A.C.E Program

  • A.C.E Program

    Hi! My name is Lindsay Cicchino and I am the A.C.E. teacher at Folwell Elementary School. The A.C.E. program is designed to serve students whose academic needs are not being fully challenged in the general education classroom. A.C.E. is here to provide those students with additional enrichment and time to understand their abilities. I deeply believe in the importance of this program in order to ensure all students are reaching their potential and coming to school to learn something exciting and new, no matter what their abilities. Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or concerns about the A.C.E. program by emailing me at lcicchino@mtholly.k12.nj.us                                                               


    • What is A.C.E.?
    • Academic Creative Experience or A.C.E. is the name given to Mt. Holly Township School District’s Gifted and Talented Program.  Students placed in this component have been formally identified ‘gifted’ through the district’s approved criteria. This identification occurs at end of second grade.
    • How was my child selected for the A.C.E. Program?
    • Students are identified using multiple measures including standardized tests, report card grades, reading levels, cognitive/spatial reasoning tests, and teacher recommendation.  Students will be monitored for program eligibility every year.
    • How will I know if my child is participating in A.C.E.?
    • You will receive a letter from the A.C.E. teacher letting you know that your child has been placed in A.C.E. for the school year. Placement is tentative which means that the student must maintain academic requirements within their classroom and the ACE Program as well.
    • What is the class schedule?
    • Third, fourth, and fifth grade A.C.E. classes will meet for a total of seventy minutes each week throughout the school year.
    • Is there a class report card?
    • At the end of each marking period, a report card will be sent to let you know how your child is progressing in A.C.E. Specific skill areas (problem solving, critical thinking, leadership) and personal growth will be evaluated. Report cards are expected to be signed and returned. They will be kept on file by the A.C.E. teacher.
    • May I schedule a conference with the A.C.E. teacher?
    • Conferences are held in the district in November.  Sign ups will be made available through the school during this time. However, you may contact me, Ms. Cicchino, at any time with questions at Folwell School (609.267.0071)
    • You may also e-mail me at lcicchino@mtholly.k12.nj.us
    • Could my child be removed from the A.C.E. Program?
    • All students are required to fulfill classroom obligations as assigned by their homeroom teachers when attending A.C.E. If a student receives below a C on their progress report or report card, they will be placed on a 6-week probation period in efforts of raising their grade. After the 6-week period is over, the parent, student, classroom teacher, and A.C.E. teacher will confer to decide what is best moving forward.
    • Will my child be re-evaluated for placement in the A.C.E. Program?
    • Your child will be monitored each year for participation in the A.C.E.  Your child must maintain the standards of the program in order to continue participation.
    • What will my child “do” in A.C.E?
    • A.C.E. uses a STEM based curriculum to provide gifted students with enrichment opportunities that they do not have in the general education classroom. Lessons, activities, and projects will practice, reinforce, and enrich the following areas:
      1. Creative thinking---This area of thinking encompasses fluency (the ability to generate many ideas), flexibility (the ability to think in many different directions), elaboration the ability to add details to an idea), and originality (the ability to generate and expand ideas independently using your imagination).
      2. Critical thinking---This area of thinking encompasses analysis (the ability to break ideas into parts for examination, synthesis (the ability to further analyze ideas but to recreate those ideas in a different manner), and evaluation (the ability to set criteria and make judgments).
      3. Problem Solving---This area of thinking develops skills in how to solve a problem by using the Engineering Design Process and the Scientific Method.
      4. Research and Study Skills---This area will develop skills in information retrieval using various reference materials and media.
      5. Technology---This area focuses on using the computer to retrieve information (the Internet) as well as create and design projects using Google Suite and Scratch Coding.