Vision Council – Wednesday October 15 – 8:30am

Dear HTS Community:

Tomorrow morning, immediately after drop off, the Vision Council will meet in the library/media center to discuss our transition from the NJASK to the PARCC. Our expert teachers, along with our administration, will discuss strategies that we are utilizing to prepare our students for this new and very rigorous assessment. Furthermore,  we will discuss specific strategies that parents can implement at home that would neatly dovetail with our efforts.

We hope to see you tomorrow morning at 8:30am.

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone

NJASK to STEM…

Dear HTS Community:

At the Board of Education meeting held this past Monday, I presented to the Board and to the community the full state standardized testing (NJASK) report. This report highlighted many of our students’ accomplishments during the 2013-2014 school year. I encourage you to click on the link and see the highlights such as:

  • English Language Arts scores +6.1%
  • Math scores +4.1%
  • Science scores +1.6%
  • A grade-wide mean score in the Advanced Proficient range in grade 3 Math (253), grade 4 Math (263), grade 4 Science (265) and grade 5 Math (257).
  • The number of “Perfect 300” scores in Math increased by 121.4% and in Science increased by 66.7%. In fact, 15% of all Math exams and 14.5% of all Science exams were scored as “Perfect 300”. These outstanding students will be honored at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, November 3.
  • Cohort analysis highlights including an unprecedented 25.1% improvement in grade 5 Math and 24.0% improvement in grade 7 English Language Arts.

Special thanks to our instructional team, led by Mr. Spelker and to all our teachers as well.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education is alive and well at HTS. In addition to all the STEM labs (Hot Air Balloons, etc.) in our everyday curriculum, HTS students are accessing extra STEM activities in some of their co-curricular groups. Led by our middle school science teacher, Dr. Gervis, our TSA (Technology Student Association) and Jr. TSA meet before school once per week during our 0 period. These students in grades 5-8 build and design items such as the carbon dioxide race cars and compete with other schools. Over one-third of students in grades 5-8 are participating in either the TSA or Jr.TSA. Lastly, thanks to a PTO grant, we were able to offer two sections (Beginning and Intermediate) of Creative Coders this fall. Students will learn the fundamentals of Scratch, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology program that students use to create simple games.

If you have any questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone