Counselor Connection

February/March Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians of Timberlane Students,

We have officially made it into the second half of the school year! We hope everyone had a fantastic winter break.

There is a lot to think about as we dive into the third marking period. During the month of March, our students will begin meeting with their counselors to talk about elective course choices for next year. Communication about these elective course selections will be sent by the school so stay on the look out for more information in the coming weeks! We encourage you to review the Elective Course Options in the Program of Studies with your child.

As always, please reach out to your child's counselor with any questions or concerns.

Sending our best,

Mrs. Stimmler, Ms. Fertig, Mr. Stuhlmuller, and Ms. Nissenblatt

Principal's Corner

Timberlane Embraces Diversity

Dear Timberlane Family,

During this school year we have dedicated ourselves to creating an environment for our students that recognizes diversity and encourages tolerance. Our efforts are in alignment with the district's Diversity Goals and Mission. Our Diversity Statement is as follows:

The HVRSD Diversity Statement

We believe that the Hopewell Valley Regional School District must prepare all students to live, study and work in a diverse world. To that end, the school district will provide students with opportunities that promote respect for self and others and a curriculum which values the many varieties of human expression. The district recognizes and values the interconnectedness of humanity and looks to the staff to lead this initiative. It is our vision that all people will be treated with equality, dignity, and respect; that all students will be educated to understand, accept and value all members of the world community; and that the community at large will join with us in support of this mission.

In order to fulfill our district mission, Timberlane will and has engaged in the following activities this year:

  • Day of Empowerment for Grade 8
  • Cultural Literacy Training for Faculty
  • LGBTQ Literacy Training for Faculty
  • Civil Rights Talk/ History of 1st African American in Hopewell for Grade 8
  • Spectrum Outreach
  • Montclair University Study on mentoring LGBTQ students in middle school
  • Black History Month events sponsored by Kidsbridge
  • Character education lessons on tolerance in Administrative team meetings & advisory
  • Visits to classrooms by parents to teach religion during 6th grade World Religion Unit
  • Participation in Community Conversations on Race and Diversity
  • Inclusion of students with disabilities
  • Community services projects that have exposed and educated our students about the importance to giving to those in need ie: Trenton Area Soup Kitchen; Christine's Hope

We hope to continue this work in the future and to begin to have conversations about acceptance of all individuals regardless of Race, Class, Gender identification, Ability, Ethnicity, or Religious beliefs.

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