Hackettstown Schools Off To Strong Start This Year

By Maryanne Cdristiano-Mistretta

The school year is in full swing for the Hackettstown district.
Superintendent of Schools David C. Mango says that the district will continue forward with its commitment of its success of all students, preparing for an array of positive educational experiences for the coming 2016-2017 school year.
The district embarked on the completion of several construction enhancement projects. Willow Grove School received a new roof while Hatchery Hill School had a compete electrical upgrade and conversion of space for classroom and program modification.
In addition, the district security initiatives moved forward with the vestibule installation at both Willow Grove and Hatchery Hill schools, which will further assist building security as it is also one of the final elements to the district’s strategic plan.
According to Mango, they are also going to repave the parking lot, update the bathrooms, and place HVAC units in the auditorium.
“That would be a good way to create revenue for renting the auditorium on weekends,” said Mango.
There are also plans for complete renovation of the high school media center.
The best part about all these projects, is that all monies are available according to Mango.
“The upgrade of the high school is money we already have,” he said.
In addition to facility upgrades, the district had created new two-year district goals per building. The goals and progress made at achieving these goals will be presented at Back to School Night and updated a Principal Forums. Times and locations for Principal Forums can be checked at district and school websites.
At Willow Grove School, S.T.E.M. programs have been enhanced, offering opportunities to explore, create, design, collaborate, and fail in a safe environment to develop their skills in creativity, problem-solving, perseverance and cooperation.
This year, students at the middle school will be required to wear student IDs in order to promote security as well as to facilitate lunch lines and other logistical matters. This procedure will build upon the high school’s initiative of student IDs and will help prepare students for this next step in their education.
Looking ahead, Mango also shared plans for 2017 and 2018.
He said, “Our two directors of Special Education, and Curriculum and Instruction, are looking at a two-year goal to create a twilight program.”
A twilight program is a high school program where students, for whatever reason, cannot attend school during the traditional school day. On a flex schedule a student can earn credits for a high school diploma – not a GED.
“If we can, we’d be the only school in the country that has this program,” said Mango.
Mango looks forward to partnering with all constituents of the school communities in achieving district goals while embarking on the upcoming journey of the 2016-2017 school year.
“There’s a lot happening; it’s all good stuff.”
For more information visit: https://hackettstown.org/.

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