Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends:
Our 2015 -2016 school year was launched without a hitch and I am pleased to report that our students and teachers are engaged in the “routine” of learning and teaching. However, while learning and teaching may be characterized as “routine,” typically what occurs in the classroom and during field trips is far from routine since it requires students to be engaged and actively involved in their own learning process.
As mentioned last month, active and hands-on learning is why Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are so relevant to education today. Our district is preparing for the NGSS by piloting a STEM curriculum during this school year. Our goal is incorporate STEM with the NGSS district-wide for the 2016 – 2017 school year. This approach to teaching science involves students by providing hands-on experimental and design activities that are engaging and challenging.
During the month of September our district went “GOLD” to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Our activities the week of September 28 (e.g. “crazy hat day,” “pajamas against childhood cancer”) focused on this theme. In addition, students created and signed color banners to raise awareness for childhood cancer. The teachers participated in a dress down day to raise money for this important cause.
Finally, I invite the community to follow me and school happenings on my Twitter account (@corbettr3059).
Richard R. Corbett, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
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.