In the 2011-2012 school year, the Haddon Heights Public Schools focused on high-quality, effective instruction and beginning the integration of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into curriculum documents. Tri-District articulation and collaborative work sessions throughout the 2011-2012 school year yielded very positive growth and alignment among districts. Our students consistently perform at very high levels on both local and state assessments, and each year, an increasingly very high percentage of our high school graduates go on to further educational opportunities.
Our staff receives up-to-date specialized training in areas such as literacy, math, science, practical integration of technology, and data analysis. All Haddon Heights School District employees received a minimum of 2½ hours of training on Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying in the afternoons of September 6, 2011, and September 7, 2011. In addition to that training, all administrators, the District Anti-Bullying Coordinator, and the School Anti-Bullying Specialists also attended a three hour training on Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying in August 2011.
Curriculum writing and revision continues to be one of our primary focuses in order to have everything completed in time for the NJDOE mandated implementation date of September, 2012. The majority of our curriculum has been updated and modified over the previous four years; however, we are now further integrating the new Core Content State Standards and College and Career Readiness Standards.
Major staff development initiatives include the following: training for technology integration into daily lessons, differentiated instruction at all levels and in all subject areas, data-driven instructional strategies, and continuous curriculum revision. Workshops have been provided during school, after school, and at various times during the summer months. Other initiatives included training to infuse the new Core Curriculum State Standards, literacy in grades K-12, student learning styles, and training for a student-centered classroom. Authentic assessment is also a focus of our staff development program, with emphasis on using the UbD (Understanding by Design) model for planning instruction and assessment. Professional development with our two sending districts, Barrington and Lawnside, continues to increase so that our students enter high school with the same educational background. Other staff development initiatives include effective instructional practices and 21st century learning.
The five-year Strategic Plan for the Haddon Heights Public Schools was collaboratively produced by educators, administrators, and members of the local community. Framed around a central mission statement, the Strategic Plan features four strategic goals that will be achieved by implementing 22 separate objectives. Through this five-year plan, the District will provide 21st century education and guidance for our 21st century students.
We are pleased that the state has chosen to provide you with a School Report Card to clearly point out that the Haddon Heights Public Schools do provide a quality education in a cost efficient manner.