Correspondence - 3/25/2020

Posted by Nick Lalama on 3/25/2020

Message from Mr. Hagemann - March 25, 2020

Good afternoon, Stanhope families.  I hope this message finds you and your families well.  I’d like to begin by stating how proud I am of our teachers and students for how quickly they’ve adapted to online and virtual learning in our new circumstances.  Although I believe there is no replacement for live, face-to-face, hands on instruction, I also know how important it is to keep our kids moving in the right direction and progressing academically.  Each grade level and subject area still has expectations, and we will be doing everything in our power to ensure our students meet them, wherever and however this learning will take place. I also can’t express how proud I am of our parents that are supporting their children and our teachers at home.  So many of you are balancing your own work, your child’s education, and so many other things right now. We know this is a difficult situation and we greatly appreciate your efforts.  

All teachers across all subject areas are providing work and/or instruction for all students, and it is important that our students engage in this work and that there is communication with their teachers.  If a teacher is unable to make contact with a student or parent, or if our students are not responsive to the work that is assigned, our administrative staff will be reaching out to families to make sure everything is okay, and that they are supported with internet connectivity and electronic devices.  If your children are struggling with this new routine, or if they are having any other social and/or emotional concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Jardine (ajardine@stanhopeschools.org), our guidance counselor, as she is still holding counseling and social skills sessions online.  You can also reach out to Mrs. DiCataldo or myself and we can put you in touch with one of the school’s talented counselors.  It is also important for parents or students to track attendance each day in the Genesis Parent Portal. If you are still unclear on how to do this, please contact Mrs. Frank (jfrank@stanhopeschools.org).  

As of today, the expected date for us to reopen the school is Monday, April 20.  If this changes, I will communicate new information to parents as soon as possible.  I’d also like to remind parents to check their email accounts daily for important information and updates coming from the school.  I am sorry to say that we have been directed to close our entire campus, including the outdoor playgrounds and basketball courts. I ask that everyone please respect this and stay off all equipment.  Thank you for your time and continued support. I hope that everyone is healthy, and that we are all making safe decisions to protect the health of others.

Steve Hagemann

Superintendent

Supervisor of Special Services

Stanhope School District

Stanhope, NJ  

(973) 347-0008