Welcome to Tewksbury Elementary School
Kindergarten through Fourth Grade
Coming up our tree-lined driveway to Tewksbury Elementary School, you are immediately drawn to the pastoral beauty surrounding our Kindergarten through fourth grade school that was recognized this year as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. This honor was bestowed upon a small number of schools by the United States Department of Education and is due to the excellent effort of our school community and especially the Tewksbury Elementary School staff.
When you walk into our building you immediately see a mural of a rural landscape created by students and staff. As you continue your tour, creative street signs throughout the hallways, such as “Caring Court” and “Responsibility Road” reflect our focus on character development. Adjacent to our lobby is a high-tech Media Center, home to 14,000 books, 12 student computers, and a SmartBoard. Next door is our spacious Computer Lab which houses 24 new computers. The technology enhances instruction by accommodating various learning styles. This facility and all classrooms house computers, SmartBoards, printers, and ELMO (Electricity Light Machinery Organization) projectors. ELMOs use digital technology to provide high resolution images and are utilized daily to integrate our curriculum. Each teacher is equipped with a laptop which provides links to the latest resources. Some of the latest technological strategies, such as Skype and podcasting, provide the opportunity for our students to connect to students around the world.
A distinguished feature of our school is one that is hard to measure, but quickly felt. Visitors to our school have made the following comments: “The students and staff seem so happy and enjoy being in school!”, “The school feels like a family”, and “The atmosphere is unique and special”. These quotes reflect our school as child-centered, collegial, and philosophically cohesive. Teachers, parents and students work together to make our school an exciting, supportive environment, where risk-taking is valued, higher level thinking and creativity are nurtured, and love of learning is fostered.
The sense of school community is evident in monthly school-wide assemblies held in our beautiful cafetorium, equipped with a huge stage. These provide an opportunity for students and staff to share talent and performances (i.e. skits, songs, choral readings) where everyone learns and enjoys being part of the school community. Other activities include First Grade “Moon Breakfast”, Second Grade “Study Buddies”, Third Grade “Science Fair”, and Fourth Grade “Multi-Cultural Feast”. We also enjoy talent shows and the annual “Dr. Seuss Night” which encourages families and even local police and politicians to participate! Our teachers develop a sense of community through grade-level articulation, “Book Studies”, and “Just an Hour” workshops, which provide opportunities for staff to share best practices. School-wide curriculum committees keep our curriculum current and aligned with state core standards.
A significant part of our community spirit comes from the involvement of our PTA, the Tewksbury Education Foundation, parents, and the Tewksbury community as a whole. Even during these difficult economic times, we can count on community support for the passing of the school budget. Additional contributions from our PTA include a new playground and cafetorium curtains which control heat and light and allow for technology to be used during our assemblies. The Tewksbury Educational Foundation has contributed extensive technology, including computers, ELMOs, and SmartBoards. The Education Foundation also has funded world-class staff development by inviting nationally known guest speakers in their field. Outstanding authors and scientists are regularly funded by the Education Foundation for in-school extended residencies to enhance our curriculum in language arts and science. As part of the Character Education program, our large “Victory Garden” has provided up to 300 pounds of vegetables annually for the local food pantry. It is tended by students during the school year and families in the summer. Other community and school-service activities include Canned Compassion Campaign (for the food pantry), March of Dimes Reading Champions, Pennies for Patients, American Heart Association Wear Red Campaign, and Hearts for Haiti Fund.
Tewksbury Elementary School is the perfect example of what can be accomplished when a community works together for a common purpose. We are at the heart of this community that strives for educational excellence for our children.
Such a strong educational community provides a great foundation to achieve our district’s mission which is:
Tewksbury Township Schools value the uniqueness of all students and will provide child-centered, innovative learning experiences which enable each student to explore new areas and to develop self-esteem, academic excellence, creativity, social awareness, and an enthusiasm for learning.