I am pleased to introduce you to MMS 6th grade student, Leo Caplan, who spent the day with me as Superintendent for the Day! He is also a guest writer today – here is Leo’s summary of his day: 
 
“Being superintendent for the day was unlike any other experience I’ve ever had. The second I walked into the Education Center, I knew I was in for a treat! Everything that I did today helped me enrich my knowledge, but was most of all fun! First, I took a tour of the Education Center and was lucky enough to meet many of the staff that work there. I learned a little bit about each department, and what everyone does to contribute to Millburn’s public schools. Then I took a trip over to the high school with Dr. Burton. We observed different classrooms, and left small, inspiring notes that consisted of feedback for the teachers. This gave me a better understanding of how teachers observe classrooms and recognize different teaching skills and styles. While we were at the high school, we met many kind staff who indulged our visit. Then, we came back to the Education Center where I was lucky enough to meet and interview a new candidate for a position in the school district. We then had a lunch meeting, and discussed many different topics regarding Millburn’s schools, including the health and wellness of our schools, including ways to reduce and minimize stress in our schools. We discussed the amount of homework, and stress related to homework, studying, tests, etc. Once our lunch meeting and wonderful conversation was over, I was lucky enough to sit in on an architect/town meeting where we reviewed construction and referendum projects. Overall, I learned a lot about being a superintendent, and shadowing Dr. Burton was an exceptional experience to have for the day.” ~ Leo Caplan
 
It was a treat for me to see our schools through the eyes of a student. It was a great reminder that if you want to learn about how to enhance learning for students, just ask them!!
 
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Fleet Week and Memorial Day
We were all disappointed that the Marines were not able to land their helicopters yesterday, but as Dr. Miron said, “they were able to make lemonade out of the weather lemons,” and students did have the opportunity to meet and hear from Marine personnel. We are hopeful that we will be first on their list of high schools next year! 
 
The annual Fleet Week activities in our area are designed to remind us all about Memorial Day, and those who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Please join the community on Monday for Memorial Day commemorations: remembrance ceremonies at St. Stephen’s Cemetery at 9:15 a.m. and at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery at 9:45 a.m. The annual parade kicks off at 11:00 a.m. at Millburn High School (please note change, not starting at the Short Hills train station) through downtown to Taylor Park. The Chatham Community Band will be performing a concert at Taylor Park beginning at 1100. After a brief ceremony at Taylor Park, the public is invited to a BBQ (beverages, burgers, hot dogs, salads) compliments of the American Legion at its post on 200 Main St. It will end at Taylor Park for honors, followed by the American Legion BBQ (200 Main St. Millburn). 
 
At 3 p.m., pause from whatever you’re doing for a moment of silence. This has been an official tradition since 2000, observed by The White House and many military and civic organizations throughout the Country. Remember to fly your flag!
 
Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. See you on Tuesday.