Elizabeth C. Jewett, Ph.D.
ENCOURAGE, EMPOWER, EXPLORE, EXCEL
There are many challenges facing all public schools in New Jersey. Here at Watchung Hills Regional, we are working hard in determining the next level of work in expanding opportunities for our students to explore their talents and excel beyond their expectations. This is no easy task in a high performing school district. We acknowledge that it is also becoming increasingly difficult to strike a balance between adhering to the multitude of recently introduced federal and state mandates while continuing to enhance the rigorous and varied program of study we are known for at Watchung Hills.
Toward that end, we engaged in our second strategic planning process in 2020 which resulted in our comprehensive 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. The plan includes the following four overarching goals that arose from rich conversations with all stakeholder groups - students, staff, parents, and community members.
Goal #1: Social/Emotional Growth & Wellness
All students will be supported by programs and services that promote social, emotional and mental health.
Goal #2: Pathways to Educational Success for All
All students will benefit from equitable opportunities to engage in activities that expand their knowledge and experience in order to pursue personalized educational goals in and beyond the classroom.
Goal #3: Imagination, Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking
All students will learn through enriched and innovative educational experiences to be competent, responsible, and ethical participants in a dynamic global community.
Goal #4: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
All students, staff and visitors will be welcomed into a culturally responsive school environment where diversity, equity and inclusion are shared and expressed values.
Our staff continues to have focused conversations around promoting social, emotional and mental wellness, planning for personalized educational experiences, engaging students in authentic learning experiences across all disciplines, and embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Furthermore, our curricular work does not only encompass a 9-12 scope. Articulation with our sending districts through collaboration on curriculum development and the sharing and analysis of student performance data will continue to strengthen our program and expand our capacity to effectively meet student needs.
Our highly collaborative, dedicated staff, exceptionally talented students, and supportive, engaged community are essential components as we work to continually enhance the achievement of ALL Watchung Hills students. I am grateful for all those involved in the development of this plan and look forward to broadening everyone’s involvement in helping shape the future of the Watchung Hills Regional High School District.
Elizabeth C. Jewett, Ph.D.