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No Work for All Over Break? YES PLEASE!

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Below is an email I sent out to all staff pertaining to the upcoming winter recess:

Certificated Staff,

Greetings! I hope this email finds you happy and healthy during the holiday season. As we all know, this time of year can get busy. We also all know that the countdown has begun for next week; we all will have a well-deserved recess from the daily grind of school… and a break from a classroom of students! To ensure that all of us (students, staff, administrators) do in fact receive a break, I am directing that there be no homework or professional work to be completed or required by our students, teachers, and administrators over the winter break.

Sadly, most of us either know someone or personally can testify to the correlation of an increase in workload with high stress and anxiety. It is time to recognize that our students are asked to do more work than ever, just as teachers and administrators are asked to do more. It does not matter to me whether expectations are self-imposed, generated by peers, parents, staff, state, or federal rules. Students, teachers, support staff, and administrators all need a break.

If any projects are due, please push them from January 4th until the 6th. As always, if you have any questions, please contact me directly at jeitner@wtsd.org.

Jason M. Eitner

Superintendent of Schools

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Jay Eitner is a proud product of the New Jersey public schools. A graduate from Union High School in 1997, Jay attended The American University in Washington DC with a BA in interdisciplinary studies. He began his teaching career in Roselle, NJ teaching a variety of subjects including social studies, computers, and digital literacy. Known for being ‘outside of the box’ and for strong technology infusion, Eitner strived to make a learning environment that was student-centered, data-driven, and technology infused. Jay received his Master's Degree from Kean University in 2004 and was hired to teach 8th-grade social studies in the nationally recognized East Brunswick Public Schools. During his time in East Brunswick, Eitner has written & received over $140,000 in grants for his students. Grants ranged from podcasting equipment to creating a fully-interactive gold-rush experience, where students dug for gold during their westward expansion unit. Jay obtained his supervisor, principal, and school administrator certificates from the NJPSA NJ-EXCEL program in 2009. Administratively, Eitner has served as a middle school Assistant Principal in the Washington Township Schools, a K-12 Supervisor of Social Studies in the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, and a Superintendent of the Lower Alloways Creek School District. Jay currently serves as a Superintendent of Schools for the Waterford Township School District. He has presented a series of workshops on digital leadership, technology infusion, and student achievement. Recent awards include the 2015 national Educators Voice Award in the category of Superintendent, the White House MakerSpace distinction, and named to the National Academy of Arts & Sciences as a 2016 Educator To Watch.

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