currently, I am reading a book, The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, which is inspiring and aligned with our school vision. To this end, I’ve invited our staff to join me in a book study; as George Couros said, “If we want innovative students, we need innovative educators.” Although there are not any schedule changes this year, the world and the educational system continues to be changing all around us. Our staff have been diligently continuing their own professional learning opportunities embracing new initiatives and developing new strategies to enhance the learning experiences of our children in all disciplines. I look forward to working with each of you to make this school year a success.
With the start of the school year there are many items which need your attention. Some items are available for viewing on the district website, others will either be mailed or come home in an envelope with your child. Please note:
*** The state of New jersey mandates that every child entering
6th Grade must receive one dose of the meningoccal vaccine and a booster dose
of the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine given no earlier than the
10th birthday. If your childs health record indicates that these immunization
requirements for school attendance are incomplete, by law we will have to
exclude your child from school. If you have not already submitted verification
that your childs immunizations have been received, please present it to the
school immediately. If you cannot submit verification of these immunizations
please make an appointment with your physician and provide the school with
documentation of when the student will be able to receive the immunizations.
Failure to comply with the New Jersey State Immunization requirements will
necessitate excluding your child from school on October seventh if not received.
If you have any questions you may call our nurse at 609 698 5880 extension 4013. Thank you for your prompt cooperation in this matter.