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WE ARE LEARNING TO SUCCEED EVERY DAY!
 
Upper Township Elementary School is a vibrant place where teachers, students, families, and community members work together as a team to promote a love of learning!
 
This year, our students continue to take advantage of the many exciting learning opportunities that we are proud to offer to them.  At the Elementary School, we emphasize student ownership of learning and provide opportunities for our students to learn and challenge each other.  We are enthusiastic about what we do and convey high expectations for all students.  We strive to create and maintain a school environment that promotes respect and caring as well as responsibility and academic integrity.  The administration, teachers, and staff work to empower students to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom.  Students are our main focus and we work hard to engage them in meaningful educational experiences in order to prepare them for a successful future. 
 
Education is a Family Affair!
The most important relationships in a child’s life begin with the family.  At Upper Township Elementary School, we rely on the support of our families to partner with our staff in promoting the importance of education. We are grateful for the parents and families that make what we do at Upper Township possible.  This is an exciting time in their children’s lives and we are privileged to be a part of it.  From parent-teacher conferences to the many concerts and special programs that are offered in our school, parent participation is extremely important to us.   We have district, school, and teacher websites that are designed to inform, update, and offer families opportunities to learn about curricular goals, school programs, and classroom projects.  Parents can stay informed about their children’s current academic progress through On Course and the Parent Portal, our interactive Data Management System.
 
Instructional Initiatives
The Elementary School curriculum has been aggressively modeled after the Common Core Standards.  Our Language Arts Program places an emphasis on reading and writing through a balanced literacy approach.  Students participate in Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Literature Circles, Word Study, Fundations, and Writers Workshop.  Our Mathematics Program energizes our students by emphasizing real world applications of mathematics as well as focusing on basic skills.  We are proud to offer comprehensive Science and Social Studies Programs as well as a World Language experience for all grades.  We encourage the differentiation of instruction across the curriculum.  Our school uses multiple measures to assess student progress including benchmarking, rubrics, projects and authentic assessment, as well as standard assessments from curriculum-based materials.  Through differentiated instruction, our teachers and support staff provide learning opportunities customized to meet each child’s needs!
 
Fine Arts at their Finest!
In addressing the needs of the whole child, Upper Township Elementary School offers a broad spectrum of programs that are designed to compliment the learning experience.
 
Our Physical Education/Health Program emphasizes cooperation and offers students opportunities for collaboration and teamwork.  Specialized units of study help to keep the excitement level high.  They include instructional units in disability awareness, summer and winter Olympics, and lifetime sports.  Our health program focuses on personal health and disease prevention with age appropriate instruction provided by health specialists.  Developing lifelong positive healthy behaviors in our children is the primary goal of our program.  This includes instruction in healthy eating habits and the importance of an active lifestyle.
 
Our Visual and Performing Arts Areas afford our children opportunities to excel in the areas of art and music.  Students are provided with performance opportunities through concerts and school presentations throughout the year.    Instrumental music lessons are offered to all students in fifth grade with more than 50 percent of our students actively participating in instrumental music.  Our fourth and fifth grade students are offered the opportunity to take part in our school choir.  Both the instrumental and vocal programs are exciting and integral parts of instruction.  Our Art Program is based on a theme approach that extends into the classroom.  Art projects including paint, sculpture, and mural designs and are based on this theme.  
 
Our Instructional Media Center offers our students an ever-expanding resource for research and for pure reading enjoyment!  Students have the opportunity to use cutting edge technology for research as it relates to their instructional needs.  Our library receives great financial support through fundraisers that go to the expansion of our library book offerings and technology.
 
Our Technology Program has grown to meet the needs of our students by providing safe, filtered Internet access in all classrooms.   All students receive supplemental computer experiences on a regular basis with a qualified technology instructor.  Our staff has embraced the advancements in technology and has applied them to their classroom research and instruction.  All classrooms at the Elementary School are equipped with SMART Boards, which serve to enhance instruction and ultimately impact student performance.  Teachers and staff have developed interactive websites that keep families informed of pertinent information relating to their children.  All students at the Elementary School work on laptop computers each day as we are a one to one school.
 
Community and School Partnerships
Our school's successes are enhanced through partnerships between the school and the community it serves. Our active Intergenerational Program brings together our children and senior citizens to share their life experiences with each other on a regular basis.  Together they learn from each other!   
 
Character Counts!
Our Character Education Program is infused throughout all aspects of the school environment.  Monthly themes include respect, responsibility, caring and cooperation.  Monthly assemblies celebrating good school citizenship are a highlight.  We feel that promoting positive character development has potential to instill positive values in our children that will serve them well into the future!  The Elementary School promotes positive behavior through our STARs program which stands for Safe, Team Players, and Respect.  UTES has received an honorable mention toward becoming a New Jersey School of Character.
 
Community Support
We are blessed to have the active support of our Upper Township families in all of our educational initiatives.  Our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) continues to support our children through fund-raising, activity organization, and more importantly, through the support of our teachers.  Each classroom is supported by a room parent coordinator who helps the teachers advocate for our school and our children!
 
Advocating for Improvement
The decision-making process in Upper Township Elementary School is based on a collaborative model.  Our Site Based Team, which is comprised of community members, parents, Board of Education representatives, administration, and professional staff, meets regularly to advocate for the support of our school and its programs.  Staff input is an integral part of this process.  This check and balance approach helps to ensure openness and the continual evaluation of our student needs.
 
Safety and Security
The safety and security of our students and staff is our number one priority!  All areas of our building, both inside and outside, are monitored by security cameras at all times.  The main entrance of the Elementary School is also equipped with a security device which allows us to screen guests prior to allowing them entrance to the building.  All students and staff are familiar with our safety procedures.  The school community has adopted these safety procedures as enhancements to their children’s welfare.
 
In conclusion, the Upper Township Elementary School continues to offer its children a well-rounded education that seeks to address the needs of the whole child.  Our staff is committed to the educational and emotional welfare of the children placed in our care.  Our theme of "Learning to Succeed" is actualized each day! 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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