Mount Laurel Schools

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330 Mount Laurel Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054  |  P: 856-235-3387  |  F: 856-235-1837
Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon School

Welcome to the Mount Laurel Schools!

Inspiring Potential. Enriching Futures.

A Very Important Note To All Of Our Parents

Parents, please note that our PowerSchool Portal is still in flux due to necessary changes and adjustments. At the moment it is closed to accommodate late enrollment and class schedules, particularly in the higher grades. The PowerSchool Portal will be open on the first day of school. Note also that students do not need to bring their schedules to the orientation sessions at Hartford and Harrington Schools.

Meanwhile, our LunchTime Portal has been opened and may be accessed to set-up lunch accounts and make deposits for the first week of school.

Thank you for understanding that the process which guides over 4,200 students into the appropriate seat for six hours a day over the next 180 days is comprehensive. While schedule changes can always be made throughout the year based on need, our administrators work very hard to place students appropriately based on a number of factors prior to the start of school.

"The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue."
Edward R. Murrow

We are proud to welcome you to the Mount Laurel Township Schools' website. As a district, we have long recognized the World Wide Web as a valuable communications tool. In fact, our first site appeared in 1991, before commercialization of the medium began. A website's worth, however, is only as valuable as the information it shares.

Mount Laurel's Board of Education and Administration have established policies and procedures that dictate transparency in all aspects of our operation. You will find board of education meeting agendas, exhibits and minutes posted here each month. Our annual district budget, guides to the curriculum used in our programs and our complete district policy manual are also posted.

But, as Edward R. Murrow noted long before the advent of the Internet, misinformation often travels swiftly. We hope that our website opens the door to conversation with those who use it. If ever you come to this site to confirm information you have heard and are unable to find that validation, please use this link to contact us and pose the question directly. As partners in the education of the children of Mount Laurel, it is incumbent upon each of us to make intelligent use of the tools we have at our disposal.

Attention Parents: New Sports Physicals Procedures In Place

Parents: Please share this important information with your friends and neighbors if your children will play sports in our 5-8 schools this year. The laws governing sports physicals have changed at the state level this year and are extremely stringent. Gone are the days of being able to whisk your child to the doctor for a physical the day before the first practice. Implementation of these laws may actually preclude some students from participating if guidelines are not followed.

This year, the complete sports physical packet must be returned to our schools and reviewed by the school physician for final sign-off. This process may take 10 days to 2 weeks. The school physician's signature is required before a student is cleared for try-outs or practice.
 

Here's an explanation of each of the forms:
1. A note to the examining healthcare provider. Take this to the doctor.
2. A Pre-Participation History Form. You fill this form out and take it to the doctor also.
3. A Supplemental History Form for athletes with special needs. You fill out and take to doctor, if appropriate.
4. The Physical Evaluation Form. Your doctor will complete.
5. The Clearance Form. Your doctor will complete.
6. A Sports-Related Concussion and Head Injury information sheet. Parent and student read and sign-off on the second page.
7. A Sudden-Cardiac Death in Young Athletes brochure. You read this.
8. Sign-Off sheet for Sudden Cardiac Death. Sign-off after you have read the brochure on that topic.
9. This is an update form. You may need this in the future. If, for example, you play soccer in the fall and track in the spring, you would complete this form prior to starting track. It is used to update your health information and must be submitted anytime you start a new sport if it has been 90 days since your annual sports physical.

Dr. Rath Named Burlington County Superintendent of Year for 2015

 
The Burlington County Chapter of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators has named Mount Laurel Schools Superintendent Dr. Antoinette Rath as Burlington County’s Superintendent of the Year for 2015. Her selection was announced at the group’s June meeting in Westampton.

 
Dr. Michael Gorman, Superintendent of Pemberton Township Schools, chaired the selection committee. “Toni Rath’s contributions are significant,” he said, “and I believe she will represent Burlington County well on the state level.”

As the county designee, Rath’s name will be submitted for consideration as regional and state Superintendent of the Year for 2015. County selections are made on the basis of the individual’s record of service with their county affiliate as well as a distinguished record of service as an educator. Selection at the regional and state levels considers leadership for learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement, in addition.

An educator with 29 years of experience, Rath has been superintendent of Mount Laurel Schools since 2002. She has led the district’s transformation to adhere with new standards and mandates at the state level, and has enhanced educational programs each year. Through her initiative with corporate partners, Mount Laurel has created Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs in grades 5-8. Numerous technology advances, such as a $1 million laptop endeavor, have been completed under her direction and Mount Laurel students continue to exceed state and district factor group scores on standardized tests.

Rath graduated from West Chester State University with both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Art degrees. She received her Principal and Supervisor’s Certification from Rowan University and a Doctorate in Education Administration from Widener University. She has undertaken post-doctorate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, and serves as an executive board member of the New Jersey School Development Council at Rutgers University.

Time for Summer Reading Lists!

Mount Laurel's Summer Reading Program includes suggested books for students in Grade 1-7. Students are encouraged to create a log of books read for discussion in class in the Fall. Please recognize that your child may select a book that is not on the suggested list that fits his or her individual interests and reading level. Should you have questions about the Summer Reading Program, please contact your school office, which will be open throughout the summer. The following letters to parents detail the program by grade level. The suggested list is also linked below.

Free Summer Math Program Offered To Our Families

Mount Laurel Schools have joined with TenMarks, an Amazon Company, to provide a summer math program at no cost to our families. Research shows that summer learning loss in Math is an issue that impacts all students, with students losing an average of 2-3 months of math comprehension every summer. TenMarks offers families a proven,scalable, online summer math program to reverse the summer learning loss and help students build a strong foundation in core math skills. Learn more about this exciting program here.

Extended Kindergarten Option Registration

The Board of Education has approved the Extended Kindergarten Option (EKO) Program for a September, 2014 start in the Mount Laurel Schools. Registration for the new program will be open on a first come, first serve basis. Registration forms are available here as well as at each of our school offices and at our Extended Day Care (EDC) offices. Completed registration forms must be mailed or hand-delivered to our EDC Office at 436 Masonville Road with the non-refundable registration fee of $75.
 

2014 Education Summit Webpage Link

More than 100 community members participated in the district's 2014 Education Summit on May 15. Discussion centered on the transformation facing our schools, namely the new Common Core Standards, the new PARCC Test to be administered in 2015 and student attendance rates. The resulting group discussion led to a number of suggestions for better communication within the community.
Check out our 2014 Summit webpage here to view the presentation and check for frequent updates.

Important: Emergency Notifications

Mt. Laurel Schools Emergency Text: Emergency text from the Mt. Laurel Public Schools: Text the word subscribe to the number 68453 from your cell phone. You'll receive an immediate reply confirming your subscription to the service. You may sign-up for text messages using this method on as many cell phones as you would like.

Board of Education



Did you know that the Mount Laurel Board of Education meets, in general, twice each month? All of our agendas are posted prior to our meetings, and our minutes are posted on the Board Meeting page once they have been approved. All presentations from staff and administrators made during board meetings are also posted on our meeting page for your review. Stay in the know ... visit that page often!

Board Meetings

There will be a special public meeting on September 3 for the approval of the M.L.E.A. Agreement. The Board of Education's Work Session meeting for September will be held on September 16 and the Regular monthly meeting will be held on September 23 at the Hattie Britt Board of Education Offices, 330 Mount Laurel Road. These meetings are open to the public. The Board welcomes public participation in meetings, and you will find complete agendas and minutes on our webpage throughout the year.

Superintendent

As we move into the weeks of summer, we cannot completely dismiss the potential for learning. Make your child's experiences rich this summer, whether traveling or at home. Discuss! Debate! Question! Research! On this page, you will find a guide to Mount Laurel's Summer Reading Program, as well as information on a new Summer Math initiative that we have signed-on with this year. The TenMarks Summer Math Program has been offered to our families at no charge this year, and may help greatly with retention of Math knowledge.
So many of our students already take advantage of our many camp offerings here in the schools, that the Reading and Math Programs should definitely assure that no parent has to hear "I'm bored" over the next several weeks! (However, as the mother of two, I say that tongue-in-cheek. You will definitely still hear it.)
Enjoy! Travel safely! Can't wait for the new school year to start!

Common Core

Mount Laurel Schools participate in the Common Core State Standards, along with other New Jersey Schools. Learn more about the Common Core Standards and what they mean specifically for your child at each grade level on our Common Core Standards webpage

Events Calendar

September 4
First Day of Classes - Grade 1-8

September 5
First Day Kindergarten

September 25
Rosh Hashanah
School Closed

Quick Links

How May We Help You?

Just looking for a quick and basic guide to specific information about our schools? The links below will provide you with a basic fact sheet on the topics listed. Don't see something you wish was here? Just yell! We'll get it up right away for you.

Registering a child new to the district

Kindergarten registration
Job Opportunities - Certified

Job Opportunities - Support and Substitute
2014-15 School Calendar

School Locations and Contact Info

Map of our schools and sending areas

Website Content Questions
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Website Link Management
or Update Issues?
Web Administrator Janet Moretti

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Anti-Bullying



District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Kelly Neiman
Mount Laurel Hartford School
397 Hartford Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Telephone - 856-231-5899

OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Mount Laurel Township School District is to prepare all children to be successful citizens and workers in the 21st century. As aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, this includes educating students to read with comprehension, write clearly, compute accurately, think critically, reason, discover, innovate, collaborate, and use information to solve problems.

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