Jayshawn Banks, an eighth grade student at Red Bank Middle School, peeks above the top of his laptop — just enough time to compare the sailboat blueprint he’s developing on his screen with the real dinghy that is being assembled just a few feet away.
Jayshawn’s classmate, Shelly Vasquez, a seventh grader at Red Bank Charter School, does the same. Both are intent on the task at hand: to build a sailboat. And while both students know they can get quick answers from their teachers in the room, they remain steadfastly independent, choosing to work with their peers instead.
“We feel like architects,” Jayshawn said. “And when we run into problems, we know we can ask the teacher, but we’d rather figure it out ourselves.”
This balance of independence and collaboration is a hallmark of the five-week RBCS Summer Institute, available to all elementary school-aged children.
Experienced singers are invited to audition for the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus by appointment on Wednesday evenings beginning September 7. Auditions are opened to all members of the community ages 16 and up. All voice parts are welcome to audition; however, the chorus is especially seeking tenors, baritones and basses to add to its impressive ensemble.
Interested singers are encouraged to attend a rehearsal of the award-winning MCC, a fun community of like-minded singers who are dedicated to the highest standards of artistic excellence. Auditions and rehearsals are held at Red Bank Charter School, 58 Oakland Street.
Community YMCA swim instructor Casey Mansfield (above right) helped third graders from Red Bank schools feels safe and comfortable in the water, including Madeline Ortiz-Morales of Red Bank Primary School (above) and Christopher Hernandez of Red Bank Charter School (below).
Press release from The Community YMCA
Third grade students of Red Bank Primary School and Red Bank Charter School gained valuable swimming and water safety skills in the annual Third Grade Swim program, presented by The Community YMCA.
The water safety initiative, which concluded this week, was developed to give all third graders the opportunity for no-cost swimming and water safety lessons as part of their school day. The Third Grade Swim program began in 2011, and has helped approximately 600 children learn how to be safe in and around water. This year’s program included four 45-minute swim lessons covering basic stroke development, paddling, treading and floating skills.
Excursions to the area’s natural attractions offer opportunities for art and science-based learning activities, during Red Bank Charter School’s Summer Institute programs for grade levels 1 through 8.
Press release from Red Bank Charter School
Research has shown that summer months create a lapse in learning, and family socioeconomic status (SES) is highly correlated to the level of academic growth or decline over the summer. Two-thirds of the academic achievement gap in reading and language found among high school students has been explained through the learning loss that occurs during the summer months of the primary school years.
With that in mind, Red Bank Charter School has announced a wrap-around STEM-based curriculum for their Summer Institute program. Offered from July 5 to August 5 and divided into two grade level-based groups (grades 1-4, grades 5-8), the summertime activities are available both to current RBCS students and to non-students.
The 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.
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.
The three day interval of March 3-5 marked the annual Albert E. Martin Jr. Hoops for Horizons event at Rumson Country Day School; a fundraiser for the private school’s Horizons Summer Enrichment Program and a tournament in which six squads of “Future Bucs” from Red Bank were invited by RCDS athletic director Paul Campanella to take part. Hailing from Red Bank Middle School and (as with the four players pictured above) Red Bank Charter School, the two girls’ teams and four boys’ teams participated in the 15th edition of the yearly three-day tournament. Also on the court were four teams of young men (ages 18-29) from Red Bank, two of which met in the finals to deliver the borough its second consecutive championship. Named for the late Albert E. Martin Jr., a Red Bank Regional student who took part in the charity event each year, Hoops for Horizons funds a summer academic and recreation program that serves more than 135 at-risk children from the Red Bank community each year. (Photo courtesy of David Prown)
This past week, the Monmouth University Womensʼ Basketball team hosted a group of 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls from Red Bank Charter School and Red Bank Middle School, for a special tour of the Monmouth campus.
The “Future Bucs” from Red Bank were the guests of the basketball team members, for a guided tour of the dining hall, library, dorm area, academic area and, of course, the athletic area. Lamiyah, Laniyah, Tania, Ariel, Winnie, Mandy, Makayla, Joann, Mitzi, Jennifer and Joselin all took advantage of this wonderful opportunity. The event was chaperoned by Future Buc founders Enrico Ciabattoni and David Prown.
Father Lawrence Kizito Kimbowa (left) of the nonprofit Change a Life Uganda meets with Red Bank Charter School principal Meredith Pennotti (second from left), during his visit to the school on October 5.
Press release from Red Bank Charter School
On Monday, October 5, the students and staff of Red Bank Charter School welcomed a pair of special guest speakers, Father Lawrence Kizito Kimbowa and Jean Semler. Both guests were in Red Bank as representatives from Change a Life Uganda, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned and disadvantaged children and their families in the Ugandan communities of Migyera and Nabbingo.
Addressing a classroom audience, Father Lawrence shared his personal history as a Ugandan child refugee during a civil war, as well as the impact that one family made on his life when they sponsored his education — an outreach that led in turn to his life-long mission to continue the gift of education to children of rural villages at the St. Lawrence School in Migyera.
With help from Semler and Dave Thelen, Change A Life Uganda was founded with the aim of allowing many more Ugandan children access to a school education.
The important visit coincided with the weeks-long planning of the annual RBCS International Day, to be held on October 22 — a special event designed to create awareness of global issues and conversations that shape understanding of our common global community.
The theme of this year’s ALC presentation is, “Pushing the Limits: The Future of Consumer Electronics and the Journey to Mars and Beyond.” Serving as Honorary Host was Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, joined by Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who provided remarks on the importance of the initiative. A panel of engineers and strategists for NASA also presented discussions on the future of space travel.
RBCS students and staff participated in the Science and Technology Braintrust Sessions; held a special meeting with Congresswoman Johnson that included a guided tour of our nation’s Capital, and sat in on a House Foreign Affairs Committee discussion of U.S.-China relations. The meeting featured talks led by Congressman Chris Smith, senior Committee member and representative from New Jersey’s Fourth Congressional District.
Red Bank Charter School has announced the availability of a new comprehensive STEM-based curriculum for their Summer Institute over five weeks, from July 6 to August 7. Summer Institute registration is now being accepted for current RBCS students, as well as non-students from Red Bank and surrounding communities.
RBCS Summer Institute fuses concepts of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) into real-world summer-learning activities. Students will explore alternative energy sources in a “Ride Like The Wind” engineering workshop by building a prototype wind turbine. They’ll don life-jackets as “River Rangers” in a week-long tour of our local waterways in student-built canoes. They’ll also develop teamwork skills in a canoeing competition with peers, culminating in a technology-driven storytelling activity using graphics, music and video.
Younger students will seine the Navesink “Down By the Sea” as budding Marine biologists. They’ll also experience “Life on a Farm” and learn about the importance of sustainable organic farming, and how to harvest nutritional snacks.
As part of an ongoing commitment to service learning, Red Bank Charter School (RBCS) will host a community blood drive on Friday, May 1. Scheduled for the hours of 2 pm to 6:30 pm, the effort is a partnership with the Little Doctors Program of the New York Blood Center, serving tri-state area hospitals.
RBCS Student Ambassadors will assist in the day, with a goal of collecting 30 pints, which can help as many as 90 patients. Fun and educational activities are planned for those who are too young to donate, and the Lakewood BlueClaws will honor RBCS at a spring home game for service learning activities and sponsorship of the blood drive.
At 7:30 am on any other national holiday, children are nestled under covers, and sleepy from a bit of extra play, TV or reading before bed the evening before. Working and stay-at-home parents in charge of their children on holidays or sick days might also be doing the same.
Monday, January 19 found the roads around Red Bank quiet, but the Red Bank Charter School in full swing. Cars lined up to drop off their back-packed and uniformed students as if it were any other brisk Monday in January. But every single RBCS student, staff, faculty member arrived knowing that this day was to be a day of service learning in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his sacrifice for equality.
In a recent announcement, Red Bank Charter School (RBCS), a non-profit, non-partisan, K-8 public school, named 4 pm on January 13, 2015 as the deadline for Red Bank families to submit an application for the 2015-2016 school year.
The lottery is held every January, and is open to all children who are Red Bank residents. Parents who wish to have their child(ren) entered into the admissions lottery must submit an application to the school. There are no other admission criteria other than residency. Siblings of RBCS students are automatically granted a spot for enrollment, but must also submit an application. Children whose numbers were not selected are invited to be placed on the student waiting list for admission to the school.
RBCS enrollment cannot exceed 200 students in Pre-K through grade 8 with 20 children in each class. There is one class for each grade level, taught by a teacher and adjunct team. All teachers and adjuncts at RBCS are certificated teachers.
The Borough of Red Bank’s Parks and Recreation Department has announced a partnership with Jersey Fusion Basketball to present a Sports Performance Training (SPT) program for Red Bank boys and girls of high school and middle school ages. The free basketball training program offers an opportunity to sharpen and acquire new skills, in advance of the high school tryouts that begin November 24-26 this year.
The program is free to all Red Bank residents attending grades 7 to 12 at the following schools: Red Bank Regional High School, Red Bank Middle School, Red Bank Charter School, and St. James School. Sessions will be held from 6 to 8 pm at Red Bank Regional this Friday, November 14, and again on Friday, November 21. Red Bank residents can register in advance by simply sending a reply email to MCrystian@redbanknj.org.
Sea Bright homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy being elevated in 2013. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Press release from Red Bank Humanists
On October 12, nearly two years since Superstorm Sandy wrought unprecedented devastation to the tri-state region, the Red Bank Humanists are sponsoring a panel discussion entitled “Sandy Spotlight: Where Do We Go from Here?” The event, which will take place between 10:30 am and noon at Red Bank Charter School, is open to the public, and admission is free.
“Two years after Sandy, people are still displaced and suffering,” noted Trudy Lagan, organizer of the event and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the RBH. “We hope the discussion will spur more support for those who need it, as well as give a deeper understanding of the tough questions that arise when evaluating how to avoid or mitigate another disaster like Sandy in the future.”
David Prown of Prown’s Home Improvement will be providing free equipment for young Red Bank residents who take part in the spring season sports programs of Red Bank Parks and Recreation, every Sunday from this weekend through the end of May. Read on for details. (2011 file photo by Dustin Racioppi)
For school-age kids, saying there’s “nothing to do” is no longer an option — not with Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Track and Field, Lacrosse, and Camp on the schedule for the coming months. And for those who say they’ve “got no gear” — well, it turns out that’s no longer an excuse either.
Even adults who are in need of working off some of that winter wonderweight will be hard pressed to find reasons why not, as Red Bank Recreation announces a full seasonal slate of programs for borough residents of all ages.
It’s a season that begins this weekend, with the March 29 start of Developmental Lacrosse League activities — to say nothing of the looming registration deadlines for several of the other programs and services offered. There’s still time for Red Bank boys and girls to join players from all local towns in a “Count Basix” Spring Lacrosse Clinic, designed for both beginners and more advanced players of one of America’s fastest growing youth sports. Coaches from United Lacrosse will be on hand at Count Basie Field on Henry Street for eight Saturday sessions that commence on Saturday morning and continue through May 24 — a “fun and energizing environment” that hosts sessions for players in grades 5 to 8 between 10 and 11:30 am, with grades K through 4 taking the field from 11:30 am to 1 pm.
Participants can bring their own equipment (helmet, stick, gloves, shoulder pads, arm/elbow pads and mouthpiece for boys; protective eyewear, stick and mouthpiece for girls) or it can be provided by the program. Cost for the Count Basix lacrosse clinic is $45-$55 for Red Bank residents depending on age group, and $150-$200 for non-residents. Call (732)530-2783 to get in on the action this weekend — and click READ MORE for the rundown on all other seasonal programs from Red Bank Rec.
Above: A cast of local high school students brings A LITTLE SHAKESPEARE: AS YOU LIKE IT to young theatergoers at Two River…while below, Ms. Lauryn Hill appears to have cancelled her (already previously rescheduled) Homecoming appearance at the Count Basie. (cast photo by Ozzie Rodriguez)
Friday, February 7:
RED BANK: If we’ve learned anything from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, it’s that springtime comes in turn to even the bleakest of wintry landscapes. So, with that warming thought in mind — well, that and the caveat that all events described herein are subject to change due to “no enemy but winter and rough weather” — we sally forth once more, where no groundhog dare tread.
While Two River Theater Company carries on with its vibrant and tuneful mainstage production of the Bard’s cross-dressing comedy, a talented troupe of high school performers have put together an intriguing bonus feature inside TRTC’s “black box” Marion Huber space. Adapted and directed by Jason McDowell-Green, A Little Shakespeare: As You Like It is a 75-minute version of the play, aimed at audiences age 9 and up, and designed “to fulfill the not-so-secret grand ambition of Artistic Director John Dias: to have some Shakespeare resonating in every corner of our theater, and to get everyone in our community turned on to the thrill of his exquisite language.” Red Bank Regional students Alicia Moeller and Patrick Monaghan are the lovestruck leads Rosalind and Orlando — and they’re joined in the cast by fellow RBR actors Halle Butler, Raquel Diaz and Alyssa Rogers, plus Michaela Farrell of Red Bank Catholic, and student players from several other Monmouth County high schools. Public performances, for which the actors will also be performing a score of original music by Shanna Jones, are Friday at 7 pm, and Saturday at 12 and 4 pm. Take it here for tickets ($15) and bios of the cast members — or here for tickets to the grownup version of the show that continues this weekend through February 16.
In November, the students and faculty of the Red Bank Charter School (RBCS) participated in a clothing fundraiser to support the nonprofit One Simple Wish. The New Jersey-based organization, dedicated to providing help and support to foster children, made news recently when its founder and Executive Director Danielle Gletow was named one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of the Year, for her efforts in granting “simple wishes” to these children.
“Education is more than just academics,” said RBCS Second Grade teacher Brenda Conni, who organized the collection of used clothing items at the school. “If we are to guide students towards global learning and productive citizenship we need to provide enriching learning experiences while incorporating lifelong values.”
Students at Red Bank Charter School joined The Community YMCA to kick off a new Healthy U program to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic.
Press release from The Community YMCA
On Monday, November 11, the students of Red Bank Charter School became part of a state-wide project called Healthy U — an effort designed to teach children ages 3 -13 how to be healthy for a lifetime.
A collaborative partnership between the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance and the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey with the goal of combating childhood obesity through nutrition education, physical education and family involvement, Healthy U uses the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) curriculum to promote physical activity and good nutrition, while showing kids that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be fun.