Dear Parents/Guardians, Students and Community Members:
In 1953 the late Kwame Nkrumah, after completing his education in England and the United States, returned to his native Ghana to head an independence movement. He coined that movement “The motion of destiny.” It was a period of intense excitement coupled with anxiety as a new nation was born. The events that took place during that time period mirror our lives today. This is an exciting period in our political, educational, and global arenas. As we enter the 2015-2016 school year, we are ready to proceed in full motion. These historical events are also manifested in the present changes and events in the North Plainfield Public Schools and the new North Plainfield Middle School. As you may be aware, I was recently appointed to serve as Principal of North Plainfield Middle School.
It is with the utmost enthusiasm and humility that I accept this honored role and obligation to serve the children and community of North Plainfield Middle School and the North Plainfield Public School System. During my teaching and administrative experiences, I have had the opportunity to serve in various settings. One of the most memorable experiences during my professional journey was when I served as a teacher in a middle school. This experience allowed me to see firsthand the major transformations that take place when middle school students are afforded the opportunity to be entrenched in an environment where rigor, nurture, and innovative pedagogy are the norm.
As we are now on the eve of a new school year, I know that you may have many anxieties concerning the new venture which you are about to partake. Those anxieties are perfectly normal and you need not to be too overly concerned; they are the typical concerns of students and families throughout the country. However, be mindful that your entrance into North Plainfield Middle School next month will serve as one of the most important chapters in your life. We as a school community will do all we can to ensure that you “maximize your potential.”
There are several key ingredients that you must possess and constantly utilize in order to have a productive and successful school year. These ingredients include punctuality to school and class, making responsible and mature decisions both socially and academically, attaining and maintaining good grades. In addition, the North Plainfield Middle School community offers a variety of extracurricular activities to whet your intellectual and athletic appetites. Reinforce and take the opportunity to try new programs and be an active member of your school.
Collaboration will continue to be the mantra that we embrace. It is the primary means that will bring forth success to all stakeholders in the educational process. When parents, students, faculty, and community members are aligned with a common denominator, success and achievement are inevitable. This is a formula that I utilize daily and it will continue to be the umbrella that covers North Plainfield Middle School.
I would also like to announce the other new members of the North Plainfield Middle School Family: Christine Galliano, English; Morgan Beach, Literacy; Thomas Bailey, Special Education; Soyoun Ouh, ESL; and Krista Daniskas, Special Education.
I look forward to meeting and working with each of you throughout the school year. Enjoy the remainder of your summer and welcome to your “motion of destiny.”
Lennox H. Small Ed.D.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle