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Dear Parents and Students,

It is with great pleasure that I extend a warm welcome to you and your family at the start of a new year filled with hope and high expectations.  This will be a historic school year for Newark Public Schools. It is the first year operating under state control in over 22 years. With this historical occasion comes a high level of responsibility to the students  of our  community

As the new principal of  Belmont Runyon Community School I am ready to move our school forward with a bright vision for student success.   While I am new to Belmont Runyon Community School, I am not new to the principalship or to Newark Public Schools. I am coming to you with 21 years experience as an educator 15 of which has been as a school principal. I understand that in order to improve student learning I must create the framework necessary to build a healthy school that is safe and allows your child to reach Belmont Runyonhis/her potential. We will utilize community partners to help  engage students and to improve school culture and climate.

Our number one goal this year is to improve student achievement. In order to improve we must increase student attendance and ensure all students are reading and writing daily through multiple learning activities.  I ask for you to partner with me as we expand our vision for Belmont Runyon Community School.


Dr. Deneen Washington