The Harding Township Board of Education, in partnership with the New Jersey School Boards Association, is reaching out to leaders within our community and are asking you to participate in creating the BOE's strategic plan. We invite you to attend our meetings on January 23, February 27 and March 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the HTS Library/Media Center. Since each meeting has a specific purpose and task, please know that we welcome you to attend any of the meetings if you are unable to attend all three.
Dear HTS Community:
Welcome back to school! Our students are returning to what we believe is the best PreK-8 school district in the state. HTS students open the school year participating in fall sports (soccer and field hockey) as well as clubs such as the Technology Student Association, Yearbook, Literary Magazine and Digital Moments. Led by our dedicated staff members, these sports and clubs offer all of our students the opportunity to receive a well-rounded, challenging and complete education.
On the most recent (2012) State Standardized NJASK test, our students performed very well with the HTS Class of 2012 leading 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).
New this year is our Digital Learning Initiative. Sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Organization, the Digital Learning Initiative is a revolutionary idea in the field of education and furthers the learning anywhere, anytime paradigm. All of our teachers (grades K-8) and students in grades 5-8 will receive an iPad 3 (pre-loaded with sundry apps) courtesy of the PTO. Moreover, all of our classrooms will now be equipped with an Apple TV and teachers will be able to use both of these devices as a teaching tool in their respective classrooms. This forward-thinking approach places HTS on the cutting-edge of instructional practices. We are most proud of the fact that this grant of over $100,000.00 was awarded by our PTO and uses no district (public) funds.
Returning on Fridays this school year are our Open House Tours. Offered to Harding Township families currently in private schools, these tours are led by school administrators and will be held on the following days: October 5, November 2, December 7 and January 11. Tours will be held any time between 8:00-10:00a.m., or by appointment. Guests will be able to meet with administrators, visit classrooms, tour our campus and ask pertinent questions regarding their children's placement at HTS. We hope to see you.
Dear HTS Community:
Over the summer months and into next school year, the Harding Township Board of Education and Superintendent will begin to craft a long-term strategic plan for the district. We are asking stakeholders to participate in the process: Step 1 - a brief (5 minutes) survey.
Your feedback is important to us, please take a moment to participate. We hope that this brief survey generates feedback that can be used to drive the school district forward. Our survey lists current (2011-2012) goals and asks for feedback. 2012-2013 goals have not yet been completed. The link is below
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at HTS.
Alex Anemone, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Harding Township School
34 Lee's Hill Road
New Vernon, NJ 07976
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or read my blog: http://htssupt.wordpress.com
Dear HTS Community:
As I assess my first year as Superintendent of Harding Township School, I am amazed at the level of support our school enjoys. Our primary task - educating all of our children - is made exponentially easier because of this support. Multiple studies have shown that involved parents are positively correlated with high-achieving students. As this goes to print, our students will be finishing the final week of NJASK (New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge) testing. Although these tests represent a simple "snapshot" of teaching/learning, we are confident that our students will, as usual, score very highly on these assessments.
As mentioned last month, our 2012-2013 school budget was approved and we are already beginning preliminary discussions about our 2013-2014 school budget. Although HT S received a small increase in state aid (from approximately $181,000 to $225,000), overall, we still receive a small fraction of the money our taxpayers send to Trenton each year. Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) has presented his Fair School Funding plan to various groups in the state. His plan would alter the funding formula (currently favoring urban and inner-ring suburbs) and apply a more even funding plan for all students in all communities. I encourage you to visit his website (http://doherty.senatenj.com/) and learn more.
Lastly, we would like to invite the entire community to two special events:
• On Sunday, May 20, the HTS PTO will host their second annual Car Show. Come to the HTS parking lot for a wonderful morning (8:30-11:30a.m.) of car exhibits. Tickets to this event are only $5 with a family limit of $15! Last year, the show featured classic cars, modern sports cars, muscle cars, Scooby Doo vans and much more.
• The annual HTS Spring Concert. Come hear the Jazz Band, Orchestra and Chorus on Tuesday, May 22. The concert begins at 7:00p.m. and will be held in the gymnasium.
Dear Harding Township Community:
As I write this letter, our students have already started their Marking Period III classes and our administrative team is working on the proposed 2012-13 Harding Township School budget. We will be receiving our State Aid figures on February 21 and will be presenting the budget at a Board of Education meeting in March. As always, the public is invited to attend.
Our students are busy preparing for their annual tradition – the HTS Spring Musical. This year our featured show is Seussical, Jr. We will be hosting three shows: Friday, March 16th at 7:30p.m.; Saturday, March 17th at 7:30p.m. and Sunday, March 18th at 2p.m. Tickets are available in advance or at the door for $9.00. For more information, please call us at HTS 973-267-6398 x165. Please hurry, this event usually sells out.
In addition, our staff and students will be hosting our second annual Technology Showcase on March 28th at 7p.m. in the Middle School gymnasium. Come for the Intro to Twitter and stay for the Student-Directed Movie Trailers! STEM projects will also be on display in our Middle School Science Lab.
Alex Anemone, Superintendent of Schools, Harding Township School
follow me on twitter @HTSSupt, or read my blog: http://htssupt.wordpress.com
Open House Tours to parents and children currently residing in Harding Township and enrolled in a non-public school on Friday, January 6th from 8:30-10:00a.m.
New HTS TV Studio equipment arrives. The first episode of the student newscast should be posted on the school's website in late January/early February.