Cole Manor Elementary School was built in 1956 in East Norriton Township. Cole Manor is a Grade 1 through 4 school serving over 440 students. Cole Manor School is unique in that it is built around an atrium which is seen from the center of the building.
As one enters the building, the trees, flowers and sunshine are there to greet you. We are very proud of the rigorous academic program at Cole Manor. Cole Manor has received several recognitions based upon these programs and successful academic
achievements. Our school was recognized in the Philadelphia Inquirer as one of the schools in the region having made the largest gains in reading in one year. In addition, we were named a Title I Distinguished School in 2014. Cole Manor has been
highlighted at The Pennsylvania Excellence Fair for the last 5 years highlighting various programs and activities including; the annual Academic EXPO, “Comet Tales”, a school based magazine, “The Healthy Comet”, a school based newspaper, “Be A
Buddy, Not A Bully”, a school wide program that addresses bullying, “The Young Film Makers Club” a student movie club run by our music department and finally our music and art programs for the amazing work they do in the arts. We are very proud of these
accomplishments and all we have to offer your children at Cole Manor.
To ensure positive behavior is an ongoing focus, we have a school wide behavior program entitled “Comet Choices”. All teachers and faculty members encourage students to make positive Comet Choices each day. Cole Manor also has a bus-safety
incentive program and formal anti- bullying program, “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully”. Students who consistently follow proper conduct guidelines are recognized throughout the school year.
Cole Manor’s central focus is a commitment to children and ensuring that each child receives the customized attention that he or she needs. During the school year, our students and teachers are assisted by parent volunteers, community organizations,
local business partnerships and the Foster Grandparent Program in which local senior citizens volunteer their time to help our youngsters. We are very proud of our partnerships with Elmwood Park Zoo, RSVP, and The Healthy Times to name a few.
A Parental Involvement Committee was established in 2005. The goal of the committee is to ensure that the staff and families of our students stay in close contact and work as a team. The staff at Cole Manor prides themselves in a strong and ongoing commitment
to education and the community that we serve. We work closely with our PFC to continuously focus upon parental involvement. Our mission statement clearly outlines the common goal we focus upon at Cole Manor.
COLE MANOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
OUR SHARED VALUES, VISION and MISSION
Cole Manor Elementary School’s shared vision is based on the premise that that all students will achieve a high levels, think deeply and profoundly, learn to accurately and effectively weigh words and articulate ideas, and learn the skills and strategies needed
to live and work in the 21st century. We believe that all students will achieve to their highest potential with a rigorous, child centered approach to teaching and learning. Indicators such as test data and proficiency in specific skills during each checkpoint are used as a guide to determine each student’s progress. Students will be supported through various systems and data will drive the academic program. We work on the premise that we are the first step in preparing students for college and a career path.
The staff at Cole Manor Elementary School is involved in ongoing collaboration and professional development as we believe we are all lifelong learners. A high standard of instruction and student engagement is the expectation. This is assured by consistent and constant conversations regarding instruction, data and resources. High expectations are a key component in Cole Manor’s plan for ongoing improvement and success. The staff puts a great deal of effort into learning together, growing together and supporting one another though feedback and collaboration. Various committees and teams meet on a regular basis to ensure that all students’ needs are addressed, both socially and academically.
Another area that we feel is imperative for success is a positive and working relationship with the community and parents. Staff participates in various activities and events which are focused upon how to involve parents as much as possible in their child’s education. Several committees are in place to ensure parental involvement, education and collaboration. Our parents are our strongest resource.
We will continue to work toward our goal which is to prepare every child to be college or career ready as they leave the Norristown Area School District.
Dr. Nicole Poncheri, Principal