Sept. 3 dawned bright and warm for the first day of the 2013-14 school year for Hopatcong Borough Schools. But before heading off to welcome eager students fresh from their summer breaks, teachers, counselors and administrators gathered together, according to Director of Guidance Gina Cinotti, to discuss their shared "commitment to their profession and to the students of Hopatcong Schools."
Superintendent of Schools Cynthia Randina, who came on board in May, offered a motivational welcome-back speech, providing an overview of the district’s vision, instructional plan and curriculum initiatives. Cinotti said she also shared her outlook and plans for the upcoming school year.
The superintendent charged her staff to "be the change they want to see in the world, but more importantly, in Hopatcong Schools.," urging teachers and staffers to spread positivity. She told the audience that the district has many reasons to be proud of and that it is important to change negative perceptions into something positive.
Randina stated her commitment to supporting teachers, students and parents by providing the tools needed to boost student achievement.
Cinotti said the superintendent's message was clear: "Educators have a tough job, but together we can achieve our goals because we believe Hopatcong Schools offers a world-class education. The goal is to have everyone believe it and then make it happen. What you put out in the world is what you receive, so Hopatcong is on the brink of reaching [its] highest potential."