Lower Township Elementary School District (09-2840)

Lower Township Elementary School District

The Lower Township Elementary School District is comprised of four schools, and approximately 1720 students in grades pre-kindergarten through six. Our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students attend David C. Douglass Veterans Memorial School. Our first and second grade students attend Carl T. Mitnick School. Third and fourth grade students attend Maud Abrams, and fifth and sixth grade students attend Sandman Consolidated School. Our mission is to provide every student with a comprehensive education that meets the rigorous Common Core State Standards.

All teachers in Lower Township are highly-qualified, and the district offers professional development through in-service days, faculty meetings, and professional learning communities. Curriculum is revised annually to align with current state standards.

Commitment to continuous growth and improvement is a hallmark of Lower Township Elementary Schools. The district implements a curriculum built on the Common Core State Standards, and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. While setting high expectations for students and faculty, the district also makes every effort to create structures that offer high levels of support. This district has a long standing history of collaboration, evident in community planning committees, thoughtful board deliberations, school-level advisory councils, and a vibrant Parent Teacher Association. Stakeholders including parents, faculty, students, and board of education members participate at all levels of district planning.

The district continues to implement a balanced literacy program in grades K-6, and the High Scope framework in pre-kindergarten. The district adopted the Units of Study in Narrative, Opinion and Information writing in 2013. Grades 1 and 2 are in the first year of implementation, and received 2 days of professional development in August. Grades 3-6 are in the second year of implementation, and received job-embedded professional development throughout the school year. Lab sites were conducted in three classrooms at each grade level, and teachers created conferring toolkits. The district continues to use GOMath, a common core math program in grades K-6, and Get Set for School in pre-kindergarten. The district is excited to partner with Project Lead the Way and offer an inquiry-based STEM program in grades 3-6. The program empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. As students engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they become creative, collaborative problem solvers ready to take on any challenge.

All first and second grade classrooms at Carl T. Mitnick are now equipped with interactive whiteboards and document cameras. The district is ahead of the three-year technology plan timetable, and anticipates equipping all kindergarten classrooms with interactive whiteboards in 2016. This will complete the project to include interactive technology in all K-6 classrooms. The district has also increased device capacity with the purchase of three additional carts of chromebooks. Think Central provides a suite of digital resources to enhance instruction. The district uses the Google apps platform, and teachers are starting to implement Google classroom, and other Google apps.

Our district strives to build self-respect and strong character through a social skills program which instills respect for diversity and empathy for others through the use of consistent rules and routines throughout the district.

In an ever changing world, our district has continued to increase security, and has established necessary security related protocols. The safety of our students and staff continue to be a high priority goal.

The school day extends beyond regular hours through various before- and after-school activities, parent education programs, and student-parent extension activities. To date, over 300 community members and parents volunteer in the schools on a regular basis. Parents were invited to attend grade level parent curriculum nights, and participate in activities with their child while being exposed to content from our programs.

Lower Township is dedicated to challenging all students to reach their fullest potential, and to become lifelong learners.