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Evergreen Elementary - General Information

Evergreen Elementary is a K-6 elementary school consisting of 56 staff members who provide instruction to an enrollment of over 500 students. Our school’s vision is “All Evergreen Students Will Go to College.” We know that they only way to obtain our vision is to continue focusing on the “Three R’s: Rigor, Relevance and Relationships” while engaging in “best practices” and while embracing the district’s goals of increased academic rigor, comprehensive reading instruction, and writing across the curriculum.

The instructional program is data driven encompassing DIA, DRA, NJASK, SRI (Read 180), and Instructional Foci. Instruction consists of a daily one and half hour literacy program, which focuses on phonics, oral language, shared books, guided and independent reading and writing. The K-3 Literacy Block includes book talks, literature circles, and the implementation of Message Time Plus and the Harcourt Trophy/Trofeo Series. In Grades 4-6, the Literacy Block includes book talks, literature circles, Read 180, Reading Plus, Read Aloud -Think Aloud, Reader’s Chair, Author’s Chair, Oral Language and comprehension Read Plus strategies. Students have ninety minutes daily for Math consisting of the Everyday Math Series, Math Forum, Problem of the Week, and Math Exemplars. The Dual Language Program has been implemented in Grades Kindergarten – Second where students will receive 50% of instruction in English and 50% of instruction in Spanish.

The School Leadership Team and the School Leadership Council monitors the level of program implementation by working collaborately to review student artifacts, work samples, portfolios, and teachers’ conference logs, which contain data to be used to drive instruction. Feedbacks sheets are given to each teacher and conferences are held to inform them of their strengths and weaknesses. Teachers continue to engage in Collaborative Professional Learning.

Parent Workshops are presented throughout the year covering topics which include: Overview of Everyday Mathematics and Everyday Mathematics Games; Helping Your child Become a Better Writer; Bullying; Effective Discipline; Parent/Teacher Conferences; and Drug Prevention. Parents are strongly encouraged to visit the school for additional resources and information.

The instructional support program consists of the 21st Century Program, which focuses on Math and Literacy, and is available after school for students in grades 4-6. Students in Grades 3-6 have the opportunity to participate in the Saturday Academy (if offered). There is also an After School Enrichment Homework Program for ESL students in Grades 2-4 and Grade 4 Voluntary After School Support Program. Kindergarten and First Grade students participate in the “I Read to the Principal Program.” The Principal’s Book of the Month focuses on Character Development. Each month students respond to a book containing themes involving education. Students are asked to write a response: in Grade K-2 responses include pictures, opinions, summary/retelling, and connections; in Grades 3-6 students’ responses include summary/retelling, opinion/reactions, connections, comparisons, recommendations, and evaluations of author’s craft.

Evergreen Elementary implemented a Student Mentoring Program. When new students transfer in, they are assigned a mentor, who is responsible for teaching the new entrant the school rules which are: Be Responsible! Be Respectful! Value Education! Achieve Your Potential! The mentors assist the new entrants in acclimating him/herself to their new school environment. The mentor is responsible for showing the new student around, discussing the school rules, class rules, and assignments. He/she serves in this capacity for a month.

Evergreen Elementary also implements a Good Citizenship and Courtesy Topic Program. Each week a Good Citizenship Topic is introduced to all students. The teachers must spend time discussing the topic. At the end of each month, students select a peer from their class who they feel has carried out the topic and that student is recognized as the Good Citizen of the Month.

Word of mouth is sill the best sales tool we have. Please do not hesitate to talk to those who have school aged children and invite them to consider Evergreen Elementary School as the educational environment for their children.

Contact Information
Principal: Wilson Aponte
Vice-Principal: Aurora J. Hill
Secretary: Sandra Y. Jones
Secretary: Olga Torres
Secretary: Susan Trammell
Follett Destiny
2012-2013 Action Plans for Schools not Meeting Progress Targets