Happy Summer!  The last few weeks of the school year were certainly a whirlwind culminating with both our 5th and 8th grade Moving Up ceremonies.  These were both celebratory occasions that allowed us to applaud the fine work of our students.  Indeed, each of these events marked a milestone in the educational journey of our students.  The supportive partnership that our teachers and parents have enjoyed has ensured that each of our students is well-prepared for the next chapter in their schooling. 

While the summer is a precious time to enjoy the company of family and friends, there is much work that occurs in July and August to prepare for the approaching school year.  Of course, we are all excited to welcome our new superintendent, Dr. Diana Bowers, on July 7th.  Her impressive curricular background will surely bring new ideas and perspective to our fabulous school community.  With that said, we are pleased to share that we were successful in our pursuit of a grant through SED as a result of our Reward School status.  This grant must be used toward Title 1 expenditures, and we anticipate using the funding to better support our Tier II/AIS program with a more articulated research-based reading curriculum.  As part of our obligation for this grant, we will be providing support to a partnered school over the course of next school year.  As more details become available, I will look forward to sharing them with you.    

Additionally, we wish to share the data analysis of our school climate survey administered to our middle school students in April.  The results of this survey were received in early June, and it has been shared with the middle school staff as well as our M-SIT committee.  While the results validated much of the work we have done in our building to ensure a positive, safe and respectful school community, it also provides much valuable information to better meet the needs of our middle school students.  We plan to share the results with our students in the fall with the hope of engaging in thoughtful conversations with our students to better support their social-emotional well-being during middle school.  We invite you to take a look at the attached item analysis, and if you have a middle school child, we would encourage you to begin these conversations over the summer.

In closing, I trust that we are all eager to begin our summer and slow down for several weeks before the start of another successful school year.   There was much that was accomplished this past year, and we should all feel proud of our students’ success.   I will look forward to sharing more exciting news at the end of the summer as we prepare to begin again.  Until then, please rest, relax, recoup and revitalize!

Best Regards,

Brent B. Harrington
Haldane ES/MS Principal            


True Blue Tribune

Our Elementary Pledge

I PLEDGE TO BE A FORCE FOR GOOD WHEREVER I GO AND A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL IN MY COMMUNITY.  AS A STUDENT AT HALDANE, I WILL STAND UP TO BULLYING AND TREAT OTHERS THE WAY I WANT TO BE TREATED--WITH KINDNESS, CONSIDERATION, AND RESPECT. 

It is our pleasure to introduce you to Haldane Elementary and Middle School.  Our caring and dedicated staff is committed to understanding the wide range of interests and learning styles necessary for your child's success.  The partnership between our staff, parents and children allows for a stimulating and challenging educational community.  We invite you to take some time to peruse our website to learn more about the richness of our curriculum and programs and meet our dedicated and exceptional staff.

Brent B. Harrington-Principal       Julia Sniffen-Assistant Principal        
                                                



This year, Haldane's Farm to School program will be partnering with the Culinary Institute of America and their Slow Food chapter on campus. Each month, two young, enthusiastic chef interns will come to Haldane and teach a cooking class to the elementary classes K-5. The student chefs will work with Haldane students creating dishes with seasonal, locally-sourced vegetables and teach them about where their food comes from and how it gets on their plate. These dishes will then be served in the cafeteria to all students as a monthly veggie taste test. This is a program coordinated by Hudson Valley Farm to School, a special project of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust.



Butternut Squash Recipe

Carrot Salad
Spinach Frittata

Sweet Potatoe Muffins
Beet Recipe
Parsnip Potato mash
Apple Pie

Tuesday, August 12
BOE Meeting
7:30 PM
Tue, Sep 2 - Wed, Sep 3
School Closed -- Superintendent's Conference Day

Tuesday, September 2
BOE Meeting
7:00 PM
Thursday, September 4
First Day of School
Welcome and Welcome Back!
Friday, September 12
PTA Welcome Back Picnic
3:30 PM