“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

Welcome to Madison Avenue Elementary School, where everyday is a great day for teaching and learning! As Principal, I am excited and honored to begin this educational journey with our scholars, teachers, parents, and support staff. Our mission at Madison Avenue School is to develop every scholar’s academic potential and their ability to be a contributing member of our community both now and in the future. In alignment with district goals, we will empower our scholars with the skills needed to demonstrate academic excellence, thus promoting academic achievement.

During the 2017-2018 school year, some evidence of our mission was highlighted in our approach through academic and social endeavors. Teachers focused on literacy development in all subjects connecting concepts and extending scholars’ understanding of how things are interrelated. Small-group instruction allowed students the opportunity to have a more personalized learning experience. The use of Chromebooks played a key role in small-group instruction. In supporting students in their social development, Madison Avenue school implemented our H.E.A.R.T. (Helpful Hands, Excellent Effort, Awesome Attitude, Really Respectful, and Totally Trustworthy) program. Monthly assemblies were held to recognize students demonstrating positive behavior in alignment district’s character trait initiatives.

One of Madison Avenue’s annual events included our Mock Trial – Law Day where our Intellectually Gifted students participated in a simulated court scenario. Students studied and portrayed the roles of citizens, lawyers, prosecutors, law enforcement, jurors, and magistrates in a court setting. The Mock Trial successfully exposed our students to important aspects of the judicial system, subtly developing interest in possible careers in law. In addition, Madison Avenue students participated in district-wide and community based events. We placed first and second in the Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest and the district’s Spelling Bee respectively. Students and staff participated in the Breast and Colon Cancer Awareness Walk, Township 5K Run/Walk, and Special Olympics/Unified Games.

For the 2018-2019 school year, Madison Avenue Elementary School will continue to educate, encourage, and empower our scholars. Our Pre-K to Grade 5 school has a diverse learning community that celebrates differences and builds upon common values. Our committed staff provides authentic and rigorous instruction for our scholars that constructs a foundation that cultivates critical thinking and problem solving skills. It is through the instructional process that we strive to promote an enthusiasm for learning. Our curriculum for all subjects is aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Madison Avenue School plans to expand our scholars learning opportunities by offering after school programs in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics to further enhance their knowledge and skills.

Scholars will continue to be recognized for their academics and positive display of behavior. The district’s ten character trait initiative of respect, responsibility, empathy, compassion, attitude, motivation, accountability, persistence, trustworthiness and integrity will play an integral part in our positive behavioral intervention goals. Engagement into the school community will enhance our scholars learning experience. A few examples of extracurricular activities our scholars can take part in will be Cheerleading, Step Team, Music Club, Book Club, and Basketball. Additionally, our National Elementary Honor Society as well as a Student Council have been implemented. Congruently, students will exert intellect, culture, citizenship, service, and leadership within the school and the community.
Parents play a critical role in the success of our scholars. Madison Avenue School encourages all stakeholders to participate in our Parent Teacher Association (P.T.A.). We believe it is everyone’s responsibility to empower children with the creative, intellectual, and critical thinking skills necessary for them to become academically and socially responsible citizens in the 21st century. In collaboration with our Parent Coordinator, parent workshops will be offered throughout the year to assist stakeholders in providing the support necessary to contribute to the success of our scholars. Again, I am excited and honored to serve as Principal of Madison Avenue School.

Malikita Wright,