Superintendent’s Corner Column

Season’s Greetings

“In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” Maya Angelou

December 22, 2023

It is with immense gratitude and enthusiasm that I extend my sincere appreciation for the warm welcome I have received during my first month as your new Superintendent of Schools. The open arms and genuine kindness from students, staff, parents, and community members have made this transition truly special.

One of the highlights of this past month has been the opportunity to visit our schools, observe our classrooms, and engage with both students and staff members. These interactions have provided invaluable insights into the unique strengths of our district and have reinforced my belief in the dedication and passion of the Fair Lawn Public Schools.

The festive season brings joy and cheer as we navigate the school hallways. I have been deeply moved by the acts of kindness and the spirit of generosity instilled in our students. Observing the smiles on children’s faces and the pride of our staff during school visits is truly heartening. The strong sense of community among our children is a testament to the exceptional efforts of the Fair Lawn faculty, staff, and families.

In particular, the holiday season has been a source of delight and inspiration. Attending the wonderful holiday concerts showcased the incredible talent within our schools, but more importantly, they emphasized the significance of celebrating diversity and fostering inclusivity. It is heartwarming to witness our students coming together to share the spirit of the season and embrace the cultural traditions that make our community so vibrant.

As we recognize the strengths of our district, my focus remains on collaboration and communication. I have had the privilege of meeting with student representatives, and hearing their perspectives and aspirations, and I am committed to continuing these dialogues to ensure that our students’ voices are valued and amplified.

In the spirit of open communication, I am excited to announce the launch of “Coffee and Conversations” sessions. These informal gatherings will provide parents with an opportunity to share their thoughts, ask questions, and engage in constructive discussions about the future of our schools. I believe that strong partnerships with parents are essential for the success of our students, and I look forward to hearing your insights.

Additionally, I will coordinate schoolhouse visits in the new year and will provide opportunities to meet with faculty and staff. These visits will be instrumental in understanding the unique strengths and identifying areas for forward progress. Our staff’s dedication to our students and commitment to excellence is evident, and I am eager to collaborate to build upon the strong foundation that has been established. I am genuinely excited about the journey ahead and the collective effort to ensure that the Fair Lawn Public Schools remains a beacon of excellence in education.

The holidays usher in a time for relaxation, treasuring moments with loved ones, sharing with those in need, and expressing gratitude. On behalf of our Board of Education, we extend warm wishes to your families this holiday season. Wishing everyone a joyous season filled with moments of reflection, celebration, and connection.

All my best,

Dr. Rui Dionisio

Superintendent of Schools


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