The “New” Center School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP – Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levin, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula and representatives from The Somerset Country Business Partnership and the Tri-Country Chamber were on hand today to cut the ribbon for The Center School’s new facility at 2 Riverview Drive.

The Center School, founded in 1971 as a private, non-profit state-accredited school for bright, learning-disabled students, has finally found their “home” in Franklin Township after operating in temporary quarters in Branchburg after a fire claimed their building in Highland Park. Executive Director Marcie Fiorentino welcomed all the guests and gave a short, heartfelt speech on the difference The Center School made not only in each child’s life, but how they also made a difference in the lives of each family.

“We really want to thank everyone involved in making this wonderful new facility possible,” said Fiorentino. “Everyone has been so welcoming and we are looking forward to becoming part of the community.”

Children with learning disabilities and school adjustment problems experience difficulties in all aspects of their lives as well as in school. These disabilities affect academic achievement, peer relationships, family life, and the development of a positive self-image. The Center School provides a supportive educational environment in which each student may reach his or her potential for academic, emotional and physical health and this is accomplished by carefully selected, dedicated staff working in unison with the student, the parents/guardians, and the sending district.

The Center School offers complete education from K through 12-PLUS, serving between 55 and 65 school districts each year and they are committed to helping each student become as self-sufficient and successful as possible. Disabilities served by The Center School include:

– Asperger’s Syndrome
– Anxiety Disorders/OCD, PTSD, School Phobia, etc.
– Dyslexia Spectrum disorder: reading, spelling, written language
– Mood Disorders/Bipolar, Depression
– Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
– Oppositional Defiant Disorder
– Adjustment Disorders
– Motor/Sensory Integration Deficits

The Center School has clinical staff that includes full time social workers, a psychologist, an art therapist and a visiting psychiatrist that consults weekly to assess students and meet with staff. Applications are accepted throughout the school year. The application process involves the following:

– referral information about the student from the Child Study Team, parents, and/or private educational consultants – a review of clinical records and evaluations
– an interview and informal screening of the applicant
– an interview of parents/guardians by a counselor – interpretation and discussion of screening results with parents and case manager
– prompt placement decision

“Anyone is welcome to call with questions regarding admission,” said Fiorentino. “Please call me on (908) 253–3870.”

The Center School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Center School Ribbon Cutting ceremony
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP – Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levin, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula and representatives from The Somerset Country Business Partnership and the Tri-Country Chamber were on hand today to cut the ribbon for The Center School’s new facility at 2 Riverview Drive.

The Center School, founded in 1971 as a private, non-profit state-accredited school for bright, learning-disabled students, has finally found their “home” in Franklin Township after operating in temporary quarters in Branchburg after a fire claimed their building in Highland Park.

Executive Director Marcie Fiorentino welcomed all the guests and gave a short, heartfelt speech on the difference The Center School made not only in each child’s life, but how they also made a difference in the lives of each family.

“We really want to thank everyone involved in making this wonderful new facility possible,” said Fiorentino. “Everyone has been so welcoming and we are looking forward to becoming part of the community.”

Children with learning disabilities and school adjustment problems experience difficulties in all aspects of their lives as well as in school. These disabilities affect academic achievement, peer relationships, family life, and the development of a positive self-image.

The Center School provides a supportive educational environment in which each student may reach his or her potential for academic, emotional and physical health and this is accomplished by carefully selected, dedicated staff working in unison with the student, the parents/guardians, and the sending district.

The Center School offers complete education from K through 12-PLUS, serving between 55 and 65 school districts each year and they are committed to helping each student become as self-sufficient and successful as possible.
Disabilities served by The Center School include:

– Asperger’s Syndrome
– Anxiety Disorders/OCD, PTSD, School Phobia, etc.
– Dyslexia Spectrum disorder: reading, spelling, written language
– Mood Disorders/Bipolar, Depression
– Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
– Oppositional Defiant Disorder
– Adjustment Disorders
– Motor/Sensory Integration Deficits

The Center School has clinical staff that includes full time social workers, a psychologist, an art therapist and a visiting psychiatrist that consults weekly to assess students and meet with staff.
Applications are accepted throughout the school year. The application process involves the following:

– referral information about the student from the Child Study Team, parents, and/or private educational consultants
– a review of clinical records and evaluations
– an interview and informal screening of the applicant
– an interview of parents/guardians by a counselor
– interpretation and discussion of screening results with parents and case manager
– prompt placement decision

“Anyone is welcome to call with questions regarding admission,” said Fiorentino. “Please call me on (908) 253–3870 or email me at marcief@thecenterschool.com or visit us online at http://www.thecenterschool.com

Learning Studios

The Center School has created a learning center for students from kindergarten through high school and beyond. There is an abundance of students who can benefit from specialized attention. Public schools do a great job- working with many students and juggling budget issues – curriculum issues – time issues. We work with the children who might fall through the cracks – who need a specialized approach to learning and a helping hand. Parents of students who are having difficulties in school may reach out to guidance teachers, principals, and perhaps a child study team. If this in-school team does not have the resources necessary to deal with the challenges presented by a particular student, the school can allocate funds for special education.  There are also students who need added support after they graduate.  Our Work Readiness Transition Program is ideally suited for students that need real world work experience, career guidance and support into higher education.

Occupational Therapy

Sensation is the detection of stimuli (environmental or bodily events) whereas Perception is the organization and interpretation of sensory information. To perceive the world accurately the senses must first respond with the optimal level of activity needed to accurately detect the source of the stimulation.  At The Center School, a private non-profit school for bright students with learning and/or emotional challenges our Occupational Therapists (OTs) have been treating SPD (Sensory Processing Disorders) also know as sensory integration dysfunction since 1979, in our state-of-the-art Occupational Therapy learning studio.

Information Technology Curriculum & Programs

All staff and students have access to a fully networked, state-of-the-art computer lab. Equipment includes computers installed in ergonomically correct desks, flat screen monitors, color graphic printers, scanners, DVD writers, overhead projectors, digital and video cameras, color copier, tablet pc, laptops, Danas, a large plasma screen for the high school science lab, and an extensive DVD and CD library. Regular instruction for all classes includes a comprehensive curriculum that is tailored to meet individual needs, interests, and levels of expertise. Special activities are offered during and after school for students interested in information technology.

School-wide Curriculum

  • Alphasmart/Dana Wireless Lab
  • Computer Literacy/Basic skills
  • Graphic Design
  • Inspiration
  • Internet Browsing: Research, Web Development
  • Keyboarding
  • Microsoft Home Publishing
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Mobile Laptop Lab
  • Report Writing: research, composition, editing
  • WeatherNet

Elementary & Middle School students receive weekly instruction in the above areas as well as in specialized programs:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Excel/graphs
  • Kidspiration (elementary only)
  • Storybook Weaver
  • Educational programs that facilitate problem solving and logical thinking and support skills in math, vocabulary, social studies, e.g., Carmen SanDiego, Tonka, Oregon/Yukon Trail, etc.

High School Courses and Programs for Independent Study:

High school students may take courses ranging from a one marking period elective to individualized five credit courses. Courses vary according to students’ needs.

  • CD Production: music compilation, cover design, liner notes, title
  • Web Design: page layout, graphic formatting, hyperlinks
  • Animation: keyframing, tweening, scripting
  • Digital Illustration: bezier curves, repeats, swatches
  • Video Editing: capturing, transitions, titles
  • Multimedia Design: Compositing, layouts, sound editing
  • Photo Editing: layers, filters, image adjustment
  • 3D Modeling: polygon design, shading, texturing
  • Film Production: screenplay, story board, acting, filming, editing

Hands-on Business Experience for Students

High School and Middle School students may participate in various computer-based activities that emphasize technology expertise and workplace skills such as personal responsibility, time management, budgeting, and communication.

GET WITH IT*

This after-school program is mainly for high school students interested in *Information *Technology although some advanced 8th graders may participate as well. Activities focus on many aspects of IT*:

  • Hardware
  • Building computers
  • Installing wiring
  • Talking to sales representatives
  • Installing software
  • Talking to technical support personnel to solve problems
  • Performing maintenance tasks
  • Testing new equipment
  • Making recommendations for use of equipment
  • Inventory skills

First day of school for staff and open house for parents and students.

First day of school for staff and open house for parents and students.

Help Wanted

Physical Education/Health/Driver’s Ed Teachers
Language Arts Literacy & Science Teachers

The Center School help wanted-middle school teacher

Providing A Balance of Academic, Social and Emotional Growth The Center School A non-profit special needs school for students K-12 in Somerset serving 100 bright students with learning and/or emotional challenges seeks: Middle School Teachers (2) Language Arts Literacy and Science Highly Qualified Physical Education/Health/Driver’s Ed Teacher Benefits offered with full time position. Please email resume and all certifications to: April Minetti at: aminetti@thecenterschool.com AA/EOE

The Center School has Moved to State-of-the-Art Facility in Somerset NJ

For Immediate Release  

The Center School special needs school Somerset NJFRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – On Friday, May 2nd, The Center School took possession of their new property at 2 Riverview Drive in Franklin Township, after receiving zoning approval to allow for a school in the M-1 Zone District. The new location is conveniently located off of Route 287 and will be ready for a soft opening in July 2014. The grand opening is scheduled for the September 2014 academic year.

“Now begins the hard work of retrofitting this 80,000 square foot office building into a state-of-the-art learning center for students from kindergarten through high school and beyond,” said Executive Director/Principal Marcie Fiorentino. “It will be wonderful to have a permanent place to be – we have been in temporary quarters in Branchburg after a fire destroyed our original school in Highland Park.”

The Center School is a private, non-profit, state-accredited facility for bright, learning-disabled students. The Center School serves over 65 districts throughout New Jersey by providing a supportive educational environment in which each student may reach his or her potential for academic, emotional and physical health. A comprehensive learning experience is offered that allows each student to develop his or her personal best.

“We have created a team approach that includes carefully selected, dedicated staff who work in unison with the students, the parents/guardians, and the referring school district,” said Fiorentino. “This new facility will allow us to expand and offer more services to our students.”

Even before the expansion, The Center School offers Kindergarten, Elementary and High School Academics, vocational and college preparatory programs as well as specialized educational plans, occupational therapy and counseling services. Programs and extracurricular activities include Robotics, Performing Arts, Television Production, Intramurals, 4H Clubs, Bike and Computer Clubs.

“We are also developing a Work Readiness Transitions program for students who graduate from high school, but are not quite ready for the world of work,” said Fiorentino. “Part of this program will be in the new facility, and part will be in our second hand Thrift Shop located in Somerville.”

For further information, go to www.thecenterschool.com or contact Maryellen Gabrowski, Assistant Director, mgrabowski@thecenterschool.com, 908-253-3870 ex. 174.

Media Contact
Marcie Fiorentino, Executive Director / Principal
marcief@thecenterschool.com
(908)253-3870 x- 112
www.thecenterschool.com

First Lego League Team & Sea Perch Robotics

TCenter School First Lego League Team & Sea Perch Roboticsahis season we had a very productive FIRST LEGO LEAGUE TEAM. We competed at Clifton High School and came in 10th place out of 40 teams. Under the guidance of Mrs. Kaufman, our team built and programmed a robot to carry out two missions. Our FIRST Lego program is for grades 3-5. This year we added a new robotics program called Sea Perch. It was for grades 6-8 and required us to build a submersible robot that could pick up objects from the bottom of a pool. This year we were able to build the robot but were unable to compete in the competition.

 

 

Center School Foundation Awards Students and Local Community College Scholarships

Center School Foundation Scholarship AwardThis year, the Center School Foundation was proud to offer their first college scholarships to our High School Seniors, Megan L. and Bryan W. as well as two students from Somerset County. The mission of the Center School Foundation Scholarship is to empower and enable high school students with disabilities to go to college, realize the impact their contributions can make on their community and target a career in an industry where they will thrive in their community. The amount of this non-renewable scholarship to be awarded is $1,000 to two (2) recipients from The Center School and two (2) recipients from other area high schools. The Center School Foundation feels it is important to show our support not only to our students, but also to the special needs community as a whole. These scholarships will be paid through The Center School Foundation to the recipient’s Financial Aid Office. Each applicant presented to us their own unique skill set, interests and goals – each, very deserving of this token of support for their future. We wish them well in all their future endeavors and look forward to hearing from them at future Alumni events.