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Principal's Message

397 Hartford Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone: 856-231-5899

Dear Hartford Families,
I want to extend to you and your family a very warm welcome to Hartford School as we begin the 2022-2023 school year.  This is an exciting time when children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning.  For our incoming 5th grade students, this year will be an important transition year.  Many of our students have only known one school, and for the first time, they have the opportunity to meet and build long-lasting friendships with students from other schools in the district that will last through their graduation.  For students in 6th grade, this is their last year of elementary school.  Their focus will be centered around being the best student they can be as they prepare for their entry into middle school.  Our school and staff are committed to providing a challenging and rigorous curriculum that helps each student progress at a developmentally appropriate rate and providing a safe environment for all students so that they can meet their goals. 
Each year, Hartford embraces a school-wide theme to create a sense of family and community within our building.  The past two years have been very challenging and full of uncertainty.  As I thought about the past two years, I saw a school that came together no matter what obstacles were presented.  Through it all, our staff continued to make magic happen in the classroom.  Through their creativity and ingenuity, our students achieved at levels that many may have thought weren’t possible due to the circumstances of the previous two years.  Our students showed perseverance and determination as they returned back to full-time instruction under ever-changing conditions.  They adapted to every twist and turn that came their way.   Last year was truly a special and magical year due to the efforts of everyone in our school community.   All of these examples led us to this year’s theme, “Hartford School…This is Where the Magic Happens!”  I believe this theme showcases the great work that both our staff and students carry out every day.  
I cannot wait to share with you, all of the “magical” happenings in our school this year.  Please check our website and social media pages throughout the year for upcoming events and highlights of what is happening in our classrooms. 
It is with great pride that I have another opportunity as Principal to lead Hartford School into the 2022-2023 school year.  I am excited to begin this journey and grateful for the opportunity to get to know your family in the new school year.
Your partner in education,
Mr. Marques Stanard, Principal
Ms. Mary Anne Vastardis, 5th Grade Assistant Principal
Mr. Shawn Blackshear, 6th Grade Assistant Principal

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Marques Stanard, Mary Anne Vastardis, and Shawn Blackshear with the Hartford Hound