District Affirmative Action Officer: Dr. John C. Anzul
John C. Anzul, Ed.D. - Superintendent
Dear Parents, Care Givers, and Community Members:
Happy New Year! As we head into 2019 I'd like to share some updates about key accomplishments, current events and upcoming news in the Oradell Public School. Please accept my sincerest appreciation for the support you have already afforded the students, faculty and administration during the first half of this school year.
Successful organizations, teams, schools, and individuals have many similar attributes. Focus, determination, commitment, talent and effective resource allocation are among them. However, unless we are goal driven and results oriented, no level of talent or resources will help us achieve our mission. That is, making sure that all OPS students acquire the knowledge and skills outlined by our curriculum and standards at the very highest levels possible. Everything that we do must be about teaching and learning. We must always ask, "How does this effort/initiative, etc. help students learn?" If the initiative or activity does not contribute to the academic and behavioral learning of our students, then we must reconsider why we are spending time and money on it.
Over the course of last winter and spring I met with a number of stakeholders as part of our Strategic Planning effort, in order to determine areas of focus. A number of common themes emerged, such as coherent curriculum, instruction, assessment, social and emotional learning, parent involvement, facilities, focused professional learning, and bolstering the support for student's individual learning needs. The School's Administrative Team then worked over the summer to develop a list of action steps to achieve each of the primary goals. Our NJ-SBA Rep. Matt Lee then met with the Board during the fall to present the Strategic Plan that will guide our school district for the next three to five years. Although we're still polishing the final version of the Strategic Plan, a draft version is available on our website at the following link: http://www.oradellschool.org/osnj/News1/Strategic%20Planning! The ultimate objective is that all Oradell Public School students achieve at high levels. By selecting several high yield strategies that concentrate our efforts on achieving our goals we will increase our opportunities for success. The faculty and administration look forward to working with the Board of Education, parents and community to make our school the exemplar for education that all others look to as a model of excellence.
Finally, budget development is exciting because we have the opportunity to plan the next school year for our students. The budget is a financial statement of our values and beliefs about educating our students. On February 27, 2019 we will present the preliminary budget at the Board of Education Meeting, and invite public input. The preliminary adoption of the budget will be scheduled in March, and we will hold a Public Hearing and Budget Adoption on April 24, 2019. As additional information about State Aid becomes available we will continue to post important dates and other budget information on our District Website.
Nicole C. Schoening, CPA SFO – Business Administrator / Board Secretary
Mrs. Schoening, a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations, brings over 23 years of school business office experience to our district. She began her career as a local government auditor of schools and municipalities, and transitioned into school business offices as the Assistant School Business Administrator for Boonton Township and Wayne Public Schools. In addition, she served as the President of the Passaic County Association of School Business Officials for two years. Mrs. Schoening is a graduate of Montclair University, is married, and is the mother of twelve year old twins. When asked how she was going to adjust to coming from such a large district to OPS, she stated she was quite thrilled in that she would be able to establish close working relationships with all involved in providing the best educational experience for the students.
Linda Distler - Supervisor of Special Services
Linda Distler is excited to join the Oradell Public School Administrative Team as Supervisor of Special Services. She brings with her thirty years of experience in education as a teacher, school psychologist, and Coordinator of Special Services. Among her most rewarding career accomplishments, prior to coming to OPS, was creating, staffing, and coordinating the Department of Special Services at the Teaneck Community Charter school, for over thirteen years.Ms. Distler holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Lesley University and graduated with teaching degrees in elementary and special education. She earned a Master of Science in Education and a Professional Degree in School Psychology from Fordham University. Ms. Distler attended Rutgers University for her doctoral work in applied psychology where she received her Supervisory Certification.Ms. Distler looks forward to working collaboratively and intensively with the OPS community to continue to build successful programs and create new ways to enrich all students academically, socially, and emotionally.
Megan Bozios - Principal
Ms. Bozios is thrilled to serve the OPS community as principal. Prior to coming to OPS to serve as assistant principal during the 2012-2013 school year, Ms. Bozios spent fifteen years at Orchard School in Ridgewood where she taught first, third, fourth and fifth grades; facilitated staff development courses in literacy, mathematics and technology; and was involved in many aspects of school operations, including lunch supervision, mentoring new teachers and website management.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University, a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Ms. Bozios loves the world of the elementary school. She loves working collaboratively with parents, teachers, staff and students to create a strong, positive, interdpendent community where people matter and learning soars!
Michael Hagopian - Assistant Principal Grades K-3 and Supervisor of Special Areas and Technology Integration
Michael Hagopian is delighted to serve in the role of assistant principal after joining the OPS administrative team in 2015 when he served as the supervisor of instruction. Previous to his arrival at OPS, Mr. Hagopian was a classroom teacher in the Westwood Regional School District where he taught grades one and five. Based on his experiences, he understands the academic and social challenges related to teaching students at different developmental levels. During his time in Westwood, he completed his administrative internship and demonstrated his knowledge of effective instructional practices.
Mr. Hagopian has a firm belief that by establishing close relationships among staff, students, and families, we can cohesively strengthen our school community and provide children with a safe and rigorous learning environment. Mr. Hagopian earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Dominican College, a Master of Science in Teaching Elementary and Special Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College, and most recently a Master of Science in Educational Leadership at St. Thomas Aquinas College. He is committed to work tirelessly to be sure that the educational goals of OPS are reached and the needs of students, teachers, and families are met.
Michelle Hawley - Assistant Principal Grades 3-6 and Supervisor of Math and Science
Michelle Hawley is excited to be joining the OPS learning community as assistant principal September 2017. Mrs. Hawley is passionate about laying a strong foundation with elementary students so they can learn to think critically, to work with others to solve problems, to treat others with compassion and respect, and to be active members of community life. With over 20 years in education, Mrs. Hawley understands the importance of working with students, teachers, parents, and the community to establish a strong learning environment.
Mrs. Hawley began her career teaching elementary students in Pennsylvania and Cedar Grove, NJ. She comes to Oradell from her latest position as Elementary Instructional Facilitator in Summit where she worked for seven years as an instructional coach and completed her internship for administrative leadership. Prior to her work in Summit, Mrs. Hawley was an Instructional Strategies Specialist at IDE Corp where she trained and assisted teachers and administrators in the creation of student centered classrooms.
Mrs. Hawley has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and early childhood education from Kutztown University, a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College, and her Administrative Leadership Certification from Montclair State University. She is looking forward to creating strong relationships with the students, staff, and parents of OPS so that our children and community can grow.
Jenna Lipton - Supervisor of Language Arts and Social Studies
Mrs. Lipton joins the OPS team from Montville Township Public Schools where she served as a K-5 Instructional Coach and Reading Specialist. She was responsible for school-wide professional development, teacher coaching, as well as the assessment and placement of struggling students into Basic Skills Instruction. Prior to moving to New Jersey, she taught sixth grade English and Social Studies in three New York City Public Schools including the high performing Salk School of Science. She also served as the Humanities Department Chairperson for three years and was a curriculum writer for the NYC Social Studies Core Curriculum Initiative.
Mrs. Lipton received a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, a Master of Science degree in Literacy Acquisition and Development from the City College of New York and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has presented at numerous educational conferences including the International Literacy Association.
Mrs. Lipton believes that students learn best when given tools to explore the world while being presented with opportunities that allow them to make meaning for themselves and discover the broader connections. She is excited to be part of the OPS community of learners where everyone grows together.