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Rahway, New Jersey
Union County
Rahway Public School District
Grover Cleveland Elementary School is a public school located in Rahway, New Jersey with 545 students in grades Pre-K-6.
Highlights
Grover Cleveland School annually celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month, with an emphasis on cultural awareness.
The Principal''s Club is an opportunity for students to be recognized each marking period for their achievements.
Performing and fine arts are enhanced through a school-based art club, drama club, strings program and Gator band.
Awards

During the 2018-2019 school year, a Grover Cleveland student was selected for the prestigious Rahway's Finest Award. Several staff members received an award for their dedication and service to our students from a community based organization (Rights of Passage). Our student government program has been recognized several times for their outstanding charitable works (STARS). The upcoming school year will be the first year of a three year grant from NJPAC. Sixty of our third, forth and fifth grade students preformed the Disney production of Jungle Book. For the 2019 2020 school year we are looking forward to “Frozen Kids”.

Location
486 E. Milton Avenue
Rahway, NJ 07065
Contact
Principal: Mr. Al Giambrone
732-396-1040
agiambrone@rahway.net
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Grades
Pre-K-6
White 4%
Black 50%
Asian 3%
Hispanic 34%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 8%
School size
545
students
Female 51.2%
Male 48.8%
Economically disadvantaged students 63%
Students with disabilities 13%
English learners 12%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
68
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 11%
59
Kindergarten 12%
67
1st Grade 12%
64
2nd Grade 12%
65
3rd Grade 12%
64
4th Grade 11%
62
5th Grade 14%
78
6th Grade 16%
86
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English & language arts proficiency
34%
of students

Math proficiency
27%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.2
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 1
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
63%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 30%
6 to 10 days 30%
11 to 15 days 18%
Over 15 days 18%
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English 77.6%
Spanish 16.4%
Other 4.9%
Portuguese 1.1%
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Learn more about Grover Cleveland Elementary School.

Mission

Grover Cleveland teachers and support staff offer our students every opportunity to achieve the academic, technological, social, physical and emotional skills necessary to reach their greatest potential. As a Professional Development School in partnership with Kean University. Grover Cleveland provide''s teachers and student intern’s opportunities to advance their teaching skills.

Academics

Our preschool program uses the High Scope curriculum; grades K - 6 utilize the Math in Focus program along with Writers Workshop and Literacy by Design. Cleveland school features a model classroom, gifted and talented program, and a rigorous technology curriculum. Our science program uses FOSS kits for grade K-6. Homework is assigned every evening in the major subjects and posted on the teacher’s web page. Our itinerant classes include the following: physical education, art, music and library.

Clubs

Grover Cleveland offers the following: drama club, art club, chess club, broadcasting club, Gator Girls and chorus. In addition, we have a school band, strings and offer instrumental lessons. During the 2018-2019 school year, our students performed, "Jungle Book". The school has a student government program called STARS (Students Taking Action Result in Success) & a character education program that rewards positive behavior (ROAR). In addition, we have a school safety patrol program. Our school safety program now attends evening events to help translate for the Spanish speaking parents of our school community.

Programs

The following programs are available before or after school and are located within the community: Union County YMCA, DASH, Pumpkin Patch, Rahway JFK Center, Rahway Day Care, Union County Dance Center and Tiger Martial Arts.

Teachers

Professional Development covered the following pedagogy: Gang Awareness Training, Math Enrichment, I&RS, Suicide Prevention, Literacy by Design. Several teachers are being trained in the Orton Gillingham methods of instruction. PLCs are designed to support reading strategies, vocabulary, and technology and math enrichment. In addition, PD is shared during the year at faculty meetings. Teachers who attend workshops are encouraged to turnkey strategies. Data driven instruction continues to be a main focus at Grover Cleveland

Supports

Our English as a Second Language students receive services as determined by the WIDA assessment. There are two ESL teachers to provide support. The school has 4 Special Education teachers that provide resource room support and inclusion support at the various grade levels. Our Basic Skills program targets reading that serves grades K - 4. The school has adopted the Achieve 3000 and Smarty Ants reading programs to help serve these students.

Health

Breakfast is offered each day. The physical education teacher strengthens and builds endurance during class while promoting good character and sportsmanship. In years past, we have collaborated with the YMCA to target healthy eating and living habits by offering a variety of healthy snacks and beverages. Our school nurse provides the following programs to students and staff: medical minute, puberty workshop, dental hygiene, playground safety, germ awareness, EpiPen and CPR training. Led by our nurse, our crisis response team has been called upon several times to come to the aid of both our students and staff.

Parents

Grover Cleveland has an active PTA. Meetings are held once a month and various activities occur throughout the year such as fundraising events, mother/son dance, father/daughter dance, Dunkin with Dads and a school walk-a-thon that the PTA supports. Parents have access to our Power School system in which they can access student grades, progress reports and report cards.

Facilities

The original structure was built in 1928. Since that time the school has been renovated twice. In 2003, a preschool and kindergarten wing was added to the building. The most recent renovation was completed in 2012. This addition features a state of the art media center, band room, cafeteria expansion and central HVAC units. Each classroom in the original structure is equipped with a window air conditioning unit.

School safety

School safety is one of our top priorities. The school crisis team is led by the school administration. Safety drill procedures are conducted monthly along with various health and wellness workshops. Cleveland School provides a safe and inclusive school setting which addresses the physical, emotional, and intellectual aspects of being a student. Respect, dignity, and responsible citizenship are embraced by the entire staff. This year the district hired a common area paraprofessional to assist with security.

Technology

Each classroom is equipped with a SMART board. Chrome books are available for most of our classes to use for instruction. Students are also provided with a technology class bi-weekly. Power School is the technology platform that provides parents with access to student grades, progress reports and report cards. All teachers have a class web page. Cleveland school offers a full range of curricular and extra-curricular STEM options for its students in all grades. In addition to a STEM club that meets weekly for our sixth grade students.

Early childhood

We have an early childhood education program that follows the High Scope curriculum for 4 year olds.

More

Grover Cleveland is a community based school in Rahway, NJ, that serves approximately 500 students. We are a Title 1 school. Our doors open at 8:00 am daily to serve breakfast. We operate on a block school schedule and grades 5 and 6 are departmentalized. We have a diverse student population and approximately 100 staff members on board. We have an early childhood education program that follows the High Scope curriculum for 4 year old students. Each classroom is equipped with a SMART board. Chrome books are available for most of our classes to use for instruction. Students in grades kindergarten through second grade meet weekly with the technology teacher to strengthen their computer skills. Students in grades three through six work cooperatively with their teacher and the technology teacher to work on a special projects. Power School is the technology platform that provides parents with access to student grades, progress reports and report cards. All teachers have a class web page. Homework and class information is posted weekly. The School Improvement Panel team (ScIP) is an important part of mentoring our new teachers and driving the school''s professional development. School safety is one of our top priorities. The school crisis team is led by school administration. Safety drill procedures are conducted monthly along with various health and wellness workshops. The Grover Cleveland school community looks forward to our annual celebrations of Hispanic Heritage and African American History. Each October and February the school collaborates with community leaders to make this celebration successful. We further embrace the arts with bi-annual concerts highlighting our student musicians and school chorus. Cleveland school offers a full range of curricular and extra-curricular STEM options for its students in all grades. A “V” lab is offered to all of the science teachers to help supplement instruction, it is something the students look forward too.

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