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RECOGNITIONS/AWARDS: JUST FOR THE KIDS: NEW JERSEY BENCHMARK SCHOOL AWARD 2003. The Business Coalition for Educational Excellence (BCEE) and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce bestowed this prestigious accolade upon our school in recognition of our students meritorious record of performing at consistently high levels as compared to schools with similar populations. Our school was presented with a State and General Assembly Joint Legislative Resolution and a special banner which are both proudly displayed in our main entrance corridor.

A DISTINGUISHED STAFF: Several of our teachers have received distinction as Perth Amboy Teacher of the Year: Mrs. R. Arlequin - 1995, Mrs. J. Edge -1998, Ms. D. Varela - 1999, and Mrs. L. Muniz 2001 and Mrs. L. Audet 2004.

Mrs. Jane Edge was also selected as a New Jersey representative for a Fulbright Memorial Scholarship Award that allowed her to visit Japan for three weeks to study the Japanese educational system.

Mrs. Lynn Audet became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2003 which is a nationally recognized distinction and the highest level of recognition in the teaching profession. After becoming Perth Amboy Teacher of the Year, she was subsequently selected as Middlesex County Teacher of the Year and went on to become one of the finalists for New Jersey Teacher of the Year 2004.

Two (2) additional teachers at our school have also received distinction and recognition as National Board Certified Teachers: Mrs. Elisabete Mazzeo and Mrs. Louisa Muniz.

Our past Principal, Ms. H. Horan, received a Dodge Fellowship Award to study at Princeton University and incorporate Brain-Based Learning strategies into our schools instructional program.

Parent Participation Award: Three of our teachers, Mrs. E. Barclay, Mrs. G. Cerasoli and Mrs. N. Gall, submitted an application to the New Jersey Department of Education which resulted in an award to promote our Family Literacy Programs.

Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) Grant: Our application to the New Jersey Department of Education was approved to increase professional development opportunities for our staff. The application was written by Mrs. S. Bie, Ms. D. Varela, Dr. M. Garcia, and Ms. H. Horan.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: Through our Comer School Development Program, parental involvement has significantly increased. In collaboration with administrators and teachers, parents galvanized their efforts and gained Board of Education approval to implement a Mandatory School Uniform Policy at our school which has been a huge success.

BASIC CURRICULUM: The comprehensive basic curriculum at The 21st Century School is aligned to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and includes a Ninety (90) Minute Uninterrupted Reading Block, Language Arts Literacy (Reading, Literature, English, Writing, Spelling, Penmanship), World Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education, Health (Drugs/Alcohol, Family Living, Safety), Library/Study Skills, Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, Basic Skills Improvement, Workplace Readiness, Computer and Technology Education (a resource tool within the curriculum integrated into all content areas).

SPECIALISTS: School Nurses, Guidance Counselors, Librarian, Art, Music, Physical Education/Health Teachers, Computer Teacher, English as a Second Language Teachers, Reading Specialist, Literacy Coach, Math Specialist, Intervention Teachers, School Facilitator, Speech/ Language Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant, Community Liaison.

PROGRAMS: Comer School Development Program, Effective Schools Program Design, School Leadership Council (SLC), Assertive Discipline, Computer Lab, Technology, Library/ Media Center, Resource Room, SPLASH (Grade 1, 2 and 4 specialized curriculum), Project PRIDE (Student Recognition Program), Extended School Day/Year Programs, Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS), Child Abuse Prevention [CAP], Peacemaking/Conflict Resolution/Social Decision-Making and Problem Solving, Mastery Learning Philosophy, School-Year Theme, WTEN Radio Station, LASER Newsletter, Participating and Loving Seniors [PALS], Drug Abuse Prevention Programs, Drop Everything and Read [DEAR], 600 Minute Reading Club (Great Adventure), Book-it (Pizza Hut), Reading is Fundamental [RIF], Young Audiences, Family Literacy, Family Fun Nights, Adult Computer/ESL Classes.

HIGHLIGHTS: This School Report Card indicates that the students of School 10 - The 21st Century School are in good hands and doing well academically. This can be attributed to the parents cooperation with the school and the many dedicated teachers and staff members who work here.

To strengthen and enrich the solid basic curriculum, several key initiatives and activities form the core of the educational program offered at School 10 - The 21st Century School.

SCHOOL-BASED PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING: All the successes realized here are due in great part to the cooperative planning and problem-solving that has been the hallmark of School 10 since 1983. Teachers are recognized as accomplished professional educators capable of informed, creative thinking, planning and decision-making to meet the challenges of improving the educational program and services for our students.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY LAB: A 35 station iMAC computer lab capable of digital scanning and laser CD integration, as well as use of Apple IIe and IBM software is fully integrated within the instructional program at all grade levels (K-4). Laser-Disk technology, in the form of Windows On Science, Windows on Math and Kinderventures from Optical Data, was initiated in the 1990-1991 school year in a cooperative, on-going project between the school and the company.

LITERATURE-BASED READING/LANGUAGE ARTS INSTRUCTION: This program utilizes a literature-based approach to reading that includes all the components of scientifically-based reading research: phonemic awareness, phonics instruction, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and motivation. Various reading strategies are incorporated to meet our students needs including guided reading, shared reading, writing, direct instruction, etc. Our reading program utilizes trade books, leveled readers and comprehensive classroom libraries. Students are instructed in small, leveled groups aimed at raising their performance levels.

NINETY (90)-MINUTE READING BLOCK: Our reading program is organized and scheduled to provide all students with 90 minutes of uninterrupted reading time in small, leveled reading groups with low student/teacher ratios. Intervention teachers are assigned to reading groups where students skills and abilities are identified and targeted for intensive instruction.

LITERACY AND MATH INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES: New initiatives have been implemented to improve the delivery of instruction and increase student achievement.
Guided Reading
Four Blocks of Literacy
Collins Effective Writing
Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)
Teaching Math for Understanding: The Constructivist Approach to Math

TUTORING: Select students identified with reading levels below grade level standards are provided with additional one-on-one tutoring.

THEMATIC INSTRUCTION: Thematic instruction is used school-wide to integrate instruction across the content areas to make learning more connected and meaningful for our students.

COOPERATIVE LEARNING: This strategy is used as one of many teaching techniques to create a motivating environment where students work together and build a collaborative investment in learning. It is a catalyst for changing the role of the teacher to one who becomes a facilitator in the learning process.

LEARNING STYLES: This enables us to better understand the individual differences of children and help them become aware of their own learning styles so they can appreciate their uniqueness with a positive attitude and become successful learners.

SCHOOL YEAR THEME: The entire school selects a central theme aimed at learning more about the world, its people, cultures and customs as a means to gain greater understanding of others and ourselves.

BRAIN-BASED LEARNING: A new school-wide initiative is underway to incorporate research-based, brain-compatible techniques that improve students memory and understanding. On-going professional development over the past three years has been offered to our staff which has promoted the use of strategies that assist students in gaining a deeper understanding of material presented and the development of their long-term memory.