Our primary goal is to ensure that students develop proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. The English language arts curricula is overarched by the district’s adoption of Balanced Literacy. It incorporates Phonics, Phonemic Awareness, Comprehension, Vocabulary, and students’ ability to read with fluency. Strategies include confirming predictions, using prior or background knowledge, self-questioning, regulating reading pace, using clues, visualizing, rereading, and using text features and illustrations to expedite comprehension. It is aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) and focuses on informational text along with an attentiveness to the author’s purpose. Students also have access to i-Ready Read. Data gathered from the recent district assessments and benchmarks revealed a considerable increase in students’ ability to better comprehend text and to read with expressiveness and fluency.
The Science Department will continue its partnership with The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL), American Chemical Society (ACS), and Students 2 Science (S2S). Cooperation with private and public entities is vital to helping us develop tomorrow’s 21st Century workforce. We are proud to announce a partnership with The Science Education Institute at Raritan Valley Community College, a consortium of three higher education institutions that include Rider University and Princeton University. Our three priorities this year will be the use of authentic problems to challenge and engage students, communication and scientific argumentation, and assessment using technology. We understand that effective education for science literacy requires that students are regularly and actively involved in exploring nature in ways that mimic how scientists conduct their research. They are provided opportunities for exploring, leading observations, testing ideas, repeating processes, and discovering. Coherent instruction revolves around the logic that science is exciting and inquiry-based.
Many of our students continue to emerge as frontrunners of district and county sponsored essay writing and poetry contests. We also participate in “Law Day” whereby students partake in a Mock Trial as the NJ Bar Association simulates a trial before students using a specific fact pattern. This project allows students to serve as attorneys, defendants, bailiffs, prosecutors, witnesses, and members of the jury. The Social Studies Curriculum provides students with the tools to understand and appreciate the values and principles of American democracy and traditions in addition to a reverence for different cultures. Its study also facilitates an understanding of the present and the past. Additionally, the errors and successes that this world has made throughout time serve as catalysts for future behavior. It is through social studies that students can learn to appreciate different values, beliefs, and environments. Such knowledge and exposure foster respect for differences and a better understanding of current events and environmental issues.
Educational trips include visits to the Jenkinson Broadwalk & Aquarium, American Museum of Natural History, Bayshore Learning Center, Turtle Back Zoo, Land of Make Believe, Liberty Science Center, The Bronx Zoo and a variety of interesting places. Each year, efficient budgeting and vigilant planning result in our students being entertained via a number of assemblies. These include Chinese Acrobats, Rainforest Animals, Omega Man Anti Bullying Workshop, African Folk Dancers, Pitter Patter Feet and the Brain Show, to name a few.