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Hawthorne, New Jersey
Passaic County
Hawthorne Public School District
Washington Elementary School is a public school located in Hawthorne, New Jersey with 279 students in grades KG-5.
Highlights
Curriculum includes Reader's and Writer's Workshop, enVisions Math, Discovery Education and Phonics First.
Technology consists of iPads, Chromebooks, Promethean Boards, Epson Projectors and web-based programs including NWEA Map, Achieve 3000 and IXL Math.
Transitional First Grade, as well as K-5 Basic Skills classes are offered to remediate skill gaps and provide support in basic skills and concepts students need in order to be successful.
Location
176 Mohawk Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
Contact
Principal: Mrs. Susan Spinelli
973-423-6495
SSpinelli@hawthorne.k12.nj.us
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Grades
KG-5
White 37%
Black 5%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 54%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 3%
School size
279
students
Female 50.2%
Male 49.8%
Economically disadvantaged students 52%
Students with disabilities 23%
English learners 3%
Homeless students 1%
Students in foster care 1%
Military-connected students 1%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
46
Grade Percent of total students Students
Kindergarten 20%
56
1st Grade 15%
41
2nd Grade 14%
40
3rd Grade 14%
40
4th Grade 18%
51
5th Grade 18%
51
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English & language arts proficiency
65%
of students

Math proficiency
42%
of students

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Incidents per year
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
65%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 2%
1 to 5 days 32%
6 to 10 days 31%
11 to 15 days 21%
Over 15 days 14%
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English 87.5%
Spanish 10.8%
Arabic 1.1%
Other 0.7%
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Learn more about Washington Elementary School.

Mission

The Washington Elementary School seeks to provide an equal education that encourages all children to reach their highest potential. The Washington Elementary School provides a safe and positive environment that celebrates diversity and provides opportunities for children to mature emotionally, socially, and academically.

Academics

The Washington Elementary School provides a comprehensive curriculum in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, art, physical education, music, technology, world language (Spanish and Italian) and a STEM program. Enrichment activities are offered via the PATH program. Supplementary instruction includes speech improvement, ESL and basic skills classes for K-5.

Clubs

Fifth grade students are given the opportunity to participate in the Washington School Kindness club. Its mission is to have students work together to promote kindness at school, at home, and in the community, as well as, creating a place where being in school is about fostering compassion through kindness.

Programs

The Boys and GIrls Club of Hawthorne Before School Program is available on site at Washington Elementary School beginning at 7:30 am. The School-Age Child Care SACC program is available after school from 3:00-6:00 pm. This program consists of certified staff who supervise homework help, provide outdoor games, crafts, snacks and playtime.

Teachers

Ongoing professional development opportunities have enabled the staff to attend workshops focused on technology, PARCC, bullying, suicide prevention, differentiated instruction, multisensory phonics, grade level articulation, Reader's and Writer's Workshop, ELL instruction and New Generations Science Standards NGSS. A professor in residence from William Paterson University visits the school weekly to coach teachers on implementing Reader's and Writer's Workshop in the classroom.

Supports

Washington Elementary School services the district's elementary ARCH Academics/Real Life/Community/Hands-on program for students with developmental and cognitive disabilities. In addition, Adaptive Physical Education, Adaptive Art, and Adaptive Computer classes are offered. English as a Second Language instruction is provided for students whose native language is other than English. A before school Mathematics Program is offered to students in grade 4 and 5 to provide additional instruction and support in mathematics.

Health

The Washington Elementary School offers a breakfast program to all students. During the day, students in grades K-5 engage in physical education classes, as well as recess for K-2. Fifth grade students participate in the R.O.A.R. program Respect, Opportunity, and Responsibility designated to educate students on peer pressure, general wellness and social and emotional health.

More

Character development and community service are areas of consideration for staff, parents and students. Kindness Counts at Washington School is our character education program. A specific pillar of character education is focused each month and supported through Buddy Day activities, school-wide assemblies, and a Kindness Counts raffle. Community service projects include Caps for Kids, Pennies for Patients, and Make a Wish Foundation. In addition, Washington Elementary School utilizes the Project Wisdom program for daily broadcast messages and teacher resources and lessons.

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