The crucial foundation for learning is established during preschool, kindergarten and first grade. It is the mission of Cozy Lake School to afford each student the opportunity to learn, to achieve success and to become a confident and productive member of a global and technological society prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century.
At Cozy Lake School, we continue to foster diversity of instruction through insightful planning and teaching which challenges every student to recognize their individual strengths. We believe that every student should be challenged to reach his/her true potential and the educational experience we afford each student is reflective of this philosophy.
In an effort to create developmentally and academically responsive classrooms, we design programs and lessons that incorporate the values of equity and excellence. We focus on meeting the learning needs and modalities of each student. By utilizing differentiated instruction, our teachers are able to develop multiple avenues for our students with different abilities, interests or learning needs to experience success. The teachers collaborate during common planning times. The teaching staff creates and implements activities that are interesting, relevant, and valuable. The staff utilizes curriculum maps and pacing guides to ensure that teaching is aligned within each class.
We provide support for basic skills and Special Education. The teachers collaborate to organize Theme Days that connect to the curriculum and that include participation of the parents and community. Community Outreach activities are adopted as extensions of the Theme Days to promote citizenship and civil responsibility.
The Cozy Lake curricular program reflects our commitment to an expanded balanced literacy initiative and implementation of a research-based technologically integrated mathematics program. Teachers infuse a strong base of phonemic awareness along with a rich variety of literature. Students learn to read and develop a life-long love of reading. Students use everyday, real world problems to nurture higher order thinking skills while maintaining their basic math proficiencies. Social Studies and Science lessons bring meaning and connection to the instruction. The curricular program is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and is implemented using current resources.
Utilizing Student Growth Objectives (SGO’s) our teachers target areas of deficiency and make them into yearly goals to improve instructional delivery and student achievement. The students in grade K also experience instruction in Media, Art, Music, Spanish and Physical Education by certified teachers. Our preschool disabled students receive adaptive physical education. The counselor, teachers, and nurse collaborate to teach Health and Character Education. Our teachers continue to update their knowledge base to meet the professional development challenges established by the New Jersey State Department of Education. We utilize and reference current Standards and Frameworks to ensure that all of our students are prepared to meet these standards to the best of their abilities. We reflect on the students’ progress continually in our Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings and review the effectiveness of the program and instruction annually.
Cozy Lake School enjoys a positive relationship with the parents and community. An active Parent Teacher Association is the cornerstone of the effective interaction between parents and staff. Many interesting activities and events are held throughout the year. Consistent with our goals and objectives, the PTA supports quality enrichment programs that provide our students with a variety of cultural, academic and character development experiences. The PTA continues to offer grants that support our teachers with innovative programs and enhance technological advancements.
A child's education at Cozy Lake School is the result of parents, teachers and administrators working together. Thanks to the involvement of dedicated teachers and parents, our children will continue to be afforded challenging and enriching opportunities that will allow them to become independent thinkers, responsible citizens, and life-long learners. At Cozy Lake School, we celebrate the joy of childhood and the wonder of learning.
Dr. Timothy Plotts