May 6, 2015
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Spring has finally arrived and so has the final round of the PARCC testing. This new assessment was a challenge to all of us in various ways. I am grateful to our staff for all their efforts to coordinate and facilitate the assessment, and also to our students and parents who participated in the PARCC.
Even as we continue to adjust our instruction to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards, you may know that the State of New Jersey will also be adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards will help our students think like scientists and see the work from a scientific perspective. The National Science Teachers Association explains that “the NGSS encourage students to learn the processes of science in a deep, meaningful way through firsthand investigative experiences, instead of just memorizing facts for a test. This scientific way of thinking will ensure that the concepts children learn in school will stay with them not just for a day, a week, or a year—but for a lifetime.” I will be working with the curriculum committee to ensure a smooth and efficient transition to these standards for the 2016 – 2017 school year. In the meantime, I have posted a link to the NGSS Parent Q & A on the District’s website.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge publically what you know well; namely, that in Hardyston we are fortunate to have a cadre of dedicated and talented teachers. As we conclude Teacher Appreciation Week, I thank all our teachers for serving Hardyston students with devotion that is second to none. Thank you teachers!
Richard R. Corbett, Ed. D.
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.