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Superintendent

Dr. Scott Ridley

Dr. Scott Ridley
Superintendent

sridley@hazlet.org

January 2020

Happy New Year Hazlet Community:

I hope all of our families enjoyed a healthy and fun-filled holiday and that everyone is ready to approach the new decade with resolutions intact. The school district is excited to be back in business and the following entries will showcase the reasons why—

AROUND THE DISTRICT . . .

CURRICULUM: The Curriculum Office is preparing for another informative professional development day on January 20th.  Staff and administrators, along with additional outside vendors, will be presenting on our tripod of initiatives. We anticipate a full day of teaching and learning.

SCIENCE: The science department concluded 2019 with an increased awareness of fostering inquiry-based learning in the classroom.  Our science educators are energized and eager to meet the needs of our students by collaborating with peers and by continuing to seek-out innovative instructional approaches.

MATH: Math educators closed 2019 with an increased awareness of the importance of engaging active learners in the classroom.  They are energized and ready to meet the needs of 21st century students in the New Year.  Through additional learning opportunities, collaboration, and some healthy risk-taking, math teachers are committed to bringing their instruction to a new level.  

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS: Moving into the new year, students are honing their reading and writing skills, exploring fiction and nonfiction genres. Teachers continue to use assessment data to plan instruction and to personalize learning. The January 20th district in-service day will offer opportunities for ELA teachers to collaborate, share, and expand their understanding of topics such as vocabulary instruction, digital resources, and social-emotional learning.

COUNSELING: In the months ahead, the District Counseling staff will be scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year. Teachers, administrators and counselors will be meeting with students and families to discuss current academic progress and placements for next year. Much planning awaits but we look forward to continued partnerships in helping students achieve their best academically, socially and emotionally for this year as well the future to come.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The department of special services is looking forward to the upcoming professional development day in January, an ideal opportunity for all of our special educators, Child Study Team members, and related service providers to collaborate and learn together. This treasured time allows us to ensure consistency and continuity as we strive to meet the needs of our students.

ATHLETICS:

Band Director, Mr. Lahaye, has received his new sound equipment via his $15,000 grant. 

Our Girls Basketball team was a finalist in the New Egypt Holiday Tournament.

Our Heroes and Cool Kids program will focus on high school students presenting an anti-drug and alcohol message to 5th graders as school resumes.

AND IN THE SCHOOLS . . .

SDECLC will host a Family Literacy Series this month that brings Future Ready Schools into our students' homes.  Parents will learn how to support their children's acquisition of literacy skills by attending "make and take" workshops to develop a tool box of reading strategies.  

LDS is looking forward to celebrating our tripod of initiatives in the new year by 1) Assessing our students' Personalized Learning goals at our mid-year January checkup, 2)  Celebrating inclusiveness and the promotion of a positive social-emotional learning environment through our 2nd  "Say Hello" Day in January, and 3) Using student collaboration and Future Ready learning practices to prepare for the upcoming Science Fair in early March.   

RVS invites its families to participate in Social Emotional Learning during the month of January by offering Family Activity Night, facilitated by RVS physical education teacher Miss Reilly, and Family Bingo, sponsored by our PTO. 

MRS students will be revisiting the goals they set for themselves in September as 2020 takes flight. Students will assess what they have accomplished thus far and what they still need to pursue in order to reach their goals.  

BSS: The future is KIND at Beers Street School! This month students will participate in the Great Kindness Challenge. Activities are designed to foster new connections between students and create an atmosphere of compassion and caring. The future is also BRIGHT because the stars come out to shine on January 22nd. Members of the drama club will put on a production of “Twas the Week After Christmas” with musical numbers that are sure to delight. 

CRS is excited to begin the next decade with promise and anticipation. We are focusing on diving deeper into the data to improve test scores with the collaboration of district supervisors and staff. CRS will continue to develop our Social Emotional Learning initiative with additional programs in the near future.

HMS will kick off 2020 with a continued focus on social-emotional learning. On January 16th, grades K-8 school counselors will host a Mindfulness Night for parents and guardians in the Hub at HMS, to introduce families to the mindfulness strategies being implemented in our schools. Additionally, the HMS Peer Leaders are planning for their February "Commit to Kind" campaign throughout Hazlet. This year, they will be joined by students from Mr. DeSevo's classes at Beers Street School as they visit local businesses and ask for their pledge to stand up to bullying and support inclusion in our community!

RHS is looking forward to continuing to support its flourishing academic programs in 2020. Dr. Repollet, NJ Commissioner of Education, visited RHS in late December and was very much impressed with the academic course offerings that focused on Personalized Learning and our District Future Ready Initiatives. Please visit RHS website to view the entertaining video highlighting the Commissioner’s recent visit to RHS. https://www.hazlet.org/1/home

 

Sincerely,
 

Scott Ridley, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

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

Email Address: sridley@hazlet.org

Secretarial Information:
Denise Vurchio
dvurchio@hazlet.org

732-264-8402 ext. 1101