Old Bridge Public School District Opens its Doors for 2019-2020 School Year on Sept. 5
The Old Bridge Public School District will open its doors to staff on Sept. 3 and students on Sept. 5.
Schools Superintendent David Cittadino addressed teachers, staff, and administrators in his keynote address held at Old Bridge High School. He said during the 2019-2020 school year, the district will introduce a new theme, “Staying Alive,” which focuses on continuing to overcome adversity and rise above setbacks for the sake of children and the programs that support their learning needs.
Cittadino said the district accomplished much and garnered numerous accolades this summer, including Cooper, Memorial, and Miller elementary schools, who were named National PTA Schools of Excellence; the district was ranked 54 as a Best School District by niche.com with an overall grade of A; and was ranked number 5 as a Best School District in Middlesex County also by niche.com with a grade of A.
During his address, Cittadino discussed Life is Good: The Book – How to Live with Purpose and Enjoy the Ride. He cited a dozen #teacherfeatures, including compassion, openness, gratitude, authenticity, honor, love, courage, creativity, simplicity and fun.
He also mentioned SEPTA’s (Special Education Parent Teacher Association) new project #SEPTArocks, where participants paint rocks with words demonstrating kindness. The rocks recently were distributed throughout the district. The participants hope that if one finds a rock, he paints another, and leaves it for someone else to find.
According to kindnessrocksproject.com, the project was founded by author Megan Murphy and is based on the profound truth that one kind message at the right moment can change someone's day, their outlook, and their whole life. This rock painting project has become an international grassroots movement.
Cittadino also recognized new teachers, newly tenured teachers, as well as returning staff members. He distributed prizes to a number of teachers for their continued hard work. The prizes were donated by NikkiSnips Salon and Hott Carl’s Pizza, both of Matawan; All American Auto Mall of Old Bridge; and Arthur Murray Dance Studios.