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.  



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!


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.