Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 School Year!

                

Bethlehem Township School District

Thomas B. Conley School                            Ethel Hoppock Middle School
940 Iron Bridge Road               280 Asbury/West Portal Road
Asbury, New Jersey  08802               Asbury,  New Jersey  08802
Phone:   (908) 537-4044                              Phone:   (908) 479-6336
Fax:       (908) 537-4309                              Fax:       (908) 479-1021


               Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.                                                                          Jane Smith, Principal
    Chief School Administrator/Principal                                            Thomas B. Conley School
         
                   Lori A. Tirone                                                                                             Sally Klemm
Business Administrator/Board Secretary                    Director of Special Services            

August 21, 2017


To All Parents and Guardians:

The Summer of 2017 is coming to an end and the excitement is building for the upcoming school year.  I hope everyone had time with friends and family and ensured your children continued to read and do some Math problems during the down time!  

My Summer was spent with friends and family and also reflecting upon goals for the 2017-2018. Our teachers and administration decided our overarching theme for Professional Development this year is “Building Student Independence”.  This addresses our goal of improving achievement and developing self-directed learners.  Our training and goals for this year will be designed around this theme as we challenge our students to achieve their potential.  Our responsibility as educators is to be in a constant state of improvement to ensure we meet your children’s needs in the constantly changing landscape of technology, careers, and society.

Our PARCC scores were released and are once again excellent!  I would like to thank our entire educational community for making academic achievement a priority and to all of our staff for creating an amazing learning environment and delivering outstanding instruction.  I will release a summary of our scores and present an overview at a Board of Education meeting this Fall.  We will again mail home individual scores early this school year.

It is important to celebrate successes and embrace new pathways we take toward excellence. Below is a list of new initiatives for the 2017-2018 school year (click highlighted links for additional information):

  • Our Pre-School is opening with 16 students and a brand new HighScope Curriculum
  • STMath Program for Pre-K-5 students (replacing Study Island)
  • Renaissance Learning Analytics (Star 360, Accelerated Reader/Math) grades 6-8
  • Project Launch (STEAM) implementing in Grades 3-5
  • Additional STEAM activities in grades 6-8
  • New Robotics club at Hoppock School
  • Strategic Planning kickoff Fall 2017 - all stakeholders invited!

We are inviting everyone to provide input into our Strategic Plan and will plan meetings in conjunction with school activities to get maximum participation.  Please come out to help us develop our goals and objectives for the next several years.  

Below are the dates for our Back to School nights where we invite you to come out and meet our staff!

September 13th – Thomas B. Conley Back to School Night - 6:30 PM
September 14th – Ethel Hoppock Back to School Night - 6:30 PM

The PTA will be hosting a “Meet the Principal/Chief School Administrator” for both me and Mrs. Smith this Fall and I invite everyone to come out to discuss any successes, concerns, or issues at our schools.  We have developed some achievable goals for this school year and they are as follows:

  • Improve Communication with all stakeholders
  • Increase Professional Development offerings for all staff
  • Implement new Learning Capacity - Building Solutions for Math, English Language Arts
  • Offer additional elective courses focused on STEAM
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for staff and students
  • Develop a Long-Range Strategic Plan with input from our entire educational community

We will also be celebrating successes throughout the year at Board of Education meetings and with the PTA so please get involved with our educational community.

We are looking forward to another great year!

Sincerely,

Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D.
Chief School Administrator/Principal - Ethel Hoppock Middle School
Bethlehem Township Public Schools

The mission of the Bethlehem Township School District, in partnership with the community, is to provide a safe, nurturing child-centered environment that challenges each child to maximize his/her potential.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December 2016 - During a Season of Giving, Bethlehem Township residents stand tall.


Thanks to our Volunteers~


On Sunday December 4th I was invited to help the S.T.A.T. Program with a stocking stuffing campaign.  S.T.A.T. is Operation S.T.A.T. (Standing Tall for America’s Troops), a non-profit organization that was formed in 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. Their mission is to honor the brave men and women who served selflessly to protect the freedoms we often take for granted and to ensure that our veterans are not forgotten. In 2014, the first chapter in New Jersey was started right here in Bethlehem Township.

Cynthia Tumulty-Ollemar -President of the local organization, her mother Carol, and Virginia Wilson along with several other friends and community members have been planning and organizing the event which culminated on Sunday with the stuffing over 400 stocking with cards, candy, treats, and other items to be given to Veterans. Cards were made by our Conley and Hoppock students and also included cards the volunteers made that day during the event.

As I entered the Municipal Building I was surprised (though I should not have been) to see so many parents, Board Members, students (BT, North and Union Township), Girl Scouts and Brownies (leaders and members), volunteers, and community members working together like a well-oiled machine preparing the items to be put in stockings in organized stations. After the items were placed in stations the volunteers took stockings to each station and "stuffed" them with treats. The entire time holiday music was playing, people were in and out helping with various tasks, and refreshments flowed to keep the group energized and focused on the mission at hand.

The stockings will be delivered to our veterans on Sunday December 11 by our amazing volunteers.

Since I began in our district in July we have seen so many service activities that have been initiated by our staff, students, parents and community members and I wanted to acknowledge the selfless people of our township and their dedication to helping others.

Below are pictures of Sunday December 4, 2016 where so many people came together to help:



Below Girl Scout Troop 80579 stands with gifts they wrapped for the Hunterdon Developmental Center last weekend.

















I wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and a restful and enjoyable break.  



Sincerely,

Greg

Gregory C. Farley, Ed.D
Chief School Administrator/Principal - Ethel Hoppock Middle School
Bethlehem Township Public Schools
280 Asbury West Portal Rd, Asbury, NJ 08802

The mission of the Bethlehem Township School District, in partnership with the community, is to provide a safe, nurturing child-centered environment that challenges each child to maximize his/her potential.




Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Welcome to November 2016!



November 2016 has arrived!


As the days get shorter and the nights gets colder and we close out October with Halloween costumes, parties, and candy, it is time for us to reflect on our first Marking Period.

When I think about our first two and a half months of school I see our learners working hard and putting an enormous amount of effort into assignments, projects, and homework.  Teachers are planning and assessing student progress and working to create a challenging learning environment. As we move into the 2nd Marking Period we challenge our students to improve upon strengths and enhance any weaker areas.

EHMS Athletics!
Hoppock student-athletes met with much success this Fall with the Boys Cross Country Team placing 2nd in the county and the Girls winning the 1st place trophy!  Katie Poltrack won the individual title beating her closest competitor by 150 meters.  The Boys Soccer team competed in a lot of close games and kept their positive attitude throughout the season.  The Girls team beat Tewksbury 2-1 in a defensive battle that went down to the wire.  Our Longhorns celebrated under the lights on the North Hunterdon field on October 19th (see picture below)!



Coach Bruen and her Champion Lady Longhorns!


Mrs. Wood and Mrs. Lanner are teaching unique Science classes and the Conley students are being challenged to do their best!  We all know students love science because of the inquisitive interactive nature of the subject.  Next is an excerpt from a letter regarding the program:

"Our Science teachers at Conley have great knowledge of their subject, their gentle way of teaching our children and expertise in this subject area has made it so exciting for our students.  They are constantly bringing in treasures they find that build on previous knowledge from the curriculum.  Even though hundreds of leaves and pinecones have come in to be shown to students, our teachers treat each one as though it is the first one they have ever seen.  The children are adding to their vocabulary, (Yes, our five and six years olds know what deciduous and conifer trees are!) Noticing the world around them and are becoming enthusiasts for Science.  The children's zeal for learning is unmatched by any age.  Due to this program, our students’ lives have been enriched."  

Bravo Mrs. Wood and Mrs. Lanner!


What's New?
There have been a few changes this year starting with our new website that is rolling out at midnight on November 1st.  Our district went to Schoolmessinger as a service provider and our staff  have learned to use the new system to develop a website that is a hub of communication and information for our educational community.  What will you find on our new website?  See some additional features below:


  • Integrated alert system (text, call, email) for school messages
  • Online report cards for students at Conley School
  • Google Calendar integration
  • Quick clicks to information
  • Pictures of staff and students


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It is September 2016 in Bethlehem Township Public School!

I was talking to a parent this morning during arrival at Hoppock discussing how well our school year was unfolding.  We looked at one another and realized we were in our 4th week of school!


Our teachers have welcomed back your children prepared to challenge them with projects, assignments, and innovative experiences.  Our hallways and floors are clean and shining, our bulletin boards are full of student work, and our classrooms are bustling with learning activities.  


Continuing our commitment to excellence in grade levels and content areas, our staff, administration, Board of Education, and community will be developing specific short and long term district goals to focus on during the next several years.  As we continue creating the best learning environment for our students, the big ideas we are using to construct our district goals are:


  • 21st Century Learning (4 C’s)
  • Infusing literacy skills into content areas
  • Effective communication and Community Involvement
  • Curriculum development
  • Facilities planning


Mrs. Smith , Mrs. Klemm, Dr. Terpin and I have been working with teachers to develop their individual goals for the school year in concert with the Philosophy and Mission of Bethlehem Township Public Schools.  This includes high expectations, student achievement, community involvement, and the emotional and social development of our students.  We are working diligently to ensure we achieve these goals.  Vision - Goals - Strategies - Success!


As we continue to grow as an educational organization it is vital to focus on the physical environment and address our facilities.  Mrs. Tirone, our Business Administrator, has overseen several projects to make our schools function more effectively and efficiently and beautify our interior and exterior spaces.  Our landscaping and facilities plan have been upgraded and our Board of Education sub-committee (Buildings & Grounds) are planning to ensure our schools and property continue to be an optimal learning environment for our students.  


We will be asking for parent and community input on our Strategic Planning Committee in the next few months where we will create a long range plan to structure the future of teaching and learning in Bethlehem Township.  There will also be many opportunities to meet with me to see the latest happenings in our schools and have conversations about our latest initiatives.


For Conley parents I hope you enjoyed Back to School night on September 14th and we can’t wait for Hoppock’s Open House on September 27th!  


This Blog will be updated regularly and provide our educational community with valuable updates regarding our schools.


Feel free to reach out to me with questions, concerns or comments any time!


Greg



The mission of the Bethlehem Township School District, in partnership with the community, is to provide a safe, nurturing child-centered environment that challenges each child to maximize his/her potential.