Summer Packet Letter…

August 2012

Dear Harding Township School Community:

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year!  The malls are packed with back to school shopping, the Mets have already fallen out of the pennant race and, at HTS, we are busy preparing the final touches to our classrooms.  We enter this September on a high note and look to make a great district even better. Some district highlights are listed below:

Standardized Testing

On the most recent (2012) NJASK testing, HTS students performed very well.  Individual score reports will be sent home shortly and our district-wide scores will be presented and discussed at a Board of Education meeting later this fall.  In the meantime, I am thrilled to report that the HTS Class of 2012 led the way!  Our most recent graduates scored very highly in Language Arts (97.7% proficient or advanced proficient), Math (93.3% proficient or advanced proficient) and Science (93.3% proficient or advanced proficient).

Vision Council

The Vision Council is an organization consisting of parents, teachers, administrators and Board of Education members that meets quarterly at HTS.  Although multifaceted, the Vision Council, historically, did a tremendous amount of work leading up to the April Board of Education budget vote.  Since there have been some changes to our budget calendar (click here for a review), we felt it was time to refocus and reposition the Vision Council as more of a site-based management group.  The new Vision Council will preserve district traditions and provide parents and stakeholders with an opportunity to solicit new ideas for continuous district improvement.  If you are interested in serving on the Vision Council, please contact me at school; we are looking for two parent co-chairs.  Meetings will be held quarterly (October 3, December 5, February 6 and May 8) either in the morning or during the evening.

Construction Improvements

Although not nearly exciting as our new 1:1 iPad Learning Initiative, we have invested money into our infrastructure over the summer months.  Our summer projects (roofing, flooring, etc.) have all been routine maintenance and will allow us to continue to provide a quality learning environment for our children.

Save the Dates

September 18 – PreK-4 Back to School Night

September 19 – Grades 5-8 Back to School Night

October 26 – PTO Trunk or Treat

November 3 – HTEF Fall Bowling Night at the Madison Plaza Lanes

December 1 – PTO Holiday Breakfast and Bazaar

March/April 2013 – PTO Spring Fundraiser

May 2013 – PTO Car Show

Lastly, please consider following us on twitter (@htssupt or @petersendarren) for up-to-date school information.  We look forward to a fantastic year and hope you enjoy the balance of the summer.  If there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact us at HTS.

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone

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