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2013-2014 SCHOOL NARRATIVE
Raritan Valley School is a child centered Elementary School (Grades 1-4) which offers a balanced academic curriculum and a number of varied social learning activities for our students. The district-wide comprehensive curriculum is now being aligned to the National Common Core State Standards.
Our fundamental academic curriculum includes: A Harassment Intimidation and Bullying curriculum, Reading, Language Arts, Inquiry based Mathematics and Science programs, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Art, Spanish, Vocal/Instrumental Music and Technology. Qualified students also receive services in our Targeted Basic Skills Reading Program, our Enrichment Program and our Resource Centers. Raritan Valley School is equipped for 21st century learning with wireless internet capability throughout the school with updated increased bandwidth, newly installed smartboards with webcams that offer the students the opportunity of distance learning through video networking are in all of our classrooms and two carts stocked with net book computers that can be used in any room. We are proud to continue to utilize our Media Center and it's computer station, Ipad carts and a built-in presentation projector.
During the school year, Raritan Valley School has a variety of activities that are offered to our students and parents which enhance the education process. Those that have taken place this past year are First Grade Orientation for all new incoming grade one students, Back to School Night which gives an opportunity to all parents to meet our staff, Class Visitation Day which occurs during American Education Week, Week of Respect and Anti School Violence Awareness Week. We also have Fall and Spring Beautification Day, two Spelling Bees, Parent/Student Activity Night, Halloween Parade, Holiday Shop, Winter and Spring Concerts, Supply Closet, Book Fair, Science Fair, Ladies’ Night, Grandparents’ Day, Mothers’ Day Plant Sale, Dessert With Dad, Field Day, Geography Bee and our Jeopardy event. Each month, students are awarded Character Trait Awards by their teachers for making good decisions and demonstrating positive character traits. In addition, Raritan Valley is a Bucket
Filling School. Our fourth graders compete in an annual spelling bee that begins in our school and ultimately may give them the opportunity to compete at a national level. All of our students are challenged to increase their independent
reading time and are awarded monthly for accomplishing this goal.
The aspiration of Raritan Valley School is to provide the best possible educational experience for each and every student. It is important to us to provide a concrete educational foundation for our students to reach their full academic potential. Raritan Valley School is “A Good Place to Grow”.