Godwin School serves approximately 250 Pre-K to Grade Two students in the Midland Park School District and seeks to provide children with academic, social/emotional and behavioral skills in a positive and safe learning environment. The dedicated Godwin School faculty and administration works collaboratively with families, local organizations and community partners to implement a school program that meets the needs of “the whole child”. Godwin School maintains a significant focus on reading, writing and mathematics, on the development of problem solving and higher-order thinking skills and the reinforcement of good character.
Godwin School offers a three-year-old and four-year-old integrated Pre-K Program and a self-contained Pre-K Disabled Program. The Midland Park Integrated Pre-K Program implements The Creative Curriculum, which utilizes each child’s interest areas as a way of providing experiences that promote cognitive, social, physical and lingual development. Full day kindergarten was implemented this year offering extended instructional, social, and emotional development in the school setting. Grade one and two, in conjunction with kindergarten utilizes Common Core State Standards-aligned programs and appropriate supplements to support students in developing reading, language arts, writing and mathematics skills. Houghton Mifflin’s Go Math! is implemented for mathematics instruction and students experience whole class instruction, leveled learning centers and problem solving activities that are differentiated to meet the needs of children with different learning styles. Houghton Mifflin’s Journeys is a balanced literacy program and supports teachers in differentiating literacy instruction and in meeting students at their individual reading level. Lucy Calkins’ Writers Workshop Model is integrated into the Language Arts curriculum and aligned to CCSS. In addition to the core academic subjects, students participate in Physical Education/Health, Music, Computers/Technology, Library/Media, Art, Enrichment and World Language programs.
The Godwin School faculty collaborates in teams and committees to collect and analyze a wide variety of student data, crafting classroom and student instruction in response to extracted information. Some of the assessment tools currently utilized to identify instructional needs and to measure student growth include Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level System, Journeys and GO Math! Benchmark Assessments, Performance Series, the Test of Cognitive Skills (TCS-2) and other standards-aligned assessment.
Godwin School also offers a counseling program to provide children the skills and support needed for healthy social, emotional and behavioral development. The research-based program, Second Step: Skills for Social and Academic Success is utilized in first and second-grades. Students receive weekly guidance lessons, which are designed to teach children words for expressing feelings and a process for making healthy, safe and effective choices when faced with problems. Parents and guardians receive information related to learned skills for home reinforcement.
The Midland Park School District maintains a unique collaborative relationship with the Hearing-Impaired Program (HIP) of the Bergen County Special Services. On site at Godwin, Bergen County HIP maintains administrative offices and offers an additional integrated Pre-K program to the community. In grades Kindergarten to Grade Two, students of the Bergen County HIP Program are integrated in all Godwin School programs.
Godwin School is supported by a variety of local organizations, agencies and departments, most notably the Midland Park Elementary Parent Teacher Association (MPEPTA) and the Midland Park Public Education Foundation (MPPEF). The MPEPTA funds instructional resources and supplies for our classrooms, obtains and funds curriculum-enhancing assembly programs, and engages the school community in a wealth of exciting community programs and fundraising activities. The MPPEF proactively collaborates with school faculty and administration to achieve goals for the enhancement of instructional equipment and technologies within our school. For more information about Godwin School, please visit our district website: www.mpsnj.org.