Letter from the Superintendent

December 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Listed below is some information regarding happenings at the Elementary Schools, the Jr./Sr. High School and the Special Education Parent Advocacy Group (SEPAG).

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INFORMATION

The Elementary School staff are engaging in a Professional Learning Community where they are reading the book "Teach Like a Pirate." The book centers on how to tap into your passion as a teacher, establishing meaningful rapports with students and transforming classrooms into a life-changing experience for students.

The Elementary School report cards will go home on Wednesday, December 13th.

Students involved in the MAP/Classworks pilot program have completed the benchmark assessments and teachers were trained on how to develop Individual Learning Paths for their students.

JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION

Haddon Heights High School was awarded a $6000 “Rookie Grant” from FIRST Robotics to help establish a robotics team. The grant provides $4000 this year and $2000 next year to assist the district in forming a robotics team to compete in STEAM based competitions. Mr. Lynch, a Science Teacher at our Jr./Sr. High School, was instrumental in establishing the Robotics Team and procuring the grant.

SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVOCACY GROUP MEETING (SEPAG)

On November 15th, Mrs. Renner, Director of Special Education, and the Child Study Team held a meeting for all parents of special education students, district-wide. During the meeting, parents had the opportunity to meet Child Study Team members including the two new Occupational Therapists, the Learning Disability Teacher Consultant, School Psychologists, Social Worker and Speech Therapists. The team also reviewed current initiatives that they are working on including: Community Based Instruction, Social Skills Groups, Training Opportunities, Person Centered Planning, Development of a Sensory Room, Visitations in Other Districts, Ability Awareness and Volunteer Opportunities.

The next Special Education Parent Advocacy Group meeting will be held on January 10, 2018 from 6:00 - 7:30pm in the Haddon Heights High School Auditorium. Mrs. Renner has invited Dr. Tsao who has agreed to present to the group. Dr. Tsao is an expert in exposure and response prevention for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and has extensive experience with prolonged exposure (PE) therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Prior to joining Rogers, Dr. Tsao was on the staff at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania where he most recently served as the Clinic Director. In addition to his leadership role with Rogers, Dr. Tsao co-directs a specialty practice conducting psychotherapy, training and consultation for the full-spectrum of anxiety disorders.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Elementary Winter Band/Choir Concert
Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00pm
The event will take place in the Atlantic Avenue School Gymnasium.

Jr./Sr. High School Winter Band Concert
Thursday, December 7th at 7:00pm
The event will take place in the High School Auditorium.

PTG Family Fun Paint Night
Friday, December 15th at 6:00pm
The event will take place in the Seventh Avenue School All-Purpose Room.

Sincerely,

Michael Adams

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