Mr. F. Naji, Principal
Jefferson School No. 1
School Snapshot – 2012-2013
Thomas Jefferson School No. 1 is a Pre-K through Grade 6 facility with an enrollment of 800 students. One hundred fifty (150) Pre-K students are housed in 10 temporary classroom units (TCU’s) located on the school grounds. Six hundred fifty (650) students are schooled in the main building with twenty-nine (29) classrooms.
Our school has three (3) self-contained special education classes and in-class support (ICS) teachers at every grade level, as well as two Bilingual classes, grade 1 and 2, where the students are taught using a dual language approach.
Co-teachers will be assigned to grades 3-5 with assistance given in grades 1-2 during the LAL block of time.
Grade 6 is now departmentalized. Staff in those classrooms are subject certified and will be focusing on Social Studies, Science, LAL, Math and Writing Skills.
Guidance Counselors, a General Education Social Worker as well as an Intervention Specialist have been added to our faculty. Our school will also have an additional full time Nurse.
“Every Day Math” (grades 1-5) and “Connected Math” (grade 6) will continue to be the math curriculum for the school. FASTT Mathis being be used as a math drill for students. LEADS will be the curriculum of record for grades 4, 5, 6 in LAL classes.
There will be two after school programs. One will run from October – February and the concentration in that program will be on Math. The second after school program will run from February – May and will focus on LAL and Math for NJASK.
Teachers in all grades will utilize Guided Reading, Intervention Strategies, Best Practices and differentiated instruction in an effort to maximize student achievement.
This year we will continue to conduct our grade level meetings. These meetings will allow teachers to share their ideas and best teaching practices that are currently being used in the classrooms. The implementation of SIOP will also be used as our teachers continue to implement strategies, comprehension and clear objectives for our students.
Our bi-weekly walk-throughs will focus on viewing student work in literacy and mathematics. Our ILT meets each month to discuss the walk-throughs and to review its findings. Curriculum and instruction are adjusted based on these findings.
Pre-K teachers will continue to utilize High Scope’s Online Child Observation Record Assessment System to assess their students’ progress as well as differentiate instruction. The Pre-K classes will also be involved in a study with the National Institute of Early Education Research (NIEER) focusing on best practices and teaching strategies for language acquisition and development.
Our Pre-K students will be actively engaged throughout the school year. They will participate in walking trips through our community and field trips to exciting destinations. Several parent workshops have been planned to support our home and school connection.
Parent participation is increasing through the efforts of the parent liaison and the school administrators.
The following clubs will be available for students this year Intramural Sports, Chorus, Computer Club, Drama Club, Elementary Band, Math Club, Newspaper and a Science Club.
Our goal is to ensure that each child is prepared for the future. The staff at School No. 1 is looking forward to the challenges of the ’12-’13 School Year.
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