Important Information
about COVID-19


School Closure Notice 5/4/20


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • District counselors are available when school is in session (through June 16, 2020) from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday (except holidays).

  • If you have an immediate psychiatric emergency or any emergency, please call 911.

  • If you do not have an emergency, the following psychiatric resources are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week: Jersey City Mobile Response 24/7 Hotline at (201) 915-2210.

  • In-home counseling services through PerformCare 1 (877) 652-7624.

 

Click here for Distance Learning Plans in English and Spanish

Click here for Student/Staff Support Services Contact Information


A Message from Dr. James P. Doran, 
Director of Personnel/Human Resources/Compliance 
and Crisis Management for Harrison Public Schools
Para la versión en español haga clic aquí 

5/13/2020

An important message to parents, staff, and students of the Harrison Public Schools:

As you know Governor Murphy’s Executive Order for Distance Learning will be in effect for the remainder of the school year. Students will continue to complete their lessons from home.

Please be assured that our Principals are working very hard to plan and prepare Virtual Graduations and other end of year activities.  For more information, please see the guidance link from the State Police Colonel and Department of Education on the District Homepage. More information will be provided in the near future.

This past weekend, our ‘SchoolBucks Program’ performed an update and temporarily zeroed out all student balances. As of Monday afternoon, this issue has been corrected and all balances have been restored. Our apologies for any inconvenience this has caused. Further guidance on balances and rollovers will be provided in the near future.

Throughout this Distance Learning period, FREE ‘grab-n-go’ breakfast and lunch will be served for ALL CHILDREN at Washington Middle School from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.

During this Distance Learning process, parents should contact the appropriate principal's office as needed regarding technology, health, and other support services. Child study team members and other related services staff will be contacting parents and students directly to arrange for additional services.

Again, all Harrison Public Schools will remain in Distance Learning mode from home for the remainder of the school year.

On behalf of the Harrison Board of Education and Administration, we pray for, and offer our support for those who have been stricken with the CoronaVirus. We also encourage all to continue to practice shelter-in-place, social distancing and effective measures to avoid contracting the virus.

For further information please visit harrisonschools.org.       Thank You.


Previous Updates:
April 20, 2020 

An important message to parents, staff, and students of the Harrison Public Schools:

As you know Governor Murphy’s Executive Order for Distance Learning will remain in effect until May 15th for all NJ Schools.  In compliance, all Harrison Public Schools will resume Distance Learning mode on Monday, April 20th. Students will complete their lessons from home via teacher prepared learning packets, laptops, smartphones, or other internet-ready devices. 

We are seeking the help of parents and guardians to assist children in completing lessons.  Please keep in mind that the NJ Department of Education will only count these distance learning days as mandated school days when student attendance is taken by the teachers and evidence of student work is completed.  

Throughout this Distance Learning period, FREE ‘grab-n-go’ breakfast and lunch will be served for ALL CHILDREN  at Washington Middle School from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.

During this Distance Learning process, parents should contact the appropriate principal's office as needed regarding technology, health, and other support services.  Child study team members and other related services staff will be contacting parents and students directly to arrange for additional services.

Again, all Harrison Public Schools will remain in Distance Learning mode from home for all students through May 15th.

On behalf of the Harrison Board of Education and Administration, we pray for, and offer our support for those who have been stricken with the CoronaVirus. We also encourage all to continue to practice shelter-in-place, social distancing and effective measures to avoid contracting the virus.

For further information please visit harrisonschools.org.

Thank You.


Students and parents have been emailed an important flyer from
the New Jersey Department of Health and CDC 
regarding COVID-19
(also known as "coronavirus".) 

Click the image below to view the flyer.
Spanish and Simplified Chinese flyers available underneath the flyer.

Coronavirus 2019 Information 

Information in English
Information in Spanish

Information in Simplified Chinese

WiFi HotSpots

STEPS ON HOW TO GAIN ACCESS TO WIFI

1. Visit xfinity.com/wifi to see a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots. Open hotspots, both indoor and outdoor, will be displayed on the map in a blue color. Once at a hotspot, customers and non-customers should select xfinitywifi from the list of available WiFi networks, and then launch a browser. (please note that it must be 'xfinitywifi' all small letters, any other xfinity wifi will take you to one that requires a login)

2. Non-Xfinity Internet customers can connect by clicking the Accept & Connect button. Non-Xfinity customers will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every two hours. (so you'll have to renew your connection and start these steps over every 2 hours)


NJTV LEARNING PROGRAMMING

Starting on April 6, 2020, children in grades 3-6 will be able to tune in each weekday to lessons taught by New Jersey educators. Click here for archived lessons and click here to find where to watch NJTV.

NJTV Education Flyer- English
NJTV Education Flyer- Spanish



 

WMS Misses Our Students


Washington Middle School is a community of learners and educators working together to:

  • Foster a challenging learning environment that promotes high expectations for success through developmentally appropriate education that allows for differentiated learning and multiple learning styles.

  • Promote a caring, safe and supportive environment that meets the academic, emotional, social and physical needs of our students.

  • Develop creative minds, compassion for others, and the courage to support beliefs.

  • Help multicultural learners to strive to become productive citizens that can exceed in the technologically advancing twenty-first century.


Washington Middle School

1 North Fifth Street,
Harrison, New Jersey 07029

Phone: 973-483-2285
Fax: 973-482-3625 
 School Hours
Regular Schedule Days
8:20 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Single Session Days 
8:20 a.m. - 1:11 p.m. 
Delayed Opening Days
10:00 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.

8th Grade Parents Night

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8th Grade Parents Information 2019-2020


Check out the new WMS Patriots Band website for information
on upcoming performances, rehearsal schedules, how to join, and more! 

 WMS Band


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Washington School Anti-Bullying Specialist
Ms. Mayra Rivas-Flores
Washington Middle School
(973) 483-2285 x2045
mayra.rivas@staff.harrisonschools.org

District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Joan McNichol, MA, SAC
Harrison High School
401 Kingsland Ave.,
Harrison, NJ 07029
(973) 482-5050 x1519
joan.mcnichol@staff.harrisonschools.org

Need to Report Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying - Click Here to find all that you need!

Click Here to read the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy

New Jersey Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Grades Report 2017 - 2018 
Click Here

Click here for the 2017-2018 Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Explanation for the Annual Self-Assessment, Process for Determining Grades And Supportive Resources


"It is the policy of the Board of Education of the Harrison Public Schools not to discriminate in its programs, activities, employment practices or admission policies on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, genetics, affectional and sexual orientation, disability or social or economic status."

Inquiries or complaints regarding affirmative action, discrimination (including Title IX requirements), sexual harassment or equity should be directed to:

Joan McNichol, AAO/Section 504 Officer/Title IX Coordinator

joan.mcnichol@staff.harrisonschools.org


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