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Elwood, New Jersey
Atlantic County
Mullica Township School District
Mullica Township Primary School is a public school located in Elwood, New Jersey with 366 students in grades Pre-K-4.
Highlights
The primary school is adding a calm-down room replete with sensory stations. Primary teachers have the latest edition of Second Step, a Social Emotional program.
Our staff and students abide by the Coyote Calling: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Ready. Supporting the calling are our Positive Behaviors, Interventions and Supports Initiatives (PBIS).
Our administration, teachers and support staff work collaboratively within grade level groups, as a faculty, and as a district to provide a safe and supportive learning environment.
Awards

Mullica Township School District was a recipient of a Project Fit America grant from AtlantiCare Healthy Schools/Healthy Children. The grant money was used for an additional playground of fitness stations for school and community use.

Location
500 Elwood Road
Elwood, NJ 08217
Contact
Principal: Mrs. Donna Lesher
609-561-3868
dlesher@mullicaschools.com
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Grades
Pre-K-4
White 68%
Black 5%
Asian 0%
Hispanic 25%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 2%
School size
366
students
Female 48.9%
Male 51.1%
Economically disadvantaged students 46%
Students with disabilities 22%
English learners 0%
Homeless students 1%
Students in foster care 1%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
61
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 16%
59
Kindergarten 11%
42
1st Grade 13%
46
2nd Grade 20%
73
3rd Grade 19%
70
4th Grade 21%
76
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English & language arts proficiency
51%
of students

Math proficiency
56%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
2.2
Incidents per year
Violence 3
Weapons 0
Vandalism 5
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 2
Total incidents 8
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
72%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 1%
1 to 5 days 27%
6 to 10 days 44%
11 to 15 days 16%
Over 15 days 12%
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English 99.2%
Other 0.8%
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Learn more about Mullica Township Primary School.

Mission

Our mission is to provide the best educational experience, in a safe yet challenging environment. Mullica fosters independent thought and creative thinking while recognizing, encouraging, and accepting similarities and differences. We strive to create an inviting learning environment that blends an assortment of instructional techniques while accepting all learning styles and abilities. We inspire our students to make responsible choices while becoming life-long learners.

Academics

Standards-based curricula include English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Spanish, Financial Literacy, Physical Education and Health. Students may elect to participate in band and chorus. Students in Grades 1 & 2 have a weekly STEM class. Identified students in Grades 3-4 receive a STEM class daily. This year’s offerings have been expanded to include Social/Emotion Learning, Literacy Skills, and Language Acquisition.

Sports

Gymnastics (Coed)

Clubs

Mullica Township Elementary School School offers clubs and activities that include Student Council, Safety, Band, Positively Powerful Girl’s Club, Children’s Stage Adventure Theater, Art Club, and Robotics.

Programs

The Mullica Township School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Center also known as ACES is dedicated to providing a safe environment facilitated by nurturing adults. Offerings include remediation and enrichment; culture and the arts; health, nutrition, fitness and physical activities. Before and after school child care is provided by the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA. Identified students are offered homework help and remediation in our Mullica After School Help (MASH) program.

Teachers

Mullica Township Elementary School is committed to providing relevant professional development to teachers. The School Improvement Panel (ScIP) and administration work collaboratively to identify the aforementioned. Working with Dr. Lori Desautels from Butler University, our focus has been on social-emotional learning, brain research, identifying antecedent triggers of behaviors, strategies for preventing escalating behaviors, and strategies for deescalating students. This year we have added a data warehousing program called Linkit. Teachers will use the Linkit benchmarks as one measure of progress. We are piloting an adaptive and diagnostic assessment program called Exact Path. This program identifies standard attainment in English Language Arts Literacy and Mathematics and creates individual learning paths for students. Professional development is on-going.

Supports

Mullica Township Elementary School provides school based occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and individual and group counseling services. We foster a collaborative community with monthly Intervention and Referral meetings where teachers work together to develop interventions to support students’ individual needs. The district offers in-school support and an after-school program for identified students.

Health

Mullica Township Elementary School continues to promote the health and wellness of students. The district has a Health and Wellness Committee that works collaboratively with our PBIS committee by having fitness runs, creating opportunities for learning healthy eating habits, and has a Top Chef contest where students create healthy meals. Students have unstructured recess daily as well as brain breaks, e.g., yoga, breathing.

Parents

Mullica Township Elementary School has an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The PTA supports the school through the funding of field trips, assemblies, special programs, and classroom materials such as books. Parents can communicate with the school via our PowerSchool Parent Portal, which can be accessed on our website. Mullica Township Schools maintain excellent working relationships with the Mullica Township Recreation Association and Mullica Township Education Foundation. Parent Involvement activities held throughout the year include a Fall Festival, Veterans' Day assembly, Thanksgiving Feast, Grandparents' Day, Mother's Day Tea, Fitness Runs, Carnival Day, Band and Chorus Concerts, Gym Show, and an Art Show. Members of the community are invited to serve as volunteers.

Facilities

Last year, the Mullica Township School District passed two referendum questions to address health, safety, and security concerns in the district. Construction projects included a new roof, the replacement of many out-of-compliant doors and hardware, LED lighting, curbs and a repaved parking lot, new HVAC units, an enhanced phone system, state-of-art security cameras, locking devices for classroom doors, and automatic alert lights to signal emergency situations.

School safety

The school district employs two Student Resource Officers who are stationed at the main entrance of the school. Visitors to the school must sign into the school and present identification to the officers. The officers patrol the building, maintain a physical presence during assemblies, bus arrival and dismissal, sports events, recess, and night time events.

Technology

In Grades Kindergarten to Grade 8 students have an on-line program Stem Scopes that is aligned to the New Jersey Science Standards that include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Students in Grades 1 & 2 have an additional weekly STEM class. Identified students in Grades 3-4 receive a STEM class daily.

Early childhood

Preschool Disabled: A child is eligible for entrance into a program of special education who has attained his/her third birthday and has been found by the Child Study Team to be eligible for a program for the preschool disabled in accordance with rules of the State Board of Education. Preschool: A child is eligible for entrance into Preschool - on a space available basis - if she/he attains the age of four year on or before October 1 of the year in which entrance is sought. Identified services include speech, physical therapy and occupational therapy. The Creative Curriculum is employed and Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment System is used to measure individual progress.

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The Mullica Township School District is currently going through the Middle States Association of Schools accreditation process and applying to be a Future Ready School.

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