January Report to Parents
Assist your child with change.
WELCOME To Frank K. Hehnly School
Home of the Hehnly Frogs
Hehnly School is comprised of students in grades kindergarten through five. We currently have 546 students enrolled within four classes at each grade level with the exception of kindergarten where there are three sections. We have an inclusion Grade 2-5 class as well. We have dedicated teachers and staff whose primary goal is to provide each student with a quality education within a safe and caring environment. Each year we establish a school theme or motto. This year’s motto, “Opening Minds, Touching Hearts, and Believing in Our Future” is rooted in the belief that students’ success is directly related to feelings of acceptance and positive self-esteem.
There are programs in place to promote a bully-free, caring learning environment. The Hehnly HEROs Club has been instrumental over the last ten years in spreading an anti-bullying message. The club meets twice monthly and student representatives from grades 3 – 5 plan events and share the anti-bully message with their peers and buddies. The “Making a Difference” Recognition Program recognizes students recommended for making a difference within or outside of the school community. The Buddy Class Program is a school-wide program that increases students’ opportunities to work together and make connections with other students in the community. Fourth grade classes are “buddied” with kindergartners, for example. The best way to start the day is to make connections with your classmates and teachers. At the start of each day classroom teachers facilitate classroom-based, community-building meetings called the “Morning Meeting.” The K-Kids Program, sponsored by the local Kiwanis coordinates service projects to give back to the community. A new program designed to connect the special needs population with the general education population was piloted this past year. The program, called “Mentor Links,” has made a positive impression on the special needs students who have now established social relationships with their mentors. It is refreshing to see these connections flourish during the lunch–recess block.
A caring school environment nurtures the inspirations for academic excellence. It compliments our strong academic program that is based on the NJ Common Core Standards, which is rich in language arts literacy experiences, math, and content area curriculums, designed with the end in mind. Visit our district website to access curriculum guides. Through a comprehensive language arts program, our students participate in guided reading and interactive reading experiences, within a technology-integrated program. Writing, grammar, and spelling literacy skills are developed within the language arts program, as well, through a science, social studies, and literature-based anthology. Kindergarten through fifth grade students’ math instruction is facilitated with the Every Day Math Program spiraling approach. Pull out and push-in support and enrichment programs are available that provide differentiated learning experiences. An academically based enrichment program for selected third, fourth, and fifth graders and grade level literacy enrichment programs for students in grades K -5 complement our regular education program. This past year we piloted a S.T.E.A.M program. We are excited for the prospect of implementing a new S.T.E.A.M. program of project-based learning this school year. We offer a variety of other special academic programs as well, such as guidance, speech, ESL, and family living lessons. Art, music, and physical education lessons provide students with opportunities to appreciate the cultural arts, good health, and good sportsmanship. Frank K. Hehnly School is not only opening students’ minds for academic excellence, as evidenced by the variety of learning experiences available to our students, but it is also preparing them to believe in themselves as lifelong learners and active, informed citizens, as our future.
No school community is complete without the support of an active parent community. Hehnly School is so fortunate in this regard! The PTA sponsors cultural arts programs, family events, and student activities to further promote our goals and to bridge the home to school connection. It is one that makes a positive impact on the school community.
Thank you for visiting our site. Please contact me at 732-381-8100 or email@example.com to learn more about Hehnly School. Shirley J. Bergin, Principal