Welcome to the First Grade home page. My name is Miss Susan Kiernan and I teach a wonderful group of active and inquisitive students. I am proud to say I am a graduate of Saint Nicholas! This is my 16th year at St. Nick's. I have taught Kindergarten, Pre- Kindergarten, and now First grade! I am blessed to be able to teach core subjects but what's most rewarding is being able to spread the Good News of Jesus!
Our school follows the curriculum defined by the Archdiocese of Newark Schools' Office. During the past two years, the Archdiocese of Newark's Schools Office completed a curriculum mapping project which carefully evaluated and examined both the math and English language arts curriculum from Kindergarten through High School. These projects ensured that students are taught using a smooth and continuously progressing curriculum that challenges all students. Our math and English language arts curriculum meets or exceeds the Common Core Curriculum Standards adopted across the United States.
In addition to the standard curriculum, all students participate in one or more service projects each year, serving a diversity of causes. Seniors, impoverished children, supporting our missionaries, cancer charities, animal charities, and many others.
Taken altogether the total experience delivers on our school mission: To embrace, nurture, and educate all God's children preparing them for lives of service and leadership rooted in the Gospel values of faith, hope, and love.