School Snapshot 2012-2013
William B. Cruise Memorial School Number 11
Our School #11 Mission is to provide all students with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to compete in a global society and become the future leaders of tomorrow. We embrace the diverse needs of all children and promote education through the renewal and discovery of learning. We value the importance of parent involvement where parents are partners. Together we will enrich and impact our students’ instructional program.
School #11 has prioritized our school’s needs through the use of parent surveys, professional development feedback and the results of assessments in language arts, writing and mathematics. This year the focus of the grade level meetings will be on data analysis, standardized test preparation, response strategies, clear demonstrations of learning, and continued collaborative lesson planning.
Grade level meetings afford the staff opportunities to maintain current and accurate literacy portfolios, as well as provide teachers a forum for discussion on implementation of district initiatives like UBD and comprehension strategies. Working collaboratively, teachers and specialists devise new approaches to improve instructional delivery while capitalizing on multiple intelligences and resources. Through a series of interventions we hope to support and augment the rigors of reading which will hone comprehension and vocabulary skills.
Grades 1-3 feature the Scott Foresman Reading program and will highlight differentiated instruction, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. Thematically based literacy programs across grades 1-5 generate high student interest and support our language arts instruction. Our departmentalized 6th grade program serves almost 288 students and features high academic rigor and specialization for these students, as well as enrichment. We offer special education services and bilingual education across the grade levels. We also offer band, choir, safety patrol, chess club, honor roll, basketball club and a special 6th grade lunch mentor program.
Instructional support in classrooms is offered by coaches, administrative observations, the Child Study Team, specialized personnel, William Paterson University and our CASS model. In addition to the vertical and horizontal articulation now provided through the dissemination of lesson plans to all, additional instructional improvement will be enhanced through frequent classroom visitation and in house professional development.
We welcome our parents, students, new and existing staff, to another challenging and productive year at William B. Cruise Memorial School 11.
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