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Messages from the Board, Testimonials

Chairman’s Letter:

Fall 2016 

We are fortunate to live in a District with a long tradition of educational excellence.  It is the reason that many of us have chosen to live in this community.  However, as state mandates require more resources and the school budget remains under pressure, it is increasingly difficult to fund many innovative and impactful programs that would positively impact our children’s education.

That is where the Byram Hills Education Foundation plays a vital role.  A unique collaboration between the private and public sectors, the Foundation has become the District’s innovation engine, funding grants that touch the lives of every student across every discipline.  Recent examples of how the Foundation has contributed to the Byram Hills experience include:

  • Providing coding, robotics, engineering, electronics and 3D modeling as part of the Full STEAM Ahead initiative
  • Funding STEAM Labs and 21st Century Classrooms for H.C. Crittenden and BHHS
  • Funding the 1:1 Mobile Learning Pilot for the entire sixth grade at H.C. Crittenden
  • Sponsoring MacBook Pro Laptops to Modernize the Photography Curriculum at BHHS
  • Providing Perseverance and Problem Solving materials for Coman Hill students

The generous support of the community has enabled the Foundation to make a positive impact.  We thank our volunteers, our school partners and our donors for their outstanding generosity and commitment.  We hope we can count on your continued support.  Together, we can continue to make Byram Hills a great place to learn.


Jason Berland

Chairman, BHEF

Message from the Superintendent:

Fall 2017

Dear Byram Hills Parents and Community Members,

The Byram Hills Education Foundation continues to have a significant effect on our schools every year, impacting the learning environment, curriculum, and instruction for students. This fall, with the financial support of the Foundation, students will experience dynamic new library spaces at Coman Hill and Wampus - with Library 2.0 turning our school libraries into modern and innovative learning spaces for students to work collaboratively or individually. 


Byram Hills High School students will also experience a new program, thanks to the BHEF, supporting a Global Competency Initiative through an interdisciplinary approach to school programs.  High School students will also experience advancements in television and film opportunities, as a cyclorama curved green screen will complete the production area. 


In addition to the major projects, the Byram Hills Education Foundation continues to support Insta-grants, resulting in Voice Circles training, a Potterbot 3D printer, the Bruce Museum Nature to Life Program, and more. Our goal as a District is to Create the Leaders of the Next Generation.  I hope that you will consider learning more about the Foundation and continue to support the District’s mission for your children!



Jen Lamia

Superintendent of Schools