The 2016-2017 school year is going to be an exciting and enriching year at Applegate School! We are looking forward to collaborating with our entire school community to make this the best year yet!

Student-driven instruction will continue to be our primary focus this year at Applegate School. Through Personalized Learning we will fulfill Freehold Township Schools’ vision that all students will be leaders of their own learning who are actively engaged and curious members of a global society. In order to create lifelong learners and increase student achievement, students will be given both voice and choice within the curriculum to ensure the highest level of mastery and engagement.

Phase one of transitioning our Media Center into a STEAM Center, a creation-based Makerspace for education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics, got underway this summer. The STEAM Center will encourage and foster an interdisciplinary pedagogical approach in which all students will have access to hands on learning. The innovative teaching and learning that take place in the STEAM Center will allow students to transform concepts that are at times ambiguous into concrete experiences. Through a contextualized interdisciplinary approach, all students in grades K-5 will have the opportunity to apply knowledge from all areas of the curriculum in meaningful ways, as they connect new knowledge to existing knowledge. Integrated STEAM teaching strategies benefit student achievement by improving motivation to learn, enhancing engagement and reflection through active inquiry, and provide an environment which allows students to communicate and collaborate while solving real-world problems.

Please use the school webpage as a resource for the most current information about the school and as a window into the exciting and individualized teaching and learning happening in our classrooms. The Applegate PTO will continue to use Paperless PTO, a web-based and mobile app that promises to be the most effective way to communicate and distribute important school information to the Applegate community.

Applegate is a school where all students can learn and achieve at high levels.  It is our collective responsibility to ensure that we prepare our students for the competitive 21st century global environment. We look forward to the year ahead and working collaboratively with students, staff and parents to successfully develop and maintain a dynamic student-centered learning environment.

- Mr. Millaway & Ms. Harms