Dr. H. Simmerman Administration Building
684 Main Street
Sewell, NJ 08080
Phone: 856-468-2225 ext. 1107
Mrs. Robin Bazzel
Supervisor of Curriculum
Mrs. Denise Hubicki
|Phone: 856-468-2225 ext. 1107
Our primary purpose as educators is to cultivate and develop
each person’s personality and talents within the limits
of their potential as well as their capacity for learning. Being
cognizant of the unique attributes and capabilities of each person,
we endeavor to guide their total growth and development so each
may become a competent, productive, and fulfilled member of society;
aware of both their attributes and shortcomings, and capable of
communicating their needs and desires. We share with the parent,
therefore, a concern for all aspects of the person; their mental,
physical, social, emotional, and moral growth and development.
We believe in and encourage the acceptance of people of diverse
socioeconomic levels, ethnic groups, and religious and political
affiliations. This appreciation, understanding and respect among
individuals can greatly assist in our primary objective - the
development of an able and useful citizen.
utilizes a balanced Literacy Approach to learning to read and write. Our students receive reading instruction in
whole group lessons with grade level material as well as in guided reading
groups where students are reading material at their independent level. During guided reading, students meet in small
groups and receive targeted skill instruction to promote independence. Our
students are encouraged to read independently for pleasure and silent reading
is promoted at all grade levels.
Students also enjoy participating in Literature Circles, working in
shared paired reading activities as well as small and large group learning
activities. The students are reading to
make text connections to themselves, each other and the world.
Writing is an important form of communication and Mantua
believes that all students need to learn to write well. Writer’s Workshop and Writer’s Notebooks are
critical components of the writing program that is integrated across the
curriculum. We utilize the John Hopkins RACE
model to help our students focus on writing short constructed responses to
questions posed in all content areas.
Learning to read is one of the most important and
challenging steps in the education of a child.
Using a balanced Literacy Program with a reading anthology, leveled
readers, authentic literature and writing strategies helps to ensure that we
are meeting the needs of all of our students and providing them with learning
opportunities to help them become independent readers and writers.
The Scott Forsman Reading Street Anthology program in first
through fifth grade provides a balance Literacy Program that focuses on reading
comprehension, analyzing text, writing, grammar and spelling. The students read
a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres. As a result, the students develop the ability
to read, interpret and use information from multiple resources. Our sixth graders have a middle school
anthology that aligns with the anthology program currently used at Clearview. Students are exposed to a variety of classic
and modern day literature and research writing is a major component of the
literacy block as we prepare our students for junior high school.
Students in kindergarten through sixth grade participate in
small group reading lessons. In
kindergarten the students receive instruction in phonics through the Fundations
program and guided reading using Rigby leveled readers. Students in first through fifth grade utilize
leveled readers that are part of the Reading Street Anthology series. The leveled readers follow the themes of the
reading units and reinforce the story vocabulary. The leveled readers meet the needs of each
child and fosters their growth as independent readers. Our sixth graders meet in small groups to
discuss their anthology stories and reinforce reading related skills.
Guided reading provides the opportunity for the students to
work directly with their teacher on mastering reading skills. Teachers work closely with their small groups
and model reading and support children as they read. Teachers work in small groups with students of
Assessment and monitoring of student progress determines
when a student may move to a higher leveled group. The ultimate goal in guided reading is to help
students learn how to use independent reading strategies successfully.
Our spelling program is a component of our reading series
and it utilizes word lists from the stories that the students are reading. This helps to reinforce vocabulary while at
the same time reinforce spelling generalizations. This application provides students with a
meaningful context for learning strategies as they apply spelling to daily
reading and writing activities.
Introduction of weekly words is conducted through visual
text and daily supporting activities give our students the opportunity for
application activities. Skill and
concept activities provide students with a foundation that enables them to build
spelling and related language arts skills. The ultimate purpose is to provide students
with opportunities to explore words and gain an understanding of spelling
generalizations that enable them to become independent strategic spellers for
program is based on the Math Trailblazer program for students in
kindergarten through fifth grade. This standards-based program is
designed to assist students in communicating mathematical ideas
by using speaking, writing, listening and reading. The use of journals
and open-ended questions enrich students understanding of concepts
with the use of hands-on cooperative activities.
To complement the previous grades mathematics instruction,
sixth graders utilize the Connected Math program which is also standards-based.
Students continue to apply the open-ended, hands-on exploration
with their peers to apply concepts to real life situations. This
program is continued as they move to the middle school setting.
The Science curriculum has recently been updated to align to
the 2009 New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and follows a discovery
based model approach to learning key concepts in science. Students are involved
in inquiry based lessons and utilize the scientific method to learn about
topics in Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science. Each
grade level has units in all three areas of science. Students learn about
scientific concepts through reading a variety of text resources such as
textbooks, articles, current news releases as well as library books and
research texts. The students are
actively involved in project based learning activities. Our Science curriculum includes mathematical
and language arts based activities that help students explore and report on
Our Social Studies curriculum promotes the exploration of
past events and the connection to current events. Students read a variety of resource texts such
as textbooks, primary source documents and current event articles to learn more
about our community, state, nation and world. The Social Studies curriculum provides
students with opportunities to read, write, interview and discuss human
relationships over time and evaluate the effect of past events as they relate
to our lives today.
We are proud to be able to offer all of our students a
comprehensive special area curriculum. All students receive a full year of computer
classes where they learn to type, explore the internet, research topics as well
as create online projects such as movies, PowerPoints, interactive books and
much more! All students attend gym classes twice a week.
education program combines skill training with team based activities to promote
a lifelong love of physical activity. Students
receive health lessons in their regular classrooms with their teachers. Health
lessons are aligned to science and reading themes.
Students visit the
library each week. They have library
class every other week and select books during the week that they do not have a
formal class. Students are discussing
and meeting authors, learning how to use a library automated catalog system and
explore reading for research and pleasure.
Students in first through sixth grade have a World Language
class that focuses on the Spanish language. Students explore culture, history,
and current events while learning about Hispanic communities in our country and
around the world. Students learn to speak Spanish quickly and are involved in
exciting speaking and writing activities.
Students receive a half year of both art and music. In their
music and art classes our students explore a theme that promotes an
understanding of history and events that shaped the art and music of the times.
They learn basic concepts and terminology and apply them to their activities
and projects. We are pleased to offer
instrumental lessons for our students at J. Mason Tomlin where we have an
elementary band program. Students may
also join the choir at J. Mason Tomlin. Our
upper elementary students perform for the school and community.
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