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Absecon, New Jersey
Atlantic County
Absecon Public Schools District
Emma C Attales is a public school located in Absecon, New Jersey with 377 students in grades 5-8.
Highlights
Highly connected to our community through varied service and civic activities.
Balanced literacy Language Arts curriculum supported by a 90-minute Language Arts period
Professional Learning Communities improving achievement through weekly team meetings
Awards

Students are awarded for their writing in the Patriot's Pen, VFW, Women's Guild Art Show, and Memorial Day essay contests. They are also recognized for their Service Learning projects and contributions to our community and surrounding area. Our staff members are leaders in their fields, participating in such things as international art/peace projects, presenting at local and national conferences, playing in the Baltimore Symphony, teaching at local universities and much more. Additionally, 6th grade Math teacher, Kelly Montgomery, is the 2017 Atlantic County Teacher of the Year.

Location
800 Irelan Avenue
Absecon, NJ 08201
Contact
Principal: Mr. Kevin Burns
609-641-5375
kburns@abseconschools.org
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Grades
5-8
White 53%
Black 20%
Asian 3%
Hispanic 18%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 6%
School size
377
students
Female 47.2%
Male 52.8%
Economically disadvantaged students 45%
Students with disabilities 11%
English learners 5%
Homeless students 1%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
94
Grade Percent of total students Students
5th Grade 28%
106
6th Grade 25%
96
7th Grade 25%
95
8th Grade 21%
80
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English & language arts proficiency
52%
of students

Math proficiency
40%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
1.1
Incidents per year
Violence 2
Weapons 1
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 1
Total incidents 4
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
78%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 6%
1 to 5 days 44%
6 to 10 days 28%
11 to 15 days 13%
Over 15 days 10%
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English 86.5%
Spanish 7.2%
Other 3.4%
Urdu 1.9%
Bengali 1.1%
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Learn more about Emma C Attales.

Mission

Attales students will build character through dedication to academic performance, participation in school/community activities, volunteerism, and the five core competencies of Social Emotional Learning. Attales students will uphold a positive and accountable school climate where attributes of leadership and responsibility are celebrated and a family atmosphere thrives!

Academics

The 2019-20 brings major overhaul to our Attales schedule. Attales now uses a 70min rotating block schedule over the course of a four day rotation including a “Family Lunch” block. ELA now has a 70min daily balanced literacy block for all students. Math now has a 70min daily block. Science, Social Studies, Specials (Art/Spanish/STEAM), & Health/PE each rotate every other day for a 70min block. We also now have a 51min HR/CAP (Crusader Achievement Period) which starts off each day with support/enrichment for all students. We also offer after-school programs. We offer Algebra I, Advanced Math, and Advanced ELA courses. Team approach allows for implementation of cross-curricular projects & activities. G/T services offered to qualifying students. Students in G/T meet with select staff to develop critical thinking skills in a small group with independent & collaborative activities related to the core elements of STEAM. Also new for 2019-20 is our own Attales National Junior Honor Society.

Sports

Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Coed)

Clubs

Clubs Offered: Choir, Concert Band/Wind Ensemble/Jazz Band, Garden Club, Lip Sync, Recycling Crew, Safety Patrol, Spring Musical, Stage Crew/Set Design, Student Council, Think Day Team, Yearbook Club. Our chorus, concert band, and wind ensemble perform both holiday and spring concerts and contribute to the community through performing at the Veterans' Day ceremony, the community tree lighting, Ventnor Jazz Fest, and on TV for the Holiday Spectacular. Band members are chosen each year for the All South Jersey Junior High Band. Our drama club spends months preparing for a highly anticipated performance for our school and community.

Programs

ASSIST program provides additional supports for students after-school, which includes snack and transportation home. Our afterschool PALS program provides care and educational play and activities for our younger students after school.

Teachers

Attales is improving student achievement through the formation of Professional Learning Communities. Grade-level teacher teams analyze data and review the specific needs of students during weekly team meetings. Staff collaborate and share frequently to turnkey professional development and lesson materials.

Supports

The Attales school counselor offers small group and individual counseling sessions to support the emotional and social needs of our growing students. Our staff, in conjunction with the District Child Study Team, utilizes a comprehensive Special Education program designed to address the specific needs of our students. Many teachers offer tutoring after school in community.

Health

All students participate in daily recess. Attales partners with regional healthcare provider AtlantiCare to promote health and wellness in the school community. Programs include Chefs in the Classroom, farm to school initiative, and our beautiful community and student-built garden.

Parents

Our PTO is highly involved in supporting our staff and students, as is the Absecon Education Foundation. Parents and students can log on to Realtime to access grades and assignments. Teachers partner with various organizations such as the Lion's Club, City Council, VFW, Atlantic County Utilities Authority ACUA, HIstorical Society in Absecon, local nursing homes, and many other businesses and civic groups.

Facilities

We recently renovated our media center to create a STEAM lab, complete with a computer lab and space for collaborative problem solving and project-based learning. Recent upgrades to safety and security keep Attales current and responsive.

School safety

January 1st our new lockdown system went live. We now have emergency lockdown buttons where staff can activate the system. Once activated, our system closes the blackout shades in the cafeteria, art room and the library. It will also turn on access to our camera system for the police department. We added a total of 72 cameras. We worked closely with our Director of Facilities and ran all of the network cat6 runs. On the virtual side, we upgraded our firewall to a much newer, more secure and faster unit with deep packet inspection containing the latest intrusion protection. A new web filtering appliance was added that does SSL inspection to further protect our students.

Technology

Students in our STEAM special meet once rotation to develop critical thinking skills with independent and collaborative activities aligned to the core elements of our overall S.T.E.A.M. Program: (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).Through this enhanced learning experience rooted in higher-level thinking skills (Bloom’s Taxonomy), it is our goal to nurture and challenge the potential of our students and best prepare them for college/career.

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