March Letter from the Superintendent

Letter from the Superintendent
Posted on 03/01/2018

March 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The March Board of Education meeting that is currently scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 has been changed to Wednesday, March 21st at 7:30pm due to state aid figures not being released until approximately March 15th. The Board of Education votes on the preliminary budget at the March Board of Education meeting and we need to have the state aid figures to finalize the preliminary budget. The annual Public Budget Hearing will take place at the May 2, 2018 Board of Education meeting. That is where the final budget is voted on by the Board of Education.

Listed below is some information regarding happenings at the Elementary Schools and the Jr./Sr. High School.


Classworks and MAP Pilot Update
The Classworks and MAP pilot programs are going well. We recently completed our 2nd round of MAP assessments and uploaded the data to Classworks so that new individual learning plans are created for the students. There are a number of useful reports for the teachers to use to help guide their lessons.

Elementary Classroom Visits
There were so many exciting lessons Mr. Corn, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and I saw at the Elementary level during our classroom visits in February. Our teachers throughout the district, and in this case, in the elementary schools, continue to encourage our students to think at the highest level. We witnessed students analyzing, predicting and even creating. Many lessons were built on student discoveries and not just the pattern of listening, writing and regurgitate style of learning from the past. Throughout the visits students constantly shared with each other their thoughts and answers. They were also very involved in the learning process as active participants.


Articulation with Barrington, Lawnside and Merchantville Update
The Barrington, Haddon Heights, Lawnside and Merchantville Superintendents and Curriculum Directors met on February 14th. We met to discuss ongoing articulation among the districts. The main discussion centered on aligning all four district's curriculum to provide a more consistent and cohesive curriculum which would better prepare incoming 9th graders into Haddon Heights High School. It was agreed upon that social studies would be our first collaboration. It was decided that each district would provide two teacher curriculum writers to write curriculum and benchmarks for grades K-8. These staff members would meet together some days during the school year and during the summer. The next articulation meeting with the Administrators from all four districts is scheduled for March 12, 2018.

2018-2019 New Haddon Heights High School Courses
Freshman Seminar - Semester Course - This course will be used to help support our students in their High School career. It will be used to reinforce study habits, organization, time management skills and teach them how to be better students. The course will be taught to all incoming 9th grade students and will be required. It will pair with the half year course of Google Practices.

Social Justice - Semester Course - Contemporary Issues will be replaced with the Social Justice course. This is an introductory survey course of social justice issues (primarily in America). Social justice can be defined as the act of "... promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity." Social justice is generally equated with notions of equality. In this course, students will be encouraged to think critically and expansively about the social world and the conditions of humanity.

PCAST - allows educators to apply person centered practices to all students by giving them the resources to instruct and apply person centered thinking and approaches within the classroom. A PCAST classroom seeks to support all students while maintaining the integrity of person centered practices by providing educators with the tools and facilitation skills so that each student can develop and use their own person centered plan.

Mindfulness and Meditation - Semester Course - This course will focus on developing students’ social and emotional health and regulation through writing, meditation and breathing. The availability of this course during the school day will give more students access to the benefits of mindfulness and reflective thinking (and writing). By the end of this course, students will have cultivated a toolbox for positive decision making, social and emotional health and self-esteem.

Accounting 3 - Semester course - This course is a continuation of the Accounting 1 and 2 courses.

Computer Programming 1 and 2 - Semester courses - These courses will introduce students to two different computer languages and how to use them in real life situations. Coding has become a necessary course in many college majors and these courses will give introductions to two of the most popular computer languages being utilized.


Haddon Heights High School Musical - Beauty and the Beast
March 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th at 7:30pm
March 18th and 24th at 1:30pm
Tickets can be purchased at
This event will take place in the Jr./Sr. High School Auditorium.

PTG Elementary Science Fair
Thursday, March 22nd
Deadline to register is Friday, March 9th (Registration Link)
This event will take place in the Glenview Avenue School Multipurpose Room.


Michael Adams

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