WARREN HILLS REGIONAL (41-5465)

Warren Hills Regional School District
  
The Warren Hills Regional School district serves over 1900 students in a Grade 7 – 12 setting in a beautiful location of rural Warren County.  We encourage our students in both the middle school and high school to accept responsibility and to contribute their gifts and talents to realize their potential as citizens of a global society.  Throughout the year, our students participate in a variety of curricular and extracurricular activities that reinforce the theme of respect for themselves, each other, and the school community.
 
At Warren Hills Regional, we provide our students with a strong academic foundation.  From the receiving districts of Franklin Township, Mansfield Township, Oxford (high school tuition students), Washington Borough and Washington Township, students progress along the academic continuum led by a faculty committed to planning and implementing a variety of instructional strategies and activities that facilitate the preparation of our students for the challenge of mastering the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and the Common Core State Standards.  Each year, our dedicated faculty proposes new courses of study and we currently provide well over two hundred courses of study to enable students to not only meet their graduation requirements, but also to explore a plethora of elective interests in every curricular area. 
 
The district has made a commitment to the infusion of technology and many of our classrooms have Smart Board technology and shared laptop carts along with equipping each teacher in the district with a laptop in our campus’ wireless environment that enable teachers to incorporate daily the technology that enhances lesson presentations and student learning.  Our teachers place students at the center of the learning process and the staff regards our 21st century learners as their primary focus and concern. 
 
The district is led by a dedicated Board of Education and a comprehensive collaborative administrative team with a common goal to help our faculty and staff reach their potential for the ultimate benefit of students.  The Board of Education – subscribing to a committee model – monitors the well-being of the district in close collaboration with the Superintendent of Schools.  The administrative team meets regularly to explore educational issues, reforms, and initiatives to strengthen their common leadership bond. 
 
Students are afforded the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of athletics and clubs to further support the curriculum and the district’s initiatives in various school programs.  Extracurricular clubs include student council, yearbook, Builders Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, FBLA, DECA, newspaper, Best Buddies, Future Farmers of America (FFA), archery, and Healthy Options for Today and Tomorrow (HOTT).  The Fine Arts program provides opportunities for choral, instrumental, and theatrical performances and exhibitions of student artwork both in the school and in the community.  A wide variety of both middle school and high school athletics are offered during three seasons for both boys and girls to pursue their interests and form camaraderie and teamwork.  
 
Warren Hill Regional’s Parent/Teacher/Student Association (PTSA) strives to strengthen the connection between home and school.  Meeting regularly, the group has adopted a mission to improve our school district through increased opportunities for obtaining information and becoming more informed on a wide variety of topics and serves as a viable and valuable asset of the school community.  Through their first successful fundraiser ever, the PTSA has been able to provide Making All Great Ideas Count (MAGIC) grants to our staff and students in order to provide exciting and worthwhile opportunities beyond the scope of the district budget.  
 
Students learn from their parents and teachers the importance of contributing to the community as citizens by helping those in need.  Throughout the year, our students are engaged in structured service projects that demonstrate Warren Hills Regional students' prominent role in the community.  These endeavors include various drives, collections, and activities to raise awareness and donations to help those less fortunate within the community, the county, and globally.     
 
Our district is engaged in the fourth year of an important self-study and strategic planning model to take a look at our strengths and weaknesses and to formulate and execute a plan of action for the years ahead.  We are engaged in the Excellence by Design protocol through the Middle States Association and proud to have gained accreditation for our district after an extensive site visitation in the fall of 2013.  A notable accomplishment of the process has been the development and approval of four core district objectives to reach by the year 2020: Communication in our district is essential and we strive to have continuous and meaningful dialogue with parents and the community-at-large in a variety of venues.  There are informational mailings several times a year, Superintendent Forums are sponsored, and guest speaker presentations are held for the entire Warren Hills cluster.  Our district website is an excellent source of information which contains pertinent information about students through the parent portal, provides an ever-growing calendar of events, offers Board of Education meeting agendas and minutes, hosts “good news” items under the Superintendent’s Corner link, provides press releases through the In the News link, and outlines a wide variety of student fundraisers that parents and the community may wish to support.  Accessible links to Board of Education policies and district approved curriculum maps have recently appeared on the website, as well.  The website address is www.warrenhills.org and families are strongly encouraged to visit often. 
 
Realizing the importance of establishing strong relationships with our constituency elementary districts, Warren Hills Regional strives to maintain open communication within the cluster through superintendent meetings, curriculum articulation sessions, principal meetings, joint efforts in the adoption and implementation of the mandated teacher and leader evaluation models, and shared professional development opportunities.
 
The administration, faculty, support staff, and parents of the Warren Hills Regional school district are dedicated to fostering students who demonstrate high achievement, enjoy learning new concepts and skills in all curricular areas, contribute to their community in a variety of ways, and acquire skills for success.  As a result, Warren Hills Regional’s students are afforded an excellent educational program that inspires lifetime learners and conscientious citizens. 
 

Dr. Thomas J. Altonjy
(908) 689-3143, extension 1045