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About Us

Grace Norton Rogers is a Pre-K, 3, 4, and 5 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. We have frequent visits from our school mascot, “Spike.” Children wait for his planned arrival and jump for joy during his visits. All staff members love children and believe all students can grow emotionally and academically. We strive for student achievement, safety, and enjoyment of learning for all students. Our school has a strong sense of community and a positive learning environment.

Students participate in an integrated language arts program and experience a balanced literacy program. Children’s literature is the focus of most lessons through the  Journeys Reading Program . The reading and writing connection is created through the program,  Empowering Writers . Most importantly, students are encouraged to participate in independent reading throughout the day to build their passion for knowledge and interests.

Teachers work with the students in areas of problem-solving during math instruction with our core resource  Go Math . 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  is the district science resource.

Our fine arts program includes art, music, physical education/health, library, Spanish, and computers. Across all areas, teachers constantly challenge each child to meet their best potential. The school has a counselor who provides class, small group, and individual assistance. Conflict resolution is emphasized by the counselor and is reinforced through buddy classrooms and the  Bully Busters Program . 

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 motto is PRIDE: Perseverance, Respect, Innovation, Dependability, and Enthusiasm.  Students have the opportunity to join the Spike's Helpers Club, Yoga Club, Basketball Club, Art Club, Coding Club, Stem Club, Student Council, School Band, Chorus, and Yearbook committee.

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: Literacy Night, Ice Cream Bingo Night, and Pumpkin Carve In.

We believe the education of a child involves our staff, parents, and students. GNR is a wonderful place to learn and grow.

Sam Felicetta, Principal

My name is Mrs. Felicetta, and I’m the very proud principal of the Grace Norton Rogers Elementary School. I'm a graduate of The College of New Jersey and Montclair State University for my graduate work. I've been in EWRSD for ten years. I spent four years as an assistant principal at Melvin H. Kreps Middle School, five years as principal at the k-5 level at Walter C. Black School, and am happily working with 3-5, PreK students, and families at GNR.

I believe in making students the center of all decision-making. My job as a principal is to keep students safe, develop students social-emotionally, and allow students to meet their individual student achievement potential. As you look through our website, you will see many initiatives that help students learn and grow. You will also be able to look at our building and district calendars, our virtual backpack information, and connect with our teacher websites.

As a member of the GNR community, you are a member of the PTO. Please visit their link and join us at events. Also, volunteering your time to the PTO is a great way to get involved with the school.
Our motto at GNR is PRIDE: Perseverance, Respect, Innovation, Dependability, and Enthusiasm. As staff, we bring these ideals to our students every day. We hope to make your child’s experience as a Bulldog a wonderful one!