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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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R-FH TOPS OCEAN AFTER 11 INNINGS

Jackson Russicci pitched five innings in relief and scored on a walk-off bases loaded walk in the 11th inning to give Rumson-Fair Haven its fifth straight win Monday. Watch the highlights from a well played game at Shore Sports Zone. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RED BANK: A CLASSIC RIVALRY REKINDLED

RBR Alumni_PhotoFormer Red Bank Regional players prep for their first alumni football game against their oldest rival Long Branch, scheduled for May 14 at Count Basie Field.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

It’s considered the oldest football rivalry in the New Jersey Shore Conference — and on Saturday, May 14, alumni from Red Bank Regional High School will face off against their counterparts from Long Branch High School, in their first-ever Alumni Game.

Scheduled for kickoff at 4 p.m., the game will take place at the Count Basie turf field, located at 11 Henry Street in Red Bank. It’s a fitting bookend to a year marked by great athletic success for the current RBR team, which went undefeated and made it to the state championship for the first time in decades.

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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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RED BANK CATHOLIC HOSTS ANNUAL CARNIVAL

RBC_Version_Carnival_Postcard_2016Back in February of 2010, Red Bank Catholic High School science teacher Ashleigh Kennedy received the news that her daughter Kasey was afflicted with a serious medical condition — a diagnosis that saw the four-year old approached by Make-A-Wish® New Jersey, the nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the dreams and wishes of Garden State children with life-threatening medical conditions.

As Kennedy recalls, Kasey’s wish was to NOT take her wish — but rather to raise funds to grant wishes for other children battling as she was. The young girl’s selfless decision inspired the school’s students to establish RBC Making Wishes Come True, a club dedicated to helping Kasey fulfill her wish by organizing an annual fundraising carnival. Five years after the first successful carnival, the event is still growing in popularity — and on Saturday, May 7, the parking lot of adjacent St. James Elementary School (30 Peters Place, between Broad Street and Maple Avenue) will one again serve as the site of the fun(d)raising fair, with all proceeds dedicated this year to a local charity for kids to whom a wish granted could make a big difference.

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LINCROFT: CBA COLTS SIGN UP FOR DIVISION I

CBA Colts signing dayChristian Brothers Academy seniors Aidan Conaghan (St. Bonaventure Soccer), Jonathan Dooling (George Washington Cross Country), Blaise Ferro (Northern Arizona Cross Country), Will Lutkewitte (Cornell Track & Field), Josh Martinez (Manhattan Track & Field) and Nick Trigani (Wake Forest Track & Field) signed their National Letters of Intent last week. 

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

During an April 13 ceremony inside the school’s library, six Christian Brothers Academy student-athletes inked their commitments to the Division I collegiate level. These six Colts join the 15 student-athletes who signed in November, and the three who signed in February, bringing CBA’s future Division I athlete count to an impressive 24 students.

Even more impressively, eight athletes from the CBA Cross Country and Track & Field programs have signed with Division I colleges since then. Seniors Brian Dengler (Bucknell), Paul Knepple (Richmond) and Mike Zupko (Princeton) signed their letters in November.

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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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RUMSON: SEVEN UP FOR SIGNING DAY

RFH signing dayOn April 13, seven student athletes from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School took part in a National Signing Day event inside the RFH Lower Library, surrounded by proud coaches and family members. The students and their programs are Bram Bruno (University of Pennsylvania, Crew), Brendan Edwards (University of Delaware, Crew), Maren Gierlatowicz (University of Miami, Crew), Jeremy Johnson (Elizabethtown College, Lacrosse), Caroline Kostecky (Gettysburg College, Soccer), Zachary Rataski (Johnson and Wales University-Miami, Track and Field), and Brianna Worobel (Skidmore College, Soccer).