|Annual School Events|
Parent Information Session
This parent information session for The Lower School is held at the beginning of the school year and offers parents the opportunity to learn about the school's special academic strategies. Teachers give short presentations on assistive technology, Benchmark, the Landmark notebook system, Read Naturally, the social communication program, Project Read: Written Expression, and Orton-Gillingham strategies.
Teachers at The High School describe such strategies as the Strategic Intervention Model used in the writing program, cross-curricular integrations, applied workshops, and the college and post-secondary advisory program.
Early in the school year, all parents are invited to attend the classes their child attends during a regular school day. Teachers discuss curriculum and answer questions about class content.
For three days and two nights, all 7th and 8th grade students attend
a YMCA environmental education camp in Claryville, NY. This popular activity for students is chaperoned by teachers.
A Halloween Party is held each year at The Lower School. The children bring their costumes to school and change just prior to the festivities.
The day before Thanksgiving, Lower School children invite their "grandfriends" to breakfast at Craig followed by a morning of classes.
Winter Holiday Parties
Holiday parties/events are held for the students at both the High School and Lower School.
Parent Conferences are held in November and March. Appointments are scheduled in advance.
Winter Ski Program
One day a week during the month of January, Lower School students are taken to the Hidden Valley Ski Resort for skiing during school hours. The first lesson, lift tickets, and transportation are provided by The Craig School. Any additional lessons and rentals are the responsibility of the parents.
College Information Session for Parents
College Search Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities are presented in two evening sessions for parents of junior and sophomore students. Lead by our Director of College Counseling and Placement, these informative presentations include advice on gathering college criteria, ACT vs. SAT, what to look for in academic and LD supports on campus, necessary skills for a smooth transition, and financial aid tips.
High School Graduate Panel
Each January, graduates of The Craig High School meet in a panel forum to discuss college life with the current High School seniors and juniors. Topics such as the importance of going to class, good writing skills, self-advocacy, organization and time management are usually covered, as well as how to handle a difficult roommate, social situations, personal emergencies and even campus dining have been discussed!
The annual CHS College Fair, generally held in late March or early April, is specifically designed for students wth learning disabilities. Admission representatives from colleges offering the best in comprehensive support programs and/or very strong academic suports for students with learning disabilities exhibit and explain their services to students who will need additional help and guidance once on campus. All Craig School families are invited and encouraged to attend. Invitations are also sent to college and guidance counselors, as well as child study team members in the surrounding counties.
The Spring Auction and the Annual Fund appeal are the school's two major fund raisers of the year. The auction is generally held toward the end of April or in early May and typically involves the support and/or attendance of many members of the Craig community including current and past parents, alumni, friends and faculty. The proceeds benefit the school's educational programs.
Craig held its first golf outing in June, 2007 at the Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg, NJ. It has since become a popular fund-raising event for the school.
Each spring, the Parents' Association (PACS) honors The Craig School faculty and staff with a luncheon and other festivities, in appreciation of their efforts throughout the year on behalf of the children.
School Expo and Science Fair
Each year The Lower School holds an “Expo” to display the work that students have completed during the school year. High School students hold a Science Fair to present specific research projects that the students have completed.
Eighth Grade Trip
Each spring a special educational trip is planned for the 8th grade graduating class.
During the last week of school, the Lower School holds a Field Day at Tourne Park in Boonton Township between 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM. This event includes food and fun and parents are welcome to attend.
The Craig School holds graduation ceremonies at both the Lower School and High School in June .
Field Trips and Assemblies
A variety of field trips and assemblies are held on and off both campuses throughout the school year to enrich the students’ school experience.
The High School holds three “Spirit Days” during the school year. Spirit Days generally begin at noon and students engage in apple-dunking and other fun activities while the staff prepares a cook-out during the spring and fall months.