HPPS: Superintendent's Newsletter

From Dr. Kristina Nicosia

February 2023

Dear Highland Park Family,

I cannot believe February is coming to a close, the school year seems to be flying by. I am so proud of the work we are all doing to strengthen our community this year. We are seeing a large turnout of students and parents/guardians at Bartle and Irving's evening family events. If you also want to see strong school spirit and the community coming together, consider attending the middle school and high school sporting events (click here for the schedule). The students benefit significantly when parents, teachers and community members come together to provide support and encouragement.

Additionally, our staff have been going above and beyond to create classroom and school environments to provide students with a sense of belonging. On February 17th, during the staff in-service, they engaged in different team and community building activities. In one session, staff participated in team building activities led by LEAD U. Click here to see some of the pictures on their instagram account. The staff had so much fun playing games, acting goofy and laughing. In the other session, staff signed up for a service project to give back to the school community. This included, but not limited to, painting murals, cleaning out rooms, gardening, working with Zone 6 staff, and making Valentine cards and participating in a Zumba class at the Senior Center!

Lastly, last week I got to spend some time with Highland Park's new Mayor, Elsie Foster. Her enthusiasm is infectious and we had a great conversation on ways we can collaborate. The Borough and District have always had a strong partnership and this is something I look forward to continuing. We are stronger when we work together!

Very truly yours,

Dr. Nicosia

Preschool Registration

Calling all 3 and 4 year olds! Preschool registration is now open. All preschool classes will be full day starting in the fall of 2023 with a maximum of 15 students per class. Classes are a mix of both ages. Space is limited and you must be registered as a student in the district in order to be considered for acceptance. Click here to read all of the full information, requirements and deadlines. Additionally, click here to review the presentation from the parent/guardian information meeting. A video recording of the meeting is also available on Irving's website. Please contact Ms. McNally, Irving's Principal, at mmcnally@hpschools.net with any questions.
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Highland Park Public School District

The mission of the Highland Park School District is to provide the community with the finest educational services through respect for diversity and commitment to collaboration, continuous improvement, and achievement of excellence.