Principal's Corner

Holdrum Middle School
"Home of the Hawks"

 Mr. Cody

         Mr. James P. Cody
   [email protected]
   201-358-4016 ext. 1001

August 2022

Dear Holdrum Families, 

On behalf of Mrs. Puzzo and our teachers, I would like to welcome you to Holdrum Middle School for the 2022-2023 school year.  Throughout the summer, we have been working to ensure you have a successful and safe year in your new school. 

Monday, September 12, 2022 is the first day of the school year. This year promises to be an exciting one for all Holdrum students. We continue to align communication, collaboration, creative and critical thinking skills with the explicit tenets identified by our Portrait of a Graduate. Our teaching staff continues to develop innovative activities, meaningful learning opportunities, and real world experience. 

In our continuation of focus on student wellness, Holdrum Middle School will implement year 2 of our new Social and Emotional Learning Program, The Ruler approach with our students. The Ruler approach is designed to help students and staff develop a common language to understand the value of emotions, build skills of emotional intelligence and create and maintain a positive school culture. It is an evidenced based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. At Holdrum Middle School, RULER will be infused into advisory sessions and throughout core and encore classes.

The River Vale School District is implementing new mandates, standards, and curriculum in the areas of science, social studies, visual and performing arts, comprehensive health and physical education, world language, computer science, and 21st century life and careers. This work has been developed over the past couple of years with our regional partners and the Pascack Valley Regional High School District. Our Math department will implement year 2 of the district’s new mathematics series, Big Ideas. This series supports the premise that every student can be successful at math through real world connections, conducting meaningful conversations, and solving complex problems and rigorous tasks. The district will engage students in rigorous mathematical content ties to NJSLS to improve progress in mathematics achievement.  

As part of the ongoing emphasis on technology, every Holdrum student will be receiving a Chromebook to use in school and at home. Our school will continue to utilize Canvas, our student learning management system where students and parents will have access to information for all their classes in one easily accessible location. We will once again offer parent observer accounts which parents will be directed how to create and use directly from the Canvas website. You will receive step by step directions that will walk you through the process. 

Some of your questions about Holdrum may be answered by visiting the Holdrum 60 webpage and watching some short presentations which provide pertinent information daily life at Holdrum. This page can be found under “Our School” on the Holdrum website.

It is my hope that Holdrum Middle School will provide opportunities for you to become a compassionate citizen, fearless trailblazer, global communicator, collaborative innovator, a problem seeker and solution maker for the 2022-2023 school year in a safe and secure Middle School environment. If you resolve to make this your best year ever, you will also help to make the Holdrum community the best place it can be.  

I look forward to seeing you on September 12, 2022. 

Yours in Education,

James P. Cody


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