On behalf of the Belmar School District administration, faculty, and staff, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our students and their families as we begin the 2015-16 school year. We trust that you have all been enjoying the beautiful weather that our lovely shore area provides and are feeling refreshed and ready for another exciting year! We believe that the foundation of our students’ future successes will be found in the power of our combined efforts and the strength of our relationships. Our challenge is to embrace the future of the 21st century and ensure that our students are properly prepared to become leaders in this dynamic new world. In order to accomplish this monumental task, we must provide a high level of personalization in every aspect of a student’s school experience, a proud recognition for individual and group accomplishments, and an unwavering commitment to the development of character and civic responsibility in our youth.
Our district will continue to implement the initiatives set forth in our five-year strategic plan, including a sustainable professional development plan to ensure innovative technology integration through Google Apps For Education. As teachers become increasingly skilled in a spectrum of instructional technology applications, students’ level of engagement and investment in their learning grows exponentially. In our K-4 grade span, we’ve instituted the best practice of “looping,” whereby students in looping classes remain with their teacher for two consecutive years, allowing for more in-depth student/teacher relationships and greater opportunities for more customized instruction.
We continue to evaluate the ways in which our instruction and curricular resources are aligned with the expectations and rigor of the new Common Core Standards. Our talented staff of educators creatively seek ways to infuse inter-disciplinary and STEM aspects to provide students with a breadth of real-world experiences that stress critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.
Mr. David R. Hallman, Superintendent
Mrs. Lisa J. Gleason, Principal / Director of Curriculum
Mrs. Sarah Wilton, Teacher Facilitator / Supervisor of Instruction