One of Madison Avenues marquee activities this past May was our Law Day Mock Trial where students in our upper grades participated in a simulated real-time court scenario. Students studied and portrayed roles of citizens, lawyers, prosecutors, law enforcement, jurors, and magistrates in a Supreme Court setting. Ultimately, the Mock Trial successfully exposed our students to important aspects of the United States Justice System; subtly empowering, educating, and encouraging them to pursue careers in law. In addition, students and staff participated in district-wide and community based events. We participated in the districts Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest and Spelling Bee. Students placed 2nd and 3rd in the districts Multi-Cultural Writing contest. Students and staff participated in the Irvington Breast and Colon Cancer Awareness Walk and the Irvington Township 5K Run/Walk event.
|White|| 1% |
|Black|| 78% |
|Asian|| 1% |
|Hispanic|| 18% |
|American Indian or Native Alaskan|| 0% |
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander|| 1% |
|Multiracial|| 1% |
|Female|| 49.7% |
|Male|| 50.3% |
|Economically disadvantaged students|| 68% |
|Students with disabilities|| 5% |
|English learners|| 16% |
|Homeless students|| 1% |
|Students in foster care|| 0% |
|Military-connected students|| 0% |
|Migrant students|| 0% |
|Grade||Percent of total students||Students|
|Pre-K|| 10% ||29|
|Kindergarten|| 17% ||50|
|1st Grade|| 13% ||39|
|2nd Grade|| 16% ||48|
|3rd Grade|| 15% ||46|
|4th Grade|| 14% ||42|
|5th Grade|| 15% ||46|
|Incidents per year|
|Harassment, intimidation, and bullying||2|
|Days absent||Percent of students|
|0 days|| 11% |
|1 to 5 days|| 47% |
|6 to 10 days|| 22% |
|11 to 15 days|| 10% |
|Over 15 days|| 10% |
|English|| 64.7% |
|Spanish|| 17.0% |
|Haitian|| 14.7% |
|Other|| 3.7% |
Learn more about Madison Avenue.
Madison Avenue School is committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment that promotes teaching and learning. We understand that a strong academic foundation is needed to be a successful citizen in society. It is our mission to develop every childÃ¢ÂÂs academic potential and their ability to be a contributing member to our community both now and in the future.
Academics were at the center of our work and teachers played a critical role in improving learning outcomes. The teachers at MAS provided instruction that was in alignment with NJSLS and the districtÃ¢ÂÂs curriculum pacing guide. Literacy development and fostering effective writing skills across the curriculum guided the direction of learning. Small group instruction allowed our students the opportunity to have a more personalized learning experience. Student engagement practices such as SIOP and Kagan structures assisted in facilitating learning. Focused PLC meetings led by our ELA and Math Specialists monitored for trends/patterns and made necessary adjustments to instructional practices. A new Math series, Envisions 2.0 was introduced, as well as a diagnostic tool, iReady. Student spent an average of 45 minutes per week in small instructional groups addressing their needs. Technology was available to all students.
The extended school day was a critical element of our school community as it provided additional opportunities for students to boost their academic performance, increase their physical health, while providing a continuous safe structured social environment after regular school hours. Many students were actively involved in after school club opportunities. Attendance remained high in clubs such as Basketball, Writing, STEM, Homework, Drama, Cheerleading and Step clubs. The Student Council provided leadership experience for young scholars. Student Council members had an opportunity to meet with the Principal and share their thoughts and ideas to improve the culture and climate of the school. One of the projects the Student Council completed was creating a healthy treat list for teachers and/or parents to reference. Our National Honor Society members created a video about best studying tips that was used to encourage their peers to perform well on the state exam.
Madison Avenue School offers an after-school academic enrichment program that serves students in grades 3 to 5 by providing assistance with homework, basic skills, and advanced skills based on individual student needs. The program is designed to provide individualized instruction to students and monitor their progress through benchmark assessments. The program is taught by highly qualified teachers who are required to maintain progress data for each student. The academic enrichment program was extended to our grades 1 and 2 students offering homework, ELA and math support.
As part of our heath and wellness goals, a nutritious breakfast is provided to students every school day. Through our physical education classes, the importance of leading a healthy life involving movement is encouraged. In particular, during the month of October, Wellness Week kicks off our focus on health and wellness. Information is shared about breast/colon cancer and schoolwide exercises are performed. The week is concluded with a breast/colon cancer walk around the school/community to help bring about awareness. Throughout the remainder of the year, for grades K-2, germs and handwashing activities are conducted by our nurse. Grades 3-5 have personal hygiene sessions. Health habits games are played with pre-kindergarten students around the topic of nutrition. Our annual Field Day, concludes our school year with opportunities to participate health and wellness promoting activities.
Our school improvement efforts were supported through the collaboration with the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). Our PTA was very active in encouraging many of our schoolÃ¢ÂÂs initiatives. The PTA participated in our Celebrity Read event where they visited classrooms to read and discuss the importance of reading. Parents contributed to our first annual Career Fair where they shared insights into their professions. The PTA helped facilitate our Family Reading Night and purchased books for our scholars. The various fundraiser efforts were used to help support th 5th grade social and Field Day activities. Through their involvement, our PTA was a viable asset. Our parent coordinator offered monthly workshops that informed parents about what their children were learning as well as ways to encourage and assist their children in meeting academic expectations.
In addition to 14 regular classrooms, our facility has a computer lab, art room, gymnasium, music room, two Prekindergarten classrooms, and a room designated and used for parental meetings and workshops. All of our classrooms are equipped with interactive SmartBoards or Clear Touch Boards. Chromebook Carts have been purchased in an effort to infuse technology into instruction.
Madison Avenue School offers a preschool program for children between the ages of three and four years old. Our preschool program, under the Direction of the Department of Early Childhood, provides a rich full-day curriculum to scholars using the Creative Curriculum. Creative Curriculum, one of the four State approved programs, provides for positive interaction, social emotional competencies, constructive play and teacher-family interactions. The curriculum is comprised of a comprehensive collection of daily practice and knowledge building.
Madison Avenue Elementary School is a pre-kindergarten to grade-5 school with a mission to provide a quality learning experience that is sensitive to the needs of a culturally-diverse community.Our student population is comprised of approximately 300 scholars. Our rich, culturally-diverse learning community enhances understanding, acceptance and tolerance of all people within the Irvington community, as well as, the global-community at large. With focused district and school-level administrative leadership, the instructional staff facilitates academic-programs that are standard and research-based, providing students with the necessary critical-thinking skills, values, and ideals that will propel them into becoming productive citizens in the 21st Century. Teachers remain on the cutting edge by participating in professional development that offers best practices and research-based strategies that are in alignment with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. As a professional learning community, we continue to search for ways to enhance all instruction with rigor, relevance, and relationships. As a result, we have narrowed the focus with aggressive job-embedded professional development, incorporating joint planning, peer-coaching, data-analysis and action-research. Our Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), the parental arm of our learning community, works diligently to ensure that parents and families have a voice in the process. They not only provide rich experiences for all students, but several sit on the School Leadership Council, providing the necessary input for instructional best practices.Madison Avenue School strives to ensure that our students are 21st century learners and thinkers and are college and career ready.