Welcome Back 2017

“Those who devote their lives to a cause greater than themselves

always find a larger, fuller life than the one they remembered.” Wilbert E. Scheer

The mission of the Verona Public Schools, the center of an engaged and supportive community, is to empower students to achieve their potential as active learners and productive citizens through rigorous curricula and meaningful, enriching experiences. These words remain central to every decision we make as it conveys our shared commitment to our children. We have a committed Board of Education, dedicated faculty and staff, highly engaged and motivated students, and supportive parents and community members. These are the key ingredients of an outstanding place for teaching and learning.

Our strategic plan provides us with direction on what we value most as a community, including our mission statement, core values, and strategies that will guide us to achieve our goals. It is an exciting time to be a member of the Verona community. Everywhere you turn, there is innovation and progress. The Verona Public Schools is proud of the educational experiences provided for every child. We continuously examine our strengths and areas for continued growth, directing our next steps to improve upon the experiences for our children. We are proud of the opportunities afforded our students with a wide variety of academic, arts, extra-curricular, and athletic activities, that help to promote the healthy development of the whole child. As we move forward together, we will also continue to enhance our social, emotional, and character development programs with the engagement of invested faculty and staff, students, parents, and community members.

We have been busy this past summer in preparation for another successful school year. Beautification of our schools, both inside and outside, are clearly evident. These efforts are a testament to our staff, parents, and devoted community members’ generosity. Our maintenance staff has numerous in-house projects they continue to work on to improve our spaces for teaching and learning. We are extremely pleased with our progress and the positive momentum we have built along the way. I continue to be in awe of the strength of our community, always striving to work together in the best interests of our children. Verona is an inclusive and accepting place that seeks to provide a high quality educational experience for each and every child so they may achieve their full potential.

As we begin a new year, we look forward to building upon our accomplishments while continuing to enhance our educational program. Thank you for being our partners in helping make the Verona Public Schools the very best for our children. Our progress would not be possible without your support.

There is a great deal of unbridled anticipation and excitement as we lead up to the first day of school, for both students and staff. Wishing you and your children a successful start to the school year.

All my best,

Dr. Rui Dionisio

Superintendent of Schools