Mrs. Coughlin and Mrs. Masnica's classes attended a Young Athletes Unified Game Day at the Special Olympics Sports Complex in Lawrenceville on June 10th. They were accompanied by students in Mrs. Ryan and Miss Rubinstein/Miss Sherak's classes to "Play Unified" during track and field, softball, strider race and obstacle course events. It was a great day for everyone!
Mr. Civile's class attended a Summer Games Unified Game Day at The College of New Jersey on June 10th. They were accompanied by students in Mrs. Angelillo's class to "Play Unified" during track and field, golf and bocce events. All of the students had a wonderful day interacting and playing during this great event!
Mrs. Coughlin, Mrs. Masnica and Mr. Civile's classes competed in a Track and Field Olympics on June 3rd, which their students along with student ambassadors participated in a javelin throw, baton relay and long jump. Parents were able to cheer them on for this wonderful event!
“The true test of character is not how much you know how to do, but how you behave when you don't know what to do.” is a motto that Benjamin Franklin students are encouraged to live by everyday. Developing 21st century citizens is as important as being persons of good character. Our rigorous curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Standards while providing real-life problem solving strategies.
There are numerous initiatives apparent this year. The most prominent is that every student in grades two to five is in possession of their own Chromebook at school and will travel home in their backpack instead of a textbook. Teachers are making assignments through Canvas and creating Wikis instead of worksheets. Writing pieces are receiving immediate feedback as their teachers make comments through Google docs. Kindergarten and First graders are also integrating technology in their classes with iPads.
Kindergarten, first and second graders are experiencing Math through the hands-on approach of Math in Focus. Concepts are mastered by stages: concrete (hands-on), pictorial, and then abstract. Students are developing a greater understanding of number sense through this learning experience.
Our students have many opportunities beyond the academic curriculum to become well-rounded individuals. They may participate in Art Club, Chorus, Band, and Orchestra as well as Student Council and Safety Patrols during the school day. Beyond the scheduled hours there are clubs such as Ben and Us (the school newspaper) Dance Fitness, Technology, Theater Arts, Environmental and Cooking Club.
Benjamin Franklin School enjoys a solid base of community support through our PTA. This organization provides many additional resources and activities to our students and families. Our Parent University provides the necessary information for our parents to support their children at home. We value the importance that families play in our success in educating their children.
We hope that we live up to our motto, “The true test of character is not how much you know how to do, but how you behave when you don't know what to do. ”
Steven Preville 732-650-5300