Dear Members of the Class of 2025 and Parents/Guardians:
We are fast approaching the beginning of another school year. The staff and administration at North Hunterdon High School are looking forward to meeting you this fall. Join with us in a “commitment to excellence” that will make the 2021-2022 school year a productive one for you and everyone in our school community.
North Hunterdon High School provides a Freshman Orientation program on the first day you are in the building. This experience will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
Transportation and busing information with times and bus stop locations will be available in Aspen, located under the Transportation tab. Bus pick-up for Freshman Orientation will be exactly two hours later than the scheduled normal pick-up time. Students should be at the bus stop at least five minutes prior to pick-up. Dismissal is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. with a normal afternoon bus schedule for students. Masks are required to be worn while on the school bus as they are mandatory on public transportation.
When freshmen arrive at the high school on Wednesday, August 25, they should go promptly to the theater for a brief assembly. They will then meet their counselor and proceed through a schedule of orientation activities.
School lunch will be available for purchase on Freshman Orientation Day. Freshmen may either bring their own lunch or purchase lunch through our cashless school cafeteria. If you plan on buying your lunch, please visit the Food Services website for more information on the cashless pay system by clicking here. Freshmen will be added to the MySchoolBucks system in mid-August; we will let you know when you can create an account and add funds for cafeteria purchases.
ACTIVITIES FAIR: An Activities Fair is included in the Freshman Orientation program from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The fair will take place in the Main Gym and will allow freshmen to explore many co-curricular options.
SAFE RETURN PLAN 2021-2022
Below please find the link to our Safe Return Plan for the upcoming school year. Please read through the plan carefully as it details protocols for masks (which are required for everyone inside the school building no matter vaccination status), physical distancing, cleaning and quarantining to name a few.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHTS
This year we will have two scheduled Back to School Nights. Parents of 9th graders are invited to attend on Thursday, September 2nd. Parents of 10-12th graders are invited to attend on Wednesday, September 8th. The program on both evenings will begin in the main gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. Parents are reminded to bring a copy of their student’s schedules to this popular year-opening event. Another letter will be sent with details prior to the Back to School nights.
ACCESS TO ASPEN (Student Information System)
In late July, parents/guardians should have received login information to access Aspen, our student information system. This system will allow you to view your student’s schedule, assignments, attendance, locker information, and fees. In addition, your student’s bus route and pick-up time will be available in Aspen. (Please note, the transportation department will not be mailing home bus cards.) If you already have an account in Aspen from last year, please note that your freshman will be automatically added to your account. If you have any problems with your parent Aspen account, please contact Sherri DiMarcello, Database Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Freshmen will receive their own log-in for Aspen during orientation.
CHROMEBOOKS AND INTERNET ACCESS
Our school district has a 1:1 initiative that provides a Chromebook and an assigned password to every student. Students have the option to accept the district-issued Chromebook or to bring in their own Chromebook. If your child will be accepting the district-issued Chromebook, they will receive a Chromebook during orientation on August 25th, provided you have completed the agreement form in Aspen (see information below). If your child opts to bring their own personal Chromebook, please click here for a list of acceptable devices. Your child will need to bring their own Chromebook to orientation so we can register the device on the school network, or they can visit the Technology Resource Center outside Cafeteria A during the regular school day.
Parents must complete a Chromebook agreement form and the acceptable use policy form in Aspen in order for their child to receive a Chromebook and gain access to the Internet and school network. Parents of students bringing their own Chromebook must also fill out an agreement form. These forms are available in Aspen, under Page Directory, then Technology Forms. Please fill out one of the Chromebook agreement forms and the acceptable use policy form prior to August 25th, so there is no delay in providing your child with school network access and a Chromebook.
Parent organizations are an important part of the school community at North Hunterdon High School. If you would like to join one of the following organizations, please click the link to read more information about each group and to access the membership form.
- NHHS PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association): http://www.nhvweb.net/nhhs/ptsa/
- NHHS Music Association: http://www.nhvweb.net/nhhs/musicassociation
- NHHS Athletic Booster Club: http://www.nhvweb.net/nhhs/booster/index.php
- North Hunterdon Education Foundation: http://www.nhhsfoundation.org/
As you, the Class of 2025, approach this new school experience, I would like to remind you that your education is more than a mark on a report card. School is also about people and opportunities. Your education expands with all the experiences you encounter in your school career. I would like to draw your attention to the fine array of clubs, athletic teams, and co-curricular activities that are available to you. Take advantage of the many opportunities our school has to offer, and you will look back fondly on your school days. I encourage you to visit our website regularly at http://www.nhvweb.net/nhhs/home/.
If you have any questions, please contact the Counseling Office at (908) 713-4130. Best wishes for a great year and welcome to North Hunterdon High School.
Greg Cottrell, Ed.D.