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!

"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.

View Our Latest Electronic Newsletter

Click here to view the latest version of News from Mount Laurel Schools.

New Cafeteria Service LunchTime Opens!

Our new online cafeteria service has been installed and the Parent Portal is open!  Any funds left in the Lunchbox account have been transferred to the new LunchTime system and will be available for use as soon as your new account is established.
 

A Community Summit: Understanding the Transformation

 
The Mount Laurel Board of Education wants all members of the community to understand the many changes taking place in public education. The public schools are a reflection of the communities they serve. It is crucial, therefore, that the relationship between the district and the public remains strong, and communication is a key factor.

On May 15, the Board of Education will host the 2014 Mount Laurel Education Summit : Understanding the Transformation at Hartford School, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will be asked to share their reflections and perceptions on public education in general and our schools in particular. The board and administration want to hear your opinions and hope to share some typical experiences with you in a community setting that is designed to move our schools forward for all Mount Laurel children.

Our goal is to have every demographic group within Mount Laurel represented at the Educational Summit, and to have technology available for hands-on use by participants.  For that reason, participation is limited to 100 Mount Laurel community members, and we hope to have ten representatives from ten different demographic groups present.

If you would like to participate, you may sign-up online here. We ask that all attendees respond by April 30.  Should you have questions about the Summit, you may e-mail them here.

We hope that you will join us for this very important community conversation. Your presence will do much to move our district forward in the future.

Philadelphia Boys & Girls Choir Auditions Coming Here!

 
Philadelphia Boys & Girls Choir Music Director Jeffrey Smith will hold auditions for boys and girls who have not previously auditioned for the Cho
ir in Grades 1-5 at the Springville School on May 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Boys and Girls interested in joining the Choir's training program will be asked to sing a familiar song and perform a few simple singing exercises. This audition is very informal and will last only a few moments. Those students selected for a final audition will be notified by mail within the month. These local auditions are open to all boys and girls from the area who meet the above criteria. You need not be a Mount Laurel Schools student.
Permission slips for boys are available here.
They should be returned to your child's Mount Laurel School Music Teacher as soon as possible, or completed and e-mailed to Marie Reynolds, or fax'd to 856-235-1837

Extended Kindergarten Option Registration Extended to May 23

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 through May 23. After that date, all registration will be on a space-available 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.
 



Here are some questions that have come in so far.

Help Us Honor The Upstanders Among Us!

We see it every day - the student who is consistently kind. Another who steps in when insults are hurled to stop potential hurt. That staff member who is always the first to volunteer or has an idea what can be done collectively to help the plight of another. They're Upstanders, and we have plenty of them. Now, a new program in our schools will honor our Upstanders. Find more information on our Upstander Campaign page.

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

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

The Board of Education's Work Session meeting for April will be held on April 15 and the Regular monthly meeting will be held on April 30 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

It's April! Winter is finally behind us and our spring schedule is full of interesting and enriching activities. A look at our school newsletters or our annual Calendar and Family Handbook for this month will provide plenty of opportunity for you to get together with members of your broader school family and shake off those winter blues! Take part in a Fun Run, buy some spring flowers, get a sitter and head out for Ladies or Dad's Night Out. Grab a hoagie and have a picnic in the back yard, grab everyone and head to the school for Craft Night, pull up a chair at the Book Fair or pull out your camera for the Art Show. Our schools are proud to be "town center" for Mount Laurel families, especially after a long, cold winter when we need to break out and enjoy the sunshine and the company of our neighbors and friends by celebrating our children and their accomplishments together!

Changes in Assessment for the 2013-2014 School Year

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing MAP testing will not be conducted in the 2013-2014 school year. MAP scores from the final testing phase of the 2012-2013 school year have been used for placement in Advanced Math, Basic Skills, GAP and other Advanced Programming placement. Alternative assessment criteria for placement in special programs is currently in development for this year. That will serve as an in-house companion assessment to the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) beginning in 2014-2015. PARCC testing will replace the NJASK Testing in New Jersey.

More information about New Jersey's PARCC Testing may be found here.

Here's a parent guide to assessments in New Jersey.

Events Calendar

April 18
Good Friday
School Closed

April 21-25
Spring Recess
School Closed

April 30
Board of Education
Board Retreat, 6 p.m.
Public Hearing on the
2014-15 Budget, 7 p.m.
Regular Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

May 12-15
NJ ASK Testing
Grades 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

May 12-16
NJ ASK Testing
Grade 4

May 19-23
NJ ASK Make-up Testing
Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

May 20
Board of Education
Work Session, 7:30 p.m.

May 23
Kindergarten Orientation

May 26
Memorial Day
School Closed

May 27
Board of Education
Regular Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

June 23
8th-Grade Graduation Ceremony
5:15 p.m. Zephyr
7:30 p.m. Phoenix

June 24
8th-Grade Graduation Ceremony
5:15 p.m. Everest
7:30 p.m. Oasis

June 25
Last Day of School for Students
Early Dismissal

June 26 and June 27
Last Days of School for Staff
Early Dismissal


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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
2013-14 School Calendar

School Locations and Contact Info

Map of our schools and sending areas

Website Content Questions
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Website Link Management
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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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