Superintendent Corner Column
Giving Thanks
November 2018

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement,
achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin

November 19, 2018

Dear Verona Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

On behalf of the Verona Public Schools, I would like to thank the community for your support over the recent second question vote for Mental Health Programming and Full Day Kindergarten. Over the past year, our district administration, faculty, and Board of Education dedicated incredible time and effort to provide important information on these two separate issues. On November 6th, the Verona community passed both second questions to expand child study team staffing at HBW and VHS, enhance mental health programs for our students, expand elementary counseling services, and extend kindergarten to a full day program.

We have been highly engaged as an administration and staff over the past two weeks preparing for the expansion of these programs that will benefit our students. All of our program expansions will begin in January 2019. The first full day for kindergarten students will begin on Monday, January 28, 2019. More details will be forthcoming in the future from our elementary principals. Please feel free to contact your school principal directly should you have any additional questions at this time. Mr. Mauriello, our Director of Special Services, is working closely with members of our team to put into place the necessary supports that will enhance our mental health and counseling programs.

We are eager to get started and witness what the additional time and supports will afford our students. It is only fitting during this Thanksgiving season that I extend our thanks to you in the Verona community for all of your support. Our accomplishments are the fruits of our labor. We have much to be thankful for. Wishing you and your families a wonderful holiday season.

All my best,

Dr. Rui Dionisio
Superintendent of Schools

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Dr. Rui Dionisio is the Superintendent of the Verona Public Schools. Dr. Dionisio encourages community members to contact him with questions or feedback at 973-571-2029 or via email at rdionisio@veronaschools.org