Hopatcong to implement a full-day kindergarten program

To go into effect for 2014-`15 school year


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  • Kindergarten students, Ashly Sgroi and Lauren Bastedo, can be seen below assessing their own writing skills using a Rubric, a skill Mortello worked hard on this year with her students.



Cynthia Randina, Hopatcong Superintendent of Schools Cynthia Randina accounced that the Board of Education supported and approved a full-day Kindergarten program for the 2014-2015 school year, according to a school news release.

The board voted 8-0 on the measure during its March meeting.

“I can’t tell you how excited and pleased I am with the Board of Education’s decision” said Principal Tracey Hensz. “With the new Common Core requirements, our students will now be able to progress and soar like all other students who are afforded a full-day Kindergarten program. Hopatcong deserves the very best.”

Last year, the Hopatcong School District implemented a pilot program for full-day Kindergarten.

Throughout the year, data was collected regarding the class and at a February presentation to the Board, Hensz asked the board to implement a full-day program.

The Board of Education listened and made a commitment to the “New Hopatcong” by approving the full-day program.

Full-Day pilot program teacher XX Mortello also made a presentation at the meeting. She supported the full-day concept from the beginning.

“What a difference I witnessed in the students’ overall academic, emotional, and social growth this year," she said. "They have the time to truly learn. I am ecstatic that the Board approved and supported this initiative.”

Mortello taught her kindergarten students to become independent in their own writing, which took took lots of modeling and mini-lessons. Each skill from the assessment rubric was taught in isolation first and in the end the students had no problem writing and assessing their own work, according to the release. All her students are currently reading on grade level two, the release states.

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