Franklin Township School District (41-1620)

Franklin Township School District

Background: Franklin Township School is a pre-school through grade six elementary school located in historic Franklin Township in Warren County, New Jersey. Franklin Township is a rural community (24 square miles) situated east of Phillipsburg and the Delaware River, southwest of Washington and northwest of Clinton. Franklin Township encompasses three small rural villages - Asbury, Broadway and New Village. While Franklin Township has experienced some growth over the past few years, the community strives to maintain a small town atmosphere.

Philosophy: Franklin Township School pre-kindergarten through grade six programs are based on the premise that all children can learn at a high level if they are actively engaged in the learning process. Therefore, the district has developed numerous active, meaningful learning experiences, within general education programs, which are aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, PE/Health, and the Common Core Standards in Language Arts and Mathematics. The Franklin Township School Board of Education and school staff embrace the philosophy that all children benefit from an inclusive education. The school community is committed to providing a totally inclusive program for all children. The district wants children to be strong, independent individuals and hopes they will learn to enjoy leisure time and to use it resourcefully. We want our students to be able to function effectively in society and to become young men and women of character - knowing right from wrong, having the courage to stand alone, if necessary, for what they believe is right, and being willing to use their influence for the good of others. The district believes that we have a dynamic, progressive and caring school that values and receives the positive support of our parents and community at large.

Recognition: In past years, Franklin Township School has been the recipient of multiple awards for inclusive education and has produced many Warren County Teachers of the Year. The district has been recognized for our community Tree Lighting ceremony, our Veteran’s Day ceremony and the design, planning and oversight of construction of the Veteran’s Monument at the Franklin Township Municipal Building. In addition, the Family Assistance Network (FAN) received the Nick Cericola Award, the district psychologist became a certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor and the district CST presented inclusive education practices to Centenary College and CASA.

Curriculum: The Franklin Township School curriculum is aligned New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, PE/Health, and the Common Core Standards in Language Arts and Mathematics. Integration of these standards across the curriculum results in a rich and varied educational environment. Technology literacy, consumer, family and life skills and career education are integrated across the curriculum. Staff development is based on the standards as they relate to the needs of students. Enrichment activities abound to implement and supplement the standards. School wide enrichment, after school clubs, focused enrichment for students in academics and the arts, as well as a variety of school wide themes, enhance daily programs in the school. The Pillars of Character and Skills for Growing and Adolescence programs help students to develop a healthy and safe lifestyle.

Assessment: Assessment of student progress toward the state standards is an on-going process that measures individual growth with multiple measures developed by teachers who facilitate learning based on the needs of each student. In the spring, standardized testing is done in grades 3-6. Grades three through six students take PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). These tests are designed to determine, at an early age, strengths and weaknesses for each child. The district utilizes all assessment results to develop strategies and learning activities to meet the needs of each student. In addition to standardized testing, Franklin Township School is dedicated to tracking student progress through the school year without interfering with daily instruction. Each year our students are assessed on their reading level through the Developmental Reading Assessment 2 (DRA2) at the beginning and end of each school year. This helps teachers match students with books on the child’s reading level. In the area of math, students are given a pretest and post-test based on the Common Core Standards for mathematics. Additionally, teachers assess students in their classroom to monitor progress to differentiate their instruction to best meet the needs of each student.

Programs/Partnerships: To facilitate early childhood education for all children in an inclusive setting, the district has implemented a general education preschool program, consisting of a 3-4 year old class and a 4-5 year old class. Preschool students with IEP’s are always programmed through these general education programs when their needs can be met in this home school environment. The school also collaborates with the Hunterdon Arts Museum in Clinton, NJ in designing diverse art programming for students.

In the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school year, Franklin Township School has partnered with the National Writing Project in our school. Teaching staff met and were observed monthly in regards to incorporating Writers’ Workshop into the classroom. This increased our writing scores on standardized tests.

We continued to use this collaborative approach with the Franklin Reading Project during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school year. This idea, based on the practices of the National Writing Project, was implemented to increase our students’ ability to comprehend text.

We are currently in year two or our Fred Jones Tools for Teaching program. This is an after school program to help enhance teaching practices for our students. We thank the Franklin Township Board of Education for continuing to support these unique and exciting school initiatives.

Franklin Township School strives for excellence in all areas for all students and continues to offer a quality inclusive educational program where high expectations result in high achievement. This is an exciting time for Franklin Township School!