UNIVERSITY ELEMENTARY 2017-03-29T09:32:38+00:00
Our PTA Meetings

September 20, October 18
November 15, December 20

January 17, February 21
March 21, April 18
May 15, June 20

PTA meetings will be held in the every 3rd Tuesday from 6pm – 7pm in the cafeteria. Meetings will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. 

– Daily Registration is from 9:00am to 12:00 pm

16-17 Parental Rights Policy / NCLB Mandate

September 9th, 2016|0 Comments

PARENTAL RIGHTS POLICY / NCLB MANDATE – Parental involvement is a key ingredient in the success of our students. As such, it is of paramount importance that as the parents/guardians you […]

Student Code Of Conduct

July 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT  The information in the Irvington Public Schools Student Code of Conduct may be updated during the course of the school year. The […]

Acceptable Use of Computer Network/Computers

August 10th, 2015|0 Comments

ACCEPTABLE USE OF COMPUTER NETWORK/COMPUTERS  The Board of Education recognizes that as telecommunications and other new technologies shift the manner in which information is accessed, communicated […]

Harassment, Intimidation, And Bullying

August 10th, 2015|0 Comments

HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING  The Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a pupil. A safe and civil environment in school is […]

16-17 School-Parent Compact

August 10th, 2015|0 Comments

SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT  Schools receiving Title I ,Part A funds are required to have a written School-Parent compact. The compact will outline how parents ,students, and staff […]

September 7, 2016 will begin a new and exciting school year, and I am honored to serve as your child’s Principal during their journey toward academic success. I had the great privilege of educating our scholars for 26 years and am extremely pleased to continue as their educational leader at University Elementary School.

University Elementary School houses grades Kindergarten through Fifth with an enrollment of over 560 scholars. The entire staff is committed to the theme of our school, and we are looking forward to moving our school to greater heights. Our theme is Together Everyone Achieves More and as such we are a T.E.A.M. dedicated to the success of our scholars.

Our three areas of focus this year will be (1) High quality instruction, (2) Continuous improvement, and (3) Effective communication through increased collaboration and collegiality. Our teachers will continue to participate in extensive professional development that will focus on creating cooperative learning enriched classroom environments that promote greater academic achievement,  improved  relationships, enhanced self-esteem, harmonious classroom climate, and a range of social skills.

We are proud of our staff and scholars, and as such, we invite you to get to know our school. We look forward to implementing an array of new initiatives such as Positive Behavior Support (PBS), which is a behavior modification program for students and staff that aims to enhance the positive culture and climate of our building. Our PBS expectations of HAWKS are: Helpful, Achievers, Worthy, Kind, and Scholars will be the focus of our scholars and scholar leaders throughout the school day.

We are also seeking to implement After School Enrichment Programs such as Dance, Theater, and Homework Clubs and many more, as additions to the programs we currently have in place such as Honor Society and Student Council Committees. We will continue to offer our Saturday Academy Tutorial Program, and we will begin our third implementation year of the Read 180 program.

The Read 180 program is a computer-based literacy program, which is designed to promote increased reading levels for our third through fifth grade scholars. Data from our first two years of implementation have indicated increased proficiency levels on state standardized assessments as well as elevated performance levels in English Language Arts on district and classroom designed assessments.

As the instructional leader of the building, I encourage you to become involved by volunteering and joining the PTA. It is very important for parents to attend and participate in their child’s education. Our Principal- Parent Corner Meetings will continue to take place on the last Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Our Parent Coordinator will continue to offer seminars to our parents that will provide information on an array of critical topics related to enhanced academic achievement as well as the social development of our scholars. Parents are strongly encouraged to refer to this website throughout the year for the latest information and news about the great things happening at University Elementary School and the achievements of our scholars.

When the family and school work together with high expectations for student achievement and conduct, scholars demonstrate greater success as positive, confident learners. I urge you to support our school, our teachers, and our programs. Your positive attitude and ongoing involvement make a significant difference in building a better future for your children.

I look forward to an outstanding school year by working together as partners in learning, and for the opportunity to serve you in the pursuit of continuous quality education for our children.

Let’s have a great school year! Your support is greatly appreciated and remember – IT IS GREAT TO BE A HAWK!

Sandra Y. Boone-Gibbs,

University ElementaryJosianneValerySecretary973-399-6826 Ext
University ElementarySandraBoone-GibbsPrincipal973-399-6826 Ext
University ElementaryYolandaDentleyVice Principal973-399-6826 Ext
University ElementaryCharleneMiller-LewisSecretary973-399-6826 Ext
University ElementaryTierraLucasSecretary973-399-6826 Ext
University ElementaryMaryannAlemezohuNurse973-399-6826 Ext
University ElementarySusanSusskindI.G.
University ElementaryAngelaLawrenceGuidance Counselor973-399-6826 Ext
University ElementaryDarleneReevesParent Coordinator973-399-6826 Ext

University Elementary School News

March – The Cat In the Hat Visits the Hawks!

Our 5th grade scholars prepared kindergarten and first grade students for a visit with the Cat in the Hat.  They were ambassadors who visited kindergarten and 1st grade students and read Dr. Seuss books to eager listeners. Thanks to our 5th grade ambassadors, our young scholars were ready and excited when the Cat in the Hat arrived. Thank you 5th grade ambassadors and Cat in the Hat! You made reading fun for all!

February – HAWKS Scholars and Scholar Leaders Practice “K” for Kindness

During the month of February, scholars and scholar leaders practiced kindness and celebrated the 100th Day of School by donating  281 nonperishable food items in one week​. On behalf of PBS and University Elementary School, the items were donated to the Community FoodBank of NJ in Hillside. The Hillside Community Food Bank is a resource used by many of our scholar leaders who visit this location to choose donated items that can be used by our scholars during instruction.

January – Kindergarten and 1st grade Positive Behavior Support Winners

Kindergarten and 1st grade Positive Behavior Support winners were invited to a Super Hero party for displaying HAWKS expectations by being Helpful, Achievers, Worthy, Kind, and Scholars during the months of September, October, and November! Scholars donned super hero costumes, visited arts and crafts stations, collected treasures, received superhero tattoos, decorated ​superhero masks (because all superheroes need a mask) and ate snacks and pizza. Of course, they watched The Incredibles movies. ​The grade level winners for the months of December, January and February will be rewarded with a skating party where they will participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities!​  

December – Math Rocks Night Event at University Elementary School

Scholars visited numerous math stations that included technology, red cup stacking, dirt cake measuring, tessellation, block building, and more. It was well attended by scholars, parents and scholar leaders.

November – National Elementary Honor Society Induction Ceremony and Banquet

Congratulations to the following National Elementary Honor Society members:  5th grade: Juliet Samla, Kathleen Munoz, and Sara-Lyna Fracois 4th grade: Kamau Cumberbatch, Darwyn Cungachi, Jayden Michel, and Zion Stewart. A very special thank you to our rising 3rd grade scholars who were so “helpful” during the event. They are all doing an amazing job shadowing our new inductees. Rising NEHS: ​Karel DeCoteau-Roland, ​Schwaznaika Exantis, ​Janae Harris, ​Cecilia Ifefuo, ​Aljaimira Kennedy, ​Isaiah Lucas Moss, and ​Nazir Nickerson

October – HAWKS Parents, Scholar Leaders and Scholars Observe Wellness Week October 10th – 14th

Parents ​received diabetes and blood pressure testing from a Health Educator from the Newark Community Health Care Center. They were also provided with information about healthy eating habits from a Rutgers University dietitian​. Parents also participated in a Pumpkin Twist Exercise. ​Murray the Monkey ​visited our scholars and provided them with samples of healthy snacks! Students visited the healthy snack station  to choose from a selection of carrots, strawberries, blueberries, broccoli,  and more.    Students also visited a sugar station to observe how many teaspoons of sugar can be found in everyday snacks we eat. It was a fun, healthy and informative week for all. ​​