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Linden, New Jersey
Union County
Linden Public School District
Number 2 is a public school located in Linden, New Jersey with 679 students in grades Pre-K-5.
Highlights
As a recipient of the Union County Dig In Grant, NJ Fresh Farm to Schools Program educated students on locally grown produce. Our expanded garden was harvested and 30% was donated to a food pantry.
Recipient of NJEA F.A.S.T. Grant titled, E pluribus unum, A family learning experience to feel, taste, view cultural artifacts, and hear more about multiculturalism around the world and our school.
NJ Dept. of Education has honored our ESL/Bilingual programs as a model for 12 consecutive years. We use the SIOP- Shelter Instruction model to promote the development of English language proficiency.
Awards

School 2 students are recognized for their accomplishments and talents through All City Music and Art, Tiger Paw Student of the Month, Principal for a Day, School Wide Talent Show, Presidential Awards of Excellence, and Student Awards for Character Education and Academics. Fifth grade students are recognized for their academic achievements in ELA, Math, and Science through our partnership with Conoco Phillips Refinery. Students in the Public Speaking Club exhibit their oratory skills at our end of the year parent expose. Faculty and staff are recognized for their impact, dedication, and service through our Shout Out Board, Governor Educator of the Year Program, Teacher appreciation week, and PBSIS SWAP Week Reverse Day provides students with an opportunity to celebrate our teachers who model positive behaviors. School 2 is honored with first place in the category of Best Elementary School Wide Video at the Linden Public Schools Academy Awards.

Location
1700 South Wood Avenue
Linden, NJ 07036
Contact
Principal: Mrs. Atiya Perkins
908-862-3287
aperkins@lindenps.org
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Grades
Pre-K-5
White 12%
Black 25%
Asian 3%
Hispanic 58%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 2%
School size
679
students
Female 46.1%
Male 53.9%
Economically disadvantaged students 63%
Students with disabilities 23%
English learners 16%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 1%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
97
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 17%
113
Kindergarten 15%
99
1st Grade 12%
79
2nd Grade 13%
90
3rd Grade 16%
109
4th Grade 15%
104
5th Grade 13%
85
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English & language arts proficiency
35%
of students

Math proficiency
30%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
0.3
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 2
Total incidents 2
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
65%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 5%
1 to 5 days 29%
6 to 10 days 31%
11 to 15 days 19%
Over 15 days 17%
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English 44.5%
Spanish 43.3%
Other 6.3%
Polish 2.1%
Portuguese 2.1%
Haitian 1.8%
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Learn more about Number 2.

Mission

The mission of the Linden Public School District is to promote distinction through the infinite resource that is Lindens diversity, combined with our profound commitment to instructional excellence, so that each and every student achieves their maximum potential in an engaging, inspiring, and challenging learning environment.

Clubs

School 2 considers itself an environment for learning, not only in terms of academia, but also in terms of a childs social development within their community. Enrichment opportunities are provided through Gifted and Talented programs. Extra curricula clubs and activities include Kiwanis Kids (K-Kids), Safety Patrol, Cheerleading Club, Student Vanguard Team, Art Club, Chorus, Instrumental music, Tiger Paw Student of the Month Recognition program, Junior Achievement, and JA-Biz Town, which is an interactive, project-based program where students learn to manage personal finances, as well as the importance of becoming a successful professional within their community. Our Public Speaking Club is offered to our 3rd _ 5th grade students. They learn confidence and skills to organize and deliver effective presentations in and out of their classroom.

Programs

Our Before and After School Programs are available to students in Grades PreK4 through 5. Every elementary school houses the programs making for an easy transition when the bell rings. Our programs service over 400 students. These licensed programs provide homework support, enrichment, recreational and social activities for students in a safe and nurturing environment. The children are encouraged to make their own choices, be creative and pursue individual interests.

Teachers

A Professional Development Resource Center and Science Resource Center is located in district and every school has an Instructional Leadership Team. These teams meet monthly for in-depth training regarding data analysis, student performance and teacher instruction. All teachers work regularly within professional learning communities to expand ILT, school and personal instructional goals.

Supports

Linden Public Schools believes in educating the whole child and utilizes an array of student support services to achieve this goal. Currently, the district employs school counselors, school social workers, child study team members and a student assistance counselor to support students academically, behaviorally, and with significant health difficulties. In addition, Linden Public Schools works in tandem with community agencies to provide additional support students require to be successful.

Health

Student Health and Wellness is of the highest priority in all our schools and are important factors in all of our decision making processes. Our district is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects student health and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating, physical activity, and physical literacy. Our LPS nursing department consistently places an emphasis on promoting our students health and wellbeing. Throughout the school year, our school nurses ensure that students have recorded their annual screenings that include but are not limited to heights and weights, scoliosis, vision, hearing, and blood pressures. The school nurses also ensure that our staff receives the most up to date trainings in regards to epi-pen and glucagon preparedness for any students with those particular needs in their buildings. The medical services department further extends their services and knowledge into the classrooms.

Parents

Parent-teacher conferences, American Education Week, Tiger Paw Parade, Technology coding, Digital Learning Day, Awards Ceremony, Fathers Walk and Talk to School, Daddy Daughter Dance, Guest Readers, Get Fit, PSD Sensory Night sponsored by LEA F.A.S.T. and special observances are all open invitations for parent involvement. Our Title I program provides a resource center and family nights. Parents are introduced to our PTA board and local librarian to assist them with transitioning into the educational setting at our ESL Meet and Greet breakfast. The breakfast serves as a model for schools to emulate. A local author presents writing strategies through bi-lingual stories to support dual language in and out of school. Community partnerships include Conoco Phillips, local government, Linden Police and Fire Departments, and other organizations. PTA supports academic and extracurricular programs. Parents can access district and school websites, Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Facilities

School 2 is comprised of 4 buildings that house approximately 650 students. Building B, built in 1913, was our original building. Currently our 3rd and 4th grade students are educated there. Six years later in 1919, Building A, was built in front of Building B. Currently our library, 5th grade and Behavioral Disabilities students are educated there. In 1967, Building C was built behind Building B. Currently our 2nd grade students are educated there. We have a large gymnasium and cafeteria also in Building C. In 2012 our air-conditioned Building D, was built behind Building C. This addition has an Occupational Therapy room and an elevator to get to the 2nd floor. Currently our Pre-K, PSD, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and Autistic students are educated there. We have a Gross Motor Room to help children develop their large motor muscles and practice large motor skills. It features yoga mats, indoor climbing structures and more.

School safety

The mission of the Linden Public School District is supported by the safety procedures and initiatives recently developed by the Board of Education, which have allowed for high-quality learning to occur in safe and secure environments. It is the belief of the district that the issue of school safety is paramount to its operations. In April 2018, the Board of Education adopted new school entry procedures for visitors, designed to ensure the safety and security of all students and staff. Furthermore, the construction of security vestibules began shortly thereafter throughout the entire district. Under a shared services agreement recently adopted by the Linden City Council and Board of Education, the Police Department will establish a Special Law Enforcement Officer (S.L.E.O.) Class III program consisting of four retired police officers to provide security in our largest schools.

Technology

The district has implemented a centralized high performing robust network infrastructure so that every student throughout the district will have equitable access to online digital content and learning materials. Our current networking and systems operations are completely centralized and all schools have reliable, secure and timely access to all data and networking systems. As of today, all students 3rd thru 12th grade have access to their own district provided Apple device, with 6th thru 12th grade students permitted to take their devices home. In total, the district manages just over 7,000 devices. New MacBook Air laptops and iPads are continually upgraded every 3-4 years. As technology continues to evolve, the districts one-to-one program will remain current and incorporate the very latest in educational technology.

Early childhood

Students in our Pre-Kindergarten Program are provided with a variety of developmentally appropriate activities through the Tools of the Mind Curriculum. Literacy and language experiences are provided throughout each day and the classroom environment is rich with language and print. Math is also integrated into all daily routines through individual and small group choices, planned experiences, problem solving, and reflection. Students in our Kindergarten Program continue to be exposed to the literacy practices in the Tools of the Mind Program. Children read in response to themes, which incorporate all content areas, and write for a variety of purposes. Phonics instruction is not only embedded in our Tools program but also explicitly taught through the Wilson Fundations program. Mathematics is taught through the use of Tools of the Mind games and projects coupled with Go Math resources that help our students develop a deeper understanding of mathematical skills and concepts.

More

School 2 is the magnet school for our Spanish Bilingual students. These students receive Bilingual services in a part-time transitional program, where Spanish is used to help them grow academically while developing their social and academic English language. Students whose primary language is other than English can receive ESL services in a push-in and pull-out setting. We also have specialized classrooms offering unique learning opportunities for pre-school disabled students. Students with autism receive instruction using the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy. Our school day is 6 hours and 35 minutes. We service students from a full-day Pre-K program through grade 5. The Go Math curriculum is used in grades K _ 5. Weekly time allotments are Reading 450 minutes, Writing 250 minutes, Mathematics 355 minutes, Social Studies/Science 120 minutes each, Music and Art 30-45 minutes, World Language (Grades 1-5) 60 minutes, Physical Education/Health 60 minutes each, and Recess/Lunch 150 minutes. Students begin each day reciting our School Motto, _Our Tiger ROARS.” Unannounced fire drill and crisis drill is rehearsed each month. All classroom doors lock and staff have key fobs to enter the building. All students and teachers have technology access through Smart Boards, iPads and MacBook Airs. CANVAS is currently the district online learning management system for use by teachers and students. A wide array of communication vehicles (translated in Spanish) are used to communicate with all stakeholders. They include: The Daily Reporter, Google docs., brochures, flyers, Blackboard Connect (email and voicemail), outdoor message board, social media, the school website, ThinkCentral, Class Dojo, Remind.com text messaging service, individual emails and phone calls. Listen for us on The Veterans Corner Radio Station, WRSU 88.7 fm., watch our monthly school news, or student led anti-bullying skits that teach their peers about the harmful effects of bullying.

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