Welcome to the 2015 - 2016 School Year!
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,
With summer coming to a close, another exciting and new school year is
approaching. Welcome back! I hope everyone used their summer not only
for rest and relaxation, but also for some reflection. The summer is a great
time to reflect upon ways to improve, attain old goals, and establish new goals.
We, as an administrative unit, have been diligently working towards meeting
our current goals, and even setting new goals toward the betterment of our
This summer, we completed two very in-depth projects within one of our
academic facilities, specifically at Hatchery Hill. We completed the
surveillance installment (and interrelated abatement project), which
concludes our surveillance and security project throughout the district. We
are happy to announce the close of the security and surveillance projects.
As community members expressed safety and security concerns, the Board
of Education, with a commitment to its community, residents, and students,
efficiently moved towards addressing those concerns.
Hackettstown Public Schools is moving in the direction of improvement,
and we have set new goals for ourselves for the upcoming 2015-2016 school
year. At the high school and middle schools levels, we have increased
Honors/AP courses. At Hackettstown High School, we are currently offering
an AP Level course for Language Composition(grades 11 and 12), and at
Hackettstown Middle School, we are currently offering Honor level Language
Arts and Science classes. This offers our student body more options
academically, especially students who plan on attending a college/university.
During the Strategic Planning process in 2013, our community members
expressed a concern in an area in need of improvement relative to our
culturally diverse community. In recognizing an ever-changing global,
multicultural society, the district is going into its second year of offering
evening courses, such as GED(General Education Diploma or High School
Equivalency), ESL(English as a Second Language), and other vocation
services at Hackettstown High School offered by Essex Regional Services
Today, one of the positive ways technology is used is for connecting with
family, friends, and peers, they have lost touch with. It is important for
Hackettstown residents/alumni to be able to communicate and be
remembered. We have created an Alumni Association, a Military Wall of
Honor, and a Friends of Hackettstown quick links on our district website,
. This is just another resource to stay as a closeknit
community and be able to communicate using technology.
Just a reminder to parents who have joined us in previous years and to
new parents who would like to attend this year, the district will continue to
conduct Principal Forums in the months of October, January, and April.
These forums have proved fruitful in clearly communicating building level
goals and implementation of district initiatives. As always, Central Office and
the Board of Education remain committed to a high level of transparency, so I
strongly urge you to attend these forums as another opportunity of interactive
engagement with our district administration.
As I have said before, communication and parental involvement is the
most crucial aspect to your child’s success. We encourage you to be active
participants in enhancing your child’s performance to their maximum
David C. Mango
David C. Mango
Superintendent of Schools
Hackettstown School District