Raritan Valley is proud to announce Mrs. Sondra Lougee is our 2015 Governor's Educator of the Year !
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Educating our students... to achieve their maximum
2016-2017 SCHOOL NARRATIVE
Raritan Valley School is a student 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 aligned to the National Common Core State Standards. In addition, RVS is committed to teaching excellence by serving as a Professional Development School in a partnership with Monmouth University. Throughout the year, aspiring teachers enrolled in education classes at the college, have an opportunity to observe and learn from our experienced teaching staff and then, given the chance to work with our students academically.
Our fundamental academic curriculum includes: Reading, Language Arts, Inquiry based Mathematics and Science programs, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Art, Spanish, Vocal/Instrumental Music, Technology and a Harassment Intimidation and Bullying curriculum. This past year we just implemented, in coordination with the YMCA, the Healthy U program. Qualified students also receive services in our Targeted Basic Skills Reading Program, our Enrichment Program and our Resource Centers. Students in the Hazlet District who require small group settings with accommodations that are deemed eligible by the child study team, will be enrolled in one of our three self-contained LLD classrooms. Raritan Valley School is equipped for 21st century learning with wireless internet capability throughout the school with the appropriate bandwidth for fast internet browsing and streaming video. Our teachers are well trained in the use of Google and the educational apps that we are committed to using every day to enhance learning and academic success. Every classroom has a document camera and a smartboard with webcam. We offer our students the opportunity of distance learning through video networking in all of our classrooms. The school is equipped with four carts stocked with iPads and five newly stocked carts with Chromebooks that are compatible with the PARCC assessments. We are proud to continue to utilize our Media Center and its computer station, new leveled reading books, and built-in presentation projector.
During the school year, Raritan Valley School has a variety of activities that are offered to our students and parents that enrich 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, and Transitioning Day, which allows the students to meet their next year teachers before summer recess begins. 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/Art Show, Ladies’ Night, Grandparents’ Day, Mothers’ Day Plant Sale, Dessert With Dad, Field Day and two Family Bingo Nights. Each month, students are awarded Character Trait Awards by their teachers for making good decisions and demonstrating positive character traits. In addition to our character education program, 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 by completing their weekly required reading time logs and are awarded monthly for accomplishing this goal.
At Raritan Valley School, our devoted teaching staff is committed as educators to implement our district’s initiatives. WICOR, Blended Learning, Differentiated instruction, incorporation of technology into the education process, data driven instruction, cross curricular instruction and a commitment to becoming lifelong learners through our very own Professional Development Academy, are all part of our everyday culture. It is our goal to give our students the necessary skills to be successful in the changing world we live in. We are proud to say that we are a member of a school district that has achieved accreditation by the Middle States Association.
The aspiration of Raritan Valley School is to “Educate our students to achieve their maximum potential. It is important to us to provide a concrete educational foundation for our students to be successful. Raritan Valley School is still and always will be “A Good Place to Grow”.