UPPER FREEHOLD REGIONAL (25-5310)

UPPER FREEHOLD REGIONAL

UPPER FREEHOLD REGIONAL (25-5310)


Upper Freehold Regional School District
2014-15
Report Card Narrative

DISTRICT
The Upper Freehold Regional School District provides all students PreK-12 with a comprehensive learning experience in a nurturing and personalized setting. The district is distinguished by its emphasis on academic excellence, instructional best practice, and the development of both creativity and character. Serving approximately 2,400 students, the district provides all students with a rich, rigorous, comprehensive and caring educational learning environment.

SCHOOLS
The district's families are served by three schools. Students in pre-kindergarten through grade 4 attend Newell Elementary School, and students in grades 5-8 attend the state-of-the-art Stone Bridge Middle School. The Allentown High School (AHS) welcomes students from Allentown, Upper Freehold, and Millstone as well as qualified Choice students from communities within a twenty mile radius of our campus. Allentown High School operates on a modified block schedule with some classes meeting for a semester and others meeting every other day for a full year. All members of our learning community are inspired and highly motivated to work together for the common good of all our children.

PROGRAMS
The district is known for the innovation and excellence of its programs at both the K-8 and high school level.

Language Arts
Our language arts program at the K-8 level is based on the Teachers College model of reading and writing workshop. Students receive explicit instruction in reading and writing strategies and apply those strategies to reading high quality literature at their own reading level or on writing topics they have chosen to write about. Students also receive phonics instruction through the Foundations Program in grades K-2 and engage in Word Study in grades 3-8. At the high school level, students have the opportunity to take honors and AP English, as well as numerous electives ranging from Creative Writing to Literature and Film.

Mathematics
Our elementary Envisions Math Program balances quick and accurate computation with creative problem-solving. The program has a strong technology component with video clips and smartboard graphics serving as integral aspects of the instructional process. Students with demonstrated motivation and high ability in mathematics are eligible to participate in the Advanced Level Math program, which serves grades 3-7. Many of these students will go on to take Algebra in grade 8. Once in high school, students pursue requirements in algebra, geometry, and algebra II. They also can challenge themselves with elective courses such as pre-calculus, AP calculus, and AP statistics. When qualified students exhaust the full complement of math courses offered at Allentown High School, they may, if qualified, enroll in a special option university in the immediate area, where they will receive full college credit in math courses offered by that institution.

Science
The district is committed to a hands-on science that builds on students' natural curiosity and challenges them to observe, question, explore and problem-solve. The program is process-based at the K-6 level and has a strong laboratory component from seventh grade through high school. At the high school level, most students take biology followed by chemistry. Students have the option to take a number of electives such as forensic science, Introduction to Engineering, Astronomy and Emerging Diseases. Many students qualify to take Advanced Placement courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science.



Social Studies
Our newly revised social studies program uses the award winning Social Studies Alive! Curriculum at the K-4 level. This curriculum, engages students with important information and concepts through movement, music, and a variety of creative and cooperative activities. In grades 5-7, students delve into American History beginning with exploration and colonization and continuing through Westward Expansion, Industrialization, and World War II. Students also are given special instruction in a short geography unit entitled Mapping Our World. In eighth grade, students study ancient civilizations, which then flows into their exploration in ninth grade of world cultures. Once students complete the required high school courses of US I and US II, they have the opportunity to take a variety of Advanced Placement courses (AP) and electives including AP Economics, AP Psychology, AP US History, AP European History, Crime and Justice, Genocide, Current Events, and a newly added US III course, which focuses in greater depth on the last 50 years.

World Language
Our World Language program focuses on oral and cultural proficiency. We want our students to truly speak the language they study and to have an appreciation for the history and culture associated with it. In grades 1-8, our focus is on Spanish. We have developed thematic units on topics such as school, family, food, and travel. Students learn through music, movement and visual media and are given numerous opportunities to speak and present. At the high school level, the World Language offerings are expanded to include Spanish, Italian, French and Latin.

The Arts
We are fortunate to have both talented teachers and students that are eager and enthusiastic about the broad range of options in the arts. Music and art education are provided for all students in grades K-8. Parents support a district developed curriculum called "Meet-The-Artist" which offers art history workshops for students in grades K-2. Students have elective opportunities at the middle school that include photography and digital music. Once in high school, they can take courses ranging from graphic design to AP Studio Art. More than half of the students at the middle school are members of the choir. Those students can continue to pursue their vocal talent at the high school as part of our award-winning Concert Choir. Instrumental music begins for students in grade five. Once at the high school, those students can join our Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Marching Band. Students perform in musicals beginning in elementary school. They shine on the stage in middle school and go on to perform at an exemplary level in shows including "Shrek the Musical", "Aida" and "Les Miserable."

Gifted & Talented
The G&T program is designed to provide differentiated enrichment based on students' identified needs. Using Joseph Renzulli's School-Wide Enrichment Model as a framework, we have created three tiers of enrichment for our students, K-12. Those tiers include the following:
Tier 1: Enrichment Within the Regular Classroom; Tier 2: Enrichment Beyond the Regular Classroom including experiences that are good for all, interest based, and that bring together like-minded students to come together for intellectual conversation, challenge, and in-depth learning; Tier 3: Advancement Beyond Grade Level

Mathematics Enrichment, K-8
In addition to the Tier 1 enrichment that will take place through differentiation in the regular classroom, the following mathematical opportunities are also available: Grades, K-2: Math for All Minds that groups students by skill level for short math cycles that focus on using math to solve real-life problems; Grades, 3-7: Advanced Level Math Classes that meet every day bringing together students with a demonstrated readiness to learn math at a faster pace. The ALM classes cover the grade-level curriculum in three or four days each week and use the additional days to work math problems that extend students thinking and provide opportunities for students to apply their mathematical skills. Grade 8: Algebra - Students with a demonstrated ability to pursue math at an accelerated level take Algebra in lieu of the regular Grade 8 mathematics program. Students successful in Algebra typically go on to take Honors Geometry in ninth grade.
Technology
Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. The majority of our classrooms at the high school and the elementary and middle schools are equipped with Smartboards, Chromebooks and iPads. All of the schools have multiple computer labs as well as portable laptop carts. All of the schools have wireless access and all of the teachers are assigned laptops. The district has engaged in extensive professional development and we are proud of the many ways teachers are using Google Classroom to foster communication, creativity, and collaboration.

The Upper Freehold Regional School District (UFRSD) is proud to present the following six learning academies: Agricultural Science Academy, Arts Academy, Engineering Academy, Tomorrow's Teachers Academy, Academy of Public and International Affairs, and Academy of Advanced Math.

1. Agricultural Science Academy: Grades 7-12

The award-winning agricultural science program at Allentown High School offers excellent opportunities for students to pursue vital and exciting career paths in the growing and important field of agriculture. The courses include plant science, animal science, veterinary and equine studies, aquaculture, greenhouse, nursery and landscape management, agricultural mechanics, bio-technology and a cooperative agricultural experience with a professional in the community. We are especially proud of our Agricultural Science Academy, which uses the new, highly rigorous national CASE curriculum.
Students in the agricultural science program also have the opportunity to participate in the nationally recognized Allentown High School chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA). FFA is the only national your organization to be chartered and mandated by federal legislation and is recognized by Congress as an integral part of agricultural education. The FFA program provides the real-world experience associated with classroom theory and instruction. It makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for career success through opportunities for leadership, public speaking and cooperative problem-solving.


2. Arts Academy: Grades 7-12

This Allentown High School program is designed for those students with demonstrated passion, talent and commitment in our one or more of the following arts areas: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theater, Dance, Visual Art, and Video Production.
The program at Stone Bridge Middle School is for students with passion, talent and commitment in one or more of the following arts areas: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theater, and Visual Art.
Course sequences in each of the areas have been specifically designed to broaden student's artistic understanding and enhance their ability to perform, create, critique and compose. In addition, the academy offers students numerous opportunities beyond the school day to perform for a live audience or to present their work in adjudicated competitions.

3. Engineering Academy: Grades 9-12

The Allentown High School Engineering Academy is designed to prepare students with skills and understandings from coursework leading to a career in engineering or engineering technology.
The Allentown High School Engineering Academy uses Project Lead the Way, a nationally recognized curriculum that is rigorous, interactive and process based. It also provides students with the opportunity to explore and experience engineering through a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem soloing. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to subjects that apply the math and science learned in traditional courses, and provides them with a strong foundation for achieving their academic goals. Students will experience an education program that is challenging and relevant to their lives, and has established a proven path to college and career success in STEM related fields.
The Engineering Academy also offers students the opportunity to participate in the FIRST Robotics Challenge, Panasonic Creative Design Challenge, and a variety of competitive events sponsored by the Technology Student Association. Through a partnership with the Naval Air Engineering Station at Lakehurst, NJ, students will have the opportunity to learn about naval air engineering from experience Aerospace Engineers.

4. Tomorrow's Teachers Academy: Grades 9-12

This Allentown High School program is designed for those students who feel they may be called to service this world as future educators. The program will provide them with the knowledge and practical experience to confirm their calling and to prepare them to pursue teacher education program s at the collegiate level. All students accepted into the program will have automatic membership in the New Jersey Future Educators' Association and will be able to participate in the NEFEA conferences and services projects. The program's sequence of courses and experiences is outlined below b grade level and culminates with an education course students may take for college credit and with a supervised internship in a K-12 classroom. The program moves from grade 9 to 12 in the following sequence:

Grade 9: Child Development Court + Observation in Elementary Classroom
Grade 10: Psychology Course + Weekly classroom work with an individual child
Grade 11: experiencing Education Courts _ Observation of how a specific subject is taught at multiple grade levels
Grade 12: Semester-long Practicum in K-12 classroom


5. Academy of Public and International Affairs: Grades 9-12

This Allentown High School program is focused on preparing students to be active citizens and effective leaders who have the knowledge and practical experience to make a difference in their community and in the world. Internships and field experience would combine with in-class work in public policy, economics, domestic politics, and international relations. All students would participate in community services, and all students would be actively involved in using the political process to bring about some change in their world.


6. The Advanced Level Mathematics (ALM): Grades 5-8

The Advanced Level Mathematics (ALM) program is designed for students in grades 5-7 with a demonstrated readiness to learn math at a faster pace and to experience a variety of engaging math challenges. Classes meet daily and present the grade level curriculum at a faster pace. Grade five students follow the Scott-Foresman Envisions Mathematics Program, and students in grades 6 and 7 use the Glencoe Mathematics: Application s and Concepts Course 1 and 2 respectively. The fast pace of the program allows the students to use the saved time to attempt math challenges and rigorous math problems that will extend the students' thinking and challenge them to apply mathematical understanding to novel situations. The Algebra course in grade 8 is designed for students with a demonstrated ability to pursue mathematics at an accelerated level. Students will take Algebra I in lieu of the standard grade 8 curriculum. The Algebra text is published by Glencoe and students that successfully complete Algebra I in grade 8 typically enroll in Honors Geometry in Grade 9.

The Upper Freehold Regional School District is consistent working to provide students, teachers and staff with an optimal learning environment.
The following success indicators represent initiatives that have proven to be effective in stimulating academic rigor and enhanced student achievement:
Teachers are active participants in professional development seminars offered annually by administrators, faculty, master teachers, and visiting consultants as part of the district's Professional Development Forum.


* Faculty and administration work as colleagues to examine data as the basis for
making decisions about curriculum, instructional materials, and teaching techniques.

* Elementary/middle school PTA organizes and funds numerous school activities, including educational assemblies, book fairs, family nights, as well as content based activities in the sciences, social studies, and humanities.

* Community members and school staff work together to promote excellence in the instruction of talented youth.

* Math and Writing Labs are in place at the high school to reinforce writing and math skills.

* Eighteen Advanced Placement Courses are offered at the high school, including AP Literature, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, and AP European History. A large number of students obtain college credit for AP courses as a result of their strong performance on the AP examinations.

* Teachers infuse information literacy and career awareness into the curriculum.

* Character Education Programs promote Cooperation, Assertiveness, Respect/Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control.

* The Upper Freehold Regional School District Comprehensive Five-Year Technology Plan includes the expansion of a platform to support the website, enable online course presentation, and maximize the integration of Smart Board technology in all classrooms.

* Special education inclusion services are offered throughout the district.

* TV production elective courses are offered at AHS and taught by a highly trained instructor.

* Curriculum maps for all areas of study. K-12 are in place and are revised on an ongoing basis.

* Students in the Agricultural Science program, a local initiative that is part of the state-wide Choices option, are consistently recognized at the State and National level for their high achievement as one of the finest FFA Chapters in New Jersey and the nation.

* A district Child Watch program offers an extended-day program of child care.

* The AHS Student Council named first in the state for contributing to the State Student Council Charity
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* Recognition our Redbird Robotics team received for their success in regional competitions.

For additional information relative to the programs, activities, and opportunities found in the Upper Freehold Regional School District please visit our website www.UFRSD.net.