(In collaboration with RVCC) 
(In collaboration with RWJ Somerset) 
(In collaboration with LaRue PR)
(In collaboration with RVCC) 


Important Registration Information for Homeless/Displaced Students
The Somerville Public Schools liaison for homeless and displaced students is:
Dr. Tanya McDonald
Director of Special Education
(908) 218-4100

Web Help Desk

 New  Special Message from Dr. Purnell
I am happy to report that all of our schools have tested below the federal Environmental Protection Agency's action level of 15 parts per billion for lead in drinking water.  One drinking water source in the Superintendent's Office had elevated lead levels and that has been remediated.   

Dr. Purnell's Twitter   LinkedIn   Talk With Tim  Blogspot   

 Blue Ribbon

Dr. Timothy J. Purnell
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Purnell
(Click photo for Dr. Purnell's biography)
Core Values/Beliefs
1.    We believe that children learn best in a challenging, motivating, safe, secure, nurturing, encouraging, and respectful environment that fosters a love of lifelong learning.
2.    We believe in providing learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of each individual child.
3.    We believe that the mosaic of every child includes the fine arts, STEAM, and extracurricular activities.
4.    We believe that professional development is essential to the fabric of the teaching profession allowing teachers to build on current practices and constantly improve instruction.
5.    We believe in a collaborative approach to learning and engagement that includes students, district employees, parents, community members, and community partnerships.

Mission Statement
Somerville Public Schools provide the highest quality education through an environment that promotes individual excellence.
Strategic Themes
Strategic Themes were established at the August 29, 2015 Board of Education Summer Workshop in an effort to identify areas of focus for district's five-year strategic plan (VISION2020) which takes into account the Mission Statement and Core Beliefs.   The Board developed these themes and year 1 targets after a careful review of all data and information collected through the community-wide needs assessment survey.   Ongoing input and feedback is welcomed via email and/or tweeting with the hastag #Ville2020.  
VISION2020 Strategic Themes
1.  Building Cultural Competence
2.  Preparing for College and Career
3.  Growing Professional Development Opportunities. 
Communicating Progress
Progress towards the completion of building goals (Wildly Important Goals) will be reflected in the District Dashboard (displayed below).

2015-2016 District Dashboard Progress Report 
June 2016 Update

The District Dashboard (shown above) displays progress towards the Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) in each school.  
The WIGs emulate the concepts of the book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution.  Now established,  these goals have become the heart and mission of each of our schools.   
Each month, the superintendent and various administrators conduct a purpose-driven walkthrough of each building alongside of the building principal. These walkthroughs focus on the accomplishment of the building WIG and improving classroom instruction.
Click here to view each school's individual WIG and rubric...
The District Dashboard is a graphic tool to focus the efforts and attention of all district 
on accomplishing specific, quantifiable, goals.  

Important Info

  • Recent Blog Entries

    LaRue PR Academy

    Super's Bowl Community Event


    Staff Letter 2015


    Medical Sciences Academy

    #FutureReady in the Ville

    Stakeholder Awards

    VISION 2020

    Budget Public Hearing Trailer

    Community Investment Day

    Kindergarten Summit

    Purpose-Driven Walkthroughs™

    New App for the Ville!

    Assess - Analyze - Achieve

    Strategic Plan Status Report

    Student Mentorship

    Academy of Liberal Arts

    Personnel Committee

    Comments (-1)


    1.  Building Cultural Competence

    Year 1 Goal:  Mobilize a team of staff members for trauma sensitive training for the 2015-2016.

    Update: A team of staff members attended a training session with Susan Craig on December 2, 2015. Administrators were trained by Janis Bozowski on April 27, 2016. A Trauma Sensitive Task Force (representing staff members from each school, administration, and a BOE member/parent) met throughout the second half of the school year to analyze and identify trends/patterns in district data. The Task Force will present recommendations to the Board of Education at the June 14, 2016 Board of Education meeting. Special thanks to Melissa Sadin for all of her assistance with this goal.


    2.  Preparing for College and Career

    Year 2 Goal:  Implement the M.A.P.S. program.  Statistically track M.A.P.S. students and the program's effect on the drop out rate.  Prepare for the launch of a Public Relations/Communications Academy for the 2016-2017 school year.

    Update: Under the direction of Dr. Tanya McDonald and Mr. Scott Hade, the M.A.P.S. program continues to track data related to student outcomes. The team presented at the May 17, 2016 Board of Education meeting. The presentation can be viewed from the district homepage. The Board of Education will formally approve a partnership with LaRue PR for the launch of a Public Relations Academy for the the 2016-2017 school year. Additional information and applications can be found on my blog at


    3.  Growing Professional Development Opportunities

    Year 3 Goal:  Launch a robust 3DPD, online, professional development "best practice" repository.  

    Update:  The Director of 21st Century Education, Melissa McEntee, has created and launched a comprehensive 3DPD "best practice" repository. The 3DPD video collection continues to grow as a sustainable professional development resource for our staff. The goal of this PD strategy is to use video to provide real life examples of effective classroom practices to engage students through the integration of technology. To date teachers throughout the District have posted 135 videos and the list continues to grow with best practices, model lessons, strategies, and tips to improve instruction and student learning. One of the most effective elements of 3DPD is that all videos are created by our teachers to support the instructional development of their colleagues. This homegrown repository provides teachers with on-demand opportunities to select personalized learning paths based on their individual needs.

    Comments (-1)

  •  Charity Kickball Tournament
    Saturday September, 17th
    Click here for details

    Comments (-1)

  • M.A.P.S Presentation May 17, 2016

    Comments (-1)

  • NJ School Boards Association
    PARCC Information



    Click here for more information

    Comments (-1)
  •  EVVRS End-of-Year Report & HIB Grades 

    End-of-Year EVVRS Report

    HIB Self-Assessment Grades 

    Comments (-1)
  • District Testing Report

     District Testing Report Video

    Comments (-1)

  • #allin4theVille Awards
    Is there a staff member that you would like to recognize?  Nominate her/him for an #allin4theVille award!  The district recognizes staff members (bus drivers, custodians, security/attendance officers, secretaries, aides, teachers, counselors, CST, support staff, and administrators) for their outstanding efforts.  Click here to nominate a staff member today!
    Comments (-1)

    Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent

    September 22, 2015 

    October 21, 2015

    November 25, 2015

       January 12, 2016

    February 9, 2016

    March 23, 2016

    April 13, 2016


    Meetings begin at noon and end at 1 pm, unless otherwise noted.
    Can't make a brown bag lunch and you would still would like to meet with the superintendent?  Have no fear, contact Dr. Purnell to schedule an evening time that is convenient for you!  
    Comments (-1)

    District App 
    District App

    Comments (-1)
  • more