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LINCROFT: CBA HOSTS 1ST SCHOLARS PROGRAM

CBA Baldes-quadcopterMatthew Baldes was among the five members of the Christian Brothers Academy Class of 2016 who showcased their capstone projects during the school’s first-ever Scholars Program Colloquium on May 17. The CBA senior — who explained and demonstrated a model of his design for a quad copter, used to shoot video and to conduct search and rescue operations — joined fellow classmen Jonathan Alicea, Corbin Richardson, Anthony Sardella and Richard Stefanik in an evening exhibition of their top-ranked projects in the areas of engineering, music, drama and civics scholarship. Directed by history department chair Mr. Jeffrey Matson since the program’s inception in 2010, the Scholars Program offers select juniors a unique research-driven experience that continues throughout their senior year, when the scholars develop an independent project that permits them to explore in depth areas of individual interest under the direction of a personal mentor, from the CBA faculty or the private sector. 

RED BANK’S RAMIREZ A MODEL STUDENT

Jose RamirezRed Bank Regional senior Jose Ramirez recently took first place at the State Technology Student Association Competition, for his portfolio and project in Transportation Modeling.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For students like Jose Ramirez, assembling a “modeling portfolio” means something far different from photo-studio head shots and location couture shoots. Like his fellow entrants in the State Technology Student Association competition, the Red Bank Regional High School senior employs three-dimensional modelmaking to solve engineering design challenges — and during last month’s TSA event at the College of New Jersey, the Red Bank resident’s skills enabled him to achieve First Place for his portfolio and project in the category of Transportation Modeling.

A student in RBR’s Academy of Pre-Engineering, Jose attends TSA events as an extra-curricular club which enters competitions with other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students from around the country. Having taken top honors in the April event, Jose is now eligible to enter his project in the national competition which takes place in June in Nashville, TN.

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LINCROFT: $30K IN SCHOLARSHIPS FROM JOCEF

JOCEF 2016winners10Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation scholarship winners include (back row, left to right) Tyler Berman, Chris Ross, Deandre Forman, Ehrich Ballard, Erin Cotterell, Kendall Szpakowski; (front row) Emily Yasi.

Young residents of Red Bank and Middletown were among the recipients, as the Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation (JOCEF) awarded $30,000 in scholarship funds to seven students currently enrolled at the Culinary Education Center, a collaboration between Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District.

In an emotional awards ceremony at the Culinary Education Center, students were presented checks by JOCEF board members including Maggie Romanowski, Chris and Debbie Mumford and Karen Farrell.

Proceeds from JOCEF’s third annual “Recipe for Success” gala in March 2016 funded the scholarships. The not-for-profit foundation was established in the memory of Joseph Romanowski, who mentored and nurtured many of the Jersey Shore’s finest up-and coming chefs.

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RED BANK CHARTER SCHOOL IS ALL ART

RBCS Evening of ArtsThe talents of an array of  budding artists, writers, dancers, theatrical performers and musicians were spotlighted on May 12, when Red Bank Charter School hosted its annual Evening with the Arts celebration. Designed as both a showcase for the creative abilities of RBCS students — and a demonstration of how the various art forms are integrated within the school’s curriculum — the event was made possible by the good work of faculty members that included art teacher Mrs. Stefankiewicz, music teacher Miss Keeling, and rock band leader Mr. Strippoli.

RED BANK: YOUNG READER’S A WORLD-BEATER

karina linares huerta 051116Red Bank Middle School seventh-grader Karina Linares Huerta Karina was honoroed by the Red Bank council Wednesday night for finishing first among 1.7 million students around the globe in the Achieve3000, an online literacy-improvement program.

Karina read and completed 170 specified activities, including 35 in one day, the most of any participant worldwide, to take home the top prize. 

Karina attended the council meeting with her mother, Zenaida Huerta, above, and her three younger brothers. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RUMSON KIDS TEAM UP FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS

Press release from Rumson School District

The students and faculty of the Rumson School District were excited to be involved in the recent Environmental Springfest at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. The April 23 event was dedicated to sharing information on the environment, mixed in live music, eco-friendly vendors, food, and other fun activities.

Mrs. Robin Yaeger and her Art Enrichment class at Deane-Porter Elementary School painted butterflies, dragonflies and owls on newspaper canvases that they had created. The bright colors and designs were eye catching to an environmentally crafted scene.

The Forrestdale School Art Club, taught by Mrs. Amy Lepping, created a colorful wall hanging of the Serengeti by fusing together recycled plastic bags. Their work was creative and inspiring to all.

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RUMSON MARKS TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

Press release from Rumson School District

In honor of the recent Teacher Appreciation Week, the Rumson Parent-Teacher Organization treated the staff to a week-long celebration. The week included breakfasts, lunches, a cookie swap, and a Wellness Event, all planned for the hard-working teaching staff at Deane-Porter and Forrestdale Schools.

The Wellness Event was certainly the staff favorite, as there was something for everyone to enjoy, including tarot card readers, massage therapists, golf swing analysis, refreshments and a fantastic selection of raffle items.

Students in the Forrestdale Spirit Club surprised all teachers with hand written cards honoring all that they do, while the Administrative Team recognized teachers with a small gift, starter herb seeds and this note: Teachers plant seeds of knowledge in their students. Take some time to plant your own garden and reflect on how many seeds of knowledge you have planted over the years in your students.  Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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LINCROFT: CBA MEN EXCEL IN LATIN

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

SPQROnce again, the Latin students at Christian Brothers Academy displayed their academic prowess in the National Latin Exam. The annual exam was administered to over 153,000 students this year, from across the US and from 20 foreign countries. Results of this year’s exam were announced in late April.

Of the 102 Academy men who took this year’s exam, seven students earned Gold Medals; 24 students earned Silver Medals; eight finished Magna Cum Laude, and 10 finished Cum Laude.

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RBR STUDENTS PROTEST RESPONSE TO PRAYER

rbr protest 050916 2According to one account, hall monitor Joel Gray, below, was placed on administrative leave after engaging Jazmin Graham, center above, in prayer. She said she had sought Gray’s counsel. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Joel Gray 3For the second school day in a row, Red Bank Regional students staged a demonstration Monday afternoon to protest the school’s purported suspension of an aide for engaging students in prayer.

To date, there’s been no official confirmation of any type of action against 32-year-old hall monitor Joel Gray. Tom Pagano, the interim superintendent at the Little Silver school, declined to discuss Gray’s status with redbankgreen late Friday, citing the privacy of personnel matters. Gray himself has not returned phone messages.

But as they had on Friday, more than a dozen students, placards in hand, stood at the corner of Harding Road and Ridge Road Monday shortly after dismissal, chanting their support for a school employee they say has been mistreated by the administration. Read More »

RUMSON KIDS GO “OLD SCHOOL,” SCREEN FREE

Press release from Rumson School District

Studies show that children who watch less TV are more likely to read well and to be physically fit…and that each week, American children spend more time in front of a screen than they do in school!

During the Week of May 2, students at Forrestdale and Deane-Porter Schools participated in Screen-Free Week, a nationwide event sponsored by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and celebrated by schools, families, and other civic and community groups each year.

During Screen-Free Week, millions of children and adults pledge to be screen-free for at least one full day. Instead of watching TV or playing video games, children are encouraged to read, play, think, create, get physically active, and spend more time with friends and family.

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RBR FREE PRE-SCHOOL ADDS AFTERNOONS

RBR Little BucsPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

The best pre-school opportunity in the area just doubled its capacity, as the Red Bank Regional High School Little Bucs Preschool program will add an afternoon class next fall. The program is operated free of charge to residents in the RBR sending-school towns of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury as well as surrounding towns, in conjunction with the high school’s Early Childhood Development Program.

Running from 11:50 a.m. to 1:25 p.m., the newly added afternoon session takes place in a professional early education classroom located within the RBR school building. The classroom is self-contained, and has an exit door which opens onto a patio for outdoor activities. Drop off and pick up will take place at the front door of Red Bank Regional, and the ratio of student teachers to pre-schoolers in the program will be one-to-one.

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FAIR HAVEN: NEW SUPERINTENDENT SIGNS ON

sean mcneil 050316 1New Fair Haven schools Superintendent Sean McNeil gets right to work, serving cake to students at a gathering to welcome him Tuesday night. His official start date is July 1. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The Fair Haven Board of Education kept it local in filling the superintendent’s job Tuesday night.

The board unanimously approved Sean McNeil, principal of the Port Monmouth Elementary School in Middletown, to replace Nelson Ribon.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR WRITERS WIN MEDALS

RBR national scholar winnersFour Creative Writing majors at Red Bank Regional’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy recently won coveted National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, distinguishing themselves as top student writers in the country.  Pictured with their teacher Dr. Gretna Wilkinson (center) are: Skylar Eber (silver medal), Mya Nunnally (silver); Jordan Fleming (gold), and Willow Martin (silver). 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Creative Writing majors in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) at Red Bank Regional High School once again earned a bounty of awards in the prestigious National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Four RBR students won national awards, with Jordan Fleming of Red Bank winning a gold medal. Silver medals went to Skylar Eber (Bradley Beach), Willow Martin (Little Silver), and Mya Nunnally (Red Bank).

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