The Bethlehem Township Journal
November 2022 Edition
It's That Time...Educator of the Year!
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!
DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2022.
November 4, 2022: Report Cards Available on Parent Portal
November 7-9, 2022: Early Dismissal - P/T Conferences
November 9, 2022: Deadline for Educator of the Year Nominations
November 10-11, 2022: School Closed - NJEA Convention
November 16, 2022: Board of Education Meeting @ 7:00
November 18, 2022: Picture Retakes @ Hoppock
November 21, 2022: Basketball Season Begins
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
December 14, 2022: Board of Education Meeting @ 7:00
December 16, 2022: North Hunterdon High School Show Choir & Jazz Ensemble @ Hoppock
December 23, 2022: Early Dismissal - Winter Break
December 24, 2022 - January 2, 2023: School Closed for Winter Break
A Message from Mr. Abato
It is hard to believe that it has already been a month that I have been a part of the Bethlehem Township Schools! I have gotten to meet many wonderful people since I started and have learned so much about what makes BTSD such a wonderful school district. During this past month, Conley students and staff welcomed me to the district with a wonderful "Clap-In" ceremony, which literally brought tears to my eyes. I have received personalized artwork and hand written letters from the students welcoming me to Hoppock! The students and staff here have truly been amazing and for that I am extremely thankful!
Along with these wonderful, welcoming moments, I have been hard at work learning about the district's policies and procedures, culture and climate, as well as curriculum and programs. I have met with teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, and BOE members to hear, from each of their perspectives, what the strengths are of the district. Having all of this information will now allow me to set a plan to address the areas in which the district is in need. This will not be done alone. Soon, I will be sending out information and a request for volunteers to join what I will call a "Guiding Coalition." This will be a great way for parents, students, and staff to get involved to help guide our district into the future. More information will be coming after the holiday season.
We have a lot of great things that are happening throughout our district and I have continued to feel blessed to be a part of it. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me during my first month to welcome me and give me feedback on things that I have done so far. I thrive on feedback, positive or negative, so please never hesitate to reach out.
Chief School Administrator/Hoppock Principal
F/T Middle School Special Education Teacher
- Approximate start date: November 14, 2022
- Orton Gillingham Trained - preferred
- Must have proper TOSD Certification
- ELA and/or Math Certification preferred
F/T Elementary Special Education Teacher
- Approximate start date: January 2, 2023
- ABA experience preferred
F/T Spanish Teacher Grades 6-8
- Approximate start date: ASAP
- Spanish certification required
F/T Elementary School Paraprofessional
- Approximate start date: ASAP
If interested in any position, please submit your cover letter, resume, and certification(s), along with a completed application to:
Margaret Andrews, Secretary to Mr. Edward Abato, CSA
Bethlehem Township School District
280 Asbury West Portal Road
Asbury, NJ 08802
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS AND PARAPROFESSIONALS NEEDED!
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.
New & Improved Website...Coming Soon!
SAFETY & SECURITY
While we are unable to share specifics to our security plan with parents and the community, there are things that you can do to help us keep our schools safe.
- Appointments are required for any visitor to the building. If you need to meet with a staff member, please schedule an appointment with them in order for your name to be added to the appointment sheet that is shared with our office staff.
- When you get to the building, you will need to state the reason for your visit prior to be allowed into the building. PLEASE ONLY USE THE FRONT ENTRANCE NEAR THE OFFICE.
- Once in the building, all visitors are required to sign in & wear a visitor's badge that must be worn for the duration in which you are in the building.
- When you are ready to leave, please return your visitor's badge and be sure to sign out so we know who is still in our building.
Thank you for helping to keep our students and staff safe within our schools!
Student Council Food Drive
Coffee & Convo with Mr. Abato
Building relationships is the key to success in life and I look forward to hosting more of these sessions in order to be able to make those connections with parents, families, and community members. While this past session did not have a focus topic as it was more of a meet and greet, future coffee and convos will have a specific focus that will guide the conversations that take place. I look forward to continuing this throughout my time with the BTSD!
North Hunterdon High School Show Choir and Jazz Ensemble
High School Information for Parents of 8th Grade Students
I'd Love to Hear From You!
Thank you to those that have taken the time to complete the attached survey. I know time is limited and valuable, but I appreciate the time taken to provide me with valuable, honest feedback. Having said that, there were only nine parents who completed the survey. Therefore, I am going to keep it open for one more month to hopefully get more input from you, the parents.
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!
Facebook and Twitter and Smores...Oh My!
Happenings at Conley
- This week, Conley students in grades K, 3, and 5 are participating in the NJCAP (Child Assault Prevention) Program.
- On Veterans Day, November 11th, Conley students in all grades will be making cards for Veterans that they will be sending to Operation Gratitude to disperse to Veterans across the Country, as well as service members overseas.
Happenings at Hoppock
- On Wednesday, November 2nd, 8th graders went to see Mykee Fowlin at CTMS and really enjoyed the experience
- Peer Leaders will have their training in Character and Leadership Skills the week of November 14th
- The high school process is underway! Registration Forms due November 9th and 8th grade students will have HS powerpoint presentations on November 4th.
- Teen CAP (Child Assault Prevention) for 7th graders starts next week on Monday, November 7th and ends Wednesday, November 9th.
Bethlehem Township Schools Unite in Kindness
FALL SPORTS ROUNDUP by Mr. Brotzman
Our BT sports teams enjoyed a very successful fall season.
The Lady Longhorn volleyball team showed tremendous improvement throughout the season and finished with a winning record of 5 wins and 3 losses. The girls brought great energy and excitement to the championship tournament at North Hunterdon. In the first match, the Longhorns defeated Holland 2 games to 1 and advanced to the league semi finals against Clinton Public. The girls came from behind to garner a dramatic 26-24 victory in the first game of the match. Unfortunately, CPS captured the next two games and the Lady Longhorns had to settle for third place.
The Longhorn cross country team continued their recent dominance of the league in the league championship race. The boys team, which only included five members, finished a very respectable third out of 12 teams. The girls team, which was undefeated in the regular season, captured their 4th straight league crown by edging out their closest competitor Clinton Public.
Finally, the Longhorn co-ed soccer team enjoyed the best season in school history. The team barreled through the regular season and finished as the #1 team with a perfect 11-0 record. After disposing of Lebanon 2 to 0 in the semifinal game, the Longhorns took on an equally skilled Franklin team in the exciting championship game at North Hunterdon. Despite showing a lot of heart and effort, the team eventually fell by the slimmest of margins, 1 to 0.
All of our teams should be extremely proud of their success and display of good sportsmanship. Special thanks go to the coaches who dedicated their time and energy. Coach Race and Coach Poltrack for volleyball, Coach Wyant for cross country, and Coach Harvey for soccer.
Beginning of Winter Sports Season
The BT Winter sports season will begin on Monday, November 21st.
- The boys basketball team will conduct tryouts on Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd at Hoppock School from 2:30 - 4:30.
- The girls basketball team will have tryouts on Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd at Conley School from 3:30 - 5:30.