Springfield Public School District (39-5000)

Springfield Public School District

The Springfield Public Schools has a long tradition of providing our community's young people with an excellent education. Our program is varied and intellectually challenging. We provide a primary school learning environment at the Edward V. Walton School for grades Pre K-2, a student centered intermediate elementary program for grades 3-5 at the James Caldwell and Thelma L. Sandmeier Schools, a diverse and student centered middle school environment at the Florence M. Gaudineer Middle School, and a comprehensive four-year secondary school at the Jonathan Dayton High School. The programs at all schools include the basic subjects but also provides programs in library and research skills, art, music, physical education, guidance, technology, world languages and health education. As the students progress in each level of schooling, extensive opportunities exist for involvement in extracurricular clubs, student government and community service organizations. Enriching learning experiences are also offered through the district's Gifted and Talented programs, school and district wide drama, bands and choirs, high school Advanced Placement courses, on-line courses, and exchange programs with local colleges. The district also offers Career and Technical Education Programs within our comprehensive high school, which includes: Culinary Arts (two or three year program) and Technical Theater (one or two year program). The district continues the evolution of the JDHS Collegiate Academy, which is a by invitation/application only, rigorous academic program for incoming freshman. This program is a four-year syllabus, which these students will follow until graduation. The district has been approved by the NJDOE for this program (JDHS Collegiate Academy) to be a choice school program. In addition, a full array of programs is offered for students requiring specialized instruction in the areas of speech, English as a Second Language, and special education. Our schools and staff have been participating in many innovative programs and have had the advantage of corporate sponsors and grants to advance the district initiatives in technology. This ongoing commitment to creating 21st Century Learners has lead to the district being recognized as the first place winner nationally for small school districts in the 7th Annual Digital School District Survey, sponsored by e.Republic's Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Our commitment to the integration of technology has enabled our students to engage in technology simulations and Internet research. The use of Mimio boards enhance instruction in all classrooms throughout the district. Our wide area fiber optic network provides access in all classrooms to the Internet. Students in grades 6-12 are part of a 1-1 laptop program initiated in the 2005-2006 school year. At the secondary level, technological advances allow our high school to deliver a guidance program which assists our students with college searches and applications, and a host of databases for research in our technology labs, library and classrooms. During the 2010-2011 school year, the Springfield Public Schools fully implemented Studywiz and QUIA, dynamic learning environments that provide an enriched learning environment for students. Springfield is utilizing Common Core Benchmark Assessments through iReady, a measurement tool for documenting student progress toward state standards so that students who need help receive the appropriate instructional interventions. In partnership with Kean University and the Center for Innovative Education, the Springfield Public Schools have taken a leadership role in the creation of 21st Century Schools. In addition to this, Springfield has been chosen to be a charter member of innovateNJ. InnovateNJ is New Jersey's initiative to support innovation and practice by fostering sharing and collaboration, cultivating projects, and convening practitioners and partners. Our active participation in innovateNJ will help facilitate next-generation instructional practices that will promote and heighten the college and career readiness levels of our students. The district can take the most pride in its efforts to continually improve. No matter how well we do, we are always going to strive to do even better. The staff realizes that education is a life-long process; we want our graduates to embrace learning as an integral part of their lives. Our district goals emphasize high expectations for all students, professional development of staff, facilities that support our curricula and the engagement and support of the community. Whether you use our up-to-date web site at http://www.springfieldschools.com, e-mail or our telephone system, we look forward to hearing from you. Your ideas and response to our initiatives foster a climate of cooperation that assists us in making the Springfield Public Schools an excellent place for learning.