Thomas E. Harrington Middle School

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514 Mount Laurel Rd, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054  |  P: 856-234-1610  |  F: 856-222-9754

Welcome to Harrington Middle School!

Ms. Kathleen Haines
Principal
Inspiring Potential. Enriching Futures.
The Thomas E. Harrington Middle School is home to 1,056 students in Grades 7 and 8, and 125 staff members, each school day. The professional staff of our school makes a daily commitment to go beyond minimum expectations while we continue to raise our standards. Harrington students make daily contributions to their school and their community.

Our achievements are also a result of the efforts made by area businesses, parental support, advisory groups, local public agencies, and individual community members. Collectively, these resources enhance and enrich the total teaching and learning environment.


Our school provides students with many opportunities to develop academic concepts and skills, acquire fundamental knowledge, determine interests and special talents, and experience a sense of belonging.


Superintendent Dr. Antoinette Rath To Step Down In September

Mount Laurel Superintendent of Schools Dr. Antoinette Rath will step down from the post she has held for the past 13 years as of September 8. Rath has accepted the Chief Executive Officer’s position at Collegium Charter School in Exton, Pennsylvania, an independent public school with 2,600 students in Grades K-12.
“This is definitely a bittersweet time for me, both personally and professionally,” says Rath. “Mount Laurel’s students have enjoyed many successes over the past 13 years. Our staff has always been willing to strive for more and try new strategies. They are truly dedicated professionals. The community has been endlessly supportive. It is certainly not easy to leave.
“However, I could not deny the professional challenges offered by this new position,” she says, “as well as the opportunity to move closer to extended family in that area.”
Coming from Cherry Hill where she was Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Rath became Mount Laurel’s Superintendent in September of 2002. She was soon hailed on a statewide level as a presenter on the topic of using data to inform education and worked with Mount Laurel staff at all levels to disaggregate data to understand their student’s needs.
“There has been a massive transformation in education over the past decade,” she says, “yet I remain excited and optimistic about the future. We are shifting toward a pattern of individualized learning that recognizes the unique talents of each student. Our emphasis on creative and critical thinking will serve our students well in the workforce of the future. The inroads we have made herein Mount Laurel certainly position our students for success. I am proud to have played a role in that progress.”
Rath began the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program in 2011 after attending a leadership conference where the inequities in the number of female students pursuing Math and Science degrees were highlighted. She sought and developed corporate partnerships with Lockheed-Martin and The Sallie Mae Fund to finance the new STEM course, which has since expanded to ten courses in Grades 5-8 and several extra-curricular clubs.
Over the years, Dr. Rath organized and facilitated a number of Community Summits to engage a wide cross-section of parents, town leaders and residents in plotting the future course of their schools. She led the district’s transformation to adhere to new state standards and expanded technology integration in every subject area, most recently with a $1 million laptop initiative.
She was the 2014 Burlington County Woman of the Year In Education and is Burlington County’s Superintendent of the Year for 2015.
Mount Laurel’s Board of Education will consider Dr. Rath’s official letter of resignation at its July meeting and begin discussions on the process for selecting her replacement.

Everest House Student Speeches Shared

On Tuesday, June 23, a tornado warning sounded just as the Oasis House Eighth-Grade Graduation was concluding. Parents, students and guests were detained indoors for a time while the storm passed at the direction of police. When the rain stopped, students, parents and guests were arriving for the Everest House Graduation. The Harrington Middle School was on the last legs of generator power. There was no air-conditioning, the auditorium and stage were dark, and there was no speaker system.
 
Yet, students in cap and gown walked proudly onto the dark stage and our amazing band used cell phones to read their music to usher in the graduates. Staff members utilized a bullhorn to announce names and a high-powered flashlight became a spotlight on individual graduates. The Everest House 2015 Graduation was a lesson in the power of cooperation in the face of adversity.
 
Missing, however, was the opportunity for students to express their thoughts through the speeches they had so carefully written for the ceremony. We share those with you here so that those efforts might be celebrated. The Everest House video may also be found on our district YouTube channel at this link. Thank you, Everest House students, staff and family members for a night we will long remember.

Register New Students Early For Next Year - Forms Now Online!

Don’t wait until the end of summer to register new students! Classes are formed and bus routes developed throughout the summer. Late registrations impact class sizes and may result in transportation delays for your child.

So, if you are new to the area, or are registering a new student for the first time in Mount Laurel, please do so as soon as possible. Effective July 6, our Central Registration will open at the Margaret L. Haynes Center at 354 Mount Laurel Road. That office will be open until September 10, at which time registration will return to the individual school offices. Transportation services will be delayed by two days for any student registered on September 3 or later.
 
Here is where you will find more information on what you will need at Registration, including forms you can print-out and complete in advance.
 

If it's Summer, it must be time for Summer Reading Lists!

Mount Laurel's Summer Reading Program includes suggested books for students in Grade 1-7. Students are encouraged to create a log of books read for discussion in class in the Fall. Please recognize that your child may select a book that is not on the suggested list that fits his or her individual interests and reading level. Should you have questions about the Summer Reading Program, please contact your school office, which will be open throughout the summer. The following letter to parents details the program by grade level. The suggested list is also linked below.
 

Information About Summer Meals For Kids

If you are a Mount Laurel student who was eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch Services this school year, check out this information on where meals are available in our area through the Unites States Department of Agriculture this summer!

All Parents: Important Notice About Placement Notices

"We're away and can't get to the mail ... Can you tell me my child's teacher?"
"The mail has been running late in our area and everyone else has their assignment letter. Can you give me the information by phone?"
"It's really sort of crazy in this day and age to have to wait for a letter to arrive ..."
 
Each August, our phones ring steadily with comments like those above. And we get it. There's really no reason we should not begin the process of class assignment notification via e-mail. That is, unless you have not supplied us with a working e-mail for each of your children. Or, obviously if you have no access to Internet or e-mail.
 
So, this year, all class assignment letters will come to you by e-mail.
 
Here's the schedule:
  • Harrington House Announcement e-mail will be sent on August 17. New students: watch for this because you will need it to know which Orientation session to attend on August 26
  • Hartford Team Assignment e-mail will be sent on August 24. Fifth-Graders: You'll need this to know which Hartford Hello Day session to attend on September 1.
  • All Elementary e-mails will be sent on August 28.

Please use this form to supply us with a primary and secondary e-mail address, if you do not have a valid one on file with us now.

If you have no access to Internet or e-mail, please notify your school office that you must continue to receive assignment letters by mail.
 
Parents: Important Changes in Sports Physical Requirements. Please Read If Your Child Will Participate in Fall Sports!
The laws governing sports physicals have changed at the state level and are extremely stringent. All sports physical forms must now undergo an additional level of review by our district physician. Implementation of these laws may actually preclude some students from participating if guidelines are not followed. 
 
Here are three very important factors to consider this year:
 
1.) Sports physicals will not be offered in our schools this summer. These physicals must be completed either by your family physician, or at the medical facility of your choice. Some suggested facilities are listed below.
 
2.) The deadline for submission of sports physicals is August 14 for any student planning on trying out for Fall Interscholastic Sports. Physicals submitted in September will not be processed in time for the fall sports season.
 
3.) Parents should be aware that sports physicals submitted will only be accepted if the examining doctor has signed the statement that he/she has completed the required professional development module on cardiac assessment. We are required to return any physical paperwork to the parent/student if this statement is not signed by the doctor.
 
Find more information and the complete Grade 5-8 Physical and Athletic Form Packet at this link.

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Sign-Up For Mrs. Haines' Text Messages from Harrington

Receive the latest news from Harrington Principal Mrs. Kathleen Haines via text to your cell phone. To sign-up, simply text the word @harringto to the number (484) 461-5416 from your cell phone. You will receive an immediate reply confirming your subscription to the service. You may sign-up for text messages using this method on as many cell phones as you would like.  (Note, the n has been omitted from the text word.)

Events Calendar

July 21
 
Regular Meeting
Board of Education
7:30 p.m.
  
Parents: Looking for a program to keep your children safe while surfing the Internet? The program we use here in school is now available to you at home.

School Performance 2013-2014

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Registering Your Child
Contact Information

From The Nurse's Office

Anti-Bullying


District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Kelly Neiman
Mount Laurel Hartford School
397 Hartford Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Telephone - 856-231-5899

Student & Parent Info

Harrington Hotline - 234-5198
School Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.
Early dismissal: 11:39 a.m.


Harrington Middle School's Anti-Bullying Specialists are MaryEllen Slott and Sharon Sheehan,
514 Mount Laurel Road, 856-234-1610

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