ALL ABOUT UTPS
The Primary School serves the early childhood population of Upper Township, educating approximately 480 students in preschool through second grade. At the Primary School we focus on building the foundation of learning, facilitating the necessary social and academic development for future school success. The educational program is delivered in a manner that integrates all subject areas and disciplines as aligned with the New Jersey Core Content Standards.
The preschool program is a full day program for three and four year olds, following the same calendar as the other students in the Primary School. The preschool is comprised of four classrooms- one classroom that is dedicated to servicing preschool students with special needs and the other three classrooms maintaining a balance of approximately five special needs students and ten general education students. The preschool teachers utilize a program called Creative Curriculum to guide their instructional approach. Creative Curriculum is based on four developmental areas- social, physical, language and cognition- with 36 specific goals for preschool students. While academic preparation is a component of the preschool program, the main focus is on these developmental areas that will enable students to succeed socially, emotionally and academically in future schooling.
The preschool program is a tuition-based system with participants selected through a lottery held in the spring in preparation for the following school year. If you are interested in learning more about the lottery based preschool program, please contact Social Worker Jill Clark at ext. 2144.
If you believe that your child would qualify for the preschool program as a result of developmental delays, please contact School Psychologist Beth Leap at ext. 2168.
KINDERGARTEN-2nd GRADE PROGRAMS
The school’s Language Arts Program integrates writing, reading, handwriting, spelling, speaking and listening. Teachers engage in professional development on an ongoing basis to improve techniques and methods in Language Arts that include training in Guided Reading and Writer's Workshop. Individual student needs are met through flexible reading groups and with the support of Academic Support teachers. The following provides an overview of our Language Arts programs:
DIBELS: We use a standardized instrument to help identify and then offer interventions to students in the emerging phase of reading development in kindergarten through second grade. By using the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy (DIBELS) we are able to pinpoint areas of reading literacy where children need assistance. At the primary level we are working on skills that involve phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is the understanding that spoken language is made up of a series of small sounds, or phonemes, an understanding that is fundamental to making the connection between the sounds of spoken language and the letters of written language. Research indicates that a child's level of phonemic awareness is one of the best predictors of success in learning to read. Academic Support teachers work with small groups of students who show deficiencies in the various areas of phonemic awareness on a revolving basis. We administer the DIBELS three times per year to all students K-2. Student groups are formed based on those results, offered interventions, progress-monitored and then continue services or are released as they master these skills. Different groups of children receive services systematically throughout the year based on their individual results.
Fundations: The Fundations Program from Wilson Reading is being implemented on a regular basis in kindergarten, first and second grades as a component of the Language Arts program. The program focuses on sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency and spelling.
The Primary School’s Mathematics Curriculum (Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley) meets the New Jersey State Content Standards in the area of Mathematics. We continue to focus on math program assessments to assist us in determining individual student and grade level strengths as well as areas needing improvement. Our math program includes in-depth development of skills in the following areas: Numeration, Geometry, Measurement, Algebraic Thinking, Problem Solving and Probability & Statistics.
The Primary School offers a full range of quality special programs to students preschool through 2nd grade. Students receive instruction in Art, Music, Physical Education and Health, Technology, Library and Spanish taught by highly certified staff on a six-day cycle.
The school district is in the process of a significant technology initiative with all teachers utilizing a MacBook to assist with the development and implementation of our instructional programs. In addition, a number of SmartBoards have been installed throughout the Primary School, allowing teachers to utilize the most recent advancements in technology for instructional purposes. Student technology integration at the Primary School is accomplished through a Computer Lab and computers in the classroom.
At the Primary School we encourage parental involvement. Parents are welcome to volunteer in the lunchroom, the Library, the Art Room and the classroom. The more a parent is involved, the greater success their child will have in school.
Upper Township Primary School
130 Old Tuckahoe Road
Marmora, NJ 08223
Academic Hours of Operation
Main Office Hours
1st Grade Lunch
2nd Grade Lunch