• The Mosaic Project is the district wide mentoring program.  The program will be a three-tiered approach to intervention and support to all of our students.
    The first tier is for our most at-risk students. These are students who would benefit most significantly from a mentoring relationship with an adult on our staff or in our community. This might include a student who is frequently tardy, has many absences, has difficulty completing homework, is coping with a significant family stressor (e.g., divorce, death of a family member), or who is otherwise disconnected from the school community. We believe that fostering a supportive and lasting relationship with a student in need could make a life-long positive impact in his or her life.  If you have a child who you feel could benefit from a mentor, please reach out to me.  I will meet with you and your child, or just your child, to determine the needs of the students to best match them.  
    In order for the Mosaic Project to be a success, we need the support and commitment of our very talented community. We are seeking your involvement and enthusiasm as we embark on this journey. I encourage you to reflect on your own strengths and abilities and consider becoming a mentor. The mentor application form can also be found on the district website under the Mentoring Application tab.  Please consider volunteering your time and dedication to our students; by giving of yourself in this way and developing a mentoring relationship with a student, you might just change the course of someone's life.  
    The second tier of the program will be students helping students. This tier has received the most interest and focus among the stakeholders.  As we have all seen through the years, sometimes the most meaningful and profound interactions can come from positive peer role models. If you are a the leader of a club, organization, or activity and you have students in mind who exhibit the characteristics of strong leaders, or if you know of students who would benefit from working closely with a positive peer role model, please let me know.  An example would be a high school Spanish Club providing homework support to young Spanish speaking students . 
    The third tier will be focused on the family unit and making connections with outside organizations and resources to support our students.  For example, this might involve reaching out to churches, becoming more integrated with community organizations, or partnering up with other agencies to explore ways that we might better reach our students and families.  You will receive more information about this as the Mosaic Project continues to expand.
    Thank you for being "All In for the 'Ville!" We are all committed to "shaping our students, one piece at a time." If you have any thoughts or opinions about this, please feel free to let me know.  
    Sincerely yours,

    Susan C. Haynes, Principal PS-2
    Van Derveer School
    51 Union Avenue
    Somerville, NJ 08876