*A Home Run.

Dear HTS Community:

Hot off the presses…the Spring 2011 (Cycle I) NJASK Scores are in and we are proud to report that 100% of our recently graduated 8th grade students scored Proficient/Advanced Proficient in BOTH Math and Language Arts!  Individual student scores will be sent home at a later date (tentatively September 2nd) when we receive Cycle II (official) data from the state.  Additional school testing data will be shared with the entire school community at a later point in time.

Once again, congratulations to all of our recent graduates and good luck to them as them move on to high school.  Additional congratulations to the HTS staff for all their hard work over the past 9 years with these children and extra special thanks to all the parents who supported their children every step of the way.  It is truly a team effort and, quite simply, an absolute home run. 

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone

*Please be advised that this will not be the last sporting metaphor you read about from this office.

Summer Reading List and the Mac/PC Question…

Dear HTS Community:

We are now officially halfway through the summer vacation…what better time to check in on your reading progress?  On the district’s homepage (www.hardingtwp.org) there is a link entitled 2011 Summer Reading List.  If you have not done so already, please click on that link and begin to explore some recommended books and authors.  There is a grade level Summer Reading Letter from Dr. Petersen as well as some cool literacy websites.  Parents, help us avoid the dreaded “summer slide” and encourage your children to read  for at least 30 minutes each day. 

Also, we are going to sponsor our first Poll Everywhere text message poll.  The question of the week: Mac or PC?  If you prefer Macs – text 305904 to 36707.  If you prefer PCs – text 305905 to 36707. Standards rates apply and results will be published at a later date.

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone

Intro to Budget Season

Dear HTS Community:

By now, many of you have read the news that we will be receiving approximately $90k in additional state aid.  In addition to the $90k in state aid that was announced earlier this spring, HTS will be receiving an additional $90k ($180k total) in state aid from Trenton.  Although it is appreciated and an increase from the $0 that was received this past school year (2010-11), it still marks about a 50% drop in state aid from the 2009-2010 school year.  Only two years ago, HTS received over $360k in state aid.  Since that time, specific programs, teachers and supplies have been cut from the budget. 

Although this newest state aid was not immediately returned as property tax relief, we are currently evaluating all our options and decided it most prudent to proceed with caution. There simply is no way to reasonably predict our state aid figures for next year.  As you can see above, these numbers are wildly inconsistent.  If you are interested in getting involved in the HTS budget process, please do not hesitate to contact me directly via email (aanemone@hardingtwp.org) or attend one or more Board of Education Meetings.  The next one will be held in the HTS Library/Media Center at 7:30pm on Monday, August 15.  We look forward to working collaboratively with you.

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone

Superintendent of Schools

New Beginnings

Dear HTS Community:

Today is my second day on the job and I wanted to take a moment to thank to all those parents and teachers who have called, emailed or stopped by to warmly welcome me to Harding.  I have joined the HTS Community from the Montclair Public Schools where I worked for the past ten years.  I was an Assistant Principal at Hillside Elementary School for five years (2001-06) and then was promoted to Principal of Glenfield Middle School, where I served from 2006-2011.  Prior to my administrative career, I taught at both the high school (Clifton High School) and middle school (Elmwood Park M.S.) level. 

I am thrilled to be at HTS and look forward to meeting you all.  If there is anything I can assist you with, please do not hesitate to ask.  Moreover, please check this site often and consider following me on twitter @HTSSupt and join my PLN (Personal Learning Network.)

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone