High Mountain School




Deck the Halls

Positive Thoughts

December 3, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

December has arrived and so has High Mountain School’s special holiday and winter celebration, “Deck The Halls With Positive Thoughts!”  Each December High Mountain School students and staff join together to celebrate the holiday and winter season with “Deck The Halls with Positive Thoughts.”  Students and staff will be creating decorations and items surrounding the theme of winter that will then be displayed throughout High Mountain School.  All students will participate by crafting projects to display in their grade level hallway.  Every item displayed will state a positive message.  Our halls and walls will be filled with positive thoughts from our High Mountain students!

Our cross curricular project will incorporate activities in Art, Computers, Health, and Character Education, in addition to lessons with grade level teachers.  Students will be creating decorations in Art class, as well as during inclement weather days during Academic Enrichment.  Students will also be researching the power of positive thinking in Computer class in addition to discussions of positive thinking during Character Education lessons as well as in Health classes.  Our hope is that students can learn how one positive message can change someone’s day.

To bring added excitement and spirit, each grade level will enjoy a friendly competition to turn their typical hallway into a winter wonderland filled with positive thoughts.  Administration and some additional faculty members will serve as judges to determine the winning grade level.

We look forward to celebrating the holiday and winter season together at High Mountain School with “Deck The Halls With Positive Thoughts.”  We wish all of our High Mountain School families a wonderful holiday season.

Warm regards,

Melissa Tait



Willy Wonka





March 31st and April 1st

7:00 p.m. HMS All Purpose Room


Play Announcements/Meetings:

Thurs., Dec. 11th immediately after school

in the HMS All Purpose Room-

Students who auditioned will find out their parts


Tues., Jan. 6th 3:00-4:15

in the HMS All Purpose Room-

Students will have their first read through.


Student News

The HMS Student Council

will be selling Winter-grams to send to a friend

during all lunch periods.

Snowman pen: $1.50

 Candy cane: $0.50

 All items will be delivered on Tuesday, December 23rd

during last period.



 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

SINGLE SESSION DAY- Tues., Dec. 23rd

Wed., Dec. 24th through Fri., Jan. 2nd

See you on Mon., Jan. 5th!

Happy New Year

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
December 23, 2014 (7:45 AM - 8:25 AM)

HMS Math Club- Mrs. Ajaimy's Rm
January 06, 2015 (3:04 PM - 4:04 PM)

HMS Math Club- Mrs. Ajaimy's Rm
January 13, 2015 (3:04 PM - 4:04 PM)

HMS Math Club- Mrs. Ajaimy's Rm
January 20, 2015 (3:04 PM - 4:04 PM)

HMS Math Club- Mrs. Ajaimy's Rm
January 27, 2015 (3:04 PM - 4:04 PM)

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