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
The Mount Laurel Hartford School is home to approximately 940 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 Math Tutoring Club and the Homework Clubs.
Teachers who helped plan the educational program for our school rem.ain 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, helping to fund many of our after school clubs, and  their members give generously of their time through volunteer effort.

A Thanksgiving Message from Superintendent George J. Rafferty

First Marking Period Report Cards

5th-Grade Students Complete Pointillism Project to Learn Science

Mr. Newman’s 5th grade science classes needed to develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.  So Mr. Newman teamed up with Hartford’s art teacher, Miss Richards, and developed an art project using Pointillism to get the “point” across.  Pointillism is a technique using small, distinct dots of color applied in a pattern to form an image.  From far away it appears as if the image has been painted with a continuous brush stroke, but up close it is clear that it is actually composed of a great number of individual dots, similar to an atom being made up of small particles to form something larger.
Three 90-Minute Meetings.
All Voices Will Be Heard.
All Children Will Benefit.
A Community-Wide Strategic Planning Initiative.

Minutes from our November 2 "Points of Pride" Meeting Now Online
Our November 2 meeting focused on Points of Pride - those things participants were most proud of within the Mount Laurel Schools. More than 130 community members worked in 30 small groups to identify personal points of pride first, and then discussed those items within the group to come to consensus on items they had identified in common. Here are the complete minutes from the November 2 Points of Pride Meeting.
A Path to Success 2030

The Mount Laurel School District has launched "A Path to Success 2030", a strategic planning initiative that engages our community prior to the development of a new three-year strategic plan for our schools.

I would like to personally invite you to participate in our Strategic Planning Meetings. Your perspective would be a tremendous asset as the entire community comes together for these important discussions. Each of our sessions will focus on a specific theme designed to gather your input. All meetings will be held at the Mount Laurel Hartford School from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., as described below.

George J. Rafferty, Superintendent of Schools
Our Next Session - Thursday, November 30
Setting Our Expectations For The Future:
Participants will discuss changes and initiatives needed in the Mount Laurel Schools going forward.
Our Third Meeting - Thursday, December 7
Creating An Action Plan for the Future:
Participants will define action items necessary to accomplish our Path to Success 2030.

Team Respect Helps Houston

When Hurricane Harvey tore through Houston Texas in August, Mount Laurel Hartford School 5th-grade teacher Douglas Bozarth immediately thought of the many schools that were about to begin a new school year. He reached out to a fellow teacher in Texas, who connected him with the Texas Teachers of Tomorrow. By the time Hartford School opened on September 7, a plan had been hatched to partner his students with fifth-graders in Houston's Mitchell Elementary School.

Mitchell Elementary School is one of 287 schools in the Houston Independent School District, the largest district in the state. All 287 schools suffered damage during the hurricane, with Mitchell being one of the more significantly damaged facilities. Students have been relocated and began their school year three weeks late.

While students and staff were settling into that transition, members of Hartford School's Team Respect were making lists. "We spent two weeks collecting school supplies, including notebooks, backpacks, pencils, markers and even Kleenex," said Organizer Douglas Bozarth. "We encouraged students to do the shopping with their parents because we wanted them to be a part of the effort; to think about the students they were helping."

As part of the experience, students also wrote letters to the Mitchell fifth-graders, and are planning to Skype directly with students once they are settled in their home school.

Team Respect students sorted and packed the supplies, shipping seven large boxes that contained hundreds of dollars' worth of supplies for students and staff on October 18. Fulton Bank of New Jersey, located in Mount Laurel, also made a significant donation to the cause.


Every year at this time, Hartford School Staff and Students undertake many projects to help those less fortunate.  Here are some ways you can help:
December Food Basket Campaign ~ Canned Yam Collection - in conjunction with the Mt. Laurel Rotary Club, schools throughout the district collect various items, providing complete turkey dinners to many families.  Hartford School is in charge of collecting canned yams, with a goal of 300 cans.  Donations may be dropped off in the boxes in the lobby until Tuesday, December 12th.
Toys for Tots - Our Guidance Office coordinates our Toys for Tots Drive, helping the Marine Corps with this worthy project.  Unwrapped toys may be dropped off in the bins located in the lobby from Friday, December 1st, through Friday, December 15th.
Student Council Holiday Food Drive - The Hartford Student Council will be collecting food items from December 6th through December 20th to help support the Food Bank of South Jersey.  Please bring in nonperishable canned and boxed food and give them to your student council representative.  Some suggestions: peanut butter, canned tuna, applesauce, fruit cups, canned vegetables, mac & cheese, granola bars, breakfast cereals, rice, and pasta.  Canned hams and frozen turkeys are also greatly appreciated!  Please see the flyer under the "Flyers/Forms" tab on this website for additional information. 
Hats & Gloves for Those in Need - Girl Scout Troop 28408 is collecting Hats & Gloves.  Donations may be dropped off in the box in the Main Office. 
Thank you for your generosity and your support!  Wishing all our Hartford Families a wonderful Holiday Season!

New Lunch and Breakfast Menus Online and Improved

Check out our new interactive Cafeteria Menu. Breakfast and Lunch Menus are all in one place, and all schools are accessible through a drop-down menu. Hold your cursor over any item in bold and its complete nutritional value will pop up. Use the button on the top-right of the page to get Carb Counts on all menu items. It's a big step in our shared goal of keeping students healthy as well as wise! Please note that as part of our effort to "go green," lunch menus will not be sent home with students in hard copy after October.


The Mount Laurel Special Education Parent Advisory Committee is seeking to increase parent membership from each of our district schools.  Parent representatives will assist the district in planning parent workshops.  In addition, members will serve as a liaison between district administrators and community members in order to support students with special needs.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Dr. Diane Willard for additional information at

Sports Physicals Procedures

All students who participate in intramural school sports (basketball, cross country, fitness, kickball, orienteering, wiffle ball, yoga) must have on file in the Health Office a physical exam done within 12 months of the start of the sport. This exam must be completed on the State Department of Education’s Approved Pre-Participation Physical Examination Form. (Have your child check with the school nurse if you think a current physical is on file here).

Once these forms are received at Hartford, they then need to go to our school physician for clearance. This process may take up to TWO WEEKS. Your child will not be able to participate in the club until he/she is cleared by our school physician.

All necessary forms can be obtained at the school or by clicking below:

Grade 5-8 Physical and Athletic Participation Packet.pdf

Student Safety Act Fact Sheet.pdf

Cardiac pamphlet.pdf


Please note that these forms are valid for one calendar year from the date of the exam, and not the date that the forms were filled-out.

If your child’s physical exam was done more than 90 days before the start of the sport, a separate Health History Update Questionnaire must be completed. Click here Health History Update.pdf


For a complete list of clubs and activities at Hartford this year, click here: Hartford Clubs 2017-18
Permission slips for clubs that are currently forming are available under the "Flyers/Forms" tab. 

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Events Calendar

Here's What's Happening at Hartford!

11/22 - Early Dismissal/PTO Pretzel Sale (Thanksgiving Recess)
11/23 - 11/24 - Schools Closed (Thanksgiving Recess)
11/29 - Report Cards Issued
11/30 - PTO Spirit Wear Sale Ends
12/1 - Toys for Tots Drive Begins
12/4 - 5th Grade Social
12/6 - 6th Grade Social
12/6 - Student Council Holiday Food Drive Begins
12/12 - Canned Yams Donation Deadline
12/13 - Winter Band Concert @7:00 pm
12/15 - Toys for Tots Drive Ends
12/19 - Winter Orchestra & Choir Concert @7:00 pm
12/20 - Student Council Holiday Food Drive Ends
12/21 - Fall Club Picture Day
12/22 - Early Dismissal @12:10 pm/Winter Recess
12/25-1/1 - Schools Closed/Winter Recess
1/2 - School Reopens - Happy New Year!

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


NJ DOE Self-Assessment under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights District and School Grade Report

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

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