Award Year: 2018

Wolf Hill Elementary School

29 Wolf Hill Avenue
Oceanport, NJ, 07757-1000

(732) 542-0683

Ms. Melanie Lipinski, Principal at time of Nomination

Oceanport Borough

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We take pride in the educational foundation that we provide for our students. This foundation includes creating and meeting rigorous, student-driven academic and social-emotional learning goals. Instruction emphasizes students' individual strengths and targets areas for growth. We are all accountable for each student's success. School improvement is driven by our commitment to meaningful professional development. We implement a multi-tiered system of supports to reach the needs of each individual as a school community that embraces the whole child.

Student Demographics
  • White: 97%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 31%
TEAM Wolf Hill Field Day 2018

TEAM Wolf Hill Field Day 2018

Wolf Hill School functions and thrives like a school family that recognizes the academic, social, and emotional strengths and weaknesses of each individual student and staff member. Everyone is accountable for the success of our entire population, and we strive to meet and exceed our goals with this "big picture" in mind. By having a growth mindset and fostering its development every step of the way, we encourage our students to accept challenges, work through difficulties, and take risks to become problem solvers and design thinkers.

Once a month, we come together as a whole school for a morning meeting. Each morning meeting focuses on a pillar of character or a concrete habit of mind that we are learning about as a school. We celebrate and honor goals that students have met individually or collectively, recognize students as readers, writers, learners, creators, designers, and performers, and award our students of the month, the PAW Patrol, for their positive actions. Students frequently ask their teachers and principal if they can read a story that they wrote, rally their peers with a presentation to save an endangered species, or help sick children, or sing songs or raps that they wrote about topics like anti-bullying or "what being a Wolf Hill student is like" in front of the entire school. We always end with a group dance or song, and throughout the year we engage the students in a writing contest or Flipgrid assignment to highlight some examples and listen to each other's voices.

Students have responded on Google Classroom to how they "keep the end in mind" by writing a plan to meet their future college and career goals, and they explained why they are thankful by engaging in a whole-school Flipgrid video response as individuals. We have also participated in whole school mindfulness, meditation, and yoga when acknowledging Kids' Yoga Day during this morning meeting time. Guest speakers, such as local veterans, our alumnus who was Miss Teen New Jersey, or our middle school student leaders, have provided advice to our students, performed live music, or have been honored by us as a school. We know each other well as diverse learners, and it is visibly noticeable that our students and staff enjoy coming to school. We model, embrace, and recognize kindness and hard work at Wolf Hill. Our mission states that Oceanport charges ahead with positivity, progress, and pride, and we take that very seriously.