Message from the Principal

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    Dr. Tamra Garbutt

     

    The Fort Dix Elementary School building consists of 30 classrooms, a media center, and gymnasium. Ten classrooms, a media center with a computer lab, and the gymnasium were all built less than 10 years ago. The building was determined to have a Q1 rating by the military.

    Fort Dix Elementary School educates students from all over the nation and world, in preschool through fifth grades. Our school mascot is the bumblebee, and our school colors are red, white, and blue. Fort Dix is one of eleven district schools that have earned both State and National School of Character.  The designation affirms that Fort Dix has met the rigorous standards set forth by Character.Org on being a school with a viable character education program. The school met all criterion set for eleven principals of effective character.

    Fort Dix students have access to many programs that enhance their academics. Academic Mastery, and Reading Specialist services are offered to students needing basic skills intervention. An enrichment program, known as GATE, Gifted and Talented Education, is available to advanced students in first through fifth grade. All students receive technology instruction through a computer lab and have access to an advanced reading program called Accelerated Reading. Students hone math skills by using the web-based program Fast Math and Red Bird. A DoDEA Educational grant has allowed Fort Dix Elementary to upgrade to state-of-the-art technology, having a Smartboard with projector in all 30 classrooms.  All students in grades K-5 have one-on-one use of an Apple iPad in the classroom, and their teachers have instant access for each student to provide feedback during instruction through Google Classroom.

    In order to ensure academic success, students in first through fifth grades take the Measurement of Academic Progress test in the  spring. The test provides teachers with a direction for meeting individual learning needs, using data to drive instruction. Additional assessment measurements include reading assessments, quarterly benchmark assessments, and the NJSLA standarized assessment for students in third, fourth, and fifth grades.

    Our community members and parents play an integral part in our students' education through volunteering, visiting classrooms, and participating in activities with our students. The Fort Dix PTO, a parent- teacher organization, is active in fundraising and planning events for the school. Along with parental involvement, Fort Dix Elementary offers the services of a Military Life Consultant, assisting military families with military-specific concerns.


    Tamra Garbutt, Ed.D., Principal
    609-893-8141, ext. 1450
    tgarbutt@pemb.org
    www.pemberton.k12.nj.us