I would like to take this time to welcome everyone to our wonderful school-community of Mullica Township. Our great school consists of approximately 330 students from Mullica and Washington Township in grades 5 through 8. The staff and administration take an immense pride in providing the best possible education to our students. This is evident in the development of the district’s vision statement by school-community stakeholders. The vision statement was created and states the following:
“Mullica Township Schools aim to create an inviting learning environment that blends an assortment of instructional techniques while accepting all learning styles and abilities. Inspire our students to become global competitors who make responsible choices while building a strong sense of community. Cultivate life-long learners that embrace the value of education.”
The vision statement aforementioned emphasizes developing students into critical and independent thinkers in preparation of today’s global competition. The curriculum emphasizes the content to be in relation to real-world situations. It is imperative students perceive their learning as meaningful to their own lives. The adopted curriculum applying the state standards is intended to eliminate the disparity of content students are being exposed to within our school, state, and country by focusing on the rigor, focus, and coherence of the content.
Our Mathematics and Science teachers partnered with faculty from Rowan University in the Articulation of Content, Expectations, and Standards in Math and Science (ACES) Project. The primary goal of the program was to increase student achievement in mathematics and science by developing teachers’ understandings of the content in the revised New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Mathematics and Science.
Our Language Arts and Reading teachers have adopted the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop model developed by Lucy Calkins at Columbia University in our instructional approach to meet the students’ needs. The workshop model fosters independence and authenticity in the writing process while emphasizing interaction between the reader and text.
Character education is a major focal point to our teaching as we understand the importance of social and emotional growth just as much as instruction. We will implement the Second Step program into our school day. The Second Step program teaches empathy and communication, emotion-management and coping skills, and decision making. Along with Second Step, a strong focus will be placed on conflict resolution and peer mediation.
In closing, Mullica Township Middle School is committed to providing our students the best educational experience possible. As you read above, the teaching staff will utilize a variety of approaches to reach this goal. We are excited about the opportunities presented to our students as they are ready for this challenge.