High Mountain School




Red Ribbon Week
October 23rd-31st

Monday, October 27th- HMS Red Ribbon Spirit Week-
Sock It to Drugs- Wear crazy socks to school

Tuesday, October 28th- HMS Red Ribbon Spirit Week-
Put a Cap on Drugs- Wear decorated or crazy hats

Wednesday, October 29th- HMS Red Ribbon Spirit Week-
Wear RED

Thursday, October 30th- HMS Red Ribbon Spirit Week-
You Have a Bright Future Drug Free-
Wear favorite college jersey, sweatshirt, or t-shirt

October 10, 2014


Dear Parents/Guardians,


This letter is to inform you of the Halloween celebration that will be taking place in High Mountain School and the North Haledon School District.

Students and staff are permitted and encouraged to enter school dressed in costume for the day at High Mountain School.  We are hoping that this will encourage creativity, bonding and school spirit.  Our celebrations will include observing the Memorial School parade, and returning to High Mountain to enjoy a treat provided by our Student Council.  Prior to this afternoon celebration, school will be conducted as usual with classes taking place throughout the day.


  • No fake weapons such as swords, knives, guns, etc. may enter the building or be part of any costume.
  • No terrorist type of costumes are permitted.
  • No risqué or physically inappropriate costumes are permitted.
  • No costumes making fun of any group, or indicating bias of any nature is permitted.
  • No full face masks can be worn.  Student’s faces must be seen at all times and vision must not be obscured.

There will be teachers and administrators welcoming students as they enter school to ensure all costumes are school appropriate.  Any child entering in a costume that is not school appropriate will be required to call home for a change in costume or clothing.  Last year all students looked fantastic and we are confident that will continue for this school year.

We are looking forward to an enjoyable day for all.


Thank you,

Melissa Tait


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.

Monday, November 10th 

8th Grade Thanksgiving Feast

Friday, November 14th 2:00 p.m.

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

Red Ribbon Week
October 23, 2014(8:00 AM) - October 31, 2014 (3:00 PM)

Chimes- In the Music Room
November 04, 2014 (7:45 AM - 8:25 AM)

HMS Math Club- Mrs. Ajaimy's Rm
November 04, 2014 (3:04 PM - 4:04 PM)

Chorus- In the Music Room
November 05, 2014 (3:00 PM - 3:45 PM)

Chimes- In the Music Room
November 11, 2014 (7:45 AM - 8:25 AM)

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