MILLBURN, NJ - It is with mixed emotions that I announce the appointment of Assistant Superintendent Kyle Arlington as Superintendent of the Kenilworth School District. I am excited for him as he embarks on this next step in his career, but he will be greatly missed here in Millburn. In the more than three years since Mr. Arlington joined our team he has provided exemplary leadership in the achievements of this district. He has been instrumental in the vision and implementation of the technology and curriculum goals that the referendum projects have supported. His collaboration with administrators and teachers to enhance, expand and articulate curriculum, has moved our district forward exponentially toward future-readiness. Kenilworth’s gain is certainly our loss, but we wish Mr. Arlington all the best!
One of the many programs taking place in our schools this week in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday is the Peacemaker Project at Glenwood School. Students learned about the ways Reverend King used peace to achieve goals, and then thought about ways they could be peacemakers in their lives. Students worked with buddy classes to define peace, and explain what peace is, and what peace is not. They took the Peacemaker’s Pledge, and tied colored ribbons on a peace sign that will hang in Glenwood’s circular window for all to see.
Be a peacemaker and support one of the service and remembrance opportunities around town on Monday to honor Reverend King. Here are a few:
- 10am-1pm MLK Day Open House at Wyoming Presbyterian Church. Come and celebrate the life of Dr. King! There will be drumming workshops, a short movie suitable for children to learn about Dr. King’s march on Washington, musical performances and a Peace and Diversity book fair. We also have luminaries available from the Community Coalition on Race to take home. Wyoming Presbyterian Church, 432 Wyoming Ave.
- 2pm-4pm: Mitzvah Day at Congregation B’nai Israel. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy of service by learning about and supporting various charitable groups and organizations in our community and in Israel. There will be 20 Groups/Organizations present. There are collections of many items. From 1-7pm there will be a blood drive by the New Jersey Blood Services. Congregation B’nai Israel, 160 Millburn Ave.
- 5pm-8pm: Prayer, Reflection, Contemplation at St. Stephen’s Church. For those of you who are busy during the day, this is a great way to take some time in the evening and recognize Dr. King's birthday. Interfaith Prayer Service from 7:45-8pm. St. Stephen’s, 119 Main St.
Thank you, once again, to the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills and the Cohen family for sponsoring the screening of Angst and the expert panel on Tuesday. It was a powerful film that we hope to be able to bring back again for students and parents who were unable to attend. We have posted the resources and program handouts on our Health & Wellness site.
Stay safe and warm in whatever weather comes your way this long weekend.
Dr. Christine Burton
Superintendent of Schools