Superintendent

Dr. Scott Ridley

Dr. Scott Ridley
Superintendent

sridley@hazlet.org

February 2020

FEBRUARY 2020 COMMUNITY LETTER

Happy February Hazlet families. With the holidays behind us, the new decade in full swing, and spring still off in the distance—here is an overview of goings-on in the District:

IN THE SCHOOLS:

SDECLC: Throughout January, staff and the PTO collaborated with children to help their animal friends at the Monmouth County SPCA by providing food, water, shelter, and love. Families can donate old, used, but CLEAN blankets, pillowcases, towels, and any NEW animal toy or food item to the front lobby at Sycamore Drive and they will be forwarded to the SPCA.

LDS: Students have been working diligently to meet their self-selected and personalized learning goals created in September.  As midyear nears, they will be conferencing with teachers to measure their progress and to adjust their plan as necessary to stay on track for achievement. Students are beginning to understand the life-long values of setting a goal, creating a strategy for success, and staying the course through hard work and commitment!

MRS's Green Team kicked off the journey to Silver certification for Sustainable Schools NJ.  In honor of the kickoff, Mrs. Grabowski's class harvested dill from their hydroponics tower and made pickles! The class is eagerly awaiting the final product. 

RVS held its annual Soup-er bowl food drive.  Students brought in donations following the AFC and NFC championship games to support their Superbowl favorite.  Appropriately, the Chiefs emerged as a slight favor in the number of cans collected.  All donations will go to the St. Benedict’s food pantry. 

BSS will hold its February spelling bee finals. Additionally, students, as well as teachers, will show off their skills at the annual talent show. All students will participate in the Kids Heart Challenge during Physical Education classes. This program emphasizes the importance of developing heart-healthy habits. Students compete in cardio-challenges while raising funds for children with heart conditions. 

CRS: Students in Mr. Payton's Language Arts classes have substantially improved their reading and writing levels on the IXL platform this year.  Since September, they've raised their scores a total of 12,445 points for an average increase of 346 points per student.  This notable increase also represents a 26% improvement from the baseline scores established back in September.

HMS: February is focused on kindness! The new class of the National Junior Honor Society will be inducted and they will launch a tutoring program to support their peers during learning labs. When Random Acts of Kindness Week arrives, middle schoolers will be encouraged to commit and share acts of kindness throughout the school. Students will participate in a variety of activities led by our school counseling team, and our Peer Leaders will continue the #Commit2Kind initiative by spreading "Bullying Stops Here" signs to local organizations and businesses throughout Hazlet. 

RHS: The owner of Exxon Mobile on Route 35 in Hazlet presented Raritan High School with a $500 grant. The Exxon Mobile Educational Alliance grant will be used in the area of professional development for staff on one of the district’s "Tripod of Initiatives.” Social Emotional Learning is one of the district’s priorities and RHS will continue to develop and integrate approaches for implementing wellness for our student body. 

AROUND THE DISTRICT:

CURRICULUM: The Curriculum Office is excited to offer a Family Workshop Series to parents and relatives with students in grades 1-6.  Future Ready Family Zone is a series of student-centered workshops during which families will participate in hands-on activities, including problem solving, creativity, and teamwork.  The registration form for the 2019/2020 Future Ready Family Zone can be found in your school’s e-backpack.  Registration closes on Monday, February 10th.

MATH: We are talking math!  Curriculum administrators, teachers, PTO parents, and a board member met for the first time as a math committee to discuss the evolution of the mathematics curriculum and instruction and its impact on student learning. Promoting and engaging in math talk in the community and in the classroom can only do one thing: increase math achievement!

COUNSELING: National School Counseling Week 2020, "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans," will be celebrated February 3-7 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact counselors can have in helping students achieve success and plan for a career. Please take time to thank your school counselor today!

ELA: On February 5th and 6th, ninth grade English classes at RHS will take part in the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey's Speak the Speech student workshops. Performers from the theater company will lead our freshmen in an interactive experience to introduce the students to the language of Romeo and Juliet.   

SCIENCE: RVS students are exploring the variables that affect the motion of pendulums. Students at HMS are studying how Nitrogen, Water and Carbon cycles interact with one another.  Seventy-three percent of the students in RHS’s Academy of Health Careers Nutrition course successfully passed the Rutgers standardized end-of-course exam and earned three college credits from Rutgers University.

BUSINESS OFFICE: The Board of Education approved a $1,521,774 contract to complete paving and site work at RVS, LDS, BSS and CRS. This will conclude the December 2016 Bond Referendum.  The District was also notified we will be receiving a $158,000 grant for security upgrades and the Administration is currently planning these improvements to be completed in the summer of 2021.

ATHLETICS:

  • Katherine Koestler was selected to represent Hazlet at the Monmouth University Women’s Leadership Luncheon.  She is the swim team captain and currently ranked #1 in the Class of 2020.
  • Several Indoor Track athletes placed First in the Monmouth County Championships and will compete in the Shore Conference Championships in Toms River.
  • Five swimmers qualified to compete in the Shore Conference Championships at Rutgers University.
  • Our Ice Hockey team recently defeated Mahwah, #8 in the state! Goals were scored by Christian Ladzinski, DJ Clements, Nicky Ochlan, Andrew Kutzman and senior captain Joe Barone who recorded his 100th point, a milestone!
  • Registration for Spring Athletics is currently open for both RHS and HMS; links are located on the main page at www.hazlet.org.

 

Sincerely,
 

Scott Ridley, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

"To provide an optimal educational environment where all children can achieve their maximum potential."

Email Address: sridley@hazlet.org

Secretarial Information:
Denise Vurchio
dvurchio@hazlet.org

732-264-8402 ext. 1101