About Our School

NATIONAL PARK SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

At National Park School students will reach their maximum potential academically, physically, emotionally and socially. National Park students are 21st century learners, able to problem-solve and apply technology skills to process their own ideas. The students of National Park School will exhibit individual growth as indicated on standardized grade level assessments and classroom performance. Students will demonstrate personal responsibility by being prepared for class, treating others with respect, arriving on time with required materials, completing homework and actively participating in class discussions and activities. National Park students will be prepared for an ever-changing, global society.

A NOTE FROM MRS. BITTNER

Hello! My name is Carla Bittner and I am proud to be the principal at National Park Elementary School where we are committed to learning that is meaningful, ongoing, relevant and engaging. Coming from a long line of educators, I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a teacher. I attended Houghton College where I majored in Elementary Education and Spanish. My teaching career began as a third and fourth grade multiage teacher at Evergreen Avenue School in Woodbury, NJ where I taught for eight years. While there I earned my Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist through Rowan University as well as my principal certification at Drexel University. For two and a half years I was the principal at Upper Township Primary School in Marmora, NJ before joining National Park. I am honored to be a part of the National Park School Family. As an educator I believe in creating an environment in which all students find success. Setting clear, realistic expectations allows students to thrive socially, emotionally and academically. I believe in challenging all students to reach their fullest potential and empowering them to take ownership of their education. I believe that the staff at National Park School is incredibly capable of creating a learning environment that exceeds expectations! Any spare time outside of school is spent with my sons Tyler and Logan and my husband Michael. We spend our time together at soccer practice, enjoying the beach and playing games. I am proud to be the mom and wife of a fantastic family!

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK SCHOOL

National Park School is a vibrant educational environment where teachers, students, families and community members work together to promote a love of learning. Comprised of approximately 50 staff members and 275 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade, the school is located in National Park, a small town along the Delaware River. Founded on rich history, National Park School is committed to excellence in education. The staff is dedicated to providing students with meaningful, ongoing, relevant and engaging learning experiences.

Instructional Initiatives

The National Park School curriculum has been modeled after the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). Our English Language Arts Program places an emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening experiences through an integrated instructional framework provided via McGraw-Hill’s Wonders program. Guided reading, shared reading and writer’s workshop characterize our literacy approach. Everyday Math and NJCTL’s Progressive Math Initiative, our mathematics programs, emphasize real world applications of mathematics as fundamental principles embedded in daily instruction from one academic year to another. In addition, we are proud to offer comprehensive science and social studies programs along with a World Language experience for all elementary students.

Through differentiated instruction, we strive to meet the individual academic and social needs of all students. Our school utilizes multiple performance measures to monitor student progress such as portfolios, journals, rubrics, project-based activities and authentic assessments, all aligned to the NJSLS. By way of leveled instruction, our teachers and support staff provide learning opportunities customized to meet each student’s needs.

Fine Arts at their Finest

In addressing the needs of the whole child, National Park School offers a broad spectrum of programs that are designed to compliment the learning experience.

Our Physical Education/Health Program emphasizes cooperation and offers students opportunities for collaboration and teamwork. Developing lifelong healthy behaviors in our children is the primary goal of our health program with a focus on the promotion of healthy eating habits and the importance of an active lifestyle.

Our Visual and Performing Arts areas afford our students with multiple opportunities to excel in the areas of art and music. Many students take part in instrumental music lessons and chorus which are offered to all students in fourth through sixth grades. Both the instrumental and vocal programs are exciting and integral parts of our daily instruction. General music classes are also provided to our students on a weekly basis, providing them with an exposure to various forms of music. The Art Program exposes students to a wide range of techniques and mediums to enhance their creativity and appreciation of the arts. Projects range from sculptures to paintings to digital stories as students are provided with opportunities to expand their artistic aptitude.  

Our instructional Media Center allows our students to work with ever-expanding resources necessary when completing research and investigating various works of fact and fiction.

Character Counts

Our Character Counts Program is infused throughout all aspects of the school environment. Throughout the school year students are taught the importance of being Ready to Learn, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Citizenship, Caring and Trustworthiness. Students exhibiting model behavior are recognized through the Superkids program. Public recognition promotes the character traits that define our students as productive members of their global society.

Welcome to the 21st Century

We continue to enhance our technological capabilities as we embrace the 21st Century, both to improve instruction as well as to increase home-school communication. Designed to inform, our website allows users to easily retrieve time-sensitive information regarding school initiatives and locate important information about the district. Individual teacher websites allow families to easily access information specific to their child’s classroom.  

Parents/guardians with students in grades three through six are provided with access to OnCourse Connect, an online system in which parents/guardians are able to monitor their child’s academic progress. At National Park School we are committed to increasing use of technology to enhance academics as well as communication.

At National Park School we are dedicated to providing an education that prepares our students for life in the 21st century. This not only includes teaching students how to think critically, work collaboratively and be creative, we must also prepare our students by providing the tools to do so. We are fortunate that all students in 2nd through 6th grade will receive a personal Google Chromebook to use each day. This use of technology is a strong step forward in preparing our students to be college and career ready and to better compete on a global level. As more educational materials become available online, we are able to save on the cost of textbooks and workbooks while providing your child with a more effective, engaging learning experience.

In addition to technology’s infusion into daily classroom instruction through the use of laptops, iPads, SmartBoards and Chromebooks, Pre-K-2nd Grade students participate in a Technology Program that provides them with a greater understanding of the many ways computers can be utilized. Students receive training in programs such as Excel, PowerPoint and Word documents, applying their learning through authentic computer based projects. 

A Family Affair

The most important relationships in a child’s life begin with the family. At National Park School, we rely on the support of our families to partner with our staff in promoting the importance of education. From parent-teacher conferences, to concerts and special programs that are offered in our school, parent participation is extremely important to us and vital to our success. Many family members regularly volunteer their time to assist in creating a positive school environment. One of our continuing goals is to enhance our communication links between the school and families in order to increase student success. 

National Park School benefits from an active Home and School Association (HASA). Comprised of many dedicated parent volunteers, HASA is committed to providing students with opportunities for social engagement as well as dedicating extensive energy to fundraising for school needs. HASA has contributed a substantial portion of funds to provide our students with educational field trips throughout the Garden State. We are grateful for such an involved group of parents/guardians! 

Patriot Pride

National Park School is an exceptional educational environment thanks to its devoted staff and families. We take great pride in creating a safe and secure atmosphere in which students will thrive socially and academically. We are dedicated to providing students with educational experiences that enable them to develop into productive citizens.