Superintendent's Message

 

Welcome staff, parents and students to another year in the West New York Public Schools! As the Superintendent of Schools, I am looking forward to working with our community to continue to provide quality education to West New York’s children. In our schools, we are fortunate to have minorities being our majority. Our school district is rich in both culture and diversity, allowing for enhanced 21st century learning. Growing up and attending public schools in West New York, I fervently believe that we, as human beings, learn so much from our environment and from those around us. In the West New York School District, we embrace each other’s differences in order to achieve academic success inside and outside the classroom.

As your superintendent, assuring that our students receive meaningful education is my top priority. I am proud to say that our exceptional teachers push our students to the highest potentials through a challenging and rigorous curriculum. With career-orientated learning academies at Memorial High School, we make sure that our children are fully prepared for all of the next steps they will take in their lives. In addition, our partnerships with Syracuse University, New Jersey City University, Kean University, Fairleigh Dickenson University, and Hudson Community College provide our students with a glimpse of college life at the high school level.

In today’s modern world, technology has become a major part of effective teaching and learning. The West New York School District uses the state-mandated Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam to evaluate students. Because we are living in a digital age, we have adapted our instruction by making Chromebooks an essential resource for our students. In addition, Google Classroom allows for interactive discussions between classmates and their teachers. The technological advancements made in our public schools promote science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts (S.T.E.A.M.) education.

While education inside the classroom is incredibly important, parents play a critical role in the education process after the school day ends. Being a mother myself, I understand the everyday struggles West New York parents face. Nonetheless, parental involvement is without a doubt a necessary component of a successful school district. As parents, you truly understand that education is the great equalizer, and through education your sons and daughters will achieve great academic success. Parental input is always valued, and I strongly encourage parents to get involved in our school district by actively attending local parent meetings.

Though change can often cause people to become worrisome, I assure you that together the West New York School District will continue to succeed. I have a clear vision for our schools focused upon student achievement, parent involvement, staff relations, and cultural diversity. Working with the members of our community for the best interest of our students is exactly the reason I choose to be an educator. I am confident that this will be yet another year of academic excellence for the West New York students.

Clara Brito Herrera
Superintendent of Schools