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RED BANK: A WEIGHTED LOTTERY, AND A WAIT

rbcs lottery 042816 2CPA Scott Landau holds a ball he drew from a rotating drum as charter school business administrator Theresa Shirley records its number Thursday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03For the first time in its 17-year history, the Red Bank Charter School conducted a lottery engineered to give socioeconomically disadvantaged children a better shot at winning seats Thursday night.

But for parents hoping to enroll their children, the so-called weighted lottery, meant to address a lack of diversity that critics contend make Red Bank the “most segregated school district in the state of New Jersey,” now gives way to another kind of wait.

That’s because, in effect, there are no openings.

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MIDDLETOWN: THE POWER OF ARTS ED

GuildThe co-chairs of The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury are among the individuals and organizations recognized by the Monmouth County Arts Council for their contributions to arts education, during a May 9 ceremony.

Press release from Monmouth County Arts Council

Each May, as the school year comes to a close, The Monmouth County Arts Council recognizes outstanding arts educators, arts organizations and arts advocates who support our mission of enriching the community by inspiring and fostering the arts in Monmouth County.

Sponsored by OceanFirst Foundation, the annual Arts Education Awards and Showcase will be held on Monday, May 9, and will be hosted at the award-winning, state-of-the-art facility of the Middletown Arts Center.

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RBR: ROSS, FIVE MORE TO JOIN HALL OF FAME

dean ross 030714Red Bank business owner Dean Ross, seen here in 2014, is among six alumni tapped for induction into RBR’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

Six graduates of Red Bank Regional High School or its predecessor, Red Bank High School, have been named for induction into the school’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame this week.

Included are three people who work in human health; a financial advisor; an Army captain; and a local retailer.

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M’TOWN: TEACHER DUMPED OVER TRUMP VIDEO

In the February 28 edition of his cable show,“Last Week Tonight,” comedian John Oliver urged viewers to “make Donald Drumpf again.” 

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_02A Middletown High School South history teacher has been forced to resign for showing students a video of comedian John Oliver skewering Republican presidential candidate Donald Drumpf… er, Trump.

According to various news reports, including the New York Post and NJ.com, the forced resignation of Joe Ventre drew protests from supportive students and parents at the school’s board of trustees meeting Wednesday night.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR RATES AMONG BEST IN U.S.

rbrPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

In its just-released 2016 rankings, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Red Bank Regional High School as one of the best high schools in the nation.

In the list released on April 19, RBR received silver medal status, ranking in the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation, or number 1,889 out of 19,908 qualifying for the study. RBR held the number 57 position out of 422 high schools in New Jersey (a total of 109 NJ schools made the 2016 list).

RBR and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional represent the only Monmouth County public, non-magnet schools on the list.

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LITTLE SILVER: CHANNEL 11 COMES TO RBR

RBR Channel 11RBR Interactive Media student Haley Watson (left) was interviewed by WPIX Channel 11 reporter Lisa Mateo (right), while cameraman Dave Kimmel filmed the piece for a segment aired during WPIX coverage of the New York Car Show.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Interactive Media classes at Red Bank Regional High School had the cameras turned on them recently, when WPIX 11 Morning News visited RBR to film a segment about distracted driving awareness.

WPIX 11 correspondent Lisa Mateo reported on Mr. Carl Grillo’s students, who were busy filming this year’s #RBRHSDBD Safe Teen Driving Campaign Public Service Announcement on distracted driving. The on-air reporter also graciously agreed to a cameo appearance in the student-made PSA.

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RED BANK CHARTER SCHOOL FRIENDS RBR

SM_Day_3Press release from Red Bank Charter School

Administrators and teachers at Red Bank Charter School are no strangers to the constantly evolving technology and social media world. Every day they hear students discussing a video they viewed on YouTube, or a funny meme from Instagram. Some even incorporate social media carefully into lesson plans and homework reminders.

They’re also aware, however, that there are two sides to the technology coin, and that social media’s darker side shouldn’t be ignored. For that reason, RBCS hosted a Social Media Smarts Workshop, which brought its 6th-8th grade students together with local high school students from Red Bank Regional High School for interactive discussions. The Social Media Smarts Workshop — led by current RBR students Jessica Hansen and Teicia Gaupp, with Nicole Paventi, certified Teen Outreach Program facilitator and former RBR student — was held at Red Bank Charter School on Wednesday, April 13.

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LINCROFT: BURNHAM COPS TO ‘ARROGANCE’

HOT-TOPIC_01Former Brookdale Community College president Peter Burnham, who went to prison for defrauding the Lincroft institution, is out and talking about what led him there, NJ.com Tuesday.

“There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and I crossed that line,” 71-year-old Burnham told an audience at the annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges in Chicago last week, NJ.com reported, citing and earlier account by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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RUMSON: TALKING INSIDE THE FISHBOWL

Fishbowl_ForrestdalePress release from Rumson School District

On April 11, Forrestdale School held its annual Fishbowl event, organized and led by Forrestdale’s own Peer Mentors and Top Dawgs. These 8th grade students have been honing their leadership skills throughout the school year by planning events for all grade levels.

During this event, parents and students joined together in order to hear one another’s perspectives on key issues facing adolescents today. The format encouraged participants to actively listen, instead of simply waiting for their turn to speak, without interruptions or distractions.

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SHREWSBURY: ESSAY WINS FOR ST. LEO KIDS

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Press release from Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter, NSDAR

Three students from Saint Leo the Great School in Lincroft scored first-place finishes in the 2016 essay contest conducted by the Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Each year, the DAR invites students in grade levels five through eight with local public, private, parochial schools and registered home study programs, to participate in an essay writing competition. For 2016, 14 schools participated with 528 essay entries on the topic of  “A Colonial Family’s Reaction to the Stamp Act.”

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RED BANK REGIONAL HIRES NEW SUPER

RBR_HIGH_SCHOOLLouis Moore, below, comes to RBR from Bergen County, where he’s been a high school principal since 2007. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

louis moore 1After a two-year interval under caretaker leadership, Red Bank Regional High has hired a new superintendent.

The one-school district’s board last week approved a three-year contract with Louis Moore, the principal of Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, in Bergen County.

Moore, who starts the new job on July 1, replaces Thomas Pagano, an Interlaken resident who has served as interim superintendent since the June, 2014 departure of Jim Stefankiewicz, who became superintendent in his hometown of Ocean Township.

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SHREWSBURY: BIG LAUNCH FOR LI’L TECHIES

Press release from Monmouth County Library

A new tech tool, Playaway Launchpad, has been introduced in the Children’s Department of the Monmouth County Library.

Available in all 13 library branches — including the Eastern Branch on Broad Street/ Route 35 in Shrewsbury — these child-friendly tablets are pre-loaded with ten high-quality, ad-free learning apps grouped by age and grade level. Each simple-to-use bright orange tablet has a 7-inch high-definition touch screen, and is durable enough to withstand heavy use by little hands. Each has a unique theme, which may include princesses, animals, dinosaurs, transportation, art and more, in subject areas that help build English language arts, math, and science skills.

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BCC HOSTS COLLEGE FAIR, OPEN HOUSE

SpringOpenHouseFrom press materials issued by Brookdale Community College

On April 21 and 24, Brookdale Community College  will host two separate events for high school students, career-changers and residents of all ages; designed to present comprehensive information on continuing education in a one-stop setting.

Representatives from more than 200 colleges and universities will be on hand at the Spring 2016 Monmouth County College and Transfer Fair, set for Thursday, April 21 inside the Robert J. Collins Arena at BCC. Between 6 and 8:30 p.m., county high school students and their parents are invited to meet face-to-face with college representatives and learn about available academic programs, financial aid opportunities, campus life, the application process and more. Current Brookdale students are also invited to meet with representatives from potential transfer schools during the free public event, sponsored by the Monmouth County Guidance Directors Association and Brookdale.

Represented institutions include schools from across the northeast, the south and the Midwest, including Rutgers, Penn State and Michigan State universities, as well as the University of Miami, Virginia Tech and the University of Arizona (go here for a full list of participating schools).

Monmouth County high school guidance counselors will also host a “Help Table” at the fair offering guidance to students about the college selection process. Robert Franek, senior vice president at the Princeton Review and lead author of the book “Colleges That Create Futures,” will provide a keynote address at 6 p.m. For more information please contact your local high school guidance office or call Brookdale Recruitment Services at (732)224-1857.

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FAIR HAVEN: CALLING ALL RIVER RATS

Press release from River Rats Sailing

Spring has arrived, and now is the time for parents to enroll their youngsters in summer programs. Learn more about a long time favorite, River Rats Sail Training, at the River Rats Open House on Sunday, April 17.

Scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Fair Haven Community Center on 35 Fisk Street, the event is open to any child who can swim, and who wants to learn how to sail. Classes are often fully subscribed early in the registration process, so anyone interested in enrolling a child should plan to attend the April 12 Open House.

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LINCROFT: STEM PROGRAM FOR GIRLS AT BCC

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Female engineering students and faculty will welcome local Girl Scouts to the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College on April 23, for an interactive program designed to interest girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

The program, held for the third consecutive year, is sponsored by the Brookdale STEM Institute, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. It will feature an informal engineering competition requiring the Girl Scouts to build a functioning “roller coaster” out of raw materials such as cardboard tubes and paper cups.

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