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Academics

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Pequannock Township’s instructional program is designed to foster curiosity, reflection, and a desire for lifelong learning in all students.  Our aim is to create PreK - 12 dynamic learning experiences in which students develop and refine questions, research and seek answers, engage in thoughtful discourse and reflection, and listen and respond to different perspectives and viewpoints. Whether choosing college or career, our goal is to prepare all students for the challenges and demands of the 21st century.  

To achieve those goals, the Department of Curriculum & Instruction is committed to developing articulated PreK - 12 curricula that are aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and legislative mandates, while considering the age appropriateness and needs of our community. Using an Understanding by Design approach, Pequannock teachers and supervisors are developing each curriculum guide to reflect rigorous learning objectives, engaging learning activities, and authentic assessments of learning which support continuous improvement, reflection, and revision.

As part of our dedication to 21st century readiness, we remain committed to the 1:1 chromebook program that puts devices into the hands of every student and, integral to using these tools, is the emphasis on digital citizenship, information and media literacy so that our students become responsible users and consumers of these and other devices and information. 

IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

On March 13, 2020, the global pandemic significantly impacted our community, forcing schools to an “all-remote” learning environment.  The 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years had modified hybrid and in-person instruction and we continue to modify curriculum, instruction, and assessments in order to accelerate learning for all students.  As such, instructional practices will emphasize priority learning standards, focusing on depth, rather than breadth of coverage and adapting our classroom practices to accommodate each learner. We will continue to stress the mastery of skills and standards essential to that content area. Our goal is to accelerate, not remediate learning. 

Not only are we committed to the academic needs of students, but to their social emotional needs as well.  In order for students to optimally perform in the classroom, they must feel connected to their school, to their teacher, and to their peers. Utilizing programs such as Caring School Communities and Effective School Solutions, our aim is to check in on student’s perceptions of their well-being and readiness for learning. In addition to these programs, our Guidance and Student Services Departments are working closely with our teachers and administrators to create positive, safe, and welcoming learning environments for all staff and students and to address needs when they arise. 

Curriculum Staff

Elizabeth Sheridan

Titles: Director of Curriculum and Instruction
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School: 973-616-6040

Diane Fisher

Titles: Administrative Assistant to Director of Curriculum and Instruction
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School: 973-616-6040

Michele Bernardino

Titles: Supervisor of Mathematics & STEM, PreK-12
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School: 973-616-6050

Jill Marotta

Titles: Supervisor of Science & Allied Health, PreK-12
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School: 973-616-6050

Jennifer Mildner

Titles: Assistant Principal
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School: 973-616-6000

Jose Negron

Titles: Interim Supervisor of Social Studies, Business and World Language
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School: 973-616-6000

Brian Silipena

Titles: Assistant Principal, Athletic Director
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School: 973-616-6000

Carrie Thomas

Titles: English Language Arts Supervisor, K-12, Anti-Bullying Coordinator
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School: 973-616-6050