Mark Your Calendars
Next Board Work Session: September 22, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Next Board Meeting: September 29, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Board meetings are open to the public. There are no limits to the
number of people who may attend in person, and masks are optional.
Board meetings will continue to be live-streamed as well,
but there will be no call-in comments or questions.
Presentations from Recent Board Meetings:
From the Superintendent
The first and most exciting aspect of the summer of 2022 was how different it has been from the last two! In the summers of ’20 and ’21, there was a singular focus; almost all of our energy went into planning and developing schedules and systems to deal with COVID. We continued to push forward with our work as educators, but that overwhelming cloud drove decision-making and consumed much time and effort.
This summer has been very different.
The administrative team developed a new format for summer leadership work. The core team attended the AASA conference in Washington, D.C., followed by a more expansive two-day retreat. The conference was excellent! The most significant advantage of the model for this retreat was gaining access to nationally renowned experts in different areas.
One afternoon was spent with Dr. Shelley Berman, who helped us to re-examine our approach to social-emotional learning. We also spent time with Dr. Anthony (A.J.) Nottingham, who helped us to focus on leadership styles and growth. These discussions helped us to stop and think about who we are, what we do, how we do it, and why we do it.
Upon our return, we met every Wednesday afternoon throughout the summer to address specific topics and to collaborate. Breaking up our work sessions into several shorter meetings has been more productive and has made better use of our time.
There’s been a significant amount of curriculum work done over the summer. Teachers have been writing and revising curricula that will eventually be submitted for Board approval.
The three areas that have stood out with greater focus are math, ELA, and PE/Health.
Math: For K to 5, the team is starting the research and planning for a pilot that will be put in place next year. The 6-12 training has been arranged with Desmos and Dr. Eric Milou from Rowan University. The training will focus on instructional methods (rather than simply on the programs) and will benefit students immensely.
English Language Arts (ELA) work is in an organizational phase. We will be soliciting community input during the school year.
Health and PE teachers have been working diligently on an updated curriculum. Parents may review the state standards, current curricular maps, and DRAFTS of updates on the Health and PE Curriculum Development website.
Another significant summer project has been preparing for the upcoming bond referendum. Board Secretary Michael Catalano and I have met with LAN Associates and have closed out the survey that was sent to all members of the school district family and to the community at large. Once the survey data is fully analyzed, we will start to plan charrettes to discuss specific needs, suggestions and concerns. Some of the questions raised in the survey are:
Hopkins parcel: How to use this land and how to deal with the historic building?
Elementary schools: Can we separate eating and physical education spaces?
High School: How to create a new secure vestibule?
General: How can we improve our learning spaces?
Athletics: How to increase/improve our athletic fields?
Here is a link to the LRFP (Long-Range Facilities Plan) website.
Our Buildings and Grounds crew has been busy as well. In addition to cleaning and servicing of all of the mechanical equipment in the entire district, our in-house staff replaced aging carpeting with VCT flooring in several locations. Their biggest summer project involved the student/staff paint crew. Two teachers and six students painted all of the hallways in HMHS and Lizzy Haddon! They also painted several classrooms, kitchens and offices throughout the district.
Most recently, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Gino Priolo and World Language teacher Chris Gwin redesigned our new teacher orientation, making it more interactive and adding more time for building-based work with administration and mentors. We enjoyed getting to know these newest members of our school district community August 29, 30 and 31!
Friends, I look forward to seeing many of you during the first week of school, September 6-9. Let's make it a great school year!
Chuck Klaus, Superintendent of Schools
WE'RE ALMOST THERE ...
- The first school day for students is Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Both September 6th and 7th are half days.
- Check email often for important information from your principals.
- Check supply lists.
- Central Elementary
- Elizabeth Haddon Elementary
- Tatem Elementary
- Haddonfield Middle School
- Review your contact information and sign forms in the Genesis Parent Portal.
- Register for ParentSquare, the district's communication app. New parents and any parent who did not register last year received an emailed invitation on August 26th.
- Familiarize yourself with our website. Bookmark the website for your particular school(s).
- Review the yearlong calendars
- Our 1:1 Chromebook program has expanded down to grade 3 and up to grade 12. You will see a form in Genesis, required even if you use your own device. Here is more information about Chromebooks.
Meet our new staff, pictured below with Superintendent Klaus (front row far right) during orientation!
Updated COVID Protocols for 2022-23 pending NJDOH review and guidance
At the August 25th Board meeting, Dr. Priolo spelled out which COVID protocols remain in place and which have changed or been eliminated. As always, the district team will keep an eye on county and state recommendations and requirements related to COVID and other health issues. As of today, these are our criteria:
Optional outdoor eating
Maintaining cleaning standards
COVID+ student/staff must stay home for 5 days from symptom onset or positive COVID test (first day is day 0).
Use of COVID+ reporting form
Students returning to school from COVID+ required to mask on days 6-10.
Student athletes returning from COVID+ may return to observation-only participation on days 6-10, masked (unless physically distanced). Cardiac clearance is required.
What has changed:
Testing mandate for unvaccinated staff has ended.
Weekly after-school testing is no longer available.
COVID courtesy notices will no longer be sent.
Only students/staff who present COVID-like symptoms will be required to submit a negative test to return prior to 5 days.
If student/staff has a known exposure to COVID, it’s recommended they wear a mask for 10 days and test on day 5 following exposure. This is a recommendation and not a requirement.
Virtual instruction has been eliminated; as with any illness, students can make up work by contacting teachers/viewing assignments on Google Classroom/Canvas.
The New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) is the N.J. Department of Education's monitoring and district self-evaluation system for public school districts. It is a comprehensive accountability system that incorporates the monitoring requirements of applicable state laws and programs and complements federally required improvements. The system focuses on monitoring and evaluating school districts in five key components: Instruction & Program, Fiscal, Governance, Operations, and Personnel.
In 2018-19, HSD worked very hard to improve systems and raise our (then quite low) QSAC scores after a 10-year hiatus. (Schools with high test scores were exempt from QSAC monitoring.) Because QSAC is an every-three-year evaluation, we experienced monitoring again this year. We are pleased to report that the process was easier and the scores higher this time around.
As reported at the August 25th Board meeting, here are the scores from 2019 through today. (Passing is 80%. The scores in the May 2020 column below represent the required re-evaluation after HSD failed in four areas.)
Land Swap Update
Finalized August 24th, the "land swap" is an agreement between the Haddonfield School District and the borough of Haddonfield. The HSD will take ownership of a parcel of land adjacent to the high school ending at Hopkins Road, including Cooley Hall, the carriage house, the potting shed and the greenhouse. In exchange, the borough will take ownership of the Radnor Avenue fields, although HSD athletic teams will continue to use them.
The district is in the midst of an LRFP (long-range facilities plan) and has surveyed families, staff and the community in general to gather opinions about possible facilities projects/upgrades/changes in many different areas of school properties, including this new acquisition. Final decisions have not been reached and will not be addressed until fall 2023 at the earliest after a bond referendum vote.
School Lunch Reminder
This is a reminder that the state-sponsored free lunch program for all New Jersey students has ended. Here is a video explaining the change. All parents received this letter from our Food Service provider Thursday morning.
We encourage parents to consider applying for Free or Reduced-Price lunch. This document explains why and provides further information.
We encourage all parents to become familiar with the Food Services website .
Learn about Care Solace
New Times for Preschool
To coordinate drop-off and pick-up times for parents with children in both preschool and other grade levels, the regular preschool hours have been changed. The new schedule is:
A.M. session 8:25 - 10:55
P.M. session 12:30 - 3:00
Preschool parents, please review the "modified schedule" found on our website here.
From the Borough
Mayor's Wellness Campaign Student Art Contest is Announced
All Haddonfield students in elementary, middle or high school are encouraged to submit an original piece of art following the theme "Emerging from Isolation and Embracing Community." Students must be residents of Haddonfield, but they do not have to attend a school within the Haddonfield School District.
Submissions will be accepted through 6:00 p.m. September 23rd, and the exhibit will go live at the Health and Wellness festival held on October 1st.
In the Loop
District Twitter: @HaddonSchools
District Facebook: @HaddonfieldSchoolDistrict
SAC Corner: the summer issue includes information about the new 9-8-8 Suicide Prevention lifeline. SAC = Student Assistance Counselor.
Look for your school's Twitter feed.
Your student's team or club may also tweet.
SEE YOU TUESDAY!