The Plainfield Public School District
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Woodland Elementary School - General Information

Our Vision

The staff of Woodland Elementary School believes that ALL students will acquire a core of fundamental skills and achieve mastery in the application of these skills. We believe our school's purpose is to improve students' levels of academic progress, and to foster positive social/emotional behaviors and attitudes. We accept responsibility to teach all students so they can attain their maximum individual potential.

Woodland Elementary School maintains high expectations for all students from Kindergarten through Grade Five. Enrollment ranges from 240 to 270 students per year.  The resources we use to support literacy instruction include McGraw Hill Reading Wonders, Orton Gillingham, Writers Workshop, Lucy Caulkins, and Istation which is an online resource. For mathematics instruction we are currently using My Math and Compass Learning an on-line resource to support math instruction. Woodland’s Science Curricula transitioned to the state adopted Next Generation Science Standards and will promote interactive learning, inquiry and exploration.  Instructional Technology at Woodland will include the use of Chromebooks and exposing students to Google Suite options including Drive, Docs and Classrooms. Students are exposed to a broad culture of art and art appreciation. The physical education curriculum is based on the premise that “Everyone Can Achieve”. All students, regardless of their athletic talents, have a variety of opportunities to participate in health related activities. Students also have the opportunity to learn vocal and instrumental music. 

Woodland School’s co-curriculum program includes: After School Academic Enrichment Intramurals, Art Club, Safety Patrol Club, Year Book Club, Six Flags Reading Program, and Extended Day. Counseling services are available to all students. Woodland students compete in a building based and district level Spelling Bee, Battle of the Books, and Science Fair annually. To enhance our delivery of instruction, students are exposed to various guest speakers and curriculum related field trips.

Our goal is to ensure that our students are on track to be successful in college and careers.  During the 2016-17 school year, Woodland School had a significantly higher number of students that met the standards on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) at the district level.  We are very proud of our students’ success.

The faculty at Woodland consist of 15 classroom teachers (K to 5); 1 ESL teacher; 1 guidance counselor; 4 related arts teachers - 1 music, 1 physical education/health, .5 art, .5 media specialist (librarian); 2 secretaries; 1 shared speech teacher; 5 teacher assistants; 3 custodians, 1 nurse, and 1 administrator. Weekly scheduled grade level professional learning sessions occur between teachers and the principal in order to analyze student work, assess student progress, review teaching strategies, share techniques and plan continuous lessons to enhance the delivery of instructional content. Woodland’s School Leadership Team meets bimonthly to discuss growth made towards our benchmarks/goals, strategies to improve the overall operation of the school and ways to celebrate success.

Woodland’s vision has a three-fold focus. In addition to academics we are focusing on the social and emotional development of students and continually looking for ways to improve our school culture and climate. Woodland school has developed and implemented a school wide behavior plan that supports a safe, orderly, and equitable learning environment.  Our theme is “Woodland Scholars Strive for Excellence” and our overarching expectations are for students to be Respectful, Responsible, and Kind. While implementing our plan, the goal is to focus on positive behavior and to acknowledge and reward students who meet our overarching expectations. It is our hope to enlist parents as a part of our “T.E.A.M” to help with our positive behavior recognition system.

It is our belief that there is a direct correlation between parent involvement and student achievement. There is a lot of research that support this premise of “Parentinvolvement in their children's education can be one of the biggest predictors of student success.”  At Woodland School, we welcome you as parents/guardians/community members to be involved.  Parents/guardians and volunteers are welcome to read in classes, assist on the playground, serve as class parent/guardian, help with school book fairs, and other special school activities. In addition, the Parents/Teachers of Woodland School (PTWS) actively pursues new membership and executive members. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our children.

Lisa Armstead
Acting Principal 


Contact Information
Principal: Lisa Armstead
Secretary: Erica Moore
Secretary: Jeremy Lewis
Nurse: Aisha Williamson
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