Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Jones is a Language Arts teacher at Kreps Middle School.
A committee consisting of a parent, board of education member, past recipients of the award, and administrators met to select the District’s 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year. Numerous nominations were reviewed based on criteria established by the New Jersey Department of Education. We are honored to announce that Natasha Jones, an eighth grade Language Arts teacher at the Melvin H. Kreps School, was selected. Jones has twelve years in education. She started teaching in the East Windsor Regional School District in September of 2005. Jones has been described as a highly effective and dedicated teacher who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. She has demonstrated leadership in educational activities at Kreps and in the …
Meet this month's Elks Students of the Month!
Sponsored by the Elks Organization of East Windsor, Elks Student of the Month recognizes students who are nominated by their teachers for showing improvement in school citizenship or academics or who have done random acts of kindness. Photo caption: Alix E. Arvizu, Hightstown High School Principal; students Vrutant Amin and Mary Sheridan; and Maria MacLean, the Elks Organization Representative. In addition, Cristian Osorio was awarded a Certificate but was unavailable at the time of the photograph.
Monday, May 20, 2013
A teacher from each school was selected to represent the district in this year's Governor's Teachers of the Year award.
The Governor’s Teachers of the Year and the East Windsor Regional School District Teacher of the Year were recognized at the Board of Education Meeting on May 6. The Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program was developed in 1985 for the purpose of acknowledging teachers who exhibit outstanding performance. The Governor’s program is different from the school district’s Teacher of the Year. The rationale for this program is based on the premise that teaching excellence is one of the most significant factors impacting student achievement and the quality of public schools. A committee made up of a parent, past recipients, administrators, and a board of education member met and selected six candidates based on the criteria sent from the Governor’…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Buono endorsement and new super PAC could indicate teachers union is ready to fight.
For all the attention the teachers union and its leadership receive, the election of the NJEA's top officers is uneventful to the point of predictability. There's rarely even a challenger these days. The vice president gets elected president; the secretary treasurer is elected vice president. The one relatively new face is that of the secretary treasurer, who's starting out on the first rung of the leadership ladder. Yet for all their predictability, this year's leadership transition comes at a time where the New Jersey Education Association faces some of its biggest challenges, with the union under current president Barbara Keshishian often at loggerheads -- if not open combat -- with Gov. Chris Christie and his administration. Keshishian…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Cerf agrees that conflict between two students didn’t meet anti-bullying law’s criteria.
Two years after enactment of New Jersey’s strict anti-bullying law, state Education Commissioner Chris Cerf has for the first time reversed a district’s finding of bullying, saying the incident was simply a more-innocent conflict between two students. In a decision handed down in late April and posted last week, Cerf found that the Pittsgrove school district’s charge against an eighth-grade student identified as C.H. ran counter to the new law. The student had been accused of bullying after a February 2012 incident in which he shoved a piece of crumpled paper down a classmate’s shirt. In a case that had seen counter-charges of bullying and at least three different investigations, the Salem County school district said C.H. meant to …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
State delays go-ahead amid questions about legality, viability of virtual classrooms for kids.
The nation’s largest online education company, K12 Inc., is once again registering kids and offering jobs to teachers for the debut of New Jersey’s first virtual charter school – all without knowing if the school will even open. The New Jersey Virtual Academy Charter School was one of two applications given preliminary approval by the state Department of Education two years ago. But it was forced into a delay last summer, when state Education Commissioner Chris Cerf wouldn’t grant the final charter amid ongoing questions – legal and otherwise – about the school’s merits and viability. Almost a year later, answers to those questions remain hotly debated, including in the courts, and K12 Inc. is taking a wait-and-see approach to what Cerf …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Here is a list of important events going on at Hightstown High School this month.
Check out what is going on at Hightstown High School this May!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
One of the few things educators and administrators agree on: charter schools need multiple authorizers.
By Laura Waters [Laura Waters has been president of the Lawrence Township School Board in Mercer County for eight years. She also blogs about New Jersey education policy and politics at NJLeftBehind.com. A former instructor at SUNY Binghamton in a program that served educationally disadvantaged students from New York's inner cities, she holds a Ph.D. in early American literature from Binghamton.] Here’s a rarity within New Jersey’s education reform community: consensus. The NJ Education Association, Gov. Chris Christie, Commissioner Chris Cerf, Education Law Center, and NJ Charter Association concur that the state's charter school law is broken. In response, several members of the state Legislature are working on overhauls, and last week a…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Cranbury students that attend PHS are attending a school that ranks #330 nationally on The Washington Post's list.
The Washington Post has ranked Princeton High School number six among the state's most challenging high schools, according to a recently released report. Students in cranbury attend PHS after they've finished eighth grade at The Cranbury School. The Challenging High School index identifies schools that excel in “persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests.” This year, only 9 percent of the approximately 22,000 high schools in the nation earned the Challenging High School's Index rating and placed on the list. Princeton ranked high because, like the other schools on the index, many students of all abilities demonstrated a high level of college readiness. The Post's rating system factored out schools that focused …
Both teams collectively raised over $22,000.
Both Peddie Aquatics and Peddie Golf team spent the past weekend raising funds and awareness for Cancer research. In two separate events on the same day, the teams raised a collective $22,049. The Peddie swim team and Peddie Aquatics teamed up in a “Peddie Swimmers Go Gold” event, swimming laps to benefit pediatric cancer research, while the Peddie Golf team hosted “Swing against Cancer,” a golf tournament benefitting the American Cancer Society. “Peddie swimmers are among the best in the country, and they also have great heart and compassion,” head coach Greg Wriede said. Speaking about the combined efforts of the Peddie Swim Team and the Peddie Aquatics Club, Wriede said the swimmers completed a total of 145 miles in one hour, and raised…