Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Chittick success
The James J. Chittick Elementary School has a dedicated principal, faculty, and an engaged community committed to the success of the school.
Over the last few years, the school has acquired an autism program and increased the number of early childhood classrooms. The dedicated teachers have also worked diligently to obtain national accreditation from The National Association for the Education of Young Children and recently obtained a grant from The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation to establish a new school library. Furthermore, the teachers organize the “Annual Chittick Gala” to raise funds for programs for the children. “We want everyone to know how invested our teachers are in the entire Chittick community,” says principal Michelle Burnett-Herndon.
Another exciting program taking place at the school is the The Chittick Players. This is an after-school theater program that produces and performs an annual school play for the school community. The program was organized and operated by two outstanding teachers, Ms. Eddington and Ms. Czaja. The Chittick Players have starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Annie. Students in grades K-5 have participated in the productions.
This fall a full time physical education teacher and a full-time visual arts teacher were added to the staff. The school also hopes to implement PLAYWORKS, a program that encourages positive behavior, teamwork, mutual respect, and fun during recess and playtime; and plans to adopt The Ten Boys Club to support male students.
“Families who choose to send their children to our school send all of their children to our school and are very happy with the positive environment,” says Ms. Burnett- Herndon. “We are working to collaboratively ensure that every child achieves at high academic levels.”