When will my child be mainstreamed into regular education classes?
Each student is evaluated individually for mainstreaming. Initially, a student will participate in lunch and recess in the mainstream and as soon as the student is acclimated, mainstreaming for non-academic subjects (Library, Music, Art, Physical Education, and Spanish) with the student's corresponding grade level is begun.
Sixth grade students who have been in the program previously, are mainstreamed for Social Studies or Science, with support. Additional academic mainstream classes are added based on academic and behavioral readiness.
Are there any extra-curricular activities available to my child?
Both Chorus and Instrumental Band programs are offered to Nova Elementary students based on interest and readiness. Parents are responsible for transportation.
In addition, sixth grade students are invited to participate in all Sixth Grade activities including but not limited to, the End of Year Trip, the sixth grade Dance and Promotion exercises.
How are students transitioned from Nova Elementary to Nova North?
Starting in January, sixth grade students begin a series of visitations to the Nova North Program. The first visit is an overview of the program provided by the Nova North CST Social Worker. Subsequent visits entail spending extended time within the Nova North classroom as well as sitting in on a mainstream class. Students also are given the opportunity to enjoy lunch in the Emerson JSHS cafeteria. An I.E.P. meeting is then held at the end of the school year, at the site of the Nova North Program, to prepare the student’s academic program for seventh grade.
MONTHLY RECAP: October Happenings
Students started off the year going to an assembly in honor of Respect week. They watched a NED presentation which stands for Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best.
Students went to the Emerson Junior-Senior High School to see the middle school play titled "Choosing Sides for Basketball".
Nova Elementary went to the Meadowlands for our class trip called Proficient Pollinators. The students viewed parts of flowers, bees and butterflies under microscopes and took a nature walk to look for " pollination in action".
Students of Nova Elementary attend Therapeutic Adventure to help develop competence and team building skills. Activities they participated in were walking a high wire suspended thirty feet in the air, creating strategies to solve challenging activities as a group and horseback riding.
<<<<<<<< A LOOK BACK AT SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR YEAR
HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATION- An annual tradition and part of the third grade Emerson curriculum is Heritage Day. Every third grade student creates a shield depicting the highlights of their country of origin and dressses in traditional costume. Flags of each country are represented and students perform songs and dances from around the world. Afterwards family and community members are treated to delicious food from around the world, made by the students and their parents.
Nova Elementary students celebrated Thanksgiving by writing about what they are thankful for this year. In addition they invited their friends from the neighboring classrooms to join them in their annual Thanksgiving feast. Students brought in their favorite food to share, ate turkey and lots of pie. A great time was had by all!
BOOK REPORTS-Sixth grade students finished reading The Cay a children's novel written by Theodore Taylor. After explaining the book to the rest of the class they shared a coconut with their class mates.
THERAPEUTIC ADVENTURE SKI TRIP......HITTING THE SLOPES!
MW DURING A JAZZ JAM WITH EMERSON MAYOR AND STAFF
Villano Values Vouchers
Villano School is overflowing with students of good character! Villano Values Vouchers enable teachers and staff to offer immediate positive reinforcement to these students who display exemplary behavior and/or good citizenship. When the program was launched, a logo contest was held among the student body, and the winning logo is still gracing the Villano Values Voucher today. Here’s how it works: the adult who feels a voucher is warranted, writes a brief description of the behavior demonstrated by the student. Students who receive a voucher put half of the voucher into a grade-level envelope located on the bulletin for a monthly drawing and take the other half home to share with their families. Then, during the whole-school assembly which takes place the last Tuesday of every month, two Villano Vouchers are drawn per grade. Students are called up, their deeds are acknowledged in front of their peers and teachers, and a group photo is taken to be displayed on the bulletin board outside the main office. These students are then invited to join two teachers for a PTA-sponsored pizza lunch the following Thursday.