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Superintendent's Message-November 2021

The fall of 2020 was a time of uncertainty. As a community, we didn't know what would be open or what kind of events our children would participate in. Athletics was one of those activities that struck our community, like many others, in the sense that we didn't know what kind of season our student athletes would be involved in. 2021 rolled in and our Cedar Grove HIgh School athletics certainly made up for some lost time. Our students bound together and celebrated each others talents as individuals and as teammates.


I mention this in this months edition for several reasons. Not every student is an athlete or involved in an athletic program, but whether you are an athlete or a spectator, something remarkable happened this fall. People came together. The accomplishments of our student athletes rallied the community and allowed Cedar Grove to be proud of being a Panther. For the first time ever, the Cedar Grove High School Football team took the North 1 Regional State Title at MetLife under the direction of Coach Robert Gogerty. For the first time ever, the Cedar Grove Boys Soccer team took the title of North 2 Group 1 State Sectional Championship this season under the direction of Coach Michael Moussab. For the first time ever, the Cedar Grove HIgh School Tennis Team secured the SEC Colonial Division under Coach Heather Dapuzzo. The Girls Soccer team secured the SEC Colonial Division under Coach Tom Moogan. Tara Smurla became Essex County Champion (1st place) NJSIAA North 2 Group 1 State Section Champion (1st place) NJSIAA Group 1 - 5th Place for the Cross Country Season.



These are remarkable feats that cause us to pause with pride. Whether it is athletics, academics or community service, Cedar Grove Public Schools are proud or their students and staff and proud to have a community that supports their students in many ways. I want to congratulate our esteemed coaching staff on a phenomenal season and the student athletes that brought Cedar Grove to the top!


Center for Clinical services at Montclair State University in Schools Residency Program

The Cedar Grove Department of Mental Health has partnered with Montclair State University to address the emergent need for our school district to provide access to quality mental health services for all our school aged children, their families, teachers, and community. In October, 2021, The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Children’s Hospital Association have all stated that we are currently experiencing a national emergency in children’s mental health. These organizations cite the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic, and pressures of social media as factors towards this emergency. Increasing access to mental health support in schools can help meet the needs of students, and prevent future escalation of this mental health emergency.

The Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at the Center for Clinical Services at Montclair State University is providing Cedar Grove Public Schools with two licensed clinicians to establish residency on site within the schools for up to 21 hours per week, which can be distributed over four school days. Licensed clinicians are able to offer individual and group psychotherapy, crisis evaluations, and consult with teachers and families.

This project is proposed to take place from January 2022 through June 2022 with additional hours available through the extended school year if needed and requested.


LRP

Last month, we shared that the survey of the property at 520 Pompton Avenue was in the completion stages. This stage has been completed with information that is beneficial to LRP. Through the survey, the Cedar Grove Board of Education was able to find that our property lines were defined allowing us to realize more property than previously thought. This will help in the design of traffic flow on and off the property while Dan Dressell, district architect, works on several concept plans for the future. Our next steps are to meet with the township to present several concepts for this traffic pattern to begin next steps in the planning stages. More information will be forthcoming in the new year.


SUPERINTENDENT SERIES 2

On Thursday, December 9th, the second in a series of Talks to visit with families and community members about a range of topics will be held. The following will be the schedule for December 9th:

  • December 9th: 10:00am at Cedar Grove Public Library

  • December 9th: 6:30pm at South End School Gymnasium

In an effort to address the most common questions, please submit your questions in advance at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRUiVLF5zFsTBE9lBvB7OqDlHTuzWwOb0dPC8ym7U384obbA/viewform . We hope you can join us on Thursday for the second of the series sessions.