Offering students the opportunity to develop and grow continues to be one of the primary functions of a school district. This week was like many others in Delran; students were placed in actively engaging environments and were challenged appropriately to learn and apply at very high levels. This week there were four events, in particular, that allowed for students to excel and show how powerful, insightful and positive they are: The DMS Night of Excellence, the DHS Quill and Scroll Induction, staff driven professional development and the performance music groups trip to Virginia Beach, VA. In all cases there is reinforcement as to the power of a comprehensive education that all students are afforded in Delran Township.
The Night of Excellence offers an opportunity for kids to showcase what they are doing in their classes with the parents and family members. Having spent some time at Night of Excellence last evening there was a tremendously positive vibe throughout the middle school. To that end, there were proud students, even prouder parents and beaming teachers as I toured the building. There were, literally, hundreds of reasons that reinforced my belief in the culture of the Delran Township Public Schools. What an honor to be a part of the evening.
Some performance music students from DHS have been in Virginia Beach, VA performing against some of the stiffest competition the country has to offer; some photos and videos are below for you to peruse. I believe you will find that the students are representing Delran quite well!
Last evening the newest members of the Quill and Scroll Society were inducted by the Delran High School Quill and Scroll Chapter. Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists was organized April 10, 1926, at the University of Iowa by renowned pollster George H. Gallup and a group of high school advisers for the purpose of encouraging and recognizing individual student achievement in journalism and scholastic publication.
Since its founding, school charters have been granted to more than 14,267 high schools in all 50 states and 44 foreign countries. Media advisers in chartered schools are eligible to recommend outstanding high school journalism students for membership in Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society. We are proud of our newest inductees!
The professional development of our teachers is a critical investment and activity that we engage in regularly in Delran. One of the hallmarks of our professional staff here in Delran is their ability to connect each other to best instructional practices. To that end, throughout the course of the year our teachers have modified schedules to allow for professional development embedded within the framework of the day. During a visit to Millbridge Elementary School I was able to see our very own Mrs. Dillon, Mrs. Friel and Mrs. Dineen teach their colleagues the concept of close reading(a strategy that allows our youngest readers to uncover deeper meaning). Below are some photos that share staff development. I understand that the early closings can been seen as a burden, but the time is truly maximized!
Clearly there is much to celebrate in Delran. I appreciate the opportunity to remain so closely connected with the District. I look forward to seeing you at a future event!