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Upcoming Events

BOE Meeting
Date: 12/1/2015, 7 PM 9 PM
Location: HPS Library
BOE Meeting
Date: 12/8/2015, 7 PM 9 PM
Location: HPS Library
Marking Period 2 Interim
Date: 12/17/2015
12:30 Dismissal
Date: 12/23/2015
School Closed (Winter Recess)
Date: 12/24/2015
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

News & Announcements

DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Information

The DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) grade is listed separately for the first time. This shows your child’s effort on reading books at their reading level (not grade level). A low grade means they did not do the work. If you have any questions, please call me. For grades 6-8, the teachers name listed only supervises the class and does not assign the grade.

Thank you,

Rob Parkes


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Superintendent M. A. Wanko, Ph.D.

Message from the Superintendent
     November is derived from the Latin word “novem” which means nine. It was once the ninth month in the Roman calendar.  When we think of November, we often think of political elections, the baseball world series, and, of course, turkey.   November holds many important dates such as Election Day (11/3), Veterans Day (11/11) and Thanksgiving (11/26).  Additionally, November is a month that hosts Book Lovers Day (11/7), United States Marine Corps Day (11/10), Philanthropy Day (11/15), The Great American Smoke-Out (11/19) and Black Friday (11/27).   Furthermore, there have been many events of great historical importance that took place in this month.  On November 6, 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th president of the United States. On November 13, 1927 the Holland Tunnel became the first underwater tunnel built in the United States, and on November 13, 1956 the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public buses was an illegal practice. Let’s take a look at some of the great events that are taking place at Manchester this month. 

November at Haledon

Of special note is our early dismissal at 12:30 on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th as parent conferences will take place starting at 1:15.  These are individual parent conferences that have to be scheduled prior.

Professional Development

The New Jersey Education Association will host their annual teacher’s convention in Atlantic City on November 5th and 6th.  At the convention teachers can attend workshops that will focus on ways in which they can hone their craft so that they can provide a stalwart educational service to their students.  Educational researchers Dana Goldstein and Jose Luis Vilson will serve as the keynote speakers and the exhibit “High Tech Hall” will serve as a venue for teachers to acclimate themselves with the tools that are being used by educators across the country as we rapidly shift towards our 21st century education initiatives.  School will not be in session on these dates.

Winter Athletics

The N.J.S.I.A.A., the governing body for New Jersey interscholastic athletics, has announced that November 23rd is the first day that winter athletic practices can begin.  The Haledon girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will look to improve on last season’s efforts.  With the loss of some key 8th grade players from last year’s teams, the remaining players will be need to step up and lead the Wildcats. 

Thanksgiving Break

School will not be in session on November 26th and 27th as our Wildcat community will be honoring all that they have to be grateful for during the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Dates to remember for November

November 2nd to the 4th- 12:30 early dismissal days and staff professional development

November 9th- end of marking period 1

November 16th- report cards go home

November 17th- BOE meeting

November 18th- PTA meeting

November 23rd to the 24th- parent conferences and 12:30 dismissal

November 25th- 12:30 dismissal

November 26th to the 27th- school closed for Thanksgiving


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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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