Superintendent's Message

Fall Pumpkin


Dear Parents & Community Partners,

We hope you will mark your calendars to attend two Board of Education meetings in October as the administrative team will provide the Board and public with two presentations.  Board of Education meetings are held in the MPHS Media Center, with public session beginning at 8 pm. 



This presentation will include information on a ten-year retrospective of facility improvements, advancements in curriculum, instruction, and program, and information about send/receive relationships, regionalization, and district enrollment.


This annual report is mandated and presented to Board and public by all New Jersey public school districts in the fall, following the release of final state assessment score reports.   

 The first days of autumn find our students immersed in academics, with athletic contests, fine and performing arts, and extra-curricular activities. This month features many enriching experiences for students of all ages; here are just a few highlights:

Music in the Park XXI, Sunday October 6th

The district is very proud to host this annual competition with 50 students in the MPHS Marching Band this year.  Sixteen bands will march in competition at the event and we’re delighted to note that the Highland Elementary School Band will join our band to perform, “The Star Spangled Banner.” 

The Week of Respect, October 7-11; School Violence Awareness Week, October 21-25, 2019

The first week of October is designated by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR) legislation as The Week of Respect, a time when New Jersey’s public schools focus on the importance of maintaining mutual respect in all actions and venues.  In Midland Park, each school will recognize this event in grade-appropriate ways.  Please be sure to access our Week of Respect newsletter by clicking on the ABR link on the district website’s homepage.  School Violence Awareness Week follows later this month and the state’s website speaks to the importance of the district’s role in this regard, “While the New Jersey Legislature has set aside both weeks to highlight these very important issues, it is a school district’s clear, consistent message throughout the school year about positive school climate and student behavioral expectations that will help reduce violence and create safe and supportive learning environments for all students and staff.”

Pumpkins and Parades!

October is a spook-tacular month and our elementary students are looking forward to the annual Harvest Festival, pumpkin sale, and Halloween Parades at Godwin and Highland schools and we hope to see you there!  Warm days are turning cool and brightly-colored leaves are swirling around…October is a wonderful time of year to be outside at school events.


Dr. Marie Cirasella

Dr. Marie Cirasella


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