With the first few days of the 2018-19 school year in the books I thought it would be a great time to update you on the great things happening at Redbank Valley High School. This is an exciting year full of change. After my brief stint as Acting Superintendent over the summer, I am now settled comfortably in my principal’s chair.
It is great to see many new faces here at the high school and in the district. Mrs Brittany Nowacki is our new special education director, and she is anxious to work with all of the families of students with IEPs. She is committed to the students in the Redbank Valley, and I’m sure you will be delighted when you meet her. Another new face we see at the high school is our security officer, Mr. Priest. He is monitoring the hallways and the parking lot as well as observing arrival and dismissal times. He is a friendly face and is beginning to get to know our student body well. Also, Mrs. Bonfardine is serving in her new role as Dean of Students. She has already made some great changes and is showing amazing consistency in helping students follow school policies and procedures. She and I work very closely, and we’ll be making sure that the school is safe for everyone. Finally, Ms. Jordan Inzana has partnered with Moore Physical Therapy to provide athletic training services to our athletes.
The theme for this school year, as I shared with the students, is school pride. My goal this year is to showcase all of the great things that we are doing at Redbank Valley High School and encourage community support. We need to take pride in what we have and take ownership in what is ours. It is very important for students to be involved in activities in the school setting. Each student is encouraged to get involved. Whether it be a club or a sport or working as a volunteer, I’ve encouraged students to participate and lift each other up. The truth of the matter is, we spend the majority of our waking hours with each other in the building as a group of 500 plus individuals. We need to be able to build each other up and have pride in what we do. In focusing on the positive, we can increase positive school culture and decrease some of the negative behaviors that have been evident within the walls of the school.
I am hopeful that this, my fourth year leading the high school, will be the best year yet! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, my door is always open. I look forward to building a positive relationship with each family whose children I have the pleasure of leading.