WYCKOFF TWP (03-5920)

WYCKOFF TWP

The nationally recognized Wyckoff Public School District has earned a well-deserved reputation for educational excellence placing it among the top-rated academic institutions in the country. The Eisenhower Middle School was designated as a New Jersey Star School and has received the "National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence" award. Eisenhower Middle School was selected as a New Jersey Professional Learning Community (PLC) Lab School and was awarded Benchmark School status in 2008 by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. Sicomac Elementary School was named a New Jersey Department of Education Reward School for High Achievement in 2013. George Washington Elementary received the same recognition for high achievement in 2014.

Staff members throughout the district have received numerous grants and awards including but not limited to New Jersey Best Practices, National Distinguished Principal of the Year from New Jersey, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Milken Foundation, Shell Science Teacher, Fulbright Scholar, Freeman Foundation, Toshiba America Foundation, National Science Foundation Award, Bergen County Utilities Authority and Toyota Tapestry Award. The District Business Office has earned the Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Awards for the last 11 years.

The mission of the Wyckoff Public Schools, a district committed to excellence, is to provide educational experiences, instructional strategies and processes that enable all students PreK-8 to achieve and reach beyond the New Jersey Core Content Standards. These experiences will promote students to succeed intellectually, academically, socially, and emotionally. This will be accomplished in a supportive environment that strengthens self-esteem and motivates students to be life-long learners, enabling them to be successful in an increasingly complex world. We are committed to a strong and comprehensive educational program in conjunction with a learning environment that enhances self-esteem, optimizes each child's potential, develops a life-long love of learning, builds personal responsibility and fosters respect of others. We are committed to the active involvement of a highly competent and caring staff, teamwork, shared leadership, the effective management of resources, and a safe learning environment. We pride ourselves on our dedication to our students, families, community, each other, our profession, and to continuous learning. This K-8 district houses approximately 2,100 students within four (K-5) Elementary Schools and one (6-8) Middle School. The District has an operating budget of $39.0 million.

The District's curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and, where applicable, the New Jersey Common Core Curriculum Standards. The use of educational technology is thoroughly integrated into the curriculum. In partnership with the Wyckoff Education Foundation, the District implemented a pilot iPad tablet program in grades K-8 and a laptop 1:1 program in grades 4 through 7. Assessment is an on-going part of instruction. Teachers use formative and summative assessments to evaluate student learning. Like all New Jersey schools, Wyckoff uses the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The district also uses the online OLSAT-8 cognitive abilities test. Assessment results provide important information to help us monitor and adjust our program of studies for our students. In addition, a full array of formative assessments are used to inform the daily instruction of teachers. Through the use of SMART Goals and Professional Learning Communities (PLC), teachers assess progress of students for learning. To assess the reading growth of all K-5 students, the Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment is administered 2-3 times per year. Words Their Way spelling inventory assessments are used to monitor and evaluate the phonemic awareness and knowledge of word families and spelling concepts of all students K-5. In K-7 mathematics, the district uses the Math in Focus series that emphasizes depth over breadth and places significant value on problem-solving.

In this age of information, we are constantly challenged to provide our students with the appropriate kinds of knowledge, skills and tools that will prepare them for their place as innovators and leaders in the future. Throughout our curriculum, we provide opportunities for students to acquire knowledge and skills as they begin their lifetime of learning. Our programs are developed to reflect current research and best practices, stressing subject integration, cooperative learning strategies, relevance, equity, and increased use of technology. Students acquire the habits of inquiry necessary to prepare them effectively for the technological and information age of the twenty-first century. For the past several years, the emphasis for curriculum and instruction in the Wyckoff Schools has been on learning content more through critical-thinking and problem-solving strategies than through rote learning of facts. Through performance tasks, presentations and portfolios, students reflect upon their acquired knowledge and demonstrate they can apply what they have learned.

All of our schools' classrooms are networked and connected wirelessly to the vast resources of the web. The integration of subject matter and technology has provided teachers with instructional materials that stimulate student interest while challenging their intellect.

The Wyckoff Parent Teacher Organization is an extremely active and vital part of the school district. Parents working together with faculty and administration, volunteer to provide programs and services of enrichment to students. The PTO serves to promote understanding and cooperation among the homes, schools and community. Offerings to enhance the education of our students include after school programs ranging from science to foreign language.

Wyckoff is fortunate to have a district-wide Educational Foundation to assist in funding educational tools for learning. With the community's support, the Wyckoff Educational Foundation has raised over $1.5 million dollars in contributions to the Wyckoff Public Schools. The Foundation has donated in the areas of technology, performing arts, teacher grants, and character education programs.

Finally, our professional staff is continuously engaged in professional development activities including graduate work, in-service programs, district course work, on-going support groups, and special workshops. Four school-based instructional coaches provide job embedded professional development to all elementary classroom teachers. In addition, each summer, creative and dedicated staff members are employed to assess, evaluate and revise selected core curriculum areas. Once this foundation has been established, all staff members are asked for input throughout the year. Most importantly, this process of continuous learning serves as an excellent model for our students and community.

More information about the Wyckoff School District can be found on the district website www.wyckoffps.org or on the New Jersey Department of Education Website www.state.nj.us/education.