BARNEGAT, NJ - Earlier this month, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Latwis announced a new recognition achieved by the Barnegat School district. The Best Communities for Music Education has awarded the school district special designation for demonstrating outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
"This is extremely exciting," shared Latwis. “To read all of the accolades the program has achieved in the past or in recent history, would take a great deal of time.”
According to Latwis, the award recognizes K-12 programming in the area of music arts. This year, the district has caught the attention of NJTV. Students have also performed at the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival. The district has been represented well in competitions across the nation related to music.
“Thank you to the many teachers and administrators who add to the successes of the program,” Lawtis said. "I would also like to say thank you to the students and parents who are so committed to their individual and group successes.”
The Best Communities for Music Education is a national award, which recognizes that the Barnegat Township School District is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing, while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.
Members of the district's music department will be gifted a NAMM sweatshirt to mark the achievement.
The video presented during the Board of Education's recent meeting provides a great source of entertainment for those who missed the virtual presentation.