Welcome to the Harbor School
When asked to describe the reason she chose Harbor School for her children, a parent stated,” after visiting a number of schools in the area, including public and private, I decided upon the Harbor School because of its genuine warmth and open and welcoming arms.” One of the first things that visitors comment on upon entering Harbor for the first time is this warm and friendly atmosphere that seems to permeate throughout the building.
Our students are greeted every morning by a staff that embraces each child’s unique personality and gears their efforts to helping each one achieve to the very best of their ability. We also reach out to our families on a daily basis in an ongoing spirit of cooperation and collaboration as we work together in support of their child’s educational program goals.
All of us here at the Harbor School willingly and earnestly commit ourselves each and everyday to share our expertise and knowledge with students and families alike with a spirit of caring and compassion. We are continually thankful to our families for entrusting their wonderful children to our care and remain inspired by their perseverance through life’s daily challenges. Our door is always open, and we invite you to come and experience a life fulfilled at Harbor School.
Principal, Harbor School
Happy New Year! The cold winter months of January and February find the Harbor School students keeping warm by staying active with our adaptive physical education program under the direction of Mr. Joseph Mailloux, features swimming, intramurals for basketball, soccer, floor hockey, baseball and softball, in addition to developing and refining specific skills for each student. Students may also participate in various specials including cheerleading, weight training, first tee golf and walking aerobics.
Ms. Amanda Latham, music therapist, provides a highly motivating and interactive music program for all classes and also offers special instruction in piano, guitar, tone bells, voice/choir, rhythm band, boom whackers, hand bells and theatre/drama. She also integrates with our related services staff to provide music/movement/sensory programming to enhance self-expression.
Our dance program under the direction of Ms. Santhe Bielk, a certified dance instructor features instruction in tap, ballet, lyrical,, jazz, hip hop as well as theatre arts. This program is structured to encourage physical fitness, discipline and self-expression as well as an appreciation of music and movement.
Upcoming in February, we will host the Middletown Dance Company on Friday, February 4th for a combined performance/demonstration with our Harbor School students. On February 10th we will host our annual Valentine Dance party with our friends from Alpha and Gateway schools including a DJ and lots of good food! Our younger students will also have their own celebration with music, food and dancing!
Our school continues to focus on providing opportunities for our students to interact with their non-disabled peers through cooperative learning experiences.
Over the past five years, students from the Harbor School and the Rumson Country Day School have interacted on a weekly basis by working and learning together. Students from both schools have also collaborated in a musical production, an art contest, and plans are currently underway for a community garden project.
Our students also share educational experiences with the St. Dominic School in Brick and will be travelling to this school in late March to teach our friends there how to play a game called, “Knock “Em Down.” We also have an ongoing relationship through interaction with students from the Mater Dei High School, Monmouth University and Rider University.
Ms. Barbara L Getz began her career as a Secretary with RKS Associates at the Children's Choice Pre-School Program in 1994 and continued her work at the Harbor School beginning in July 2003. She most recently has also taken on some of the clerical responsibility of the Prime Time Adult Program located in the Eatontown facility. Over the past twenty years, in serving students aged preschool through adulthood Barbara has shown herself to be a proactive and highly dedicated employee.
One of Barbara's strengths is in her outstanding organizational skill which enables her to easily adapt to the ever-changing needs of our busy school environment. From the first day that Barbara began working here, her position has evolved and changed. Barbara's ability to think ahead is invaluable to the school administration as she helps to keep an awareness of planning needed for the numerous school-wide events such as Staff Orientation, Back to School Night, Holiday and Spring Shows, Transition Fair and Alumni Day. It is in the preparation for these events that Barbara's artistic ability also shines as she willingly creates intricate fliers, notices and brochures for any occasion.
Barbara is the ultimate multi-tasker as she begins her day facing the ominous "call-out" list and does her best to piece together the substitute puzzle to help keep the program running smoothly. As the day progresses, Barbara is one of the first faces that greets parents, students, Child Study Team members and visitors in the school office. Her manner is always friendly, kind and reassuring to all those who enter our doors.
Another strength of Barbara's is in her strong sense of teamwork which is evident in the positive relationships she has with the office staff and most especially with the other school secretary. She is always ready to take on the challenge of meeting a deadline with efficiency and reliability and will do whatever she can to lighten the load of anyone in the school program. She has willingly stepped up to assist with the Harbor School yearbook over the past several years when other staff were not able to support this endeavor. Her strong sense of responsibility and work ethic is very obvious as she is most often one of the last people to leave the building at the end of the day. In spite of the sometimes overwhelming workload she will be heard to say, "just take care of one piece of paper at a time" as she prioritizes the work that must be completed on a daily basis.
Barbara L Getz is a well-respected, dedicated and hard-working employee who always focuses on the needs of everyone at the Harbor School as her priority. We thank her for her commitment to our school and everyone connected to it. We congratulate Barbara L Getz on her nomination to be our Ruth K Neumann Award recipient for 2015.