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  • Jennifer Morrison, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools 

     

    August 2, 2018

     

    Dear NHP-GCP Families,

     

    Welcome to 2018-19! The empty buildings have not been the same without the children. We await their arrival with excitement for a new school year.

     

    We are also excited to implement the plans we have made to ready our children for their future. Our goal is to provide an education that will empower our students with the knowledge and skills they need to live productive and happy lives. To that end, this year brings the introduction of Chromebooks and Google Gsuite for Education for Grades 3-6. In addition, every fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classroom is now equipped with five iPads. Our schools’ library teachers will support, promote, and provide innovative learning opportunities for our students, which includes the teaching of digital citizenship. Specialty teachers will support future-ready learning for our first- through sixth-graders by exposing them to computer science through Coding and problem-solving via Project Lead the Way. Classroom teachers will help our students excel in tomorrow’s STEM careers through our newly-adopted inquiry-based science program.

     

    Most importantly, we are implementing a new social-emotional curriculum called Sanford Harmony through National University. Our purpose is to strengthen the relationships and connections our students have to one another and help develop our children into caring, considerate, and happy adults.

     

    I would be remiss if I did not mention that we have partnered with Scope Education Services and will welcome seventy-two pre-kindergarteners to Manor Oaks in September. Families across the district entered a lottery and are afforded a seat through a grant, with no cost to residents.

     

    You are invited and encouraged to join your school’s PTA and to attend the many events that are offered throughout the school year. You can also become more connected to our District by following us on Twitter @NHPGCP and Instagram @nhpgcpufsd. Our website (https://www.nhp-gcp.org) and my “Superintendent’s Page” blog (http://drmorrison.blogspot.com)  are updated regularly with timely and relevant information. Board of Education meeting dates are listed on our website. As you can see, there are many ways to get involved and stay involved in your child’s education.

     

    Thank you for your continued support of our educational programs. Contact me at any time at jmorrison@nhp-gcp.org or 516 434 2305.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Jennifer Morrison, Ed. D.


    July 27, 2018

     

    Dear All!

    Please follow this link to my blog https://drmorrison.blogspot.com/

    -Dr.Morrison


     

     

    December 14, 2017

    Dear Families of New Hyde Park-Garden City Park,

    I have experienced many “firsts” here at NHP-GCP since my arrival on July 1, and each one has helped me learn about this wonderful school district.

    For example, I attended the Christmas Concerts and was amazed by the talents of our musicians. I viewed the beautiful works our artists displayed on the walls. I met with our young leaders by attending Student Council meetings in all four buildings. I witnessed STEAM in action by following the buzz I heard from down the hall at HGS. I read with our youngest readers during reading workshop at GCP.

    I also have taken some time to learn about our partner district, Sewanhaka Central High School District. I spent a morning in November at New Hyde Park Memorial High School with Principal Dr. Faccio. I got a tour of the beautiful building, and we talked about topics such as middle school philosophy and technology. We also discussed strengthening our partnership. As a result, the high school students will be visiting our schools next week for a sing-along with our students. In addition, we have made arrangements for our sixth graders to visit the high school in March for a special daytime performance of Beauty and the Beast!

    Once again, I would like to express my appreciation for the opportunity to serve this community. I invite you to review the update to my Entry Plan, posted as a file below. 

    Enjoy your holidays and be safe. My wish for you is for a happy and healthy 2018 filled with love and joy.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Jennifer Morrison, Ed.D.

     

     


    October 5, 2017

    Dear Families,

    The school year has gotten off to an incredible start, and here we are, already in October! There is no better sound than that of your children playing during recess outside in this beautiful weather.

    I hope you find the redesign of the district's website to be more user-friendly.  The transition to the new platform went smoothly, for the most part, although we are finding that some pages and links may have minor errors. As these issues are brought to our attention, we are correcting them. So, if you see something amiss, please contact me. Suggestions for improvement of the website and content are also welcome.

    Our teachers have started off the year getting to know your children as readers. They are using The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System to identify each student’s reading level for instructional purposes and independent reading. You can learn more about the assessment by following this link to a short blog post: The Power and Purpose of Assessment.

    The Principals, with the help of our school psychologists, teachers, and lunch monitors, have implemented Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) into the lunch and recess routines. Classes were explicitly taught lunchroom behavior expectations and have been working together to earn recognition and positive rewards such as extra recess and physical education time. I have visited some of the recognized classes, such as Mr. Riley’s fourth grade at Road School that were awarded the “Golden Spoon”. Needless to say, our students are extremely proud of their accomplishments. Ask your child about their lunchroom and recess experience so far this year.

    The Board of Education’s Goals are posted on the website. Please take a look: https://www.nhp-gcp.org/domain/32.

    Please support our PTAs by joining your school’s association, volunteering, and/or attending PTA-sponsored functions and meetings. Meeting dates are posted on the school calendar. Everything the PTA does benefits our children.

    At any time, if I can be of any assistance, please contact me at (516) 434-2305 or jmorrison@nhp-gcp.org.

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve this community.

    Sincerely,

    Jennifer Morrison, Ed.D.

     

     


    July 2017

     

    Dear Families,

    I would like to thank the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park educational community for the warm welcome and support during my transition to the position of Superintendent of Schools. I appreciate the incredible opportunity to work with you and your children, and I am honored to be entrusted with their safety and education. 

    I come to you from Eastport-South Manor Central School District where I served as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction since October 2008. My administrative career began in Comsewogue Union Free School District in Port Jefferson Station as Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services and subsequently as District Administrator for Curriculum. I began my journey as an educator as an elementary school teacher. I taught for nine and one-half years for the New York City Department of Education in Public School 40Q in Jamaica, and Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District, respectively.

    I hold a Master’s degree in Computers in Education from Long Island University. In 2007, I earned my Doctorate in Educational Administration from Hofstra University. The title of my dissertation is, “What does it Mean to Integrate Technology into Education: A Grounded Theory Study.” In addition, I have participated in post-graduate leadership studies at Harvard Principal’s Center and Stony Brook University. You can read more about my career in education by accessing my resume in the link below.

    Since my appointment in April, I have used the months until my official start (July 1) to begin learning about the NHP-GCP schools, employees, and community, as outlined in my Superintendent's Entry Plan (for the entire document, please click on link below). I spent time at all four schools, where I was introduced to many of your beautiful children before they left for the summer. I met on several occasions formally and informally with devoted parents, and outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators who are bursting with school pride.  

    While the students are off for the summer, preparations for the coming school year have already begun. For example, the Board of Education met this week and created district goals for the 2017-18 school year. You are invited to view them once they are posted on the website in August.

    I look forward to working with our parents and community and seeing you at events throughout the school year. Your presence is always welcomed and encouraged. When you see me at an event, please introduce yourself and your family to me. 

    Come back and visit our website often. I will use this forum as one line of communication with the community. Keep posted for the launch of our new and improved website before the start of school in September.

     

    At any time, if I can be of any assistance, please contact me at (516) 434-2305 or jmorrison@nhp-gcp.org.

     

    With gratitude,

     

    Jennifer Morrison, Ed.D.

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