What We Offer
Students are provided weekly instruction in art and vocal music
at all grade levels. The Art Program offers a variety of media that are
presented at each grade level. Many objects are introduced to the
students in combination with art prints and basic information about a
particular artist or style. Students are generally exposed to design,
drawing, painting, sculpture and some form of crafts each year. The Art
room is equiped with a kiln so that students have at least one ceramic
project each year. They are encouraged to explore the possibilities of
any medium within a framework that encourages age-appropriate skill
development and evaluation.
In vocal music classes, all students participate in the scheduled
class activities. After School Chorus is offered for grades 4 and 5 in
multiple choral ensembles, each meeting one day a week. Each chorus
performs two programs during the year.
Beginning in the fourth grade students are given the opportunity
to enroll in the instrumental music program. Students choose an
instrument and receive instruction in small groups rotating through the
school day. There are a variety of After School Bands each meeting one
day a week. The bands present concerts twice a year.
The Bartle School also offers a Strings Program. Small group
instruction on the violin, cello and bass is open to all students
beginning in 4th grade. Lessons meet once a week on a rotating schedule
during the day and students will also participate in after school
rehearsals in preparation for concerts. Students are encouraged to
advance on their instrument and participate in advanced ensembles
starting in the spring of fourth grade.
Computers with access to the Internet are available in each
classroom. Bartle owns three wireless computer labs each containing a
class set of laptops. They are used for special projects throughout the
school. Students also use them weekly to access Study Island. The
library/media center houses an additional 36 computers with Internet
access and a media-retrieval system. Students have the opportunity to
create Imovies and HyperStudio presentations. We have Smartboards in the
Media Center and a few of the classrooms. There is also one portable
Smartboard for teacher use.
- World Languages
Spanish is currently being offered to all students in grades two through five.
- Inclusion for Special Needs Children
Bartle School is an inclusive school. Every attempt is made to
place all children in the community with peers in their neighborhood
school. Based on student needs, Bartle offers a number of options geared
to meet the specific needs of its students. These include collaborative
classrooms, some of which have served as models of inclusion in the
- Small Group Academic Support for Skills
Along with smaller group sizes for reading and mathematics in
grades 3-5, Bartle provides some push-in and pull out support for skills
- Counseling Services
A full-time guidance counselor is available all day to help
students with a number of issues around problem solving, self-esteem,
drug, alcohol, and violence resistance, anger management, friendship and
social skills. The counselor is also available to address individual
and family concerns that may affect learning. The Bartle guidance
counselor, Ms. Victoria Poedubicky, can be reached at extension 2007 or
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following forms are for parents who would like to refer their
child to Bartle's Social Decision Making Lab, Counseling Services,
and/or Small Group Counseling.
Social Decision Making Lab Referral Form
Bartle's Social Decision Making Lab has been in existence since
1993. The lab provides individual assistance and focuses on teaching
students in a one on one situation the skills of the Social Decision
Making program in an effort to help children become more self and
socially aware, build relationships, regulate emotions, and make
decisions/problem solve. The facilitators in the lab are undergraduate
Rutgers students who are trained and are supervised by the school
counselor. The lab accepts self, staff and parent referrals. Print out
and complete the form and then return to the counseling office. Lab
sessions occur during the school day at a time mutually agreed upon with
the teacher. Click here for more information.
Counseling Referral Form
Bartle's Counseling Office offers brief supportive individual
counseling to all students as well as responsive counseling. However, if
you would like your child to see the counselor over a longer period of
time for a more specific issue, please complete the counseling referral
form and return to the counseling office. Individual counseling sessions
occur during the school day at a time mutually agreed upon with the
Small Group Counseling Form
Bartle’s Counseling Office offers several small group topics.
Please see the referral form for description of the groups. Small group
sessions occur during lunches.
Social Problem Solving
The school community recognizes the importance of teaching
effective conflict resolution strategies and has adopted the Social
Problem Solving and Social Decision Making curricula developed by Dr.
Maurice Elias. The program is implemented by trained teachers including a
lab equipped with a computerized program that allows students to
practice daily problem solving under the guidance of a trained
professional and student interns from Rutgers. This program has received
national and international recognition and presently serves as a
demonstration site for the state of New Jersey. An additional component
of the program is the Keep Calm Force, a group of fourth and fifth
graders who are trained to help their classmates keep calm on the
Click here for information about the Social Problem Solving/Decision Making Lab.
The year-long Drug Awareness Resistance Education program is
taught to our fifth graders by a member of the Highland Park Police
For more information see these websites - NJ D.A.R.E or D.A.R.E America
Students Taking an Active Role is a community service
organization. All students have the opportunity to be involved in
projects that serve the needs of the Highland Park community and beyond.
Activities have included a read-in, letters to veterens, visits to
senior citizen housing, and food drives.
Highland Park Educational Foundation
Teachers apply regularly to the Foundation for projects that
enhance the curriculum. A number of projects were funded recently
- the purchase of flip video cameras,
- LCD projectors for use with PowerPoint presentations and internet instruction,
- an outdoor environmental camp and a trip to Philadelpia for all fifth graders, and
- the sponsorship of a year-long project to put on a musical,
- on-going support for the two and a half day outdoor education trip to Camp Bernie for all 5th graders.