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August, 2016

Greetings Parents, Guardians, Students and Community Members:

On behalf of the Board of Education, our Administrators, Faculty and Staff, I welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year.  May your child have much success in their new grade level and may you find a true partnership with the Leonia Public Schools.  We look forward to welcoming you on those first few days and hope that you will stop in to say hello, as well. 

For your read, The Bergen County Association of School Administrators has published a welcome letter that I thought would be of interest.  Enjoy the helpful hints for a successful school year.  Most of all………welcome back!

Joanne Megargee, Superintendent


August 2016

The Bergen County Association of School Administrators, comprised of school superintendents and other central office personnel, looks forward to welcoming Bergen County’s 162,000 students back to our schools for another year of learning and growth. We delight in our work with your children and families, and with excitement and enthusiasm pass along the following guidance as we stand on the cusp of another school year.

  • A New Year is a Fresh Year

Entering the next grade level offers your child the opportunity to have a fresh start. Use this wisely. Before the school year begins, speak with your child about the successes and struggles of last year, and how this year can be used to make steady and upward improvement. Perhaps a change in study patterns, attending extra help, or more support at home is necessary.

  • First Things First

Bergen County’s schools offer many exciting opportunities and activities for their students, and while there is strong social/emotional growth that takes place during school, it is important to remember that our schools are primarily academic institutions. It is essential that you help to support the academic growth of your child by consistently and clearly expecting them to dedicate time to their studies. There is no greater thing that you can do to help prepare your child for their future.

  • Hard Work Above All

There is simply no replacement for hard work. Emphasize to your child that time dedicated to their studies, attention to school work, and effort will be the deciding factor between success and failure.

  • An Involved Child is a Successful Student

Research shows that the most highly engaged, successful and satisfied students are those that play a role in the life of the school beyond their classroom studies. Encourage your child to join school clubs or sports teams, volunteer, and be a part of the life of their school. You can set this example by joining your school’s Home & School Organization, attending school functions, and showing your child what positive and helpful participation looks like.

  • Strive for Balance

Help your child find the appropriate middle ground between taking their studies seriously enough, but not so much that there is a negative impact on their health and wellness. There have been increasing reports of students experiencing high levels of stress due to seemingly unending deadlines and expectations. Using time wisely, not taking on too much outside of school, and finding time to relax are all essential. Keep an eye on your child, and continue to strive for that middle ground.

  • You Set the Greatest Example

As important and vital schools and teachers are in the life of your child, remember that you are your child’s first and most influential teacher. Your words, attitude and actions set your child’s tone and attitude, and it is essential that you support your child’s school experience. Set an example by working closely with teachers, be involved in the life of the school, and continue to remind your child that a strong education is the best ‘insurance policy’ that one can have in an unpredictable world.

We look forward to a great 2016 - 2017 school year, and wish our students, families, and communities all the best.

The Bergen County Association of School Administrators

Leonia Board of Education Vacancy

The Leonia Board of Education currently has a vacancy and seeks candidates with an interest in filling the open seat through to the next Board of Education election.
Candidates must be U.S. Citizens, Leonia residents for at least one year, and be at least 18 years old.

Please send letter of interest to the Board Secretary no later than September 9, 2016.  Address is as follows:

 Mr. Ernest Turner
Interim Board Secretary
Leonia Board of Education
570 Grand Avenue
Leonia, NJ  07605

District News!

The Leonia Board of Education is happy to welcome Mrs. Christine Davis, newly endorsed Vice Principal of LMS.  Ms. Davis comes to Leonia with experience as the Interim Assistant Principal of the Eric Smith School in Ramsey and as a teacher-leader in the area of science in that district.  Mrs. Davis began July 1 and will be available all summer for LMS students, parents and staff to meet.  Please stop in and welcome Mrs. Christine Davis to our district.

New to the Board Office, but not new to the Leonia School District, Mr. Gregory Van Nest has joined Central Office as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, filling the position of retiree Michele Simon.  Mr. Van Nest had served as the 6-12 English/Language Arts Instructional Supervisor for two years.  Michele Simon retired June 30th after nearly 18 years of service to the District.  We welcome Greg Van Nest to Central Office and wish Michele Simon our best wishes.

Good News!


It is with pleasure that we announce that the Leonia Board of Education endorsed the recommendation of the Superintendent and her Committee, and named David Saco as Principal of Leonia Middle School.  Congratulations to David and best wishes are sent for a continued successful career with the Leonia Public Schools.


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