Clark Schools Work Out New Standards For Elementary Student Field Trips

In the photograph above, Clark Elementary Schools Supervisor Janeen Allmendinger reviews field trip materials with Director of Curriculum and Instruction Vince Caputo and Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — As one of her first objectives in her new position as Supervisor of Elementary Education, Janeen Allmendinger is working on the creation of a new field trip practice that will include two uniform and core curriculum content standards per grade level in Kindergarten through Grade 5 in the Clark School District.

Upon her arrival in district, Allmendinger solicited teacher volunteers per grade level to comprise a Field Trip Advisory Committee. The committee, representing teachers from each of the grade levels at both Valley Road and Frank K. Hehnly Schools, met to discuss potential field trips. Administration’s goal is to designate two field trips per grade level that are developmentally appropriate, uniform between the two schools, and meet the core curriculum content standards and to have the field trip approval forms in place by the end of October.

According to Allmendinger’s vision, this will result in looking at new and innovative field trips, assuring there is no overlap in field trips between grade levels, and assuring that there is a strong curricular tie that results in the field trip being a culminating activity to a particular unit of study.

As a result of the research she has personally put into the field trip study, and input from both administration and staff, Allmendinger is now looking at some new venues for field trips. Among these include the Buehler Space Center, the Monmouth Museum, Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, and the New Jersey Statehouse, to name a few.

Commenting on this new approach to selecting field trips, Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops said, “When Janeen was hired for this position, we discussed ways of enhancing the field trip process of selecting and approving trips. We had some overlaps between grade levels, and in many cases our two elementary schools went on different field trips. We also wanted to assure there was a strong curricular tie to any potential field trip. Under Janeen’s leadership and with the input of our staff and administration, we’re excited at the prospect of visiting some new and exciting locations that will be applications or culminating activities to grade level units of study.”

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