August 1, 2018

School Matters: Week of August 1, 2018

Five Candidates To Compete for School Board

First-time candidates Mary Clurman, Daniel Dart, and Brian McDonald, and incumbents Betsy Baglio and Dafna Kendal, will be vying for three seats on the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) in the November election, the Mercer County Clerk’s Office reported at Monday’s filing deadline. 

BOE President Patrick Sullivan will be stepping down at the end of the year after more than six years on the Board. Seeking a second term, both Baglio and Kendal were elected to the BOE in 2015.

Mark Shelley Named New Riverside Principal

Princeton High School humanities supervisor Mark Shelley will be the next principal at Riverside Elementary School, starting on August 1, Princeton Public Schools (PPS) announced last week.

Shelley has more than 20 years of teaching experience, national board certification, New Jersey training as an instructional coach, as well as experience coaching both basketball and cross-country during his time as a teacher at PHS.

As humanities supervisor, Shelley was instrumental in reconceiving the summer reading program and expanding the exploration of diverse genres and cultures, and he helped to infuse racial literacy and non-dominant narratives into the social studies curriculum.  Shelley worked closely with the special education supervisor to support co-teaching teams within his department.

“Mark is a true instructional leader whose kindness and care for children and adults is apparent in all he says and does,” said PPS Superintendent Steve Cochrane.  “His intelligence, integrity, and deep desire to learn with and from others make him an exemplary educator and leader.  He is joining a truly caring community at Riverside.”

Hun Teacher Participates in D.C. C-Span Conference

Hun School social studies teacher Joanna Hallac attended a C-SPAN Educators’ Conference in Washington, D.C. July 26-27 for an immersive experience with C-SPAN’s educational resources. She was one of 30 high school teachers selected from across the country. 

At the conference teachers heard from guest speakers and explored C-SPAN Classroom’s free teaching resources. The participants discovered how to incorporate these resources into their curriculums and create engaging learning experiences for students.