Trenton Public Schools
Superintendent's Office
Dr. Fredrick H. McDowell Jr.
Superintendent of Schools 
 

TRENTON BOARD OF EDUCATION

Dr. Fred McDowell

Superintendent of Schools

September 1, 2017

Dear Trenton School Community,

Welcome Back and Happy New Year! We hope you had an enjoyable summer. The 2017-2018 school year is about to begin and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to another exciting school year. Our motto is “Children come first, Los niños son primero.” The District’s goal is to create an academic environment where students have multiple opportunities to achieve at or above grade level, develop critical college and career readiness skills, and create a vision for their future.

We are excited about the promise of the new school year for  the City of Trenton and its ability to move forward. It is the District’s hope to work positively with all stakeholders for the betterment of students and the Greater Trenton community. We fully acknowledge the incredible responsibility that all Trenton Public School staff members have placed upon them; to support the needs of our students and put them first. We also acknowledge the tremendous sacrifice that Trenton Public Schools staff members make every single day. We have high levels of confidence in the ability of staff members to meet the challenges of today and acknowledge that collaboration is essential to meet the demands for tomorrow. Collaboration is a vital mechanism that often leads to the innovations that we see taking place across classrooms throughout our District. It is important to note that collaboration does not always mean agreement and we must continue working together in a positive, respectful, and productive manner even when we disagree. We are one Trenton Public Schools.

Our message has been and will continue to be very simple; “We All Own the Future”. We need to demonstrate the improvements that we know are possible, and prioritize teaching and learning. Our continued communication to school leaders focuses on providing increased support and resources for teachers with an emphasis on growth, development, and feedback; time and attention to promoting positive academic culture; and the effective use of data to drive school-based decisions. The message to school leaders also includes exercising acts of kindness and compassion while meeting the needs of students and staff. Please keep in mind that our charge is no easy task. The work that we do is hard, stressful, anxiety-ridden, and frustrating. However, it is also the most important and satisfying work one can ever do; impact the life of a child.

We welcome you, we need you, we appreciate your hard work and diligence, and look forward to a positive, productive new school year. Please check out the new 2017 Back to School Message; courtesy of the amazing students and teachers at Grant Elementary School.

Should you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Principal, the Chiefs of Schools, or my office.

Sincerely,            

Dr. Fred McDowell  

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Dr. Fredrick H. McDowell Jr.
Superintendent of Schools
Office: 609-656-4900 x 5494
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Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
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