A MILESTONE FOR RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN’S BERG

IMG_0833Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Christine Berg, a French teacher at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, has achieved National Board Certification in the area of Early Adolescence though Young Adulthood/World Languages – French.  Berg, who received her National Board Certification in November 2014, is one of more than 4,000 teachers across the nation who achieved the honor this year.

A teacher at RFH since 2012, Berg currently instructs students in multiple levels of French, from French I to AP French. She is Advisor to the RFH French National Honor Society.

The recipient of two letters of commendation from former President Bill Clinton for projects related to the Republic of Haiti, she also received a mini-grant from the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey for the classroom use of iPad minis. Her published works on the subject of teaching French include “A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Building a Language Program”, which appeared in the French Review, Volume 86 in 2013.

“Christine is the quintessential lifelong learner,” said RFH Principal Tracy Handerhan. “Despite being very accomplished in her field, she continually seeks opportunities to grow as a French educator.”

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RFH STUDENTS VISIT THEIR ‘SISTER’ IN CHINA

fei_lai_fengStudents from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School students immersed themselves in the culture and language of China, during a recent visit to Hanzhou Entel Foreign Language School.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Eleven students from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School recently traveled to Hanzhou Entel Foreign Language School in China, as part of the RFH Study Abroad Initiative. The students participating in the visit to Hanzhou Entel were Eleanor Belluscio, Willis Manelski, Thomas Martello, Caroline Mindnich, Leigh Mueller, Maxwell Nitto, Peter Righi Jr., Elise Roncace, Brigid Schutsky, Stefani Sciametta, and Payton Wall. Chinese teacher Rebecca Wang and Superintendent Peter Righi acted as chaperones.

The trip — the first of its kind — took place from April 9 to 21, and marked an important first step toward building a bridge between language programs at RFH and those in China.

While at Hanzhou Entel, a private residential school that is RFH’s “sister school” in China, the students lived on campus and spent their weekend with nearby host families (also known as “buddy families”).

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RFH ANNOUNCES STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

RFH ChinaRFH staff and students recently welcomed visitors from Hanzhou Entel Foreign Language School in Hanzhou, China. Pictured from left to right are RFH Chinese Teacher Matthew Yang, RFH Supervisor of World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Business, and ESL Michel Salazar, Hanzhou Entel English Teacher Hu Yeubo, RFH Chinese Teacher Rebecca Wang, and Hanzhou Entel Chinese Teacher and Vice Principal Zheng Minfeng.

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Teachers Hu Yuebo and Zheng Minfeng recently had an unusually long commute to school. They traveled from Hanzhou, China for a week-long visit to Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

While at RFH the two observed lessons, interacted with students and teachers, enjoyed dinners in their honor, participated in a bowling event, and even ate lunch in the RFH cafeteria.

“The chicken fingers were highly recommended by the students,” said Yuebo, who teaches English at Hanzhou Entel Foreign Language School, where Minfeng teaches Chinese and is the Vice Principal.

But this visit was about a lot more than chicken fingers. It represented a big step forward for the Study Abroad Program at RFH, which received its official approval by the RFH School Board at a meeting on November 12.

The inaugural study abroad trip for the new language immersion-based program, which took root at the high school in 2007, is planned for April 9-21, 2014.  That is when eleven RFH students will travel with two chaperones to the Hanzhou Entel Foreign Language School in Hanzhou, China.

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RFH MAKES IT TO THE HONOR ROLL, AGAIN

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Expanding access to Advanced Placement (AP) classes while improving student performance on end-of-course AP exams is a difficult balancing act. By achieving this feat, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School has once again been selected for recognition by the College Board.CLASS-ACT_RUMSON-209x220

RFH is one of 36 schools in New Jersey to be placed on the Fourth Annual AP District Honor Roll — the second consecutive year that RFH has been recognized by the College Board for this achievement.

A total of 477 schools from across the U.S. and in Canada were selected for AP District Honor Roll Status. Each of these schools has successfully offered AP courses to a more diverse group of learners while simultaneously maintaining or improving students’ scores on AP exams.

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RFH STUDENTS EARN NAT’L MERIT HONORS

rfh meritRFH students recently honored by the College Board are, clockwise from top left, William Kyle Burnett, Reghan Pattwell, Ralph DelNegro, Jacqueline Gottuso, Connor Swikart, and Leela Srinivasan. (click to enlarge)

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Six students attending Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School have been honored by the College Board for their scores in the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

RFH senior Leela Srinivasan has been named a Semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of 16,000 Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Seniors William Kyle Burnett, Jacqueline Gottuso, Ralph DelNegro, Reghan Pattwell, and Connor Swikart have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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