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Meet the Superintendent



Welcome to Berkeley Township School District. It is an honor to serve as the superintendent of a school district that excels in progressive educational theory and reform, yet recognizes that each student is an individual. We utilize NWEA Map testing to determine where students’ strengths and weaknesses lie to meet their needs at an individual level and provide instruction in order to increase student growth.


We will introduce a new Reading curriculum this fall for all kindergarten through grade five students. Students in kindergarten through grade two will utilize Superkids, a program heavily based on phonics, while students in grades three through five will utilize Wonders. This program will allow students to learn strategies to develop a lifelong love of reading.


Our district will implement the Next Generation Science Standards, which will provide a hands-on approach to Science. Students will participate in STEAM activities and lab activities in order to understand and appreciate the scientific enterprise. The comprehensive sixth grade program will incorporate a Science book while using the Next Generation Science Standards.


The One-to-One Initiative implemented last school year, which provided every first through sixth grade student in our district with a Chromebook for school use, will continue this year. This program has improved student technology skills, provided more research and collaboration opportunities and increased student engagement. This year, students in the lower grades will continue to develop an understanding of programs such as Google docs, sheets and slides, while students in the upper grades will learn to develop research skills. Kindergarten students will have the opportunity to utilize Android Tablets for learning.


We will host the fourth Ocean Ed Tech Expo where teachers and administrators in Ocean County are provided the opportunity to attend workshops for strategies to implement technology in our classrooms.


Maintaining a safe and secure school environment for our students and staff will remain a number one priority. Thank you to Mayor Carmen Amato, Police Chief Karin DiMichele, and the members of the Berkeley Township Board of Education for their continued commitment to the shared service of providing active police officers in each of our schools. These police officers serve as members of the school security teams, develop positive relationships with the students, and add an additional layer of security for our students and staff.


As a recipient of the Race to the Top Preschool Expansion Grant from the New Jersey Department of Education, our district will offer a full day preschool program to assist economically disadvantaged four year old children, as well as a half day developmentally appropriate preschool program at our lower elementary schools.


We encourage parents to become involved in the education of their children. This can be accomplished through frequent communication with the teachers, attendance at Back to School Night, and participation in the Parent Teacher Associations. We greatly appreciate the many activities our PTA members provide for our students.


It is important for all parents and guardians to access the Parent Portal part of the district website. This site provides an opportunity for parents to update contact information, access progress reports and report cards, and set up online payments for cafeteria accounts.


Thank you to the community at large for your dedication and support of the Berkeley Township School District. Your input is always welcome as we take on the very important task of educating tomorrow’s citizens. Our children are our best resource. We are committed to providing them with an education that addresses their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development.


We wish all of our families a happy and healthy 2017-2018 school year.


All the best!

Dr. James D. Roselli

Superintendent of Schools