High Mountain School



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Book Fair Under the Sea

Monday, January 26th to Friday, January 30th

(during school hours)

Special Events: Wed., Jan. 28th and Thurs., Jan. 29th after school until 3:30 pm

Online Shopping: Wed., Jan. 21st-Tues., Feb. 10th 


UniversityPARENT UNIVERSITYUniversity

Welcome Parents and Guardians…


The North Haledon School District cordially invites you to partake in our PARENT UNIVERSITY program!

This is an opportunity to experience a hands-on approach as it pertains to not only state and local mandates, but to gain an understanding as to the “day in the life” of your child…or our children.  This educational journey for your child should incorporate an opportunity for you, as the parent or guardian, to actively participate and gain insight as to the daily learning experiences.

Our program will commence on 

Tuesday, February 10th at HMS (7:30).

The focus or topic will be: Preparing for PARCC.

If you wish to attend, please have your child return the slip (for full letter with return slip Click Here)  to their homeroom teacher soon.  We do need an accurate count in the event we may need to open another forum or venue.

Once again, thank you for your support.  We do hope you are able to join us on February 6th.

Nicholas S. Coffaro, Superintendent of Schools

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Social MediaParent Info Meeting







January 13, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians of High Mountain School Students:

Our children are growing up in a world where technology is a significant and inescapable part of their everyday lives.  Today’s young people have almost constant electronic access to friends and others through cell phone conversations and texting as well as through their involvement with social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Due to our genuine concern for the safety and well-being of our students, we are working hard to educate our school community about the dangers that can occur when social media and cell phones are misused.  While we approach this topic with seriousness and do conduct in-class lessons, we have a desire to bring awareness to a greater level. As such, I am pleased to announce that the North Haledon Police Department (NHPD) will be conducting an in-school program to inform our students about this topic.  In conjunction with this, we will be holding an evening event for parents only on Thursday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the HMS All-Purpose Room. In addition to our Police Department, the Prosecutor will be in attendance to address these vital issues.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide parents and guardians with an opportunity to learn about the serious consequences that could result from the misuse of social media and provide ways to effectively monitor and protect our children.  In addition to the detailed and informative presentations, there will also be an opportunity for parents to ask questions of these experts.

Our thanks go out to the members of the NHPD and the Prosecutor for their dedication and support as well as for their willingness to assist the North Haledon School District.

I look forward to having you join us for this very important event.  So that we can accommodate accordingly, please sign and return the slip (for full letter with return slip- Click Here) by January 26th to the Main Office at High Mountain School.


Melissa Tait


Pennies for Patients






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CONTRIBUTE TO PENNY WARS- Competition between GRADE LEVELS (not homerooms)

During lunches, buy wristbands- $2 each

Go to http://www.penniesforpatients.org/ and find High Mountain School or Click Here.


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Thursday, Feb. 12th-HMS BAKE SALE  Click here for flyer-2:49 HMS

Friday, Feb. 20th-Teachers Wear Jeans-$5

Friday, Feb. 27th-Hot Chocolate & Cookies Sale-$3.50 (during assigned school hours)


Thank you

Student News

The HMS Student Council


The Student Council snack bar

will be available afterschool until 3:04

on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

in the main hallway.

All Snacks $0.75 each: Fruit by the Foot, Potato Chips, Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos, Pretzels, Pirate’s Booty, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oreos, Vanilla Wafers, Rice Crispy Treats, Slim-Jims

Drinks: Mini-Water: $0.50, Full-size Water: $1.00, Iced Tea: $1.25

Join us for PTO Sponsored


Come see all of your favorite community members

challenge each other in intense volleyball matches.

Friday, February 6th

7:00 pm Memorial School

Support the North Haledon Education Foundation

Join them for

Casino Night

Friday, February 27th

7 pm to 11 pm

The Tides Estate

Ticket Order Form

Thank you


Willy Wonka





March 31st and April 1st

7:00 p.m. HMS All Purpose Room

Nurse Note


Throughout the year, please check the school website for any updated medical issues of concern.

Together we can maintain a healthy school environment for all of our students.

Please refer to this link for frequently asked questions on the Enterovirus-D68:


Check out the Health Resources webpage for any new updates.

Dear High Mountain School Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,


It is with a great deal of pride that I welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year. Thank you for your commitment to and involvement in the educational success of our students. I am excited to be the principal of a school and community where genuine love for children, high expectations, and character building are a priority. High Mountain School is fortunate to have an outstanding staff, student body, PTO, and parent network that bring enthusiasm, passion and commitment to the vision of our school.

While serving as the principal, my top priority will be providing the best education possible in a nurturing and safe environment for children. Our classroom experiences are designed to ensure that all of our students develop the necessary skills and strategies to become lifelong learners and face the challenges of the 21st century.

Schools of excellence emerge as a result of the collaborative efforts of staff, parents, and community. Together, we share one focus, our children and their future. We believe it is the mutual goal of the home and school to collaborate together to help our students understand their role as members of the school community. Parents are an integral part of our school community. We recognize that parents are our students’ first and best teachers, and as such need to be a critical part of our educational team. This strong partnership with parents and the community benefits all of our students. We look forward to working with you in order to give each child that comes through our door each morning the best educational experience possible. I invite you to be an active member of our learning community. Together we can build a strong educational foundation for every student.

I encourage you to explore our school webpage throughout the year to learn more about High Mountain School. Our webpage offers you the opportunity to learn about new events and access the individual links to gain knowledge of our facility, staff, programs, curriculum, activities, partnerships and other informative topics. Additionally, you can access each teacher’s personalized page that includes classroom highlights, student assignments, and educational links. Please be aware that if concerns arise at any time, you may contact your child’s teacher or myself by emailing or calling the Main Office at 973-427-1220.

At High Mountain School, we will continue to have a strong commitment to academics, character education, cultural enrichment, technology and leadership development. Please join me in working together to ensure that each child at HMS can become a respectful and global citizen.

Thank you for your continued to support. I am very proud of our school and the quality of education and many opportunities we offer our students. I look forward to furthering our partnership in instilling a true love for learning and in continuing to set high standards of excellence for your children, our future leaders. Together, we can create a child-centered learning community where students achieve maximum growth in academics, creativity, character and social awareness. We recognize that our future rest in the hands of our children, and we have tremendous responsibility to help our children strive for excellence. I look forward to an outstanding school year and working with everyone. High Mountain School is a great place to be, and I’m glad we’re all here together.


Melissa Tait

Upcoming Events

Chimes- In the Music Room
February 03, 2015 (7:45 AM - 8:25 AM)

HMS Math Club- Mrs. Ajaimy's Rm
February 03, 2015 (3:04 PM - 4:04 PM)

HMS Newspaper Club- In the Computer Lab
February 03, 2015 (3:04 PM - 4:04 PM)

Chorus- In the Music Room
February 04, 2015 (3:00 PM - 4:30 PM)

Sports Club- In the HMS Gym
February 04, 2015 (3:04 PM - 4:04 PM)

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