Marlboro Township Schools implemented a blended learning instructional environment during the 2011 school year. By 2013, the MTPS became a 1:1 learning environment with the use of Chromebooks and various educational technology programs. At this time, the number of available digital tools increased greatly and the district now implements a mix of free programs such as G-Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) and district budgeted programs such as Study Island, ST Math, IXL Math, Achieve3000, RAZ Kids, Reading Eggs, BrainPop, Discovery Education and Pear Deck to name a few. MTPS has a robust, comprehensive, and collaborative action plan to implement personalized learning for all students.
More about Defino Central's history:
Frank Defino Central Elementary School was founded in 1956. It was built on 20 acres of land formerly owned by Howard Maglan. The school opened in 1957-58 as Central School. As the township population grew, so did the school. The original school had 11 classrooms, a multi-purpose room, teacher's room and auxiliary rooms. In 1963 ten classrooms were added. Another addition was added in 1969 that included 16 classrooms, conversion of a multi-purpose room to a gym, a cafeteria, and renovations to other areas of the building. Then in 1996 a cafetorium and six more classrooms were added to the school.
The school experienced many grade changes over the years. They are as follows:
1957-1968, grades K-8
1968-1970, grades 1-8
1970-1976, grades 6-8
1976-1988, grades K-5
1988-2001, grades Pre-K-6
2002, grades 1-6
2003, grades 1-5
In 1992 the Central School name was officially changed to Frank Defino Central Elementary School. The name was chosen in honor of Mr. Frank Defino, who served as the district's assistant superintendent from 1971-76, and as superintendent from 1976 through his retirement in 1992.
For many years, student enrollment at Defino was the highest in the district. Portable classrooms were brought in to provide extra space to house many of our classes. Work began in 2009 to build a new wing of six modern classrooms at the rear of our school. All of our fifth grade classes were moved into the wing in school year 2011-2012. Upon the passing of our beloved former Principal in January 2012, this new wing was officially dedicated as the Dr. Sandra N. Morris wing in the spring of 2012.
The official mascot of Frank Defino Central Elementary School is the Defino Dolphin. The Defino Dolphin is an intelligent, gray, bottlenose dolphin with a white belly that likes to "Ride the Wave of Knowledge," just like Defino Central students do. In 1999 a school-wide contest was held to determine what the school mascot would be. The dolphin was chosen because (like our students) dolphins are mammals, good learners, show great friendliness to people, and communicate with each other in a number of ways.
Defino Central Elementary School
Marlboro, New Jersey
7746 United States
In 2014-2015 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
In 2013-2014 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
In 2014-2015 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.
Statewide assessments have been used for decades in New Jersey and are designed to measure student progress toward achieving our academic standards. PARCC is a multi-state consortium that allows states, including New Jersey, to pool resources and expertise to develop a meaningful, comparable high-quality assessment - one that can be used to guide our efforts to continually improve our educational system by supporting teaching and learning, identifying struggling schools, informing teacher development, and providing parents with feedback on their own child's strengths and challenges.