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K-5 Curriculum Overview

English Language Arts

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The New Jersey Student Learning Standards drive the English Language Arts instruction for the Phillipsburg Elementary Schools (ECLC, PPS, PES). The Journeys © 2017 English Language Arts program, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, incorporates a close reading routine and online tools to develop skills and strategies which enable students to interact with rigorous, authentic texts. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning as they acquire the literacy skills necessary to become independent thinkers, readers, and writers.



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The Phillipsburg Elementary Schools (ECLC, PPS, PES) utilize multiple resources in grades K-5 to create a comprehensive program. Our standards-based curriculum focuses on problem-solving, computation, and fluency skills.  The majority of our math instructional time is spent in small groups and follows the CPA progression. Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract. The areas of focus address the following Domains: Counting and Cardinality (grade K), Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Number and Operations in Fractions (grades 3-5), Geometry, Measurement and Data, and the Mathematical Practices are incorporated in all Domains.


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In order to ensure college and career readiness, the Phillipsburg Elementary Schools (ECLC, PPS, PES) utilize a phenomena-based curriculum model in all K-5 classrooms. The science curriculum incorporates high interest topics infused with literacy. The curriculum embeds scientific and engineering practices in physical, life, and earth sciences as noted in the NJSLS for Science.  Lessons are written to reflect the GRC model, Gather-Research-Communicate.  Our students have access to a variety of resources including Mystery Science, Picture Perfect Science, and Reading A to Z.  STEM classes are offered weekly and support the engineering standards through hands-on activities. Some of these activities include flying drones, Code & Go Robot Mice, Snap Circuits, and Virtual Reality Systems.  

Social Studies

The New Jersey Student Learning Standards drive the Social Studies instruction for the Phillipsburg Elementary Schools (ECLC, PPS, PES), which focus on a deep understanding of concepts and development of skills. Students are encouraged to think critically and systematically about a variety of issues in order to become productive, informed members of local, state, and global communities.

World Language

Students at Phillipsburg Primary School and Phillipsburg Elementary School will have a bimonthly Spanish class. Students in first and second grades will learn basic greetings, classroom objects, and commands. They will continue their study of the language in grades three through five by learning about family, feelings, weather, telling time, and exploring fundamental grammar concepts. Cultural topics related to authentic customs, greetings, food, and celebrations are embedded in this class at all levels.  

Director of K-5 English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Special Subjects
Aubrey Pizzino
Phillipsburg School District 
908-454-3400 x1025
Director of K-5 Mathematics, Science, and Gifted & Talented  
Stephanie Condon
Phillipsburg School District
908-454-3400 x1026