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The Math Department urges that all Irvington Public School students should be working on the i-Ready online platform for their personal summer enrichment program. It was designed to get students excited about learning and help to them to achieve math proficiency. All students should know their personal account information. If not, please contact their respective schools.
Irvington High School Wins the 2019 State Consumer Bowl Competition
From L to R: Stephen Danso, Bernice Owusu, Frank Peprah, team Captain Eugenia Ampofo, Bolaji Falade, Adviser Joseph Romano, team mom Roz RosenHanst, Esther Oko, and Frank Peprah
On May 23rd, the Irvington High School Consumer Bowl team competed in the 2019 State Consumer Bowl Championship at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton. The county competitions began in January with a total of 74 high schools from around the state. The County Champions met for three Regional competitions beginning in April. The three region winners were Irvington High School representing the Northern Region, Voorhees High School representing the Central Region, and Cedar Creek High School representing the Southern Region.
Irvington battled Voorhees and Cedar Creek High Schools for the state championship title. After an intense competition, Irvington and Voorhees were tied with 90 points each. A tense and exciting five-question tiebreaker round determined the champion. Irvington High School prevailed winning three questions to two for Voorhees to become the 2019 Consumer Bowl state champions! The Blue Knights are the only 5-time state champions. Two schools have won the state championship 3 times.
The Consumer Bowl is a Jeopardy-like educational competition for New Jersey high school students. Since 1997, high school students have been learning about a variety of consumer-related laws and issues. Students learn about summer safety, amusement games, auto leasing, tips on buying used cars, identity theft, property rental scams, and many more important consumer protection tips, rules, and regulations in our great state. The competition is responsible for educating thousands of individuals making them educated consumers. The participants have shared what they learned with their families, friends, and classmates.
Mr. Joseph Romano, Adviser said, “I want to thank Melanie Hazim, Andrew Tucker, Dulcelina Pena, and the entire staff of the Division of Consumer Affairs for sponsoring the Consumer Bowl Competition and educating the young consumers of New Jersey.” Team captain Eugenia Ampofo added, “The Consumer Bowl has been educational and fun. I learned a lot that has made me and my teammates savvy consumers. Not only that, I have made friends and made memories. Everyone should visit the Consumer Briefs page, njconsumeraffairs.gov/News/Pages/consumerbriefs.aspx, at least once and read the briefs.” Congratulations to Eugenia Ampofo, captain, and members Esther Oko, Bernice Owusu, Frank Peprah, Steven Danso, and study team member Bolaji Falade.
“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” – Marian Wright Edelman
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at University Middle School, the home of the EAGLES, where our motto is Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM). This year we will continue our journey of transforming minds, attitudes and futures. Our school community will maintain our vision of encouraging our students to strive for academic excellence and prepare for a successful future. This vision is intertwined with building our scholars from within as we nurture their spirit and self-actualization.
The staff at University Middle School is committed to the success of all scholars. At our school, highly qualified and dedicated staff members work collaboratively to ensure that all scholars are provided with a quality educational experience, which fosters the personal, intellectual, social and emotional growth and development of each child, which in turn, will motivate student achievement; our primary focus.
University Middle School has an approximate enrollment of 700 scholars. Our school offers everyone many valuable opportunities to participate, enjoy, and be successful in academic and extra-curricular activities that will assist our students in becoming a more knowledgeable, skillful and confident learner in our society. We encourage and look forward to helping students maximize their potential during their time here at University Middle School. Our hope is that each student will have a positive, productive, and academically successful year that will lead them closer to fulfilling their future goals.
Our school has a 9-period schedule that includes Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education for all students. University Middle School also offers French and Spanish, an intellectually gifted program, magnet music and visual arts programs and technology classes. All of our scholars are trained to use Chromebooks as a learning tool, and all classrooms have a Smart Board, which teachers apply in daily instruction by designing interactive lessons. Our staff and scholars will continue to develop abilities to analyze complex texts, determine evidence, reason critically, and communicate thoughtfully—the must-have skills for college and career. Additional academic initiatives aimed to improving, vocabulary-building, science instruction, and cooperative learning have been incorporated to increase student engagement. Student engagement will promote academic growth by teaching our scholars to become critical thinkers and problem solvers who will be able to function successfully in the future. Our classrooms are no longer singularly focused; there is a plethora of cross-curricular activities taking place, which makes learning more engaging.
University Middle School continues to positively evolve! There are productive Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) that meet daily for collaborative Common Planning sessions. The teachers follow a weekly agenda to review student work, analyze data, create lesson plans, develop common assessments, and collaborate with content area specialists. As a result of the collaborative Common Planning sessions, it is evident that there has been an increase in cooperative groups and collaboration in the classroom. Data driven instruction has been enlightening and informative. Data PLC sessions and after school data meetings have been productive times for teachers, the data specialist, Math and ELA specialists, and building administrators to analyze and discuss student data and inform instruction.
We continue to praise and celebrate academic excellence and positive behavior by acknowledging those scholars who work hard. The National Junior Honor Society, Honor Roll, Student of the Month, PARCC Champions and Perfect Attendance are a few of the honors that are bestowed upon our scholars. Our scholars have also placed in district sponsored contests such as the Martin Luther King, Jr Essay, Multicultural Essay, PRIDE Essay and the Spelling Bee. We also uplift our scholars with celebrations such as Honor Roll Breakfast/Dinner, Pep Rallies and other exciting events. Outside excursions are planned for our scholars to broaden their life experiences to make connections with their learning experiences.
We continue to nurture the hearts of our students with the assistance of a well-rounded support staff that offers academic, as well as, socio-emotional counseling. The staff consists of guidance counselors, social worker, and a dean. They spend a majority of their time familiarizing themselves with our scholars and collaborating with them on interpersonal skills that will help them grow academically and socially. This, in turn, gives our scholars the tools to develop into young adults who will continue to be life-long learners that demonstrate the character traits of independence, respect and dignity. This team also works diligently with all stakeholders to serve as a community-based center providing resources to parents, as well as, opportunities for them to share in the educational process of their children. This relationship fosters open communication with parents, and help families establish home environments to support children as students, all while providing a welcoming atmosphere.
University Middle School offers a supportive environment for scholars’ academic and emotional growth. Positive behavior and character education are proven to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes necessary for student achievement and success in life. Our PBSIS program will continue to be the underlying force of guiding student behavior. It will instill the idea that the acquisition of positive character values promotes healthy student development. PBSIS also supports our district wide initiative of 10 Character Traits: Respect, Responsibility, Empathy, Compassion, Attitude, Motivation, Accountability, Persistence, Trustworthiness, and Integrity
Overall, educating our scholars is a joint effort. As we continue our academic journey, we want to thank all of our students, parents, staff and community members for their hard work and dedication this past year. We welcome our new students and families to our school community. We are excited about this new school year and believe that it holds great promise for our entire school community. At year’s end, we hope that we will all enjoy the rewards that will come as a result of our collective efforts to make UMS a school of academic excellence.
Best wishes for a terrific year, and welcome to the Home of the EAGLES!
“Greatness Begins with A Dream”
“A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” – Colin Powell
Welcome to Florence Avenue Elementary School, the home of the Falcons. In our school, we work every day to build dreams and help them come true! It continues to be my privilege and solemn duty to serve this great diverse community of learners as the Principal. Thanks to the sweat, hard work, and dedication of caring and skilled staff, Florence Avenue remains a beacon of educational light in this historic neighborhood. We are a robust academic community where our scholars are encouraged daily to dream big dreams. We are grateful for an active group of parents that partner with our staff to provide a quality education that exemplifies high expectation and achievement for our more than 630 students.
At Florence Avenue Elementary, we provide our scholars with 21st Century skills and competencies in both academics and the arts. We are uncompromising in our focus on rigor and student engagement in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Fine Arts, and World Language. Our determination is to create self-directed learners who are exposed to diverse experiences, engaged in the optimized use of technology, and coached by caring adults to maximize their potential.
We believe that they should not only experience exceptional education, but should also experience the delights of school spirit, team work, and the full array of visual and performing arts. Last year we were fortunate to have Student Council, Multicultural Club, Young Men’s Club, Young Ladies Club, Honor Society, and a basketball Team. This year we have added to these clubs the Drama Club, Soccer team, Step Team, Cheerleaders, Hispanic Heritage Club, and African American Heritage Club. We look forward to our After School programs as well.
We recognize that we have a fiduciary responsibility not only to educate our students on academic subjects, but also to assist their families and communities to strengthen each scholar’s moral fiber, engage their right inner moral compass, and instill a sense of community. We endeavor to establish tenets of good conduct and character, and promote positive self-esteem and awareness through classroom interactions, school assemblies, student council, various clubs, PTA, PBSIS, and other activities.
Lastly, I encourage all stakeholders to participate in our P.T.A., Friday Night Lights, and other after school events. These are student-focused functions that provide a venue for all community members to contribute to the advancement of the scholars here at Florence Avenue Elementary School. They yield powerful and purposeful relationships between home, school and the wider school community. Together we will teach our children that “Greatness Begins with A Dream”
Sean Evans, Principal
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 technique, 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. Some of our scholars were afforded the opportunity to visit the New York Jets training facility via the NFL Play 60 program. 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 and citizenship. 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 standard 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 and Basketball. 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