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Tim Purnell
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Welcome Back Ville Staff! How will you be #allin4theVille this year?
Dear Colleagues: It is my pleasure to welcome you back to the Somerville Public Schools for the 2016-2017 school year. It is my hope that you were able to find time to rest and relax this summer. You certainly deserve the b...
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3DPD in the Ville!
Last year, the district launched 3DPD (Three Dimensional Professional Development) which allows educators to differentiate their own professional development through an online "best practice" repository.  Teachers record inst...
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Be sure to #getoffyourisland  this year!  I am just sharing my acceptance speech from May of 2015.  I wish everyone a successful school year!
It is a tremendous honor to serve as the New Jersey State Superintendent of the Year for 2015.  Below is a copy of my acceptance speech, delivered at the May 14, 2015 NJASA Spring Conference. I am fortunate to have colleagues...
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I was selected to participate in the National Connected Superintendents Summit at the White House on November 19, 2014.  It was a tremendous honor to represent the Ville!
On November 19, 2014, I had the honor of joining President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the signing of the #FutureReady pledge, along with 100 other superintendents from across the nation.  Hopefully you w...
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A district committee of stakeholders will meet on Thursday, November 13, 2014 to discuss the 2015-2016 Calendar-At-A-Glance.
You may have wondered how the district At-A-Glance Calendar is formed.  The Board solicits input of several stakeholders using a committee approach to the calendar design process.  The committee is composed of a secretary, a ...
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VISION 2020 & Monitoring Progress - new blog entry. As always, I welcome any thoughts/feedback!
In July 2014, the Somerville Board of Education revised the district mission statement and formulated the inaugural Core Values/Belief Statements listed below with stakeholder input through a community survey.  These Core Val...
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Announcing the LaRue PR Academy for the Ville! We are so excited about our partnership with LaRue. View my blogpost for more details.
I am pleased to announce the launch of a Public Relations Academy for the 2016-2017 school year. This Academy represents a district initiative to establish local partnerships to enhance the educational opportunities for stud...
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Celebrate Ville partnerships at this year's Super's Bowl community event. Click on my blog entry for more details.
The fifth annual Super’s Bowl will be hosted at Brooks Field at the Gus Vanderbeek Athletic Complex on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 6 pm (rain date June 10, 2016). The Super’s Bowl is a flag football competition between the three...
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What an incredible idea, Glenn! SO creative! Your students and staff are fortunate to have you!!!
Have you ever been to an assembly that didn't turn out the way you thought it would go? Sure, we all have! Yet, let's take that question a step further where the Lead Learner lied to the entire staff about the presentation? I...
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An exciting new opportunity for Somerville High School students!
I am pleased to announce the Somerville Medical Sciences Academy (SMSA), an exciting joint venture between Somerville Public Schools and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (RWJ).  RWJ's recent acquisition of Som...
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Do you know a staff member that is #allin4theVille? Nominate her/him for an award! Nomination link can be found @ http://www.drpurnell.blogspot.com
#allin4theVille Awards Is there a staff member that you would like to recognize?  Someone that went the extra distance for you or your child?  Nominate her/him for an #allin4theVille award! This year, the district is re...
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Dear Colleagues: It is my pleasure to welcome you back to the Somerville Public Schools for the 2014-15 school year.  It is my hope that you were able to find time to rest and relax this summer.  You certainly deserve the ...
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Dr. Purnell is a 2016 National Superintendent of the Year (NASS), the 2015 New Jersey State Superintendent of the Year (AASA), and was the Highest Rated University Professor in the Nation in 2015 (ratemyprofessors.com).  Dr. Purnell is currently serves as the Superintendent of Somerville Public Schools, an Adjunct Professor, and a strategic planner. Dr. Purnell also serves on the New Jersey State Board of Examiners and is a Past President of the Somerset County Association of School Administrators. All original content 
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  • University of Delaware
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  • Montclair State University
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  • Seton Hall University
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