Posts Tagged 'education'

West Orange Pre-School Fair

PreschoolWest Orange Pre-School Fair on 1/21 at 6:30-8 pm at the West Orange Public Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Avenue. Come learn about preschool and day-care options in our town! Free and open to the public! We will have multiple preschools and day-cares there to speak with you about different options. For more information call Playhouse Preschool @ 973-736-9451

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NED show in West Orange

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The NED show has hit West Orange. There’s a program/show stressing character in education that made its way into the Pleasantdale school in West Orange.

It’s a strange coincidence for me as a grammar school buddy or two of mine and I had a NED club which celebrated doing things differently.

http://tapinto.net/sections/education/categories/press-releases/articles/ned-show-assembly-held-at-pleasantdale-elementary

http://www.thenedshow.com

Newark schools – The Zuckerberg donation

 

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Money Can’t buy Reform

Five years after Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge of $100m went to the Newark School system, reforms are sluggish.  Zuckerberg’s incentive donation has already been dispersed and has the Newark School District seen any sustainable positive change?

“Now Newark has fifty new principals, four new public high schools, a new teachers’ contract that ties pay to performance, and an agreement by most charter schools to serve their share of the neediest students. But residents only recently learned that the overhaul would require thousands of students to move to other schools, and a thousand teachers and more than eight hundred support staff to be laid off within three years. In mid-April, seventy-seven members of the clergy signed a letter to Christie requesting a moratorium on the plan, citing “venomous” public anger and “the moral imperative” that people have power over their own destiny”.  Booker, now a U.S. senator still publicly thinks the situation could have a positive outcome.

In my opinion, the media should keep flood lights on the subject of the Newark School systems.  Cory Booker and Chris Christie, who seemed to be on the same page on this issue obviously failed to appoint the right people to push this thru and coordinate with the public properly.  Without extreme tenacity on the part of the next mayor, Ras Baraka, I tend to believe that the vested interests will keep the Newark School systems in disrepair for their own financial gain.

Please read the link for a details.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/05/19/140519fa_fact_russakoff?currentPage=all

School Rankings

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Many area High Schools rated in top tenth of NJ’s high schools – from a US News  & World Report survey out of 395 public high schools

Columbia moves up again from 48 to 36.

Chatham 13,

Millburn 15,

Summit 18,

Westfield 22,

Madison 27,

Livingston 29,

New Providence 34,

Columbia (S. Orange & Maplewood) 36

Governor Livingston (Berkeley Hts) 37

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-jersey/rankings

The SOMSD Music Program gets national recognition for excellence

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The South Orange – Maplewood School District (SOMSD) has been honored for having a superb music education program with a BCME by the NAMM Foundation.  A BCME is a Best Communities for Music Education designation.   This is our district’s second time receiving the honor.

Kudos to Anthony Mazzocchi, the district’s Director of Fine and Performing Arts.

http://maplewood.patch.com/articles/somsd-music-program-is-nationally-recognized

 

Newstead 5k race

 

 

 

The Newstead 5k race will be September 22 this year  at 9am.  I haven’t done a 5k in two years so I’m down for this one.  Twenty dollars in advance and twenty-five the day of, so register now.  The money goes to Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood, an educational organization supporting the district’s schools systems.  Last year 350 runners raised $14,000.  The race takes place at the South Mountain Annex – 112 Glenview Road in South Orange.  see link for more details.

http://newstead5k.com

Columbia High School rising

 

 

 

 

Columbia High School, the home of Maplewood’s and South Orange’s students continues to rise up the ranks of New Jersey’s High Schools.  It is up to #47 from #75 in 2010 and #89 in 2008 out of a total of 328 schools.

This gain comes despite the fact that  under Governor Chris Christie, the South Orange-Maplewood school district has seen its share of school aid drop 37.7 percent.

See the link for full list.

https://www.box.com/s/7c300516930c32f71a8e


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