May 27th & 30th
Enjoy Memorial Day!
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:
Parents, please make time to:
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
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
Melissa Tait, Anti-Bullying Specialist, Memorial
Giovanni Giancaspro, Anti-Bullying Specialist, HMS