Township School has approximately 400 students in pre-kindergarten through
eighth grade. It is a one school
district located in a rural township in Hunterdon County, NJ. Our school is named for the Delaware River,
which runs through part of our township.
Students from Delaware Township School go to high school at Hunterdon
Central Regional High School with students from four other sending districts,
East Amwell, Readington, and Flemington-Raritan. Something special about our township is that
it celebrated its 175th anniversary this past year and the County of
Hunterdon is currently celebrating its 300th anniversary during
2014. One of our former residents, Daniel Bray, was instrumental in securing
boats for the Continental Army to cross the Delaware River when retreating from
the British during the Revolutionary War. Our township also has the last
covered bridge in use in New Jersey.
Our school is proud of not only its township history but also its
attention to science. We have three
science labs in our school, one dedicated exclusively to elementary school
classes and the other two for middle school classes. Every year we hold a Science Night showcasing
student science projects, research, and inventions. Our fifth grade students participate in the
Science Olympiad completion every year and have been known to bring home many
medals. Many of our students move on to
honors science classes in high school. In preparation for this radio contact
with the International Space Station, one of our students earned his amateur
radio operator license and is helping a classmate to earn his license, too.
They will be leading a Radio Club Enrichment program for younger students this
year. We are very excited to make this
radio contact with the International Space Station.
Elementary School (FBES) serves approximately 1,200 students in preK-6th grade,
96 percent of whom who are military dependents. Located on Fort Belvoir, an Army
installation, FBES is part of the Fairfax County Public School System and one
of the largest elementary schools in the Washington metropolitan area. FBES is a STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math) Focus elementary school funded by two consecutive grants
from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) totaling more than
3.1 million dollars. The grant program
is known as, Operation Patriotic STEM (OPS).
OPS has enabled FBES to create a fully equipped STEM Lab and hire a
dedicated STEM Focus resource teacher, who provides inquiry-based, hands-on
lessons for all students. Additionally,
students participate in after-school and summer STEM enrichment programming and
families enjoy STEM field trips and STEM family days. These activities are specifically designed to
increase students’ enthusiasm for STEM education and potentially encourage them
to pursue STEM careers.
The STEM emphasis is further supported through a partnership with
Marymount University (MU). MU education and science faculty and students
organize hands-on STEM activities for the annual family events such as “Family
STEM Day” and the “Science and Engineering Fair and Family Day”. Additionally, MU will begin a new program
for the spring semester 2014. MU pre-service teachers will come to FBES for
their “Math and Science Methodologies in Education” coursework. Pre-service teachers will be bused to FBES
weekly, during the spring semester 2014, where they will be instructed by their
professor and then practice their newly acquired skills in the classroom with
FBES teachers and students. On the day
of the ARISS contact, these students will be present to assist.