Rockaway Township School District (27-4490)

Rockaway Township School District

Rockaway Township Public Schools-District Report Card Narrative 2016

The mission of the Rockaway Township Public School is to nurture a supportive culture that embraces individual diversity and infuses cutting edge technology that will ensure academic, social and emotional success in a global society. The Rockaway Township staff, in collaboration with the district administration and Board of Education, provides instruction and programs to fulfill the mission of the school district. The Rockaway Township School District community supports the work of our staff and schools, and in so doing, contributes significantly to the success and performance of our students.

Nurturing a Supportive Culture
School district personnel foster a supportive culture through daily classroom instruction as well as through school-wide events throughout the school year. This includes understanding how we live and work in a classroom, in a school and in a community. Supports are provided in many ways and in many areas of the school district to address individual and group academic and social needs.

In partnership with our Parent-Teacher Association, our schools infuse cultural arts experiences, community service opportunities, and school-based celebrations to support student learning and success. The school district also works closely with the Rockaway Township Education Foundation, Rockaway Township Municipal Alliance, and Rockaway Township Substance Abuse Alliance to provide high quality programs for students.

Embracing Individual Diversity
Staff, students, and families participate in many opportunities to work, play, and celebrate school and neighborhood identity and belonging. These opportunities are incorporated through a diverse and welcoming school program including:
• Academic support and interventions
• Special education and related services
• School-based counseling
• School-based clubs and groups
• Fine and performing arts
• Gifted and Talented program
• Wide array of technology applications and platforms

Infusing Cutting Edge Technology
Staff utilizes current technology to personalize educational experiences for our students. Technology tools are used to enhance classroom instruction and promote critical thinking, problem solving skills, and inquiry based learning. The district’s goal is to provide an equitable learning environment with our use of technology to meet students’ academic needs and promote achievement.

Students and staff regularly use:
• Laptop computers
• Tablet devices
• Computer labs for group instruction
• Web 2.0 technologies (i.e. Google Drive, Office 365, etc.)
• Interactive whiteboards
• Assistive technology and support

Ensuring Academic, Social and Emotional Success
The outcome of student success is a direct result of a supportive culture that embraces diversity and allows students opportunities to learn and demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. In order to ensure this success, the Rockaway Township School District places a high emphasis on teacher development and improving instructional practices. Professional development and ongoing training focus on the needs of learners and promoting instructional improvement to meet those needs. Staff members engage in professional learning throughout the school year with colleagues in faculty meetings, grade and content area meetings, in-service offerings and articulation. The goal of placing a high value on professional learning is to directly affect the learning and success of our students.

Programs, services, classroom instruction, and interventions are student centered. With the goal of individual student success, the staff and administration work to promote differentiated approaches to meeting students’ academic, social and emotional success. Parents and staff value communication on student progress and the effort to partner for students’ success.

As author and educator Rick DuFour discusses success in schools, he notes the success or failure of programs and services “depends not on the merits of the concept itself, but on the most important element in the improvement of school – the commitment and persistence of the educators themselves.”

As a school community, we are committed to the success of all of our students. We are honored to serve Rockaway Township and to partner with parents and the community to provide excellent educational experiences for the youth in our community.

Very truly yours,
Dr. Greg McGann
Superintendent of Schools