POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Class was back in session on Thursday, Sept. 7 for the over 600 students of Point Pleasant Beach’s schools, and the faculty and administration of the district are eager to plunge into the year ahead.
Will Smith, the superintendent of Point Pleasant Beach School District, told The Ocean Star that the air on the first day of school at G. Harold Antrim Elementary was buzzing as tearful parents bid their little ones farewell for the day.
“There was a noticeable level of positive energy among the students arriving at both schools,” said Mr. Smith. “I think for some of our elementary parents, it was harder for them to see their kids head off to school than for the students to walk through the doors.”
He said that while there had been a few changes, the day-to-day of the students will remain the same, focused on class engagement.
“Most of what our students will experience this year will be familiar to them. While we have made some curricular updates, improvements and enhancements, on a daily basis we will be seeking to provide the most engaging lessons we can. And we made some behind-the-scenes repairs and upgrades that help our systems run dependably,” he said.
Mr. Smith also said he was happy with the way teachers and staff had prepared for the first day of school, giving some details from the faculty’s professional development training.
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