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. Steven Bollar

The Mount Laurel Hartford School is home approximately 920 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.

At Hartford School, ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE!

Clubs and Activities

School Performance 2012-13

New Cafeteria Service LunchTime Opens!

Our new online cafeteria service has been installed and the Parent Portal is open!  Any funds left in the Lunchbox account have been transferred to the new LunchTime system and will be available for use as soon as your new account is established.

Here's a PDF that will walk you through the entire LunchTime system.

A Community Summit: Understanding the Transformation

The Mount Laurel Board of Education wants all members of the community to understand the many changes taking place in public education. The public schools are a reflection of the communities they serve. It is crucial, therefore, that the relationship between the district and the public remains strong, and communication is a key factor.

On May 15, the Board of Education will host the 2014 Mount Laurel Education Summit : Understanding the Transformation at Hartford School, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will be asked to share their reflections and perceptions on public education in general and our schools in particular. The board and administration want to hear your opinions and hope to share some typical experiences with you in a community setting that is designed to move our schools forward for all Mount Laurel children.

Our goal is to have every demographic group within Mount Laurel represented at the Educational Summit, and to have technology available for hands-on use by participants.  For that reason, participation is limited to 100 Mount Laurel community members, and we hope to have ten representatives from ten different demographic groups present.

If you would like to participate, you may sign-up online here. We ask that all attendees respond by April 30.  Should you have questions about the Summit, you may e-mail them here.

We hope that you will join us for this very important community conversation. Your presence will do much to move our district forward in the future.

Last Day of School For Students is June 25

Due to the crazy winter weather we have experienced, our school calendar for the year has been altered. If you were not keeping track, we had ten delayed openings this year, one early dismissal, and six snow days – surely a record for Mount Laurel – at least in the last few decades. As such, at the recommendation of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Antoinette Rath, the Board of Education has revised the 2013-2014 School Calendar.  Approved at the March 25 regular board meeting, the last day of school for this year will now be on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. That will be an Early Dismissal Day. The Last Day for Staff will be Friday, June 27, also an Early Dismissal Day.

Help Us Honor The Upstanders Among Us!

We see it every day - the student who is consistently kind. Another who steps in when insults are hurled to stop potential hurt. That staff member who is always the first to volunteer or has an idea what can be done collectively to help the plight of another. They're Upstanders, and we have plenty of them. Now, a new program in our schools will honor our Upstanders. Find more information on our Upstander Campaign page.

Assessment of Student Skills

New Assessments This Year For Gifted and Advanced Course Placement
Effective in the 2013-2014 school year, the district no longer employs the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test as an assessment. The criteria for student placement in our Gifted Academic Program (GAP) and Advanced Courses will therefore change for the 2014-2015 school year.

A number of factors will be considered, for example, in GAP placement. This year, staff will look at the student’s Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) level, and their district writing assessment score, in addition to the new Progressive Math Initiative (PMI) final exam score at Grades 2 and 3. This chart will define the assessments used by all grade levels for GAP Placement.

Meanwhile, the criteria for Advanced Math Courses will also change for next year. This chart shows the specific criteria that will be used at each grade level. Once again, the PMI Final Exam will take the place of the MAP Test scores in this determination, along with other criteria.

In the area of Enriched Language Arts courses at Hartford and Harrington Schools, the placement criteria will include the student’s NJASK score, a strong teacher’s recommendation with focus on the student’s diligence, perseverance, and persistence (a strong work ethic) in addition to the student’s ability as reflected by grade. Students must have an A-Average in literacy learning, and must demonstrate above-grade level performance in reading and writing on the Fountas and Pinnell benchmark assessment. This assessment offers teachers both a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the student’s reading behaviors and patterns. The benchmark assessment will be administered in the spring.
New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (ASK) Test
It is mandatory in the state of New Jersey that all students in public schools be tested in Grades 3-8 each year via the NJ ASK Test. This assessment is created and distributed by the NJ Department of Education under strict testing guidelines. It gauges student skill levels in Mathematics, Language Arts and Science. Generally administered in our school in May, the state testing spans four to five days. Student scores are received by the district either in late summer or early fall.

PAARC Testing Begins Next Year
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, Mount Laurel will administer the online PAARC Assessment in place of the NJ ASK Test.
Learn more about the PAARC Test here.
Tips for Parents To Help Students Prepare For Testing
The Parents Section of our website includes a page of resources specifically geared to help parents prepare their children for testing. Access it here.

Okay, So What Is The Common Core Really All About?

  Mount Laurel Schools participate in the Common Core State Standards, along with other New Jersey Schools. New Jersey is one of 45 states across the country now taking part in this important initiative. Educational standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful by providing clear goals for student learning. Learn more about the Common Core Standards and what they mean specifically for your child at each grade level on our Common Core Standards webpage.

Events Calendar

April 18-25 - Spring Break

April 28 -School Reopens

April 30 - Dine & Donate at Chick-Fil-A

May 8 - STEP Art Show @7:00 pm

May 9 - 5th Grade Social - 2:30-4:00 pm

May 9-10 - PTO Used Clothing Drive has been cancelled

May 12-15 - NJ ASK Testing - Grades 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

May 13 - Dine & Donate @ Panchero's

May 15 - PTO Meeting at Hartford @7:00 pm

May 16 - 6th Grade Social - 2:30-4:00 pm

May 19 - Orchestra/Choir Spring Concert @7:00 pm

May 19-23 - NJ ASK Make-up Testing - Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

May 21 - Band Spring Concert @7:00 pm

May 22 - Field Day

May 23 - Field Day (Rain date)

May 26 - Memorial Day - Schools Closed

May 27 - 5th Grade Math League

May 27 - PTO Rita's Water Ice Night

May 28 - Team Respect Field Trip

May 29 - People's Choice Awards

May 30 - Team Perseverance Field Trip

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.

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 a basic fact sheet on the topics listed. Don't see something you wish was here? Just yell! We'll get it up right away for you.

Registering a child new to the district

Kindergarten registration
Job Opportunities - Certified
Job Opportunities - Support and Substitute
School Locations and Contact Info

Map of our schools and sending areas


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

Visit School Nurse Carolyn Brennan'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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