Mount Laurel Hartford School

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397 Hartford Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054  |  P: 856-231-5899  |  F: 856-222-1221

Welcome to Hartford School!

Mr. Marques Stanard
Principal

The Mount Laurel Hartford School is home to approximately 980 students in Grades 5 and 6, and 125 staff members, each school day. Daily instruction in the curriculum areas is enhanced at Hartford School through special curricular projects conducted at both the fifth and sixth-grade levels during the course of the school year. Students increase academic skills through participation in curriculum-related clubs such as the Technology Club, and the Homework Clubs.

Teachers who helped plan the educational program for our school remain committed to guiding our student body towards the attainment of high educational goals. The Mount Laurel Hartford School benefits greatly from the network of support built and consistently maintained by parents and community members. Our Parent-Teacher Organization has assisted with many school projects, and its members give generously of their time through volunteer efforts.


A Letter To The Community From The Board of Education

July 29, 2015
 
Dear Parents and Community Members:
 
By now, you may be aware that Mount Laurel Superintendent of Schools Dr. Antoinette Rath has submitted her intention to retire as of September 1, 2015. I want to assure you that the board of education is acting expeditiously in providing district leadership prior to the start of the new school year.
 
At our July 28 regular meeting, board members accepted Dr. Rath’s letter of retirement with regret and appointed Assistant Superintendent Dr. Sharon Vitella as Interim Superintendent of the Mount Laurel Schools until such time as a permanent superintendent is in place. Dr. Vitella holds a Doctorate Degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Master of Science from Gwynedd-Mercy College. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree from The College of New Jersey, and has extensive experience in professional and curriculum development. Dr. Vitella has served the district since 2007, and will continue to oversee Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment as Interim Superintendent.
 
The board also voted at the July meeting to retain the services of the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) in conducting a comprehensive Superintendent Search. This process will include community input. Please know that we will keep you posted via our district website and other communication methods as we move forward. Our superintendent’s role is critically important in guiding the education of all Mount Laurel children. We will remain diligent in our search for the candidate who best meets the needs of our community with your input and assistance.
 
Sincerely,
 
Maureen Sojka, Mount Laurel Board of Education President
Marc Jones, Board Vice President

2015-2016 School Supply Lists for Hartford School

Register New Students Early For Next Year - Forms Now Online!

Don’t wait until the end of summer to register new students! Classes are formed and bus routes developed throughout the summer. Late registrations impact class sizes and may result in transportation delays for your child.

So, if you are new to the area, or are registering a new student for the first time in Mount Laurel, please do so as soon as possible. Our Central Registration Office is open this summer at the Margaret L. Haynes Center at 354 Mount Laurel Road every Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
That office will be open until September 10, at which time registration will return to the individual school offices. Please note that transportation services will be delayed by two days for any student registered on September 3 or later.
 
Here is where you will find more information on what you will need at Registration, including forms you can print-out and complete in advance.

Please Check Your Child's Immunization Records

This letter was sent out to some 300 Hartford parents via School Messenger on June 19 whose children's medical records indicate missing vaccinations. Please read the letter and check to make sure your child has these vaccines and that proof has been provided to the school nurse's office.

If it's Summer, it must be time for Summer Reading Lists!

Mount Laurel's Summer Reading Program includes suggested books for students in Grade 1-7. Students are encouraged to create a log of books read for discussion in class in the Fall. Please recognize that your child may select a book that is not on the suggested list that fits his or her individual interests and reading level. Should you have questions about the Summer Reading Program, please contact your school office, which will be open throughout the summer. The following letter to parents details the program by grade level. The suggested list is also linked below.
 

Information About Summer Meals For Kids

If you are a Mount Laurel student who was eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch Services this school year, check out this information on where meals are available in our area through the Unites States Department of Agriculture this summer!

All Parents: Important Notice About Placement Notices

"We're away and can't get to the mail ... Can you tell me my child's teacher?"
"The mail has been running late in our area and everyone else has their assignment letter. Can you give me the information by phone?"
"It's really sort of crazy in this day and age to have to wait for a letter to arrive ..."
 
Each August, our phones ring steadily with comments like those above. And we get it. There's really no reason we should not begin the process of class assignment notification via e-mail. That is, unless you have not supplied us with a working e-mail for each of your children. Or, obviously if you have no access to Internet or e-mail.
 
So, this year, all class assignment letters will come to you by e-mail.
 
Here's the schedule:
  • Harrington House Announcement e-mail will be sent on August 17. New students: watch for this because you will need it to know which Orientation session to attend on August 26
  • Hartford Team Assignment e-mail will be sent on August 24. Fifth-Graders: You'll need this to know which Hartford Hello Day session to attend on September 1.
  • All Elementary e-mails will be sent on August 28.

Please use this form to supply us with a primary and secondary e-mail address, if you do not have a valid one on file with us now.

If you have no access to Internet or e-mail, please notify your school office that you must continue to receive assignment letters by mail.
 

Summer Technology/STEM Courses Offered

Looking for a fun new skill to learn? Click here for the one-week courses offered this summer by Mount Laurel Community Education. Classes will be taught in the Hartford STEM lab to maximize student learning and enjoyment!

Parents: Important Changes in Sports Physical Requirements. Please Read If Your Child Will Participate in Fall Sports!
The laws governing sports physicals have changed at the state level and are extremely stringent. All sports physical forms must now undergo an additional level of review by our district physician. Implementation of these laws may actually preclude some students from participating if guidelines are not followed. 
 
Here are three very important factors to consider this year:
 
1.) Sports physicals will not be offered in our schools this summer. These physicals must be completed either by your family physician, or at the medical facility of your choice. Some suggested facilities are listed below.
 
2.) The deadline for submission of sports physicals is August 14 for any student planning on trying out for Fall Interscholastic Sports. Physicals submitted in September will not be processed in time for the fall sports season.
 
3.) Parents should be aware that sports physicals submitted will only be accepted if the examining doctor has signed the statement that he/she has completed the required professional development module on cardiac assessment. We are required to return any physical paperwork to the parent/student if this statement is not signed by the doctor.
 
Find more information and the complete Grade 5-8 Physical and Athletic Form Packet at this link.

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Parents: Important Information regarding morning student drop-off and bus transportation.

  Students are expected to travel to and from school on their assigned bus. If you choose to drive your child to school, please do so after 7:45 a.m. as supervision is not available until that time. 
If your child wishes to go to another student’s home, please make arrangements to transport your child after school hours. The district’s responsibility is to transport students to and from their home. Please do not request your child ride a different bus. If an emergency arises, you may make an emergency request in writing to the principal the morning of. Approval is contingent on space on the requested bus. The note should include the date and reason, and parent signature. We also require a note from the adult whose home your child is being transported.

Events Calendar

Looking ahead.....Hello Day for Incoming 5th-Grade Students has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 1st.  Please stay tuned for more information! 
 
Have a safe and happy summer!

August 25
Board of Education
Regular Meeting, 7:30 p.m.  
 
September 1
Hello Day for Incoming 5th-Graders
Hartford School
 
September 7
Labor Day
Schools Closed
 
September 8
First Day of Classes
Grades 1-8
 
September 14
Rosh Hashanah
Schools Closed
 
September 15
Board of Education
Work Session, 7:30 p.m.
 
September 22
Board of Education
Regular Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
 
September 23
Yom Kippur
Schools Closed
 
September 29
Back to School Night
Hartford School, 5th-Grade
 
September 30
Back to School Night
Hartford School, 6th-Grade
 
 
Parents: Looking for a program to keep your children safe while surfing the Internet? The program we use here in school is now available to you at home.
Here's more information.

School Performance 2013-2014

How May We Help You?

Just looking for a quick and basic guide to specific information about our schools? The links below will provide you with the basics on the topics listed. Don't see something you wish was here? Just yell! We'll get it up right away for you.

Registering Your Child
Contact Information

Anti-Bullying

Explanation of the Self-Assessment Report

District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Kelly Neiman
Mount Laurel Hartford School
397 Hartford Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Telephone - 856-231-5899



Visit School Nurse Lisa Doulong's webpage for valuable health information, the forms you need and so much more!

Student & Parent Info

School Hours:
8 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Early dismissal: 12:10 p.m.

Hartford School's Anti-Bullying Specialists are MaryBeth Perella and Marc Cianfrani,
397 Hartford Road, 856-231-5899

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