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Title: Oak Tree Elementary School State of the School Report

Oak Tree Elementary SchoolState of the School
Elements of this Report
  • District Overview
  • Oak Tree Mission Statement
  • Oak Tree Demographics/Enrollment
  • Demographic Challenges
  • Oak Tree Programs
  • School Goals
  • Student Assessment Data
  • School Focus 2009-10

District Overview
  • Recognized as one of the most desirable places to
    live in Middlesex County.
  • Monroes excellent schools attract families to
    our community
  • Our community is still growing. For the 2009-10
    school year an additional 176 students are
    projected by the New Jersey Department of

District Overview Continued
  • Our new high school is presently being built with
    an opening date of September 2011.
  • 5 Elementary Schools
  • Applegarth Middle School

Oak Tree Elementary SchoolMission Statement
  • The mission of Oak Tree Elementary School is to
    foster a safe environment where students diverse
    needs are valued. We recognize that students
    learn differently and we share the responsibility
    of addressing these needs with our stakeholders.
    We strive to help our students grow into
    responsible members of our democratic society by
    instilling a love of learning, developing
    character, and encouraging responsibility.

Oak Tree Elementary Student Demographics/Enrollmen
  • Current enrollment 667 students

Demographic Challenges
  • Our community's diversity provides a rich
    learning environment for students and staff. It
    also presents challenges for educators and
    parents as we strive to find ways to overcome
    language barriers and cultural differences. We
    must work together to provide programs and
    supports to meet the needs of our diverse student

School Programs
  • Character Education
  • Character Olympics Monthly activities to foster
    the development of good character including the
    Souper Bowl, Wishing Well, Food Drive Relays,
    and World Series of Books.
  • Students have donated nearly 4000 so far to
    various charities
  • 1156 cans/boxes of food have been donated to
    local families in addition to the McFOODS Food
  • Recently donated books to children at homeless
  • Daily words of wisdom during morning
  • In-class guidance lessons on bullying and
    character development
  • Cultural Arts programs sponsored by the PTA

Student Support Programs
  • Special education programs range from integrated
    pre-school and in-class-resource support to
    pull-out resource center / small group
  • Related services include speech-language
    services, occupational and physical therapies,
    and individual and small-group counseling.
  • Guidance department provides specialized ad-hoc
    student support groups such as new student and
    friendship groups the counselor also provides
    daily homework support. 
  • Our district psychologist facilitates social
    skills and emotional management groups.

Student Support and Enrichment Programs
  • Talented and Gifted Grades 2-6 afterschool
    enrichment in math, language arts, science, and
  • Basic Skills Grades 2-6 afterschool
    reinforcement of instruction in reading and math.
  • Basic Skills and Reading Specialist Grades K and
    1, in school supplemental instruction and support
    in reading and math.

Technology Programs
  • Technology 21st Century Classrooms
  • Every classroom equipped with a laser color
    printer, projector, one instructional computer,
    DVD/VCR player, speakers
  • mobile labs and wireless access throughout the
  • classroom responders- student hand held devises
    that provide immediate feedback on in class
  • Technology Resource Teacher
  • Learnia online formative assessment tool used
    in Grades 3-6 that provides data to teachers
    allowing them to adjust their instruction based
    on the needs of the students in the classroom

Other School Programs
  • Library Media Center
  • The first automated elementary media center in
    the district.
  • Nearly 12,000 titles with over 13,000 books
    signed out by students since September.
  • Media specialist provides instruction to students
    and staff on grade level specific topics.

Other School Programs
  • Math K-5 enVision Math a new math series by
    Scott Foresman. Daily problem based learning
    followed by visual learning strategies that allow
    students to make meaningful connections.
  • Grade 6 Connected Math by Pearson. Students
    develop mathematical thinking and reasoning while
    practicing and maintaining skills.
  • Accelerated Math Grades 5 and 6, preparing
    students for Algebra 1 in grade 7 and ultimately
    Advanced Placement Calculus BC in grade 12.
  • Monroe/Rutgers Mathematics Portfolio Study -
    engages our teachers and students in rich,
    open-ended, problem solving experiences based on
    the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

Other School Programs
  • Language Arts Balanced literacy program with
    the integration of Readers/Writers Workshop
    (Columbia University writing project) and Scott
    Foresman Textbook Series.
  • Teachers use a mini-lesson format to teach
    skills. Students are then provided an
    uninterrupted bank of time to craft, conference
    and revise their writing. Students publish pieces
    across all genres throughout the school year.

Other School Programs
  • Science Inquiry based learning using the
    scientific process, consumable materials, and
    critical thinking skills.
  • Environmental Education Learning about
    recycling is a part of our curriculum.
  • LEEDS Silver certified school, Solar Panels,
    Grey Water System (rainwater).

2008-09 School Goal Narrative Writing
  • By June 2009, 82 of all students in grades K-3
    will demonstrate one point or greater increase on
    the five point NJ Registered Holistic Scoring

    Rubric in the area of Narrative Writing.

2008-09 School Goal - Mathematics
  • By June 2009, 73 of all students in grades 4 to
    6 who are involved in the Rutgers Mathematics
    Portfolio Project will demonstrate a one point
    increase using the 4 point NJ Mathematics Scoring
    Rubric on mathematic post-test of open ended
    items based on New Jersey Core Curriculum Content
    Standards for Mathematics.

Student Assessment Data
  • We have reviewed historical test data from our
    students previous schools.
  • We are gathering data on our students using
    LEARNIA and continuing through standardized
    testing this spring.
  • CogAT- Grade 2 Cognitive Aptitude test
  • NJPASS Grades 1 and 2 district assessment
  • NJASK Grades 3-6 state standardized test

School Focus 2009-10
  • Continued, rigorous and challenging instruction
    and assessment aligned with the NJCCCS.
  • School safety
  • Character education
  • Maintaining an emphasis on cultural diversity
  • Academic goals

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