Marian Emmons McKeown Elementary School in Newton, NJ, is committed to providing our Kindergarten through grade six students with skills which create a comprehensive educational background by adapting curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of our 21st century learners. All students are encouraged to become active, self-confident learners, to be enthusiastic about their education and to love learning. The curriculum is aligned with Common Core State Standards.
The school is located in the heart of Sussex County. The school features open, rolling grounds for outdoor student activities. A warm, friendly environment is created through an open concept media center centralized in the school. Individual ceramic tile artwork completed by students who attended the school continues to be added every year to the corridors.
The teachers and support staff are among the finest in the field of education. All teachers must meet state certification standards. Support staff are all certified as “educational paraprofessionals.” Throughout all instructional areas and within each grade level, teachers design modifications for all levels of students. Pre and post assessments in mathematics and language arts are determined using Renaissance Learning, Star 360; PALS assessments in kindergarten; and grade level writing assessments are used to assess student skill levels and to enrich teaching and learning. In language arts, students acquire skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students use connected mathematics which follows benchmarks of the Common Core State Standards. A comprehensive science program provides students with hands-on learning completing projects and experiments. Students participate in STEM classes to promote and enhance the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematical skills. Important skills including finding information, analyzing and synthesizing information to solve real world problems is always emphasized. In Social Studies students are encouraged at all levels of the importance of good citizenship, social responsibility and student respect. Students participate in various community services activities including the celebration of Veterans Day in which the outside community becomes involved. Each grade level has time allotted each week for physical education, art, music, computers, Spanish, and library. Basic Skills Instruction and Special Education Services are provided for students with special needs including speech, and occupational therapy.
Technology is integrated into the curriculum with wireless capabilities throughout the school, interactive whiteboards in classrooms, and document cameras. Portable laptop and IPad carts are also available to classroom. The newest addition of providing 1:1 Chromebooks for grades 4 through 6 have been implemented for the purpose of exposing our student to various Goggle Document Applications. These skills are being implemented within the various content areas and will also aid with standardized testing. Students can take advantage of 24 Apple computers in the computer/technology lab along with interactive SMART technology which promotes interactions to multimedia resources. The computer/technology lab provides students with the opportunity to learn keyboarding, and Microsoft applications include Word, Excel and PowerPoint, to create projects. The school provides a weekly, online newsletter to communicate with parents which is available on our school website.
The media center provides students with the opportunity to read for pleasure as well as conduct research. A literary collected which supports the language arts curriculum and other curricular areas promote the love of reading for our students. There are 25 Fire Fly computers in the media center for student use as well as an interact whiteboard to view presentations and to interact with the global community.
Extra-curricular activities allow students to participate in clubs and organizations after school. This includes Band, Choral, Kids Yoga, Crafts Club, Environment Club, Robotics, Drama, TREPS, Yearbook, and other clubs. Each month, students may be nominated to receive an “Awesome Attitude Award.” One person from each grade level is nominated by grade level teachers to receive this award based on students who have displayed having a positive attitude.
An active, McKeown Elementary, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is an important parent organization of the school. This organization provides fund raising activities to support various activities during the school year which enriches our students’ educational experiences.
The school community is supported by the town officials who work cooperatively with the school and prides itself with offering community-based programs to children of all ages. Working in conjunction with the middle school and high school, various programs year-round, provide activities and opportunities to students to grow and take pride in their school community. Students continue their education by attending the Kittatinny Regional High School facility which serves students in grades 7-12.