Dear Parents and Community Members,
With the summer coming to a close and as we begin to look forward to another great school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the community for your continued commitment and much appreciated support. I truly believe our students’ successes, in addition to their own exemplary efforts, are directly attributed to the support of our parents, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, and community. By effectively collaborating and working together, establishing a shared vision for our students, we are able to provide opportunities for them to achieve their dreams and thereby continue the legacy of Haddonfield School District’s high-level of Academic Educational Excellence in which we are one of the top school districts in the state, region, and nation. In regard to our extra-curricular activities, the performing arts, including the drama club, marching band, Madrigals, orchestra, and choir along with fall, winter, and spring athletics, we continue to be the best in every competitive setting, recognition of achievement, and award.
This upcoming 2017-2018 school-year will include many new district-wide initiatives and programs that will focus on student-centered instructional strategies, involving, for example, Divergent and Critical Thinking Approaches, Innovation, Creativity, and Problem-Solving Strategies, in addition to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programs and student-driven, collaborative activities. Robotics will be one of the new initiatives at all the schools. Diversity, School Climate, and Culture will, in addition, be primary areas of focus, involving professional development for teachers and programs for students. New courses at the high school include AP Latin, Show Choir (increasing the number of Fine Art electives) and Lab Tech and American Sign Language Student Internship opportunities. There have been, also, revisions to Science (Next Generation Science Standards) and Chemistry Curricula, Mathematics Curricular Updates/Re-alignment, English Curricular Updates, and World Language Updates/Revisions in all levels of Spanish. At the Middle School, Science Courses are being aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards in terms of integrating Problem-Solving Skills and Authentic Learning Experiences that foster a student-centered instructional approach. The HMS Community will, also, embark on a Middle School Self-Study in which staff and community members will evaluate each area of the Middle School Community in order to ultimately improve programs. At the Elementary Schools, One Elementary School One Book will begin in early 2018, the Ambassador Dog Program and Tri-State Response Team will be high-lighted, Robotics Club Grades 1-3, STEM Club Grades 4-5, and other initiatives and programs will be implemented.
We have two new dynamic administrators at the high school and middle school. Ms. Tracy Matozzo (formerly the Dean of Students at the high school) has been appointed to the Middle School Principalship and Ms. Tammy McHale has become the new Dean of Students at HMHS. Ms. Matozzo did an outstanding job as an administrator at the high school, for several years, and we look forward to great things happening at the Middle School under her strong leadership. Ms. McHale, previously the Special Education Director at Clearview School District, also, comes highly recommended and has a record of being a well-respected and strong educational leader. In regard to the construction initiatives and the school district’s bond referendum, it has been a very productive and successful summer with much being accomplished in order to maintain and renew our school buildings for future generations.
Please be advised that the first day back for students will be on Monday, September 11th. This will be a half-day for students. Tuesday, September 12th through Friday, September 15th will be full-days for students.
In closing, I hope that everyone has a successful and memorable school-year. I truly appreciate everything that you do to support Haddonfield School District.
Dr. Richard P. Perry
Haddonfield Superintendent of Schools
One Lincoln Avenue, Haddonfield NJ 08033
856-429-4130 Ext. 201