Open Forum Sunday

I invite you to join us for the 11th annual Board of Education Open Forum on Sunday from 1-3 pm at the Millburn Public Library. This “Conversation with Dr. Burton and the Board” is a great opportunity for us to share information about projects and programs of the school district and to hear from you. 

We are just beginning the budget process for the 2018-2019 school year.  The first presentation about the budget will take place at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting at 7:45 pm.  Also at this meeting, we will hear from architect, Greg Somjen, who will update us on the plans for the Phase II Referendum projects.  See the full agenda here.

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Future Ready Schools

Millburn Schools are moving ahead in our efforts to certify all of our schools as Future Ready, to join the High School that was certified in 2017. Future Ready Schools - New Jersey, a coalition of NJIT, the NJSBA, and the NJDOE, is a certification program designed to support the organization of schools' and districts' efforts through the national Future Ready Framework to best prepare their students for success in the digital age, while fostering and enabling collaboration both within and between schools and districts throughout the state of New Jersey.

I’m very pleased to announce that our Technology Director, Evan Abramson, has been namedas the Chair of the Technology Committee for Future Ready Schools-New Jersey.  While he continues advancing our future readiness here, he will also be leading over 80 administrators and educators from all over the state in the creation of the 2018 indicators which will help district leaders plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies so all students can achieve their full potential. 

I will be serving as co-chair of the Community Partnerships subcommittee of the Leadership Committee for Future Ready Schools.

Winter Wellness

There are several opportunities coming up to support parents and students in learning ways to avoid negative stress and anxiety.

The Millburn High School A.C.E. (Addressing Adversity * Creating Balance * Enhancing Communication) program offers activities and reminders for students about ways to bring balance into their lives.  Today’s recommendation is the Resilient Child Summit available online, for parents, free of charge, from January 22-26, 2018. 

MMAC – Empower Hour  (January 30 at 11 a.m. at the Public Library)

This month’s Empower Hour continues the very important conversation about Vaping that began with our Consortium Wellness Presentation in November.  This has been a hot topic this week. Channel 2 News ran a story that referenced Millburn’s strict disciplinary actions for any students discovered with e-cigarettes or paraphernalia.  A news article quoted Nancy Kislin and other panelists from our November presentation.  Please be aware of the dangers of this current trend, and learn more at Empower Hour. 

“DISCONNECTED -- How To Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids”

The next Consortium Wellness presentation will be in Berkeley Heights on February 7, covering another topic of concern for parents and educators – how to re-connect our families in the digital age. All community members are welcome to attend.

How about connecting with your family with some popcorn and a movie? It’s National Popcorn Day…enjoy a bowl of everyone’s favorite snack.

Have a great weekend!