Academics

Our curriculum is driven by the New Jersey Learning Standards. Teachers develop lessons from district curriculum to ensure effective learning opportunities for our students. Our basic curriculum includes language arts literacy, math, science and social science.

Language Arts Literacy

With our curriculum, we will build a strong foundation in literacy for our children. With a balanced literacy approach, we incorporate guided reading, shared reading, independent reading, interactive read aloud texts, and word study into our language arts block. Our district uses the Collaborative Classroom program to help children develop their literacy skills with Being a Reader, Making Meaning and Being a Writer components of the program. We utilize the Fundations program as part of our language arts instruction. Fundations provides research-validated strategies for K-2 with phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling to serve the needs of all young learners.

In K-3 classes, student reading levels are assessed three times a year using the research based Developmental Reading Assessment 2 (DRA2) and Renaissance STAR Reading Assessment for 1st-5th graders. These assessment tools enable teachers to identify students' reading achievement, document progress, and modify teaching methods to plan and implement instruction.

Mathematics

For K-5 math instruction, we are using the GO Math! program as a teaching resource this year. GO Math! is a comprehensive K-5 mathematics program developed to support the NJ Learning Standards and the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points. The program emphasizes essential questions and big ideas with the depth of understanding as the goal. Students in first through fifth grade are assessed through the GO Math! program and Renaissance Learning STAR Math to monitor progress and adjust instructional support.

Science & Social Studies

Often these subjects are the organizer of a classroom's themes because they most represent the child's world. Teachers use the standards to incorporate opportunities for our children to interact with the real world around them. Many science and social studies concepts are integrated into our reading and writing instruction. The social studies standards are further enhanced through our Global Studies Magnet theme. The district follows the Next Generation Science Standards and uses the FOSS Science program to reinforce the standards and provide hands-on scientific explorations in grades K-5.

Related Arts Classes

The Related Arts classes at Northeast are an integral part of each child's academic experiences. All students receive weekly instruction in music (vocal and instrumental), physical education, library, art, technology, and Spanish World Language. The related arts teachers work closely with the classroom teachers to integrate learning themes and activities. Also, all students participate in a weekly Global Studies class as part of our magnet theme and students in grades 4 & 5 have the opportunity to participate in our instrumental band program.

Homework

Homework is given to reinforce skills taught in school as well as to teach students responsibility for their learning. As per the district Homework/Make-Up Work Policy, P-6154, the Board of Education believes that homework “provides an opportunity to broaden, deepen and reinforce the pupil's knowledge”. The amount and type of homework will vary and increase as students progress through grade levels.

We also strongly encourage that every child reads at home daily. Children can enjoy listening to you read aloud; they can read to you and they should read independently.

We do not assign homework over the weekends or during holiday/vacation breaks.

Projects: Out of school projects are NOT assigned at Northeast School. This is to encourage integrated project work at school as part of the learning day and to limit the time and expense that families incur to complete these projects.

Homework Requests for Unexcused Absences: Teachers will not provide work ahead of time if you are taking your child out of school for a vacation or trip that you have scheduled when school is in session. Children will make up missed work when they return.

Teachers will review their expectations for homework at the Annual Back-to-School Night. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's homework.

Report Cards

Report cards are completed three times during the school year. Our report cards are standardized across the district. The numbers and letters used for the keys (developmental/behavioral) should not be viewed as grades. There is no relationship between those numbers and letters, and numerical or letter grades. The report card reflects our efforts to give you an accurate and on-going assessment of your child's academic, social, and emotional progress. Families can access student report cards through Genesis.

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