Principal’s Welcome Message – BKA 2019-2020

Welcome to the Blue Knights Academy where our mission is to “Motivate, Educate and Empower every student to achieve success academically, grow socially and emotionally, and be equipped to enter college or career confidently. At BKA, we strive to educate each student holistically, ensuring they graduate high school prepared for life as adults.

In so doing, BKA’s focus is in fostering a small learning environment where students, who have experienced difficulties in the traditional high school setting can receive greater attention, support, and nurturing from faculty and staff members. Thereby, each student can build confidence, acquire skills, meet district and state requirements and ultimately experience success.

While BKA is an alternative school, the academic criteria is strictly adhered to. Students must acquire 125 credits and pass the state mandated exams to graduate.  BKA provides students with a strong college preparatory course of study combined with an equally strong humanistic approach in a setting that fosters students’ personal and academic growth.

Students who enter BKA are usually referred from Irvington High School because of problematic behavior, poor attendance, and/or poor academic performance. Most students are overage and under-credited. Thus, BKA focuses on meeting the needs of those students who, for a variety of reasons, have difficulty within, or have rejected, the traditional high school program.

BKA offers programs and activities to support student growth including:

  • Daily Convocation- to set the tone and highlight student accomplishments
  •  Clubs and Activities- to provide additional opportunities for student self-expression
  • Service Learning and volunteerism- to encourage students to “give back” to the school district and community.
  • Field Trips, Assemblies and presentations- to expose students to colleges, careers, resources and programs that go beyond the school setting.

Beginning this year, BKA will operate during the day as opposed to the evening. This transition brings new opportunities for students such as the eligibility to participate in high school sports. Also, while BKA has always encouraged and have assisted students in finding employment, transitioning to a day program will allow students to find more traditional jobs reserved for teens and young adults.

In conclusion, the starting point is not as important as the finish line. At BKA, our students may start and experience poor performance in schools; however, we ensure that they finish high school as a graduate of the Irvington Public Schools. On average 80% of Blue Knights Academy students graduate high school with the majority graduating in four years despite previous failures.

So it is possible to experience academic success, social emotional growth and build confidence for the future. To that goal we say: “Make it Count!”

Hubert Ato-Bakari Chase

2019-09-23T10:31:09-04:00Categories: School BKA|

Principal’s Welcome Message – CAS 2019-2020

Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chancellor Avenue Elementary School is a diverse community of K-5 scholars pursuing academic excellence and the development of character and creativity. Our mission is to provide a learning environment that is rich with experiences to enhance the cognitive, social, and emotional development of the whole child so each scholar is prepared to be a shaping force for the 21st century. Our professional staff strives to empower scholars to be lifelong learners who use their knowledge, skills, and unique talents to make positive community and global contributions. We are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of scholars through diverse teaching strategies, data-driven instruction, and authentic educational activities.

We begin each day with Morning Convocation, a structured celebration of school pride and affirmation of our greatness. Sample activities include the recitation of school pledges and school responsibilities, the singing of patriotic and motivational songs, and the presentation of daily announcements. Scholars and staff are regularly recognized on their birthday, for being present and for academic and personal accomplishments. Morning Convocation energizes and focuses the entire community on achieving their full academic and social potential throughout the day.

Chancellor Avenue Elementary School exemplifies the District’s commitment to academic excellence. Our comprehensive integrated curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and is implemented by our highly trained educators using current, evidence- based practices. We set high academic standards while simultaneously developing intellectual curiosity and independence of thought. The K-5 English Language Arts program follows a balanced literacy framework that contains the necessary components for scholars to master written and oral communication and a passion for literacy. The K-5 Math program provides a solid foundation in basic and advanced skills that also supports critical thinking and problem solving. Our commitment to delivering quality education to all scholars has resulted in many scholars receiving top recognition in district competitions.

We believe that technology maximizes productivity and is essential for preparing scholars to be 21st century citizens. Current and emerging technology is integrated throughout all content areas. Our classrooms are equipped with interactive SmartBoards or Clear Touch Boards and desktops. Teachers and students also have access to many technological devices such as Chromebooks, iPads, and iPods to maximize instruction, increase engagement and promote collaboration.

Fine arts and physical education are essential elements of a complete education and all scholars engage in Visual Arts, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music and Physical Education. Through the exploration of different media, scholars learn techniques, styles, and history and gain a greater appreciation of visual art. Our Art program produced winners in numerous district-sponsored contests. Scholars learn the elements of music through our rich and varied Vocal Music program and have the opportunity to perform on stage during our many performances. Our Physical Education program embodies the concept of healthy bodies/healthy minds by stressing the importance of nutrition and healthy eating as well as physical activities. All scholars in Grades 4 and 5 receive World Language instruction to better prepare them to live in a global society.

Chancellor provides an environment in which every scholar is respected and given the opportunity to develop strong character, attitudes, and values. Character education is taught through The 6 Pillars of Character Education: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship and The Ten Traits of Irvington Public Schools: respect, responsibility, empathy, compassion, attitude, motivation, accountability, persistence, trustworthiness, integrity. We encourage scholars to become productive citizens by making thoughtful decisions, solving problems collaboratively and peacefully, and demonstrating positive behaviors. Chancellor Avenue is a community where all members are treated with mutual respect and empathy. Scholars are encouraged to act responsibly and make individual contributions as a valued member of the school community. Our Positive Behavior Supports in School (PBSIS) program complements our character education program. Scholars are rewarded with Bulldog Coupons for demonstrating good character, wearing our school uniforms and maintaining their agenda books. These coupons permit scholars to participate in VIP Luncheons, Holiday Bazaars and Carnival Days (Fun Days).

Chancellor is committed to eliminating barriers to academic success. Our policies and practices ensure that every scholar has educational opportunities to meet our standards for achievement, participation, and growth. The ESL/Bilingual program delivers comprehensive instruction that enables English Language Learners (ELLs) to acquire age/grade appropriate content standards while developing English language proficiency. Our Special education program is designed to meet the specific needs of students with disabilities in the least restrictive setting. The exemplary special education staff are certified and specially trained to provide a wide range of services to meet the individual needs of scholars. Such services include academic intervention, speech therapy, and occupational and physical therapy. The school based Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) Team provides support and services to general education scholars suspected of having academic, social or behavior difficulties. Scholars who continue to experience difficulties may be referred to the Child Study Team (CST) for further assistance and evaluation. Regular communication and collaboration among teachers, staff, parents, and administrators ensures academic achievement and personal success for all scholars.

Chancellor provides several extracurricular activities to enrich our scholars’ learning experience. Currently, we offer the following clubs and activities: The National Elementary Honor Society, Safety Patrol, Chorus, Student Council, Cheerleading, Basketball, Soccer, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. Our critically acclaimed Chorus is frequently invited to perform throughout the community. They recently delighted and astounded the audience at the Irvington State of the City Address. We cultivate leadership skills through our Student Council. Scholars in grades 3-5 participate in the democratic process by voting for Student Council representatives using actual voting machines acquired from the Essex County Board of Elections.

We celebrate personal and academic accomplishments each quarter during our Marking Period Awards Ceremonies. Our most unique and exciting program is called “Picture Me Tomorrow”. It is an integration of character education, career awareness and goal setting. Scholars engage in career research, compose grade appropriate essays on a chosen profession, and then come to school on Halloween dressed in career attire.

Chancellor is a community-based school providing resources and services to parents and opportunities for 

them to share responsibility for their children’s success. To strengthen our partnership with parents we conduct Community Walks, Parent Meetings and Chat & Chew sessions. Community Walks involve the principal and the staff walking to our scholars’ homes to meet with families, build relationships, promote our school and become more visible to the community. Chat & Chew Sessions are open-forums for parents to discuss various topics and concerns with the principal.

Chancellor Avenue School is scholar-centered school committed to excellence and quality in education. Our exemplary staff is dedicated to preparing scholars for active, meaningful participation in the 21st century. Together with parents and community members, we at Chancellor will ensure that our scholars are college and career ready.

Dr. Winston D. Jackson
Chancellor Avenue Elementary School

2019-09-10T12:14:13-04:00Categories: School CAS, School CAS Blog Post|

Principal’s Welcome Message (Spanish) – CAS 2019-2020

Inteligencia más carácter: ese es el objetivo de la verdadera educación. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

La escuela de Chancellor Avenue, es una comunidad diversa con alumnos desde el Kínder hasta quinto grado; que buscan excelencia académica, desarrollo del carácter y de la creatividad. Nuestra misión es proporcionar un ambiente de aprendizaje que es altamente enriquecido en experiencias para mejorar el desarrollo cognitivo, social y emocional completo del niño/a. De tal modo que cada estudiante es preparado para el siglo 21 con una fuerte formación.

Nuestro equipo de profesionales se esfuerza por capacitar a los estudiantes a ser aprendices de por vida que utilizan sus conocimientos, habilidades y talentos inimitables, para hacer una contribución positiva para la comunidad y a nivel social. Estamos dedicados a satisfacer las necesidades individuales de los estudiantes a través de diversas estrategias de enseñanza, instrucción basada en datos, y actividades educativas auténticas.

Cada día damos inicio con una convocatoria, una celebración estructurada que enorgullece a la escuela y confirma su grandeza. Dentro de tales actividades se incluyen la recitación de las promesas de la escuela y las responsabilidades de la escuela, el canto de canciones patrióticas y de motivación, y la presentación de los anuncios diarios. Los alumnos y el personal son reconocidos regularmente en sus cumpleaños y por sus logros académicos y personales. Las convocatorias de las mañanas, aportan energía y se enfocan en toda la comunidad para lograr todo su potencial académico y social durante todo el día.

La escuela primaria de Chancellor Avenue, representa el compromiso del Distrito mediante se excelencia académica. Nuestro plan de estudios completo e integrado está alineado con los estándares estatales y los estándares de aprendizaje estudiantil del estado Nueva Jersey, el cual es implementado por nuestros educadores que están altamente capacitados, utilizando las prácticas actuales que están basadas en real evidencia. Hemos establecido un alto nivel académico, a la vez que se desarrolla la curiosidad intelectual y la independencia de pensamiento. El programa del K-5 de las artes del idioma inglés sigue un marco de alfabetización equilibrada que contiene los componentes necesarios para los alumnos para dominar la comunicación escrita, oral y una pasión por la lectura. El programa de matemáticas del K-5, proporciona una base sólida en las habilidades básicas y avanzadas que también es compatible con el pensamiento crítico y resolución de problemas. En nuestro compromiso de ofrecer educación de calidad a todos los alumnos, ha dado como resultado a que muchos de nuestros estudiantes hayan recibido reconocimientos de superioridad en las competiciones del distrito.

Creemos que la tecnología maximiza la productividad y es esencial para la preparación de los estudiantes para ser ciudadanos del siglo 21. La tecnología actual y emergente está integrada en todas las áreas de contenido. Nuestros salones están equipados con pizarras inteligentes “Smart-boards” interactivas y de sobremesa. Los maestros y los estudiantes también tienen acceso a diversos dispositivos tecnológicos como: “Chromebooks”, “iPads”, “iPods” para esparcir las instrucciones, aumentar la participación y promover la colaboración.

Las bellas artes y la educación física son elementos esenciales de una educación completa y todos los estudiantes se involucran en artes visuales, música vocal, música instrumental y la educación física. A través de la exploración de diferentes medios de comunicación, los estudiantes aprenden las técnicas, los

estilos, la historia y a obtener una mayor apreciación de las artes visuales. Nuestro programa de arte ha logrado tener ganadores en numerosos concursos patrocinados por el distrito. Los estudiantes aprenden los elementos de la música a través de nuestro programa de música vocal que es rico y variado, en donde tienen la oportunidad de actuar en el escenario durante nuestra gran variación de presentaciones. Nuestro programa de educación física se vincula con el concepto de un cuerpo sano y mente sana; subrayando la importancia de la nutrición y la alimentación saludable, así como las actividades físicas. Todos los estudiantes de los grados 4to y 5to reciben instrucción de idiomas para prepararlos mejor para vivir en una sociedad global.

La escuela Chancellor Avenue, proporciona un entorno en el cual se da a respetar a todos los alumnos y se les da la oportunidad de desarrollar un carácter fuerte, actitudes y valores. La educación del carácter se enseña a través de los 6 Pilares del Carácter de la Educación, que son los siguientes: confiabilidad, respeto, responsabilidad, imparcialidad, cuidado, ciudadanía y los diez rasgos de las escuelas públicas de Irvington: respeto, responsabilidad, empatía, compasión, actitud, motivación, responsabilidad, persistencia, honradez e integridad. Animamos a los estudiantes a convertirse en ciudadanos productivos, tomando decisiones bien pensadas, la resolución de problemas en colaboración y de forma pacífica, y demostrando un comportamiento positivo. La escuela de Chancellor Avenue es una comunidad donde todos los miembros son tratados con respeto mutuo y empatía. Se anima a los estudiantes a actuar de forma responsable y hacer contribuciones individuales como un valioso miembro de la comunidad escolar. Nuestro apoyo del comportamiento positivo en la escuela (PBSIS) complementa nuestro programa de educación del carácter. Los estudiantes son recompensados con “Bulldog” cupones por demostrar un buen carácter, el uso de nuestros uniformes escolares y el mantenimiento de sus libros del programa. Estos cupones permiten académicos para participar en VIP almuerzos, bazares de vacaciones y días de carnaval (Días de diversión).

La escuela de Chancellor Avenue, se compromete a eliminar barreras para el éxito académico. Nuestros reglamentos y prácticas garantizan que todos los alumnos tienen oportunidades educacionales para satisfacer nuestro estándar para el rendimiento, la participación y el crecimiento. El programa de ESL / bilingüe ofrece una formación integral que permite que aprendan inglés (ELL) para adquirir la edad en el grado adecuado de estándares de contenido apropiados, mientras se desarrolla el dominio del idioma Inglés. Nuestro programa de educación especial está diseñado para satisfacer las necesidades específicas de los estudiantes con discapacidad en el entorno menos restrictivo. El personal ejemplar de educación especial está certificado y especialmente capacitado para proporcionar una amplia gama de servicios para satisfacer las necesidades individuales de los estudiantes. Tales servicios incluyen intervención académica, la terapia del habla, terapia ocupacional y física. La intervención y referencia de servicios basados en las escuelas (I & RS) equipo que proporciona apoyo y servicios a los estudiantes de educación general que presenten dificultades académicas, sociales o de comportamiento. Los estudiantes que continúan experimentando dificultades pueden ser referidos al Equipo de Estudio del Niño (CST) para obtener más ayuda y evaluación. La comunicación regular y la colaboración entre maestros, personal, padres y administradores asegura el logro académico y el éxito personal para todos los estudiantes.

La escuela de Chancellor Avenue ofrece varias actividades extracurriculares para enriquecer la experiencia de aprendizaje de nuestros alumnos. Actualmente, ofrecemos los siguientes clubes y actividades: Sociedad Nacional de Honor, Patrulla de Seguridad, Coro, Consejo Estudiantil, Porristas, Baloncesto, Fútbol, Chiquillos Scouts y Niñas Scouts. Nuestro coro aclamado por la crítica es invitado

con frecuencia a actuar en toda la comunidad. Recientemente deleitaron y asombraron a la audiencia en el Discurso del Estado de la Ciudad de Irvington. Cultivamos habilidades de liderazgo a través de nuestro Consejo Estudiantil. Los estudiantes en los grados 3-5 participan en el proceso democrático votando por los representantes del Consejo Estudiantil usando las máquinas de votación reales adquiridas de la Junta Electoral del Condado de Essex.

Celebramos los logros personales y académicos cada trimestre durante nuestro (manifiesto período de entrega de premios). Nuestro programa más original y emocionante se llama “Picture Me Tomorrow”. Es una integración de la educación del carácter, conocimiento de la carrera y la fijación de objetivos. Los estudiantes se dedican a la investigación de la importancia de las profesiones, componen ensayos apropiados para su grado referente a la profesión de su preferencia, y luego ir a la escuela el día de Halloween vestido con atuendo de su profesión.

La escuela de Chancellor Avenue es una escuela basada en la comunidad, que proporciona recursos y servicios a los padres, que brinda oportunidades para que puedan compartir la responsabilidad por el éxito de sus hijos. Para fortalecer nuestra asociación con los padres llevamos a cabo paseos de visitas por la comunidad, reuniones de padres y Chat & Chew sesiones. Los paseos por la comunidad lo constituyen: el director de la escuela y el personal que caminan por las casas de nuestros escolares para conocer más de cerca las familias, construir relaciones, promover a nuestra escuela y ser más visible para la comunidad. Sesiones Chat y Chew son foros-abiertos para que los padres discutan temas variados y sus preocupaciones con el director.

Chancellor Avenue School, es la escuela académica centrada, comprometida con la excelencia y la calidad en la educación. Nuestro ejemplar personal está dedicado a la preparación de los académicos para la participación activa y significativa en el siglo 21. Junto con los padres y miembros de la comunidad, nosotros en Chancellor aseguramos que nuestros estudiantes están preparados para la universidad y listos para una profesión.

Dr. Winston D. Jackson

Chancellor Avenue Elementary School

2019-09-11T11:37:51-04:00Categories: School CAS, School CAS Blog Post|

Principal’s Welcome Message (Creole) – CAS 2019-2020

Entèlijans plis karaktè – se objektif vrè edikasyon. Doktè Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lékòl Elemantè Chancellor Avni a se yon kominote divès entelektyèl K-5 ki chèche ekselans nan akademik e kap develope karaktè ak kreyativite. Misyon nou se bay yon anviwònman aprantisaj ki rich ak eksperyans mantal, sosyal, ak emosyonèl pou tout timoun e nou prepare chak elèv pou yo kapab yon fòs pou 21yèm syèk la. Anplwaye pwofesyonèl nou yo fè efò pou pèmèt elèv yo aprann pou tout vi yo pou ililize konesans yo, kapasite yo, ak talan inik yo pou yo bay yon kontibisyon pozitif nan kominote a e nan tout mond la. Nou devwe a satisfè bezwen endividyèl chak élèv yo nan divès estrateji ansèyman, baze enstriksyon sou done, ak aktivite edikatif natif natal.

Nou kòmanse chak jou ak konvokasyon maten, yon selebrasyon estriktire pou montre fyète lekòl la e pou afime grandè nou. Egzanp aktivite nou fè se resitasyon pwomès lekòl la ak responsablite lekòl la, chante chan patriyotik ak motivasyonèl, ak prezantasyon anons chak jou. Nou pran tan pou chante pou élèv yo ak anplwaye yo nan anivèsè nesans yo, nou selebre prezans, akonplisman akademik ak pèsonèl. Konvokasyon chak maten sa bay kominote a fòs pou yo ka akonpli e itilize tout potansyèl akademik ak sosyal yo pandan tout jounen an.

Lékòl Elemantè Chancellor Avni se egzanp angajman Distri a pou ekselans akademik. Pwogram etid konplè nou an aliyen ak Nòm Debaz Komen Leta yo, Nòm ofisyèl aprantisaj elèv New Jersey yo epi edikatè ki byen fòme nou yo baze pratik yo daprè evidans aktyèl. Nou mete estanda akademik Nou byen wo pandan an menm tan nap devlope kiryozite entelektyèl ak panse endepandans. Pwogram K-5 lang Anglè suiv yon fondasyon ekriti ekilibre ki gen eleman nesesè pou elèv yo metrize kominikasyon ekri ak oral ak yon pasyon pou alfabetizasyon. Pwogram K-5 Matematik la bay yon fondasyon solid nan ladrès debaz li sipòte tou panse kritik pou rezoud pwoblèm. Akoz angajman nou pou bay bon kalite edikasyon élèv yo gen gwo prim nan konpetisyon nan tout distri a.

Nou kwè ke teknoloji maksimize pwodiktivite e li esansyèl pou prepare élèv yo pou yo ka bon sitwayen nan 21yèm syèk la. Nou entegre teknoloji aktyèl ak sa yo kap devlope nan tout matyè debaz yo. Sal klas nou yo ekipe ak SmartBoards entèaktif oswa Klè Touch tablo yo ak Bureau. Pwofesè yo ak elèv yo gen yo gen aksè a plizyè aparèy teknolojik tankou Chromebooks, iPads, ak iPods pou maksimize enstriksyon, ogmante angajman ak ankouraje kolaborasyon.

Atizay ak edikasyon fizik se eleman esansyèl nan yon edikasyon konplè e tout élèv yo angaje nan Atizay vizyèl, Mizik vokal, Mizik enstrimantal ak Edikasyon Fizik. Atravè eksplorasyon nan diferan medya, élèv yo aprann teknik, style, ak istwa e sa pèmèt yon gen yon pi gwo apresyasyon pou atizay vizyèl. Pwogram Atizay nou an te pwodwi ganyan nan plizyè konpetisyon distri a te patwone. Élèv yo aprann eleman yo nan mizik yon pwogram ki rich anpil e ki varye nou yo ak varye epi yo gen opòtinite pou jwe sou sèn pandan anpil pèfòmans nou yo. Pwogram Edikasyon Fizik nou an enkli konsèp nan kò ki an sante / lespri an sante li ensiste enpòtans ki genyen nan nitrisyon ak manje e aktivite fizik. Tout élèv ki nan klas 4 ak 5 resevwa enstriksyon nan lang mondyal pou pi byen prepare yo pou yo viv nan yon sosyete mondyal.

Chancellor bay yon anviwònman kote chak elèv respekte epi yo bay opòtinite pou yo devlope karaktè, atitid ak valè solid. Nou anseye karaktè edikasyon avek 6 Poto Karaktè Edikasyon: fidèlit, respè,

responsablite, ekite, pran swen, sitwayènte ak dis karakteristik Lekòl Piblik Irvington: respè, responsablite, senpati, konpasyon, atitid, motivasyon, responsablite, pèsistans, fidèlite, entegrite. Nou ankouraje élèv yo vin sitwayen pwodiktif pou yo reflechi avan yo pran desizyon, pou rezoud pwoblèm an kolaborasyon ak lapè, e demontre yon konpòtman pozitif. Lékòl Chancellor Avni an se yon kominote kote tout manm yo trete ak respè e senpati. Yo ankouraje elèv yo pou yo aji ak responsablite epi yo tout dwe bay kontribisyon endividyèl kòm yon manm enpòtan nan kominote lekòl la. Pwogram sipò pozitif pou konpòtman nou yo nan lekòl la (PBSIS) konplete pwogram edikasyon karaktè nou an. Elèv yo jwenn rekonpans ak koupon Bulldog si yo demontre bon karaktè, mete inifòm lekòl nou yo ak kenbe liv ajanda yo. Koupon sa yo pèmèt etidyan yo patisipe nan Luncheons VIP, Bazar Jou ferye ak Jou Carnival (Jou Fun).

Chancellor pran angajman pou elimine baryè siksè akademik yo. Règleman ak pratik nou yo asire ke chak elèv gen opòtinite edikasyonèl pou satisfè nòm ofisyèl nou yo pou siksè, patisipasyon, ak kwasans. Pwogram ESL / bileng bay ansèyman konplè ki pèmèt Elèv yo apran Lang Anglè (ELL) nan tout mayè yo. Pwogram Edikasyon Espesyal nou an fèt pou satisfè bezwen espesifik elèv ki gen andikap nan yon enviwònman pi piti. Ekip edikasyon espesyal yo se pwofesè ki sètifye epi yo resevwa fòmasyon espesyal pou bay yon pakèt sèvis pou satisfè bezwen endividyèl elèv yo. Sèvis sa yo gen ladan entèvansyon akademik, terapi lapawòl, ak terapi okipasyonèl ak fizik. Ekip Entèvansyon ak Referans Sèvis (I&RS) lekòl la bay sipò ak sèvis pou élèv edikasyon jeneral ke yo sispèk ki gen difikilte akademik, sosyal oswa konpòtman. Elèv ki kontinye gen difikilte yo ka refere yo bay Ekip etid Timoun (CST) pou plis asistans ak evalyasyon. Kominikasyon ak kolaborasyon regilye ant pwofesè, anplwaye, paran ak administratè yo asire reyisit akademik ak siksè pèsonèl pou tout élèv yo.

Chancellor bay plizyè aktivite ki pa akademik pou anrichi eksperyans aprantisaj akademik nou yo. Kounye a, nou ofri klib sa yo ak aktivite: Sosyete Nasyonal Honè Primè, Patwouy Sekirite Sosyal, Koral, Konsil pou élèv , Majorèt, baskètbòl, foutbòl, louvto eskout ak Scouts tifi. Koral aklame nou an souvan envite toupatou nan kominote a. Dènyèman yo te sipriz e yo te fè odyans la sezi nan Adrès Eta vil Irvington la. Nou kiltive ladrès lidèchip gras a konsil elèv yo. Élèv ki nan klas 3-5 yo patisipe nan pwosesis demokratik la lè yo vote pou reprezantan Konsil élèv yo avèk machin vòt aktyèl ke Nou te prete nan men Konsèy Eleksyon Essex la.

Nou selebre akonplisman pèsonèl ak akademik chak trimès pandan seremoni nou yo nan fen trimès la. Pwogram ki pi inik ak eksitan nou an rele “Foto mwen Denmen”. Li se yon entegrasyon nan edikasyon karaktè, konsyantizasyon karyè ak objektif. Élèv yo angaje nan rechèch karyè, konpoze redaksyon ki apwopriye a pwofesyon yo chwazi a, epi yo vini nan lekòl jou Halloween lan abiye an vètman karyè sa.

Chancellor se yon lekòl kominotè ki bay resous ak sèvis pou paran yo ak opòtinite pou yo pataje responsablite pou siksè pitit yo. Pou ranfòse patenarya avèk paran yo, nou fè Mach nan Kominote a, Reyinyon pou Paran ak sesyon Chat & Chew (Manjé e Palé). Mach nan kominote a enplike direktè a ak anplwaye ki mache de kay an kay pou rankontre ak fanmi yo, konstwi relasyon, yon Cason pou lekòl nou an ka pi vizib nan kominote a. Chat & Chew sesyon yo louvri-fowòm pou paran yo a direktè lékòl la diskite sou ki nenpòt sijè ak divès kalite enkyetid.

Lekòl Chancellor Avni an se yon lekòl ki konsantre sou ekselans ak kalite nan edikasyon. Pèsonèl egzanplè nou yo dedye pou prepare élèv pou patisipasyon aktif, siyifikatif nan 21yèm syèk la. Ansanm ak paran yo ak manm kominote a, nou nan chancellor pral asire ke élèv nou yo pare pou yon karyè nan kolèj.

Doktè Winston D. Jackson
Lékòl Elemantè Chancellor Avni

2019-09-11T11:33:17-04:00Categories: School CAS, School CAS Blog Post|

Whitsons Welcome Back to School Parent Newsletter 2019-2020

New! – Principal’s Message

Welcome to University Elementary School! 

We are excited to lead our scholars under the guidance of dynamic instructors and support staff, talented scholars and supportive parents. At University Elementary School, our educational community strives to provide our scholars with an environment that is academically rich, implements character building opportunities, and engages scholars in courses that are aligned with New Jersey Student Learning Standards in a differentiated environment. Our goal is to instill in scholars the University Elementary School’s HAWKS expectations to be Helpers, Achievers, Worthy, Kind and Scholars. University Elementary School is housed on the first three levels in the Irvington School District’s Board of Education facility and is one of eight elementary schools located in Irvington Township. University Elementary School is comprised of approximately 450 prekindergarten through 5th grade scholars who receive instruction from a team of highly qualified instructors who teach scholars using research based strategies that will prepare scholars for a college and career in a 21st century global environment. 

At University Elementary School, our first step to preparing our scholars for college and careers is to provide them with instruction that will ensure that they meet English Language Arts and mathematics requirements that will lead to graduation from high school. University Elementary School’s English Language Arts and mathematics programs effectively support these outcomes. The English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum at University Elementary School is aligned with NJ Student Learning Standards and focuses on the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and grammar. Our ELA program integrates social studies, science, and technology subjects. Additionally, our staff instructs our scholars by utilizing a wide range of informational and narrative genres in a Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop environment. Our scholars learn in a differentiated and balanced literacy environment that addresses their individual learning needs. It is imperative that all scholars are able to read and write on level. To further assist our 3rd to 5th grade scholars, we offer an after school Skills Enhancement Program to assist struggling scholars and an Academic Enrichment Program to supplement ELA instruction. English Language Learner scholars are supported by our English as a Second Language (ESL) program, which adheres to the guidelines and standards of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. The lessons are based on English Language Development (ELD) Standards that are correlated to NJ Student Learning Standards. We also offer iReady, an adaptive diagnostic for reading that pinpoints scholars’ needs down to the sub-skill level and provides ongoing progress monitoring to show whether scholars are on track to achieve end-of-year targets. To further assist our English Language Learner scholars, our highly qualified instructors are well versed in SIOP, Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol. Instructors teach lessons that support our English Language Learners to become proficient in speaking, reading and writing in English using SIOP strategies. 

University Elementary School continues to move forward in providing an educational experience in mathematics, science and technology that grooms our scholars for successful roles in society. In the area of Science, our program is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards focus on moving scholars toward a deeper and richer understanding of scientific concepts and their application. The NGSS are aligned to offer a comprehensive and developmentally-appropriate approach to learning science. Our Mathematics program is taught in a differentiated environment and addresses instruction and learning using concrete, pictorial, and abstract approaches which cater to the various learning styles of our scholars. Scholars use manipulatives, technology and problem solving techniques that prepare them for 21st-century requirements and state assessments. Additionally, we implement the iReady Mathematics Program, an adaptive online assessment that consistently tracks scholars’ growth to identify gaps and provide customized remediation. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum and can be found embedded in our library media arts program, math, English Language Arts, science, and social studies curriculums. Every class has an interactive whiteboard and each grade level class has access to laptops to support instruction and learning. University Elementary School also has a dedicated computer lab that houses desktop computers for focused technology practice and instruction. 

Teachers and scholars prepare throughout the year to ensure successful outcomes on all assessments. In addition to regularly scheduled academic skills assessments that communicate scholars’ progress, scholars are also administered the annual New Jersey Student Learning Standards Assessment, NJSLA, that tests the skills of 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade scholars as it relates to English Language Arts and mathematics and the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment for Science, NJSLA-S, which tests our 5th grade scholars’ science skills. 

Committed to educating the whole child, University Elementary School offers extra-curricular activities that serve to enhance interpersonal and decision-making skills, personal growth, and leadership through its clubs and organizations. In these endeavors, HAWKS are given opportunities to become active and productive members of the world community.  University Elementary School is home to one of four Intellectually Gifted programs in the Irvington School District and serves scholars in grades 1 through 5. Our Intellectually Gifted Program is housed in our IG Resource room and lead by a highly-qualified teacher. The IG program serves scholars whose cognitive abilities require special education to meet their unique needs. Our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts programs are led by teachers and volunteer parents. Our scouts are trained to adhere to scouts’ law and pledges which are aligned with the values of HAWKS expectations. Our scouts are actively involved in community service projects that include providing food and clothing to those in need. The National Elementary Honor Society is comprised of 4th and 5th-grade scholars who have an A average in all major subjects and A’s or B’s in all other subjects and adhere to the scholarship, leadership, service, and character. University Elementary School also has rising 3rd-grade scholars who shadow inducted Honor Society members. Student Council Members are the voice for all HAWKS. Members meet to review the concerns of their peers, raise monies to support Student Council Members’ programs, and discuss ideas presented to the principal. 

Our scholars contribute to the culture and climate of University Elementary School by serving on sports teams, such as our HAWKS basketball and soccer teams. HAWKS cheerleaders teach their peers school songs, school cheers, and encourage scholars to get excited about taking exams, such as NJSLS, during school rallies and sports events. Safety Patrol members support scholars and teachers in University Elementary School’s efforts to ensure that school community members are safe and secure. A safe and healthy learning environment is necessary for scholars to learn and achieve academic success and many programs are established to serve them. University Elementary School’s guidance counselor, health and social services coordinator, and nurse are on staff to assist with the emotional, social, and physical well-being of our scholars. This includes our Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying (HIB) Specialist who serves scholars in need of support. Our School Safety Team meets monthly to review HIB data to develop, foster, and maintain a positive school climate by focusing on the ongoing, systemic processes and practices in the school and to address school climate issues. The Positive Behavior Support, PBS, program lends itself to the promotion of a safe learning environment. Our PBS team acknowledges scholars who adhere to HAWKS expectations by rewarding them with HAWKS tickets, Class Dojo points, school store items, school parties, school trips, and more. Our expectations of scholars to Be HAWKS are not only University Elementary School’s expectations, they are also our mantra and play a major role in our scholars’ daily school experience. This year, our scholars will learn the Power of Yet through the implementation of Mindset strategies using our mentor text, The Bubble Gum Brain. 

The stakeholders of our school’s educational community have a shared vision of high expectations for all scholars and our parents play an integral role in our success. Our parents are members of the Parent and Teacher Association (PTA), School Leadership Council (SLC), Scouts programs and more. Also, parents serve as classroom parents, volunteer, assist with fundraising initiatives and attend our many public programs. These partnerships are essential to our scholars’ academic success. 

University Elementary School will continue to strive to meet the needs of our scholars, parents, and the school community by creating an environment that cultivates and challenges every scholar to be contributing members of their school community. University Elementary School is proud to contribute to the growth of scholars who will serve, support, protect, invent, heal, teach and lead our expanding global community. 


Educationally yours,
Sandra Y. Boone-Gibbs


University Elementary basketball championship picture

2019-09-09T10:18:19-04:00Categories: School UES, School UES Blog Posts|

Principal’s Welcome Message – APA 2019-2020

Welcome to Augusta Preschool Academy. We are delighted to welcome you to the 2019–2020 school year! We believe in the school community working together to ensure the academic and social success of all students. The entire school community’s goal is to support our young learners in becoming socially, emotionally, physically, and academically successful.

We offer a full preschool program, dedicated to 3 and 4 year-old children. The school provides a rich, comprehensive, and nurturing environment for our students to learn, grow, and succeed. Here at Augusta, we are proud of our dedicated teachers and support staff. Our teaching staff is certified in early childhood education or early childhood special education. We are an inclusive school, offering services that accommodate the individual needs of all learners. Within our program we offer general education, bilingual education focusing on Spanish and French-Creole, inclusion education, and special education with a major concentration in Autism.
Augusta’s mission is to improve the academic achievement of our learners through a combination of critical thinking and life skills. Our goal is to lay the groundwork for a solid educational foundation by developing the child physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually.

We implement the Creative Curriculum which is a research-based curriculum, as well as, the My Math program. We recently incorporated the Imagine Learning software program in to our daily schedule to support our English Language Learners. Because of its overwhelming success, we will be rolling it out to all of our students for the 2019-20 school year. Imagine Learning is an individualized learning experience that supports the language development of our young learners. It provides native language support on an individualized learning path which adjusts according to the student’s needs. The curriculum offers children-initiated and teacher-directed activities to ensure Kindergarten readiness and overall academic success.

Class sizes are small with no more than 15 students in each classroom. Highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals are located in every classroom. We model social concepts such as “please” and “thank you.” We coach children in developing strong relationships with other students and adults. Play-based interest areas of math, science, dramatic play, music, creative arts, and computers provide opportunities to balance and stimulate both shared and independent learning experiences. Our classrooms are outfitted with desktop computers, Chromebooks, and smartboards to enhance learning. The school provides a clean and secure facility that places a high priority on the health and safety of students and staff.

Augusta Preschool Academy is dedicated to encouraging parent involvement through various parent-child activities, classroom volunteers, and PTA membership. We believe we are creating an environment whereby teachers and parents work together for the betterment of children’s performance. Parents can join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the School Leadership Council (SLC) and the Early Childhood Advisory Committee. Parent workshops are held monthly offering a variety of topics on issues such as discipline strategies, parental nurturing, language development, learning styles of children, nutrition and health practices, and child abuse prevention. There are also some exciting activities that parents can participate in to help support their child in becoming well-rounded. Parents are expected to read to their child each night and return a completed Reading Log at the end of the week. A Lending Library is available to students in each classroom. In addition, parents may attend our many school assembly programs, back to School Night, and Parent-Teacher Conferences, chaperone a field trip or participate in Celebrity Read, Read Across America, and The Week of the Young Child activities. We are committed to building an ever-stronger village that will support the needs of each learner and challenge each student to learn and grow at his/her own optimal rate.

We are looking forward to a spectacular school year! From our family to yours, thank you for choosing Augusta Preschool Academy.

Rose Gordon

2019-09-09T11:33:27-04:00Categories: School APA|

September 2019 Focus Characteristic

During the month of September, scholars will be introduced to University Elementary School’s 2019-2020 mentor text, Bubble Gum Brain. This book will be introduced to support our first Focus Characteristic, RESPECT, in preparation for October’s annual Week of Respect.  Each class will listen to a reading of the book, Bubble Gum Brain, and take a journey with two characters, Bubble Gum and Brick. Bubble Gum has a growth mindset and Brick has a fixed mindset. The story, Bubble Gum Brain is a journey of how the act of “becoming” is better than just “being” by becoming a hopeful thinker through the power of “IF”. This story will continue our HAWKS’ journey toward speaking with heart, filling buckets, and positive self-talk.

2019-09-09T09:55:14-04:00Categories: School UES, School UES Blog Posts|
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