National Park Boro School District (15-3490)

National Park Boro School District

National Park School is a vibrant educational environment where teachers, students, families, and community members work together to promote a love of learning. Comprised of approximately 50 staff members and 270 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade, the school is located in National Park, a small town along the Delaware River. Founded on rich history, National Park School is committed to excellence in education. The staff is dedicated to providing students with engaging, individualized learning experiences based on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

Mission Statement
At National Park School students will reach their maximum potential academically, physically, emotionally and socially. National Park students are 21st century learners, able to problem-solve and apply technology skills to process their own ideas. The students of National Park School will exhibit individual growth as indicated on standardized grade level assessments and classroom performance. Students will demonstrate personal responsibility by being prepared for class, treating others with respect, arriving on time with required materials, completing homework and actively participating in class discussions and activities. National Park students will be prepared for an ever-changing, global society.

Instructional Initiatives
The National Park School curriculum has been aggressively modeled after the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). Our English Language Arts Program places an emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening experiences through an integrated instructional framework. McGraw-Hill’s Wonders Program provides opportunities for guided reading, shared reading, independent reading and writing in response to reading. Daily, intentional writing time is provided to students through the Explorations in Nonfiction Writing framework. Our mathematics curriculum utilizes Pearson’s envisionMATH and the Progressive Math Initiative to ensure that we are meeting the rigorous standards. In addition, we are proud to offer comprehensive science and social studies programs along with a World Language experience for all elementary students.

Through differentiated instruction, we strive to meet the individual academic and social needs of all students. Our school utilizes multiple performance measures to monitor student progress such as PARCC, NWEA’s MAP, portfolios, journals, rubrics, project-based activities and authentic assessments, all aligned to the NJSLS. By way of leveled instruction, our teachers and support staff provide learning opportunities customized to meet each student’s needs. The Student Growth Objectives (SGO) set in collaboration between each teacher and the principal provide the opportunity to become more acutely aware of each individual’s achievement. In addition, multiple classroom observations and walkthroughs result in regular conversation regarding effective teaching and learning. Student growth through research based, differentiated instruction continues to be the core of National Park School.

Fine Arts at their Finest
In addressing the needs of the whole child, National Park School offers a broad spectrum of programs that are designed to compliment the learning experience.

Our Physical Education/Health Program emphasizes cooperation and offers students opportunities for collaboration and teamwork. Developing lifelong healthy behaviors in our students is the primary goal of our health program with focus on the promotion of healthy eating habits and the importance of an active lifestyle.

Our Visual and Performing Arts areas afford our students with multiple opportunities to excel in the areas of art and music. In addition to weekly music class for all, Fourth through Sixth Grade students may take part in instrumental and choral lessons. The art program exposes students to a wide range of techniques and mediums to enhance their creativity and appreciation of the arts. Projects range from sculptures to paintings to digital stories as students are provided with opportunities to expand their artistic aptitude. These opportunities are integral parts of our daily instruction and we are proud to present such artistic and individualized experiences to all of our students.

Our Superkids Character Education Program is infused throughout all aspects of the school environment. Throughout the school year students are taught the importance of Readiness to Learn, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Citizenship, Caring and Trustworthiness. Students exhibiting model behavior are recognized at Superkids assemblies. This public recognition promotes the character traits that define our students as productive members of their global society.

Embracing the 21st Century
We continue to enhance our technological capabilities as we embrace the 21st Century, both to improve instruction as well as to increase home-school communication. Designed to inform, our website allows users to easily retrieve time-sensitive information regarding all school initiatives and locate important information about the district. In addition, individual teacher websites provide up-to-date information regarding classroom experiences. Parents with students in Grades Three through Six have access to OnCourse Connect, an online system in which parents are able to monitor their child’s academic progress. Students utilize technology in a number of ways to support their educational endeavors. A computer lab, iPads in Pre-K through First Grade and a one-to-one Chromebook initiative in Grades Three and Six allow students at all levels to utilize technology to enhance academics.

A Family Affair
The most important relationships in a child’s life begin with the family. At National Park School, we rely on the support of our families to partner with our staff in promoting the importance of education. From parent-teacher conferences, to concerts and special programs that are offered in our school, parent participation is extremely important to us and vital for our students' success. Many family members regularly volunteer their time to assist in creating a positive school environment.

National Park School benefits from an active Home and School Association (HASA). Comprised of many dedicated parent volunteers, HASA is committed to providing students with opportunities for social engagement as well as dedicating extensive energy to fundraising for school needs. HASA has contributed a substantial portion of funds to provide our students with educational field trips throughout the Garden State. We are grateful for such an involved group of parents!

Patriot Pride
National Park School is an exceptional educational environment thanks to the devoted staff. We take great pride in creating a safe and secure atmosphere in which student learning is MORE meaningful, ongoing, relevant and engaging.