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Board of Education meeting
Date: 8/21/2018, 7 PM 8 PM
First day for Staff
Date: 9/4/2018
PreK- Grade 4 Meet the Teacher Night
Date: 9/5/2018, 6 PM 8 PM
First Day for Students
Date: 9/6/2018
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 9/11/2018, 7 PM 8 PM
Mr. James Queli
Vice Principal of Student Affairs
Phone: 973-790-9000
Ms. Christine Villaruz
Phone: 973-790-9000 x1234
Mrs. Monica Costello
Phone: 973-790-9000 x1218
Harrassment Policy School HIB Grade

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News & Announcements

Meet the Teacher Night for Preschool - Grade 4

We are excited to invite parents of students in Preschool - Grade 4 to "Meet the Teacher Night" at Haledon Public School on Wednesday, September 5 from 6-8 p.m. This is the night before school opens, and parents and their children are welcome to come get their first look at the classrooms and say hello to their new teachers!
Back to School Night for Grades 5-8 will be on Thursday, September 27, from 6-8 p.m.

Summer Theatre Camp

Where: Manchester Regional High School
When: June 25th – July 13th
Hours: (9am – 3pm) Monday –Friday/lunch will be provided
For: Students who have completed 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades.

Scholarships are now available for our Summer Theatre Camp Program!! Even if you’ve already paid, you may still be eligible. Students interested in applying should submit a one- page essay explaining why they are interested in the program and how they think they can benefit from the experience. All entries will be read and the top four will be awarded a scholarship. All entries must be received by June 10th.

Email your entry to with the subject Summer Theatre Camp. Please include student and parent(s)/guardian(s) full names, phone number(s) and which middle school the student currently attends.

Mrs. Miller's Class Says "Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss"

Mrs. Miller's Second Grade class has a love of reading! To celebrate Read Across America Week we read the story Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. We discussed the story and talked about foods we do not enjoy, but would be willing to try! We then tried to think and write like Dr. Seuss and used rhyme and silly sounds to make our own versions. We hope you enjoy them!

Solar Dashboard

Check out the HPS solar dashboard where you can view statistics on the recently completed solar project here. Click above link.

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Superintendent Dr. Miguel Hernandez Ed.D

Happy Spring!  I hope the inclement weather days are well behind us.  We have experienced some bizarre weather this past winter, from the freezing temperatures to the numerous snow storms.  I guess the groundhog was correct in predicting six more weeks of winter!
Nonetheless, Springtime is here.  April/May begins our annual state assessments for students in grades 3 – 8. We ask that you encourage your child to perform his/her best.  Your support of providing positive encouragement, a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast go a long way in helping your child to perform at his/her very best. 
In response to concerned students and parents following the recent school violence, I want to give you an overview of safety practices and measures that are carried out at HPS to ensure a safe and secure building.
At our main entrance a security guard is trained to check in visitors on a specific system that runs driver’s licenses through a background check before they are allowed to enter the building.  All visitors are given a paper name tag with their pictures on it. All doors are locked and secured and students and staff are taught not to answer the doors for visitors.
HPS has many security cameras positioned inside and outside of the school building and administrators have the ability to check the cameras at any time.  Staff and students are mandated by state statue to participate in bi-monthly drills to prepare for all scenarios in the school.  We also work closely with the Haledon Police Department to ensure we are following the best safety protocols to keep our students and staff safe.
In the addition to the aforementioned, HPS is pleased to announce the introduction of a pilot program, Report It, a free smartphone-anonymous reporting platform app that is all about helping to make our school community safer by allowing students and their families to share information anonymously and confidentially with school officials.  By connecting students and their families directly to myself and other administrators, Report It provides an easy to use, anonymous and confidential tool that will help us work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff. 
From any smartphone, users simply go to to download the app. The users answer a few simple questions and provide information as to the nature of their concern. Users can also attach a picture or video. The information provided and the incident Geo-Location data is sent directly to the appropriate school personnel for review.
I thank you for your continued support of the school district. For more information concerning all Haledon Public School activities and programs, please check the district website at or visit our social media page at
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Principal Mr. Christopher Wacha

 Principal's Welcome Message
     Dear Haledon Parents and Community Stakeholders,
     My name is Christopher Wacha, and I am extremely excited to have been entrusted with the opportunity to serve the students of Haledon as the principal of the Haledon Public School.  The children of Haledon are undoubtedly the town's most valuable resource, and I am looking forward to working with a talented staff of teachers and school support staff to provide our students with an excellent educational experience.  Student advancement and achievement, whether it be academic, artistic, social, behavioral, or athletic, will always be the top priority of this school district.
       I am certainly not a stranger to the Haledon Public School, the children of Haledon, or the township of Haledon due to my past educational positions.  I served as an English teacher, athletic coach, and SAT instructor at the Passaic County Technical Institute for over a decade. Next, I spent four amazing years serving many Haledon students as the Assistant Principal, English Supervisor and Federal Programs Administrator at Manchester Regional High School. These experiences have granted me with a keen understanding of this town, these children, and the educational needs of said children.  
     I am eager to meet all of the children and young adults that will attend Haledon Public School this September.  I will seek to continue, develop, and buttress a culture that prioritizes student achievement, collaboration, strategic planning, clear communication, and logical data-driven decision making.  I  am looking forward to this amazing upcoming school year and towards many amazing school years to come.
     Go Wildcats!
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House of Franklin  61,575
House of DaVinci  50,430
House of Pythagoras  51,470
House of Poe  53,680
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