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Belleville Beacon E-ssue 3!

"Where Learners Become Leaders"
June 2017    E-ssue #3

Message from Dr. Richard D. Tomko, Superintendent of Belleville Public Schools:


Welcome to our third e-ssue of our District Newsletter, the Belleville Beacon.  This informational venue is our way of connecting the parents and community to school district events, opportunities, and important updates in consideration of our educational mission.  Each e-ssue will spotlight academic articles from administrators and faculty in an attempt to keep you well informed of the direction of the tenets of 21st Century education, programs, and research to help influence our students. Thank you for visiting, and I appreciate your dedication to our vision of a school community determined to transform learners into leaders.


Dr. Richard D. Tomko


Diana Kelleher

Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer



The Office of

Family  And  Community  Engagement




The Office of F.A.C.E. is dedicated to the building of each school’s capacity to engage and partner with our families and the community-at-large in support of student achievement, in the celebration of student talents and abilities, and in the gathering of our collective strength to help one another and those in need.  As an educational institution of lifelong learners, we also hold the seeking and sharing of knowledge in high regard.  These principles of thought reflect our district’s definition of togetherness, which is our primary consideration in the planning of all district events and in the designing of this, The Belleville Beacon, our district's electronic newsletter.  


In this June 2017 e-ssue of the Belleville Beacon, you will find scholarly articles written by eight members of our administrative team that cover a wide variety of educational topics.  These topics explore *dropout prevention from a counselor's viewpoint, *bullying prevention and how educators and parents can help, *the merits of professional learning communities (PLCs), *the key roles involved in teaching the curriculum,

*how to bridge the gap between culture and learning, *cooperative learning in the classroom, *the need for strong communication between school and home, and *how cultural values and expectations influence a person's identity. Each article serves as good food for thought!


In this e-ssue, you will also find our "On-Line Links to Look At" page, which highlights topics related to your child's well-being, education, and summer learning fun.  We hope you will find these information links to be interesting reads, as well as the video links to be enjoyable to watch.  A brief description of each link's content has been provided to help you decide what you would like to click on first.  Enjoy!


Please take a few moments to look at the collection of pictures that were taken at district events held during the months of  May and June 2017.  These pictures are found on the last page of this e-ssue.


To share suggestions for topics you would like explored in future e-ssues, to provide feedback about the Belleville Beacon, or to learn more about the Office of Family And Community Engagement, please email your

ideas and questions to

Please visit The Office of F.A.C.E. on the Belleville Public School District homepage (click here) under the "Family and Community Corner" tab.


Please note that the next e-ssue of  The Belleville Beacon will be published in November 2017.

Scholarly Articles by Members of Our District’s

Administrative Team

To access each article, please click on its hyperlinked title that’s listed below.  

  Ms. Barbara Correnti

Director of Student Personnel Services

A School Counselor's Perspective on Dropout Prevention

Why do students drop out, and what strategies can help deter students from doing so?

 Ms. Lucy Ann Demikoff

Principal of School Seven

 Bullying Prevention: Educators and Parents Working Together to Increase Student Awareness

What can be done to prevent bullying, and how can educators and parents help?

 Ms. Mary Ann Gilligan

Assistant Principal, Belleville Middle School

Sustaining Change Through Professional Learning Communities

What are PLCs, and why are they so important when looking to advance student achievement?

Mr. Joseph Lepo


Assistant Principal, Belleville HighSchool


What should the roles of the teacher and administrator be in relation to teaching the curriculum?


Resource, guide, motivator, facilitator...

What roles do administrators and educators play in the delivery of the curriculum?

Ms. Aida Cardona


Assistant Principal, Belleville Middle School


Bridging the Gap Between Culture and Learning: Does Race Matter?

How does appreciating the uniqueness of each individual help to create positive teacher-student relationships and help bridge the gap between culture and learning?

Mr. Matthew Sullivan


Assistant Principal, Belleville High School

Cooperative Learning

What's the difference between students involved in group work and students involved in cooperative learning?

Ms. Dora Cavallo


Principal, School Four


Culture: Does it Influence you?


Do our cultural beliefs and values influence our identity and behavior?

 Mr. Joseph Rotonda

Principal, Schools Nine & Ten

Bridging the Gap Between Home and School for Student Success

What's needed to create strong ties between home and school?


On-Line Links to Look At


Please take a few moments to check out the on-line links below.

These links have been chosen to further advance our collaboration as an educational community to support and nurture those that we all care so very much about…our wonderful students!  A brief description of each link has been provided to assist you in deciding what you’d like to look at first.  ENJOY!


Link #1:  How to create a “survival kit” to make sure your children stay safe this summer  ... from A Guide to Summer Safety at


Link #2:  As the end of the school year approaches, your child’s excitement for summer vacation is most certainly building.  However, he/she may also be feeling a little anxious about the changes that September will bring.  Check out tips and ideas from that may help ease these worries.


Link #3:  A “virtual beach bag” of ideas & online activities to help families keep students involved in fun and enriching summertime experiences...from Summer Ideas for Parents from Teachers & Online Activities for the Summer at


Link #4:  5 easy things to do to ensure that students keep a firm grip on their math and reading skills over the from www.reading


Link #5:  10 fun ways to keep math skills sharp over the summer… from School & Learning at

Link #6:  Book recommendations, activities and tips to encourage K-12 students and their parents to read together all summer long!...helpful ideas from                                                                                         

Link #7:  6 great reasons to read aloud to your kids…tips from

Link #8:  “Why we should all be reading aloud to children” (a video clip) – For 9 minutes and 29 seconds, Rebecca Bellingham, an instructor for 20 years, will capture your attention and remind you why reading aloud to your child is so important.  Through her expressive delivery and her sharing of meaningful teaching moments, Ms. Bellingham reminds us that reading aloud is a powerful way to connect with kids, both at school and at home. …from TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet on

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To Be Held On The Belleville High School Campus…. 



 For more information, please contact Diana Kelleher at…    

or call 973.450.3500x1002


Highlights From Past Events


Were you part of the fun?


Check out the event pictures taken during May and June!

Career Fair
May 4, 2017 
Superintendent's Forum
(Last in a Series of Three)
May 15, 2017
 Second Annual Multicultural Festival
May 20, 2017
 Rising Sixth Grade Meet and Greet
June 1, 2017
Belleville Staff Basketball Challenge
June 5, 2017
We look forward to seeing you at next year's district events!
BHS Creative Art Show
June 6, 2017
Senior Awards Night
June 8, 2017
Elementary Level Field Day
June, 2017 
 2017 Senior Clap Out
June 21, 2017
Mark Your Calendar!
See you in September
Please join us in revisiting these FUN times by looking at the picture montage found at the bottom of this page!