Superintendent Message

Opening Letter

August 28, 2019

Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year and Happy New Year! The beginning of every school year is like New Year’s Day, or the dawning of a new day. It is a time where we all get to reinvent ourselves, set goals, and have a fresh start. I hope everyone had a relaxing summer with plenty of time to reconnect with family and friends. Whether your child is new to the school or they are simply returning to Alpine School after a fun- filled summer, this is a special time for everyone: students, teachers, and parents filled with anticipation of new adventure.

For the current school year we welcome our students back with many exciting opportunities. On the first morning as we line up in the gym you will get to see the newly refurbished gym floor and new LED lighting. The renovation isn’t totally completed, but the painting and restoration of the doors will occur during the year. As you enter the main entrance and walk up to the gym you will also see that the Elementary wing has received a face lift. Don’t worry we are not leaving out the Middle School wing and the upper floor. We will be completing the facelift for the rest of the building during weekends, holidays, and vacations. More importantly, we will be offering new additions to our curriculum, one of which will be financial literacy classes for all grade levels. Another new offering will be organized play for K-4 in the mornings and after school playtime two days a week for the Middle School.The enrichment/intervention period for the middle school will have some new offerings too. Mr. Sean Brophy, our new technology technician, has been busy upgrading our infrastructure so that we can run our devices to their maximum capacity. In addition we will continue with our comprehensive curriculum offerings and our extensive enrichment/intervention opportunities for all students.

Each year new staff brings positive change. Sean Brophy, our technology technician comes to us from the Bergen County Technical Schools. He will continue to work with us three days a week and we will have the Bergen County Technical Schools Team as our constant back-up remotely and as needed in person. When it comes to the teaching staff we have two new teachers and some familiar faces that have been hired in different roles. The district made the decision to split the third grade into two classes because of the number of students anticipated. Michelle Kwon will be the additional third grade teacher (3B). Michelle comes to us as an undergraduate from Boston University and a Masters of Education Graduate from Montclair University. Karen Kovins has been hired as our .5 Speech and Language teacher. Karen comes to us with 15 years of experience in many different positions and most recent of which was Tenafly. Now to our familiar faces. Katie Mellet, who was with us the second half of last year in two Special Education positions, has been hired as a Special Education Teacher. Lauren Decker, who multi tasked for us, last year, has been hired as a .5 Special Education Teacher and .5 para-professional. Mally Canovic is returning to us in a dual role as 5th and 6th Social Studies and Special Education Teacher. Johanna Bargisen is also returning to us in the roles she assumed last year as the 7th and 8th grades Social Studies Teacher as well as a Special Education Teacher. Gail Quinn is returning as our Kindergarten Leave Replacement Teacher. I know that you will all welcome them and give them your support as you have always done with me.