Welcome to Van Derveer Grades Preschool-2
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A Message from the PrincipalSusan C. Haynes
Van Derveer Elementary School is a place to learn, a place to grow, where children come first. As the single elementary school in Somerville Borough, Van Derveer School serves almost 800 children.
Meeting the needs of students is the focus of every staff member in our learning community. It is our belief that all students shall have the opportunity to learn and achieve their full potential. Students benefit from school-wide enrichment programs as well as access to state-of-the-art technologies.
The language arts literacy curriculum features a balanced literacy program, which utilizes guided reading and literature circle models. The curriculum is supplemented by a reading specialist. The school houses an abundance of titles, which are accessible to students and staff. Student learning extends beyond the classroom walls through the use of wireless laptop computers, access to the Internet, and a polycom distance learning video system. Virtual field trips enable our students to interact with other pupils, educational programs, and museums throughout the state, the nation, and the world.
A comprehensive school-wide character education program is integrated into the instructional day. By developing a common vocabulary and sharing a common goal, the Van Derveer staff fosters the development of students as individuals. Our students are Caught Using Good Character, serve on the Keep Calm Force, and participate in the cafeteria Control Center where students help others.
The Van Derveer community partners with numerous local corporations, business organizations, professionals, and leaders. While promoting the students' awareness and appreciation for their roles as citizens, these partnerships cultivate and promote the education of our students beyond the curriculum.Developing a partnership with the families of Van Derveer is a paramount focus. A Parent Resource Center provides information on parenting skills. An active Parent Teacher Organization, an Hispanic Parent Outreach group, and volunteers bridge the home-school connection.