Though the MOTSD is supportive of an outstanding program, oftentimes a Mountain View staff member has a burning passion for extension of the curriculum that is supported and funded through the FPTA.  Some examples:

Cultural Arts:  At each Grade Level, a unique learning activity is offered to extend student learning.  These are set for each grade level to ensure a consistent program is available to Mountain View students K-5.

  • At Kindergarten this has resulted in the purchase of several digital cameras for students to use in constructing their learning in meeting the NJCCS in media. This project was extended with the 2013 purchase of "kid friendly" video cameras.
  • 1st Grade students also enjoy use of the digital media for construction of components of their "electronic portfolio in the making."   Students also experience assemblies featuring a live timberwolf supported by several NJ natives dedicated to preserving wolves for future generations to appreciate.
  • 2nd Grade students have learned to use flip cameras (purchased by FPTA and housed in the MV Library) to capture short films that they have written, edited, acted in and directed.  These short films are produced through use of Macbooks (again purchased by the FPTA).  These extend the workshop/field trip provided by Apple which allows the entire grade level to take part in a class-lab activities with Movie Maker and Imovie.
  • 3rd Grade students enjoy the visit and assembly of the Raptor Rehabilitation of NJ.  This extends their understanding of raptors which includes Science classroom studies and even the infamous "Owl Pellet Lab." 
  • 4th Grade students participate in a multi-day workshop "The Language of Drumming".  The Physics units (sound) is extended through this late June learning experience with both lecture and hands-on practice.
  • 5th Grade students will participate in multi-day work shop focusing on the dances of countries studied during Social Studies classes.  The workshop will culminate with homerooms performing a dance.

SCHOOL-WIDE CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

FPTA has recently funded purchase of "The Weekly Reader" and Time for Kids much to the delight of staff and students throughout the year.

The MV Science Fair allows students to work on science projects of their own choosing.  While parent involvement is encouraged, the major emphasis is in the student learning by doing...not watching the parent construct a scale model of the Mississippi River system complete with locks.  While students present their work in an evening "Fair", parents or older siblings do join them for the explanations.  The growth of the Science Fair has been amazing in the past several years, with over 70 student projects on display in 2015.  An added Curriculum Connection extension was added with the "classroom component" which allowed all students to tour the Science Fair exhibits on the day after the Evening Science Fair.  Exhibitors explained their process of project development and recommendations for next steps...without adult support.  The FPTA provides all participants who meet the standards of presentation with an impressive gold medal commemorating their efforts.

Significant support of the Mountain View music program involved not only a collaborative purchase (with MOTSD) of a digital piano for both vocal and instrumental music with additional  sound system purchases to support of the MV Show Choir. 

An extensive commitment to student growth in the performing arts includes a Variety Show that allows all Mountain View students to perform. The FPTA  has also funded multiple X boxes,  big screen tvs and Dance Dance Revolution in addition to other programs for students to use at Lunch recess and in PE classes.

Field Days at Mountain View are huge undertakings requiring many parent volunteers.  The opportunity for students to display their skills and talents in a fun extension of the MV PE curriculum is truly a highlight.  While Character traits are the focus in the primary grades, team competition for the upper grades is a highlight.  The awards, participation momentos and much more are funded through FPTA.

Two Book Fairs at MV are obvious extensions of our Reading Program and requires a Herculean effort from our Executive Board, the Committee and many other volunteers to ensure that all runs smoothly.  The teachers at MV work closely with FPTA and Scholastic to use any rewards from Scholastic to purchase classroom library additions.

Wellness activities are terrific extensions of the PE and Wellness curriculum--giving parents insight as to the way their children's full day at school really operates.

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