Daniel F. Ryan School No. 19
Dr. Gloria P. Vargas
Mr. Walter Chomko
Maureen Barilari - DeStefano
Daniel F. Ryan School 19 is an elementary school with a student population of approximately 750 students enrolled in prekindergarten to fifth grade. Administrators, teachers and staff welcome the 2012-2013 school year looking forward to the challenges of the school year. Our school created a culture that supports students in fulfilling the district’s mission for them demanding excellence in teaching and learning to prepare students for further learning and productive employment in the 21st century.
As we welcomed the new school year, Daniel F. Ryan School 19 easily met the challenges of serving breakfast to all students in their classrooms. This initiative significantly increased student participation and allowed students to begin their school day with a healthy meal.
We continue building on the achievements of last year guided by our school mission, vision, and core beliefs which stress the collaborative efforts of the instructional leaders, teachers, staff and parents. The Daniel F. Ryan School Community addresses the whole child academically, emotionally, and socially. All students at Daniel F. Ryan School 19 strive for academic success in all content areas according to the Common Core State Standards for excellence.
Daniel F. Ryan School 19 uses the framework of a national, research-based model for effective school improvement. Customized to meet the needs of our school community, the Nine Characteristics of High Performing Schools are integral to school improvement planning and embedded in all stages of the planning and implementation processes. Based upon the Nine Characteristics, Principal Dr. Gloria Vargas, Assistant Principal Walter Chomko, teachers, and staff are committed to provide, promote and nurture a supportive learning environment that enhances their focus of teaching and learning to maximize the educational opportunities for all School 19 students.
Daniel F. Ryan School 19’s mascot, the Cheetah, along with the school motto Where Students Come First, are the symbols that identify our school as unique and serve as the drive to keep us united and focused. Our school theme, Cheetahs RACE to Success, identifies our school’s expectations and focus: Respectful, Accountable, Caring, and Exceptional. The Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS) Initiative has contributed to the positive learning environment that permeates through our entire school. PBSIS has significantly decreased the number of discipline problems and increased opportunities for our students to be successful in learning.
Throughout the school year, teachers implement an aligned curriculum matching what is taught (standards, curriculum), how it is taught (instructional practices) and how it is evaluated (assessment). Effective Learning Objectives aligned to Demonstrations of Learning guide the teaching and learning process from beginning to end. Data driven instruction continues to be implemented and expanded upon in each and every classroom to meet the diverse needs of all students and to ensure improved student engagement and achievement.
Our Preschool Program continues successfully implementing the High Scope Curriculum, which emphasizes developmentally appropriate hands- on experiences for the children. We are very proud of the fact that 50% of our Pre-K classes are High Scope certified and therefore model classrooms.
Scott Foresman Reading Street, a Reading Comprehension Program, has been implemented in K – 3 classrooms. Teachers use Reading Street to help students become proficient readers through inspiring and engaging literature, as well as research-based instructional practices. LEADS (Literacy is Essential to Adolescent Development and Success), a literature-based program and student-centered instructional approach, will continue being used by fourth and fifth-grade students to ensure that all students are challenged to achieve advanced proficiency in literacy. In addition to a comprehensive reading program at Daniel F. Ryan, the writing workshop takes place daily as a teaching writing technique that invites students to write by making the process a meaningful part of the classroom curriculum. The writing workshop affords our students with opportunities to build fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing.
All students continue building mathematical knowledge from the basics to higher-order thinking and critical problem solving through the use of Everyday Math, a research-based math series. This standards-based program involves the students in thinking, exploring, discovering, and doing math while emphasizing the content and methodology that New Jersey has established for mathematics instruction.
The Nystrom Program is a hands-on program that integrates geography and map skills to address the social studies curriculum. Teachers and students have fun and learn while manipulating the different components of their social studies kits.
Daniel F. Ryan School 19’s students are exposed to a variety of cultural, social and academic experiences by participating in field trips, holiday celebrations, and general assemblies highlighting the multicultural diversity represented in the school community.
Daniel F. Ryan School 19 makes every effort to provide teachers and parents with many opportunities and experiences that encompass professional development, character building, and community involvement. Teachers are provided with opportunities to gain information and practical ideas related to the implementation of research-based instructional best practices through job embedded, school-based, and district-wide professional development. Teachers participate in weekly grade level meetings and study groups to discuss issues leading to a strong implementation of literacy and math, common planning, sharing of ideas and experiences, as well as opportunities for professional development.
Daniel F. Ryan School 19 welcomes and encourages parents to actively participate in their children's education. Monthly meetings, teacher-parent conferences, workshops, and honor society assemblies address the needs and interests of our parents, which lead to a strong partnership between home and school for the benefit of Daniel F. Ryan School 19’s School Community.
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