The Bethlehem Township Journal

October 2022 Edition

Important Dates

October 10, 2022: School Closed - Staff Inservice

October 17, 2022: Picture Day @ Conley School

October 26, 2022: Early Dismissal - PM Staff Inservice

October 26, 2022: Board of Education Meeting @ 7:00

October 28, 2022: End of 1st Marking Period

November 7-9, 2022: Early Dismissal - P/T Conferences

November 10-11, 2022: School Closed - NJEA Convention

November 16, 2022: Board of Education Meeting @ 7:00

November 18, 2022: Picture Retakes @ Hoppock

November 23, 2022: Early Dismissal

November 24-25, 2022: School Closed - Thanksgiving Recess

November 30, 2022: School Choice Application Deadline for 23-24 School Year

A Message from Mr. Abato

Hello Bethlehem Township Families! My name is Ed Abato and I have been lucky enough to have been chosen as the new Chief School Administrator of the Bethlehem Township School District and the Principal of Hoppock Middle School. I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to lead this amazing district! I have felt so welcomed in the short time that I have been here.

Each month, I will be sending out a newsletter that will keep everyone up to date on what is happening in our schools. My goal is to highlight all of the wonderful things that take place in our district as well as to disseminate important information to our families and the community. I hope that you will find this helpful as we navigate our way through the school year.

I look forward to getting to know each of you and your children. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need my help with anything.


Ed Abato

Chief School Administrator/Hoppock Principal

High School Information for Parents of 8th Grade Students

Click here to access important information regarding your child's high school transition. All registration forms are due back no later than November 9, 2022. A hard copy of these forms will be sent home with your child today.

Parent Night for parents of 8th grade students with special needs

Click here for a flier regarding a parent night at the high school for parents with students receiving special education.


Do you love working with Children? Do you have a day (or four) a week free? Are you looking to make a positive impact in children's lives and help our community? Then come join our family!

The Bethlehem Township School District is looking for dedicated substitute teachers and paraprofessionals to work in our schools. All substitutes are required to apply for and obtain their county substitute certificate.

Requirements & Compensation


  • Sixty (60) college credits
  • Fingerprinting & background check
  • Mantoux test
  • $120 per day
  • Paid training (half day)


  • High school diploma
  • Fingerprinting & background check
  • Mantoux Test
  • $105 per day
  • Paid training (half day)

If you are interested in either opportunity, please reach out to Peggy Andrews, Administrative Assistant to the CSA. She can be reached at (908) 479-6336.

I'd Love to Hear From You!

After having completed my first week here, I have quickly realized what an amazing school district this is. The staff and students have been extremely helpful and welcoming as I made my transition here last Monday. I have talked with staff and students about all the great things happening here and now I would like to hear from you, the parents and families of our students!

CLICK HERE to access a survey that will provide me with your perspective on what works and what needs to be improved upon within the Bethlehem Township School District. The survey is anonymous, but feel free to add your name in one of the open comment sections if you would like. This information will be very helpful as I begin to set goals for myself and for the district. Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to complete this survey. I look forward to reading your responses!

Coffee and Convo with Mr. Abato

Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 6-7pm

280 Asbury West Portal Road

Bethlehem Township, NJ

Since I was unable to be here for the start of the school year, I would love to have an opportunity to introduce myself to the parents and families of the BTSD. Please join me for a coffee hour to get to know more about me and my background and to share all of the things that make our school district so wonderful! Coffee and light snacks will be served. Please RSVP in order to attend.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

It's That Time...Educator of the Year!

It is that time of year again when we get to recognize our phenomenal staff through the Governor's Educator and Service Professional of the Year program. Every year, each school across the state has the opportunity to select an educator and a service professional to receive this high honor.

An educator is considered anyone who works under a teaching certification and a service professional is anyone who does not "teach," such as guidance counselors, CST members, Paraprofessionals, etc.

Anyone can nominate someone for one of these awards by filling out the NOMINATION FORM. Please review the SCORING RUBRIC that the committee (comprised of teachers, parents, BOE members and administrators) will use when evaluating the nominations that are received. If you are interested in serving on the selection committee, please email me by November 1, 2022. You will need to be available on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 16th for the selection process. Let's recognize the great teachers and staff we have here in Bethlehem Township!


Facebook and Twitter and Smores...Oh My!

One of my initiatives as the new Chief School Administrator for the Bethlehem Township School District is to be more visible on our school's social media pages as well as through the use of this newsletter platform. I would like the community to see all of the amazing things that are taking place within the walls of our school. This includes photographs of our students and staff, with no names attached. Currently we have no parents that have requested to not have their child photographed for these purposes and with these parameters. If you would like to request that your child's photograph NOT be used for these purposes, please reach out and let me know. Again, only photos will be used and no names will be posted, unless permission has been given for certain circumstances.

Dress for the Weather

Please be sure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather. Students will go outside as long as the temperature is above freezing and there is no inclement weather.

Athletic's Corner

Championship Schedule


October 24, 2022 @ 3:30 PM

North Hunterdon High School


October 26, 2022 @ 4:00

Phillipsburg High School


November 2, 2022 @ Time TBD

North Hunterdon High School