October 17, 2014
Only Students that have received a Student of the Month
Award may dress down
|It is hard to believe that the first month of school is behind us! And while transition to every new school year can be anxiety-producing, our exemplary staff works hard every day to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment where every child can reach his/her fullest potential. With the passing of our opening weeks, the students’ (and staff’s) natural anxiety and nervousness have eased and I continue to rest assured that at Haledon Public School teaching and learning occur in an atmosphere of normalcy and calm.||
This year the Board of Education has set two goals for our district. One is to provide communication that is timely, responsive, and clear in order to increase the community’s understanding of our programs, activities, and initiatives. One venue to communicate with the public-at-large are updates on our website and via social media (on our Facebook and Twitter accounts). I encourage you to view these sites and contact the administrative team with any questions or suggestions.
The second goal is to improve our quality of instruction through quantifiable supervision. All of our supervisors and administrators have undergone training and job-embedded coaching on the Focal Point Principal Practice Evaluation System and the Danielson model. These trainings help ensure consistency and fidelity of our walkthroughs, observations, and evaluations. .
Let us have a great October, as this is a month filled with special days. In addition to Red Ribbon Week (10/23-31), we celebrate World Teacher Day (10/5), Child Health Day (10/6), Columbus Day (10/13), United Nations Day (10/24), the Dedication of the Statue of Liberty (10/28), and Halloween (10/31), just to name a few.
As I mentioned in my first posting, striving for excellence has been, and will continue to be, our goal. As your educational leader I will work hard to develop a solid base upon which our students will continue to grow and improve throughout their lives.
HALEDON PUBLIC SCHOOL
CHANGE IN DISMISSAL PICK-UP
FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILDREN
PRE-K THROUGH GRADE 4
Beginning immediately, when picking up your child after school, please stay behind the cones that line the blacktop. Your child’s teacher will still be dismissing from the star/letter assigned. Wait until your child’s teacher releases him/her to you.
Pre-K parents may still pick up your children at their usual dismissal location.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Dear Parent or Guardian:
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Haledon Public School for the 2014-2015 school year. Here is a little about me and my background: I am in my fifteenth year as an educator, with a specific concentration in mathematics and literacy development. My most recent administrative experience has been as a Middle School Principal in New York City. Prior to my experience as a Principal, I was an Assistant Principal and a Math Teacher. I am originally from Buffalo, New York. I am married and have two sons, who are ten and eight years old. I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to Haledon and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.
Along with staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Haledon by building strong relationships with parents, students, staff, and community partners. We will focus on 21st Century skills, fostering a nurturing safe environment for our scholars, use of data to inform instruction, Gradual Release of Responsibility (focused lesson, guided instruction, collaborative learning and independent tasks), learning to a mastery level and providing exciting, challenging enrichment opportunities for all students. Each decision made will be the best decision for the scholars.
I anticipate a most successful year as my team and I support the academic, social, and emotional growth of your scholar here at Haledon Public School.
During the course of the year, it is my hope that we will work together to provide the scholars of Haledon the best possible opportunities in preparing them to be world class citizens ready to master the challenges of the 21st Century with a solid foundation created here at our school. As Principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to call and make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this the best year yet!
As a reminder, the first day of school is Wednesday, September 3, 2014. I look forward to working with you and your scholar.
Mr. Robert Parkes