More Than Just Meeting Academic Potential
In developing an appropriate mission statement for Hampton Public School, it was important that we had a clear vision of teaching expectations, what vital academic experience should be included and more specifically, how those goals could be achieved. To read more about basic elementary school programs visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elementary_school.
Every public school must meet the core learning requirements outlined in federal law. In New Jersey, the state has expanded those minimal requirements and included an educator evaluation format to help our parents and principles to know that our children’s teachers are using all their skills in the classroom. Most of the teachers at Hampton Public School exceed all the minimums and find creative ways to teach.
Everyone on our staff strives to do encourage each student to reach their greatest potential in every academic experience. Then, they go one step further through the use of games, stories, pictures and personal experiences of other children of the same age to propel their students’ interest in the curriculum.
Academic Experience Is More than Book Learning
At one time, school systems focused on the “three R’s” believing that the primary purpose of education was to teach students the basics in order that they could follow directions at work. As our society has become more global, the so-called basics of education have expanded to meet some of those needs. At Hampton Public School, we redefined academic experience to more accurately reflect the work world of the adults that they will become.
Every sound, voice, person and food that touches a child’s life during his time in school is considered an academic experience. Our school setting teaches children positive methods of speaking to adults and other children. The food that they eat at school is accompanied by discussions about the nutritional value of that food and what that vitamin or mineral does for their bodies. They learn to recognize the subtle tones of approval and are encouraged to approve of their friends and family.
Expanding Academic Experience to Include Parents
It is a well-documented fact that those students whose parents are involved with their school and what they are learning on a day-to-day basis do better scholastically than students who do not have that home support. The reality is that many of our students are in one-parent homes where the parent works extended hours and gets home in time to say goodnight. These parents are unable to take an hour off from work, perhaps jeopardizing their job and meet with a teacher for an hour or attend a PTA meeting. To involve our students’ parents in their child’s academic experience, we are using the internet and other methods of getting parents involved.
Parents now have the ability to download files from our schools website that will enhance their child’s learning. The parents are kept fully informed by email and text messaging about events and homework assignments. There are links for fun and easy scientific experiments that parents can do with their child on the parent’s day off. There are free story books that are age appropriate that can be downloaded or read from the site and the teachers make suggestions that will enhance the lessons that children worked on during the week. Lessons even include things about future occupations sponsored by several companies including CVS through their CVS careers initiative.
Age Appropriate Elementary Studies
Students love to learn when they know that they are succeeding in a subject. Not all students will enjoy math. Not all students will look forward to social studies. But, all students will look forward to at least two subjects in any given curriculum. All children achieve the most when they are studying subjects of interest. Teachers encourage students during individual settings by combining their favorite subjects with the more difficult ones. This method of assisting students helps them to exceed their potential and creates a positive academic experience.