HPPS: Superintendent's Newsletter

From Dr. Kristina Nicosia

October 2022

Dear Highland Park Family,

October has certainly been a busy month for the schools. We have been offering a variety of opportunities to connect with students and families. This past week the teachers hosted parents/guardians for conferences. This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss students' strengths, needs and learning styles. If you were not able to attend conferences, please connect with your school or your student's teachers to arrange another time to discuss progress so far.

At Irving, students participated in a walk and bike to school day with families, pets and the HPPD, and the fire department did a presentation with the students and they were able to see the fire truck as part of fire prevention week. Additionally, the Irving PTO sponsored a glow party for students and families. Irving also hosted a parent workshop with our Play Therapist consultant to offer support and strategies on the importance of play and limit setting.

At Bartle, parents were invited to attend Coffee with Ms. Knapp and a Title I Family Engagement meeting with Ms. Baldizzone. It was wonderful to see some parents come out to engage in rich discussions with the administrators. The student council, partnered with the PTO, will be hosting an ice cream social to benefit the victims of Hurricane Ida on November 17th. More information will be coming out soon. An ice cream social is an excellent way to bring everyone together for a night of fun, while giving back to others in need!

Students, parents and staff have been coming out to middle and high school sporting events. It is wonderful to see members of our community come together to support the student athletes. In the middle school, teachers are continuing the work of building strong classroom culture, such as in Ms. Andren's math class, students have to work collaboratively during math-themed games to earn class team points. Ms. Maher starts every english class with a quick community building question to set a positive tone.

At the high school, students worked to build community during their recent spirit week. Additionally, students are connecting through service to the community by hosting the Make A Wish Carnival and a haunted house. The giving back continues during their upcoming service day next month. Our students continue to be a source of inspiration!

Lastly, I am excited to share that district will be launching a new website and app soon. The robust mobile app will provide more efficient communication with easier access to district/school resources. It will serve as a way for everyone within our community, including students, parents, teachers, and staff to stay up-to-date and fully engaged.

Very truly yours,

Dr. Nicosia

Later Start Time - Schedule Updates

Members of the Central Leadership Team met on October 19th at 3:15pm to review the list of ideal schedules for each school, as well as core beliefs. The discussion continuously circled back to transportation and the actual times in which all four schools would ideally like to start and end. A smaller group of CLT members, Dr. Nicosia (CLT Co-Chair), Ms. Hoefele (Business Administrator), Ms. Magaziner (Transportation Coordinator) and Mr. Presty (CLT Co-Chair) will discuss possible transportation routes that could accommodate several options for start and end times.

Be on the lookout for further communication from Dr. Nicosia.

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Highland Park Public School District

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