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Principal's Corner

Principal’s Message

It is the mission of the Belleville Middle School faculty and staff to guide students toward personal and societal goals, including academic achievement and independence, which will enable them to become contributing members of our school and community and will prepare them for higher education, as well as endeavors beyond the classroom.  The dedicated and talented staff members at BMS are committed to establishing structured learning opportunities designed to develop the academic, social, emotional, and physical growth of students in grades 6 through 8. 

 

 

Accordingly, the majority of the adolescents are grouped in academic teams, allowing core-subject area teachers to create interdisciplinary approaches to content study and uniform expectations for student conduct.  All courses, regardless of the level, address the Common Core Standards and reinforce basic skills, stimulate critical thinking, promote self-confidence, and improve scholastic independence.  Furthermore, a variety of exploratory programs are offered during the school day, including those in the areas of Art, Music, Technology, and World Language.  The renowned Music Department also encourages participation in its Band, Choral, and Orchestral ensembles. 

 

Technology is infused throughout all curriculums in a variety of ways.  Currently, many academic classrooms are outfitted with a SmartBoard and teachers utilize the interactive boards regularly to enhance learning and bring lessons to life.  Additionally, laptop carts have been added to the building for student use.  A number of televisions and laptops with projector connections consistently add to the educational experience of the children at BMS.

 

 

Students are assessed regularly through class discussion, written assignments, creative projects, focused examinations, as well as district and state standardized tests.  Monitoring of such can be done by viewing information through continuous updates in PowerSchool via the Parent Portal, teacher website information and announcements, quarterly progress reports, quarterly report cards, and contact with teachers and counselors.  Teachers, individually and as club advisors, are available for extra help before and after school.  Members of the Guidance Department and Child Study Team are always ready and willing to assist with any need or decision.  The Intervention and Referral Services Committee (I&RS), too, works with teachers, students, and families to create a positive learning environment for all.

 

The Belleville Middle School proudly offers a wide array of extra-curricular activities.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of the community service and school leadership opportunities available through the Builders Club.  Students may also contribute their talents to Stompers, Caliope, the Jazz Ensemble, the F.I.R.E. Bowl, and the Yearbook.  They may also be interested in participating in the Computer or Science Club.  BMS is looking to expand its offerings regularly so students should inform administration of their interests.  None of the aforementioned activities would be possible without the time and energy supplied by the teacher advisors and coaches.  

 

Another very significant component of the middle school years is the relationship between school and home.  The faculty and administration of Belleville Middle School are committed to working collaboratively with parents, guardians, and families.  The Home and School Association has been a tremendous asset to the school in terms of planning a variety of student functions, voicing questions and concerns, participating in the decision-making process, and fundraising to provide financial backing.  The constant support of the HSA is greatly appreciated.

 

The lines of communication are always open and ideas and suggestions are always welcome.  Working together is sure to make the 2015-2016 school year an exciting and productive one.

BMS Principal's Bio

Your children's safe and secure learning environment is my paramount responsibility. My diverse background has informed my career in education. I began as a 1999 Corps Member in Teach for America, a non-profit organization that recruits recent college graduates to teach in underresourced areas. The first summer I worked with at-risk ESL students in Houston, Texas. Then and now, Spanish fluency and the understanding of many cultures and languages have enabled me to relate well to students, parents/guardians, and the neighborhood at large.

As part of my TFA placement, I taught seventh and eighth grade Communication Arts and Social Studies at Roberto Clemente Intermediate School in the South Bronx, a middle school housing fifth through eighth graders with a population near 1450 students. There I served as the School Activities Director, advised a number of extracurricular programs, and developed curriculums for after-school programs, including drama, martial arts, and book clubs. In 2003, I was selected to become an Administrative Intern and in 2004, I was hired as a Lead Teacher as part of a NYC pilot program.

Shortly thereafter, I moved to New Jersey and from 2005 through 2009, I served as the Assistant Principal at the William R. Satz School in Holmdel, New Jersey. In addition to working closely with roughly 600 seventh and eighth graders, their families, and their teachers, I helped to implement the middle school model of teaming, spearheaded the I&RS committee, and chaired the Instruction and Program component of the district’s QSAC Review Committee.

For the past six and a half years as both assistant principal and principal of the Roy W. Brown Middle School in Bergenfield, I continued in my role as educational leader, guiding the students and faculty as together we navigated the numerous changes at the state and national level. To that end, I facilitated a variety of professional development initiatives, encouraging staff members to share their expertise, as well. Along with teachers and paraprofessionals, I introduced events and activities that encouraged student participation, excitement, and healthy competition. Throughout the year, in order to keep the community informed of our progress, I utilized the website, email, phone calls, and regular meetings with stakeholder groups. I look forward to continuing that level of communication here in Belleville.

My educational philosophy coincides with that of Teach for America, wherein every child deserves an opportunity to attain an excellent education. Clearly, Belleville has the faculty necessary to make that sentiment a reality and I look forward to being part of this winning team. Along with Mr. Sinatra and Ms. Cardona, I know that we can take BMS to even greater heights. My door is always open and your suggestions, concerns, and enthusiasm are always welcome. I eagerly await the start of the school year.
 
Shana L. Wright