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 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.

Hartford School Clubs List

End of Year PARCC Test Dates for Hartford

April 27-30 5th Grade
May 4-8 6th Grade

One-week summer courses

The following one-week courses are being offered this summer by Mount Laurel Community Education:
Create With Code
Robotics 1
Robotics 2

The courses will be taught by Mount Laurel 6th-grade STEM teacher Nick Handley. All classes will be taught in the Hartford STEM lab... a room that is set up to maximize student learning and enjoyment! The courses are open to all students in the South Jersey area, not just Mount Laurel students. So bring your friends and/or family and learn some new technology skills this summer.
Learn more here.

Philadelphia Girls Choir Auditions Coming Here!

Philadelphia Girls Choir Music Director Jeffrey Smith will hold auditions for girls ages seven and older who have not previously auditioned for the Choir at the Hillside School on Thursday, May 28, beginning after school and ending at 5 p.m. Girls interested in joining the Choir's training program will be asked to sing a familiar song and perform a few simple singing exercises. This audition is very informal and will last only a few moments. Those girls selected for a final audition will be notified by mail within the month. These local auditions are open to all girls from the area who meet the above criteria. You need not be a Mount Laurel Schools student.
Permission slips are available here. They should be returned to your child's Mount Laurel School Music Teacher as soon as possible, or completed and e-mailed to Marie Reynolds.

Strobe Lights At All Schools Signal Need To Stay Away

Did you know: That one of the newest security measures at all of Mount Laurel's Schools is a strobe-light system? In the event of a lock-down or lock-out at the school, the strobe lights will be activated to alert everyone to stay away. We will be using the strobe lights for drills as well as actual emergencies. So, if the strobe lights are flashing, stay away. We're either drilling security to keep students and staff safe, or there is an emergency within the school perimeter.
The lighting system is designed not only to alert parents and members of the community, but also our staff members who travel from one building to another, or may have left the building. Once our buildings are in Lockdown or Lockout mode, no one is permitted to enter or exit the facility. All exterior doors are locked. In the past, a staff member who may have gone out for lunch might return and use their secure badge to re-enter the building, unaware that the building was in Lockdown or Lockout. The strobe lights will alert them as well as other visitors who might be placed in harm's way by approaching the school during an actual emergency.

End-Of-Year PARCC Testing: New Information Shared

The last week in April marks the opening of our PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) End-Of-Year Testing window. That window will be open from April 27 through May 22. The NJ ASK Test will still be used for Science, and will be administered to fourth and eighth-graders only on May 27 and 28. Please see your school website for individual school testing schedules. As we saw during Mid-Year testing, those schedules are subject to change.
We have made a few adjustments in the process for refusal by parents. This year's mid-year cycle was our first experience with the PARCC assessment, and refusal requests came in by various means to various staff members. In order to make that flow of information more effective and not miss any parent's request, we have established a process that is outlined in this letter. Please read it carefully and submit your letter by April 20 to assure that we are able to comply with your wishes.

G.A.P. Program and Nomination Form

Hartford School Gifted Program
Grades 5 & 6: The G.A.P. Program at Hartford School is delivered through our Related Arts classes. All Hartford students are scheduled for Related Arts classes, but the content for this program is adapted to meet the needs of our gifted students.
5th Grade Related Arts: Spanish, Music, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) and Financial Literacy
6th Grade Related Arts: French, Art, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) and TAPS (Theater Arts Public Speaking).
Parent Nomination Forms can be printed out here and are also available in our school office, and must be returned by May 15.
Once your child’s nomination has been received, the decision will be based on the following assessments: School Ability Index, Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment, your Parent Nomination (Scales for Identifying Gifted Students) and teacher recommendation.
Newly-nominated students will receive a letter during the summer with selection information.

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Hartford's National Elementary Honor Society recently created and donated hand-tied fleece blankets to Cozies 4 Chemo, a non-profit organization that provides hand made blankets to cancer patients currently undergoing chemotherapy. These hard-working 6th graders made the blankets as part of their community service. Hartford's NEHS currently consists of 19 members who have exemplified the pillars of scholarship, responsibility, leadership, and service to the community.

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.

Temple University Offers Free Summer Science Camp This Year

Temple University is hosting the 2015 ExxonMobil Bernard Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) this summer. EMBHSSC is organized to provide activities, experiments, projects, and field experiences for students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the fall of 2015. The EMBHSSC is a two-week, academic, residential camp that emphasizes increasing students’ mathematics and science knowledge and skills while introducing them to college life and stimulating their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path. Learn more about the camp opportunity here.


Participate in an important and fun contest! Write an essay, make a poster or a video and tell us what you think it means to be an Upstander.

Events Calendar

 April 22 - 5th Grade Social 2:30-4:00 p.m.
April 23 - Take Your Child to Work Day
April 23 - French Night 6:00 p.m.
April 27-30 - 5th Grade PARCC Testing
May 4-8 - 6th Grade PARCC Testing
April 28 - Board of Education, Regular Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
May 7 - STEP Art Show 7:00 p.m.
May 12 - Lenape Chem Club Visit (6th Grade)
May 14 - PTO Meeting @ Hartford 7:00 p.m.
May 19 - Board of Education Work Session, 7:30 p.m.
May 20 - JDRF Assembly
May 25 - Schools Closed/Memorial Day
May 26 - Orchestra & Choir Concert 7:00 p.m.
May 26 - Board of Education Regular Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
May 26-June 5 - CPA Math Testing Window
May 28 - Band Concert 7:00 p.m.
June 3 - Peoples' Choice Awards
June 5 - Field Day
June 8 - JDRF Walk
June 9 - Incoming 5th Grade Orientation for Parkway, Countryside & Larchmont Students & Parents 7:00 p.m.
June 10 - Incoming 5th Grade Orientation for Springville, Fleetwood & Hillside Students & Parents 7:00 p.m.
June 11 - Talent Showcase 7:00 p.m.
June 17 - Sixth-Grade Jamboree (Rain Date June 19)
June 22 - Awards Assembly
June 22 - Harrington Middle School 8th-Grade Graduation
5:15 p.m. Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. ZephyrJune 23 - Harrington Middle School
June 23 - Harrington Middle School 8th-Grade Graduation
5:15 p.m. Oasis, 7:30 p.m. Everest
June 23 - Last Day of School for Students
Early Dismissal @ 12:10 p.m.

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

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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


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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