September 2019 Letter from the Superintendent

September 2019 Letter from the Superintendent
Posted on 09/01/2019

September 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Listed below is some information regarding opening week, freshman orientation, the strategic planning process, board of education policies, and the 2019-2020 district goals.


The Haddon Heights Elementary Schools will open on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Students in grades Kindergarten through six may arrive between 8:30 - 8:40 am. Dismissal on September 5th will be 12:44 pm for kindergarten students and 12:45 for students in grades one through six. The same schedule will be followed for Friday, September 6, 2019. Regular school hours will resume on Monday, September 9th. Grades Kindergarten through six may arrive between 8:30 - 8:40 am. Dismissal for Kindergarten students is at 12:44 pm and dismissal for grades one through six is 3:00 pm.


Thursday, September 5, 2019
8:00 am 7th grade report to Gym
8th-12th grade report to homeroom
Lunch is not provided and dismissal is at 12:22 pm
Friday, September 6, 2019, is a half-day session with dismissal at 12:22 pm.
Monday, September 9, 2019, is a full day session with all students reporting at 8:00 am and being dismissed at 2:42 pm.

The Jr./Sr. High School will not be open prior to 7:15 am throughout the school year. Early student drop off takes place between 7:15 am and 7:45 am. Students who arrive at that time must report to the Jr./Sr. High School Cafeteria.


On Tuesday, August 20th, was a four hour orientation for the students in this year's freshman class. It was very well attended as 200 of the 230 freshman participated in the orientation. For any students that were unable to attend, Mr. Martin, Vice Principal (grades 7-9), is available to those students and parents so they can receive the information that was discussed that day.

The day started with introductions of some administrators, staff members, student government members and National Honors Society (NHS) students. The freshman students then received their schedules, locks for their lockers, and broke into groups of 12. The Student Government and NHS students then took the groups on a tour of the building which included where their specific classes were located. Students then engaged in some team building activities. Following the activities they ate the provided lunch. Some administrators then shared some basic first day of school information and some other overall pertinent information with the students. After the discussion, the students went to the cafeteria where some coaches were available to share information about their sport. Some current players on the teams were there as well to talk to the students.


The Strategic Planning process is designed for wide input from all constituents and we look forward to your ideas and opinions via surveys and community forums in the fall. Listed below is the strategic planning timeline.

Introductory announcement to staff and community September 3rd

Individual interviews & small group forums on site October 8th - 10th
  • Board Members
  • Administrators PK-12
  • Association Officers
  • Junior High School Student Representatives
  • High School Student Representatives
  • PTG Officers
Parent/community forums October 23rd
  • Open to all parents and residents 9:30 am
  • Open to all parents and residents 7:30 pm
Surveys open to participants November 4th – 24th
  • Grades 5 & 6
  • Grades 7 & 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Parents of all students by grade cluster
  • Faculty PK-12 by grade cluster
  • Support staff
  • Haddon Heights community members without children currently in the schools

Data collection Ongoing

Core Planning Team established By November 1st

  • Approximately 24-28 participants invited by the Superintendent and comprised of parents, administrators, Board members, High School pupils, support staff, and faculty.

Two-day Goal Setting with Core Team December 10th – 11th

Board of Education Adoption of Goals January 2nd

Action plan co-chairs appointed By January 24th

  • Co-chairs for each goal
  • Committee members appointed for each goal

Action plan development February/March

Submitted by Judith Wilson, contracted service provider for strategic planning for the 2019-2020 school year.


All of the Haddon Heights BOE policies and regulations can be found on our district website under the District Info menu.


The 2019-2020 District Goals can be found on our website under the District Info menu.


Back to School Night Dates
Glenview Avenue Elementary School Thursday, September 19th at 6:30pm
Seventh Avenue Elementary School Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30pm
Atlantic Avenue Elementary School Thursday, September 26th at 6:30pm
Jr./Sr. High School Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00pm


Michael Adams
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