|"A Community of 21st Century Learners"|
|53 West Mill Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853||P: 908.876.4172 F: 908.876.9392|
*NOTICE FOR MAY 25, 2013*
REMINDER: District Schools will be CLOSED
Washington Township is located in the southwestern part of Morris County. It is the county's largest municipality, covering 45 square miles including Schooley's Mountain, one of America's first resorts. Incorporated in 1772, it was primarily an agricultural area, and it still maintains its rural character.
The population is approximately 18,000 and still growing as new areas are developed. The availability of land, the scenic beauty of the area, and the westward extension of the suburban frontier make Washington Township a most attractive place to live.
The Washington Township Schools include four schools and a central office. Old Farmers Road School serves the southern section of the district and houses approximately 390 students in grades K-5. The Flocktown-Kossmann Elementary School is a two building complex serving the northwestern section of the district. Kossmann houses approximately 259 students in grades K-2 and Flocktown houses approximately 285 students in grades 3-5 for a total of 540 students. The Benedict A. Cucinella Elementary School serves the northeastern section of the district and houses approximately 587 students in grades K-5. The Long Valley Middle School is centrally located in the valley and serves the entire district. Long Valley Middle School houses approximately 950 students in grades 6-8.
There are approximately 2465 students currently enrolled in the schools served by 247 teaching staff. The average class size is approximately 21. There are four building principals and five central office administrators. Fifty-five percent of the teaching staff and all the administrators have masters degrees; one administrators has a doctorate.
Upon graduation from eighth grade, district students attend West Morris Central High School which is part of the West Morris Regional High School District.
THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
The goal of the Washington Township Schools is to develop a "Community of 21st Century Learners". Our educational program is based on the premise that each child is a unique and important individual. Therefore, curriculum and instruction provide varied content and experiences to help each child reach his/her potential. The enjoyment of learning is of utmost importance.
The core academic program includes in language arts literacy, mathematics, social studies, and science. Students attend special classes in computers, comprehensive health/physical education, art, music, library, and foreign language. In addition, middle school students are offered the opportunity to explore courses in computers, family and consumer sciences, industrial technology, and instrumental music.
The K-8 instructional programs maintain high standards for all students. Both content and strategies for all areas of the curriculum are based on the current best educational research and practice. The staff development program helps teachers deliver quality educational programs. Monitoring of student progress includes various performance assessments as well as teacher observation and tests.
Meaning-centered activities are the core of most instruction. Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are taught using an integrated approach, including literature-based reading and process writing. Mathematics, science, and social studies instruction emphasize "hands-on" activities and projects. Problem-solving is the basis of many activities.
Washington Township's philosophy regarding special education is to provide an appropriate program within the least restrictive environment. A major goal in planning the program for a child with a disability is to enable him/her to participate in the regular classroom program as much as possible, while also providing appropriate special education services. Program options include resource centers, full time special education classes, and special out of district placements.
The Department of Special Services of Washington Township includes:
Extra-curricular activities are an integral part of the educational program of the Long Valley Middle School. The district is proud of its strong tradition of offering students unparalleled opportunities to develop their talents, explore a variety of interests, and enjoy music, the performing arts, and sports. Following is a list of some of the clubs and activities offered:
The Washington Township Schools are fortunate to serve a community in which there is strong commitment to high quality education. Voters elect a nine-member board of education. Members of the board serve staggered three-year terms. Annual school board elections take place in April at the same time the community votes on the school budget for the following year.
Members of the school board for the 2013-14 school year are:
The Board of Education encourages all residents to have a voice in the education of Washington Township's children. Regular public meetings are held twice a month at 7:30 pm in the Long Valley Middle School Learning Community Center.