HARDING TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Harding Township School will host a parent workshop on the subject of online safety and cyber bullying. Sergeant Tom Rich, an 18-year veteran of the Summit Police Department and keynote speaker who has spoken on this topic at over 700 events nationally, will deliver this workshop. Sergeant Rich has been a featured social media expert on Good Morning America, CNN and Fox Television. In his career as a patrol sergeant, detective, juvenile sergeant, juvenile detective, D.A.R.E. officer and internet safety expert, Rich has dedicated himself to protecting and empowering children through education and inclusion.
In his presentation, Sergeant Rich will provide information to bridge the gap between children and adults, be they parents and children or teachers and students. As in all of his presentations, Rich aims to open the lines of communication through education and awareness by sharing both the personal and legal consequences of misusing technology, social media and popular apps such as Snapchat. Following his presentation, Sergeant Rich will engage in a question and answer session.
Principal of Harding Township School, Mary Donohue, commented, “We are very pleased to provide the opportunity for parents in our community to hear from Sergeant Rich. As parents and educators, we are obligated to empower our children to manage today’s technology in a safe and constructive way. It is our hope that with the information provided in the workshop, we can provide all of our children with the tools for navigating the dangers and vulnerabilities imposed on them daily by social media.”
This Harding Township School PTO sponsored event is open to all parents. It will take place on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7pm in the Matthew C. Sellito Gymnasium. Harding Township School is located at 34 Lee’s Hill Road, New Vernon. Additional information can be obtained by calling Harding Township School at (973) 267-6398.
Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting: Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 6 p.m.
hosted by the Green Village Fire Department
Families can come and watch as Santa arrives by fire truck to light up the tree at the Green Village Fire House. After Santa lights the tree, he will proceed into the firehouse to hear the children’s holiday wishes. Complementary refreshments and cookies will be provided by the Auxiliary of the Green Village Fire Department.
Prior to Santa's arrival, you are welcome to join your neighbors at the United Methodist Church in Green Village for their annual Hot Dog Supper. Beginning at 4:30, you can enjoy hot dogs, chips and hot chocolate complements of the Green Village United Methodist Church. At 5:45 the group will walk from the church down a nostalgic luminary lit road singing Christmas carols to await Santa’s arrival. Music will be performed by the Chatham Brass Quintet.
Both events are free and all are welcome. Additional information can be found at www.greenvillagefire.com or on our Facebook page
Land Trust Accreditation:
The Harding Land Trust (HLT) has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. Harding Land Trust was awarded accreditation this August and is one of only 280 land trusts from across the country that has been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. Each accredited land trust submitted extensive documentation and underwent a rigorous review. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.
Madelyn Devine, HLT’s Executive Director, says, “We are proud to display the accreditation seal as a symbol of our commitment to excellence in land conservation and stewardship. We are continually striving to refine and perfect our management practices. By earning the accreditation status, we can now show donors, foundations, partner organizations and our local and county governments that we have met these high standards.” For more information about Harding Land Trust, please visit hardinglandtrust.org.
Every fall Harding Township Civic Association mails an appeal for annual dues. Your generous contributions over the past three years have allowed us to postpone the 2015 campaign until this coming spring to coincide with preparations for the annual Memorial Day Parade. As always, we appreciate your continuing support and welcome you to be involved!
Harding Township Civic Association
HARDING TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
At Harding Township Schools, we are enjoying another wonderful school year. Our fall sports - girl’s field hockey and coed soccer - are in the middle of successful seasons, our clubs and co-curricular activities have begun and, most importantly, HTS students are learning. On the most recent statewide exam, the 2014 NJASK, Harding Township School students:
Improved overall English Language Arts (ELA) scores by 5.0 percentage points, from 81.4% to 86.4%.
Improved overall Math scores by 3.5 percentage points, from 85.3% to 88.8%
Improved overall Science scores by 1.5 percentage points, from 95.6% to 97.1%.
The number of students scoring advanced proficient in ELA increased by 10.1 percentage points.
The number of students scoring partially proficient in ELA decreased by 5.0 percentage points.
The number of students scoring advanced proficient in Math increased by 7.8 percentage points.
The number of students scoring partially proficient in Math decreased by 3.5 percentage points.
The number of students scoring partially proficient in Science decreased by 1.5 percentage points.
The number of students scoring a perfect score of 300 on the Math NJASK increased by 121.4%
The number of students scoring a perfect score of 300 on the Science NJASK increased by 66.7%
We are proud of all our students and teachers for their efforts and continue to believe that HTS is the premier PreK-8 district in New Jersey. We invite all parents and students presently living in Harding and attending a private school to tour our schools and learn more about our small class size, technology rich environment and bucolic 40+acre campus.
Our fourth annual autumn school tour schedule is below:
Friday, October 3 (9:00am-11:00am)
Friday, November 14 (9:00am-11:00am)
Friday, December 12 (9:00am-11:00am)
Appointments are not necessary.