• Kelli Velez, Supervisor

    Cathy Congiusta, Secretary

    ** Important Notice**

    I wanted to give you information about resources that can be accessed by students and teachers at EBPL.

    All students and teachers can sign up for library cards remotely and EBPL will mail them to their house. They can sign up at https://www.ebpl.org/signup

    As always, teachers and students should use their ebnet.org email addresses when filling out applications so the library knows they are eligible for EB cards even if they are non-residents.

    The below video shows students (and teachers) how to obtain an EBPL card and access digital books by taking them on a virtual field trip to the EBPL website. It was created by Christine Sulva, an 8th grade teacher. It is more appropriate for older students.

    https://ebnet.instructuremedia.com/embed/22bb3a72-f253-4168-911d-28db6d27e603 

    A list of all elementary school databases with descriptions of what is included is here: https://www.ebpl.org/kids/kids-databases.cfm

    A full list of all of the ebook and eAudiobook resources is here: https://www.ebpl.org/main/ebpl-downloadables.cfm

    For younger kids, the best resource would be Tumblebooks which are essentially read-aloud picture books and EZ Readers. For older kids, Hoopla is great and it has ebooks, audiobooks, and tons of graphics. eLibraryNJ has other eAudiobooks and eBooks. EBPL has videos for how to use both of these resources on the website.

    Finally, they also have a website Creativebug that has tons of arts and crafts ideas and step by step instructions for how to do them, so in case teachers or students start having cabin fever stuck at home, they could try this as well.

    If you have questions about getting cards, getting students’ cards, or any of the EBPL resources please reach out to Aaron Pickett directly and he will help them with it. (Aaron Pickett apickett@EBPL.org)

    For most of these a library card is needed to access it.

    In the event that your library card doesn't work, below are the schools’ library card numbers.

    The PIN for all of these are 1234

    EAST BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL(DBO)                   29344002390309

    CHURCHILL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (DBO)                29344002390390

    HAMMARSKJOLD MIDDLE SCHOOL (DBO)                 29344002390481

    BOWNE-MUNRO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (DBO)           29344002390572

    CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (DBO)                     29344002390366

    CHITTICK ELEMNETARY SCHOOL (DBO)                    29344002390457

    FROST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (DBO)                        29344002390549

    IRWIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (DBO)                         29344002389392

    LAWRENCE BROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (DBO)       29344002389574

    MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (DBO)                   29344002389483

    WARNSDORFER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (DBO)            29344002389665

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    The goal of the language arts / English program is to develop students’ ability to communicate effectively for varied purposes and audiences. Effective communication is probably the single most important attribute of self-sufficiency, academic and career success—and it is based on the integrated components of reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking.

    East Brunswick’s kindergarten and first grade programs build upon the language skills and knowledge that children acquire before they begin formal academic instruction. Kindergarten and first grade teachers initiate formal communications processes and skills through natural language experience. For example, children begin by speaking their stories or thoughts to an adult who transcribes them into standard, written English. Children, in turn, read to their peers who listen and provide oral responses. As children progress, they take over the translation process for themselves, practicing increasingly close approximation of standard English form and content.

    In the higher grades, the program continues to develop the processes of writing, reading, speaking and listening through an integrated approach to the language arts (ILA). This includes instruction in the underlying support skills. For example, in the writing component, students write regularly, in a variety of modes and for a variety of audiences. They practice a process for their writing in which they learn strategies for prewriting and revising, as well as skills for critical thinking such as analysis, synthesis, problem-solving and evaluation.

    Reading and writing about literature and language become increasingly important as students develop the sophisticated skills of analysis and interpretation. By the time they complete their senior year, students have read and discussed significant works of American, British, and world literature as well as many works of non-fiction. They have learned to express themselves in many rhetorical modes and to conduct independent research through a sequential research process that is introduced in the third grade and continues through twelfth grade.

    In addition to the required courses in English, the junior high and high school offer several electives: mythology, creative writing, journalism, public speaking, Shakespeare and philosophy.  Two advanced placement courses are also available for qualified students.

    All students in grades 2, 6 and 7 complete the iReady diagnostic screening tool three times a year (October, February and May). The iReady Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit a student’s performance.  Its purpose is not to give a score or grade but instead to help determine targeted academic goals for each student.  Students requiring additional support may also use iReady Instruction so the student can practice targeted skills at an appropriate pace.