Since our district sits in the shadow of the Statue Of Liberty, we should remember always to live up to the ideals of “world-wide welcome” at the center of her famous poem. It is with that spirit that we welcome you to the 2019-20 academic term for the ESL/Bilingual Program for the Bayonne Board of Education. Whether you are a student, a parent, a teacher, an educational assistant or another supporter of our program, we welcome you because you today call Bayonne home regardless of where your home was yesterday. That is our ethos and our ethic as we begin this school year.
From the many and diverse languages that our students bring to our community, we seek to create a single and unified school community. In teaching English as a second language we seek still to respect and celebrate student’s first language, both in themselves and the cultures they represent. In our enhanced understanding of each, we better understand our own, and create the shared experience and shared expressions that can bind our new community together in its rich diversity.