Academic Subjects & Special Area Classes
Welcome to Mendham Township Elementary School. Thank you for visiting our school web site. MTES provides a strong academic program within a supportive nurturing environment for all children. Our talented teaching and support staff focus on each student by identifying their academic needs, providing appropriate interventions and differentiating instruction based on learning styles, interests and talents. This approach allows our students to learn and grow in line with their potential and reach high levels of achievement.
Mathematics instruction is delivered using Go Math! This is an elementary math curriculum designed to meet the goals of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Mathematics.The Standards for Mathematical Practice are integrated throughout the program. Students are supported as they advance from concrete to abstract content and encourage to use a variety of mathematical strategies to solve multistep problems. Students learn that they can reach solutions to problems in different ways and practice how to articulate their process to others.
The MTES teaching staff delivers a balanced language arts literacy program through Teacher's College Reader's and Writer's Workshop. Students are encouraged to view themselves as readers and writers. Students are engaged in reading and writing activities throughout the day, in all subjects.
Reading: Students receive direct instruction, at their instructional reading level, on specific reading strategies to improve comprehension, fluency and vocabulary. They are engaged in whole group, small group, paired and independent reading activities. As their skills increase students are encouraged to work with more challenging levels of text. Students are asked to read daily through the school day and at home. Teachers assess student reading progress through observation, running records and Developmental Reading Assessment benchmarking (DRA).
Writing: Narrative, Opinion and Informational writing are taught K-4 to help students clearly communicate thoughts and ideas in a well developed and organized writing piece. Writer's Workshop goals include opportunities to analyze, synthesize and critique text. Students are taught to express their ideas clearly using an organized writing structure. Students learn appropriate sentence structure, paragraphing and essay construction. In addition, students are engaged in creative writing and poetry.
Fundations: Students in grades K-4 receive daily lessons through a systematic approach in critical foundation skills through the Wilson Fundations Program. Students receive instruction in the following areas: phonemic awareness, phonics/ word study, high frequency word study, reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension strategies, handwriting, spelling.
Students at MTES are engaged in hands-on science exploration using a combination of Mystery Science and teacher-created units. All of our science lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and provide students with the opportunity to understand scientific concepts and build background knowledge about a variety of topics. These lessons are designed to let students learn through authentic literacy and hands-on experiences to build a foundation towards becoming scientifically literate.
The MTES teaching staff delivers social studies instruction based on the 2020 Social Studies New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) through the use of the Teach TCI program. Social studies instruction provides students with a foundational understanding of our country's history, government, geography of the world, human environment interaction, and basic economic thinking. Additionally, students are provided with an understanding of civic duty and responsibility in a democratic country and opportunities to participate in civic activities. Students are given opportunities to actively engage in discourse on a variety of social studies topics to gain an understanding of multiple perspectives.
The MTES art program consists of weekly art classes for students in Kindergarten through 4th grade, Preschool and Tiny Tigers. Throughout the program students learn the process of appreciation and aesthetics by learning to discern what the artist wanted us to know. The themes include famous works of art, favorite story illustrations and art from cultures all around the world. We achieve this through a process of art criticism where students describe, analyze, and interpret a wide variety of artwork. Art projects based on our aesthetic explorations vary from drawing, painting, and sculpture throughout the school year. Students will save their artwork in a portfolio and then select their favorite piece to present in a whole school art show, the Festival of Arts. Third and Fourth grade students will also have opportunities to sign up for Mastery Enrichment workshops where they will create artwork based on unique themes and materials.
In addition to weekly art classes I offer two programs for motivated and talented emerging artists. The Advanced Art program, for 3rd and 4th grade, is built around 5th and 6th grade standards for the arts. Students work on classical drawing skills as well as advanced art making techniques. Art Explorers is offered to 3rd and 4th grade students who have an interest in creating art using unconventional or unique materials. Both programs require students to complete an application for participation and meet during lunch and recess once a week.
Mrs. Sarah Bizzarro
Mendham Township Elementary School Vocal/General Classroom Music Philosophy
Music education is essential in order for all children to reach their full potential intellectually, socially, and emotionally. It is through music that children can develop and grow in cognitive skills, physical coordination, and sensitivity to the expanse of human emotions. But, going far beyond these is a vast range of benefits to be derived and garnered, all of which can allow for a lifetime of joy with continuing educational affects for any child. For music education inherently encompasses disciplines from the artistic, physical, technical, intellectual, social, historical, cultural, practical, and spiritual realms. Music trains the mind, encourages the soul, and feeds the human spirit. It fosters the uniqueness of the individual by offering opportunities for creativity. It lifts the average while challenging the gifted. It allows for self expression while instilling structure and discipline to thought and method. It is the belief of the Music Department of the Mendham Township School District that music education is essential for all children. The scope of music education, being wide-ranged and far reaching, is a valuable means of accomplishing a great diversity of educational goals. More importantly, however, are the lasting effects this education will have on all our students as they grow into adulthood and participate and contribute to society through professional and personal endeavors.
Hello MTES students and families,
Welcome to Physical Education class with Mrs. McMahon and Dr. Panetta. Throughout P.E, students will become aware of the health-related fitness components (aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition) while engaging in a variety of physical activities. We strive to develop students' physical competence and knowledge of movement and safety, and their ability to use these to perform in a wide range of activities associated with the development of an active and healthy lifestyle. Please make sure your child has on days of P.E their sneakers, water bottle and dress for weather! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us:
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School libraries transform learning! MTES prides itself on a robust school library program which fosters critical thinking and provides students with the skills they need to analyze, form and communicate ideas in compelling ways. Our program instills confidence in reading in multiple formats, which is fundamental to learning, personal growth and enjoyment. The MTES library is staffed with a full-time, fully certified teacher-librarian who utilizes the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner as a framework for learning. Lessons focus on using technology and the latest information resources, preparing children to succeed in our global, competitive economy, while nurturing creativity. Our library is a massive 2,630 square feet and houses approximately 15,000 materials with average weekly circulation of approximately 500+ books. Students enjoy a breathtaking view of the school’s ever-changing and flourishing outdoor learning center while they visit once a week for lesson and book checkout. The MTES library is a beautiful sanctuary for all of our budding readers!
Mrs. Tracy Newton
Student receive one (1) Technology Class per week.
Our classrooms are equipped with SMART board technology, document cameras, student Chromebooks, and teacher computer stations. Students have regular access to our computer lab, and Chromebook carts.
We at Mendham Township Elementary School feel that all learners need to be motivated, feel free to take risks and feel comfortable in their own abilities to be able to experience happiness and success in an educational setting. I have found that technology levels the playing field and allows a teacher to meet the needs of a wide range of learning styles and abilities.
It is the intention of our student's technology classes to act as an extension of their everyday learning experiences. This will enable them to meet 21st century skills and allow them to use technology as a means of problem solving and creative expression. Students come to technology once a week and hopefully learn essential skills that they can use in their regular classrooms.