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About Us

graceGrace Norton Rogers is a Pre-K, 3, 4, and 5 elementary school located on Stockton Street in Hightstown. It is named in honor of a former teacher and lifelong resident of our community. The original building was first occupied in 1924 with additions completed in 1936, 1949, 1958, 1999, and 2005.

Our school's mascot is “Spike,” the bulldog, and our colors are gray, black, and blue.  Our staff members are committed to building relationships with all students and fostering their emotional and academic growth. Our school community is also committed to creating a positive climate and culture so all students feel included, cared for, and loved.

Throughout the day, students participate in a structured literacy program that focuses on developing critical reading and writing skills. Novels, Schoolwide, Lexia, Grammar Usage and  Mechanics, Words their Way, Raz Plus, Newsela, ReadWorks, and  Empowering Writers are some of the resources that are used to support student learning. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in independent reading throughout the day to build their passion for reading and learning about their interests.

Teachers work with the students in areas of problem-solving during math instruction with our core resource Envision. Teachers also use Rocket math and XtraMath to support student learning. Lessons involve students in a variety of activities that include hands-on materials and technology while stressing higher levels of abstract thinking. Science involves students in real-life activities through a discovery approach that introduces them to physical, earth, and life science. Dimensions and Mystery Science are resources the district uses for Science and Studies Weekly is used for Social Studies instruction.

Our fine arts program includes art, music, physical education/health, library, Spanish, STEM, and computers. Across all areas, students have an opportunity to learn more about each area and possibly discover a new interest they’d like to pursue.

The school has a Pre-K Child Study Team, a 3-5 Child Study Team, two counselors, and a Rutgers Behavioral Health clinician who provide either/or class, small group, and individual assistance based on need, to support our students' social and emotional well-being.

In addition to our rigorous academic program, we focus on social-emotional growth for our students. We emphasize self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, and relationship skills.  Our school’s Core values are PRIDE: Perseverance, Respect, Innovation, Dependability, and Enthusiasm.  Students have the opportunity to join the Spike's Helpers Club, Yoga Club, Basketball Club, Art Club, Computer Club, Pokemon Club, Book Club, Student Council, School Band, Chorus, and Yearbook committee. These clubs take place during lunch or recess.

Parents play a vital role in our school. We have an active Parent Teacher Organization, which supports the school with fundraisers and family nights. Teachers have frequent communication with parents and participate in a variety of out-of-school activities such as Back to School picnic, Halloween dance, Scholastic book fair, and end-of-year Carnival.

We believe that our staff, parents, and students must work together and collaborate to create a school community where we are all accepted and welcomed.

Lori Emmerson, Principal

Lori EmmersonMy name is Lori Emmerson and I am honored to be the principal of the Grace N. Rogers Elementary School. I am a proud educator with 25 years of experience. I started my career as a Language Arts Special Education teacher and then moved on to become an instructional coach, supervisor, and assistant principal.
At GNR, we provide educational opportunities to ensure our students have a strong academic foundation on which they will be able to develop and build their skills set throughout their educational career. Additionally, through our fine arts classes and lunch clubs, we introduce students to activities that they can continue to explore and learn more about as they grow.
Our priorities also include providing an inclusive environment where all students are welcome and valued for who they are, giving them the confidence to take risks in the classroom and be their authentic selves.