We hope the information provided as well as the Daily Calendar will ensure your success, as a member of New Jersey ’s finest student body.   Should you have any questions about the contents, please do not hesitate to ask your teachers or an administrator.

     What you derive from your school experience is a direct result of what you put into it.  As Edwin Gibbon, noted author stated, “Every man receives two educations:  The first from his teachers, the second...from himself.”   Hillside Avenue School clearly provides for both elements of your education.    Outstanding academic programs staffed by dedicated and experienced teachers will provide for the first form of education.    Your involvement and commitment to the challenge of school in all aspects will meet the second.   These can be the best years of your life.   Make the most of them!



Curt M. Fogas, Ed.D., Principal



Hillside Avenue School is a learning centered, multi-cultural environment reflecting an active partnership of students, staff, parents and the community. We are committed to evaluating and accepting new ideas, creating a climate of respect, and developing responsible citizens.


Telephone Numbers

ABSENCE LINE                             709-6983

FAX NUMBER                                709-6752

MAIN OFFICE                                 709-6229

GUIDANCE OFFICE                       709-6239

NURSE’S OFFICE                          709-6242

SPECIAL SERVICES                      709-6233

School Schedules for Grades K-5


A.M. KINDERGARTEN                      

  8:25 a.m.                               Teacher reports for duty             

  8:37 a.m.                               Doors open                   

  8:42 a.m.                               Classes begin for AM session

11:15 a.m.                              Dismissal




11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.             Teacher’s lunch

12:17 p.m.                                  Doors open

12:25 p.m.                                 Classes begin for PM session

2:55 p.m.                                    Dismissal


  8:10 a.m.             Teachers report for duty

  8:20 a.m.             Doors open for AM session

  8:30 a.m.             Classes begin for AM students

11:00 a.m.            Dismissal for AM students          

10:00 a.m.           Classes begin for PM students

12:30 p.m.           Dismissal for PM students        


  9:30 a.m.             Teachers report

  9:55 a.m.             Classes begin for AM session 

11:55 a.m.             Dismissal           

12:55 p.m.            Classes begin for PM session

  2:55 p.m.              Dismissal                                 


  8:25 a.m.              Teachers report for duty                             

  8:35 a.m.              Doors open

  8:45 a.m.              Classes begin for AM session 

11:50 a.m.            Lunch/Recess begins

12:50 p.m.            Lunch/Recess ends

12:55 p.m.             Classes begin for PM session

  2:55 p.m.              Dismissal



  8:00 a.m.        Teachers report for duty

  8:15 a.m.         Doors open

  8:30 a.m.         Classes begin

12:30 a.m         Dismissal


  9:30 a.m.         Teachers report for duty

  9:55 a.m.         Classes begin

11:50 a.m.        Elementary Lunch/Recess begins

12:50 p.m.       Elementary Lunch/Recess ends

  2:55 p.m.        Dismissal


Middle School Schedules for 6-8


Gr. 8 and part of Gr. 6

Per. 1             8:15 -   9:00        

Per. 2             9:03 -   9:46

Per. 3             9:49 - 10:32       

Per. 4           10:35 - 11:18

Lunch A        11:21 - 11:46       

Per. 5            11:49 - 12:32                                        

Per. 6           12:35 -    1:18        

Per. 7              1:21 -   2:04

Per. 8               2:07 -   2:50


Gr. 7 and part of Gr. 6

Per. 1                8:15 -   9:00

Per. 2                  9:03 -   9:46       

Per. 3                 9:49 - 10:32     

Per. 4               10:35 - 11:18     

Per. 5               11:21 - 12:04

Per. 6               12:07 - 12:50

Lunch B           12:53 -   1:18

Per. 7                 1:21  -  2:04

Per. 8                  2:07 -  2:50


Grades 6, 7, 8

Per. 1                 8:15 -    8:47

Per. 2                 8:50 -    9:19

Per. 3                 9:22 -    9:51

Per. 4                9:54 -   10:23

Per. 5              10:26 -   10:55

Per. 6              10:58 -   11.27

Per. 7               11:30 -  11:59

Per. 8              12:02 -   12:30



     The Cranford Board of Education affirms its responsibility to insure all students in the public schools of Cranford equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, social or economic status and handicap.   To fulfill the responsibility, the Board of Education has established a program to review and modify, as may be necessary, the present school and classroom programs.   Dr. Albert E. Mussad, Assistant Superintendent, is the Affirmative Action Officer for the Cranford school district.   (908-709-6206)


     Regular daily attendance is critical to effective learning and a successful school experience.   Good attendance and punctuality are good habits for students to develop.   Illness, death in the family, religious holidays and unsafe weather conditions are the only valid reasons for being absent from school.

     Parent/Guardian is requested to follow procedure if it is necessary for a student to be absent.  Please report the absence to the main office answering machine (709-6983) 24 hours a day.   Please indicate the reason for the absence.   Failure to contact the office WILL RESULT in a contact from our office staff.  If calling after 9:30am , please call 709-6229 to report an absence.   Upon returning to school, the student must present a short, written excuse signed by the parent or guardian stating the name, the date of absence, and the reason.   The note is to be presented to the youngster’s 1st period teacher.   This is necessary even if the school has been contacted by telephone.

     If students are planning to be absent from school for several days because of reasons other than the above, arrangements must be made prior to the absence.   A note must be brought to the office stating the dates of the absence, the reason, the student’s name and the parent/guardian signature.   This procedure does not indicate approval of the absence, but it does provide the school with knowledge of the absence.  Absence from school causes the student to miss valuable classroom lessons.  Making up missed homework is necessary, and it is the student’s responsibility to see the teacher about missed class instruction.

     The school is responsible for a student after he/she has reported in the morning.   If for any reason a student needs to leave during the day, it is required that he/she report to the Main Office to receive permission to leave the building.    In general, this means that the student must bring a note from his/her parent/guardian requesting that he/she leave at a stated time.   The parent/guardian must then come into school to pick up the student at the designated time and sign him/her out.    

     Students must be present in school during the regular school day in order to participate in afternoon or evening school activities including concerts, interscholastic athletics, plays, club activities, and other co-curricular activities.



Students in grades 4-8 are permitted to ride bicycles to school provided the bicycles are parked and locked properly.   The Cranford Police Department and the Hillside Avenue School administration make periodic inspections of the bicycle areas for security and licenses.

     Cranford is fortunate to have a network of bicycle paths and all students are expected to act responsibly on pathways as well as on school grounds.   Students are not permitted to ride on sidewalks or through the parking lot.  Guidelines must be followed at all times.  Students under the age of 14 are required by law to wear a bicycle helmet.



Bullying Definition:

                A student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other students


     A negative action is when someone intentionally inflicts, or attempts to inflict, injury or discomfort upon another.   Negative actions can be carried out verbally or by physical contact.  It is also possible to carry out negative actions without use of words or physical contact, such as by making faces or inappropriate gestures, intentionally excluding someone from a group, or refusing to comply with another person’s wishes.

     The term bullying should not be used when two students of approximately the same strength (physical or psychological) are fighting or quarreling.  In order to use the term bullying, there should be an imbalance in power.

     It is useful to distinguish between direct bullying – with relatively open attacks on a victim and indirect bullying in the form of social isolation and intentional exclusion from a group.

Bullying at School by Dan Olweus, 1993, Blackwell Publishing

Board Policy: 5201 on Harassment, Intimidation Bullying and Hazing states the expected behavior for students and the consequences and remedial action that will be enforced when not followed. 



     Students who come to school on the bus should return home on the bus unless they have a note from the parent/guardian approved by the principal.  Bus students are to go immediately to the buses at dismissal in the afternoon.  Riding the school bus is a privilege.  Improper conduct on the buses will result in that privilege being denied.


     Each student will be issued a textbook(s) in each of his/her academic classes.  It is the student’s responsibility to give proper care to these textbooks.   In September, each teacher will record on a book card the number and condition of each textbook.  The student is expected to return the textbook when requested.     ALL TEXTBOOKS ARE TO BE KEPT COVERED. 

     Fines will be assessed for lost books and the misuse of books/school equipment.  State law makes parents liable for the damage to school property done by their child.

     All school property is provided by public funds and requires the kind of care every student should give to anything which does not belong to him/her but which is entrusted to him/her for his/her use.    The building and all of the equipment in it will remain a source of pride to the community if each pupil takes proper care of what has been provided for him/her and for succeeding classes.



     When emergency storms or other conditions make it impossible or unwise to open schools on a scheduled school day, this decision will be made by the Superintendent of Schools and communicated to all interested parties via radio.   On mornings when you have a question about school opening, please tune in on radio stations as early as 6:30 a.m.  

     If the decision is made to have a delayed opening rather than closing schools completely due to snow or other conditions, our school will open at 9:55 a.m.    Announcements will be made just as “Schools Closed” announcements are made.

NJ 101.5 FM  



      In case an anticipated serious storm or an emergency situation develops during the school day, we will try to keep the schools open until the regular closing hours. If conditions require us to dismiss pupils earlier, every reasonable effort will be made by our staff to advise responsible adult members of the household, transportation services and police.

     Students will not be dismissed early without adult supervision during emergency conditions unless written permission has been granted on the emergency closing letter sent home on the first day of school.

     Whenever possible the emergency telephone chain will be activated to notify parents & staff of school closings, delayed openings, or early dismissals. 




     Teachers are generally available for conferences with parents during preparatory/team meeting periods (times vary).  Parents/Guardians may make appointments by calling the school for Teacher/Grade Level Team Leader’s Voice Mail or sending a note via the Teacher/Grade Level Team Leader.



     The curriculum in the school has been approved by the Board of Education, and it is used in all of the elementary schools in Cranford .  Stress is placed on the basic skills of reading, communications, and arithmetic, particularly in the lower grades.  Social studies, science, and language arts are also part of the curriculum.   In addition, special subject teachers in the areas of art, music, Spanish, library, computer instruction, and physical education work with all of the children.

     Children in Grades 4 and 5 may participate in the band and chorus.  Instrumental music lessons are given for most instruments for children in Grades 4 and 5.    Instrumental music lessons begin with strings in Grade 3.


     Each year a Program of Studies booklet is published for use by parents, students, and staff.  This booklet contains a list of courses available and explanations of each course.   The booklet is available in the Guidance Office.



     Students should come to school dressed appropriately for a school environment.   Clothing must be neat, clean, safe and worn properly.   Safe footwear must be worn.  Footwear that poses a hazard may not be worn in school.  Students may not attend school with cleated shoes, “flip-flops”, shoes without backs or bare feet.   Jackets may not be worn during school hours.   Clothing that is distracting to the learning process (sunglasses, hats, low cut blouses, bare midriffs, exposed undergarments, short shorts, decorated clothing, etc.) should not be worn in school.  Shorts and skirts must be the appropriate length.  A reasonable guideline is that they should meet or be longer than the student’s fingertips when the arms are straight at the sides of the body.  Any clothing which is excessively tight or displays excessive nudity such as transparent blouses, bare midriffs, low pants, tank tops or visible undergarments should not be worn to school.


Articles of clothing with offensive slogans, abusive language or which promote tobacco products or drinking alcoholic beverages are subject to removal and should not be worn. 

     Students who engage in school related off-campus activities should dress appropriately since they are representing the school during the activity.


     No student is dismissed from school without a written note signed by his/her parent/guardian stating the reason for the request.  Since regular attendance is an important factor in successful school achievement, requests for early dismissal should be for extreme emergencies only.

     Written requests for dismissal must be presented to the Main Office in the morning before school.  The student’s name and the time of dismissal will then be placed in the Daily Bulletin.

     All students who request an early dismissal must be picked up and signed out by an adult at the school office.    Before leaving, the student is to report to the Main Office.   NO STUDENT WILL BE RELEASED WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION.

     Students, whose dismissal request is granted, are responsible for obtaining assignments and making up work missed and meeting with teachers upon their return.



   Before the end of the first week of school, each parent is required to complete and sign 1 emergency form. They should contain telephone numbers of people who may be contacted in the event of an emergency.  It is imperative for the child’s benefit that this information is complete, accurate, and

current.   Please update the emergency contact card whenever addresses, telephone numbers, etc. are changed during the school year.


     Middle school students are to enter the building at 8:05 a.m.    In September students will be notified of their entrance by grade level. 

     Upon entering the building, students are to go to their lockers to put away their outer clothing and get the supplies/materials they will need for the day.  They are to report to their first period class by 8:15 a.m. or they will be considered “late to class”. 

     If a student has a pass from a teacher or staff member to enter the building early, he/she must go directly to that room.   Band and chorus members who have early morning rehearsal must report directly to their assigned areas.

     Students will be dismissed at 2:50 p.m.    Students who participate in after-school activities (clubs, sports, extra help, etc.) or who use the library after school are to report to their designated areas no later than 3:00 p.m.     All other students are to leave the school building.


     Hillside Avenue School offers a wide range of co- and extra-curricular activities.  Students should strongly consider participating in a minimum of two extra-curricular activities each school year.    The program allows each student to select an activity in which he/she has a special interest and also provides him/her an opportunity to participate in some areas not typically offered during the school day.

     Programs of extra-curricular activities, clubs, team sports, etc., will be announced at the beginning of and during the school year.  Some clubs/activities that have been offered in past years include:

Art Club, Environmental Club, Stitching and Stirring, Newspaper, Stage Crew, Student Council, Peer Leadership Club, and Technology Club.  Please visit our web-site for a complete listing.  These activities may change based upon the needs and interests of the students.  In September there will be an activities fair to showcase our yearly clubs and activities.

     Seventh and eighth grade students are given the opportunity to participate in inter-scholastic sports.


                                    BOYS                                     GIRLS

FALL                         Soccer                                     Soccer

                                                                                     Field Hockey                 


WINTER                   Basketball                                Basketball



SPRING                   Track                                         Track                         

                                  Baseball                                    Softball

Participation in extra and co-curricular activities and inter-scholastic sports is a privilege and is subject to administrative review.

Board Policy 6142.41 states: any 7th or 8th grade student receiving a final grade of “F” in two or more classes during the previous school year will be ineligible for participation in athletics during the first marking period.  At the conclusion of the first, second, and third marking periods, eligibility for participation will be determined.  Students with two or more failures will be declared ineligible for participation for the next marking period.  



    An integrated after school physical education program for boys and girls will be available.  Students may select activities, games, etc., which are of particular interest to them.  The program is an extension of the regular physical education program.


    For any students who need it, teachers are available to provide extra help.   Students may need this attention because of absence and/or academic difficulty.    They may request special help for individual research or advanced projects.   This may be arranged before or after school.   In most instances, the teacher will make the arrangements with the students to give assistance.



     Two fire drills per month are required in the Cranford Public Schools.   The procedures for these drills to be followed by all students are:

1.  Leave all materials in the classroom when alarm sounds.   

2.  Go out exit noted in classroom.  

3.  Move through hall in an orderly fashion.

4.  Maintain silence during the entire drill.

5. Once outside, teachers will take role to account for  all students.   Name of students unaccounted for are reported to the administration.

     Additionally, we will hold two “stay put” drills per year.


     Parents/guardians are requested to deliver books, lunches, projects or any other forgotten items to the main office.   All articles must be labeled with the student’s name and grade.  Please notify the secretary that you are leaving the article.   It is the student’s responsibility to check with the main office to find out if the article has arrived from home.


Teachers use the following system of grading:


Symbol                  Percentage Equivalent              Interpretation             

   A                          90 – 100                                    Outstanding   

   B                          80 -   89                                     Good

   C                          70 -   79                                     Satisfactory

   D                          60 -   69                                     Passing

   F                          Below  60                                   Failing

Academic Integrity/Cheating

Cheating is a violation of academic integrity.  It is taking credit for work that is not one’s own.  Students, who cheat, including those who help others cheat, will receive no credit for the test, assignment, or activities in question.  While work receiving a zero because of cheating cannot be made up for credit, the teacher may require the student(s) to make up work for educational purposes. 


1.  Walk - DO NOT RUN

2.  Keep to the right

3.  Report to class promptly and quietly

4.  Keep the halls free of litter

5.  Have a proper pass (during class time)

6. Middle school students are not permitted in the elementary hallway


     Pediculosis has been identified in each of our schools at one time or another over the years.  Infestation can happen to anyone of any age; however, school age children create the kind of contact which spreads head lice.

     Cranford Public Schools Guidelines for School Health Services lists pediculosis as a communicable condition requiring exclusion of identified students.   Our procedure for dealing with pediculosis is as follows:

1.   The school nurse excludes the student identified as having head lice.

2.   The school nurse examines each student in the class for lice or nits.

3.   The school nurse will check siblings in the other classes within the building and start with Step 1, if appropriate.   

4.   If appropriate, the school nurse will call the nurse in another building to check siblings.

5.   In the event one (1) or more students are identified in a class (K-5), a letter will be sent to the home of each student in the class.

6.   The school nurse assists the family by explaining the treatment procedures and, if necessary, provides literature relative to treatment.

7.   A student excluded with pediculosis may return to school after examination by the school nurse indicating all lice and nits have been removed.

8.   The school nurse will recheck the child’s head 7 to 10 days later.


     The school nurse is on call each day even if she is not in her office.  Should your child become ill or have an accident requiring school dismissal or medical attention, we will immediately call you or someone on your child’s emergency form.  It is important this card be filled out completely and returned promptly after school has begun.  Should your child have allergies or other health conditions which may affect his/her learning, the school nurse should be notified.   During your child’s elementary years, he/she will be given the following tests or examinations: eyes, hearing, and scoliosis.  You will be informed if any problems are observed.


     Homework is given on a regular basis as an extension of the learning process.  The reasons for homework are the following:

Ø        Reinforce lessons taught in the classroom

Ø        Stimulate further interest in topics taught

Ø        Develop independent study skills and work habits

Ø        Encourage individualized and creative learning

Ø        Provide a vital link between school and home

    When appropriate, homework can be made up only when students have been absent from school due to personal illness or some other legal absence as indicated by a note from the parent/guardian.

     Students absent one or two days should make arrangements for homework/class work assignments by calling a class friend.  Middle School homework packets may be obtained in the main office after school.  Assignments should be picked up 24 hours after the telephone request.   Making up missed homework is necessary and it is the student’s responsibility to see the teacher about missed class instruction.



     Homework is often given on a daily basis in Grades K-5.  The suggested daily time allocations are as follows:


      (depending on the maturity of the students)

   GRADES 1 & 2         -   10 TO 20 MINUTES    

GRADES 3 & 4         -   30 TO 40 MINUTES

GRADE 5                  -   45 TO 50 MINUTES

      (In grades 3 - 5, students will gradually be  introduced to long-term assignments as well.)


     Homework is given on a regular basis as an extension of the learning process.   Students should set aside a regular amount of time each school day to complete homework.   Once a routine is established, homework and studying will be easier and more enjoyable.   A suggested “rule of thumb” for the length of time to study is 20 - 30 minutes per academic subject.   A successful student spends time each day preparing for the next day’s lessons.    

     Each of the teaching teams has a policy regarding “making up” homework due to absence from school.   This will be communicated to students and parents at the beginning of the school year.


     The Cranford Board of Education, in cooperation with an insurance firm, makes school accident insurance available to all students.   Details of school insurance plan, a 24 hour a day plan, and the cost of each, are explained in a letter to parents from the Superintendent of Schools.  Purchase of school insurance is voluntary, but pupils who intend to participate in team sports at any time during the year must purchase this accident insurance or have appropriate coverage with a family insurance policy.


     The school library is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.   Students may use the library during class time with written permission from their teachers.  Fines are charged for overdue books and material.

     Students are encouraged to visit the library independently after school.  The library is a place to do reference work and recreational reading.  In addition to books and magazines a number of computers are available for student use.  The library card catalog is now computerized and Internet access is available.


     Students are assigned a combination to a built-in lock.   These combinations are NOT to be shared with anyone.    The lockers are to be used to protect the students’ personal property.

     Books, lunches, coats, and other items required for the school program are to be stored in the hall locker.  Cell phones and electronic devices must be stored in the locker during the school day.  Cell phones are not to be used until 3pm .  Any difficulties with the lockers should be reported to the secretary in the Main Office.    LOCKERS ARE TO BE NEAT AND LOCKED AT ALL TIMES.



     Assembly Bill #422 authorizes the search of students’ lockers or other storage facilities by the principal or other officials designated by the local Board of Education.  The law provides that these inspections may take place as long as written notice is given to the students at the beginning of the school year.  In compliance with this law, this is to notify our students that inspections of the aforementioned areas will be on-going during the school year at Hillside Avenue School .



     Items found should be turned into the secretary in the main office.  Many books, pens, jewelry, sun- glasses, eyeglasses, etc., are regularly turned in.  Most lost and found articles are kept in the custodial area.    If an item is lost, students should check the “collection”.  Items of value are kept with the secretary in the main office.




     The National School Lunch Program is offered to all elementary children in Grades 1 -5.   Boys and girls who eat lunch in school on a regular basis may purchase lunch.  Menus are included with a monthly newsletter and available on our website.

     Every Thursday morning, the school secretary will have lunch tickets for advance sale in minimum lots of five.   Each lunch ticket will have a place on which to write the student’s name.    Tickets will not be valid unless the proper student’s name is on them at the time they are used to purchase a lunch.    Parents should be sure that their child’s name is on the ticket before he/she leaves in the morning.  Hillside Avenue School will have a hot lunch program, Grades 1 - 5.  There will be only ONE type A menu selection for Grades 1 - 5.

     When a student forgets his/her lunch it is brought to the Main Office by the parent.  In most cases, it is then sent to the child’s elementary classroom or to the cafeteria during lunchtime. 

It is the student’s responsibility to check
if his/her lunch has been brought in.


GRADES 1,2,4   

LUNCH              11:50 a.m.    -     12:20 p.m.

ACTIVITIES     12:20 a.m.    -     12:50 p.m.

GRADES 3,5     

LUNCH              12:20 p.m.    -     12:50 p.m.

ACTIVITIES     11:50 a.m.    -     12:20 p.m.

     Weather permitting, during the activities periods, youngsters will go outside of the building to play areas.   In all instances, the children are supervised by adult lunchroom aides.

     All students who choose to go home for lunch are dismissed at 11:50 a.m. and should return to school at 12:50 p.m.    Students in Grades 1-5 NOT staying for lunch are to go directly home.  If a parent wants his/her child to go somewhere other than home for lunch period, a note must be sent to school that morning.   Parent cooperation concerning this procedure is important.




     The lunch period provides not only a time for nourishing food, but also a break in the routines of schoolwork.    Students are expected to demonstrate good manners and consideration for others.

     Students have a choice of food.  Menus are posted on room bulletin boards.  They include appetizers (fruit), soups, entrees (usually hot), hot sandwiches, cold sandwiches, cold platters, salads, desserts, and beverages.   Students who bring their own lunches may purchase beverages and/or dessert.   Food is not allowed out of the cafeteria.  

     When a student forgets his/her lunch it is brought to the Main Office by the parent.  In most cases, it is then sent to the cafeteria during lunchtime. 

It is the student’s responsibility to check to
see if his/her lunch has been brought in.

Lunch Schedules:

        GR.*6/8 - 11:21 a.m. - 11:46 a.m.

        GR.*6/7 - 12:53 p.m. -  1:18 p.m.            

*Sixth grade students should refer to their schedules for assigned lunch periods.

Cafeteria Procedures for All Students:

 1.  A hot or cold lunch may be purchased in the cafeteria.   In addition, milk, juice, ice cream and other desserts may be bought.   There are two serving lines.  While in line, wait your turn and please keep your hands and feet to yourself.

 2.  Groups of students will not be dismissed until the table and the floor around the table is clean and ready for the next lunch period.

 3.  Students may not leave the cafeteria during the lunch period without permission.  Lavatory passes regularly required in other classes will not be required of lunch students between their morning class and the first portion of their lunch period.

 4.  Students should talk softly while in the cafeteria.

 5.  The teacher in charge will establish the rules to be followed prior to dismissal.

 6.  Students who fail to follow the above rules will be reported to the office for disciplinary action. 

7.  Classes are in session during each lunch period.  Student cooperation is necessary so as not to disturb the classes while moving through the hallways.


     To carry out the objectives of the federally subsidized National School Milk Program, milk is available at a nominal cost to elementary school children during the mid-morning recess and/or at lunchtime if they remain at school for lunch.  Notices concerning the cost and schedule for collecting money from children who desire to participate in the program will be sent home.  Students are requested to bring in checks made out to “Cranford Board of Education” or the exact amount in cash.  


     Diagnosis or treatment beyond first-aid procedure is not usually the responsibility of the school.  The administration of medication to pupils shall be done only in exceptional circumstances where the child’s health may be jeopardized without it.

1.  A written statement is required from the parents giving the school permission to give medication prescribed by the family physician. 

2.  Pupils requiring medication (both prescription and over the counter medications) at school must have a written order from the family physician which identifies type, dosage, time of administration, the purpose of the medication and side effects.

3.  The medication should be in the original container, identified by the pharmacy.

4.  Medication must be hand delivered to a school authority by an adult.   If medication is to be

returned, it must be picked up by an adult.

5.  The medication will be kept in the medical room in a safe place, locked out of reach of students.

6.  The school nurse or the parent/guardian is authorized to administer medicine in school when the above procedures have been followed. 

7.    Documentation is required to be maintained by the school nurse.

8.  Medication orders from your doctor must be renewed each year in September.  Any medication not picked up by the end of the school year (JUNE) will be discarded.


     Only money to be spent in school (lunch money, library fines, etc.) should be brought to school and must be kept with or on the student until it is spent. Do not store money or valuables in a hall locker, desk, or classroom. 

     STUDENTS ARE DISCOURAGED FROM BRINGING ITEMS OF REAL OR SENTIMENTAL VALUE TO SCHOOL.     Gym periods are critical time for losing or misplacing money and valuables.   GYM LOCKERS MUST BE KEPT LOCKED.   If money or valuables must be brought to school for a special school or after school purpose, additional safeguards should be made. 

     Radios, CD players, electronic games, cell phones, and other types of equipment are not to be brought to school.  If the items listed above are found in school, they will be confiscated and will be returned only to a parent/guardian.   

Reminder: Cell phones, skateboards, roller blades, radios, I-pods, CD’s, head sets, and other electronic devices deemed inappropriate are NOT to be brought to school.  Cell phones are not to be used until 3pm . 


     Physical Education is part of the school program for all students and is required by State Law.  It is recommended that students dress for each Physical Education period.  If a student is not feeling well, a note is required from home and must be presented to the school nurse before class.   Extended and permanent excuses must come from a doctor and be presented to the nurse.  To be readmitted after an injury, a note from the doctor is mandatory and then must be cleared through the school nurse.

     In repeated cases where students are not prepared for Physical Education without reason, the Physical Education teacher will notify the home.

     Each 6th, 7th & 8th grade student is assigned a locker and combination lock for use during the school year.   Students should leave valuables at home.   Students are not permitted to wear jewelry during Physical Education class.   Shatter-proof glasses may be worn if absolutely necessary.


     Four times a year report cards are distributed to pupils in Grades 1 - 5.  In between marking periods, grade 4 – 5 teachers send home progress reports.

     Elementary (K-5) parents/guardians will be invited to attend a conference(s) with the teacher. Following the conference, parents/guardians will receive a written progress report from the teacher pertaining to their child’s personal, social and academic growth.  Conferences are encouraged throughout the school year.



     Progress reports are issued mid-marking period to students who are failing or in danger of failing. Additionally, progress reports are issued to encourage students to continue to do well in their studies.    Progress reports must be signed by the parent/guardian and returned to school.




1ST Marking Period ends – November 14, 2008

2nd Marking Period ends - January 30, 2009

3rd Marking Period ends - April 3, 2009

4th Marking Period ends - June 17, 2009


   The Hillside Avenue School PTA is an active and interested group of parents and staff who work together to provide much for the children and school.  The PTA provides assistance to the school whenever it is called upon.  All are encouraged to join and participate.


(Please Refer to “Student Code of Conduct” Booklet)


     If you are dropping off or picking up your child, please do not double park.  Please do not park or wait in the car in designated safety zones.  Please do not use the side faculty parking lot for drop off or pick up.  Tell your child where you will be picking him/her up.    Stress safety for this.  Do not let your child run across the middle of the street or school parking lot.

     It is important for parents to review regularly with their children good safety habits for going to and from school. This includes using the appropriate walking path, not loitering in the tunnel and/or on the bridges, not using the railroad as a pathway, as well as being careful when crossing streets. 

The crossing guards are on duty during the following hours:    


  7:30 a.m.     -         9:00 a.m.

  2:45 p.m.      -      4:00 p.m.

     Drivers who bring students to school or pick them up may avoid congestion at the front “stop” by using alternate stops.  These include: North Lehigh Avenue at the entrance to the tunnel, parking lot exit at the end of the building, and Hillside Avenue entrance at the west end of the building near Collins Street.    Please make these arrangements with your child in advance.

     Discuss early dismissal plans with your child.  Be sure to discuss those plans with neighbors or family members who are part of the plan.  Be sure to share those plans in writing via the school emergency form.  Maintain updated contact phone numbers for all adults on your child’s emergency form with the main office and PTA.


A school newspaper is published periodically.  It is written and published by students, with the advice of a faculty advisor.    Prior to publication, all types of communication must have the approval of one adult sponsor and the school administration.   It is the policy of the school administration to prohibit the publication or distribution of materials that would affect the health and safety of the students, tend to disrupt the educational process, or might be of a libelous nature.   Guidelines for the distribution of printed materials may be found in the office.



     It is the policy of the Cranford Board of Education to maintain an environment that is free from sexual harassment.

     Sexual harassment shall consist of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when made by a member of the school staff to a student or by one student to another.   A detailed explanation can be found in Board of Education Policy #4110.3.

       (See Board of Education Policy Statement at end of Handbook)



   Each year students in grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 participate in achievement testing required by the district and/or State mandated testing.  Students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 take the State mandated New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK).  Students in grade 2 take the IOWA Test of Basic Skills. Additionally, students in grade 2 take the Cognitive Test (COGAT).   Eighth grade students take the State mandated NJASK 8.

 COGAT - Gr. 2 To be announced by district

  IOWA -Gr. 2 To be announced by district

 NJ ASK Gr. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8

Please check our website for dates



     Children in Grades 2-8 are given standardized tests.  The results of these tests are mailed home and may be reviewed by calling the school Guidance Office.


     The Guidance Office supplies specialized resources and services to parents, teachers and students. 

     The purpose of the guidance program is to help each individual student achieve his/her highest growth academically, emotionally, and socially.   We try to do this in several ways:

1.  Helping the new student feel at home in our school with new teachers and friends in a different setting.

2.  Individual conferences whenever a student, a teacher, or administrator deems it necessary.

3.  A testing program designed to help the student learn as much as possible about his capabilities.

4.    The administrators welcome the opportunity to talk things over with any student, parent, or teacher.

     The administration will take the initiative to help your child meet problems such as selecting courses, extra-curricular activities, scheduling, and student activities.  They will discuss ways of solving problems, getting along, dealing with different personalities, etc.   Perhaps the administration will just want to find out how he/she is doing.

     Should you have any questions or want to gain more information about school life other than you receive from teachers’ reports or from what students tell you, you should call the school for an appointment.

     Parents should make administrators aware of personal problems students may have that could affect their learning.    This information will be kept confidential. 


     Our Student Assistance Counselor assumes a significant role in assisting students in their personal, social and educational development.   The responsibilities include counseling students, meeting with parents and school staff, and working with community agencies to assist pupils and their families.   They will meet with students and families based upon self-referrals or referrals from staff members.  The counselor is also responsible for developing our substance abuse prevention program.    Any parent or student may contact our counselor at 709-6230.  Students may also contact the student assistant counselor in school.



     Our school has a Student Council organized to give students an opportunity to participate in starting and carrying out certain special and extra-curricular activities.   Students should become familiar with the work of the Student Council so they become actively involved.

     Student Council positions are available for students in elementary grades in addition to the Middle School Program.                              


     Children may not use the school telephone except for an emergency.  Coin telephones are located in the hallway across from the Main Office. Outgoing student calls should be made on one of the pay phones only when absolutely necessary.  Phone calls now cost $ .50.  Cellular phones are not permitted to be used in school during school hours or after school activities.  If cell phones are in school they must be kept off.

     Personal calls to students in school cannot be accommodated.   Calls of an emergency or medical nature should be directed to the school nurse (709-6242).


     At the beginning of the school year, parents are requested to notify the school if for some reason they do not wish their child to participate in events which may appear on Channel 35.   The activities may include a class skit, a play, a special event, etc.  Only in cases where the school receives written documentation signed by the parent/guardian will the children be excused.


     The adults at Hillside Avenue School are quite serious about their responsibility to work with the students on the issue of respect for school property.   All forms of thievery, vandalism, or malicious damage to the school or to the property of other students in the school are considered to be very serious matters.  Students involved in such matters will be subject to suspension from school and to prosecution under the law.    Please refer to pupil Code of Conduct for additional information.


     You are welcome to visit you child’s classroom to observe classroom procedures.   In order to avoid unanticipated interruptions of your child’s program, arrangements should be made with the classroom teacher and by writing a note to the Office of the Principal.  All visitors are required to report to the school office, sign in, and obtain a visitor’s pass before proceeding to any classroom either before, during, or after school hours.


     Smoking is prohibited at all times both within the building and on school grounds.  It can be a habit injurious to your health.   Cigarettes, lighters, and matches must not be brought to school.  Smoking on school grounds can result in suspension. 

Administrative Regulation 3515R

Prohibition of smoking in school buildings and on school premises


     The following regulations and procedures are established for monitoring, implementing and evaluating board policy 3515 Prohibition of smoking in school buildings and on school property and immediate surroundings. 

     The building principal and/or designee shall be responsible for the implementation, supervision, and evaluation of Policy 3515 and this accompanying administrative regulation.

     Any staff member who believes that a smoking related violation has occurred shall report the matter as soon as possible to the principal or designee.  Violators will be appropriately disciplined in accordance with the following enforcement penalty:

     Students are prohibited from smoking and from using smokeless tobacco in any school building or on school premises.   Tobacco products and lighters are not allowed in school.   The consequences for students’ non-compliance are as follows:

Violations by Students:

   First Offense:       

1. Warning and written parent/guardian notification relative to subsequent violations.

Second Offense:  

1. Written parent/guardian notification.

2. Student Discipline:

  a. Cranford High School - One (1) Saturday School .

  b.  C.A.P. - One (1) day in-school suspension.

  c.  All other schools - One (1) day suspension.

Third Offense:     

1. Written parent/guardian notification

2. Three (3) day suspension - out of school.

3. Referral to Student Assistance Counselor

4. Parent/guardian conference before readmission to school.

Fourth Offense:   

1. Written parent/guardian notification.

2. Three (3) day suspension - out of school.

3. Pursuit of court-imposed fine pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:3D-20

4. Parent/guardian conference before readmission to school.

Fifth Offense:       

1. Written parent/guardian notification

2. Three (3) day to (5) day suspension - out of school

3. Pursuit of court-imposed fine pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:3D-20.

4. Conference before readmission to school.



     The Cranford School District complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VI”), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504"), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”), and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (the “Age Discrimination Act”), and their respective implementing regulations which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin, sex, disability and age, respectively.  The District provides equal access and opportunity in employment and enrollment and in all its programs and activities, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

Questions or complaints of discrimination should be directed to:

Dr. James McLaughlin - Assistant Superintendent of Schools *Americans With Disabilities ( ADA ) Officer (908) 709-6218

Mr. Robert Carfagno - The Board Secretary/Business Manager * Public Agency Compliance Officer *

Right-to-know Officer - (908) 709-6210

Mr. Thomas Stokes, Director of Buildings and Grounds * AHERA Officer - (908)-709-6982.




     It is the policy of the Cranford Board of Education to maintain an environment that is free from sexual harassment.

     Sexual harassment shall consist of unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when made by any member of the school staff to a student, when made by any member of the school staff to another member, when made by a student to another student, or when:

1.  Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education, or when:

2.  Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting that individual, or when:

3.  Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment situation.

     Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following:

§          verbal harassment or abuse

§          pressure for sexual activity

§          repeated remarks to a person, with sexual or demeaning implications

§          unwelcome touching

§          suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threat’s concerning one’s job or educational opportunities.

     Any person who alleges sexual harassment by any staff member in the school district may complain directly to his or her immediate supervisor, building principal or district Affirmative Action Officer.  Filing a grievance or otherwise reporting sexual harassment will not reflect upon the individual’s status nor will it affect future employment or work assignments.

     Any student who alleges sexual harassment by another student may report his or her allegations to a teacher, guidance counselor, building administrator or student assistance counselor.  A substantiated charge against a student will subject each student to disciplinary action, including suspension.  If such behavior continues, disciplinary action may rise to the level of expulsion, consistent with laws, rules and regulations regarding expulsion.

     The right to confidentiality, both of the complainant and the accused will be respected consistent with the school district’s legal obligations, and with the necessity to investigate allegations of misconduct and to take corrective action when this conduct has occurred.

     A substantiated charge against a staff member in the school district may subject such staff member to disciplinary action, including discharge.

     Notice of this policy will be circulated to all schools and departments of the Cranford Public Schools on an annual basis and incorporated in teacher and student handbooks.




Acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying may also be a pupil exercising power and control over another pupil, in either isolated incidents (e.g., intimidation, harassment) or patterns of harassing or intimidating behavior (e.g., bullying).

Expected Behavior

The Board expects pupils to conduct themselves in keeping with their levels of development, maturity and demonstrated capabilities with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other pupils and school staff, the educational purpose underlying all school activities, and the care of school facilities and equipment.

The Board believes that standards for pupil behavior must be set cooperatively through interaction among the pupils, parent(s) or legal guardian(s), staff and community members, producing an atmosphere that encourages pupils to grow in self-discipline.  The development of this atmosphere requires respect for self and others, as well as for school district and community property on the part of pupils, staff and community members.

The Board believes the best discipline is self-imposed, and it is the responsibility of school district staff to use disciplinary situations as opportunities to help pupils learn to assume and accept responsibility for their behavior and the consequences of their behavior.   Staff members who interact with pupils shall apply the best practices designed to prevent discipline problems and encourage pupils’ abilities to grow in self-discipline.

General guidelines for pupil conduct will be developed by the Superintendent in conjunction with school staff, and approved by the Board.  These guidelines will be developed based on accepted core ethical values from broad community involvement with input from parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and other community representatives, school employees, volunteers, pupils and administrators.  These guidelines for pupil conduct will be suited to the age level of the pupils and the mission and physical facilities of the individual school(s) in the district.  This policy requires all pupils in the district to adhere to these rules and guidelines and to submit to such disciplinary measures as are appropriately assigned for infraction of these rules and guidelines.

The district prohibits active and passive support for harassment, intimidation or bullying.  Pupils are encouraged to support other pupils who walk away from these acts when they see them, constructively attempt to stop them, and report these acts to the Building Principal or his/her designee.

Pupils are required to conform to reasonable standards of socially acceptable behavior; respect the person, property and rights of others; obey constituted authority; and respond to school district teaching, support and administrative staff.  Each school Principal will develop and provide a school-based program for appropriate recognition for positive reinforcement for good conduct, self-discipline, and good citizenship and academic success.

The Superintendent will provide annually to pupils and their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) the rules of the district regarding pupil conduct, pupil’s due process and other rights.   This policy will appear in all publications of the district’s comprehensive rules, procedures and standards of conduct for school(s) within the district, including pupil handbooks.  Provisions will be made for informing parent(s) or legal guardian(s) whose primary language is other than English.

Consequences and Appropriate Remedial Actions

The following factors will be considered in determining the appropriate response to pupils who commit one or more acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying:

  • The developmental and maturity levels of the parties involved;
  • The levels of harm;
  • The surrounding circumstances;
  • The nature of the behavior(s);
  • Past incidences or continuing patterns of behavior;
  • The relationships between the parties involved; and
  • The context in which the alleged incidents occurred.

Concluding whether a particular action or incident constitutes a violation of this Policy requires a determination based on all of the facts and surrounding circumstances.

An appropriate consequence will be determined after meaningful consideration of these factors.   Consequences and appropriate remedial action for pupils who commit acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion.  The appropriate consequence will be consistent with the case law, Federal and State statutes, and district/school policies and regulations.

Reporting Procedure

Complaints alleging violations of this Policy shall be reported to the Principal or his/her designee.  All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this Policy to the Principal or his/her designee.  All other members of the school community, including pupils, parent (s) or legal guardian (s), volunteers and visitors are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this Policy.   While submission of an Incident Report Form to the Principal or his/her designee is not required, the reporting party is encouraged to use the Incident Report Form available from the Principal of each building or available at the school district office.  Oral reports will also be considered official reports.  Reports may be made anonymously, but formal disciplinary action may not be based solely on the basis of anonymous report.


The Principal or his/her designee is responsible for determining whether an alleged act constitutes a violation of this Policy.  The Principal or his/her designee shall conduct a prompt, thorough and complete investigation of the alleged incident.  The Principal or his/her designee will maintain a record of each investigation regarding allegations of harassment, intimidation and bullying.

Response to Incident of Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying

Some acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying may be isolated incidents requiring the school respond appropriately to the individual (s) committing the acts.  Other acts may be so serious or part of a larger pattern of harassment, intimidation or bullying that require a response either at the classroom, school building or school district level or by law enforcement officials.

Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for pupils who commit an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion, as permitted under N.J.S.A. 18A:37-1, Discipline of Pupils.

In considering whether a response beyond the individual level is appropriate, the administrator will consider the nature and circumstances of the act, the level of harm, the nature of the behavior, past incidences, past or continuing patterns of behavior, and the context in which the alleged incident (s) occurred.  The school district’s responses can range from school and community surveys, to mailings, to focus groups, to adoption of research-based bullying prevention program models, to training for certificated and non-certificated staff.  The district’s responses may include participation of parent (s) or legal guardian (s) and other community members and organizations, to small or large group presentations for fully addressing the actions and the school district’s response to the actions in the context of acceptable student behavior or the consequences of such actions and involvement of law enforcement officers, including school resource officers.

Reprisal or Retaliation Prohibited

The school district prohibits reprisal or retaliation

against any person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying.  The consequence and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation shall be determined by the Principal or his/her designee after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act, in accordance with case law, Federal and State statutes and regulations and district policies and procedures.

Consequences for False Accusation

Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a pupil found to have falsely accused another as a means of harassment, intimidation or bullying range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion, as permitted under N.J.S.A. 18A:37-1, Discipline of Pupils.

Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for a school employee found to have falsely accused another as a means of harassment, intimidation or bullying shall be disciplined in accordance with district policies and procedures.

Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a visitor or volunteer, found to have falsely accused another as a means of harassment, intimidation or bullying shall be determined by the Principal or his/her designee, after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act, including reports to appropriate law enforcement officials.

Policy Publication

This Policy will be disseminated annually to all school staff, pupils, parent (s) or legal guardian (s), along with a statement explaining the Policy applies to all acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying that occur on school property, at school-sponsored functions or on a school bus.

The Superintendent shall develop an annual process for the Principal (s) to discuss the school district’s policy on harassment, intimidation and bullying with pupils.

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Prevention Programs

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:37-17.c., information regarding the district’s Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy shall be incorporated into a schools’ employee training program.

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:37-17a., the district will establish bullying prevention programs, and other initiatives involving school staff, pupils, administrators, volunteers, parent (s) or legal guardian (s), law enforcement and community members in developing such programs and initiatives.

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:37-17.b., the district is encouraged to, and to the extent funds are appropriated for these purposes, provide training on the school district’s harassment, intimidation and bullying policies to school employees and volunteers who have significant contact with pupils and develop a process for discussing the school district’s harassment, intimidation and bullying policies with pupils.

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:37-19, the school district may apply to the Commissioner of Education for additional costs due to the implementation of the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:37-13 through N.J.S.A. 18A:37-18. 

The Superintendent will forward a copy of this Policy to the County Superintendent of Schools by September 1, 2003 .

N.J.S.A. 18A:37-13 through 18A:37-19

Adopted:   August 25, 2003


All Cranford Board of Education policies can be found on the district website: www.cranfordschools.org

The following policies may be of interest to you and may be viewed in their entirety on the website.

·          5113 – School Attendance

·          5123 – Promotion, Retention. And Acceleration

·          5131 – Student Behavior and Discipline

·          5131.5 – School District Vandalism/Violence

·          5131.51 – Loitering on Board of Education Property

·          5131.6 – Alcohol, Other Drugs, Anabolic Steroid, and Controlled Substance Abuse

·          5131.7 – Weapons and dangerous Instruments

·          5137 – Academic Eligibility for Athletic and Co-Curricular Activities

·          5141 – Health

·          5141.2 – Illness

·          5141.3 Physical Examinations

·          5141.4 – Child Abuse and Neglect

·          5142 – Safety: Personal and Possessions

·          5142.31 – Prohibition of Skateboard, Skates, roller Blades

·          Physical Education/Jewelry Safety

·          5145.12 – Search and Seizure