The Mary A. Hubbard School is one of two primary schools in Ramsey serving grades pre-kindergarten through grade three. In addition to regular education programs, we are proud to offer self- contained classes for learning/language disabled students and a pre-school handicapped program.
The school itself was built in 1957. The building has a gymnasium, an art room, a music room, a cafeteria, classrooms, and small group instructional areas. Recently completed renovations included the addition of a kindergarten wing, and a music room. There is a computer lab in the library and three computers stationed in each classroom. All of the computers are networked. This means that many programs are instantly available to the staff and students on the computer. Students have become adept at using the on-line catalog in the library. We also have Smartboard capabilities in all of our third grade classrooms and the computer lab.
The Ramsey School District continually reviews and updates curriculum. This takes place on a five year cycle. The two primary schools will be using the Scott Foresman Science and Mathematics programs. Our total curriculum helps students attain the goals set in the New Jersey Curriculum Framework in language arts, mathematics, life skills, science, social studies, art, music, workplace readiness skills, and physical education.
The Hubbard Staff is dedicated to continued professional improvement. The teachers eagerly take courses and attend workshops to further develop their skills. The use of technology has become a tool for instruction as well as a tool for use by students in completing assignments and reinforcing skills.
There is a wide range of extra services available to our students. Our enrichment teacher works with all students in grade three. The basic skills teachers provide extra support in the areas of language, reading, and math to those students in need. The Intervention and Referral Services Committee is charged with helping teachers and students achieve academic success in the regular education environment. The Child Study Team provides diagnostic and consultative services to pupils who are identified in need of special education services.
The Board of Education has supported a parent-initiated program for before and after school care. This program, RAM-SACC is available to students in the Hubbard School cafeteria. This program insures that working parents have reliable supervision for their children as it is needed.
We have a very strong and active parent-teacher organization. From the PTO, we draw many kind parent volunteers who help in our classrooms. Volunteers are especially vital to our kindergarten program, the library, and the computer lab. The PTO also sponsors fundraisers. The funds raised help to provide students with quality assembly programs and extra equipment for school.
The Ramsey Community is also very supportive of our schools. The Ramsey Public Education Foundation was created by concerned citizens to support the schools. The Ramsey Education Foundation provided the Mary A. Hubbard School and district with funds for this year which were sufficient to support a change in the library circulation program. The new program is called "Destiny". Funds were also used to provide Smartboards in the classrooms. The assistive technology materials enables the teachers to create their own multi media lessons for their students.
Our Hubbard Students enjoy engaging in the many exciting educational activities available to them. A caring network of teachers, parents, administrators, and community members supports their efforts. As a school, we recognize that each student is unique and requires appropriate educational challenges and a caring environment to thrive. As teachers design lessons and select the support activities/resources to support the concepts, they keep the individual needs of their students in mind.