Center Square School

Center Square School welcomes approximately 233 Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade students daily from Logan Township.  The school was opened at its present location in 2001.  Our Prekindergarten program is half day with an AM and PM session.  The program is tuition-based, however for students who qualify for our free and reduced program, tuition is free.  Our preschool uses the state-approved High Scope Curriculum.  We also have a Preschool Disabled Program (PSD) for students who are classified under special education.  The PSD program is half day as well.

The Kindergarten program at Center Square School is full day.  Each Kindergarten class has a classroom aide.  Our First Grade classes have a 2 hour classroom aide supporting students.  The Kindergarteners’ and First Graders’ academic day is highlighted by our English Language Arts Balanced Literacy program.  The Literacy program includes:  Guided Reading, Shared Reading, Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop.  We use the Kid Writing Program in Kindergarten.  The Units of Study from the author Lucy Calkins is utilized in First Grade.  Our English Language Arts Curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Standards.

The mathematics instruction at Center Square School is provided by the Everyday Math Resource.  Everyday Mathematics is part of an elementary school mathematics curriculum which was developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP).  The Everyday Mathematics Program is used in both Kindergarten and First Grade.  The program gives students the opportunity to have concrete experiences, many of which are hands on activities.  Our Mathematics Curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Standards.

At Center Square School we utilize Positive Behavior Support.  Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a systems approach to effective and positive behavior support for all students.  PBS utilizes a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behaviors.  PBS includes a continuum of strategies for achieving desired social, behavioral and learning outcomes.  The program strives to prevent challenging behaviors and teaches alternatives to those behaviors.  PBS is an effective method for enhancing students’ social-behavioral skills and creating a more positive school climate.

Logan Township School District’s Positive Behavior Support Team collaborated to create district-wide behavior expectations which are:

 We “PAWS” to be…Safe, Kind, Respectful, Responsible, The Best We Can Be.

 The expectations are further expanded on in the following environments:

 ·         Classroom

·         Hallway

·         Bathroom

·         Cafeteria

·         Playground/Recess

·         Arrival/Dismissal

·         Bus

·         Everywhere/All the Time

Students are recognized for meeting the expectations in the environments through receiving a verbal praise, “PAWS” ticket, selecting a prize from the treasure box and school wide activities.

Students can receive a “PAWS” ticket from a teacher, staff member and/or bus driver.

Center Square School recognizes the importance of diversity.  Our students in Kindergarten and First Grade are exposed to the Italian Language weekly.  The students will learn about the culture and customs of Italy.

In addition to Italian, all of our students are exposed to the special areas consisting of Art, Music, Technology and Physical Education.

Logan Township School District’s Board of Education has given a tremendous amount of support to Center Square School.  All of our classrooms are equipped with Smart boards.  In addition to the Smartboard, each classroom has 6 computers to support our focus on small group instruction. Our students also have access to iPads and the first graders have access to Chromebooks.  Other  programs the students have access to include:  Everyday Math On-line Games, Microsoft Word and Compass Odyssey as well as many apps.

Finally, at Center Square School, we are extremely fortunate to have Parent Volunteers in our school.  Our Parent Volunteers assist in our classrooms by providing our students and teachers with support.  Also, our Home and School League provides financial support for assemblies and special projects for students.  The Center Square School community which includes students, parents, teachers, administration and township citizens, proudly share in the achievement and development of all of our students.

Mrs. Beverly Green

Principal, Center Square School

(856) 467-5133 ext. 600

bgreen@logan.k12.nj.us

www.logan.k12.nj.us

 

Last Modified on January 28, 2015