PISCATAWAY, NJ – How students see themselves will be at the forefront of instruction this school year as Piscataway teachers and staff will be empowered to show students their value in the world.

“Our job is to get kids ready for the future,” said superintendent, Dr. Frank Ranelli who described how his foundation as a leader is based on recognizing the value of people.

“A priority is to challenge the children to do their best,” he said at Wednesday’s Superintendent Chat in the high school’s media center where he also provided updates on the district’s safety and security initiatives.

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Through their learning environment, Ranelli said students should be able to discover and answer what they are good at doing, why people like them, how they can help others and how they make their classrooms better.

To help them develop these areas, teachers in each of the district’s ten schools will have the flexibility to guide students towards goals that address their health and wellness, said Ranelli adding how more curriculum is being selected that is more reflective of the diversity of the township. 

And the district is developing transitional programs for all schools, he said, to address anxieties that come up as students move into new situations in their educational careers such as going into middle school and going from 12th grade to what’s next for them.

“The programs will also teach kids the soft skills that are necessary in the job market including how to speak and think for themselves, and time management,” he said.

“The hope is that staff members will show students their value in the world and in their environment,” which Ranelli said is a step towards helping children feel cared for and accepted.

“All of this for me,” he said, “correlates to them doing well in school.”

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