Middle School Principal

“Children May Forget What You Say But Will Never Forget How You Make Them Feel.”

——- Anonymous

Our mission is to create a learning environment that is student-centered, challenging and nurturing. We   strive to develop each student’s full-potential while creating an atmosphere that promotes a love of life-long learning. Our ethnically diverse student body is taught to understand cultural diversity and to be accepting of the beliefs of others.

School No. 6 is composed of grades 5 and 6 along with our 7-8 middle school.  Students in grade 5 & 6 are housed in the elementary side of School 6 where teachers are divided into cohorts.  This allows students to move from class to class where they experience a middle school like-format.  Students have the use of lockers as well as participating in multiple lunch periods.

Our faculty, who are life-long learners, take part in on-going professional development and graduate work throughout the school year.  Their love of learning and dedication to our students is evident in their everyday activities.  Our staff address the academic, emotional and social well-being of all students.

Our Staff in grades 5 & 6 promote reading as a foundation for successful learning. Reading focuses on a balanced approach towards literacy.  Guided reading strategies are linked with Reader’s Workshop activities and differentiated instruction.  In addition to Reader’s Workshop, a strong writing component called Writing Fundamentals is integrated into the curriculum.  Our math curriculum uses Pearson Envision 2.0 in grades 5 & 6 to address the NJSLS in mathematics.

Grade 5 & 6 students are also offered electives in fine arts, music, band, computer instruction, library/media skills, physical education, world language and a G/T program.  Resource Room Instruction, Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy are provided to our special needs students. Our ELL students receive ESL services throughout the school day.

Our Middle School population of 400 students move through a 9-period day where students are offered a wide-range of courses. Designed to mirror a high school schedule, our Middle School offers many academic offerings including an array of honor courses as well as electives in business, fine and performing arts, science, math, STEM, botany and English.  As in grades 5 & 6, ESL courses are provided for our ELL students.  All courses, besides focusing on the academics, also emphasis the academic, emotional and social well-being of all students.

A wide-array of extra-curricular activities and sports are offered in grades 7 & 8.  Student council, newspaper, debate club, robotics, and Yearbook are some of activities offered.  Each year, under the direction of our guidance department, students can apply for membership in the Junior National Honor Society.   Students who qualify can take part in baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, track, wrestling & volleyball.

We are in a partnership with Jewish Family Children’s Services who offer counseling services for students in grades 5-8.  These services are paid for by a $500,000, 5-year grant, that the district received as part of the federally funded 21st Century Learning Grant.   We provide an after-school program for students in grades 5-8 which is comprised of a homework hour and a wide-array of enrichment classes.

Finally, we are proud of our strong partnership with our parents who play a positive role in the overall educational process.