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Message From The Principal

2-23-21 Parent Update
 

HHS School Community,

A few highlights for the coming weeks at HHS. 

March HHS Principal Forum:
 
Please join Mr. Sosnovik and Mr. Scheifler on March 3rd at 6pm for an update on HHS. Topics discussed will include tentative plans to finish out the year (events and academics), open discussion to listen to parent comments, and a brief overview of the tentative plan for 2021-2022. 
 
To join please go to https://meet.google.com/ and enter this nickname: HHSprincipalforum
 
Mid-Marking Period Conferences:
 
On March 4th and March 5th students will get the opportunity to conference with their teachers during all full year courses. Semester classes will be allowed to continue normal instruction. If a full year class occurs twice during the two day window, new instruction will be provided on the second day. During full year classes, students are still required to attend each class but will be provided the time to work on anything they need to do to ensure they are in good standing. Staff members will take attendance and host individual break-out meetings with students to discuss overall growth and vision for the future. These meetings should help inform students as they prepare for scheduling their 21-22 classes. When students are not meeting with the teacher, they can use the time to work on anything that helps them remain in good academic standing. As the midway point in the marking period, these wellness days should help propel our students to continued success in MP 3. 
 
Picture Retakes:
 
Underclassmen picture Make-ups are all set for 3/4/21-3pm-7pm in the High School cafeteria. The link to schedule an appointment is below along with the order codes. 
 
To schedule your photo, go to:  https://calendly.com/lorsphotography/hackettstown-hs-ms-picture-make-ups
To view package options and order photos, go to: http://www.lorsstudio.com/undergrads/order/
School login codes:
For HHS:  21-26HT
For HMS:  21-26HM
 
Senior portrait retakes will be on March 2. If you did not get your portrait taken, or you did not like how the pictures turned out, you can make an appointment for retakes at the Lors website at http://www.lorsstudio.com/seniors/view-order/. If you have lost your login information, please contact Ms. Stem at hstem@hackettstown.org.
 
Parents Submitting Pictures:
 
We also need some additional pictures for the yearbook:
  • seniors visiting their college or wearing college gear, or even holding college acceptance letters
  • students at their virtual school area (do they do their work on a laptop sitting in their room, at the kitchen table, on the couch, in a home office?)
  • students working out or doing activities to stay fit
  • students and their friends with snapchat filters enabled
  • playing in the snow
  • working at their jobs
  • doing club activities
  • pictures from school sports 
Pictures can be submitted through the online form at https://forms.gle/NCCspRh4kgSQqtZb7 or through the yearbook website at http://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=hackettstown
 
SAT Update:
 
HHS will be running SATs during the school day on Tuesday, April 27th. By running an SAT School Day Session, we limit participation to just HHS students. We will run the testing day similar to our fall PSAT schedule. If you are registered to take a test at another location and would like to switch to HHS, you are able to do so. Please review this link for SAT refund guidelines https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/fees/refunds  
 
 
PSAT Update:
 
Unfortunately, we had the same PSAT session canceled twice. After contacting Collegeboard, there will be no future opportunities in 20-21 to take the PSAT/NMSQT. If students are looking to practice for the SAT there are a variety of different test-prep resources.  The easiest is to sign up for a Collegeboard account and use their Practice site.  It provides videos, a practice test and can even email you daily practice questions. Additionally, the current sophomores will still have the opportunity to take the October PSAT/NMSQT next year as juniors before they actually need to take the SAT. All sophomores will have ALL of their registration monies refunded. 
 
Standardized Testing Update:
 
All standardized testing including Access, DLM, and NJSLA, has been postponed until 4/5/21.  We can not start testing prior to this date.  The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is formalizing a request to the United States Department of Education (USED) to waive the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirement to administer the statewide assessment system for the 2020-2021 school year. The request is also seeking a one-year waiver of all related accountability and reporting requirements. The waiver request is part of a broader series of coordinated initiatives to expand the NJDOE’s efforts to identify and address the academic and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on New Jersey students and educators. The effort has been coined, "The Road Forward." To read more click here