- First Grade
- Second Grade
- Third Grade
- Fourth Grade
- Fifth Grade
- Primary and Intermediate Self-Contained
- ESL/Bilingual Program
- Gifted and Talented
- Reading and Math Specialists
- Physical Education
THIRD GRADE CLASSES
Third graders are thriving at Washington Elementary School! Students are utilizing chromebooks to access resources such as Google Classroom, Discovery Education, Raz-Kids, Spelling City, Study Island, Lexia, XtraMath and other content related platforms. Google Classroom serves as an online hub where students and parents can access assignments, applicable media, slideshows and anchor charts to support class lessons, and other tools that students may need to access throughout the year.
We are looking forward to a hands-on science unit that allows students to experience the engineering and design process by planning, building, and revising their innovations. This creative and collaborative structure is a challenging and rewarding time with classmates. This unit focuses on team building, listening, questioning, and building upon the ideas of others.
Third graders are most proud of their incorporation of interdisciplinary accountable talk. Accountable talk encourages children to take ownership of their ideas and requires them to justify their answers with evidence. Students have been utilizing talk stems to politely phrase responses and elaborate with background knowledge and personal experiences.
FOURTH GRADE CLASSES
In 4th grade, our focus is building independent readers, writers, and thinkers! Children are exploring new academic topics and social experiences. Everyday, opportunities are provided for student collaboration and investigation with real-world problems. 4th graders are learning to positively collaborate with their peers and learn interpersonal skills while working on group projects.
After much research, they start learning how to organize information into paragraphs, essays, projects, and presentations that help students synthesize their learning. They develop a writing style where their personality comes through as well as skills to help them edit their work.
PRIMARY & INTERMEDIATE AUTISTIC CLASSES
PA 1: Room 1
Mrs. Nicole Ribaudo
Mrs. Aruna Vegesana
PA-2: Room 104
Mrs. Marion Petraccaro
Mrs.Peggy Russo Mrs. Saadia Rahman
PA3: Room 1b
Mrs. Bridget Auletta
IA: Room 5
Mrs.Lesley Serenyi Mrs. Suzanne Austin
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)/ BILINGUAL CLASSES
What is ESL?
ESL stands for English as a Second Language. The ESL program is designed to support the students whose first language is not English, to become fluent speakers, readers, and writers of English. The ESL program uses only English as the instructional language for eligible students.
Bilingual education is a program in which students are provided instruction in their first language for clarification and English support in order to develop academic skills while acquiring English language skills.
Students are tested for English proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking when they register for school in Edison. At the end of the school year, the students are retested. Testing results, grades, and teacher recommendations determine when a student is ready to exit the program.
What are our goals?
The goal of ESL/Bilingual is to enable ELLs (English Language Learners) to become competent in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehending the English language so that they will be able to participate effectively in the general education program and receive a quality education. High expectations are set for all ELLs while value is placed on their native language and culture.
What is the focus?
ESL and Bilingual instruction focuses on vocabulary and language development strategies to introduce new concepts. Beginning-level ELLs are engaged in using basic social instructional vocabulary, phrases, and sentence structures. As ELLs progress, more complex language forms and uses are taught to support instruction in language arts, math, science, social studies. Working collaboratively gives ELLs the opportunity to strengthen English skills while learning new content. Visual aids, including pictures, diagrams, and charts help students easily recognize essential information. Visuals make both the language and the content more accessible to students.
How do we create meaningful experiences?
The ESL teachers at Washington School help students create meaningful experiences and build upon background knowledge by taking them on educational and relevant field trips. We have taken the students to Sandy Hook Beach to experience the Horseshoe Crab Program, as well as the State Theater and Union County Performing Arts Center to watch performances of children’s literature and Ballet.
The ESL teachers of Washington School thank the parents for their continual support and active participation in their children's education the entire school year.
What resources are available?
ESL Learning and Websites!
GIFTED & TALENTED INFO
The Gifted and Talented Program gives students the opportunity to participate in learning communities that maximize their individual potential. The students are engaged in learning experiences that allow them to use their creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning skills while demonstrating their willingness and ability to plan, monitor and evaluate their own learning experiences. They are given the opportunity to successfully interact with others in enrichment activities that expose them to a broad array of academic, social, cultural and technological topics.
Students in grades 3-5 benefit from working with the Gifted and Talented teacher, Mrs. Marzano, in smaller class sizes outside the general education classroom once a week for one and half hours. The school year is split into three units: Math, Engineering (iSTEM), and Language Arts.
The students utilize a problem-based learning approach to math while addressing the Common Core State Standards at higher grade levels. Project M³: Mentoring Mathematical Minds is a research-based mathematics program for gifted and talented students in grades 3, 4, and 5 that is used as the cornerstone for the math unit.
Math Unit Breakdown by Grade:
3rd Grade - Measurement
4th Grade - Algebra
5th Grade - Probability
The students also experience a unit of iSTEM (integrative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that provides opportunities to participate in the creative design process that extends the science curriculum. They use EiE: Engineering is Elementary, which is a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics, while integrating social studies and language arts.
iSTEM Unit Breakdown by Grade:
3rd Grade - Water, Water Everywhere: Designing Water Filters
4th Grade - A Slick Solution: Cleaning an Oil Spill
5th Grade – “Engineering Our Passion” Project
To meet the new challenges of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and 21st Century Skills, the students engage in units designed to allow them to work at higher grade levels of standards.
Language Arts Unit Breakdown by Grade:
3rd Grade - Research
4th Grade - Public Speaking
5th Grade - Debates
Grade 2 students will benefit from a G & T teacher visiting the classrooms in a push-in model to provide additional differentiated instruction in either Math or Language Arts.
The Gifted and Talented Program ensures that identified students are challenged in addition to the already rigorous elementary curriculum. Any student in grades Kindergarten through grade five are provided the opportunity to participate in an Extension Challenge Project and are supported in their classroom by their teacher in consultation with the Gifted and Talented teacher.
Click HERE for the Extension Challenge Project
The Gifted and Talented Curriculum Guide will continue to grow and evolve as the program strives to meet the needs of its gifted learners.
Edison Township Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program: https://www.edison.k12.nj.us/gt
Speaking, hearing and understanding language are essential to academic achievement and social adjustment. Children with communication disorders benefit from specialized speech/language services as part of their school education program. These services are designed to help the student attain communication skills appropriate to his or her age or cognitive level. Speech/language specialists provide services to students identified with specific needs.
At Washington School, two Speech/Language Specialists are available to service the children in need of speech/language therapy.
Speech/language specialists provide the following school services:
- Identification of students with communication problems through Intervention and Referral services
- Assessment and diagnosis of student communication behaviors and needs with the use of standardized tests, informal and functional observations
- Creating goal-based remediation through an Individual Education Program (IEP)
- Consultations with child study team members and classroom teachers
- Periodic re-evaluation
Following referral and evaluation, students may be classified Eligible for Speech-Language Services. The child's speech and/or language must impact on their educational performance in order to be eligible for services. Services are then provided based on an IEP developed by the speech/language specialist in conjunction with parents and teachers.
The population of students serviced in the school would include those demonstrating articulation disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders, and language difficulties (unrelated to a second language learner). Direct intervention services are provided in a variety of school settings to students who may have language disabilities and include the self-contained program for Children with Autism.
The students have Spanish class once a week for a forty-five minute period. Spanish class is conducted in a total immersion environment where I speak, instruct and conduct all lessons and activities in Spanish. Students are engaged in thematic units with relevant vocabulary that is spiraled, recycled and built upon from unit to unit and from year to year.
Throughout the course of the school year, students will be covering several units in each grade level:
First Grade: basic vocabulary introduction (colors, numbers, shapes, greetings), farm animals and opinion chunks, butterfly life cycle, fruits and opinions.
Second Grade: Body parts, all about me unit including physical and personality traits, activities, and opinions about activities
Third Grade: School supplies, school rules, food, the food pyramid and opinions about food
Fourth Grade: Puerto Rico (tropical fruit, carnaval, and animals that live in Puerto Rico)
Fifth Grade: Mexico (Dia de los muertos), Spanish Speaking countries, and an all about me unit encompassing all that they have learned in elementary school.
Additionally, throughout the course of the year, students accumulate the work that is completed in a notebook portfolio that travels with them from first through fifth grade.
Visual Art Information
The Elementary Visual Art Program provides a wonderful foundation that is aligned to the New Jersey Core Content Standards. The students learn, apply, and build on the elements of art and principles of design as they go from grades 1 through 5. They develop their skills through introduction to a wide variety of art materials that further enhance their experiences and exploration. In addition, the students increase their aesthetic awareness through their exposure to the history of art and artists along with the cultures, styles and art forms. It is an elementary program with instructional goals that will often cross curriculum into math, science, language arts, and history.
The Visual Art Curriculum begins in Grades 1-2 with the study of the Elements of Art: line, shape, color and space. Also, when applicable, texture and form. In Grades 3-5, as the art elements are further explored, the Principles of Design: balance, unity, movement, contrast and emphasis are introduced as the roles they play in the creation of art work.
1st graders will delve into all art mediums ranging from oil pastels to watercolor and glitter crayons to model magic. Each lesson will build upon the next and create a confidence and mindfulness to want to enjoy at making processes as they go to 2nd grade. Students will challenge themselves with collaborative projects to develop interpersonal skills, including 4th grade freestanding Aaron Curry sculptures and sculpture group donut boxes.
All in all, the Elementary Visual Art Program provides the students with a very well rounded and balanced experience. The artistic opportunities to create and express themselves enhance visual awareness and develop their own confidence, knowledge and skills in the visual arts!
Grade 1: art room routines, introduction to line, shape, primary colors, mixing to get the secondary colors, realistic art, non-objective art, seasonal artworks, collage, cutting, and gluing. Students will also be able to enjoy art as a therapy and mindful activity. As well as they will learn to become more visually aware and confident in their artmaking skills. (Multimedia Guitars, Sol Lewitt Line Drawings, Positivity Paintings, Nature Prints inspired by Andy Warhol, Model Magic Sculptures ect.)
Grade 2: more about line and shape, some colors can be warm or cool, realistic vs. non-objective art, 2-D art is flat, 3-D art is sculpture and can be made out of many different materials, seasonal artworks, multimedia collage. They will continue improving skills in cutting, gluing, painting, and drawing. Students will begin to delve deeper into artists and art history and begin their journey into arts as a career. (Zentangles, Cats vs. Dogs, Eric Carle Multimedia Collage Fish, Radial Balance Printmaking Designs,
Grade 3: principles of design; balance, movement, unity, contrast and emphasis, are added to the art elements, painting, twilight skies and interesting trees with branches of “lines,” owls in clay relief (sculpture raised from a background), collage snowglobes, gluing, Picasso inspired portraits, wire fish with a nod to Alexander Calder, coloring, drawing, cutting; realizing that following directions increases success!
Grade 4: continued work with the principles of design, art elements, repeated line design, printmaking with leaves, 1pt. perspective drawing, shading, relief, figure drawing, wire figure sculptures, crayon and watercolor flowers inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, painting, paper animation; added confidence in what they can do!
Grade 5: art elements and principles of design, a variety of possibilities of assignments from drawing, cut paper panels in the style of Henri Matisse, personalized paper reliefs, aluminum relief, winter birch trees, and wizard sculptures; successful, individual, personal pieces that are an accomplished finish to their elementary art career!
Vocal/General Music Information
My name is Mrs. Rokosz and I am Washington School’s Vocal/General music teacher. The primary goal of vocal/general music is that over five years, students will develop not only a love and appreciation for music, but a solid foundation in the basic knowledge, skills and techniques used by musicians. This will include exploring musical works, composers, performers, cultures and history. Students will also learn to read and perform music in class and at performances during the year. Many times the students will cross different subject areas such as social studies, science, mathematics and language arts while following the New Jersey Core Content Standards.
In the first and second grades, there will be vocal development through singing games and the exploration of basic music fundamentals. Students will begin to read simple rhythms and melodies. Students will also play percussion instruments and participate in activities that inspire expressive movement.
During the third grade, students will continue their music enrichment and build upon skills acquired in previous years. They will start reading complex rhythms and even start composing their own music. The students will learn about instruments of the orchestra which may inspire them join the school’s band or orchestra in 4th grade.
By fourth and fifth grade, students will continue to build a solid foundation in the fundamentals of music. They will learn about music history, genres, and composers. Students will continue to learn about using their voice as a powerful instrument to express themselves. Fourth and fifth graders will be invited to participate in the school chorus where they will apply their knowledge and skills in two performances a year. Whether students participate in chorus or not, students leaving the fifth grade will have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music which they will take with them on their journey to middle school.
Friday, January 17th- Kids Heart Challenge Kick-off Assembly
Friday, February 14th- Kids Heart Challenge Event During Special
Please wear sneakers on your assigned days of the week following the Specials Rotation Schedule.