Instructional Design

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Two Newmark K-8 students posing together for picture
Newmark students' Family Tree projects
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Newmark K-8 Instructional Areas

Newmark K-8 School provides each student with an appropriate education based upon his/her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) developed by their school district in accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:14. The integration of the New Jersey Learning Standards is applied to individual students as is appropriate within their IEP. It is the goal of the Newmark K-8 School that students are appropriately challenged with a rigorous curriculum.

Instructional Focus

Newmark is approved to administer all New Jersey mandated testing, including those created by the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA).

Classrooms are student-centered, learner- active environments with state-of-the-art technology as a part of each subject. Students use the computer as a tool in their daily learning.

 

Learning Standards


New Jersey Student Learning Standards are implemented in all subject areas:

  • Language Arts Literacy
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish (all grade levels)
  • Physical Education & Health Program
  • Art/Drama Programs linked to classroom learning
  • Music Appreciation
  • Career Readiness
  • Organization & Study Skills

Newmark K-8 School provides each student with an appropriate education based upon his/her Individualized Education Program (IEP), developed by his/her school district in accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:14.  The integration of New Jersey Student Learning Standards is applied to individual students as is appropriate within his/her IEP.

Support Services


  • Full-time school counselors providing group and individual social skills training utilizing research validated and effective curriculum
  • School Nurse & Health Screenings
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Parent Workshops
  • Parent Communication (Weekly Teacher Phone Calls, Parent Training & Information Seminars)
  • School Breakfast and Lunch Program
  • Independent Practice at home

 

 

SOAR Study Skills Curriculum

Newmark Middle School students utilize the SOAR Study Skills Curriculum. The SOAR Study Skills Curriculum teaches the most critical learning, organizing and communication skills needed to be successful in school.

Extended School Year (ESY)

Optional for qualified students in July:

  • Full-Day Academic Program
  • Life Skills Training
  • Field Trips
  • Counseling
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Male student in blue shirt working on class assignment at table.
Newmark students during production of Peter Pan play
Newmark students sitting on floor working on class assignment.

Newmark classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art computer technology, including Smart Boards and wireless laptops that allow for interactive learning.

IP  - Independent Practice (IP)

Newmark offers the opportunity for students to practice their academic skills away from the classroom.  Independent Practice is important because it helps students develop and refine intellectual skills, develop into independent learners, and nurture an identity as successful learners.  The purpose of Independent Practice is to check whether the student understands a concept or skill; to practice a skill learned in class; to preview something he/she will learn in class soon and to review for a test or quiz.  Research recommends “the 10-minute rule” per grade level for all subjects.  For example a child in third grade will receive 30 minutes.  IP will not be given over long holiday breaks.  Independent Practice is given nightly as a formative assessment for feedback and is not graded.