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West New York, New Jersey
Hudson County
West New York Board of Education
Public School Number Two is a public school located in West New York, New Jersey with 699 students in grades KG-6.
Highlights
S.T.E.A.M. Foundations, Extended Day Programs for Math and English Language Arts in Grades 3-6
Coding Grade 4, C.S.I. Grade 5, Robotics Grade 6, Makerspace, Extended Computer Lab are offered.
Gifted and Talented Grades K-6, Boys and Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Basketball
Awards

N.J.D.O.E recognized High Performing School District, Future Ready Schools Bronze award recipient.

Location
5200 Broadway
West New York, NJ 07093
Contact
Principal: Alexander Calderone
201-553-4040
acalderone@wnyschools.net
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Grades
KG-6
White 5%
Black 2%
Asian 3%
Hispanic 91%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
699
students
Female 45.9%
Male 54.1%
Economically disadvantaged students 78%
Students with disabilities 17%
English learners 4%
Homeless students 0%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
100
Grade Percent of total students Students
Kindergarten 12%
87
1st Grade 14%
99
2nd Grade 13%
93
3rd Grade 15%
104
4th Grade 15%
108
5th Grade 14%
98
6th Grade 16%
110
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English & language arts proficiency
54%
of students

Math proficiency
43%
of students

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Incidents per year
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
73%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 6%
1 to 5 days 38%
6 to 10 days 29%
11 to 15 days 15%
Over 15 days 13%
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Spanish 60.7%
English 36.8%
Other 1.6%
Arabic 1.0%
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Learn more about Public School Number Two.

Mission

Students, parents, and educators will use communication and information technologies to ensure mastery of 21st century skills, including communication, collaboration, and critical thinking, through a lens which engages all students in a creative and imaginative digital culture.

Academics

An 80-minute literacy allotment is used in grades K-6, as well as in math. Kindergarten staff continues to use “TSGold,” an online web-based individual student work sampling program. This was used to assess the development and progress of all students in Kindergarten. STEAM has been incorporated into K-6 curriculum. Project Based Learning (PBL) allows students to engage in real-world challenges. A G&T program in grades K-6 addressed the needs of gifted students.

Sports

Basketball (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Boys & Girls)

Clubs

Aside from the academic experiences that we provide at PS#2, we are also aware that experiences in extracurricular areas are significant in creating a balanced environment for our students. Peer Leadership, which encourages peer acceptance and promotes diversity and H.O.P.E. were programs which provided support to children who have suffered a loss or experienced a tragedy. A Literacy through Fitness Club encouraged good health and English Language Arts support. Enrichment classes such as: Coding Grade 4, C.S.I. Grade 5, Robotics Grade 6, Makerspace, and Extended Computer Lab enhanced the lessons taught throughout the day.

Programs

Extended Day Programs for Math and English Language Arts in Grades 3-6 were available for students requiring additional academic support. Students from K-6 had the ability to come in for extra academic assistance or enrichment on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, as invited by the teacher throughout the school year.

Teachers

Morning CPT meetings were conducted three times per week in the Ed Camp model between grade level and subject level teachers to discuss a variety of topics as determined by the teachers themselves. Monthly Professional Learning Seminars (PLS) were held and offered an array of educational topics. Two annual Professional Development Days were provided throughout the district for all teachers. “Safe Schools” video trainings with post assessments were provided on-line to cover a number of topics.

Supports

Student Centered Interventions for Success (SCIS) identified struggling students and worked with parents on a plan for success. Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) assisted teachers in individualizing classroom instruction to meet the needs of students. Resource teachers provided in class support and replacement services to special needs students in grades K-6. LEP services provided support for English Language Learners. Speech Specialists provided support services to students K-6.

Health

An Anti-bullying Task Force/Climate Committee supported school safety issues. School Wellness was recognized as a priority problem for our student population. A Wellness Committee continued activities to address this issue. A healthy breakfast and lunch was available to all students daily. All students were provided with P.E. weekly.

Facilities

PS #2 opened in 1972 and reopened in 2009. Our building has the following features: gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, 2 science labs, 2 computer labs, 2 music rooms, art room, and a media center.

School safety

PS#2 had a WNYPD officer at the school daily monitoring the building. In addition, administration and custodial staff made numerous rounds throughout the day securing the building. Anti-bullying Task Force investigated potential bullying issues. The school Emergency Response Team held drills and responds to all crises including AED and CPR. Fire and school security drills were held monthly.

Technology

PS#2 has two computer labs and Promethean Boards in every classroom. In addition, numerous Chromebook carts allowed for continual opportunities for digital learning. STEAM Foundations were integrated daily into the curriculum. Students had Computer Education during the school day and an Open Access Computer class after school hours. In addition, Coding, C.S.I., and Robotics enrichment classes were in place after school to enhance technology opportunities.

Early childhood

PS#2 has 5 Early Childhood classes spanning Pre K 3 and Pre K 4. Class size is capped at 15 students. Catapult provided on site before and after care.

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The school day has eight 40 minute periods. All students wore a standard issue blue uniform shirt and either khaki or black pants. PS#2 uses Blackboard Connect to contact parents about school closures or early dismissals. PS#2 held monthly fire and security drills.

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