Strategic Planning: 2019 Community Input Survey
Feedback received from parents, students, faculty, staff and community members who live and work in Atlantic Highlands and Highlands, NJ is an important part of the development of the Henry Hudson Regional Strategic Plan for the next five years. Responses provided will be used to also direct the Tri-District Strategic Plan as well. Please read each statement carefully and select the answer that best represents you and your thoughts about Henry Hudson Regional School and the Tri-District. Your responses are completely confidential and will be reported only as group data. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey that will help to ensure continued success and a bright future for the students and schools in our communities.
1. Please select the choice (s) that best represents you.
Current Atlantic Highlands Elementary School (AHES), Highlands Elementary School (HES) or Henry Hudson Regional School (HHRS) Student
Parent/Guardian of a current AHES, HES or HHRS Student
Atlantic Highlands or Highlands resident with school-aged children NOT attending AHES, HES or HHRS
Current Atlantic Highlands or Highlands Resident without school-aged children
Atlantic Highlands and Highlands resident who attended AHES, HES, and/or HHRS
Tri-District public school staff member
2. If you are the parent or guardian of a school- aged child, please select the choice (s) that best represents you.
My student (s) attends AHES.
My student (s) attends HES.
My student (s) attends HHRS.
I do not have a student who is attending one of the three schools in the Tri-District.
3. What challenges, concerns and/or issues need to be addressed as priorities? (Please select 5)
Providing more challenging instructional programs.
Improving existing instructional programs.
Recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers and staff.
Future school budgets and state funding issues,
Technology and future readiness
Security/Providing a safe and orderly learning environment.
Student Services (including mental health, tiered intervention and special education programs)
School Culture and climate
Character Education/Social/Emotional Learning
Expanding communication and community involvement
Distribution of district resources
Class sizes at the elementary school level (PK-6)
Class sizes in the middle/high school level (7-12)
Enrollment challenges (fluctuating enrollments in the three schools)
4. If the additional (AHES-no cuts projected; HES-$307, 409; HHRS-$270, 015) reduction in school aide over the next five years from the State of New Jersey is not reversed, the individual districts should respond by (Please check the school and all that apply)
Increasing the budget up to the 2% cap annually with resulting tax increases
Increasing the budget above the 2% cap, if needed, with resulting tax increases to be voted on by residents
Reducing costs by eliminating programs and services
Reducing costs by reducing staff
Reducing costs by increasing class sizes
Developing a holistic approach that incorporates various components above
5. Please select the top five skills students should learn to be prepared for future success.
Communication Skills (writing, listening, speaking)
Problem-solving/Critical Thinking Skills
Research Skills (gathering and analyzing information)
Reading comprehension and mathematics skills
Personal financial management skills
Organizational and time management skills
Ability to speak more than one language
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
Social Sciences (study of history, other cultures, economics and government)
Fine and performing arts (music, theater and visual art)
6. What do you think are the most important issues or challenges facing students today? These may be community, family and/or socioeconomic issues that are not necessarily the responsibility of the school district. (Please check all that apply)
Negative peer pressure
Abuse of drugs and alcohol
Pressure to "succeed" and/or not learning "how to fail"
Being prepared for the rigors and expectations of college
Being prepared for the rigors and expectations of the workplace
Economic conditions (e.g. fewer high paying jobs, changes in job skill sets in demand, etc)
Unable to afford or access to higher education after high school
Low mathematics and science proficiency leading to an inability to compete
Keeping up in a rapidly changing world (technology is outpacing skills)
Lack of opportunities or encouragement to pursue interests/career paths outside of college path (e.g. trade skills)
Ability or opportunities to experience or understand world environment and challenges that exist outside of school
Please indicate if you believe the following areas are strengths for our district. (Check all that apply)
Achievement of our students
The District as a good steward of resources and taxpayer funds
English Language Arts Education
STEM/STEAM Education and Opportunities
World Language Education
Vocational and other job-ready pathways
Student Services (including mental health, tiered intervention, and special education programs)
Teachers and the District Staff
District communication with staff, students, parents and stakeholders
District Administration/central management
Attendance policy and practices
Social/Emotional Learning/Character Education
Elementary school education and environment (PK-6)
Middle/High School education and environment (7-12)
8. What are the top three goals you would like to see the Tri-District establish in each of the schools' Strategic Plans to improve student performance or improve the student school experience? (Please indicate the school(s) you have students attending or attended)
Three goals explained:
9. What essential skills and/or attributes do you feel that our graduates need to have upon completion of high school in order to be successful in the Twenty-first Century?
10. Please share any other suggestions or comments, that you feel would be beneficial when creating each district's strategic plan. Please be specific.
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