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Pay It ForwardMarch 16, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Each year High Mountain School students participate in a school-wide challenge. In recent years, they have taken part in various reading challenges, as well as character education challenges where they were “caught being good.”  This year our children will be engaged in a different kind of character education challenge, one that will ignite self-reflection and foster self-responsibility while revealing to them the power for good that they all hold.

Each and every human being, no matter what his or her age, has the power to positively impact the lives of others through simple acts of kindness.  A smile, a hello, or a kind word can often change someone’s day for the better.  As such, we will focus on a very simple concept:  It’s nice to be nice!

Earlier this year our students learned about how people can “pay it forward.” This concept encourages one who has been the beneficiary of a kind act, to “pay it forward” by doing something nice for someone else.  These deeds need not involve great effort, planning, or thought. They may be something simple and small that, nonetheless, will promote goodwill and lift the spirit of another.

Given the profound benefits of being good citizens and helping others, we will embark on this simple mission to “pay it forward” in High Mountain School!  When someone does something kind for them, students will be encouraged to recognize it and pay that kindness forward to someone else.  More importantly, if one sees that someone could use kindness and compassion, give it, and initiate the opportunity to pay it forward.

We may all possess different abilities, talents, and strengths.  The one common quality we all share is the ability and power to be kind, compassionate and respectful.  That is exactly what we will do!

Students and faculty will be challenged to “pay it forward” and remember that it’s nice to be nice! Each time a student performs an act of kindness, he or she will visit the Main Office to be recognized and receive a commendation that will be posted in the main hallway.  Our mission is to fill our wall with reminders of the simple acts of kindness that have brightened another’s day.

In addition to the satisfaction students will experience by “paying it forward,” all those who have been recognized will have an opportunity to be chosen to enjoy a springtime celebration.  Two names from each grade level will be randomly selected to participate in this celebration day!  The special twist this year is that students get to take part in suggesting the reward!  One of these suggestions will then be chosen as the ultimate prize!  Once again, students will be able to learn that they have the power to make a difference!

Our deepest thanks go out to the members of the PTO for their consistent support of our students and our school. Their generosity and commitment is much appreciated.

I am extremely proud of our students and our school.  Every day I see students and faculty demonstrate the beauty of the human spirit.  We will now challenge them to see it in themselves and then “pay it forward!”


 Melissa Tait



“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

-Maya Angelou

Say Cheese


Spring Pictures

March 31st


Willy Wonka



March 31st and April 1st

7:00 p.m. HMS All Purpose Room

Spring Recess

No School from April 3rd-10th

Enjoy your break!

See you in school on Monday, April 13th

Science Procedure

HMS's Second Annual Science Fair

Wednesday, April 22nd    7:00 pm

HMS All Purpose Room

If you need the Science Fair packet, click here.

Student News

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

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
March 31, 2015 (7:45 AM - 8:25 AM)

HMS Math Club- Mrs. Ajaimy's Rm
March 31, 2015 (3:04 PM - 4:04 PM)

HMS Newspaper Club- In the Computer Lab
March 31, 2015 (3:04 PM - 4:04 PM)

HMS Willy Wonka Musical
March 31, 2015 (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)

Sports Club- In the HMS Gym
April 01, 2015 (3:04 PM - 4:04 PM)

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