PATRICIA L. McGEEHAN, Ed. D.Superintendent of Schools To the Editor,As the 2016 – 2017 schoolyear reaches its end, I again extend my most sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr. Mandler, Chief Executive Officer of CarePoint Health, and to Paula Nevoso, President of the CarePoint Health Foundation, for their continued patronage of Bayonne High School and the CarePoint Health Biological Discovery Center within the Academy for Fine Arts and Academics. Since the start of our partnership in 2014, CarePoint Health’s support of the life science research program and BioDome facility at Bayonne High School has led to countless opportunities for the students of the Bayonne Community. For the third year in a row, Academy for Fine Arts and Academics scientific researchers brought recognition and acclaim to Bayonne High School for their achievements at the Hudson County STEM Showcase, with achievements in the Animal Science and Medicine and Health Categories. Most notably, our own freshman Scholar Arsh Banerjee was named winner of the 2017 STEM Showcase, and delegate to the 2017 International Intel Science and Engineering Fair. In addition to achievements at the STEM Showcase, our young researchers put their creativity to work in competitions such as the US Army and New Jersey School Boards Association Sponsored STEAM Tank, the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, the Montclair State University Science Fair, the Young Science Achievers Grant Program, and more.These hard-fought honors, won in very competitive categories, continue a trend of student achievement and recognition in the sciences since the inception of the STEM Track of the Academy for Fine Arts and Academics, and speak volumes about the quality of students we’ve been able to attract to AfA2, as well as the quality of programs and resources we’ve been able to offer our students, thanks to the generous support from CarePoint Health.In another exciting venture, the students that inspired the creation of our successful Young Biologist summer research program, originally funded by CarePoint Health and the CarePoint Health Foundation at its inception in the summer of 2014, are preparing to embark on a scientific research expedition to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. On a two-week tour through some of the world’s most pristine and untouched ecosystems, our Young Biologists will conduct hands-on research in environmental science, biology, bioengineering, and more, while simultaneously gaining invaluable life experiences through international travel. CarePoint Health’s continued generosity toward the Young Biologist program each year has allowed our hardworking teachers and students to continue to dream big and expand upon opportunities for learning. The programs supported by CarePoint Health have an extensive reach outside of Bayonne High School and the STEM Academy. Students throughout the Bayonne School District have been able to visit BioDome and learn from the faculty through summer and weekend based programs. BioDome receives a hugely positive reception at every AfA2 Open House and community night, with the Young Biologists in their blue lab coats eager to share their extensive knowledge with students, parents, and community members.CarePoint Health, through both its monetary gifts from the CarePoint Health Foundation and additional support through offering site visits and lectures with medical professionals, has been a constant friend to the Bayonne Public School District and the students we serve. Catherine Shull-Fernald of Bayonne Medical Center has been instrumental in continuing this valuable partnership between our organizations, as have all the medical professionals and leadership team at Bayonne Medical Center through their partnership with our Young Biologists program.The students in the Bayonne community are worthy of opportunities, support, and resources that prepare them for success in the increasingly competitive 21st century global economy. CarePoint Health recognizes the incredible potential of the young students of our community, and understands that an investment in our students is an investment in the future of Bayonne. I thank CarePoint Health for its continued commitment to the students of Bayonne, and applaud them, Ms. Nevoso, and the entire CarePoint Health leadership for its recognition of the importance of education within our community.