AchieveNJ Update, Intro to Budget Season and more…

Dear HTS Community:

This year, for the first time ever, teachers in New Jersey, working collaboratively with each other and with their principals, have developed Student Growth Objectives (SGOs). These SGOs are annual, specific and measurable goals based on growth and achievement for groups of students. Depending on the grade and/or subject they teach, teachers have developed one or two SGOs for the 2013-2014 school year; these SGOs will count for 15% of their final evaluation. Typically, the SGO will list a skill that the class will learn or develop over the course of the school year. For a better explanation, watch this short video.

Next up on our calendar of events is the beginning of our budget season. School districts in N.J. operate on a July 1-June 30 budget calendar. Although we are only halfway into our current budget, the process for crafting a budget for the 2014-2015 school year begins in earnest now. Our 2014-2015 Budget Guidelines were approved by the Board of Education earlier in the fall and they list our goals and objectives for next year’s budget. The budgeting process ends in late March when the budget is presented to the public and voted on by the Board Of Education.

Although it is very early in the process, this promises to be a difficult budget year. Rising health care costs related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and diminished state aid are two major factors we have to manage to successfully maintain our status as one of the premier PreK-8 schools in the state.

On behalf of the Board of Education, we invite you to get involved in the process and provide us with feedback that can assist us in the development of our budget. Our priorities are to continue to maintain our current staffing configuration that provides two sections per grade plus existing co-curricular activities. Our state aid figures will not be released until after the State of the State Address (late February). Until then, we will continue to keep you abreast of developments at the local and state level.


Lastly, some dates to remember:

  • November 22, 25, 26 HTS Book Fair
  • November 27 Early Dismissal
  • December 4 – 8:30am – Vision Council Meeting. Come see famed HTS teachers Lisa Werner and Jen Baldassari present the Four Square Writing Method and learn how we are teaching your children to write and what strategies you can use to assist them at home.
  • December 6 – PTO Parent’s Night Out @ Glen Alpin House
  • December 7 – PTO Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Bazaar
  • December 17 – Winter Concert 7:00pm


Alex Anemone



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