Winter Edition: February 2019
A letter from Dr. Scott Rocco, HTSD Superintendent
Welcome to the Winter Edition of our HTSD Newsletter.
This edition is filled with information about what is happening in our schools. It is just a portion of the many things happening each day in our classrooms and with our students. Beyond what is provided in the newsletter, you can follow the happenings of the district on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
As we settle into 2019, our school district continues to move forward with our strategic plan. Between December of 2018 and January of 2019, we held five (5) community meetings to gather information and ideas related to the development of our new District Strategic Plan. I thank everyone who came out and participated. To further engage the community in this first phase of strategic planning, we are going to hold a Virtual Strategic Planning Meeting on February 12th at 7pm. Details on the process will be provided shortly and I hope you will be able to participate.
In addition to a strategic planning committee, our district will also hold meetings to talk about our school facilities and gather ideas from the community on how we can improve and/or enhance the efficiency of them. All community members are invited to participate. Information on these meetings will be posted on the website at the end of February.
Finally, today (February 1st) is World Read Aloud Day. Our district has launched the first five, of many, videos of HTSD members reading our favorite books. You will see Mr. Byrne read Hooway for Wadney Wat, Dr. Gibson read I Like Myself, Mr. Czyz read The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, Mrs. Lieberman read Grace for President, and me read A Fine, Fine School. More books, read by HTSD members, will become available over the next few months thanks to the efforts of Mr. D’Elia who videos and edits each book. Please use this LINK to view the videos and keep checking the site for additions to our list.
Named NJ Schools of Character!
We are very proud to announce that two of our HTSD schools, Greenwood Elementary School and Langtree Elementary School were among 26 schools in New Jersey that have been recognized as NJ State Schools of Character, by Character.org.
Character.org has been certifying Schools of Character for over 20 years based on their implementation of The 11 Principles of Character. In that time, they have certified more than 500 State and National Schools of Character. Greenwood and Langtree Schools will now become eligible to compete for National status in the next several months. Congratulations!
District Curriculum & Instruction Update from Mr. Anthony Scotto
PROGRAM OF STUDIES
High School Update
The 2019-2020 High School Program of Studies is complete and has been sent to all families via School Messenger. In addition to our current course offerings, we are proud to offer the following new courses for the 2019/2020 school year:
- Advanced Placement Studio Art - 2D Design
- Advanced Placement Studio Art - 3D Design
- English 9 w/ Applications
- Intro. to Music in Film & Video
- Intro to Organic & Biochemistry
- Genetics & Biotechnology
- Neuroscience & Society
- Multicultural Studies
- Photo Technology II
For more information about the aforementioned courses (or other current course offerings), please visit https://www.hamilton.k12.nj.us/Page/12970
Middle School Update
Middle school students continue to take benchmark assessments in mathematics and language arts. However, this year we have adjusted the tools used and types of assessments. In the area of reading comprehension, the District continues to utilize the iReady platform; in the area of written expression, we have developed our own writing prompts and administered them to all current middle school students. The prompts are scored in two main areas (written expression and conventions). The iReady results (for reading comprehension), along with the results of the writing prompts, allow the staff to see a clearer, academic picture of the child's ELA performance.
In the area of mathematics, we have transitioned to an online platform called Imagine Learning. We selected this product based on the success of our Bridge to Algebra I Summer Program. The platform has a greater focus on middle school and high mathematics, provides detailed skill reports for the staff, a more customized benchmarking system (that also supports our accelerated math courses), and additional opportunities for remediation and acceleration.
Grade three students learn about Hamilton Township in social studies. As a culminating activity, the students go on a "historic tour" of the town and learn about Abbott House, Locust Hill House, Middleton House & Barn, and other key, historic sites. The day ends at Kuser Farms, where the students have lunch and tour Kuser Mansion. To learn more about the history of Hamilton, please click the link noted below:
HTSD Proudly Presents our Middle & High School Musicals!
Nottingham High School - February 28, March 1 & 2
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Reynolds Middle School - March 6, 7, 8 & 9
Hamilton High School West - March 7, 8 & 9
Grice Middle School - March 14, 15 & 16
Crockett Middle School - March 21, 22 & 23
Have a Heart - VOTE for Grice!
As part of Danimals and ShopRite’s support to fuel healthy and active lifestyles for children, schools in CT, DE, MD, NJ, NY & PA are being considered for this grant. The PFA Grant provides state-of-the-art outdoor fitness equipment, indoor fitness equipment, curriculum, lesson plans, supplies and PE Training.
Voting open February 2-28, 2019
One vote, per email, per day! VOTE EVERY DAY!
NOTE: Must be 13 or older to vote in this contest
Link to VOTE: https://bit.ly/2F7M8Qj
Thank you Principal Whalen for your 31 years of service to the HTSD!
"Clap Out" at Sayen Elementary School
Thank you letters received, goodbye hugs from Sayen students and staff, and then Principal Whalen made her way through the building one last time before retirement!
Thank you to all the students, staff & parents who came to wish Mrs. Whalen a Happy Retirement!
Follow us on Facebook? Check out Principal Whalen's Clap Out video!
Morgan Elementary Hosts Airman Family Reunion.
NJ Commissioner of Education visited Wilson Elementary School!
NJ Commissioner of Education, Dr. Repollet visited Wilson Elementary School on Jan. 17th. Congratulations to Ms. Magnolo's class on being one of the selected NJ Dept. of Education Bulletin Board contest winners!
Students in Ms. Magnolia's class showed off their comprehension & dancing skills with Go Noodle's "Read Like a Robot" video. In response to the video, Dr. Repollet read a story to the students asking them to grade him with a thumbs up on his ability to "read with emotion, not like a robot."
Yasmin E. Hernάndez-Manno, Mercer County Executive County Superintendent and Mr. Angelo Hall, HTSD Board of Education member assisted Wilson Elementary School staff in welcoming Dr. Repollet.