REPORT CARD NARRATIVES
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (13 1210 060)
Characterized by the spirit of an experienced, energetic, enthusiastic staff, a network of devoted PTA volunteers/supportive parents, and an energetic, eager to learn student body, the George Washington Carver Institute of Science and Technology community strives to foster an exemplary elementary school. Carver’s Pre-K – Grade 5 educational program is designed to achieve success relative to the New Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards, the Common Core State Standards and the district wide assessments. Our administrators and staff engage in continuous professional learning/development in order that we are equipped to effectively lead, teach, uphold and enhance the rigorous district curricula.
There is a productive atmosphere at Carver. A recent survey of staff revealed that the morning is the time of the school day most enjoyed by the majority of staff. This is the time when they greet parents and students and the alliance between home and school is strengthened. A strong work ethic is apparent throughout the school. This is largely a result of a staff which is 100% “Highly Qualified”, demonstrating a desire for excellence. A deep commitment is placed upon providing unique professional development opportunities which are often embedded in the daily instructional activities. Students are held accountable for high standards of performance and achievement.
With Science and Technology integrated throughout the curriculum, cross-curricula instructional strategies are utilized in a student centered, problem solving, and project-driven instructional approach. At Carver, there is an emphasis upon the assessment of and teaching to the learning styles of each and every child. An analysis of the 2012 grades 3 to 5 Learning Styles Inventory has revealed that approximately 80% of our students are visual learners. In response, teachers’ lesson plans and classroom instruction reflect more use of artifacts, pictures and video clips to introduce a concept, increased use of overhead computers, IPADS and Smart Boards in math and literacy instruction, and more visualizing/verbalizing techniques.
Literacy is the major event of the day. We strive to foster a balanced literacy program which focuses on Guided Reading and writing throughout the curriculum. An analysis of student assessment data highlights students’ strengths and/or areas needing improvement. We are happy to report that the Quest (Gifted and Talented) Program at Carver has expanded. The number of high achievers has nearly doubled from prior years. The Achieve 3000 computer assisted instruction program has become a favorite of students in grades 3-5.
There is a commitment at Carver to utilize assessment data to inform instruction. Each teacher in the building has developed at least two (2) Student Growth Objectives for his/her classroom as a result of “drilling down into data” about the class. We at Carver are proud to report that our school had the second highest number of elementary students throughout the District achieving “Advanced Proficiency” on the 2012 NJASK . Data analysis has revealed that teaching and student achievement continues to show improvement at George Washington Carver Institute of Science and Technology.
George Washington Carver Institute of Science and Technology boasts that “Parents Are Always Welcomed.” Back to School Night is consistently well attended and the attendance at PTA meetings and parent workshops is significantly increasing. Parents are invited to and are present in impressive numbers at student achievement assemblies, grade level theme assemblies, Science and Math Fairs, and Parent Workshops. Our Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) is growing stronger and more active. We have evidenced a rise in parent participation and support of annual events such as the candy drive, school picture drive, breakfast program, and holiday parties. We are grateful for our parent participation, which has contributed positively to the overall school climate.
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Sharon Davis, Principal
School District and School Grades Required by
The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act
Beginning with the September 2011-2012 school year, George Washington Carver
Institute has conscientiously implemented the requirements found in the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.
During the first two years of implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, our school has made progress in addressing and improving harassment, intimidation, and bullying and the school climate and culture by educating staff, students, and parents. We have also implemented various programs that help to prevent incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying.
“While completing the Self-Assessment, we learned that our school has demonstrated strengths in these areas: HIB Programs, Approaches or Other Initiatives and Curriculum and Instruction on HIB and Related Information and Skills.
“The Self-Assessment helped our school to identify the following area for improvement. Other Staff Instruction and Training Programs.
During the upcoming year, our school will be working towards and seek involvement in improving professional development for our School Safety Team.
George Washington Carver’s score is 62/75.
The East Orange School District’s score is 55/75.
Our Student Creed
I know I'm Special as can be;
Cause I've got that George Washington Carver Pride in me!
My mind's a pearl, my aim is high.
My goals might even reach the sky!
I come to school with all the rest,
to listen, look, learn, and do my best.
Respecting my teachers and my classmates too,
And of course myself in all I do.
My uniqueness is what I bring,
And I can accomplish anything.
I've got that power! George Washington Carver Power!
I've got that pride! George Washington Carver pride;