James A. Cotten Intermediate School has adopted the PBSIS philosophy. New Jersey Positive Behavior Support in Schools (NJ PBSIS) is a collaboration between the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education and The Boggs Center with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. PBSIS, Positive Behavior Supports in Schools, is a set of core prevention practices for all students and staff aimed at minimizing negative conduct issues and maximizing pro-social/emotional behaviors.

James A. Cotten is committed to creating a positive learning environment where students are academically and socially successful. As part of our strategic plan, we have implemented Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, a nationally validated framework for creating a positive school climate. At James A. Cotten Intermediate School, we hope to see all students FIRED UP TO BE LEADERS & ACHIEVERS. Our three core beliefs include:

  • RESPECT: We demonstrate respect when we show consideration for how our words and actions will affect other people. When we are respectful, we value each other’s point of view, even if we disagree. When we are respectful, we are polite and kind, and we treat each other with dignity.

  • RESPONSIBILITY: We exhibit this expectation by making good decisions; we do the right thing whether or not someone tells us to do so. Respectful people answer for their words and actions; they accept the consequence when they have done something wrong. When we are responsible, other people can depend on us.

  • SELF-CONTROL: When we conduct ourselves with self-control, we are doing the “right thing” whether or not anyone is watching. We understand the difference between right and wrong, and we think about how our words and actions will affect other people. When we conduct ourselves with self-control, we have the courage to be honest and to tell the truth.


James A. Cotten Intermediate School is a no bully zone. New Jersey has been a leader in the establishment of a strong statutory, regulatory policy and program framework to support the prevention, remediation, and reporting of HIB in schools. James A. Cotten Intermediate conducts a school-wide campaign with the message Be A Lion Against Bullying. With the help of PBSIS, James A. Cotten Intermediate School will focus on preventing bullying and help raise student’s self-esteem throughout the school year. In the month of October students meet once a week and spend the first part of their time playing a game or having conversations so they can build relationships with their peers. The last half of their time may be spent in many ways. As a group, students may write in journals about what is going on in their lives and how they are feeling, create posters for the school such as the anti-cyber-bullying posters or review and understand cyber-bullying through social media.


James A. Cotten Intermediate School is comprised of just under 600 5th and 6th-grade students. Each grade level is divided into two teams. 5-1 and 5-2 in 5th grade and 6-1 and 6-2 in 6th grade. Each team has its own separate wing with its own team of teachers. All students will share a cafeteria and gymnasium. The team structure l minimizes movement between classes and promotes a more personal relationship with teachers and students. This organizational structure allows for the promotion of the best educational foundation for all students in the 21st century.


James A. Cotten's Technology mission is to assist educators to realize the benefits of how technology can transform the teaching and learning experience to help provide our students with the skills and knowledge to be successful. The new technology that has been implemented at James A. Cotten Intermediate School has become a powerful tool to help our students enhance and enrich their academic experience. The James A. Cotten school has two fully equipped computer labs. Each class is equipped with an audio and visual system or a Promethean Board. The school has a 1:1 Chromebook initiative for students in grades 5 and 6. The instructional technology platforms used to support instruction include IXL, Type to Learn, and Google Classroom. As technology continues to reshape our society it is imperative our school evolve, change, and adapt.

We cannot achieve these goals without our partners in the learning process. Recognizing that parents are their child’s first and most crucial teacher, we will cultivate our partnership with parents and solicit their ideas and support. The staff and administrators look forward to engaging with the community and sharing suggestions about how, together, we can continue to make James A. Cotten Intermediate School a wonderful educational experience. At James A. Cotten, we believe that anything is possible.


“Respect- Responsibility- Self Control. The PRIDE starts with Me!”


You’re Braver Than You Believe, Stronger Than You Seem, And Smarter Than You Think.