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Ewing, New Jersey
Mercer County
Ewing Township School District
Parkway Elementary School is a public school located in Ewing, New Jersey with 401 students in grades Pre-K-5.
Highlights
Parkway School's yearly Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) community service project received Promising Practice Character Award in 2016.
Our approach to instruction includes Balanced Literacy in English/Language Arts, Investigations Math, Next Generation Science Standards and Social Studies.
Technology is a part of every school day with the use of Chromebooks, laptops, SMARTBoards and document cameras.
Awards

In 2016 Parkway Elementary School was awarded a Promising Practice Award from the organization Character.org for a project named, "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service". This has become a yearly school-wide project where every grade level is involved in an activity to benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Student decorated brown bags are filled with student-made lunches which accompany toiletry kits distributed to clients of the soup kitchen on a specified date.

Location
446 Parkway Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08618
Contact
Principal: Mrs. Nicole Harris
609-538-9800
nharris@ewingboe.org
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Grades
Pre-K-5
White 16%
Black 57%
Asian 3%
Hispanic 17%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 6%
School size
401
students
Female 47.9%
Male 52.1%
Economically disadvantaged students 59%
Students with disabilities 20%
English learners 8%
Homeless students 2%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 1%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
57
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 3%
13
Kindergarten 13%
54
1st Grade 15%
59
2nd Grade 16%
66
3rd Grade 18%
74
4th Grade 16%
64
5th Grade 18%
71
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English & language arts proficiency
39%
of students

Math proficiency
42%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
2.2
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 9
Total incidents 9
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
75%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 5%
1 to 5 days 41%
6 to 10 days 29%
11 to 15 days 16%
Over 15 days 8%
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English 80.5%
Spanish 9.7%
Other 5.5%
Creoles and pidgins, English based 2.0%
Haitian 1.2%
Creoles and pidgins 1.0%
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Learn more about Parkway Elementary School.

Mission

At Parkway Elementary School, a home to 402 students and 65 staff members, we work as a team with our parents/guardians to instill a positive outlook in our students and to build a sense of respect, readiness, responsibility, resourcefulness and cooperation to help students become productive citizens in today's society. We take pride in striving for excellence and engaging our students in active learning. At Parkway, staff members are committed and dedicated to promoting the success of every child.

Academics

The curricula and rigor for the academic subjects of math, reading, writing, science and social studies are all aligned to current state standards. Specifically we use guided reading and guided writing to teach grade level ELA skills and a constructivist approach to math skills. In Grades 3-5, students are eligible to enter our Gifted and Talented Program. Our G&T program offers replacement math class which meets daily and an enrichment language arts-based program that meets twice weekly.

Clubs

At Parkway School we offer students in grades 3-5 an opportunity to try-out for and participate as team members of an Odyssey of the Mind team. In grades 2-3 students are able to sign-up for the community service club Jr. Paws and when in 4th and 5th grade those same students may serve on the Jr. Paws Advisory Board.

Programs

After school we offer READ 180, an online reading program, to targeted 3rd-5th grade students. The program is run by certified teachers. We also offer a homework club for ESL and other recommended students in grades 2nd-5th. This club is supervised by certified teachers and further staffed with local college students as tutors. All of our varied School-wide Title 1 funded afterschool clubs have been very well received and attended by the Parkway student and parent community.

Teachers

Professional Development is offered district-wide using four school calendar days. Teachers also receive curriculum updates and trainings within administrator run, monthly, grade level meetings. Cooperatively teachers are able to facilitate and participate in professional book clubs and professional learning communities. Teachers are expected to turnkey train other teachers the skills learned at an outside professional workshop.

Supports

The needs of our special education students are facilitated by certified special education teachers and a full-time social worker, school psychologist and speech and language therapist. ESL students receive pull-out language acquisition services from a full-time and part-time ESL teacher. Students who demonstrate a need to be addressed are reviewed by the I&RS committee where a plan is developed with interventions and strategies developed to achieve student specific goals.

Health

The Ewing Schools have implemented many programs that promote a positive school culture. For the past year, the district has put in place a task force focused on the mental and emotional health of our students. Every student receives Physical Education regularly as a special area class. Daily, at recess, students are encouraged to play on the equipment, participate in a group sport on the field or in small group game on the black top. Hot breakfast is offered and daily over 100 students are served. Parkway School has a full service guidance program, which includes individual and group sessions and student lessons on character education, peer mediation, win-win guidelines and anti-bullying.

Parents

Our PTA sponsors a variety of school-wide programs and events, including the annual family pancake breakfast, enrichment materials, fundraising, family social events and the book fairs. As a School-wide Title 1 school we offer programs such as Family Bingo Night and Parent/Child book clubs and Family Yoga activities to foster positive family interactions. Every winter we partner with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen to make bagged breakfasts, lunches and toiletry bags to donate to their clients.

Facilities

At Parkway School our students enjoy special area subjects in a content specific art room, computer lab, vocal music room, physical education in a regulation gym, a library and an instrumental music room. In the center of our school structure is a courtyard used by teachers as an outdoor classroom which houses an award winning garden that has been recognized by The National Wildlife Preservation as a Certified Schoolyard Habitat Site.

School safety

The Ewing Schools have placed a priority on establishing a learning environment that is safe, secure, positive and harmonious.Two district administrators, Superintendent Michael Nitti and Supervisor David Hauserman, have completed training by the Department of Education, Homeland Security and FEMA to become certified School Safety Specialists.The position of School Security Coordinator was first implemented by the Board in 2013. Five of these adaptive experts on school security protocol and crisis management are based in each of the district's school campuses and assist the administrative team in all matters pertaining to school security.The Ewing Schools and Ewing Township Police share a close relationship which includes cameras/surveillance systems that can be a powerful tool to provide real-time information to law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical service personnel as a crisis or emergency situation is occurring.

Technology

STEM design and process is integrated into Science lessons on a daily basis.The computer class infuses a variety of technology skills including the Google Suite, coding and a culminating technology project.With the use of laptop computers, iPads, Chromebooks, SMARTBoards, SMARTeasels, SMART panels and document cameras the Parkway School teachers work to integrate technology into their lesson plans daily.The District hosts two evening events, Family Math Night and a STEM Night each year for students in grades kindergarten through eight.

Early childhood

The Ewing Public Schools offers an acclaimed Integrated Preschool Program with fully certified staff.

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We believe a child-centered environment helps children meet their needs and aspirations and empowers them to be successful. We believe education is fostered through partnerships which accomplish positive goals. All students receive instruction in art, music, physical education, library and computers. Our Parkway Panther Book Club, Safety Patrol, Odyssey of the Mind, Jr. Paws, and the ELL Homework Club are all enrichment activities facilitated and organized by Parkway staff to offer additional opportunities for students to explore their special interests and talents and to strengthen their academic foundations. Our Wee Deliver postal program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, encourages correct letter writing procedures and enriches literacy. Students are able to write letters to anyone at Parkway School.With the use of laptop computers, iPads, Chromebooks, SMARTBoards, SMARTeasels, SMART panels and document cameras the Parkway School teachers work to integrate technology into their lesson plans daily.We continually encourage our students to be 'Paws-itive' Parkway Panthers. We remind students daily to work toward and embrace the 4RCs of Parkway School (to be ready, responsible, resourceful, respectful and cooperative). This, along with the tenets of Responsive Classroom, has caused the climate of the school to be fully intertwined with positive attitudes and good behavioral choices. This year we have introduced a daily Mindfulness Moment into our daily announcements as a way to help student begin the day centered and ready to learn.The students and staff of Parkway have a strong commitment to community service on a local and global level and participate in projects monthly.

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