Indian Avenue School

Soaring to Excellence


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    Indian Avenue School
    399 Indian Avenue
    Bridgeton, NJ 08302
    Phone: (856) 455-8030 ext. 1700
    Fax:(856) 455-7706

    Principal: Karen Horwitz
    Assistant Principal: Olga Rivera
    Parent Liaison: Sharyne Lane Slater

    Guidance Counselors:
    Maria Martini Ext. 1715
    Esther Brooks Ext. 1772

    Linda Cervini Ext. 1705

    Mission and Vision
    Vision Statement
    Indian Avenue School is committed to achieving and maintaining a challenging and motivating learning environment where all members of the school community feel safe and supported; where improved student academic and social growth is a reflection of the emphasis on high academic standards, personal and social development, family involvement and meaningful collaboration and communication within and among all stakeholders.

    Mission Statement
    The mission of Indian Avenue School is to provide a partnership of learners, teachers, families and community members who believe every child can learn and become a positive productive member of our community and contribute to our democratic society. Indian Avenue School will strive to instill in all our students a life-long love and passion for learning and a deep understanding of the world in which they live. We will also strive to develop the academic skills and emotional self-awareness necessary to become critical independent thinkers, active problem solvers and altruistic contributors to our society.
    Message from our Principal
    Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year. The motto of our Indian Avenue Eagles is Soaring to Excellence! This year, we are working together with teachers, parents, and community members to Build Eagle Brainpower & Character for Success. Our mission is to ensure that all of our students are building a strong foundation for lifelong learning that will allow them to take flight and reach new heights of achievement. As we continue to respond to the shifts in Math and Literacy standards to prepare our students for the (PARCC), our mission is to Build Eagle Brainpower & Character for Success.

    Our school has three goals: to improve academic achievement, to increase attendance, and to recognize positive behavior. The success of our students relies heavily on the strength and support of school, family and community partnerships. Students benefit when everyone conveys the same positive messages about the importance of school,attending school every day, working hard, and helping one another succeed. Indian Avenue is a family-friendly school community. We celebrate the fact that we have a bilingual learning environment, offer a variety of extended day clubs and activities, and have the continued support of community members who participate in our Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Parents are encouraged to visit the school and their children's classrooms, get involved in every aspect of the school calendar, and join in the decision-making process as members of our Parent Spirit Council and School Leadership Committee (SLC). We look forward to celebrating student accomplishments together at programs and events such as Read Across America Family Night, Art Shows, Concerts, the Science Fair, Career Day, Field Day and Step Up.

    Karen Horwitz
    Our Principal's Leadership Philosophy
    Imagine with me a special, highly creative place, beautifully rich with stimulating materials, where excitement and enthusiasm have become contagious and the question “what if?” dominates discussions. This is my vision of a great school.

    In this place coached projects are the norm, real-world contexts and authentic audiences are driving up the interest level, connections are being made to everything we know about the world, and high expectations are serving as powerful incentives.

    All who enter - students, parents, staff, and community members - are working, learning, and celebrating together. The climate feels safe, serious, sensitive, and supportive. Everyone senses that they are responsible for helping each other overcome whatever barriers to learning they encounter. Effort and hard work are rewarded, mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities, and works-in-progress receive frequent monitoring and constructive feedback. Above all, there is a shared belief that “natural born” talent is not required for success. Instead, everyone has a “growth” mindset and works to build resiliency.

    To me, this kind of learning environment is like a magnificent work of art and my vision of it shapes my leadership philosophy. I believe that producing such a masterpiece is not only within the realm of possibility; it is a goal that can be reached through a collaborative creative process. In my mind, learning is a never-ending adventure that is best experienced with others. I welcome students, teachers, parents and community partners to join in this learning process. We will need to take turns sharing what we know, exploring possibilities, cheering each other on, pointing out different perspectives, and holding up a mirror for reflection. Our common expectations of each other should include a shared commitment to excellence. The work we produce must be of high quality and worthy of our pride.

    I believe that the art of education requires a “you can do it” attitude. Creative minds know that constraints and limitations are often the mother of invention and hard work, persistence and determination can overcome many obstacles. I am both an artist and an educator. Artists, like educators, study the techniques of the great masters, learn from their experiences and mistakes, and practice their most successful “research-based” methods. In a world that is constantly changing, innovation and improvisation are required. Brainstorming and debate lead to new discoveries. As we work together to bring our ideas to the table, we must view them with an open mind, notice when the glass is half full, see learning “differences” instead of “disabilities,” and add the word “yet” to the end of all “can’t” statements. In our interactions with each other, mutual respect must be the norm and high value must be placed on showing that we care.

    As in the creation of all artistic expressions, starting with the end in mind clarifies our purpose. It sharpens our focus on what our learning community should look like, feel like, and sound like. When designing for the success of all students, what is best for all students must dominate the decision-making process and frame everything we think, say, and do. Student achievement must always be the focal point.

    Karen Horwitz
    Indian Avenue School
    Staff Handbook
    Click here to view the Indian Avenue Staff Handbook. 
    Anti-Bullying Specialist
    Here at Indian Avenue School we take bullying and harassment very seriously. As part of a NJ initiative to stop bullying we have selected Esther Carter and Gilnilda Lebron to serve as our school anti-bullying specialists. Please contact them if you have any concerns about bullying taking place in our school.

    Below are links to district policies and information concerning this initiative:

    If you have any questions or comments concerning this initiative please contact our school anti-bullying coordinator Tyrone Williams.

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