Karen M. Wood
Karen M. Wood, Superintendent of Schools
Dear Students, Parents, and Members of the Barnegat Community,

Greetings from the beautiful Barnegat Township Public Schools! Please take a moment to get familiar with our website. Take advantage and peruse postings by teachers and Administrators, review building news, after school activity information, and exciting programs that involve the school and community.

In Barnegat we recognize and welcome the diversity and individuality of our students and provide a learning environment that supports the needs of differentiated learners. In addition to following the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, our classrooms provide respectful learning environments with high expectations and positive interactions between staff and students.

Mark Van Doren states, “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” There is nothing more exciting than working with children each day in assisting with this process. In Barnegat we take great pride in allowing students to reach their learning potential by utilizing current teaching practices, integrating technology into daily lesson planning, and supporting teachers who truly care about students' progress, well-being, and development.

I hope all of your experiences with the Barnegat Schools are positive, memorable ones. Visit our website often for updates and changes.

“All children are bearers of promise” ~ Ellie Wiesel….
…..and we're grateful to teach yours.

Karen M. Wood

Superintendent Wood has served the Barnegat School District for the last seven years. During that time, she has implemented several notable programs.  Two self-funding programs (The Bengal Cubs Early Learning Center and the Before and After Care program) are in their fourth year of implementation. The Before and After Care program provides care for several hundred children. It employs mostly Barnegat residents and is offered at no cost to the taxpayer.  The Bengal Cubs Early Learning Center targets the needs of our very youngest learners where we accept infants through school-aged children. This self-funding program has grown exponentially and is projected to expand again.  It is also offered at no cost to the taxpayer.

Under Superintendent Wood, a unique learning opportunity awaits at Barnegat High School. Born of student interest, a partnership was established with Barnabas Health, Community Medical Center. BHS students meeting predetermined criteria have the opportunity to travel to the hospital and work alongside medical professionals in a hands-on, experiential setting we call the "Med Sci Collaborative". Students have gone on to pursue careers in medicine, nursing, or other health-related fields.

In its second year, our elementary schools use Maker Education. This unique learning opportunity allows students to create and "tinker" but also to learn and understand about the design loop process, essential in innovative design. Under Superintendent Wood, this program dovetails successfully into a STEM program and the middle school and a robotics program at the High School.

This year the Barnegat Schools boasts semi-departmentalized grade five classes where students and teachers have the opportunity to delve into standards and learning opportunities like never before.  Under Superintendent Wood, the district also boasts their very own ROTC program.  Applications to the department of defense over a several year period finally paid off with the inception of this exciting program. The district has also recently rolled out a fine-tuned RTI (response to intervention) model and MTSS (multi-tiered system of supports) to support the needs of all learners.

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