Mountain Lions
Welcome to the 
North Haledon
School District

Please support

HMS Pennies for

Patients Fundraisers

in February






Wear Red

Fri., Feb. 5th

February Letter Day Calendar





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

Welcome to the 2015 – 2016 school year! 

Our commitment at High Mountain Middle School is to provide a safe, positive, intellectual learning environment that will empower students to become creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and inspired learners prepared for high school, college, and life in the twenty-first century.

As I enter into my fifth year as principal in the North Haledon School District, I would like to continue setting high expectations for our students in regards to academic performance within the classroom, participation in co-curricular activities as well as responsible citizenship at school and in the community. I am asking each student to make a commitment to having PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In Daily Efforts) by being active participants in their learning and acting responsibly as an individual within our learning community.  Doing so will enable all to have a successful and enjoyable school year.


Parents are an integral part of our school community. We recognize that parents are our students’ first 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. Together we can build a strong educational foundation for every student.

It is my belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning atmosphere that welcomes exploration,  problem-solving, critical-thinking and enhances student confidence and achievement.  Having high and clear expectations for our students are essential while responding to each student as an individual.  This is fundamental in developing independent, productive, life-long learners that embrace the challenges of the 21st century.  I look forward in continuing to build strong parent and community partnerships, which are essential in fostering student success.  As I transition to this next chapter of my educational career, I am excited to work with the many community stakeholders, my fellow district administrators, the teaching staff, the parent community and most importantly, the students of the High Mountain Middle School.  

I understand and embrace the excitement and challenges that lie ahead for the 2015-2016 school year.  As an instructional leader in a professional learning community whose sole purpose is to promote student-centered learning and achievement, I am committed in preparing our students for the complex world of tomorrow and in continuing to make the High Mountain Middle School one of the best middle schools in the state.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) makes for a more rigorous approach to learning as students will be challenged to develop their analytical skills, communicate their learning verbally, in writing, and/or in a presentation.  During the 2015-2016 school year, our students will be able to utilize Google Chromebooks as a learning tool which will allow our staff to share more real time collaboration with their students while increasing our students’ 21st century learning experiences.

A driving force for me has always been the act of connecting with students and guiding them to become aware and responsible for their academic and behavioral choices.  The opportunity to impact so many students at the Pre-K to 8th educational level is my motivation.  A key thread of my administrative philosophy stems from the value and importance of character and citizenship.  Although I have many goals, a main focus will be to celebrate the students of the High Mountain Middle School for their academic, extracurricular, and behavioral successes.  This includes promoting good decision-making and the ideas of recognizing all of the good things that students are doing. 

Middle school is a time of a change. It is an exciting time, but it can also be challenging with the increase in workloads and the social adjustment to being on a larger campus and having multiple teachers through the course of the day.

Mountain Lions, I encourage you to do the following so you can be successful in your transition and time in middle school:

  • Communicate with others in a respectful and meaningful way.
  • Pose questions, examine possibilities, and challenge yourself to find solutions.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.
  • Make positive choices related to physical and mental wellness.
  • Make your mark on the High Mountain Middle School by working hard and achieving great things.
  • Make High Mountain Middle School a caring community.
  • Make new friends while still holding onto old ones.
  • Join clubs, play sports, and participate in activities.
  • Respect yourselves and your parents.
  • Always keep your parents informed for they are an important part of your lives.
  • Work hard to make the world a better place.

Parents, please make time to:

  • Ask your student(s) specific questions about their time at school.  For example, “What was the most interesting thing you did in math class today?” or “Tell me about your science experiment?”
  • Communicate with your child about their performance on their homework, a test or quiz as well as their attendance. Your interest and concern in their school progress will motivate them to do their best.
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers and staff members to establish a successful home/school connection.  All of our teachers have classroom websites with their contact information, homework assignments, and useful resources.

Parent Teacher Student

We are looking forward to a positive, upbeat school year at the High Mountain Middle School.  I encourage all students to connect with our school; stand up to bullying, vandalism, and to anything you know is not right. Remind yourself you do not have to follow the crowd. Be yourself and even when no one is watching, do the right thing.  Parents, please help us by reinforcing school expectations at home and review our code of conduct with your child/ren. With your help, the High Mountain Middle School will continue to be a school community in which every person feels respected, valued, and is encouraged and challenged to achieve at the highest levels.

I encourage all of you to be active in our PTO and the North Haledon Education Foundation.  Our partnership is essential for our continued success. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me and know that my door is always open.

I look forward to being a part of the North Haledon School District’s educational team and effectively contribute to the overall safety, academic program, climate, and sense of community in North Haledon.  I am excited for the opportunity to work with you and your child/ren to provide a productive and safe learning environment that supports student success.

I encourage you to explore our school webpage throughout the year to learn more about the High Mountain Middle 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.

Once again, welcome to High Mountain Middle School! I am honored to serve as your Principal.


Giovanni A. Giancaspro

High Mountain School, Principal



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Beginning Monday, February 1st-29th,

High Mountain School’s Student Council

will be participating in

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s

Pennies for Patients program.


This program gives young students the opportunity to raise funds for blood cancer research and services for patients.  This cause has special relevance for children and their families as leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under the age of 20. Please team up with your child and help collect funds or contribute to the program through matching gifts or personal checks.  The top two homerooms that collect the most money will get a Pizza Party and Ice Cream Party!!


PENNY WARS- Competition between GRADE LEVELS  not homerooms


Feb. 3rd- Wear Jeans- HMS & Memorial Teachers with a $5 donation


Feb. 5th- Hot Chocolate & Cookies Sale-$3.50


Eat at Anthony & Mario's EVERY WEDNESDAY in February. Please remember to bring flyer. 

Click here for flyer.


Feb. 11th- HMS Bake Sale- Main Hallway 2:50-4:15 pm. Click here for flyer.


Feb. 25th- 4:00-8:00 pm Panera Community Night-

Please remember to bring flyer to Paramus Park Panera.

Click here for flyer.


Jump Rope for Heart 
February 22nd-26th
Students at Memorial School and HMS will be supporting the American Heart Association by taking part in the “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraiser.  The event will be going on during the week of February 22nd – 26th, with students participating in their physical education classes.  Students will be jumping rope in addition to cycling through stations designed to strengthen their heart through high energy activities.  The goal is to further educate students about the benefits of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle while also trying to raise money and awareness towards the prevention of heart disease.  

If you missed the Parent University for
PARCC District Scores and Individual Student Reports,
please click on the link below for the presentation.
Check it out 
Looking Eyes
North Haledon students have access to a great online resource!
Explore the site to find a variety of online tools to help with all of your research needs.  
Look for username and password information to come home soon with your child to explore this great site. 
World Book Online

    Parent Portal

Did you miss the Parent University event on

Realtime's Parent Portal and

would like to review the information?  


Click here for the Parent Portal presentation.


Click here to enter the Parent Portal.








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We appreciate parents continued assistance as you demonstrate safety when driving your vehicles on school property and in our neighboring streets.


Please keep in mind that students, parents, and staff utilize the parking lot as pedestrians, so it's important to reduce the speed of your vehicle while on the campus of the High Mountain Middle School.  Students, parents, and staff safety must be everone's priority. The traffic flows extremely well in the morning and afternoon when parents utlize the drop-off and pick-up lane. 

Please refrain from utilizing the center lane located in the front of the school, getting out of your vehicles, parking in the front of the building when dropping off or picking up your children. If you must park, please do so in a parking spot. Unattended cars that are parked in the drop-off and pick-up lane hinder the traffic flow.

Thank you for assisting us with keeping the High Mountain Middle School safe for all who attend, work, and visit.

Giovanni A. Giancaspro

High Mountain School, Principal

Drive Slow We love our children


**As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122),
the North Haledon Public Schools has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades
on each individual school's webpage, to the district's homepage, to the district's HIB webpage,
and to the district's public menu.  
Please feel free to contact Mrs. Michele Mazzola, Anti-Bullying Coordinator, if you have any questions.**