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Superintendent's Corner


September 1, 2023

Dear Royal Families;

As we approach the beginning of a new school year, I wanted to take a moment to welcome back all of our students and their families. Whether this is your child’s first year in pre-kindergarten or their senior year, the start of a new school year always brings anticipation and excitement around the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Our staff will be focused on the theme this year, Making a Difference by Going “All In”. Pat Riley, famous former basketball coach and player once said, “There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out.” Here in the Port Jefferson School District, we are “All in!” Our commitment to students and their families ensures that your children have the best educational experiences possible. We have an incredible community of educators and staff, each of whom plays an invaluable role in the success of our District. Thank you to our clerical, facilities, technology and administrative staff who have worked tirelessly this summer to prepare our buildings for opening day. Our teachers and paraprofessionals will be engaging in professional development next week and putting the finishing touches on the classrooms. All of these staff members complete a myriad of tasks to ensure that everything is just right for the first day of school! Throughout the year, I’m certain you will see evidence of the Port Jefferson staff’s commitment to your child’s academic, social and emotional development.

We are excited to see all of you Thursday, September 7. Here's to a fantastic school year filled with growth, inspiration, and achievement. Enjoy the holiday weekend.


Jessica Schmettan