BENEDICT A. CUCINELLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The Benedict A. Cucinella Elementary School, A Community of 21st Century Learners, has an enrollment of 491 students in kindergarten through fifth grade with an additional 15 students in the disabled Pre-K class and faculty and staff of approximately 110 professional educators. The Cucinella School is known for its high academic standards, nurturing environment, and sensitivity to individual needs. The school is dedicated to supporting the district’s commitment to excellence in education, ensuring that all students are provided with an exciting, meaningful learning environment that enables them to become well-rounded, lifelong learners, who will reach their full potential as responsible adults.
The child-centered educational program is based on the premise that each student has individual learning needs and styles. The curriculum and instructional programs provide for varied content and experiences to help each child reach his/her potential. The core academic program for all students includes a balanced language arts literacy program, mathematics, social studies, and science. In addition, students attend classes in computers, physical education/health, Spanish, art, music, and library. Strategies for all the curricula are based on the current best educational research and practice. The instructional programs maintain high standards for all students and are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.
Evaluation is essential to the success of school educational programs. Teachers routinely use a variety of assessment techniques to audit student learning and evaluate instructional effectiveness. Evaluation instruments include district and state testing designed to measure student performance on the Common Core State Standards. These instruments include the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK), the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), Reading A-Z (RAZ), Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), COGAT (Cognative Abilities Test), and district-created assessments. Based upon the data collected during evaluation, efforts are continually made to differentiate instruction to meet the individual learning needs of all students. As students are identified and have a need, a variety of additional programs, such as the program for the Academically Talented, additional literacy support, Counseling, Speech and Language, OT/PT and Special Education are provided to support and supplement student learning.
Cucinella’s Community of 21st Century Learners would not be complete without the support of our parents. Parental involvement is a vital part of our educational program. A committed PTO and parent volunteer program contribute many hours of their time to provide our students with classroom support, literature experiences, cultural events and educational materials which assist in creating a well-rounded learning environment for all children.
Finally, along with academic excellence, Cucinella is committed to becoming a community of well rounded learners. During the course of the school year, students participate in our Cucinella R.O.C.K.S. (Respectful & responsible, Opportunity to be a good citizen, Curious and cooperative, Kindness towards others, Show self-control and make smart choices) Program. Our R.O.C.K.S. program fosters an environment of learners based on community service and personal responsibility. We celebrate our shared mission throughout the year with school-wide events. We are proud to be part of the Benedict A. Cucinella Elementary School Community – a Community of 21st Century Learners.