Dear Parents and Guardians:
Most people find that change can be challenging. It is no surprise, therefore, that some parents have expressed some concerns regarding the new Common Core State Standards. As I consider how the teachers and administrators can provide additional support to parents, I encourage you to visit our district web page where you will find useful links for parents. For example, the link entitled, Parent Guide to Student Success in the Common Core State Standards is provided by the National PTA and offers guidelines for parents that include:
*Key items children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade;
*Activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning and;
*Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teacher.
I encourage you to visit this site and the other links provided on the webpage.
The next Superintendent’s Coffee Club (SCC) will be held on January 20. Participants have found the previous SCCs to be informative and engaging. Topics included student writing proficiency over the past forty years and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Although the topic for the January 20 meeting has not yet been determined, it is likely to be interesting and lead to great discussion. Please email me if you would like to participate.
I would like to congratulate Stefanie Verso who was our first student to serve as Principal for a Day. Her day was filled with meeting and providing guidance for our staff and students. She also spoke with a concerned parent and even announced that students in the middle school are allowed to bring water bottles. Great job Stefanie!
The middle school second annual Twin Day was a great success. The creative themes and imaginative costumes made the day enjoyable for everyone. I invite you to visit our website where you will find a “Twin Day” link to all the outstanding costumes.
During this busy month of December, please keep your school calendar handy as a reference for events such as, “Cookies with Santa,” the PTA Holiday Bazaar and our elementary and middle school concerts. As always, your participation is greatly appreciated.
Finally, whatever holiday you celebrate this month, may it be a joyous occasion for you and your family.
Richard R. Corbett, Ed. D.
Early Dismissal Day
12:35 PM Dismissal – MS
1:15 PM Dismissal – ES
We encourage you to visit our website at www.htps.org to stay abreast of all the happenings of the Hardyston School District. Our parent portal is an excellent source for information regarding your student’s academic progress. Please refer to the instructions for the Realtime Parent Portal located on our website.