Education

Better Than a Field Trip: the Great Falls Becomes Part of School 7's Curriculum

c3c7b78fa5c43921a54d_ranger_ilyse_speaks_with_class_5-2_at_school_7.jpg
Park Ranger Ilyse Goldman speaks with School 7 fifth-graders
c3c7b78fa5c43921a54d_ranger_ilyse_speaks_with_class_5-2_at_school_7.jpg

 

 

PATERSON, NJ – Over the next four years, the current group of fifth-graders at School 7 will have a new classroom – the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.

As part of partnership between Paterson Public Schools and the National Park Service, that class will experience a curriculum using the Great Falls for place-based lesson plans on art, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to Park Ranger Ilyse Goldman

The program will involve all grades at School 7, but the primary focus will be the current fifth-graders who would graduate in 2016, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, officials said.

“The National Park Service is looking forward to a second century of stewardship of America’s special places. But to be successful in the next century we have to begin teaching the values of historic and natural preservation to the next generation of park stewards,” said Darren Boch, park superintendent.

Eventually, the fifth-graders would perform a service project to enhance the visitor experience at the park, officials said.

Boch said he hoped the “adopt-a-class” initiative would become a springboard for other programs between the park service and school district.

School 7 principal JoAnn Cardillo said she “has a strong belief that the National Park Service could offer many educational and job-related opportunities for our students while instilling a sense of pride for the role that their city played in developing the nation.”   

The federal government officially designated the Great Falls as a national park about 13 months ago. The 77-foot-high waterfall is the second largest by volume and width east of the Mississippi River, according to the park service.

But the park designation focuses as much on the area’s historical significance as it does the natural beauty. Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Paterson’s founder, picked the location to harness water power to drive manufacturing and help start America’s Industrial Rvolution.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_4a7c1d9531382f8f978c_d3414e24-7d80-4b40-b695-3d07804f3502

Thu, April 26, 12:00 PM

Paterson Public Library, Paterson

Book Discussion

Arts & Entertainment Law & Justice

Carousel_image_897be50e75068cc49c3a_bronze_heat

Thu, April 26, 6:00 PM

Paterson

Bronze Heat Community Carnival

Carousel_image_897be50e75068cc49c3a_bronze_heat

Fri, April 27, 6:00 PM

Paterson

Bronze Heat Community Carnival

TAPinto Paterson Reader Shares Concerns About Absentee Ballots

April 21, 2018

Dear editor:

I am writing this letter to express a grave concern I have regarding the influx of absentee ballots. To my understanding, absentee ballots were designed to be used by those who are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day. Such as people in the armed services or those who are away on vacation. 

This year’s municipal election will be one for the history books.

Assembly's Longest Serving Member Dead at 79

April 19, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson's Assembly members, Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly, are mourning the loss of their colleague, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Plainfield) who died on Thursday.

Green, 79, was the longest serving member of the Assembly, and considered to be a champion of affordable housing. Green stepped down as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Organization on January 24 to ...

Pascrell Statement on the Passing of Paterson Police Officer Tamby Yagan

April 24, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- “Today Paterson is in mourning. Officer Tamby Yagan of the Paterson Police Force made the ultimate sacrifice for our city when he was tragically killed while in the line of duty.

“A native of Prospect Park, Officer Yagan was a volunteer in the Prospect Park Fire Department for six years before joining Paterson’s Finest through a COPS hiring grant. Officer Yagan ...