September 1, 2016
Dear Glen Ridge High School Community,
I want to take this opportunity to let you know how honored and privileged I am to continue my stewardship of Glen Ridge High School as your “Proud Principal.” I welcome each of you back for a new and exciting school year! I especially want to welcome our incoming grade 7 students and our new staff members to the GRHS family.
The new school year brings a new direction for us. We are very excited about our new 1:1 Chromebook initiative for all grade 7-12 students! I want to express my deep appreciation to the Glen Ridge Education Foundation in partnership with the Glen Ridge Board of Education for making this important initiative a reality. The 1:1 Chromebook initiative is part of the district’s Mission 2020 plan which is a framework for improving instruction through digital learning and 21st-century skills. Our teachers have made great strides integrating technology into their lesson designs over the past few years for instruction, assignments, research, and assessments. The 1:1 Chromebook initiative moves us into a new era of instruction where students and staff can engage in critical thinking, collaboration and communication within a mobile digital learning environment through Google Classroom and other Google Apps for Educators. Proof that educators are life-long learners was evident this summer. After going through training modules and taking a multi-hour exam, several GRHS teachers, along with the High School administration, received their Level 1 Google Educator Certification.
Another major focus this summer has been the GRHS library renovation. I want to express my gratitude to the Home and School Association and the Board of Education for funding this project. The library has been transformed from a traditional library area into a “Learning Commons” that offers a flexible space for collaboration and research. The circulation desk and bookcases have been rearranged. The entire library was painted, and new fans along with window treatments were installed. In addition, Dell teaming tables, charging stations, mobile tables with new chairs, soft seating and decorations are added to create a library environment that is open, welcoming and supports our 1:1 initiative. Other facility upgrades include repairing gym bleachers, walkways and upgrading the handicap ramp. The custodial staff has done a great job preparing the building and grounds for the opening of school. GRHS is in great shape for the new school year!
As your administrative team, Dr. Harris, Mr. Liddy and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to continue the tradition of excellence that the Glen Ridge educational community is known for. We are always available for you and welcome your involvement. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any concerns, suggestions or ideas for our middle school and high school programs.
With Ridger Pride!
Louis A. Melchor