BLACK HORSE PIKE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
The mission of the Black Horse Pike Regional School District is to educate a diverse population in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals of a free and democratic society. We are committed to an exemplary educational program, based upon the Core Curriculum Content Standards as adopted by the State Board of Education. It is the expectation of this district that all pupils achieve the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards at all levels. We will continue to improve students’ and teachers’ technological literacy as a means of preparing for the future with confidence and creativity. Our schools will ensure the safety and security of all students and strive to provide the best learning environment. We will enhance our students’ growth by providing them with a creative, purposeful, and ethical atmosphere. We are dedicated to providing our students an opportunity to achieve academic goals, develop good citizenship skills, and make a positive contribution to society.
The Black Horse Pike Regional School District is a community of lifelong learners nurturing the development of critical thinkers and involved citizens prepared to lead fulfilling lives in a changing world.
1. Raise the level of student - teacher engagement and instructional rigor.
Research is conclusive that teachers make the difference. Our teachers will deliver the very best instruction. There will be multiple opportunities to learn new instructional strategies, like Socratic Seminar. This year, we will re-invigorate Blueprints For Success principles and expect all employees to work towards improving the learning environment. Observers are expected to provide quality feedback, which addresses the utilization of Blueprints in practice.
2. Develop student critical thinking and problem solving skills through reading and writing.The Common Core State Standards and the New Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards call for the development of global competence, which requires students to be able to solve multi-dimensional problems. Multiple research studies have provided ample evidence that writing develops higher order thinking skills and increased writing means improved student performance across all disciplines (Reeves). We will promote a culture of literacy and foster intellectual growth by encouraging independent reading and personal writing reflections in all content areas.
3. Strengthen Curriculum Alignment
A viable, aligned curriculum is the most important factor in raising student achievement (McRel, 2005). We will continue the process, started in the 2008-2009 school year, of aligning curricula and communicating the essential content and skills to students, parents, and the community. For the 2012-2013 school year, we will continue to ensure access to a guaranteed, aligned curriculum, and to improve our assessment practices through professional learning community structures, like vertical and horizontal course/department teams.