Hurricane Irene and the aftermath…

Dear HTS Community:

Hurricane Irene has come and gone and I hope this blog posting finds you and your family safe at home.  Power has already been restored to HTS and our Building and Grounds crew is working hard to clean up all Irene-related debris and put the finishing touches on our building.  School opens in one week!  (side note: if you have not yet done so, please finish all your summer reading…and practice your math using sundry websites; all links can be found on the HTS website www.hardingtwp.org)  Other than some initial power outages, some small branches down and a few damaged ceiling tiles, HTS fared remarkably well during the storm and it’s aftermath and we will be ready for our students next Tuesday.

The PTO’s Annual Ice Cream Social, originally scheduled for this afternoon, has been postponed; a new day/time will be announced shortly.  All incoming Kindergarten students and students new to HTS are invited.  Our staff returns on Wednesday for two days of Professional Development Activities and I look forward to meeting with them.

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone

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Adequate Yearly Progress…and more.

Dear HTS Community:

Earlier today, I received an email from the N.J. Dept. of Ed. stating that both of our schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress on our most recent state standardized tests.  40 out of 40 indicators were met!  Although it appears No Child Left Behind as we know it is being consigned to the ash heap of education reforms and, although our standards in Harding exceed state and federal minimum standards, this is an accomplishment to be proud of.  I would like to take a moment to congratulate all our students and thank all our parents and staff members who worked hard last year to achieve this goal.  Keep up the good work and we will see you in less than two weeks.

P.S. – If you have an incoming student new to the building, please join us on the blacktop for the annual PTO Ice Cream Social on Monday at 1:00. 

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone

Dear HTS students…

Dear HTS Community:

We are coming down the home stretch of August.  Camps are wrapping up, family vacations are winding down and back to school shoppers are crowding local malls and downtowns.  Yes, it is (almost) school time!  By now, students should have already completed the bulk of their summer reading assignments (a complete list can be found on our website, www.hardingtwp.org).  Class placement letters were mailed last Friday and our dedicated teachers have been busy setting up their classrooms all week. 

Everywhere I go (Town Council Meetings, Dunkin Donuts, Field Hockey Camp, Post Office) people have nothing but complimentary things to say about our student body.  After five weeks of office work, I can honestly say that I am quite eager to meet all of you.  If you wish, you can post a response to this message: What I enjoyed most about the summer or What I am looking forward to most this school year.  I look forward to reading your responses.

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone

Why Algebra? And some great news…

Dear HTS Communty:

From the American Diploma Project, “Mastery of advanced mathematics is important for all high school graduates.  A strong base in Algebra I helps to prepare a student for higher-level mathematics like Algebra II.  These higher-level courses improve access to postsecondary education.  Algebra II, for which Algebra I is a prerequisite, includes the advanced content that faculty at four-year institutions say is critical for success…” 

This past spring, HTS 8th grade students completed the American Diploma Project Algebra I End-of-Course Exam and we are thrilled to announce that 100% of our students scored in the Proficient or Advanced Proficient range!  Congratulations to all our students, their parents and teachers as well.  Individual student score reports will be sent home shortly. 

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone