Superintendent, Beth Norcia


Dear Parents and Families of Maple Shade,


Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year.  We are thrilled to have all students and staff returning  to our schools.  We have spent all summer updating our curriculum plans, cleaning and polishing our classrooms, restocking supply rooms, and planning for a great year.  You can feel the energy and excitement running through all the offices of the schools. Our first day for all students is Tuesday, September 7th,  for a full day of school

There may be some new faces in our hallways and schools. We are very fortunate to have hired excellent and experienced staff members for this school year.  You will have the chance to meet many of our new staff on the first day, in your child’s classroom and at Back to School Night.  

We are still in the process with our Road Forward Committee to develop our plans for the upcoming school year. Guidance and procedures from the Department of Health and the Department of Education are still being released. We know this year will have many of the same challenges as we did last year, but will continue to navigate them together with open communication and flexibility. 

Our team is exceptional and I am very proud of them.  I am extremely humbled by the amazing work I see happen in our educational community as well as our township community each day.  I am privileged to work alongside so many members of our community that give back and support our town. We have a school board that is knowledgeable and cares about the students and the staff. We can all be very proud of a community that supports education and kids. The only way to continue to improve achievement, better our programming and continue our vision for our schools is to do it together. Our partnership needs to be strong and consistently growing. We appreciate any and all efforts to assist with your children in our schools. We have all worked hard to set up a structure for successful implementation of current and newer programs.   It is great to be a Wildcat…. 

On behalf of the entire Board of Education and the district administration, faculty and staff, I look forward to seeing you at the following Back to School Nights:

                    Howard Yocum Elementary, September 23, 2021
Maude Wilkins Elementary, September 27, 2021
Steinhauer School, September 20, 2021
Maple Shade High School, September 30 , 2021


Beth Norcia