The following highlights are submitted by Irene Policastro, the Secretary to Superintendent John J. Marciante of the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District.
Student of the Month
This year at Clark Mills, we are continuing to incorporate the pillars of Character into our school. We enjoy celebrating the outstanding, positive character traits our students display through monthly nominations to the character education wall of fame from each class.
There is a “Lords and Ladies” bulletin board in the cafetorium, where pictures of our Students of the Month are displayed. We accentuate positive examples of good character in the hopes that the number of incidences of student bullying and peer conflict decrease. It is our belief that one of the most effective measures in creating a safe, friendly and academically oriented environment is to promote the character education themes we focus on and celebrate each month here at Clark Mills School.
In addition, students are recognized by their teachers and staff when demonstrating the character trait of the month with a “Dragon Claw”. Our school counselor announces these students and their positive actions over morning announcements every Friday. A big thank you to our PTA for decorating our entranceway and creating a large poster that is hung above the doors in our entranceway as a reminder to the students of the monthly character trait.
Handprint Banner Painting
When you visit Clark Mills School, you are greeted with a mural displaying our school motto, “Step Up To Learning at Clark Mills.” We believe that the process of learning is like a staircase. As students learn, they climb this educational staircase.
Sometimes we need to hold their hands along the way; other times we need to stand behind them in case they fall back; and there are also times we stand in front calling for them to follow our lead. Students are climbing the steps of learning at different speeds with different strengths. Every year our students make a pledge to “Step Up To Learning at Clark Mills” by placing their handprints upon a grade level banner and reciting the phrase daily during morning announcements.
Our Banner Painting project was a hit again this year, and these colorful additions to our school are displayed in the hallway across from the cafeteria for all the children to see each day. A big thank you to the PTA volunteers for all of their help.
It is very important to set routines and procedures carefully during the first couple of weeks of school. Our Crisis Management Team met to review school crisis plans and our students have begun practicing a variety of safety drills. All drills have been going very smoothly. Our students know that there is no need to worry when there is an emergency because we have concrete plans and caring adults to keep them safe!