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Hopatcong, New Jersey
Sussex County
Hopatcong Borough School District
Hopatcong Middle School is a public school located in Hopatcong, New Jersey with 361 students in grades 6-8.
Highlights
Extended instruction in math / language arts is afforded to every student.
Science curricula is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.
A technology-rich environment enhances content in all areas including an Innovation Lab and MakerSpace.
Awards

Students at Hopatcong Middle School have garnered recognition both regionally and across the state in the arts, and our teachers and programs are recognized statewide for our efforts in Art Integration and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, mathematics). We have partnered with NASA to enhance our delivery of the Next Generation Science Standards. A Major accomplishment this year centered on the mid-year emergency closing of the Hudson Maxim School and relocation of grades K and 1 to the Middle School missing only 2 school days to complete the transition. Additionally, Danielle Manisa, a school counselor from Hopatcong Middle School, was selected as the 2018-2019 Counselor of the County for Sussex County.

Location
1 David Road
Hopatcong, NJ 07843
Contact
Principal: Mr. Lewis Benfatti
973-398-8804
lbenfatti@hopatcongschools.org
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Grades
6-8
White 72%
Black 4%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 22%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
361
students
Female 48.2%
Male 51.8%
Economically disadvantaged students 22%
Students with disabilities 22%
English learners 1%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
120
Grade Percent of total students Students
6th Grade 36%
131
7th Grade 32%
117
8th Grade 31%
113
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English & language arts proficiency
45%
of students

Math proficiency
34%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.8
Incidents per year
Violence 2
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 1
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 0
Total incidents 3
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
71%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 4%
1 to 5 days 33%
6 to 10 days 34%
11 to 15 days 16%
Over 15 days 13%
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English 96.7%
Other 1.7%
Spanish 1.7%
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Learn more about Hopatcong Middle School.

Mission

Hopatcong Middle School is committed to ensuring that students achieve their academic and personal potential. They are encouraged to demonstrate a passion for learning in a nurturing environment where the unique talents and backgrounds of individuals are valued and respected. The goal is to develop a community of critical-thinking students, empathetic toward one another, who will become part of the caring majority by taking a stand against inappropriate behavior.

Academics

A rigorous curriculum in language arts, stressing reading comprehension and writing, is presented to each student each day within an 87 minute time block. The mathematics curriculum is presented in depth within a separate 87 minute block. Advanced level courses are offered in every academic core subject at each grade level. Delivering content with an emphasis on S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, music) and Arts Integration is apparent in every classroom.

Clubs

Afterschool clubs activities are curriculum-based, use problem-based learning and the Next Generation Science Standards as their foundation: Intramural Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer Lego Robotics / Robotics Competition Team STEAM Young Innovators Club Games Club Chorus Drama Club Art Club Future Teachers Club Homework Club Academic Bowl Student Council Bookclub Science Club Science Olympiad Student Council Class Book ` Bring It Transition Club

Teachers

Professional development opportunities/programs include: Art Integration, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Workshops, Writers Workshop, Team Time, Handle With Care Training, Safe Schools Professional Development, Special Education Pairings And Consultation, Professional Learning Communities.

Supports

Response to Intervention, Support for Students with Disabilities, Student Academic Support, Homework Club, Behavioral Intervention, mindfulness classroom.

Health

Breakfast Program, Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Character Education, United Way Bridges Program, Backpack Food Program, Handle With Care, Center For Prevention

Parents

PTO, Power School Parent Portal, United Way, Center For Prevention, Blackboard Connect, Digital Backpack, District/School Webpage, Special Education Parent Support Group, District Equity Goal Program

Facilities

Newly renovated music classrooms, Innovation Lab, 7 computer labs, updated wireless infrastructure, Chromebooks issued to all students, building security cameras, classroom air conditioning in progress

School safety

All staff as assigned Safe School training courses specific to their job description. The training courses are in compliance with applicable federal and state laws. We had a director of security located in the middle school who coordinated safety plan for each of the district and had them approved by the county. Plans for a Class III Officer for the 19-20 school year were finalized.

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High expectations are held for all students to meet rigorous academic standards and to become lifelong learners. A rigorous curriculum in language arts, stressing reading comprehension and writing, is presented to each student each day within an 87 minute time block. Similarly, the mathematics curriculum is presented in depth within a separate 87 minute block. All curricula have been revised, and each stresses the interpretation and application of information. Advanced level courses are offered in every academic core subject at each grade level. An acute awareness of the benefits of delivering content with an emphasis on S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, music) and Arts Integration is apparent in every classroom. Elective course offerings during the day and after school activities are provided to meet the varied interests, boundless energy, and curiosity of our students. Afterschool clubs, activities and intramurals round out the school day for the majority of our students. These afterschool programs reinforce content area and contribute to the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills. Hopatcong Middle School is a great place for students to learn. Students are understood, challenged and nurtured. Hopatcong Middle School is committed to ensuring that students achieve their academic and personal potential. Students are encouraged to demonstrate a passion for learning in a nurturing environment where the unique talents and backgrounds of individuals are valued and respected. The goal of our school is to develop a caring community of critical-thinking students who are empathetic toward one another and who will become part of the caring majority by taking a stand against inappropriate behavior.

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