• Welcome to New Hanover Township School District

    Scott Larkin

    Dr. Scott Larkin
    Principal and Chief School Administrator

    slarkin@newhanover.k12.nj.us

     
     
  • Dr. Larkin began serving the families of the New Hanover Township School District as Principal in July of 2011. He became Chief School Administrator in 2020. Prior to this time, he worked for the Monmouth Regional High School District and Ocean Township School District in a variety of administrative, teaching, and extracurricular positions. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Richmond in 1996, a Master's Degree from Georgian Court University in 2003, and Ed., D. from Walden University in 2018.

  • We Think for Ourselves

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 1/6/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Long have I been a fan of bad quotations, Whether they be on posters, tee shirts, mugs, or postings, bad quotations are typically meant to inspire, but usually just confuse the reader. I am especially fond of the sport of competitive quoting: the more obscure the author, the better! Who needs Benjamin Franklin when there’s Walter Benjamin?

     

    As thinkers, we should know better. We push our students to develop higher order thinking skills by leading them through a hierarchical journey from rote learning to abstract evaluation. Yet, too many of us fail to seek this path ourselves, instead deciding to regurgitate the ideas of others. For shame the hypocrisy. At NHTS, we think for ourselves. We develop our own ideas and express them in ways that reflect our schooling.

     

    "We might not be unknown 20th century philosophers and our words might not always be fancy, but they come from our own hearts and minds. Those words have true meaning."

    Scott Larkin

     

     

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  • Stay Off My Lawn Guy

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 11/19/2019 5:00:00 PM

    In 2013, Steven Lonegan said of Cory Booker, "we need a leader, not a tweeter." The phrase was revived recently on the national stage and is a favorite of mine. I'm left shaking my head (notice the full spelling) at the rash of educators taking to Twitter to espouse anything from gratitude to armchair philosophy. Many of these posts are made by utter charlatans and complete frauds to propagate the "Emperor's New Clothes" phenomena in education where school officials heap countless acronym programs on top of ineptitude in hopes no one will see. 

    On October 17th, Mr. Bramley presented our most recent state assessment results to the Board of Education and public. In the presentation, he discussed our continued, steady academic growth. I am proud to write about the students and staff who work tirelessly, year after year, to achieve this type of actual progress. In describing our achievement, I choose to use full words, spelled correctly, and not depicted as an emoji.  

    This post officially makes me a "stay off my lawn guy." As the educational leader of the New Hanover Township School community, I gladly accept the designation. You won't find me tweeting about our school's accomplishments. They are far too significant and worthy of more thought than that needed to post a hashtag. 

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  • Fake News Hits NHTS

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 11/19/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Over the past few days, I have received a number of phone calls regarding an article posted to a local news outlet. That article can be located through the following link:

    https://patch.com/new-jersey/manasquan/report-shows-nj-school-districts-most-bullying-harassment

    The distressing portion of the article is that New Hanover Township School ranks 16th statewide on a list ordered by bullying incidents. I strongly recommend anyone viewing the article to read the accompanying text, scroll to bottom of the page, and read the entire article. New Hanover Township School ranks 16th when the number of incidents is reported per 1000 students. Doing the quick math:

    if x incidents/177 total students=28.41/1000, then x=5 incidents of HIB during the 2017/2018 school year. Also stated, on any day, a student has a .015% (1 in 15,000) chance of being involved in an incident of HIB.

    I would have declared this article totally farcical and misleading had the author not listed schools by number of infractions at the bottom and bolding (on multiple occasions) text that sought to clarify information. On the bottom list, NHTS is listed as 321 and part of a group of 41 school districts that reported 5 incidents of HIB during the 2017/2018 school year.

    The staff at NHTS is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe environment for all students. Each incident of HIB is reported, investigated, and adjudicated in accordance with both New Jersey statute and our own moral/ethical standards. While 5 incidents is a low number and evidence of our efforts, the goal will always be zero.

    My father has always told me, "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see." No where is this statement more applicable than on the internet. If you hear or read something that doesn't seem right, please call me (609) 723-2139. I will always answer your questions in a direct and honest manner, the way I would expect my children's principals to. 

     

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  • 19/20 Opening

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 9/5/2019 2:00:00 AM

    I want to thank our community for making today another successful opening. Each year, on this day, I marvel at the efforts of our staff and families in making today a resounding success. At New Hanover Township School, we take pride in Day One. For us, today was not about learning routines or catching up on the events of the summer. Today was the beginning of this year's educational journey. We take teaching and learning very seriously. Therefore, we roll up our sleeves and teach our students, even if that means foregoing acronyms and hashtags for authentic and meaningful learning. Good luck to all this year. We will, once again, accomplish great things.

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  • High Performing School

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 1/4/2019 10:00:00 AM

    At last night's public meeting, the New Hanover Township School District's Board of Education accepted the New Jersey Department of Education's review scores. Known as NJQSAC (New Jersey Quality Single Accountiblity Continuum), this monitoring system evaluates school districts in the areas of Instruction and Program, Fiscal Management, Governance, Operations, and Personnel. In order to be classified as a high performing, districts must achieve a score of at least 80% in each of the five indicators. I am proud to announce that New Hanover Township School has earned this designation. As always, success at NHTS is not a destination, but a benchmark. But, for a moment, we should all pause to enjoy this tremendous accomplishment. Numbers can never fully define who we are as a community. They don't evaluate love, caring, kindness, or unity. But, they do quantify years of hardwork. I want to thank all who have profoundly contributed to this accomplishment: staff, families, consultants, board members, the Department of Education, and our students. For now, we will celebrate, continue great work, and enjoy the title "high performing."

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  • School Safety

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 11/15/2018 11:00:00 AM

    Recently, I completed mandatory training required to serve as the District's school safety specialist. In this role, I am now responsible for overseeing all matters related to school safety and security. While this is a duanting task indeed, it is one that I embrace because it is important, very important. The New Hanover Township School community mantains secruity procedures cafefully designed to ensure a safe, secure, and peaceful enviroment. I am proud that our entire school community, students, staff, and community, do their part in making our school a safe place to learn and grow. 

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  • Splendidly Wrong

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 9/13/2018 10:10:00 AM

    In schools throughout our nation, over-achievers and perfectionists strive to earn the pinnacle of academic achievement—100%. A 100 represents that desired perfection; a completed assignment with all objectives met. While some motivators will suggest there is another dimension of achievement possible that comes from “giving 110%,” math and logic dictate that there is nothing beyond everything. As educators, we take great pride in student success and celebrate accomplishments like the 100. But, the lifeblood of improvement exists below the 100 mark, in the splendidly wrong. Former University of North Carolina professor, John B. Carroll simplified the description of learning as the process of moving from not understanding to understanding. The 100 provides us with no starting point for learning. As educators, we seek the splendidly wrong and focus our efforts teaching there. Anyone can continue to do the things they already know how to. Real growth and learning comes from the challenge of moving towards understanding. So, fret not over misspellings, the un-carried numbers, the misplayed notes, and the missed shots. These errors are not failures, but instead identifiers of where to begin moving forward.   

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  • Digital Learning Tools

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 9/12/2018 2:00:00 PM

    Over the past 5 years, the New Hanover Township School District's Board of Education has bullishly developed our school's technology infrastructure. Today, our students learn in a technology-rich environment that includes personal Chromebooks for all students in grades 3-8, over 80 laptops, a hard-wired computer lab, 75 tablets, a multitude of intellectually engaging software programs, and more than enough bandwidth to satisfy our web-based needs. While I am proud that we have acquired this hardware, I am prouder of the manner in which our staff members utilize technology. The machines listed above are learning tools, not outcomes. Just this morning, I sat in on a lesson in which third grade students used Google Classroom to complete a mathematics assignment. These, mostly 8-year-old students, signed into their personal accounts, opened a document posted by the teachers, completed the assignment, and submitted it back to the teacher through Google Classroom. This snapshot displays our commitment to the proper deployment of technology in the classroom. Students completed a lesson rooted in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards with the stated objective of learning a mathematics operation. Technology was the vehicle, not the destination. If you have any questions regarding the use of technology at New Hanover Township School, please feel free to call my office. 

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  • Morning Meeting

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 9/10/2018 4:00:00 PM

    As part of a faculty-driven initiative to infuse the lessons of Responsive Classroom into our school, NHTS classrooms will be holding Morning Meetings this year. These meetings allow students and staff to start each day in a manner that is engaging, builds a strong sense of community, and develops success socially and academically. Each morning, our students and teachers will meet for 20-30 meeting to interact during four meaningful session: greeting, sharing, group activity, and morning message. These meetings will help NHTS staff reach its goal of teaching the whole child. Additionally, morning meetings help create a strong bond classmates and adults alike. For additional information on Morning Meetings and Responsive Classroom, please consult www.responsiveclassroom.org. 

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  • Welcome

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 9/7/2018 11:00:00 AM

    On behalf of the New Hanover Township School community, I wish to welcome back the smiling faces of our student population. Since opening 1938, the New Hanover Township School has been place of learning, leading, and caring. Today, we remain proud of our history and reliant on a school culture that promotes the sanctity of individual. We are a small school; this we cannot deny. But why would we want to? Our school size allows us to understand who are students are as people rather than that what they are as a number. While this may sound simply quaint and humanistic, there is a practical side as well. Our teachers use this personal knowledge to differentiate instruction for all of our students, leading to on-going academic growth. I want to thank everyone for making yesterday's opening a success and wish all good luck in the upcoming year. 

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