November 2019 Letter from the Superintendent

November 2019 Letter from the Superintendent
Posted on 11/01/2019

November 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Listed below is some information about the Strategic Plan, LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum Grant, PCAST Elective Class, Student Services Guidepost, and Equity Training.

STRATEGIC PLAN INFORMATION

The Haddon Heights School District is engaging in a strategic planning process to establish key goals for the next three-five years. Electronic surveys have been sent to the Junior High Faculty, Elementary Faculty, High School Faculty, Elementary Parents/Guardians, Junior High School Parents/Guardians, High School Parents/Guardians, Instructional Support Staff, and Non-instructional Support Staff. Later in the month 5th and 6th grade students, Junior High School students, and High School students will be completing surveys in school. Student surveys will be sent to parents prior to them being completed in school.

Surveys are open for community members who do not currently have students enrolled in the school system. To participate, please go to this link and complete the survey by November 25th. Your opinions and recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

LGBTQ+ INCLUSIVE CURRICULUM GRANT RECIPIENT

The Haddon Heights School District is one of twelve schools in the state awarded a grant to pilot a new state LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum. The grant is sponsored by Garden State Equality working in collaboration with Make It Better for Youth. As a recipient of the grant, Haddon Heights School District will be one of the first schools in New Jersey to pilot this groundbreaking curriculum detailing the history and struggles of the LGBTQ+ community with the goal of promoting respect and appreciation for all people.

Haddon Heights School District will be given exclusive access to the LGBTQ+ curriculum, ongoing professional development, and support in best practices on infusing LGBTQ+ content into all areas of the curriculum. We will also be provided with free access to the state LGBTQ+ conference, and an opportunity to be afforded the recognition as a S.A.F.E. (Safe, Affirming, Fair, and Equitable) school.

On January 31, 2019 Governor Phil Murphy signed the LGBTQ+ curriculum into law, requiring school districts to teach about the contributions of LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities for the 2020-2021 school year. This makes New Jersey the second state, along with California, to require an LGBTQ+ curriculum in all schools.

PCAST ELECTIVE CLASS

The PCAST elective class had the pleasure of hosting two guests in their classroom in October. The first guest was Joanne Hamza from Rutgers University and NJCAN (NJ Career Assistance Navigator). She was able to create accounts for our students so that they can access a multitude of information on careers, colleges and apprenticeships/trades. The class will continue to use this website to research and develop person centered plans. The second guest was Somerlee Monaghan from Rutgers Boggs Center. Ms. Monaghan helped facilitate a lesson in problem solving called Solution Circles. The students loved this interactive and beneficial approach of critical thinking and perspective taking.

STUDENT SERVICES NOVEMBER GUIDEPOST

Please select the link below to read the November edition of the Jr./Sr. High School Student Services Guidepost Newsletter. The Newsletter contains information about the college application process, college visits, scholarships, testing dates, and much more.

November 2019 Guidepost

EQUITY TRAINING

At the Jr./Sr. High School in October, equity training continued with Mr. George Guy. This is the second year of an ongoing training program. The focus at this workshop was looking at any disparities in school discipline using school data.

Sincerely,

Michael Adams

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