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Mrs. Parisi, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs. Eng celebrate literacy week at Haledon Public School. 

Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik joins Haledon Public School to read to students! Thank you! 

Upcoming Events

HPS Board of Education Meeting
Date: 8/16/2016, 7 PM 8 PM
School Closed - Labor Day
Date: 9/5/2016, 9 AM 10 AM
Teachers First Day 12:30 Dismissal
Date: 9/6/2016, 9 AM 10 AM
Teachers In-Service
Date: 9/7/2016, 9 AM 10 AM
Students First Day of School
Date: 9/8/2016, 9 AM 10 AM
Mr. James Queli
Vice Principal of Student Affairs
Phone: 973-790-9000
Mrs. Jenn Rhome
Phone: 973-790-9000 x-233
Mrs. Monica Costello
Phone: 973-790-9000 x-218

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News & Announcements

Summer Lunch Program 2016

JUNE 27, 2016 – AUGUST 5, 2016


The Haledon Board of Education will offer free lunch to Haledon residents up to age 18. Interested community members may contact the Haledon Public Schools at 973-790-9000 to register. Children enrolled in our Summer Camp/Summer Academics will automatically be registered.

There will be one seating:
Seating 1 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For security purposes, seating may be limited.
Children will be seated on a first-come basis.

Safety Awareness Reminder

This is a reminder to speak with your children about safety rules when walking to and from school. Children should walk with others whenever possible, and should be aware of their surroundings at all times. Never talk to strangers or get into a vehicle with them, no matter what they say.

Yesterday after school, two HPS middle school students reported that a female and male couple attempted to lure them into a vehicle. The students did the right thing and reported the incident to an adult. Haledon police are aware of this and are making extra patrols in the area. Any unusual events should be reported immediately to the police.

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Superintendent Dr. Miguel Hernandez Ed.D

Dear Students, Teachers, Staff, and Community Members:
         As you may know, I have only been with the school district since March 1, 2016.  Since this time, I have found that the students and staff at Haledon Public School work hard each and every day.  I have visited many classrooms and observed a variety of wonderful things.  For instance, I have witnessed students who are consistently prepared for class, students assisting each other with coursework, and students engaged in meaningful instructional activities.  There are also many talented teachers who demonstrate evidence of careful instructional preparation to ensure that student learning objectives are achieved.  I continue to be honored and humbled to be the Superintendent here at Haledon Public School.

        On Monday, April 11, 2016, an unannounced visit was conducted with the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning.  As such, representation from the Haledon Police Department, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and members of the Haledon Public School District’s Leadership Team were brought together.  The purpose of the unannounced school visit was to provide technical assistance and to support the school’s leadership team regarding security preparedness efforts by sharing school safety best-practices.  During the visit the school conducted an active shooter drill and after assessing the drill the school leaders were provided with several options for improvement by the state officials. 

        At HPS, we take student safety very seriously.  We value the importance of safety drills and we encourage all parents/guardians to talk to their children about the importance of listening to the directions of their teachers, administrators, and safety officials.  We also ask that parents and community members support our efforts in helping our students recognize when they should share information with a trusted adult regarding a potentially dangerous situation.  We hope that we never have an incident of pronounced school violence within our school building.  Nonetheless, it is imperative that our students understand the seriousness of these drills and that ensuring student safety is our highest priority.

        Strong relationships in our homes, schools, and community are protective factors and are the foundational piece in everything we do.  Therefore, Haledon Public School will continue to focus on building, augmenting, and maintaining these positive relationships. 

        I thank you for your continued support of the school district. For more information concerning all HPS activities and programs please check the district website at or visit our social media pages at and


Miguel Hernandez, Ed.D.

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Principal Mr. Robert Parkes

Hello Haledon Public School Family,

The school year for 2015-2016 is well underway and the scholars are working hard.  I am looking forward to the endless possibilities that our scholars can achieve.  Our staff is poised and prepared to engage our scholars each time they walk through the door.

This year brings some new opportunities.  Our main goal for the school is to have our scholars reading on their grade level.  Therefore, we have two new Reading/Writing series.  Both series are Common Core aligned, research-based and will help our scholars on their way to a university.  The K-5 are using a program from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt called Journeys.  It is the most widely used program in the country.  Grades 6-8 are using a program named Code X from Scholastic.  This program challenges scholars to read, think, analyze, question, cite evidence, debate, and write every day.  Additionally, we have created a Literacy Department.  The Literacy Department is comprised of three Reading Coaches.  They will work with the scholars on a daily basis to help us reach our goal of reading on grade level. 

Over the summer a STEM lab was built.  This stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  We are the only country in the world in which it is acceptable to not be able to do math.  At Haledon Public School, we want to change that for our scholars.  Our scholars will have the opportunity in grades 5-8 to engage in STEM activities.  Some of the activities could include building bridges, planes, vehicles, Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) and engineering.  There are 3 million STEM positions in American companies that remain empty.  This is because there are not enough qualified candidates to fill the positions.  The US Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections for 2008-2018 indicate that there will be 269,000 STEM jobs in NJ. 

At home, we ask that our scholars read for at least 20 minutes per day and practice solving problems for math fluency.  Working together as a team with our staff and parents is very important to the success of our scholars.  Our scholars must understand that the word FAIL stands for First Attempt In Learning. As I stated when arrived in Haledon Public School last year, we will provide a great foundation for our scholars so that they may have a variety of scholarships to different universities that they choose.


Robert Parkes

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