BORDENTOWN REGIONAL (05-0475)

Bordentown Regional is a vibrant learning community, and our students engage in meaningful learning, contribute to their communities, and represent themselves, their schools and our district with distinction. The district proudly serves the communities of Fieldsboro, Bordentown City and Bordentown Township. Each school has a unique culture, and our principals, teachers and staff members welcome community members’ active participation in educating youth.
Bordentown’s elementary schools, Clara Barton and Peter Muschal, serve students from pre-kindergarten through grade 3. Students in grades 4 and 5 attend MacFarland Intermediate School, while 6th, 7th and 8th graders attend Bordentown Regional Middle School. In addition to the three aforementioned communities, Bordentown Regional High School also integrates students from New Hanover into its ninth-twelfth grade population.

Students are prepared for success as they begin their academic journey in our full day kindergarten program. Bordentown Regional’s instructional programs require students to apply their knowledge, build critical thinking skills, utilize technology, solve problems, communicate effectively, and develop an understanding of their roles in an increasingly global society. In many facets of our school programs, the rich traditions of Bordentown’s history are taught, honored, and recognized. While exploring an array of academic interests, Bordentown students also have rich opportunities to become involved in fine and performing arts, while intramural and interscholastic athletics additionally are offered to secondary students. Recently adding to the District’s pride has been the selection of both an Athletic All American and an Academic All American, in women’s and men’s soccer, respectively.

Across our district, each student’s learning is guided by teachers, staff and administrators who are committed to preparing students for post-secondary success and to ensuring that each is ready to enter college or career upon high school graduation. Toward this goal, teachers, staff and administrators are members of Professional Learning Communities, where engagement in reflective practice, assessment of student learning outcomes, and currency with best practice research lead to new and innovative practices to advance student achievement. The district’s curriculum is aligned with common core standards, and refining and improving the breadth and quality of students’ learning opportunities are ongoing pursuits.

Our district’s commitment to excellence for our students further is evidenced by numerous initiatives underway for the 2014-2015 academic year. In our elementary schools, students are focusing on their written expression through our continuing work in Writer’s Workshop. Additionally, data systems are being implemented to ensure all teachers are provided with usable information for each student as they progress through the district. The middle school has found success in bolstering students’ literacy skills by implementing common writing assessments across the curriculum. Currently the mathematics department is reviewing their program and resources.

At the high school level, an unprecedented number of students have taken the PSATs, a key assessment in preparation for SAT and ACT participation. An increasing number of students are participating in Advanced Placement courses, with Microeconomics and Statistics being added to the Program of Studies this year. Our students continue to earn college credits through College Accelerated Program offerings with Burlington County College and Farleigh Dickinson University.

Recognizing that the Core Content standards affect assessment and in preparing for PARCC in 2014-2015, our district has accepted invitations to participate in field testing, again realizing that this provides an opportunity to gauge our curricular alignment and student preparation for the next generation in curricular and on-line testing standards. Similarly, technology access and capacities continue to expand, as our district has wireless network capacities in our schools serving students in grade 4-12 and has installed additional 15 interactive whiteboards and 100 lab computers, plus 144 laptops and 48 Chromebooks for student use.

Across the district our staff members participate in ongoing professional development, ranging from graduate school studies to professional memberships and premier professional development provided by our collegiate partners, including Burlington County College, Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University. Many of our faculty either are pursuing or have earned advanced degrees, including at the doctoral level. Our staff recognizes and models the importance of life-long learning.

Students attending Bordentown Regional Schools are fortunate to be educated by a caring and dedicated faculty and staff. Our students receive extra-ordinary support from the Fieldsboro, Bordentown City and Bordentown Township communities. As a result the students of Bordentown Regional are availed opportunities to explore their interest and talents and graduate well-prepared for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.

Constance J. Bauer, Ed.D.
(609) 298-0025