KITTATINNY REGIONAL (37-2465)

KITTATINNY REGIONAL

Located in beautiful, rural Sussex County in northwest New Jersey, Kittatinny Regional School District serves the five municipalities of Fredon Township, Hampton Township, Sandyston Township, Stillwater Township and the Township of Walpack. The District is comprised of 125 square miles and has a school population of approximately 1100 students. These students are housed on a beautiful 96 acre campus with a modern, up-to-date high school and a separate middle school wing where the 7th and 8th grade students are educated.

Kittatinny Regional School District fosters a collaborative approach to the education of the students in the district, as it takes great pride in developing partnerships with faculty members, parents, students and our community to provide a rigorous and comprehensive academic program. Kittatinny is one of the most decorated schools in New Jersey. A nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School District, Kittatinny has also been recognized by the State of New Jersey as a Star School. In 2013, Kittatinny was awarded an A rating in a publication by the Star Ledger for recognized academic achievement. KRHS was recognized as a New Jersey "Governor's School Of Excellence" in 2005. Kittatinny was proud to be the first Star School and Blue Ribbon School in Sussex County, New Jersey. These prestigious awards are a direct result of our shared vision for excellence as a district. Our students have been recognized nationally as academic and social leaders and our faculty has garnered a number of "Best Practice Awards" from the Department of Education in the State of New Jersey. There have been no less than ten "Best Practice Awards" given to the teachers of the district since the 1995-1996 school year. This alone is a tribute to their dedication and hard work to provide the most current and relative curriculum for the students of Kittatinny Regional School District.

Kittatinny has received many awards in the area of technology. The Board of Education, administration and faculty of the Kittatinny Regional School district have dedicated many hours and resources to the infusion of technology into the everyday curriculum. KRHS teachers have enthusiastically welcomed this challenge and have used technology to enhance student comprehension, improve upon classroom instruction and to transform Kittatinny into a 21st century school district teaching career and college ready skill sets to all of our students. Kittatinny's Cloud Managed Meraki wireless access points with advanced security and performance WIFI was instrumental in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative into our district. The WIFI dashboard gives visibility into the network users, their devices, and their applications. Armed with rich analytics, administrators can quickly create access control and application usage policies, optimizing both the end-user experience and network security. Twenty additional Meraki wireless access points were installed to complement our existing wireless infrastructure. Kittatinny now features 58 Meraki wireless access points that covers the entire school and a good portion of our sports stadium. Kittatinny also has four Ipad carts with 30 Ipads per cart, three of these carts have been dedicated to the Science Department. We also have one laptop cart with 30 laptops, and a Chromebook cart with 30 Chromebooks. There are two complete computer labs in addition to a full computer animation lab, graphics design lab, technology STEAM and Robotics lab, journalism lab, and two business labs. Students are encouraged and expected to be active participants in the learning process and this includes having a complete understanding of the effective use of technology in our technology infused 21st century world. Gaggle is a CIPA-compliant email system designed for K-12 schools. Gaggle Email includes extensive text filtering, inappropriate image detection and human monitoring. Gaggle also has integrated collaboration tools that teachers and students can use at school and continue to use at home or on the go, making lesson plans, classroom blogs, discussion boards, a digital locker, and classroom assignments accessible anywhere a student can access the internet. Gaggle can be accessed directly from the internet via any internet browser or through IPhone, IPad, and Android apps. Google apps for education has also been introduced into our diverse set of technology tools we offer at Kittatinny, giving our staff and students multiple ways of delivering and utilizing technology. We have also expanded our curriculum by adding several new digital textbooks.

For the past year our technology team has researched and designed a new computer network for Kittatinny and during the summer break our technology staff completely renovated our computer network. We upgraded our system from a Novell network to Microsoft Active Directory network. Two new domain controller servers and a new file server were configured and installed, along with a new Barracuda back up solution.

Security is always of paramount importance at Kittatinny. Updated cabling was installed to support new POE IP based security cameras throughout the campus.

Approximately 75-80% percent of our student population is involved in at least one after-school or extra-curricular activity. These diverse offerings range from a very involved Peer Leadership program to an accomplished State Championship Wrestling team. Our NJSIAA approved athletic program includes 20 different interscholastic Varsity athletic teams,14 junior varsity teams, 7 Freshmen programs and 11 Junior High School Teams or a total of 42 athletic programs. Our High School athletic teams continue to be highly competitive and during this past year, three of our programs won their NJAC Divisions Championships. Those teams were Boys Track (undefeated in dual meets), Girls Softball (placed 3rd in their State Sectional) and our Wrestling Team (who also qualified for the State Sectionals but lost a heart breaker to local rival High Point in the State Sectionals quarter-finals). Our Wrestling Team also won the Lynn Crawn Tournament Trophy. In addition to these milestones our Girls Field Hockey Team made it to the State Sectional Finals and lost the Championship by one point finishing the year with a 15-7-1 record, our Girls Cross Country Team finished with a record of 10-2 and our Girls La crosse program made it to the second round of the State Sectionals for the second year in a row. Adding to these accomplishments, four of our teams were also recognized for their sportsmanship in the NJAC conference. Kittatinny has over 45 recognized extra-curricular activities for the students of the district and every student is encouraged to become involved in at least one activity that will connect them to the school. Our goal is to connect each and every child with an activity in which they are interested and motivated by at the school. These activities only enhance the overall goal of a well rounded academic experience and comprehensive school program.

Each year Kittatinny Regional School District performs as one of the top school districts in Sussex County on the state assessments. The top 15% of the class has been recognized at "New Jersey Stars" candidates and many of our recent graduates have been recognized as distinguished "Advanced Placement Scholars" which are state and nationally recognized academic honors. We are again promoting concurrent college level courses with our academic partner, Sussex County Community College. Kittatinny, with its own faculty members, is offering 15 concurrent courses in-house in the following academic areas: Anthropology, Biology II Honors, Chemistry I Honors, AP Chemistry II, AP Physics I, Pre-Calculus Honors, Calculus & Calculus Honors, AP Statistics, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP U.S. Government, AP U.S. History, AP Literature Composition & AP Language Composition.

We at Kittatinny are proud to offer the students of our community a well rounded, diverse educational experience in an environment that fosters high expectations and success for all. Please take the opportunity to visit our website at www.krhs.net.

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