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Principal:  Dr. Deb Reinemann                                              

Assistant Principal:   Mr. Jim Carnes                                  

Office Admin. Assistant:  Ms. Kelly O'Donnell                    

Office Admin. Assistant:   Mrs. Karen Anzivino                  

Special Education Coordinator (PK-2): Naomi O'Brien    

Special Education Coordinator (3-5):  Laura Driscoll    

School Nurse: Kate Pollender, MPH, BSN RN                        

School Hours: 7:50 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Early Release Day Hours: 7:50 a.m.-11:15 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Administration and teachers at Chickering have a strong commitment to provide instruction based on best practices. Teachers create an environment that fosters academic excellence and achievement appropriate to each individual student. We support student growth in the areas of responsible behavior, self-discipline, and good citizenship.


Grades PreK-5

Chickering School has 27 sections and approximately 510 students in grades Pre-K -5.  The average class size is approximately 18-22 students.  

This school year, twenty-three classroom teachers and other professionals serve Dover students in the areas of regular educational, Special Education, Library, Art, Music, Physical Education, Technology, and Counseling.

Educational Programs

The school curricula are designed to give students a rigorous and thorough learning experience as they go through the early years of their education. They are not only taught the basic skills but also learn multiple strategies to solve problems and to extend this learning to a variety of situations. The Balanced Literacy philosophy teaches children to read, to write, grammar and word study in an integrated and at an individual level. In the EveryDay Math program students learn basic math and expand their mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving. In science, social studies and technology students are actively engaged in the learning process from reading and exploring through non-fiction to hands on experiences.  A well-provisioned Library supports all areas of learning and our Librarian/Media Specialist instructs students in research and media skills.

Students learn in a variety of classroom structures including whole class instruction, small groups, learning stations, peer editing and in one-on-one time with a teacher or classroom aide. The school offers program and learning center rooms for students benefiting from extra support services and there is a commitment to inclusion of all students whenever possible.

Our Physical Education classes support our students’ need for exercise and group play. The Fine Arts are highly valued in Dover. Visual art, music, chorus and instrumental instruction occur throughout the school day. Examples include recorder for Grade 3, instrumental music lessons for grades 4 and 5 and band for Grade 5 and art classes for all students, Kindergarten through Grade 5.

A well-developed program for students with special needs includes  language remediation, related services and an integrated preschool classroom. Services focus on maintaining students within the classroom setting whenever feasible. School counselors is available to work in all Pine Hill classrooms and with individual or small groups of students as well as parents/guardians.

Chickering Citizens