Knollwood School has approximately 590 students; about 230 students in the 4th and 5th Grade and about 360 students in the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade. We believe in teaching to the individual student, challenging our students to become independent lifelong learners, and pride ourselves on academic excellence.
Students in the 4th and 5th grade are enriched daily for an hour and a half of English Language Arts, an hour of Mathematics, and an hour of Science and Social Studies, as they alternate throughout a six day cycle. Students will continue to participate in DEAR, two-thirty minute periods of Spanish and will be the given the opportunity to strengthen their math and grammar skills each day for an additional thirty minutes. This year students will be included in the Innovation Lab and will have a second hour of Physical Education throughout the six day Special Area schedule.
Our 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students will be given an hour and a half of instructional time for Literacy, an hour for Mathematics, an hour for Science and will alternate Social Studies and World Language each for an hour every other day. All students in the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade will be given the opportunity to participate in the Innovation Lab and will also have a second, one hour period of Physical Education within their Special Area rotations.
All Knollwood students, starting September 2017, will be immersed in the new Next Generation Science Standards. The New Student Learning Standards of Science will be taught during each instructional period for all grade levels. Students in the 4th grade will have two hours of Science instruction and students in the 5th grade will have a total of three hours of Science instruction each week. Our students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade will have a an hour of Science each day, which has increased from the previous years.
This year we have adopted the enVision Math Program in 4th and 5th Grades and the Big Ideas Program in grades 6th thru 8th. Both programs provide children with meaningful and relevant mathematical experiences that give them a rich store of information from which they can develop mathematical insight, reasoning and creativity. The programs challenge students to develop habits of mind to use when confronted with mathematical problems and raises the academic bar for our students in mathematics. The new mathematics programs in our school are both challenging and exciting and our instructional period has increased by 15 minutes daily. The result of our strong mathematics curriculum is evident in the work that occurs in the classrooms on a daily basis and in the consistently high standardized test scores that our students achieve.
Literacy (Integrated Language Arts)
The Fair Haven School District will continue to implement a workshop approach in our English Language Arts and Literacy classes by utilizing the materials from Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) at Columbia University. Our classrooms are filled with brand new TCRWP classroom libraries with a variety of books organized by genre, reading levels, and units of study. Teachers are provided with intensive and extensive staff development in the teaching of literacy as they continue to extend their understanding of how to motivate youngsters to achieve the best results possible. Our students develop their literacy skills by experiencing an integrated and meaningful approach to reading and writing tasks. Students are engaged in authentic reading and writing tasks. The results of this effort are evident in the outstanding literacy work that our children produce on a daily basis and the consistently high standardized test scores they achieve.
Social Studies instruction in grades 4th and 5th grade will be provided twice within the six day schedule. Teachers will not only focus on the standards, but will be sure to emphasize the skills needed for students to be successful in middle school. In grades 6th thru 8th, students will now follow an A/B schedule along with World Language. Students will be provided with an hour of Social Studies instruction followed by an hour of World Language instruction. Social Studies teachers will also co-teach along with the Literacy teachers in the middle school. Students will receive instruction from both teachers for a half hour, every other day. Social Studies New Jersey Student Learning Standards will be integrated throughout the Literacy block and will support the knowledge needed to make connections as students read a variety of texts and write an assortment of genres throughout the school year.
Our World Language instruction allows for students to spend most of their class time conversing in the language as opposed to textbook-driven activities. This year, only our 7th and 8th Grade students will have the opportunity to “layer” their language study by taking both Spanish and French. Additionally, some 8th graders take Chinese at the regional high school.
2018-2019 Instructional Pathways for Grades 6-8
Knollwood offers students a variety of instructional pathways to meet their full academic potential. Below are descriptions of the various pathways offered to students enrolled in grades 6 through 8. Students are selected for courses each year and are not locked into any particular track. This affords each eligible student an opportunity to be part of an accelerated program, as opposed to being locked into a cohort of advanced study. Through teacher observation and various data points, students who meet the criteria for an accelerated course of study will be enrolled in the appropriate section/subject.
Data Points: PARCC, iReady, placement tests, final grades
6th, 7th, 8th Grade Math and Algebra
Students in the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Math courses continue to learn the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Mathematics by utilizing the Big Ideas math program. Our math teachers teach to our new Math Curriculum, which is posted on our website.
6th and 7th Grade Accelerated Math and Accelerated Algebra
Students in the 6th and 7th Grade Accelerated Math courses and Accelerated Algebra courses continue to learn the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Mathematics by utilizing the Big Ideas math program. The accelerated and advanced courses will allow students to navigate through topics in mathematics that are beyond the regular grade level standards and algebra standards. The standards and content will be presented in a more rigorous in-depth format.
Literacy Pathways - 8th Grade Only
Data Points: PARCC, iReady, placement tests, final grades, Lexile levels
Students in Honors Literacy will read many of the same texts as 8th Grade Literacy students however, they will be required to read more companion texts to deepen their understanding of themes and issues driving the text. More of this work will be independently accomplished with a follow-up discussion or seminar when class reconvenes. Students will have additional opportunities to demonstrate their understanding through project-based learning.
World Language Pathways
Data Points: Placement tests (reading, writing, speaking, listening), final grades
Spanish and French
Students in Spanish and French focus on listening and speaking through the techniques of student directed Storytelling. Reading and writing domains are a focal point with increased level of mastery on verbs and vocabulary, including grammar.
Spanish Honors/French Honors
Students in Spanish and French Honors will be expected to read more demanding texts, with increasing rigor of verbs and adverbs, including reflexive verbs. Students will receive intensive review at more frequent intervals. Cognates are folded into the texts to assist in the ease of transition between languages and connections.
Amy Romano, Principal