Interim Superintendent of Schools Ronald C. Lee
Dear Students, Parents, Staff and Community Members:
Welcome back and I hope you had an enjoyable and blessed summer. I am honored to serve the Trenton Public Schools and community for the 2019-20 school year. These are new beginnings for our district as we prepare to open a new Trenton Central High School, the Trenton Restorative Academy and the Newcomers program located at Daylight Twilight High School. Our plan is to continue to expand upon the great foundational work that is evident throughout the district. Our mission, “Going Above and Beyond To Help Our Students Succeed”, will be our driving force for establishing our ambitious goals for this year. I am so proud
of our students and their accomplishments. As adults, we have a fiduciary responsibility for being their advocates for ensuring that we create a world-class system of education and provide them with equitable opportunities. We can accomplish this by continuing to create innovative classrooms and programs that will make our students excited about coming to school. Our focus will be on the individual needs of every child, including students requiring interventions, students with special needs, English Language Learners (ELL) and gifted students. The use of data will measure student progress and drive instructional practices in classrooms. We plan to address the needs of all children through an Individualized Student Academic Growth Plan where teachers, students and parents collaboratively identify student needs and establish growth goals for the current school year. We cannot expect our students to succeed without them owning their educational experiences and knowing where and how high the bar has been set. We will sharpen our focus on social and emotional learning (SEL), which aims to develop resiliency, responsible decision-making, healthy relationships, and empathy. Research continues to show that unaddressed social and emotional needs can be an obstacle to student learning. Along with SEL, we will continue to explore and implement restorative justice practices and develop tiered supports for students which will allow us to differentiate our practice to meet the diverse needs of our students.
Our teachers and staff are our most valuable resource. We must continue to provide our teachers and staff with the resources and tools necessary to prepare our students for career and college readiness. They are not only the key to the success of our district, but their work can uplift our community. We know that school administrators, teachers and staff have a difficult task in educating and preparing our children. They are often underappreciated for their work, yet except for our parents, they are probably the most influential people shaping the minds and values of our students. Their impact is generational. To that, I say thank you!!
Lastly, we cannot do our work and be successful without partnering with our community stakeholders. Schools can play a vital role as the center for positive change in our community. We must continue to work together and have all voices heard. Our plan this school year is to develop a five-year strategic plan that will include input from all stakeholders such as students, parents,
staff, board members, government officials, community partners, faith-based organizations, postsecondary, etc. That strategic plan will be our roadmap and genesis toward moving Trenton to greatness! Thank you and I look forward to our great work!
TOGETHER WE CAN WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE
NO ALIBIS, NO EXCEPTIONS, NO EXCUSES!!