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!

Inspiring Potential. Enriching Futures.
Mr. Marques Stanard
Welcome, Mr. Stanard!
Mount Laurel Hartford School welcomes Mr. Marques Stanard to the role of Principal in the 2014-2015 school year. Formerly Hartford's Assistant Principal, Mr. Stanard was selected for the Principal's position after an extensive Personnel Search this summer from a field of impressive candidates.

Hartford's Assistant Principal since 2010, Mr. Stanard brings ten years of teaching and four years of administrative experience to the role. Prior to coming to Mount Laurel, he was an assistant principal in East Windsor. Prior to that position, he was a seventh and eighth-grade teacher in Lawnside and Trenton.

Mr. Stanard holds a Bachelor's Degree from Hampton University in Virginia and a Masters in School Leadership from Wilmington University in Delaware.

Our School:
The Mount Laurel Hartford School is home to 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.

A Very Important Note To All Of Our Parents

Parents, please note that our PowerSchool Portal is still in flux due to necessary changes and adjustments. At the moment it is closed to accommodate late enrollment and class schedules, particularly in the higher grades. The PowerSchool Portal will be open on the first day of school. Note also that students do not need to bring their schedules to the orientation sessions at Hartford and Harrington Schools.

Meanwhile, our LunchTime Portal has been opened and may be accessed to set-up lunch accounts and make deposits for the first week of school.

Thank you for understanding that the process which guides over 4,200 students into the appropriate seat for six hours a day over the next 180 days is comprehensive. While schedule changes can always be made throughout the year based on need, our administrators work very hard to place students appropriately based on a number of factors prior to the start of school.

Hartford Parents

We will offer morning Extended Day Care for Hartford students on a trial basis this year at the Larchmont School. Any parent who needs this service may drop-off their child at Larchmont School beginning at 7 a.m. and students will be picked up and bused to Hartford at 7:35 for the opening of school. Contact our EDC office to make those arrangements.

Hartford School Supply Lists for 2014-2015

Attention Parents: New Sports Physicals Procedures In Place

Parents: Please share this important information with your friends and neighbors if your children will play sports in our 5-8 schools this year. The laws governing sports physicals have changed at the state level this year and are extremely stringent. Gone are the days of being able to whisk your child to the doctor for a physical the day before the first practice. Implementation of these laws may actually preclude some students from participating if guidelines are not followed.

This year, the complete sports physical packet must be returned to our schools and reviewed by the school physician for final sign-off. This process may take 10 days to 2 weeks. The school physician's signature is required before a student is cleared for try-outs or practice.
Here's the Sports Physical Packet.

Here's an explanation of each of the forms:
1. A note to the examining healthcare provider. Take this to the doctor.
2. A Pre-Participation History Form. You fill this form out and take it to the doctor also.
3. A Supplemental History Form for athletes with special needs. You fill out and take to doctor, if appropriate.
4. The Physical Evaluation Form. Your doctor will complete.
5. The Clearance Form. Your doctor will complete.
6. A Sports-Related Concussion and Head Injury information sheet. Parent and student read and sign-off on the second page.
7. A Sudden-Cardiac Death in Young Athletes brochure. You read this.
8. Sign-Off sheet for Sudden Cardiac Death. Sign-off after you have read the brochure on that topic.
9. This is an update form. You may need this in the future. If, for example, you play soccer in the fall and track in the spring, you would complete this form prior to starting track. It is used to update your health information and must be submitted anytime you start a new sport if it has been 90 days since your annual sports physical.

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 letters to parents detail the program by grade level. The suggested list is also linked below.

Summer Reading Response Activity for Students Currently in Grades 4, 5, 6, 7
Suggested Summer Reading List

Dr. Rath Named Burlington County Superintendent of Year for 2015

The Burlington County Chapter of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators has named Mount Laurel Schools Superintendent Dr. Antoinette Rath as Burlington County’s Superintendent of the Year for 2015. Her selection was announced at the group’s June meeting in Westampton.

Dr. Michael Gorman, Superintendent of Pemberton Township Schools, chaired the selection committee. “Toni Rath’s contributions are significant,” he said, “and I believe she will represent Burlington County well on the state level.”

As the county designee, Rath’s name will be submitted for consideration as regional and state Superintendent of the Year for 2015. County selections are made on the basis of the individual’s record of service with their county affiliate as well as a distinguished record of service as an educator. Selection at the regional and state levels considers leadership for learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement, in addition.

An educator with 29 years of experience, Rath has been superintendent of Mount Laurel Schools since 2002. She has led the district’s transformation to adhere with new standards and mandates at the state level, and has enhanced educational programs each year. Through her initiative with corporate partners, Mount Laurel has created Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs in grades 5-8. Numerous technology advances, such as a $1 million laptop endeavor, have been completed under her direction and Mount Laurel students continue to exceed state and district factor group scores on standardized tests.

Rath graduated from West Chester State University with both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Art degrees. She received her Principal and Supervisor’s Certification from Rowan University and a Doctorate in Education Administration from Widener University. She has undertaken post-doctorate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, and serves as an executive board member of the New Jersey School Development Council at Rutgers University.

Free Summer Math Program Offered To Our Families

Mount Laurel Schools have joined with TenMarks, an Amazon Company, to provide a summer math program at no cost to our families. Research shows that summer learning loss in Math is an issue that impacts all students, with students losing an average of 2-3 months of math comprehension every summer. TenMarks offers families a proven,scalable, online summer math program to reverse the summer learning loss and help students build a strong foundation in core math skills. Learn more about this exciting program here.

2014 Education Summit Webpage Link

More than 100 community members participated in the district's 2014 Education Summit on May 15. Discussion centered on the transformation facing our schools, namely the new Common Core Standards, the new PARCC Test to be administered in 2015 and student attendance rates. The resulting group discussion led to a number of suggestions for better communication within the community.
Check out our 2014 Summit webpage here to view the presentation and check for frequent updates.

GAP Program at Hartford School

Important: Emergency Notifications

Mt. Laurel Schools Emergency Text: Emergency text from the Mt. Laurel Public Schools: Text the word subscribe to the number 68453 from your cell phone. You'll receive an immediate reply confirming your subscription to the service. You may sign-up for text messages using this method on as many cell phones as you would like.

Common Core

Mount Laurel Schools participate in the Common Core State Standards, along with other New Jersey Schools. 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

September 2 - PTO Welcome Luncheon for Staff, 12 p.m.

September 4 - First Day of Classes - Grade 1-8

September 5
- First Day Kindergarten

September 10 - Back to School Spirit Wear Sale Ends

September 10 - PTO Welcome Back Tea, 9:30 a.m.

September  15-30 - Online Spirit Wear Sale

September 16 - Rita’s Water Ice Spirit Night

September 17 - 5th Grade Back to School Night 6:30-7:45 pm

September 17 - Picture Day

September 18 - 6th Grade Back to School Night 6:30-7:45 pm
September 25 - Rosh Hashanah - School Closed

September 29 - Magazines & Memories Sale Begins

September 30 - Magazines & Memories Turn-In

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 2012-13

How May We Help You?

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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


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 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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