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Overview
 
Welcome to Packanack Elementary School


Packanack School is located on the north shore of Packanack Lake in Wayne Township. Presently the school has an enrollment of 500 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5.  Instruction in all academic subjects
 is aligned to the New Jersey Common Core Standards which is based on thematic and integrated units-of-study that promote 21st Century skills. Language Arts instructional strategies are consistent with Teacher's College Readers and Writers Workshop that develops high level thinking and problem solving skills that are transferrable to a variety of learning circumstances. The successful utilization of cooperative learning strategies, differentiated instruction modalities, curriculum supported by technology and thematic units have helped to make Packanack a special place to learn.


At Packanack School the mission is to build strong character through emphasis on the basic philosophy of educating the “whole” child. Children should be made the center of the learning process and their individuality is a major focus. Each child is treated as a unique individual. However, children should be responsible for their behavior and know that there are rewards and/or consequences for their actions.  Children are taught to take ownership of their behavior by taking part in Peer Mediation, Student Government and Cooperative Discipline. Staff members have been trained in these concepts and they reach out to the parent constituency group on these topics.

In the area of instruction, teachers are aware of the differences among their students and they plan and teach accordingly. They realize that active learning can be realized only through consistent effort by the home and the school working together. This balance allows for the learning to continue while teaching study skills and test taking strategies that will serve them in their later school years. The strengths of Packanack School are many and these qualities help us to accomplish our goals. We promote school pride on many fronts and there is consistent home contact by the staff though phone calls, conferences, and newsletters.

At Packanack the enthusiasm and a desire to learn that emanates from children's natural curiosity is a goal for intrinsic love of learning. The efforts of the staff are directed towards making our school the best possible learning environment for the children. Our school sign reads: “Childhood should be a journey - not a race.” At Packanack School we think we accomplish this goal!

Packanack Elementary School • 190 Oakwood Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470 • Phone: 973-633-3170

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