April 1, 2015
Dear Parents & Guardians:
With the arrival of spring and the end of a long cold winter, we anticipate that students will be spending more time enjoying the outdoors and socializing with friends. Parents know that protecting children means knowing where they are, who they are with, and what they are doing. Moreover, I encourage parents to regularly check their child’s backpack to be sure that they are not unwittingly bringing to school any items that might be considered potentially harmful. For example, young people will sometimes bring items from home to impress their friends or to simply to show off. These items may include matches, lighters or kitchen utensils such as knives. While these occurrences are rare, they do have serious disciplinary (and potentially legal) consequences.
In addition to having conversations with your child about potentially harmful items, it is also vital to talk with them about the dangers of substance abuse derived from alcohol and drugs. To help you start this conversation with your child (grades 6 to 8) the Hardyston Middle School is teaming up with The Center for Prevention and Counseling for an evening of fun, pizza and “Straight Talk.” While your child attends “Straight Talk” at Hardyston Middle School, I encourage you to sign-up to participate in the parent program “Hidden in Plain Sight” which will be held at Wallkill Valley Regional High School. For convenience and to encourage conversation between parents and their children, these programs have been designed to run concurrently. You’ll find all the details on the “Straight Talk” flyer and permission form which can be found on the school webpage.
I believe that keeping our children safe both in school and outside of school requires parents and school officials to work together. With your help, our schools will continue to be a safe place for young people to learn and grow.
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.