Dear Parents, Guardians, and Dogwood Hill Community,
It is with great pride and excitement that I welcome you to the 2018-19 school year and the Dogwood Hill School website. This site provides a central location for parents, community members, and students to obtain information about our school and access resources available to facilitate the educational process.
A continued area of focus for Dogwood Hill is our balanced literacy program. Utilizing the Teachers College Readers and Writers Workshop model of instruction as the basis for our program, we provide opportunities for all students to progress at a rate that caters to their individual needs. One component of the program includes the Teachers College reading assessment. It is used to monitor reading progress at multiple points throughout the year. This allows our teachers to identify student growth and assist students in the selection of “just right” books. Thank you to the PTO and all of the families who have donated books to enhance our leveled classroom libraries and increase the resources available for our students.
Math in Focus is the program utilized to facilitate math instruction in grades K-5. This addresses the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) and contains differentiated activities to meet the needs of all students. Over the summer our math department developed common assessments for each grade level to gain a more accurate gauge of student progress throughout the year. Our teaching staff continues to analyze student work and assessments to continuously improve instruction and increase student achievement as a professional learning community.
Our science program has been augmented to include Discovery Education and updated FOSS kits to meet the requirements of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The addition of both components to our curriculum fosters a student-centered, hands-on approach to science.
Throughout the school day, students are exposed to different areas of our district curriculum according to the NJSLS. This includes Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Art, Music, World Language, and Library. Technology is also integrated into our curriculum as we continue to develop 21st-century learners. We strive to provide educational experiences to develop well-rounded students who are prepared for the next step of their educational journey at Valley Middle School.
Along with the curricular experiences describe above, we work hand in hand with the Dogwood Hill PTO to provide various enriching opportunities for our students throughout the year. Whether it is an engaging assembly or an evening event, the PTO is there to support interaction between educators and families within the Dogwood Hill community.
Thank you for exploring our website, and we look forward to working together to ensure a successful school year for our students!