Curriculum and Instruction
Mary Ellen Phelan
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
908-647-4800 ext. 6849
The Director of Curriculum and Instruction works closely with the principal, the Director of Guidance, the Director of Special Services, the other subject supervisors and the teachers to develop innovative curriculum. The school mission and the strategic plan are the linchpins in the formulation of a philosophy and objectives for each department's instructional plans. The Office of Curriculum and Instruction focuses on the implementation, integration and evaluation of the content/academic programs offered at Watchung Hills Regional High School. With rigorous expectations and a wide-range of opportunities in the areas of Arts/Family and Consumer Sciences, Business/Arts, English, Mathematics, Physical Education and Health, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages, there is collaboration among teachers, staff, administrators, along with community engagement, we are committed to provide a meaningful educational experience with a focus on student-centered learning. School communities dedicated to building a culture of collective responsibility with a sharing of best practices, and a focus on making data driven decisions stand out for their commitment to students' academic achievement as well as their social and emotional well-being. With an emphasis on continuous improvement, interdisciplinary connections, 21st century Life and Career skills, there is close alignment with the updated NJ Student Learning Standards. Professional development for all faculty members is at the forefront of the endeavors of this office, with opportunities for the staff to become involved in Professional Learning Communities(PLCs), participate in monthly Strategies for Success sessions, serve on Academic Council and to attend workshops and conferences on the local, state and national level. Staying abreast of current research, sharing best practices, and improving continually upon classroom instruction are key objectives which drive our mission. These strategies will ensure that the WHRHS faculty members prepare our students to be critical thinkers with social and emotional intelligence, so our students will be confident in facing challenges beyond high school. The administrators and the teachers are committed to creating optimal opportunities for our students' success in high school during their four years.