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Oradell District and Curriculum
Oradell Public Schools contain just a single school that serves about 750 students in grades K-6. After that, students attend middle and high school in the River Dell Regional School District, which Oradell shares with the neighboring River Edge community. Both districts follow the New Jersey Core Content Standards which provide comprehensive, grade-level expectations for all core academic subjects. Students are supported in achieving the goals and teachers regularly assess students to ensure they are achieving the learning standards set out in the curriculum.
Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Oradell District Curriculum
Oradell Public Schools has developed curriculum guides for each content area and grade level that are separated into curricular units. Each unit includes the relevant Common Core Standards; the big ideas, enduring understandings, and essential questions that drive the unit; the assessments used; the objectives (“students will be able to…”); the skills students are expected to acquire by the end of the unit; and the resources that are needed. River Dell Regional School District organizes its curriculum guides similarly.
Each subject area is broken down into its major topics so students develop their knowledge each year. Understanding each topic is guided by essential questions, which turn the learning goal into a question for students to think about as they are learning. Essential questions are open-ended, meaningful questions that help set the stage for and engage students in the learning that is about to occur. An example is “What is the relationship between cause and effect?” This type of thinking helps them see the big picture of what they are learning.
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Keeping Informed: Recent Oradell Educational News
- River Dell Teams Successful During Cyber Security Awareness Week - Two teams from River Dell High recently participated in the Cyber Security Awareness Week Capture the Flag 2015 Online Qualification Round—the largest student-run cyber security event in the country. Students had to work together to solve real-world cyber security problems. The two team ranked 21st and 22nd, respectively, among 240 teams of high school students.
- River Dell Ambassadors Help Create Positive Environment in School - Thirty-three eighth graders have served as Ambassadors for River Dell Middle School. The Ambassadors help to create a positive experience for new and incoming students, mentor peers to positively represent the school in the community, and sponsor charity fundraisers for the school. They helped guide parents and students during Back to School Night and were paired with students who were new to the community in order to help ease the transition to their new school.
- Art Teacher’s Article Printed in National Magazine - An article written by River Dell Middle School art teacher Melissa Miller was printed in an issue of the national art education magazine School Arts. Mrs. Miller included artwork and a lesson plan in her article, and the magazine also chose an eighth grader’s piece to be printed in the feature. Mrs. Miller’s lesson plan was based on Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night and how he used certain types of lines and brushstrokes to create movement in the painting.
Oradell Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed
SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.
Chalk Talk: Big Ideas and Enduring Understandings
Big ideas, enduring understandings, and essential questions are all imperative parts of curricula and lesson plans, as they drive instruction and student learning. All of the learning activities and objectives of a lesson or unit are built around these three things. Big ideas are the most important—and main—concepts that students need to understand from a lesson. For example, a story character’s favorite color being blue isn't a big idea, but the concept that a character’s attitudes, interactions, and intentions can change throughout a story is a big idea. Enduring understandings are similar to big ideas but they take it a step further by actually stating what the student can do or understand in a way that demonstrates his/her comprehension of the concept beyond that lesson or unit; for example: “to be able to apply context clues to understand an unfamiliar word in a story.”