Dear Parents & Guardians:
The close of the 2015 school year is an opportunity to consider some of our accomplishments and thank everyone who strives to serve the students of Hardyston.
Although the PARCC was not without controversy, the successful launching of this assessment was a major undertaking that required strong leadership and the cooperation of parents, students and staff. Mr. Brennan worked with his team and provided the outstanding leadership that was needed to successfully administer this assessment efficiently across the district. Since many parents were concerned about the PARCC, the District Evaluation Advisory Committee (DEAC) recommended a parent information evening which ultimately allayed many of these concerns.
This year for the first time we introduced kindergarten screening and will provide some Title I remedial services this summer for certain incoming kindergarten students who meet the criteria. Once again, I thank the DEAC committee for making the recommendation to me for our district to provide this screening which will greatly enhance the educational services we provide.
Parents have always been one of the great strengths of the Hardyston community. It was a pleasure for me to become more acquainted with parents this year through the Superintendent’s Coffee Club (SCC). The middle school “Straight Talk” presentation emerged from the SCC and is an example of how discussions can have a profound effect on the district and the lives of our students. I hope to continue the SCC tradition into next year.
Finally, after a hiatus of several years, the middle school field day made a comeback. The Field Day Committee spent countless hours preparing and it paid off. The day was filled with numerous activities, the students were thoroughly engaged and even the teachers, PTA volunteers and the Hardyston Police Department participated in the fun. Students were delighted to have a barbeque provided by Maschio’s. “All-In” was the theme and students showed great team spirit and sportsmanship. The day concluded with the police challenging the eighth grade students to rousing games of volleyball. This was possible only because of the comradery and cooperation of the Hardyston community.
Finally, we all bid a sad adieu to Mr. Colarusso who, after 13 year of service to the children of Hardyston, is moving on to Wallkill Valley Regional High School as their new band instructor. Mr. Colarusso’s passion for music is surpassed only by his determination to bring music education to as many children as possible. Thank you for your dedicated service to our children.
I look forward to seeing you in September. Please, allow your children to read over the summer!
Richard R. Corbett, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
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