The East Hanover Middle School remains dedicated to providing all of our developing adolescents with a rigorous academic program in a student-centered, inclusive, fully supportive and nurturing environment. We recognize that the middle school years are often challenging, interesting, and full of infinite possibility. Our highly professional and committed faculty continues to deliver an exciting, relevant, and engaging academic program to our students. Technological integration continues to be a significant focus, with the use of three mobile computer lab carts as well as a permanent computer lab. Additionally, SMART Boards© are integrated into the instructional program to allow our students to continue to increase their technological abilities. Our teachers fully utilize new software-based programs, academically supported websites, and on-line texts to enhance their daily lessons.
Our four-hundred sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are members of three grade-level academic teams. The teachers on each team work collaboratively to develop interdisciplinary learning experiences for our students; communicate with students’ families; and support students both academically and emotionally. The team approach allows us to focus on the whole child, and promotes effective strategies to help those students who need additional guidance and academic assistance. Student support services are readily available through our guidance counselor, school psychologist, basic skills teachers, gifted and talented program coordinator, and registered nurse.
Our students continue to make a positive difference in the community by raising money for charity, participating in our active service-oriented Kids Care Club, and conducting several food drives for those in need. Our peer leaders are professionally trained advisors to help transition our sixth graders into the middle school environment. Also, our peer leaders incorporate three Mix It Up Days. These are days when students sit in lunch with students they do not know, and engage in conversations at the lunch table to learn more about their classmates. Character Education continues to be emphasized through assemblies, integrated and infused classroom programs, and positive reward and recognition systems. Students also participate in other extracurricular academic programs such as ROGATE, The National Geographic Association's Geography Bee, Spelling Bees, Forensics Team, Sally Ride and the Math League.
We are always proud to offer strong related-arts and athletics programs. Students take courses in problem solving, technology, industrial arts technology, music, art, world language, physical education, and health. With our unique cycle schedule, students are able to have diverse experiences as they sample these areas. Since middle school provides students with the opportunities to try new things and explore new interests, these opportunities successfully, met our students’ developmental needs. Our band, choir, and extracurricular performance groups regularly perform for members of our community. We are proud that they represent our school at various functions. Our students are also very active in athletics. Our many athletic teams compete with surrounding towns, and are successful in promoting teamwork, sportsmanship and cooperation.
East Hanover Middle School values our students' families, and consequently provides many opportunities for parental input and involvement. Our Parent Teacher Association and the East Hanover Education Foundation are very active in supporting the many programs that the school offers. We regularly have meetings with our School-Based Planning Team and Parent Principal Liaison Committee, both of which are designed to formally garner parental input and constructive suggestions for programmatic improvement. These programs represent just a few of the ways our families become an active part of education in East Hanover. We believe that effective partnerships are necessary to provide our students with a well-rounded program. This is a challenge we work to meet everyday. We urge you to review the information on this State Report Card. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us.