HAS Weekly Update

September 23, 2022

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Dear HAS Community,

It was wonderful seeing everyone at our Elementary Back to School Night. We hope you had a wonderful time and were able to learn about your child's classroom and their specials classes.


School Closed - Monday, 9/26/22 and Tuesday, 9/27/22 in observance of Rosh Hashanah.

Back to School Night/Open House

The Middle School Back to School Night/Open House is Wednesday, September 28th. Click here for the schedule. This is an in-person event.

Today your child brought home a copy of their schedule for you to follow.

Start Strong Assessments

The Start Strong assessments will be administered next week for students in grades 4-8. 4th and 5th grade students will take the assessments on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. 6th - 8th grade students will take the assessments on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Please make sure students bring in their fully charged district issued Chromebook, as well as a pair of wired headphones.

Pursuant to the Commissioner's regulatory authority, schools throughout the state are required to administer the Start Strong assessment as part of the overall Statewide assessment system.

Middle School Yearbook information

Use the link below to order the Middle School Yearbook.


Click here for information about the 8th grade ADs/Well Wishes.

7th grade social

The PTA is hosting a 7th grade social on Friday, October 14, 2022. The event will start at 7:00 pm and will conclude at 9:00 pm. We are excited to offer a DJ, games, and an allergy-safe snack & water (see list of snacks below). There will be plenty of parent volunteers!

Please click here to complete the permission slip and electronically sign the form.

Please note: Drop off is at 7:00 pm at the Main Door and all students attending must be picked up by an adult at 9:00 pm at the Main Door. Students will not be allowed to walk/bike home.

**List of snack: Cheez-its, Snyder's Gluten Free Pretzels, Welch's Fruit Snacks, Individually wrapped Twizzlers

New Jersey Student Learning Assessment

NJSLA results from last year's ELA and Math assessments for 3rd - 8th graders were placed in the mail today

Union County Vocational-Technical Schools (UCVTS)

UCVTS is a public district that is comprised of 5 specialized high schools and is open to all students from Union County. Please click on the link below for open house information.


Parent Academy - Signs of Suicide Parent/Guardian Training

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022

7:00-8:30 PM

Parents will participate in the SOS training from Signs of Suicide, a Sandy Hook Promise program in this safety workshop. Also to be discussed will be the Cranford initiatives for mental health as well as services provided for student assistance.

Presenters: Toni Anthony, CHS Student Assistance Counselor, Christi Carducci, Orange Avenue School Social Worker, Gayle Colucci, District Coordinator of Culture and Climate

Parent presentation grades K-12

Location-CHS Library

RSVP to attend here

Parent Academy Flyer

Upcoming Events

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September 26 - School Closed for Rosh Hashanah

September 27 - School Closed for Rosh Hashanah

September 28 - Middle School Open House


No Dogs on School Property

Bringing along the family dog, especially with such pleasant weather, during arrival and dismissal has become a common practice for many. However, it does pose some safety concerns for students who have a fear of dogs.

Thanks to everyone for being mindful of keeping the school grounds free of any dogs so that all students can move about freely without worry of having to come in contact or pass by a dog on the premises.

HIB/Stopit -

Here is the HIB student video (8 minutes 15 seconds) which will be shown to all students grades 4 through 12. Parents please click here to review the Stopit parent/guardian letter. Students should review the Stopit student flyer as well. Hillside Avenue School's code is HAS01


The Cranford Public school system would like to provide you with information for the anticipated administration of state assessments and standardized assessments that will be given during the 2022-2023 school year. Please click here for the full schedule.


Please click here for a price chart for lunch items.

Notes from the School Nurse

Cell Phones/Smartwatches

Our cell phone policy is that students cell phones need to be off and away and smartwatches are only to be used to tell time. Please refrain from texting your child during the day to help limit distractions for our students. If your child feels ill please remind them to report to Nurse Dias and she will contact you. Students should not call their parents from the bathroom if they are feeling ill.

A Note From the Tech Department

For students in grades 3-12 who have issues with their school issued Chromebook, you can now have that addressed in the school instead of going to the Central Office. Have your child stop in to the main office at HAS and they will assist in getting the Chromebook repaired. In the meantime your child will receive a loaner Chromebook.

Riding to School

Many students ride their bikes to school. Bike racks are located by exit 13, near the back parking lot, and by the playground. If students choose to ride a bike or scooter to school, they must do the following:

1. Wear a helmet.

2. Make sure that they lock up their bike or scooter outside.

3. Obey all traffic laws and not ride in the parking lot.

Middle School Arrival

Effective Monday, 9/19/22, the back parking lot by the 7th and 8th grade doors is off limits for student drop off. The main drive horseshoe in the front of the school is open till 8:15 for middle school drop off. Please use the horseshoe instead of the back staff parking lot.

Visitors/Forgotten Items

  • Please know that when items for middle school students are dropped off the students will be called at the end of the period to pick up their belonging. This is to help limit interruptions.

  • If you are coming to the building for a meeting or to pick up a student please be aware that will not be allowing anyone to enter the building while the middle school students are passing between classes during period changes. We appreciate your patience.

  • You must have your ID to enter the building. If you are dropping off your child and you don't have your ID ring the bell and had your student enter the vestibule. Your child will then ring the second bell and the office staff will bring them in and direct them to class.

Parking Lot Safety

During morning arrival and afternoon pick up please make sure you are alert, driving slowly, and looking before driving in and out of the parking lot. Many students and parents walk to and from school and are crossing the street using the crosswalks. Even if you are running late it is imperative that you take your time and proceed with caution to ensure the safety of all. Thank you all for helping to keep everyone safe.


Please make sure you email the attendance office (HAS-attendance@cranfordschools.org) or call 908-709-6229 or 908-709-6983, if your child has to be signed out early to attend an appointment.


If your child is absent for any reason, please call our absence line at 908-709-6983 (24/7) or email has-attendance@cranfordschools.org.

Kindergarten Single Sessions

**Kindergarten single sessions will alternate between AM & PM classes according to the following schedule:

10/10 (PM), 11/23 (AM), 12/23 (PM), 2/6 (AM), 3/13 (PM), 6/21 (AM), 6/22 (PM)