Follow-up letter from Dr. Smith regarding student mental health

Dear Hopewell Valley Families,

I am writing as a follow-up to my letter last week regarding student mental health.  On Tuesday evening, over 500 individuals attended a presentation at Rider University by Mr. George Scott from the Traumatic Loss Coalition.  The strong turn out and the number of follow-up questions that I have received indicates a need for resources.  In response, I have placed a “Hope and Help” button on the main page of our district website.  If you click this button you will have access to contact information for local mental health resources and the PowerPoint and video presentation from Tuesday evening.  We are also in the process of planning several additional programs related to mental health.  I will share details with our community once they are finalized.

On a related note, tomorrow (Friday) is the last day to register on-line for the Hopewell Valley Parenting Conference scheduled for Saturday, January 20, at Central High School.  After January 12, walk-in registrations are welcome (additional fee applies) but workshop choices cannot be guaranteed.  Keynote speaker, Matt Bellace, PhD, Psychologist and Motivational Speaker will address “Helping Kids Reduce Their Stress (and ours) in the Pursuit of Success.”  Participants will also attend two workshops of their choosing on various topics.  Here is a link to the workshops if you would like to see the topics:

If you have any questions or concerns related to the mental health of your child, please do not hesitate to contact your school counselor.  We are here to help.


Thomas A. Smith, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools