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
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.

Mount Laurel Announces New Polling Places

The Township of Mount Laurel is pleased to announce that election polling locations will no longer be housed within the Mount Laurel Township Schools. New polling locations have been established through a cooperative effort with the Mount Laurel Fire District, Mount Laurel Municipal Utilities Authority, and the Mount Laurel Library. The General Election being held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 will be the first election to utilize the new polling locations. Please use the link below to see the chart for a list of the districts and their new polling locations. Please note that only school locations have been changed.

Your Input Is Crucial To Superintendent Search

Mount Laurel's Board of Education wants to hear from all Mount Laurel residents in its search for a new superintendent of schools. What do you feel are some of the challenges the district is likely to face over the next few years? What question would you ask candidates for the position if you were conducting the interview?
Your answers to five survey questions can help direct board members to consider those things the majority feels are most important in a new school leader. Can you find a few moments to participate?
Please follow this link to include your voice in the search process. Survey responses go directly to the New Jersey School Boards Association, which is facilitating the search process with the board. Details and progress updates on the status of the search may be found on our Superintendent Search page.

Sports Physicals Procedures

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.
August 15: The deadline date for Fall Sports.
October 16: The deadline date for Winter Sports.
February 12: The deadline date for Spring Sports.


As some of you may know, one of our Assistant Principals, Mrs. Reed-Roberts, is currently on a Board of Education approved medical leave through December. In her absence, I would like to introduce Mr. Len Barker, who will serve as the Assistant Principal until her return.
Mr. Barker has been with the Mount Laurel Schools as an elementary teacher for the past twenty years. Many of you may be familiar with him through the Parkway Elementary School. We welcome him warmly to the Harrington School
family in Mrs. Reed-Roberts╩╝ absence.
Mr. Barker will serve students in the Blue Hall – Oasis and Zephyr Houses. Should you have an issue regarding your student in either of these Houses, please do not hesitate to contact him.

Interim Superintendent


Dr. Sharon Vitella has been named Interim Superintendent of Schools in the wake of Dr. Antoinette Rath's retirement, effective September 1. Dr. Vitella holds a Doctorate Degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Master of Science from Gwynedd-Mercy College. She also holds a Master of Arts Degree from The College of New Jersey, and has extensive experience in professional and curriculum development. Dr. Vitella has served the district since 2007, and will continue to oversee Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment as Interim Superintendent. She will serve as Interim until a permanent replacement is named and seated.

To that end, the Board of Education has begun the Superintendent Search process. Details, including the outlets for staff and community input, will be forthcoming shortly.
Dr. Sharon Vitella
Interim Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent
for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

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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

October 6
Back to School Night - GRADE 8
Harrington Middle School
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
October 7
Back to School Night - GRADE 7
Harrington Middle School
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
October 8
Staff Input Sessions for Mount Laurel Board of Education Superintendent Search
2:45 p.m. at Hartford Library
3:45 p.m. at Springville Library
(These Sessions Open Only To Staff)

October 20 
Board of Education
Regular Meeting
7:30 p.m.
October 23
Fall Dance
7 p.m. to 9 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.
Here's more information.

How May We Help You?

Just looking for a quick and basic guide to specific information about our schools? The links below will provide you with the basics on the topics listed. Don't see something you wish was here? Just yell! We'll get it up right away for you.

Registering Your Child
Contact Information

From The Nurse's Office


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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