Northvale Public School Staff provides a quality education to students
in kindergarten through eighth grade. Since students begin kindergarten
at varying stages of developmental readiness, our primary grades’
curriculum stresses listening, speaking, following directions, letters,
sounds, sight words and word families, hand writing, and fine and gross
motor activities. We utilize the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Program at
grades two and three. The Handwriting Without Tears Program continues
to create very positive results at the kindergarten and first grade
levels. Kindergarten begins an introduction to numbers 1-20, addition,
subtraction, shape recognition, money, and time: clocks and calendars.
Among many other things, the first year of school is about learning to
get along in a group and how to develop the necessary skills for
reading, as well as written expression.
In the first grade,
our Language Arts program is literature-based and focuses on
comprehension, decoding skills, and daily writing. Students use
manipulatives as they learn basic concepts. Reasoning, problem solving
and independence are stressed in all areas. Science and Social Studies
focus on the students’ immediate world.
In second grade,
reading comprehension is a major goal.Students learn word analysis using
phonetic and structural skills as well as parts of speech, punctuation,
spelling and types of sentences.In Math, students learn place value,
multiplication and division facts, and liquid and linear measurement. In
Social Studies, students examine neighborhoods and communities in the
United States.They learn about the world around them by studying maps,
globes, and culture.
In third, fourth, and
fifth grade multiplication and division are the focus of Math, and in
Science, students study sound, energy, the solar system, simple
machines, and the community of living things. In preparation for their
transition to middle school, students are called upon to develop
increasingly higher organizational skills such as time management,
responsibility for work, and respect for people and their community.
Throughout the elementary journey, students also develop their love for
Art, Technology, Music, and Physical Education. They participate in
many enriching activities and the Parent Teacher Organization sponsors a
variety of assembly programs that reinforce the concepts being taught
in all curricular areas.
At the sixth through
eighth grade levels students travel to different classrooms for each
In Math, the students continue to work with decimals, fractions and
percentages, as well as expanding on traditional mathematic operations
as they prepare for Pre-Algebra and Algebra in the seventh and eighth
grades. In Science, they study geology, earth, life, and physical
science. Sixth grade students, parents, and teachers take a three-day
trip to the Greenkill Outdoor Education Center for a hands-on approach
to outdoor-environmental education.
Students in sixth grade Social Studies begin the year learning about the
methods employed by archaeologists to uncover the past. From there,
they travel through time examining human development, starting with
early humans who were hunter and gatherers, and ending with the age of
global encounters and the expansion of empires. Authentic tasks,
performances, publications, interdisciplinary activities, and
discussions of current events are incorporated throughout the year to
extend learning beyond the classroom.
historical focus of the seventh and eighth grade Social Studies classes
is American History. Seventh grade topics include: Three Worlds Meet
(Exploration), Colonization and Settlement, the American Revolution, and
the Growth of the New Nation. Eighth grade topics include: Westward
Expansion, the Antebellum Period, Civil War, Reconstruction, Overviews
of World War I, the Interwar Period, and World War II. In seventh and
eighth grade English Language Arts, students work towards the mastery of
skills introduced in previous years. Continued grammar practice,
sophisticated vocabulary units, and study skills strategies will be
utilized to enhance student communication in both the public speaking
arena and written works. Students also use short stories, novels,
poetry, and mythology to identify the various elements of literature
such as, setting, characters, conflict, point-of-view, theme, etc.
Furthermore, students are developing and refining their reading
comprehension, inferential thinking, vocabulary, and critical thinking
Our Board of Education has approved an annual class trip for students in
each of our grade seven and eight classes. Our seventh grade takes a
one-day trip to Philadelphia where they visit the Franklin Institute and
various historical sites throughout the city. At the eighth grade
level, students take a three-day trip to our nation’s capital,
Washington D.C. where they visit many of our country’s national
monuments and memorials.
students and staff enjoy a facility that is dedicated to the unique
needs of middle school students. We have one of the finest gymnasiums
in the Northern Valley for Physical Education instruction, as well as
both intramural and interscholastic programs. Our Media Center and
Technology Lab are state of the art and the district recently purchased
75 mobil iPads and 40 laptop computers for students in kindergarten
through eighth grade to use! In addition, our Art, Instrumental, and
Vocal Music rooms are bright and spacious.