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Hamilton, New Jersey
Mercer County
Hamilton Township Public School District
Kuser Elementary School is a public school located in Hamilton, New Jersey with 384 students in grades Pre-K-5.
Highlights
Teachers in Grades PK-3 work with Fundations. Teachers are being trained in strategies to support English Language Learners. Several teachers have attended Orton Gillingham training.
Kuser School has put on a school play which engages the entire school community. Kuser had five CJMEA award winning orchestra students last year!. Kuser School participates in the Healthy U program.
Our theme is "Get Spotted at Kuser School!" Students get a spot when they show Responsible, Respectful and Safe behavior. We use Restorative Practices, Calming Corners and interactive hallways.
Awards

Kuser School is entering the fifth year of doing a school play. Kuser School has had CJMEA orchestra participants over the last few years. Our instrumental program is so large that we have to hold our concerts at Reynolds Middle School! Students have received awards from ETE for academics, leadership and excellent character. We are proud of all are Kuser and district ETE award winners! Our Hamilton YMCA celebrates a student "MVP" each week for sportsmanship and good character. We celebrate our students daily in our Get Spotted program which recognizes students for Responsible, Respectful and Safe behavior. This program has significantly improved our overall school climate. Kuser School promotes social responsibility and caring for others through our Early Act program which has raised funds and goods for local and national charities. The program teaches students how to be citizens that can affect positive change in their community.

Location
70 Newkirk Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08629
Contact
Principal: Mr. Roberto Kesting
609-631-4155
rkesting@hamilton.k12.nj.us
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Grades
Pre-K-5
White 12%
Black 33%
Asian 3%
Hispanic 47%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 4%
School size
384
students
Female 49.2%
Male 50.8%
Economically disadvantaged students 66%
Students with disabilities 8%
English learners 13%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 1%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
55
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 6%
22
Kindergarten 14%
53
1st Grade 15%
58
2nd Grade 16%
61
3rd Grade 15%
59
4th Grade 18%
69
5th Grade 16%
62
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English & language arts proficiency
21%
of students

Math proficiency
14%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
5.7
Incidents per year
Violence 10
Weapons 0
Vandalism 1
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 13
Total incidents 22
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
66%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 35%
6 to 10 days 28%
11 to 15 days 14%
Over 15 days 19%
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English 62.8%
Spanish 25.8%
Other 5.7%
Creoles and pidgins, French-based 3.6%
Haitian 1.0%
English, Middle (1100-1500) 1.0%
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Learn more about Kuser Elementary School.

Mission

Kuser students are educated in a wonderfully caring, diverse and inclusive environment. Students and staff promote peaceful conflict resolution by examining why an issue happened rather than focusing on punitive consequences. Our goal is to restore relationships by having students take accountability for their actions and then have the opportunity to make amends to those they did harm to. Staff celebrate responsible, respectful and safe student behavior through our Kuser Spot program. Teachers are forging strong relationships with our students through daily greetings, Morning Meeting and emotional check-ins. Students are being taught in smaller differentiated groups which promote cooperative and social learning. Kuser School students have access to the latest technology which will prepare them for the challenges of the 21st Century. Kuser Staff explore professional development opportunities that will support their ability to meet the needs of all students.

Academics

Readers Workshop. Guided Math Workshop. ALPS in grades 3-5. Basic Skills services/LLI Instruction. Resource Room Special Education. ELL instruction. Middlebury Spanish program. Reading Recovery (Grade 1).

Clubs

Instrumental and band lesson for grades 3-5. Safety Patrol, PALS program Early Act Program.

Programs

YMCA provides Before and After Care for all students.

Teachers

Staff have two faculty meetings each month. The second meeting is designated for in-school professional development. This year several staff members attended Orton-Gillingham training. On November 5, 2019 school-wide PD was given in the areas of Running Record consistency, ESL Stratgies and Pear Deck for Google. Second faculty meeting topics for 19-20 will include Problem Based Learning, ESL Strategies for classroom teachers, Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively, Vocal Hygiene and What is Speech?

Post high school

Teachers at Kuser School have participated in ESL Certification as well as Teacher Leadership Certification. One staff member is working towards her Masters in Educational Leadership. One of her graduate projects includes Problem Based Learning which she is demonstrating at our second faculty meetings. She is also working with the Principal to explore data on attendance, discipline and academic performance.

Supports

Student supports are available for special needs students (Resource Room programs). Kuser has a strong ESL program which is growing each year. There are services for Basic Skills and Title I learners. Students have access to OT, PT and Speech services.

Health

Small group instruction which is differentiated to the student's level. YMCA Recess Program (Healthy U. Program). Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Morning meetings focused on student well-being. Breakfast and lunch program. 30 minutes of recess daily. Guidance lessons K-5. Physical Education K-5.

Parents

Our PTA is essential to our school and community as they provide activities, events and fundraisers that support and enrich our academic, social and family engagement programs. Parent Chaperones and Room parents assist the school. The PTA holds monthly meetings. Parent and grandparent visitation is held in November. Two Parent Conferences are held each year. The school holds a Moving Up ceremony in June (5th grade promotion). School play (Wonderland). Vocal and Instrumental Concerts.

Facilities

Kuser School opened on September 1, 1909. Kuser School has a large auditorium with a stage and balcony. The courtyard is one of many unique features. Kuser has a large Library in which materials are frequently updated. We have an art room as well as a vocal music room. Kuser has some charming features such as a room (114) with a fireplace. A room with a cast iron tub (116). There is historic architecture such as the Boys and Girls sign above the doors in the back of the building.

More

Kuser School has an AM and a PM Pre-K program. The students utilize programs such as Razz Kids and i-Ready for instructional practice. Mr. Kesting (Kuser Principal) is able to communicate with families in Spanish. Kuser School has a wonderfully diverse population. The Get Spotted program celebrates students for Respectful, Responsbile and Safe behavior. When 1,000 spots are earned in each of these three areas the entire school celebrates with a reward. Kuser School has an Early Act program which promotes social responsibility and leadership. Kuser School is in its fifth year of putting on a school play which is one of the highlights of our year! In the Spring there will be two evening shows. The YMCA provided before and after care programs to our students. The morning program starts at 7:30 and after care ends at 5:50. The YMCA also provides us with a weekly Recess program that teaches students to play fairly and promotes good character through its MVP program. Our PTA is focusing on community building and providing activities where our families can enjoy being together and form a strong bond to the school.

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