Woodbine Avenue School #23
Throughout the year, the Woodbine Avenue School #23 encourages children to become dedicated readers, writers, mathematical problem solvers and life-long learners. Our mission is to enable all students to reach their highest possible level of achievement and to promote good citizenship and a high degree of moral character through service learning projects and our Caring Community program. We are committed to maintaining a nurturing, caring and safe learning environment for all students each day.
The highly qualified staff at Woodbine Avenue School #23 employs active learning strategies to motivate and stimulate the intellectual curiosity of children. Through ongoing professional development, the staff has been able to embrace new techniques and to implement new strategies that include the use of technology to increase the ability of students to communicate and to problem solve more effectively. Professional development for staff has also included many parent education components that assist the non-English speaking parent and the working parent in dealing with curricular demands that are placed on their children and to form partnerships with staff to support classroom instruction.
The district provides the Woodbine Avenue School #23 with curricula for K-5 that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and New Jersey Core Content Standards. In grades one and two the district has implemented the Literacy First program which offers children a balance of shared, guided reading and individual reading experiences as well as process writing. The curriculum is regularly updated to reflect the changing needs of the students. Student strengths and weaknesses are addressed through the use of learning centers, individualized conferencing, home/school connections, academic support instructors, resource room teachers, ESL staff and through the various academic clubs available to students.
The instructional program for grades 3-5 encompasses an Integrated Language Arts program that utilizes shared, guided and individualized reading strategies. The grade 3 language arts curriculum has been recently revised to better meet the needs of our learners. Literature circles, writing centers and journal writing stimulate creative as well as process writing experiences that better enable the Woodbine Avenue student to communicate effectively. The use of wireless technology, lap top computers, PolyVision eno Boards, LCD projectors, Mimios, student response systems, and hand-held projectors has enhanced the accomplishments of our students across all content areas.
Problem solving is the focus of the Everyday Mathematics program. The staff has extensive professional development in this area. Students not only learn concrete mathematic concepts but also are challenged with more abstract problem solving across all grade levels. We offer remedial and mathematical challenges through our academic support instructors, resource room teachers, tech literacy coach, and our tutoring clubs. Journal writing in mathematics provides the children with ample opportunity to hone skills. The district also provides each student with opportunities to student science, social studies, health, physical education, art, music, library and technology, instrumental music, gifted and talented and world languages.
To meet our objectives for developing an appreciation for individual differences, gender equality and ethnic diversity students have been introduced to Caring Community, a character education program, to conflict resolution strategies, service learning and an anti-bullying/teasing program. We proudly offer children opportunities to be role models through our Community of Caring club, safety patrol program, recess playground helpers, the garden club, art club and the district track meet. Our Community of Caring club conducts annual Thanksgiving food drives and hosts school spirit days. Through the committed efforts of our Community of Caring program, student volunteers have worked tirelessly to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and local food pantries.
We are extremely pleased with the active and supportive P.T.O. at Woodbine Avenue School #23. The parent volunteers are providing services to the school such as chaperoning on class trips, conducting class parties, hosting monthly Family Fun Nights and the end of the year Field Day and carnival. In an effort to build a strong partnership with the school and community, we have established monthly Family Fun Nights. Family Fun Nights consist of Diwali Night, Reading and Coco with Santa, Fitness Night and a talent show. In addition, the P.T.O. has been extremely generous in contributing to the school’s music program and to providing our children with funding for field trips, assemblies and student awards for our Caring Community program.