Menlo Park Terrace School #19
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Menlo Park Terrace School 19 is a learning organization that is committed to the success of all students. Our students continue to perform well on a variety of indicators of student achievement, as supported by data included in the New Jersey School Report Card, in various content areas and at different grade levels. We have much more work to do, however, to continue to improve learning for all of our students.
The faculty and staff at Menlo Park Terrace School 19 work hard to ensure that all students meet their respective grade level expectations in all content areas. These highly-qualified professionals implement a variety of instructional strategies to reach this goal and to meet the needs of our diverse learners. On a daily basis, the faculty delivers lessons that are relevant, student-centered, and require students to utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We are committed to designing lessons that provide our students with opportunities to collaborate, connect, and create with their peers. These lessons ensure that all of our learners remain engaged and on-task throughout the school day. In addition, these instructional practices allow our teachers to deliver the Woodbridge Township Board of Education approved programs that are aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, as well as the Common Core State Standards. Our programs prepare our learners to perform at high-levels on a variety of measures of student achievement, including the NJ ASK, and they also prepare our students for success at the secondary school level. We embrace the importance of establishing this solid academic foundation in all of our elementary level students, which we know will foster a lifetime of learning.
Our commitment to infusing technology throughout the curriculum continues. The building’s wireless capabilities allow students, faculty, and support staff to access a variety of educational resources found on the World Wide Web. Students and faculty utilize netbook, laptop, and desktop computers, interactive whiteboards, and audio/visual streaming technology software to support and enhance many of our academic programs. As a result, our learners regularly utilize different technologies to participate in a variety of interactive lessons to support our K-5 curricula, which includes: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Information Literacy, Art, Music (vocal & instrumental), Health and Safety, and Physical Education. Additional program services, including Academic Support Instruction, Leveled Literacy Instruction, Child Study Team services, speech therapy, and an off-site gifted and talented program, are available to meet the needs of our diverse student population.
To further supplement the district curricula, we continue to implement programs such as Peer Tutoring, Read Across America, Safety Patrol, Elementary School Track and Field, and School Spirit Day. One component of our character education program, Project Wisdom, provides both students and faculty the opportunity to read the daily Words of Wisdom to our school community. These daily messages challenge everyone in the building “to make it a great day or not…the choice is yours.” To further encourage all of our students to achieve at high-levels, we honor select students with Academic Honor Roll and Student of the Month awards throughout the school year.
Opportunities for community members to become involved with the Menlo Park Terrace School 19 Huskies exist through several organizations and programs, including our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). All parents and teachers who are part of the Menlo Park Terrace School 19 community have the opportunity to become active participants in our PTO. This organization’s intent is to support and enhance many of our educational and co-curricular programs to enrich the educational experiences for all of our students.
Our learning organization also provides opportunities for our certified staff members to continue to learn and develop as professionals. Our school-level Professional Development Committee regularly analyzes student achievement data and surveys the faculty to develop and plan continuing education opportunities for our teachers. These opportunities allow our teachers to further develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of areas to maintain their focus on the technical core of our organization, which is teaching and learning. An additional component to our faculty’s professional development this school year has been the utilization of social media to develop Personal Learning Networks (PLN). Many of our faculty members have utilized social media platforms, including Twitter, to make connections with other educators throughout the world. Our teachers’ commitment to developing their PLN’s not only contributes to their individual professional success, but also to our students’ continued learning. I encourage you to search and follow many of our faculty on a variety of social media platforms. Collectively, these professional development commitments allow our certified staff members to focus on any areas of concern identified through data analyses to ensure that our students meet their respective grade level expectations.
In closing, I invite you to visit our focused and pleasing learning organization. Menlo Park Terrace School 19 is safe and secure, clean, and exceptionally maintained by our custodial staff. This attention to the building and grounds allows our students, teachers, and support staff to remain focused on teaching and learning. I look forward to continuing to build on our prior academic successes and to achieving our vision of improving learning for all of our students.
Dr. Samuel Fancera