• Dr. Larkin began serving the families of the New Hanover Township School District as Principal in July of 2011. 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 extra curricular 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.

  • Attendance

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 5/3/2018 2:00:00 PM

    I want to thank all of our students and families for their continued support of our incredible school. Having endured a winter that produced an extended period of bad weather, we are turning the corner towards a real spring. The change of season is always a good time to reflect and think ahead. With that in mind, I ask that all families consider the importance of positive school attendance. For information and resources regarding the importance of school attendance, please view the following web site: http://www.attendanceworks.org/chronic-absence/the-problem/10-facts-about-school-attendance/.

    On our end, we will always strive to make New Hanover Township School a second home for our students. This includes providing a clean, loving, and welcoming environment. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (609) 723-2139.

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  • Opening

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 9/6/2017

    I want to the the entire New Hanover Township School community for helping to make today's opening another success. Among the many great things we do, opening the year is one of our best. This morning, our students were greeted with friendly faces and welcoming arms. I'm excited for the year to come and the opportunity to be a part of students' growth. 

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  • Welcome Letter

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 8/29/2017

    Dear New Hanover Township School Families:

    Each morning, when I walk into the main office, I see these words:

    It is our mission to recognize the uniqueness of each child. We will provide an active learning environment that fosters the development of every student’s optimal academic potential. We will revitalize and supplement the curriculum and instructional methods so they are responsive to the changing individual needs of students and the changing character of society, the working world and technology.

    Our mission statement is more than words on a wall; it is call for the staff at New Hanover Township School to provide the world class education that our students deserve. As the summer draws to close, the teachers, staff, and administration at NHTS anxiously await our new students and all the wonderful experiences that lie ahead for the upcoming academic year. Being such a part of children’s life is a responsibility that we accept and cherish.

    This year, there will be some new faces, new books, new furniture, and new ideas. But, the thread that connects this year, and all those before, is the sense of community and love that exists between the school and our families. School will begin for our students on September 6th and I cannot wait to return to the challenge demanded by that mission statement and accepted each day.

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  • Meeting the Needs of All Students

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 10/17/2016

    Over the past several years, New Hanover Township School has been integrating an inclusion model of grouping and instruction. In this model, students with disabilities are included in general education classrooms and provided the supports they need to have access to, and make progress towards, meeting grade level curriculum. From an external view, the most easily identifiable change is placement of two certified teachers in each classroom. One teacher holds certification in general education and one in special education.  While teachers may hold different certifications, they are responsible for the success of all students. We are constantly evaluating student progress by reviewing achievement data and making appropriate program decisions. I can tell you that all our measureable indicators point to success, by all students.

    Sometimes, the best way to make improvements is to find out what is going well and build on that aspect. Inclusive teaching has been successful at New Hanover Township School because of the skill and dedication of our staff, and the determination of our students. NHTS’ professional staff members maintain high expectations for all students. To help our students meet these expectations, our teachers create welcoming classroom environments, provide students with world-class, standards-based instruction, review student data, and collaborate to share current best practices.

    I am incredibly proud of the progress we are making at NHTS. We firmly believe that all of our students deserve the opportunity to share in that success. Thank you for being our partner.

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  • Assessment

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 6/1/2016

    Earlier this month, NHTS completed our 2016 administration of the PARCC assessments with 100% participation. Throughout New Jersey, PARCC participation is very hot issue. In some districts, participation is as low 25%. I want to thank our community for opting in. By doing so, you are not supporting the test, you are supporting our students. NHTS has experienced unprecedented academic growth over the last four years coming from multiple drivers. For us, assessment is the life blood of improvement. Tests, like the PARCC exams, are diagnostic. They are our academic cat scans. The staff at NHTS review the results of these tests and make school wide, programming decisions based upon our findings. Because all of our eligible students took this year's test, the resulting data will paint a detailed picture of our strengths and weaknesses. 

    I have heard and read the arguments against high stakes testing. I understand, believe me I do. But, assessments allow our teachers to focus on the specific needs of our individual students. They allow our administration to evaluate our programs and make improvements. The results are there and they are spectacular. So, thank you again for a being a true partner in making NHTS a remarkable school. I feel strong about what we have accomplished and the way we have done it. If you would like more information about any of the above topics, feel free to stop by my office, share a cup of coffee, and have a conversation. I think you will be proud as well.

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  • Renewal

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 4/5/2016

    Spring has long been held as a time for renewal. As we return from a restful Spring Break, our community sets its sights, once again, on the renewal of our pledge to succeed. Over the past several years, we have accomplished great things as a school community. We have established a pattern of substantial, consistent growth, sought new resources for students and families, grown our professional practice, increased family involvement, and thrived in extracurricular activities. Continuing this upward climb may seem daunting and arduous. But, our world class professional staff and the best students in Burlington County will continue to excel. Our recent gains are not an end point or finite victory. To the contrary, they provide a clear picture of what is possible. Thank you again, to all, for being a part of something truly special.

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  • Read Across America

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 3/1/2016

    In 1997, a task force of the NEA met to discuss ways of spreading the importance of reading. The resulting big idea was Read Across America Day, which the group decided to celebrate on February 2nd to coincide with Dr. Suess' birthday. Today, schools across America create activities to motivate students to read. Now, more than ever, literacy is an essential key to success beyond the schoolhouse doors. In a 2009 article, Bob Wise note the following:

    • Over a lifetime, a high school drop out will lose over $260,000 in income
    • High school drop outs are far more likely to be incarcerated
    • High school drops outs will spend $13,000 more annually in Medicare costs than their graduating counterparts

     

    At New Hanover Township School, we are dedicated to teaching literacy and preparing our students for successful. I want to thank our staff, led by Ms. Levan and Ms. Thomas for planning this week's activities including, the book fair preview, literature trivia, school-wide read in, and "Bookstock." 

    To assist students at home, families can utilize the following strategies:

    • Point to words as you read
    • Read the title and ask your child to make predictions
    • Use to pictures as clues
    • Model fluency and enthusiasm while reading
    • Ask your child questions after reading
    • Encourage students to read what they are interested in such as graphic novels or news articles
    • Share reading with your child in any language
    • Encourage children to write
    • Communicate with your child's teacher regarding student progress and tips for advancing literacy

     

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     So have a great Read Across America Day. With your assistance ans support, we will continue to inspire hardwork and celebrate success. 

     

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  • Honor Roll Breakfast

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 2/19/2016

    I will often describe the New Hanover Township School community as one of inspiration and celebration. Our school placed those attributes on display at yesterday's Honor Roll Breakfast. Thanks to the generosity of our PTO, we recognized 48 students  for academic excellence. In my closing remarks, I discussed a lesson learned from one of my first professional mentors. The students are our North Star, the glowing force that steadies our path when we seemed lost. There's a lot going on in the world today. And as we narrow the focus to our lives, the impact of unsettlng times multiplies. I frequently reflect on matters both near and far. During these moments, I look to those North Stars that keep me moving on the right path. Thank you to our students for inspiring us and providing reason to celebrate.

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  • Crisis Managment

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 2/5/2016

    Yesterday, Sgt. Tuliano from the New Hanover Township Police Department and I attended a training seminar entitled "Crisis Management for School-Based Incident-Partnering Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Local School Systems" presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. Topics included incident planning and preparedness, proactive threat mitigation, incident response, and incident recovery. While the information was highly advanced and useful, the best part of the afternoon was the ability to collaborate with local law enforcement. I suspect this is highly hypocritical, but I talked a lot during class. Sgt. Tuliano and I discussed multiple ways for us to improve our emergency preparedness. Our society is in constant flux and each emergency event presents its own challenges. At New Hanover, we always rise to the level of our training in order to protect this community's greatest asset--our children. 

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  • Thanks to All

    Posted by Scott Larkin on 2/2/2016

    I want to thank everyone in the New Hanover Township School Community for their efforts in keeping our children safe today. This afternoon, at 3:00, a member of the staff told me that he smelled gas in the rear of the building. Mr. Bramley and I confirmed the odor and contacted local authorities. At this time, we evacuated students to the front of the building with their belongings. I am so proud of our students and staff for remaining calm and orderly during this potentially hectic period. As per their training, teachers ensured that all students were present. At 3:20, Sgt. Tuliano from the New Hanover Township Police Department stopped traffic so that students could board their busses on Fort Dix Street. Students who walk home were permitted to leave at this time as well. During this period, the Wrightstown and Cookstown Fire Departments secured the parking lot and examined the area along with PSE&G. I am truly fortunate to be part of such a special community. We drill various evacuation scenarios throughout the year. Each event, however, is unique and requires decision-making. I am thankful that those decisions are executed by a highly trained, professional, and caring staff. Today, I will tell you, without reservation, everyone joined together to ensure the safety of our children. PSE&G cleared the area at 4:25 and school will open tomorrow at regular time.  As I reflect on the day, I'm reminded again why we are the best school in Burlington County. If you have any questions regarding today, please feel free to call me at (609) 723-2139.

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