To Our Entire Tri-District Community,
It is hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us. It feels like only yesterday, I was welcoming back our staff and students from summer break and now we are heading into the third week of November and preparing for Thanksgiving and the upcoming winter holidays.
As we begin this exciting, joyous, and busy time of year, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all and my warmest wishes for a happy and safe holiday celebration with your loved ones. I am so grateful to serve this incredible community of students, staff, families and community partners in all three districts. it is my privilege to express my deepest appreciation appreciation for the continued, unwavering dedication of our school administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and guardians. You help make our learning communities a safe, vibrant, diverse, exciting and overall great place to teach and learn.
The holiday season is a season of celebration and I encourage all of us, parents and guardians, educators, and staff to celebrate the continued determination, growth and success that our students have demonstrated during the first quarter of the year. In addition, I want to continue to celebrate the incredible work being done by our administrators, teachers, counselors, nurses, support staff, custodians, food service providers, bus drivers, coaches, advisors, PTO volunteers, Board members and EVERYONE who makes our school districts second to none! I am so inspired, grateful and proud of our learning communities and I am grateful to be able to lead and learn with you!
Here are just a few things that I am grateful for this and every holiday season:
- I am so thankful for this incredible learning community that I get to be a part of each day.
- I am thankful for our staff in all three districts and their renewed commitment and unyielding dedication to meet the diverse needs of our students and ensure that they are safe and nurtured academically, socially, and emotionally.
- I am thankful for the incredibly smart, creative, passionate and forward-thinking administrative team that continues to push everyday for excellence and challenge me to be a better educator!
- I am thankful for the three Boards of Education, all 25 members, who volunteer their valuable time, and energy, who truly always put students first and are fierce advocates for the great work being done across the Tri-District.
- I am so, so, incredibly grateful for our students. In this small community, it is a gift that I am able to forge personal relationships with so many of our learners, which allows me to truly watch them grow and develop and shatter their goals as they strive for success each day. They are remarkable!
- Finally, I am thankful for my family, their health, their love, their support, and their continued patience as I serve the Tri-District community while trying to juggle being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, and friend.
Be inspired by the season of giving with acts of kindness and graciousness. I wish you health and peace this Thanksgiving.
Dr. Tara Beams
The Right Balance by HHRS Principal McCarthy
October has flown by here at HHRS. Our Admirals are deep into everything that makes being part of a school community great. Education is often about striking the right balance between academics and opportunities for students to enjoy the social aspects of being a kid. October has really allowed us to see this balance play out. Our students wrote essays, solved equations, designed projects, and took on the issues of the world through rigorous academic practice. We inducted a new cohort of National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Society members and saw multiple athletic teams participate in their conference playoffs and tournaments. And while much of what they do in the classroom and athletic field is quite fun, our students really get excited about the opportunities where they can just be together. Ms. Foster took our STEAM students to spend the day at Infoage where they enjoyed interactive activities. Our Vocal Music students have been rotating through different instruments to make a band. TV Production learned to make creative sounds with everyday items and shot footage for their first movie. All these team activities allow students to come out of their shells and show off unique talents and skills. This was on full display on Halloween, as our seniors started the day with a breakfast and costume contest, and then were off to the movies and lunch. Ms. Distasio and Ms. Davis organized a great day. HHRS Middle School students really stepped up with their haunted trail and dance this year with many of our students serving as actors and creating the art for the trail. Ms. Phair and Mr. Gates led the students to a great and creative event that raised money for the middle school classes. From linear equations to jump scares and everything in between, our staff and students continue to impress us with how they balance hard work and well-earned fun. As the leaves fall, our admirals rise.
NJSLA and NJGPA Assessment Results Presented
At the October Board of Education meetings for each district, Dr. Baubles public presented the Spring 2022 NJSLA assessment results as required by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). A month later, when scores were released, Mr. McCarthy presented the 2022 Spring field test results for the newly created NJGPA, the NJDOE's new high school proficiency assessment, at the November Board of Education meeting. While many of our students are performing above the state average, the assessment scores were consistent with the nationwide trends that indicate that the pandemic has had an adverse impact on student learning. We were prepared for this as we were seeing data from our own local benchmarks that indicated the same. To address our students' academic needs, we have implemented the following, in addition to many other initiatives throughout our school communities:
- Dedicated ELA and math interventionists at all three districts
- Implementation of a multi-tiered system of support using a Response to Intervention (RTI) model that includes clear criteria to identify students in need of intervention and clear progress-monitoring through data collection and analysis every 8-9 weeks
- Advanced training for interventionists in instructional strategies, programming, and progress-monitoring
- Implementation of intervention blocks for all grades K-6 at both schools to implement Tier 1, 2, 3 interventions as well as specialized programming such as ESL or Quest without interrupting core instructional periods
- Double periods of math instruction for middle school students who are below grade level.
- More robust after-school intervention programming
- Job-embedded, continuous, professional development for teachers including data-driven professional learning communities, small group and individual data talks, targeted PD on intervention, assessment design and small-group instruction.
- Instructional coaching from math experts K-12
- Exploration of new literacy program K-6 and new math programming 7-12
The assessment presentations can be found on each of the schools webpages. Any questions or concerns regarding your students' progress, should be directed to your child's teacher first and then to the building administration.
AHES Celebrate Barbara Grogan Day
Feel Good Fridays at H.E.S. and A.H.E.S.
Feel Good Friday’s have launched for the 2022-2023 school year at H.E.S. It is so wonderful to see our students engaging in meaningful project based learning activities in a creative and meaningful way. Students have participated in the making of Kindness Quilts in 2nd grade, in 4th Grade Ms. Grano’s classroom was transformed into a restaurant and students participated in a “book tasting,” to find genres that suited their literary appetites. Additionally students in Kindergarten enjoyed a real apple tasting while graphing their classroom results!
October was an exciting month at AHES. We kicked off our Feel Good Friday program allowing opportunities for students of differing grade levels to work together as well as delve into projects and lab activities connected to the curriculum as well as social emotional learning.
Curriculum & Instruction Corner with Dr. Baubles
We are so pleased to share that our Tri-District staff members were hard at work on Wednesday, November 9th. They had a chance to collaborate during sessions spanning inclusive practices, assessment design and development, and technology integration. Programmatically, we continue to utilize instructional materials and resources to provide the best education possible for our grades pre-K-12 students, from grade pre-K HighScope to grades K-6 Savvas social studies to grades 7-12 New Jersey Student Learning Assessment released items. These materials and resources were the focus for many of our sessions on our Tri-District Professional Development Day.
To further engage Tri-District students, we invite our families to ring in the New Year by celebrating one or more of these national holidays:
January 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
January 4th - National Trivia Day
January 5th - National Bird Day
January 6th - National Technology Day
January 9th - National Static Electricity Day
January 13th - National Sticker Day
January 15th - National Bagel Day
January 18th - National Thesaurus Day
January 19th - National Popcorn Day
January 22nd - National Polka Dot Day
January 23rd - National Handwriting Day
January 24th - National Compliment Day
January 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29th - National Puzzle Day
January 31st - National Hot Chocolate Day
“Being grateful for the little things, each day, allows us to access joy!” Alisha De Lorenzo of Living YES shared this tweet while snowboarding with her family last winter. With Thanksgiving approaching, we are so very grateful for our ongoing professional partnership with Alisha. In March of 2022, she facilitated a Tri-District staff wellness session during our professional development day. Alisha will continue supporting us through a series of visits to our 2022-2023 AHES and HES faculty meetings and November 2022 and March 2023 professional development days for HHRS. Our focus will be perspective and sensitivity to student needs, which we consider to be important topics for all educators.
We also consider inquiry to be an important topic. Have some fun this month and see if your family can find out the answers to these questions:
· When was the first Thanksgiving, and what was on the menu?
· How much turkey do Americans eat each Thanksgiving?
· What city hosted the first Thanksgiving parade?
· What professional football team has played the most on Thanksgiving?
· How many towns in the United States are named “Turkey”?
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
HALLOWEEN in the TRI-DISTRICT👻🎃👹
H.E.S. Cuts the Ribbon on the New PLAYGROUND!
On Thursday, October 27, 2022 we had a school wide Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to formally open our New Playground for the Students and Highlands Community. Thank you to Mr. Mullins, Mr. Layton, Mr. Spano, Dr. Beams, and the Board of Education for being able to make this new addition possible. In addition, we would like to thank all of our students who provided input on the playground design
Admirals Athletics Fall Season Was a Success!
The Fall Athletics season is wrapping up on top of the hill! We've honored many of our Admirals through their team's Senior Day festivities. The varsity field hockey program qualified for the Shore Conference Tournament, and also saw goalie Makenzie Denzler record her 200th career save! The varsity boys soccer team qualified for the CJ1 State Sectional tournament for the second year in a row, losing to a tough Florence squad. Girls Tennis wrapped up their season with a Senior Day match against Keansburg, who they teamed up with to raise money in the fight against cancer (and met movie star Emma Roberts in the process!). The Keyport/Hudson girls soccer team finished on strong note with a win, while Taylor Shearer led the Keyport/Hudson girls volleyball team to the quarterfinal round of the SJ1 State Sectional tournament. Meanwhile on the gridiron, Mason Elbridge and the Keyport football team also played in the state playoffs to cap off their season. Finally, our varsity boys XC team qualified for the Group 1 State Championship meet for the second year in a row! Good luck to the boys at Holmdel Park! Not to be outdone, both middle school soccer programs qualified for the league playoffs this season! And Naomi Vidal took fourth place in the middle school Cross Country Meet of Champions! Both boys and girls middle school XC had tremendous seasons!
H.E.S. STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Student Council Speeches and Elections Took Place on September 30, 2022! All of the candidates who were running for a position did a wonderful job with their speeches! Congratulations to all of the winners and a special thank you to our Student Council Advisors, Mrs. McBain, and Mrs. Ciafardini, for organizing such an awesome election!
Important Dates 📅
November 23 - All Schools early dismissal - Thanksgiving Break
November 24-25 - Schools Closed - Thanksgiving
November 28 - HHRS Parent/Teacher Conferences - HHRS Early Dismissal
December 7 - AHES 3rd Grade Play 9:00 am
December 12 - AHES Winter Concert 7:00 pm
December 14 - HHRS Winter Concert 7:00 pm
December 19 - HES Board of Education Meeting 6:00 pm
December 20 - AHES Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm
December 20 - HES Winter Concert 7:00 pm
December 21 - HHRS Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm
December 23 - Early Dismissal begin Winter Break
December 26 - January 2 - Schools Closed - Winter Break
Thank you to this month's contributors:✏️👍👏
Dr. Jeanette Baubles, Tri-District Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Mr. Kevin McCarthy, HHRS Principal
Mr. Eric Pritchard, HHRS Vice Principal/Supervisor of Athletics & Activities
Mr. Dan Layton, HES Principal
Mr. Michael Ferrarese, AHES Principal