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Union City, New Jersey
Hudson County
Union City School District
Jefferson Elementary School is a public school located in Union City, New Jersey with 348 students in grades Pre-K-4.
Highlights
The Thomas Jefferson Website continues to be a comprehensive school wide communication tool. The website engagedour families and provided outstanding public relations and marketing of our school.
MINDFULNESS PROGRAM The program is a school wide initiative designed to teach the TJS community mindfulnesstechniques via guided meditation. It also utilizes mindfulness as an intervention program.
TJS had an amazing year in regards to STEM/ Future Ready Schools activities. FRS maximize digital learning opportunities and helps students for success in college, careers, and citizenship.
Awards

Successful Grade 2 PARCC Intervention Plan/iPad Initiatives - Continued a rigorous technology strand that incorporated the PARCC Readiness Plan and New Jersey Student Learning Standards in grade 2, Technology Integration PARCC Readiness Period concentrated on PARCC testing, PARCC technology testing strategies, and effective classroom practices. Technology Integration PARCC Readiness Period Concentrated on PARCC testing, PARCC technology testing strategies, and effective classroom practices. An additional weekly period with the technology teacher and classroom teaching co-teaching.

Location
3400 Palisade Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087
Contact
Principal: Mr. Michael Celebrano
201-348-5960
mcelebrano@union-city.k12.nj.us
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Grades
Pre-K-4
White 3%
Black 1%
Asian 2%
Hispanic 94%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
348
students
Female 48.9%
Male 51.1%
Economically disadvantaged students 87%
Students with disabilities 15%
English learners 45%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
58
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 12%
43
Kindergarten 22%
75
1st Grade 19%
66
2nd Grade 19%
66
3rd Grade 18%
61
4th Grade 11%
37
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English & language arts proficiency
55%
of students

Math proficiency
61%
of students

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Incidents per year
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
61%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 28%
6 to 10 days 30%
11 to 15 days 16%
Over 15 days 23%
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Spanish 65.5%
English 33.0%
Other 1.4%
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Learn more about Jefferson Elementary School.

Mission

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Thomas Jefferson School is to provide a learning environment, in a small, nurturing, and safe academic setting, one that supports and enables students to be diversely educated individuals, who are prepared to meet the challenges of life in the twenty-first century. This mission can only be realized via total immersion of student into a positive, academic environment with an interdisciplinary approach and effective delivery of instruction. VISION STATEMENT The vision of Thomas Jefferson School is to establish a community of lifelong learners, encouraging them to “think globally and act locally,” which builds commitment as responsible global citizens. We strive to create intrinsically motivated students who excel academically, socially, and emotionally by celebrating their diversity, contributions and achievements. Our challenging and engaging learning environment equips and empowers our students with the necessary tools to be successful and compassionate

Academics

The district values its commitment to provide the highest quality learning experiences for students. We remain vigilant in our mission to ready each child for a successful future in post-secondary environments of college and career, to become productive members of society, and to become effective contributors within the 21st Century. To accomplish this goal, we enact a rigorous, comprehensive standard-driven curriculum for grades PK -12 in which all of the NJSLS are addressed and integrated.

Clubs

Future Ready Schools This year Thomas Jefferson School was very proud of its application to NJ Future Ready Schools. New Jersey (FRS-NJ) is a certification program designed to promote digital learning readiness in schools information age, powered by new technology connecting people, ideas, data, and content in rapidly-changing ways. As we work to prepare New Jersey s students for this world, we must ensure our school provides them with the technology- rich environments they need in order to be engaged and successful members of a digital society and workforce.

Programs

Successful Extended Day Program in Grades 3 & 4 concentrating on differentiated instruction in order to meet the needs of all students with particular emphasis for ELL and Special Needs population. Reinforcement of the PARCC Readiness Plan supplemental curriculum, which provides a high-quality instructional alignment and support the NJ Student Learning Standards. Successful lunchtime tutoring program in Grades 1 & 2, which focused on the spiraling of basic skills that have not been mastered by students.

Teachers

Professional development is provided through high quality professional learning activities that are aligned with teaching and learning standards, are rich in content, and broaden the knowledge and skills of teaching staff members, administrators, and Educational Support Personnel. These opportunities are sustained and supported through job- embedded coaching, external expert assistance, on and off campus workshops, conferences, and digital online resources.

Supports

The Special Needs program provides intervention and referral services for students who are experiencing academic, medical and emotional difficulties. The District has an autistic program, multiple handicapped programs, and a life skills program among others. The ELL program enables students to move from their native language to English. Certified staff meets all students needs to achieve the district goal to move students to the regular education program.

Health

The Union City Board of Education endorses a child-centered, holistic philosophy of learning and teaching for STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS. The curricula is designed into units of study to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to the health studies. These units are standard-driven, providing the teacher with an exploration of the core content standards at each grade level. Each unit explores “Wellness,” “Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs,” “Family Life,” and “Community Health Skills.” Each unit of study provides inquiry and investigation opportunities to explore content through developing decision-making skills, interdisciplinary connections, literacy-driven activities, and PARCC readiness tasks. Each unit also recommends activities used to assess content understanding both formatively and summative, while providing multiple access points through differentiated core & supplemental materials/resources.

Parents

To reinforce family engagement, under the auspices of the administrative team and parent liaison, and the Parent Teacher Organization, families can be involved in a myriad of ways, such as; parent-teacher meetings, parental conferences, volunteering, monthly parent breakfasts, parent workshops, parenting classes, fundraising activities, special holidays, traditions and celebrations, community involvement resources and lastly, the decision making process of the School Improvement Panel (Scip).

Facilities

We are proud of the building we educate your child in. It meets state code with well-equipped rooms for all subjects. Our building is kept in excellent condition by our maintenance department and our security staff keeps our students safe.

School safety

Thomas Jefferson School promotes a safe and positive learning environment for all students. Assuring that all our Thomas Jefferson School Safety Committee has a process for developing, implementing, and continually refining our school emergency operational plans with community partners such as, the City of Union City, first responders, and district emergency management personnel.

Technology

STEM is an education curriculum that focuses on the subjects of science, technology, engineering, mathematic and integrates technology as an indispensable component. At Thomas Jefferson School, within a technology rich environment, students are stimulated to examine the complexity, and value of all digital resources. We integrate technology in the form of STEM professional development, as well as, robotics, iPads, Laptops, computer lab, Smart Table, Smart Boards, Dash and Dot Robots, the NAO Robot, Coding Club, Fisher Prices Coding Caterpillar, and LEGO Mindstorms. New this year at Thomas Jefferson School is the Pre-K Coding Club which fosters students creativity, reinforces computational thinking and promotes team work. This purposeful amalgamation of digital tools and resources makes it possible to encourage (STEM) Technology authentic engagement and relevant learning experiences.

Early childhood

The Union City Board of Education endorses a child-centered, holistic philosophy of learning and teaching. The Early Childhood Center curriculum is designed to uphold standards of quality and aligned with the Preschool Teaching and Learning Expectations that support developmentally appropriate practices and a research-based curriculum. At Thomas Jefferson School our program focuses upon individual success, providing children with student-initiated learning experiences, and promoting growth in areas of appropriate cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.

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Thomas Jefferson School also participated in many innovative initiatives, programs and technology projects to support our efforts. They include: extensive and specialized Professional Development, "Caught Being Good" Student Program, Student of the Month Program, Perfect Attendance Incentive, Project Based Learning, Supplemental Education Services, Extended Day Program, Target Tutoring Program, Google for Education, SmartBoard, SmartTable and Dash & Dot, technology/training, new Ipad s, PARCC Intervention Ipad Initiatives, technology integration PARCC Readiness Plan, edConnect, Study Island, Reading Eggs and continued implementation of the Thomas Jefferson School website. The website was utilized as a comprehensive, successful and effective school wide communication tool.

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