Monday, May 20, 2013
The township BOE selected a firm Monday to help align district curriculum with new state standards.
The Gloucester Township Board of Education on Monday approved a plan to hire a New Jersey firm as a curriculum consultant. A bid from Standard Solutions, LLC was one of the lowest the board received. The firm will be paid $30,000 to help township schools align district curriculum with new state standards. Bids ranged from $30,000 to more than $200,000, board and administration members said. Despite the apparent savings by choosing a low bidder, a capacity crowd of more than 300, mostly teachers clad in red polo shirts to show solidarity in an ongoing contract dispute, greeted the choice with heckling and critical questions. "We are spending millions in salaries in administration?" questioned Jennifer O'Donnell, a parent, during the public …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Surprise your newly minted graduate with a balloon, or balloon bouquet, for Triton's graduation.
Parents and loved ones of Triton Regional High School's Class of 2013 can celebrate the graduate's success with a balloon-a-gram. The school is collecting orders now for the balloons, which will be delivered to the graduate as graduation practice concludes on June 21. The balloons are $3 each and there is a limit of 10 per graduate. Click on the PDF, to the side, to download the form, or print it out here.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Class of 2013 graduated under a giant tent Saturday at the Blackwood campus.
Camden County College held its 45th annual commencement ceremony Saturday under an 18,000-square-foot, event tent on its Blackwood, Gloucester Township campus. The event featured more than 1,500 students and over 5,000 family members and friends. The keynote speaker was Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Wendell E. Pritchett. Maegan Kyser, 24, a 2008 West Deptford High School graduate, was the student speaker. She is a Phi Theta Kappa and President’s List student who currently works for University of Pennsylvania Health System as a unit ambassador and aspires to be a nurse practitioner with her own television show. The Outstanding Alumnus Award was presented to F. Mitchell Newcomer, Class of 1974, whose work as lead systems designer …
Rowan University held its 88th undergraduate ceremony Friday in Glassboro.
Members of Rowan University's 88th undergraduate class received their diplomas during the school's commencement ceremony Friday in Glassboro. State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, a West Deptford resident, delivered the commencement address. Among the graduates were 406 Camden County residents. They are: (Information provided by Rowan University.) Did you attend Rowan's commencement ceremony? Add your photos and videos by clicking on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button below.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Gloucester Township regional high school won the Atlantic Coast Jazz Band Championship.
The Highland Regional High School Jazz Band is still celebrating this week after walking away with a top-place finish in the TIA Atlantic Coast Jazz Band Championship at the Wildwood Convention Center last Friday. The band received a gold rating and a score of 97.67, which is the highest score in competition for any Highland Band in school history, according to band director Chris Tumminia. It is also the first jazz band championship of any kind for Gloucester Township's Highland and the Black Horse Pike Regional School District. Highland also won three of the four soloist awards in the competition, with Sierra Jorgensen and Mallory Wynne winning silver medals as piano soloists, and Katie Jorgensen winning the gold medal as the best …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Karen Leonetti failed to appear in state Superior Court in Woodbury on a drug-possession charge, authorities said.
Karen M. Leonetti, 53, of Washington Way Apartments, Blackwood, is wanted by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office on a warrant. Leonetti failed to appear in state Superior Court in Woodbury on April 24, 2013 for a pre-arraignment interview on a narcotics possession charge. Leonetti is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair. On Nov. 10, 2012, a Washington Township police officer stopped a vehicle on the Black Horse Pike in pursuit of a wanted person, since the vehicle was registered to a man with several outstanding warrants. The driver was arrested for providing false information, and the passenger, Leonetti, was arrested on an outstanding Camden County warrant. During a search of her belongings…
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Gloucester Township school board could award a contract for a curriculum consultant at its next meeting.
Request for proposals have been submitted by educational consulting firms bidding to help align Gloucester Township schools to a new state core curriculum standard. The Board of Education could award a contract at its next meeting on May 20. The consultant could be a key to improving performance in district schools. Seven of 11 township schools failed to meet academic achievement targets in school performance reports released last month. "We really want to be transparent and let people know the action we are taking that are steps in the right direction," said Joanne Acerba, the district's director of curriculum instruction. "From my perspective, it's a really exciting time. We've got some good stuff coming. The fact that we have a new …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Angel McDermott thinks Gloucester Township is penalized for disadvantaged students.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
UPDATED at 2:59 p.m. Friday. Both sides have met with a state fact finder.
A sea of red shirts are now a familiar staple at Gloucester Township school board meetings. District teachers turn out in force wearing red to remind the board and the public they've been working under the terms of an agreement that expired almost a year ago. Angel McDermott, president of the Gloucester Township Education Association, the teachers union, said both sides have met with a fact finder in recent weeks, but the impasse is not settled. "We're now in a holding pattern waiting for a written report from the fact finder," McDermott said. "It is a waiting game, we're hanging in there doing what we need to do to underscore the importance we play in this district so the board is aware of all we do, not just during contractual hours." …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Highland Regional High School Jazz Ensemble has been selected to perform in the 2013 New Jersey Division III State Jazz Band Championships.