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Meet Principal Mark Grilo

Mark Grilo

Mark Grilo, Tinc Road’s new principal, brings diverse educational and leadership experience to his role. In 2018 he joined the district as athletic director, planning and supervising the activities of more than 30 teams in grades 6-12. He also simultaneously served as Mount Olive High School’s supervisor of business education.

His first responsibility when he came aboard as Tinc Road principal in July was to oversee the health protocols of the school in preparation for the safe return of students and staff, and coordinate the resumption of regular school operations that had been curtailed during the pandemic-shortened instructional days of 2020-21. He has taken the time early in the school year to connect with parents, students, and staff members.
 
“This is my dream job, it really is,” he said. “The staff is fantastic. They really make this place so very special. Seeing how much they care about the kids and community inspires me every day.”
 
Before joining Mount Olive, the veteran educator served in Morris Hills for most of his educational career. He taught business at Morris Hills High School for 16 years where he also served on various school committees and helped design courses of the business department curriculum. A former professional lacrosse player with a multitude of honors, Grilo served as head lacrosse coach at Morris Knolls for eight years. His alma mater, Drew University, inducted him into its Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019.
 
The Long Valley resident holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Drew as well as master’s degrees in business administration from Wesley College and in educational leadership from Montclair State University.


Addison Wright places a note on a bulletin board with her suggestion on how to collaborate and get along with each other
Student posts note

Building a spirit of community

With much of the U.S. workforce gradually returning to the workplace, many adults are finding it difficult to adjust to the regular routine. The same holds true of children who are back to school full time and in person, away from the isolation that defined pandemic life.
 
Teachers of younger students in the district have eased students back into the academic demands of the regular day by building the social and emotional skills of their kids.
 
Third grade teachers Samantha Darnesto and Michele Schoch emphasized to their class the importance and benefits of togetherness and collaboration. They engaged students in various activities that set tone for the school year and helped build a spirit of community within the classroom. For example, students were posed with four questions:
 
- How can we make this class feel like a family?
- How can we celebrate one another?
- How can we support each other? 
- What does respect look like?
 
Then the third-graders wrote their answers on Post-it notes and affixed them to a bulletin board in the front of the class. It’s a literal roadmap of concrete steps that students can take to build bonds and nurture relationships.
 
The class also engaged in outdoor activities in which students modelled ways to play and interact with one another.
 
“Community-building is such an important part of the beginning of school,” said Schoch. “We want students to feel that our classroom is a safe space to take risks and be comfortable to try new things.  Even more importantly, they are coming out of extended periods of virtual learning [last school year] and it is first time that many of these kids have been together in a traditional classroom setting in 18 months.”
 
Darnesto and Schoch read several books with the class too, underscoring the important interpersonal skills needed to recapture the magic and fun of working together. “Our Class is a Family” by Shannon Olsen stressed ways that students can contribute to making the class a home away from home where everyone can feel happy, respected, and included. In “Say Something,” by beloved children’s author Peter Reynolds, students were encouraged to speak from the heart to make the classroom a positive place to work and learn.

Juliana Capone makes a suggestion on the "Our Class is a Family" bulletin board
Juliana Capone makes a suggestion on the "Our Class is a Family" bulletin board

    


Student plants flag

Students planted flags on the school grounds in remembrance of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. 

Close up of flags


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