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2013 New Jersey District of Character

2013 National District of Character

Caring | Citizenship | Fairness | Trustworthiness | Respect | Responsibility






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“Make good people; the rest follows.”

                                          Walt Whitman


To achieve this recognition as a National School of Character is a rarity for a high school; to receive it for a district is almost unheard of.  This is a well deserved recognition for our district schools-Hanover Park High School and Whippany Park High School.  I am proud of the efforts of the Board of Education, administration, staff, students and parents as we continue to achieve recognition in the areas of academics, athletics, and extra/co-curricular activities.  Each and every one of our district's students, staff, and parents has played a major role in the re-culturing of our schools. We strive each day to live by the core ethical values established for the district-Caring, Citizenship, Fairness, Trustworthiness, Respect, and Responsibility. This award validates for us the important role that service and character education has on human development.”     

Carol Grossi

Superintendent of Schools


The Character Education Partnership (CEP) is proud to name 29 schools and districts to its roster of National Schools of Character (NSOC). Each school or district is recognized for its commitment to character education and for fostering a positive environment for social and academic learning. The National Schools of Character will be featured at the National Forum on Character Education to take place October 24-27 in Washington, DC, where they will share their secrets to success.

“Each of these schools has a uniquely inspirational story of success in education,” said NSOC Director Lara Maupin. “Schools of Character are places that foster more than just academic growth – these are nurturing educational communities that support parents in their most important job – raising good kids.”

“Most often you read news stories about the negative aspects of education,” says CEP President and CEO Mark Hyatt. “These schools have faced the same challenges – budget reductions, increased class size, a lack of resources – but they’ve managed to maintain a focus on the students and holding high standards. We want to help tell the stories of these schools to give inspiration to others, to say you can succeed too.”

The National Schools of Character come from a variety of settings – urban, suburban, and rural – and 15 different states. The list includes 18 public elementary schools, 1 K-8 public school, 2 public middle schools, 1K-8 charter school, 2 public alternatives schools, 1 public high school, 1 charter school, and 3 public school districts - 1 large urban, 1 small rural, and 1 high school district which is Hanover Park Regional. Hanover Park Regional High School District is the first New Jersey School District to receive a CEP National School District of Character.

Schools selected as National Schools of Character demonstrate growth in terms of academics (increasing test scores), behavior (reduction in disciplinary actions), and climate (survey results show students feel safe and respected). In addition, these schools have created caring, supporting school communities that meet the needs of students.

Part of character education is putting core values into action and teaching students leadership through service. Within the Hanover Park Regional High School District, students volunteer as peer buddies for developmentally challenged students; students also helped design and build an outdoor classroom. An annual gallery walk created by the Genocide Studies students is visited by all students and many community members and all Freshmen Seminar classes design their own service projects.


Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying
The Hanover Park Regional High School District has addressed issues related to Harassment, Bullying and Intimidation for many years.  We have continued our efforts to address these issues by implementing teacher training programs, student training programs, and intervention programs.  

In this March 2014 report from the NJ Department of Education,  the Hanover Park Regional High School District has been assessed and meets or exceeds requirements in all areas of the new bullying regulations.

District Anti-Bullying Coordinator 
Amy Wasser
ph: 973.887.2389
HP Anti-Bullying Specialist
Michelle Villani
  ph: 973.887.0300 ext. 2242

WP Anti-Bullying Specialist Kristin Scully
  ph: 973.887.3004 ext. 4509

HP School Climate
Safety Team

Tom Callanan, Bill Brown,
Michael Menditto, Amy Wasser,
Lisa Marie Black, Bill Combes,
Joe Cuff, Tom Gaglione,
Gerry Moore, Brian Propfe,
Michelle Villani
Tara Geisser-Parent Member



WP School Climate
Safety Team

John Manning, Brian Palumbo, Greg Acocella, Brent Kaiser,
Amy Wasser,
Rebecca Caridad, Caren Cocuzza, Vanessa Cordeiro, Jan Goodman,
Donna Malloy, Richard Schwartz,
Kristin Scully, Pam Souto
Mary Allocco-Parent Member



Board of Education Meeting

Regular Meeting
Wednesday May 7, 2014
7:30 p.m.


AP Honor Roll



Maria Carrell is the contact person for any displaced families not living in their home district. 

Her phone number is 973-887-0320.