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Dr. Scott Ridley

Dr. Scott Ridley


October 2019

Happy October Hazlet Community: ‘Tis the month of goblins and witches though rest assured, a great many rich and valuable learning experiences continue to take place throughout the District:

First, in the schools . . .

RHS: On October 16th, all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT. In preparation, please take advantage of worthwhile (free) resources: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat  

The first full week of October is the Week of Respect; there will be multiple activities promoting kindness at RHS. Administration and staff want to recognize students for the positive impact they have among their peers and community.

HMS: Hazlet Middle School students are really enjoying the new Design Thinking elective class, which combines all this year's district initiatives! The course fosters the Future Ready skills of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. Students are tasked with discovering an issue in the community and creating a solution; several groups have focused their designs on building social emotional awareness through our #choosekind mission.

CRS: Cove Road School has been dissecting NJSLA scores. The staff worked with the data consultant and the content-area supervisors to identify areas of concern (strands) of their State Test Scores. Staff has begun to develop lessons to address the standards that needs improvement.

BSS: October 7th begins the Week of Respect at Beers Street School. Each day features an engaging activity that spotlights social-emotional learning, including an assembly on student empowerment. During Red Ribbon Week staff will focus on raising drug awareness and promoting healthy choices. Each homeroom will develop a song or routine with a positive message to perform in front of the entire school. 

LDS: Personalized Learning is up and running as students have selected goals, mapped out how to achieve them, and posted them outside each classroom door! These Future Ready skills are essential for learning, working and life beyond the school years!

MRS: Middle Road School kicked off its social-emotional learning initiative for the school year, with an inaugural meeting last month. The committee has already planned some exciting activities and lessons for students during the Week of Respect October 7th-11th. 

RVS: At the forefront of the school’s social emotional learning initiative, RVS character education programs are up and running once again.  September certificates were awarded to students who demonstrated positive character traits. Hundreds of Thoroughbred Bucks were cashed in for Treasure Tower prizes by those students who made good choices.   

SDECLC: Powerful partnerships between the PTO and school continue to thrive at Sycamore Drive. Students will choose their own particular pumpkin from the school pumpkin patch. Storybook Trail, posted in the hallway, allows teachers and students to prioritize highlights that reinforce positive social emotional lessons about anti-bullying strategies and the Square Pumpkin who learns that it is okay to be different.

And in other areas of interest . . .

SCHOOL SAFETY & SECURITY: Central office worked collaboratively with Police Chief Meehan and Sgt. Forgione on reviewing the 2019 Uniform State Memorandum of Agreement between Education and Law Enforcement Officials [MOA]. The MOA is a document developed by the Department of Law and Public Safety and the NJDOE to ensure cooperation and coordination between law enforcement and education officials.

COUNSELING: The Hazlet Township School Counseling Office will be participating in the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on Sunday, October 13th, joining a quarter of a million people from hundreds of cities across the country to raise awareness and funds that will save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. 

SPECIAL SERVICES: October is Learning Disabilities Awareness month during which the Department will create inclusive and accepting environments for all students. Look for the Twitter handle #HazletSEL for examples of meaningful social/emotional learning activities taking place throughout the district!

CURRICULUM: On October 14th, while students enjoy a day off from school, staff members will spend their day focusing on our three core initiatives of personalized learning, social-emotional learning and Future Ready. Numerous professional development opportunities presented by both in-district staff members and external organizations will provide meaningful, hands-on workshops to enhance and improve our classrooms. 

MATH: Math teachers, districtwide, have hit the ground running!  They have embraced the new enVision math program and continue to work collaboratively to facilitate rigorous lessons that emphasize problem solving.  The math teachers have also analyzed data from state assessments to inform instruction as well as to set personalized learning goals for their students.

SCIENCE: Students in grades K-4 are using the Engineering Design Process to solve problems. Sixth grade students are exploring the concepts of physical and chemical weathering through hands-on activities in the STEAM Lab. On October 4th, Sergeant First Class Daniel Soto, who has a background in Digital Forensics, will speak to the RHS’s Forensic Science Class about processing crime scenes.

ELA: This past summer, our rising grades 1-8 students participated in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, for which students read books of their choosing and recorded minutes read online.  Our students logged a total of 748,373 minutes of reading!  Hazlet continues to support student choice by expanding classroom libraries and incorporating independent reading into instruction.

ATHLETICS: Both Boys & Girls Soccer and Field Hockey have qualified for Shore Conference and NJSIAA State competition; Girls Tennis has qualified for NJSIAA States; Varsity football is currently 3-1 as the month begins and freshman football is unbeaten at 4-0; Varsity player Danny Fiore has been nominated for “Heart of a Giant Award,” sponsored by Hospital for Special Surgery.



Scott Ridley, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools



"To provide an optimal educational environment where all children can achieve their maximum potential."

Email Address: sridley@hazlet.org

Secretarial Information:
Denise Vurchio

732-264-8402 ext. 1101