Announcements & Events


We're in the process of improving and updating all of the Guidance webpages.  If the information you are looking for isn't available at the moment, please check back soon.  
Are you an 8th grade student or parent looking for information on scheduling for High School?  You can either follow the link below or navigate over to the Scheduling & School Profile page.
The January Scholarship Bulletin is now available in the Guidance Office or HERE
Attention: Juniors and Seniors
Centenary University has released their Spring schedule for 2020!  If you are interested in taking courses, please visit the Guidance Office to sign up for additional Information.  Please refer to the list of classes available in the forms section to the left or to our link on the website for the Centenary College Partnerships.    
Students should arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 AM and enter through the Front Lobby.
  • REGULAR SAT: 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Approximately)
  • EXTENDED TIME – NO ESSAY: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Approximately)
  • EXTENDED TIME – WITH ESSAY: 8:00 AM – 1:45 PM (Approximately)
  • PHOTO ID, CURRENT. Drivers license/School ID preferred. (See CollegeBoard for acceptable forms of ID.) This is true even if you are a student here and we know you personally.
  • WEB / ADMISSIONS TICKET w/ PHOTO. We cannot test you if you do not have your Web/Admissions Ticket w/ Photo. This is true even if you are a student here and we know you personally.
  • CALCULATOR & EXTRA BATTERIES. No calculators or extra batteries will be provided on the day of the test. (FYI … you may not be able to get to your locker on Saturday morning.)
  • #2 PENCILS. Please be sure to bring some #2 pencils. (No mechanical pencils or pens.)

  • USE OF CELL PHONES & OTHER ELECTRONICS. CollegeBoard rules are very strict. If you are found in possession of a cell phone at any point after tests are distributed and before they’re collected (including in the hall during breaks) we must collect your test, dismiss you from testing and cancel your scores. We will have you turn off all phones & collect them.

  • WEAR LAYERED CLOTHING. Room temperatures can vary. If you wear layered clothing you can adjust accordingly.
  • HAVE A GOOD BREAKFAST & BRING FOOD / DRINK TO THE TEST. You’re allowed to eat and drink in the hallways during breaks. The test is long and this is a great way to keep your energy up.
The offices of U.S. Senator Cory Booker and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez will be hosting a South Jersey Service Academy Information Session on Thursday, October 10th at the Rowan University Welcome Center in Glassboro, New Jersey. The formal program will begin at 6:00PM, and full event details can be found within the attached flyer.  [Posted to the right.]
This event is open to all New Jersey residents interested in applying to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Parents, teachers, school counselors, coaches, and administrators are encouraged to attend. You do not need to RSVP to attend this event.
Parking will be available at the Mick Drive Parking Garage.  [Directions can be found within the Campus Map to the right.]
Don't have a diploma?   Are you ready to take the next step forward?  Project Self-Sufficiency can help you earn your High School Equivalency diploma.  Attend an open house today!   Please see the NJYC Open House flyer to the right.
Project Self-Sufficiency presents a Community health Fair on Thursday, October 10th.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information please see the flier to the right.
Project Self-Sufficiency presents a Special needs Across the Lifespan Resource Fair on Saturday, November 2nd.  For more information see the flier posted to the right.
Project Self-Sufficiency and their partners are teaming up to offer the 2019 Season of Hope Toy Shop.  A no-cost shopping destination for new toys and gifts for families who meet income eligibility requirements.  See the flier posted to the right for more information.
Are you a NJ resident interested in applying to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, or a civilian school on a ROTC scholarship? 
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and U.S. Senator Cory Booker will be hosting their annual Service Academy Information Day on Saturday, September 28th at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. The formal program will begin at 9:00am, and full event details can be found within the attached flyer.
Parents, teachers, school counselors, coaches, and administrators are encouraged to attend.
Check "Forms & Links" to the right to download the flier.
POSTED 9/16/19
The College Fair & Planning Night will take place on Tuesday, October 1st from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the gymnasium.
College representatives from around the country will be available to discuss their programs and whether or not they're the right fit for you.  Go in prepared to impress!  Do a internet search for questions to ask a college admissions counselor.  Make a list of things important to you.  Take notes.  And don't hesitate to send them a "thank you" email after your meeting.  Polite follow up can make a lasting impression.
Additionally, Mrs. Cardell will be holding two informational sessions about the college application process in room C5.  The first will run from 7:00 to 7:40; it will be repeated from 7:50 to 8:30.  The presentation covers information given to Juniors and Seniors during their college planning meetings with their counselor.
At the beginning of each month a scholarship bulletin will be posted for student use. Please click on the file on the left side of this page to download. All information and paper applications are available in the Guidance Office for students to pick up. 
We are proud to announce that the Full-Tuition Partnership Scholarship with Centenary University will once again be offered to a Hackettstown HS senior.  Students interested in learning more about or applying for the scholarship must attend the information session during their lunch time in the Guidance Office on October 17th. Any questions, please see Mrs. Cardell.


Students may now register for the AP Exam.  Information & registration forms are being distributed directly to students in their AP classes but can also be found to the right.  One form is to be returned to Guidance with the registration fee; one form is to be retained for your records.
POSTED 9/13/19


The PSAT is being offered at Hackettstown High School on Wednesday, October 16th.  This is the only test date and there are no make-up exams for students who miss school.
Juniors will be taking the test for free and do not need to register for the exam.  Parents may "opt out" their student by emailing Mr. Jorstad at  
Sophomores must register for the test and pay the $17 fee.  The deadline to register is Friday, September 27.  Materials are limited and sophomores will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The registration & information form can be found to the right.
POSTED 9/1319
Our annual Financial Aid Night will be held at 6:30 in the cafeteria.  Our presenter will discuss the Free Application for Federal Student Aid:  (1) how to complete; (2) how to avoid mistakes; (3) how to maximize your aid. 
POSTED 9/9/19
If you missed this years presentation please see below

Reminder:  Hackettstown 9th Graders Must Provide New Residency Documentation

Providing residency documentation is required when students enroll in Hackettstown Public Schools, when they transition to the Middle School and when they transition to the High School.
Most families took care of providing this documentation during the 8th grade as they were selecting classes for 9th grade.  There's still time if families forgot!  A letter is going home to those families to let them know that documentation is missing and we're asking that it be provided before Freshman Orientation, August 23rd.  
Please see the right-hand column for the Re-Registration Form and Preliminary Instruction documents.
POSTED 8/7/19