Department of Curriculum

Hasbrouck Heights Public Schools

Director of Curriculum

Mrs. Dominique Vetrano

email: vetranodom@hhschools.org


Hello,


I am honored to introduce myself to you as the Director of K-12 Curriculum. My name is Dominique Vetrano. I highly regard the Hasbrouck Heights District's commitment to high-quality education, academic achievement, and a sense of community. I would like to sincerely thank the entire faculty, students, and parents for your continued engagement and commitment to education. I look forward to partnering with you all and finding opportunities for our students to grow and gain career and life skills. Together, we will succeed in creating a fulfilling academic experience that is built on an appreciation for knowledge, understanding and new competencies as well as balancing social emotional needs. I am committed to promoting an inclusive and positive learning environment that also encourages communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.


I have been an educator for 14 years. In my previous role as an Elementary K-5 Principal for the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public School District, I was an instructional leader and served the students, families, and the community. Before becoming a principal, I was a Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment role for the Hillsdale Public School District, I oversaw and supported a K-8 district, and I successfully implemented a five-year curriculum cycle that was aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, and supported the integration and responsible use of 21st-century instructional technology and practices. Prior to my Supervisor role, I was the Regional Curriculum and Instructional Coordinator for the Pascack Valley Regional High School District where I supervised four K-8 school districts to align curriculum and professional learning to ensure a common skill set for a shared high school experience. Prior to this administration experience, I was an elementary teacher in the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District for seven years. During this time, I had experience with third through fifth grade as well as basic skills intervention instruction. I couldn't be more pleased to bring my leadership and administrative experience to the Hasbrouck Heights Public School District.


I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Studies (Early and Middle Childhood Education K-5) from Montclair State University. I also was a member of their Women’s Soccer team. After graduation, I achieved two Master degrees in Counseling (School Counseling K-12) and Educational Leadership with my supervisor, principal, and chief school administrator certifications. I am also a Google Level I Certified Educator and a member of various State and National Educational Organizations like NJPSA, ASCD, NCTE, NCTM, AMTNJ, and Learning Forward.


As an educator, I believe that all students can learn, have a voice, and can make a difference in the world. I will strive to form partnerships with families and create opportunities for collaboration between students, teachers, families and the community to enrich the social, emotional, and academic well-being of our students. I understand students enter school with personal histories and particular strengths that we as educators should recognize and use as the foundation for working with them.


Outside of my professional life, I enjoy reading, running, hiking, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.


I look forward to building relationships with the district, students, families and community. Together, we will make a difference in each student’s academic journey.

Thank you!


Sincerely,

Dominique Vetrano

Mission and Vision

Mission

The mission of the Hasbrouck Heights School District is to focus on student development within a safe, supportive environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence in learning.

Vision

Hasbrouck Heights School District believes that learning is measured by the integrity and achievement of its students. The Hasbrouck Heights School District believes in the value of a diverse community and is actively involved in efforts to promote and create partnerships that celebrate the qualities and individuals that make our community unique. The Hasbrouck Heights School District believes that technology plays an integral role in improving the quality of instruction and supports learning by providing students and staff with the tools necessary to affect the mission of the district. The Hasbrouck Heights School District will provide each student with a diverse education, aligned with New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

Curriculum Goals

  • The curriculum reflects the District’s commitment to innovation, continuous improvement, and excellence.

  • The teachers will maintain the curriculum to reflect changes in standards in order to meet the instructional needs of students.

  • The curriculum provides students with the tools necessary to become 21st Century College and Career ready.

  • The district will provide ongoing professional development to support the effectiveness of the curriculum and to strengthen instruction.

  • The curriculum cultivates active student learning.