September 5, 2014

 

Dear parents and guardians:

 

I am pleased to report that the first day of school was a great success for both students and staff. As students disembarked from their buses, they appeared genuinely enthusiastic and excited to return to school. I would guess that their enthusiasm and excitement is second only to their parents!  I’m sure the entire faculty would agree that it is great to have them back.

While our students were away, our custodial staff was busy improving the school buildings and grounds. Here are just some projects completed this summer:

-Both the elementary and middle school parking lots were repaired

-Mulch and shrubs were added to the middle school flower beds

-Mulch was added to the elementary school playgrounds

-To enhance safety and aesthetics, LED lighting was installed in the middle school parking lot

-New tables have been purchased for the elementary school cafeteria

-New radio synchronized clocks were refitted in the elementary school

-To enhance the air quality at the elementary school, six rooftop fans were rebuilt; four new rooftop fans were installed; new filters were installed and classroom uninvent motors were rebalanced and/or repaired, as needed

-The gym floors in both schools were refinished, along with the middle school stage.

-These projects were in addition to both schools receiving a thorough “top to bottom” cleaning. My thanks to our Head Custodians, Carl and Dave and all the custodians who accomplished this with a smile!  

While the custodians worked diligently on building and grounds, our district-wide technology was being updated. Under Dan Kornak’s direction, eight new smart boards were installed, 50 Dell All-in-One Touch Screens were purchased (33 for the middle school and 17 in the elementary school) and 90 Chromebooks were purchased to be divided among 3 mobile carts (two for the elementary school and one for the middle school).

Chromebooks will be an integral part of our students’ technology curriculum. To use this technology as intended, students will be assigned an “htps.org” email account. Please note, this email account is for internal school district purposes and cannot be used for electronic communication outside the “htps.org” domain. Hence, it cannot be used for social purposes or to link with Facebook or any other social media site.

Parents who may be concerned about this or any other school matter are invited to contact me. (Of course, when it comes to classroom and specific educational matters it is always best to communicate with your child’s teacher first, and then the building administrator.)

Your opinions and suggestions regarding our district are important to me. To provide a forum for positive and constructive discussions I will be hosting a “Superintendent’s Coffee Club.” My intention is to meet with about 10 parents, five times during the school year. These casual and general conversations (i.e. not specific to your child’s education) will provide me with an opportunity to listen attentively to your suggestions and concerns. If you would like to participate, please email me directly at: rcorbett@htps.org.

I’m excited about this school year and looking forward to our students making impressive academic progress.

 

Sincerely,

 

Richard R. Corbett, Ed. D.

 

You will be receiving the school calendar/handbook once school starts; however, you might like to know the dates of some activities already planned for the beginning of the school year:

September 18
Back To School Night                         
7:00 PM-Grades PreK-MD-K-4(ES)    

September 22              
Back To School Night                         
7:00 PM-Grades MD-5-8 (MS)

October 13                 
School Closed for Students                 
(In-Service Day for Teachers)

November 6, 7                       
NJEA Convention                               
School Closed

November 19, 20, 21  
Parent Conferences- ES/MS                
12:35 PM Dismissal – MS
1:15 PM Dismissal – ES 

November 24, 25        
Parent Conferences- MS only             
12:35 PM Dismissal – MS

November 26              
Early Dismissal Day                           
12:35 PM Dismissal – MS

1:15 PM Dismissal – ES

November 27, 28        
Thanksgiving Recess                          
School Closed

December 23              
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Links

 

2014 Student-Parent Handbook

Welcome Back Parent Packet

Free-Reduced Lunch Application

2014-2015 Calendar

September, 2014

October, 2014

November, 2014

 

 

 

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50 ROUTE 23
FRANKLIN, NJ 07416

Middle School
183 WHEATSWORTH ROAD
HAMBURG, NJ 07419

Main Phone: 973-823-7000
M.S. Fax: 973-823-7011
E.S. Fax: 973-827-6845

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