Harrington Park School District

191 Harriot Avenue, Harrington Park, NJ 07640 | P: 201-768-5700

Student Life

Clubs & Activities

Band

Welcome to the Harrington Park Band Page!
 
Attention 3rd grade Parents/Guardians:
At this time we are opening up the 4th Grade Band registration for September 2020!
Upon entering 4th Grade, students can choose to study an instrument in school. Please click the links below to access the Program Overview, Instrument choice video, and the Registration Form.
Please submit Registration by June 12th.
Any questions, contact Ms. Woods. [email protected]

Ms. Woods (4th Grade)  & Mr. Adel 5th-8th Grade) 

About the program:
Harrington Park School offers instrument-specific group lessons and numerous performance opportunities to students in grades 4-8.
Most students are introduced to their instruments in 4th grade and develop new skills each year in the program.
Group lessons take place once a week during the school day, and run on a rotating schedule.
Each band rehearses once or twice a week (depending on group), either before school or during recess.
 
Ensembles:
4th Grade Band
5th Grade Band
6th Grade Band
7th/8th Grade Band
Jazz Band
 
How to join:
Simply stop by the Band Room and speak with Mr. Adel or Ms. Woods if you are interested in joining an instrumental group.

Why Music?

Music is a science
It is exact, specific; it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.

Music is mathematical
It is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.

Music is a foreign language
Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English – but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language. Also, many songs we study are from other cultures.

Music is physical education
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek, and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.

Most of all, music is art.
It allows a human being to take all these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: humanist, feeling, emotion.


Chorus

Monday: Soprano and Alto
8:00 am

Wednesday: Everybody
8:00 am

Friday: Bass only
8:00 am

Debate

The Debate Team welcomes any 6th, 7th or 8th grader who is interested in developing research and public speaking skills that will serve them well in high school, college, and beyond.  We meet on Wednesdays after school, beginning in September and ending in early February.  Our schedule of debates can be found below, along with the debate topic for this school year.  The coaches for this year are Mrs. Fredette and Mrs. McGinley.  We look forward to another great year!
 
 
Novice Debate Schedule for 2019-2020 School Year
 
Start time for all debates: 4 PM
 
Wednesday, October 23 @ Tenafly Middle School
Monday, November 18 @ Tenafly Middle School
Thursday, December 12 @ Bergen Academies
Wednesday, January 22 @ Tenafly Middle School
Wednesday, February 5 @ Northern Valley Demarest High School
Wednesday, March 4 @ Northern Valley Old Tappan
         
2019-2020

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
POLICY DEBATE TOPIC

Arms Sales
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.

 
The arms sales topic will be very broad, given that the United States is the world's leading arms exporting countries and that we sell weapons to more than one hundred countries through the two programs, Direct Sommercial Sales and Foreign Military Sales.

The arms sales topic is a bit unique in that the resolution focuses on two particular federal programs.  The debater should notice that the names of the two programs are capitalized in the resolution, meaning that we are dealing only with weapons sold through these programs rather than with all forms of military assistance.  
         
View a Powerpoint presentation:What is Debate?

All debaters must bring in a signed Debate Permission Slip  before the first debate.
 
Bergen County Debate League
Novice Division
Shortened Round
2019-2020 Debate Season

Teams should write their names and codes only on the board.  You do not need to write the resolved.

1AC 5 Minutes
CX 2 Minutes
1NC 3 Minutes
CX 2 Minutes
2AC 5 Minutes
CX 2 Minutes
2NC 3 Minutes
CX 2 Minutes
Prep 2 Minutes
Rebuttals 2 Minutes each

Each round should be about 30 minutes.

Garden Club

Fall Garden Club is here!

We have a lot to do and a lot to harvest!   All interested students are welcome!
Meeting times (may vary):  We try to meet on Friday mornings before school at 8:05AM & Wednesdays during the first half of 5th period, we have a lunch meeting and work session.  Additional meetings will be held as needed.
Listen to the announcements to find out when we are meeting.


Garden Club Photos*

Green Club

Green Club meeting times are announced on HPTV.
 
Thank you for stopping by!  
 
 
Have you done something to keep the Earth green?  Let us know and be entered to win a prize!
CLICK HERE

  • Water Bottle recycling is up and running.  We need volunteers to sign up daily through the new year.  If you would like to help collect recycled water bottles please see Mrs. Howell.
  • What do you do with your old dried out markers?  Please help us keep the Earth green by recycling them.  Each classroom has a bag to collect all varieties of old dried out markers and highlighters.  These will be sent to Crayola to be recycled...HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!!!!
  • Coups for Troops is beginning again!  We are collecting your UNWANTED manufacturer coupons (Smart Source, Red Plum, P&G) from the newspapers and will be sending them to military families overseas where they can use them at the commissaries.  We love to PAY IT FORWARD!!!!

HPTV

HPTV News
Tune In Every Morning for Harrington Park School's  Important Announcements and Its Most Exciting Television Program Airing Live From Studio One at the HPTV World Headquarters!!
 
DON'T MISS OUT......
See Mr. Conn or Ms. Murphy to find out how you can participate, and pay attention to announcements for information about upcoming meetings!!

String Ensemble

HP STRING ENSEMBLE
Mrs. Lisa Woods, Director
The String Ensemble rehearses twice weekly before school. String students also come for a weekly small group lesson on Fridays.          

Rehearsals are every Tuesday and Friday before school at 7:50 in the Chorus Room.
 
Friday small group instruction is scheduled during the school day on  a pull out/rotating basis.
 
WINTER CONCERT - DECEMBER 7, @7:00 PM.
 
String Ensemble members please refer to the Google Classroom for more details and announcements.

Student Council

Harrington Park Student Council
2020-2021...stay tuned for more information!

Advisor: Ms. McGarrity
[email protected]

*Congrats to our graduating 8th grade student council members! Special thanks to Will Poggi & Ayush Damwani for a great year!

*Congrats to our new 2020-2021 school year class presidents, Clara Kim & Grace Ganguzza!!

Wee Deliver

Important Information
Check back here for important papers and dates!
 
In the meantime, check out our Frequently Asked Questions below for any questions you may have.

What is Wee Deliver?
Wee Deliver is Harrington Park School's in-school post office.

Who should we talk to about Wee Deliver?
Wee Deliver is run by Ms. Pidane and Ms Giovinazzo.  Email is the best way to reach us with questions!
[email protected]
[email protected]org

Who can participate in Wee Deliver?
Wee Deliver is run by interested 4th graders.  However, any student grades K-4 can write and receive letters.

How do letters get mailed?
Letters get written by K-4 usually during class.  The letters get placed in the Wee Deliver mailbox by the main office.  The staff of Wee Deliver (4th grade), picks up the mail and processes it on Monday and then delivers it to classrooms on Thursday.

I am an interested 4th grader...how do I sign up?
Information about signing up to be part of the Wee Deliver team will be sent out to 4th graders in April.  Any interested 4th grader needs to fill out the job application, completely, and hand it to Ms. Pidane or Ms. Giovinazzo.  Once applications are received, all applicants will receive a time to participate in a job interview.  Once all interviews are conducted, applicants will be notified of their position and schedule of meetings.  You must be available to meet on either Monday morning at 8:05 or Thursday during recess.

Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it.....Wee Deliver will begin in the Spring.  Fourth graders interested in working for Wee Deliver will receive information in April.  Keep your eyes open!

Yearbook

HP Yearbook
Committee Corner


Check back soon for updated information about our 2020 Yearbook Committee.

Parent Information
...SALE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH!...

Any 6th or 7th grader interested in ordering a 2020 yearbook can do so using the below order form.  The deadline for ordering the yearbook is

Friday, January 31, 2020.    Payment must be sent in with the order.  All check should be made payable to Harrington Park Board of Education.

Order Form

Harrington Park Class of 2020...Leading the way...

HP Studio

HP Studio is back…..

“HP Studio,” is a morning art group for students in 4th-8th grade.

~Are you a 4th-8th grading interested in gaining more time in the art room?
~Do you have a love for art?
~Would you like to expand your art skills by working on projects outside of your regular art class?

If you answered ”YES!” then HP Studio is for you!

Things to know about HP Studio:

  • HP Studio will be meeting with Mrs. Pidane in the art room once a week at 8am.
  • HP Studio is open to interested 4th-8th graders HOWEVER, there will be three different sessions designated for specific grades, each lasting 6 weeks.  Grade level sessions will be a time when students in those grades only will have the opportunity to create an art project relative to a chosen theme.  See attached schedule for session information.
  • HP Studio will be included as an exhibit in HPS’s annual art show!

PARENTS: If your child is interested, please fill out the permission slip at the link below and return to Mrs. Pidane NO LATER than WEDNESDAY, September 25th.  PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE ATTACHED SCHEDULE TO KNOW WHAT DATES SPECIFIC GRADES WILL BE MEETING.


Studio Schedule:
Meetings will be held on Tuesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in the art room

SESSION 1:  MIDDLE SCHOOL HP STUDIO:  GRADES 6-8
  • Tuesday, October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and November 5th

SESSION 2:  GRADE 5 HP STUDIO
  • Tuesday, November 12th, 19th, 26th, December 3rd, 10th and 17th

SESSION 3:  GRADE 4 HP STUDIO
  • Tuesday, January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, February 4th and 11th

The annual art show this year is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd.  There will be a display of work from HP Studio included in the art show.

Begin your day, the creative way!

….stART
….smART
….with ART!