SHREWSBURY SCHOOL HIGH-FIVED

The Shrewsbury Borough School was one of five public school programs statewide recognized yesterday by the New Jersey School Boards Association for creative and innovative approaches to teaching.

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According to an NJSBA press release, the school was selected for the organization’s Leader Award for its Students Achieving Independent Learning, or SAIL, program, which

sets aside four afternoons per week for enrichment activities that cross the curriculum and focus on student-initiated projects. The project draws on students’ skills in areas such as creative expression, collaboration, time management, organization, and communication.

(Today’s Star-Ledger reports — mistakenly, it seems — that the school “raises students’ awareness of genocide and crimes against humanity worldwide.” But that was another school, in Washington Township, Gloucester County, according to the release.)

The other programs selected were the kindergarten reading program in Livingston; a hands-on approach to science in River Vale; and a curriculum-wide program in Roselle.

Kevin Ciak, president of the NJSBA, says the schools selected for the 22nd annual set of awards use “fresh concepts to boost achievement, increase math, literacy and science skills and help students meet the state’s academic standards.”

The five districts are scheduled to be honored at the closing session of Workshop 2007, a statewide education conference, on Oct. 26 in Atlantic City.

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