Sunday, April 21, 2013
Only four Gloucester Township schools met proficiency standards in math and language.
Seven of 11 township schools received a failing grade on a state school proficiency report released this month. The only schools meeting proficiency are: Blackwood, Glendora, Lilley and Union Valley, all elementary. The results have district administrators concerned. "We do have work to do," interim school Superintendent John Bilodeau said last week. "A corrective action plan has been developed individually for each school. The board has approved one for each building." Bilodeau said a consultant will be hired to help align the district's curriculum to state standards. He said the board also approved funding for a Star reading and math program, which assesses and measures progress in each student. Bilodeau, who has been the interim …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The school gets a big assist from Acme.
Erial Elementary School guidance counselor Janet McCarthy submitted the following to Patch on Thursday: This year, Erial Elementary School was able to help 17 families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our staff, parents and students donated their time, money, food and turkeys to help make this event a huge success. On distribution day, we were in need of four more turkeys but did not have enough funds. Thanks to the generosity of the Acme on Cross Keys Road in Sicklerville we were able to fulfill this void. They graciously donated four complete turkey dinners (including a turkey, stuffing and potatoes). They refused to accept any monetary contribution. We are very fortunate and proud to have Acme supporting our community.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Erial students more than made up for the delay on their Halloween parade with a great showing of creativity Friday.
Erial Elementary School students had to wait a few extra days to celebrate Halloween, so by the time their annual parade through school finally came, students could hardly contain their enthusiasm. The school put on its annual costume parade Friday, walking through the hallways to show off costumes to each other, teachers and parents. Spiderman, the Mario Bros. and one extremely unqualified zombie surgeon walked past princesses, a chef and even a box of Tastykakes. School cancellations earlier this week forced Erial Elementary to delay its parade by a few days. The kids will have a chance to don their costumes again Monday, when Gloucester Township holds its rescheduled trick-or-treating. Did you take pictures of your child at the parade? …
Friday, October 26, 2012
The event aims to encourage family reading.
Erial Elementary School principal Timothy Trow submitted the following press release to Gloucester Township Patch regarding the school's recent Campfire Reading Night: On the evening of Oct. 23, Erial Elementary welcomed more than 100 families of kindergarten through second-grade students back for a Campfire Reading Night. Students and parents were treated to reading activities, crafts, and snacks focused on a camping theme. Students enjoyed cuddling with parents in the elaborately designed campground in the gym after learning how to select a “just right” book from the free books distributed to students at the event. Teachers also demonstrated the techniques they use to effectively introduce and read books with students. Parents were …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
A total of 164 Erial students participate in "Summer Reading Expedition."
Erial Elementary School recently celebrated the success of 164 students who completed their reading goals as part of the school's Summer Reading Expedition. All students were given lists of suggested books and encouraged to visit the Gloucester Township-Blackwood Rotary Public Library as part of the program. Students received credit for reading books and getting their reading chart stamped at the library. Students who returned their lists and validated charts were given certificates and other prizes. They were also entered into a drawing for special prizes, the school said. Ten $5 gift cards were awarded, as well as a Kindle and a Kindle Fire. The program was coordinated by Tara Mignone, Lisa Naylor, Lauren Russo and Zainab Shafi. The …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Max Drosi made a preliminary court appearance Tuesday in connection with the death of Samantha Nguyen-Ortanez, a Gloucester Township 11-year-old.
A stoned man’s quest for cheesesteaks. That’s what led to the death of Erial Elementary School fifth-grader Samantha "Sammie" Nguyen-Ortanez, authorities said at the suspect’s preliminary court hearing Tuesday. Max Drosi told police he was distracted by his GPS as he tried to navigate his way to Geno’s Steaks, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The newspaper reported that officers testified Drosi, of Miami, was stoned at the time of the accident. Drosi is accused of losing control of his SUV in Philadelphia in March. Nguyen-Ortanez, an 11-year-old from Sicklerville, was pinned under the vehicle and killed instantly. Since then, her family and classmates have struggled to come to grips with losing the vivacious preteen. The school …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
A tree was dedicated Friday in memory of the fifth-grade Erial Elementary School student killed by an allegedly drunken driver in Philadelphia in late March.
A magnolia tree was dedicated Friday afternoon outside Erial Elementary School in memory of a young student who was killed in an accident caused by an allegedly drunken driver in Philadelphia earlier this year. Samantha "Sammie" Nguyen-Ortanez was struck and killed while walking on South 8th Street near Philadelphia's Italian Market with her family in March. She was 11 years old. Students, faculty and area residents came out to honor Nguyen-Ortanez's memory Friday. "The outpouring of love and concern for her family from our school and community has been so amazing to see," said Erial Elementary principal Tim Trow. Sammie was walking with her stepmother, Lacky Xiong, and 3-year-old brother, Aaron, on March 25 at around 12:30 p.m. when a …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Allie Hauer, a 10-year-old student at Erial Elementary School, will run in the 10-mile race this weekend.
Although more than 38,000 runners are expected to compete in the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia on Sunday, May 6, Allie Hauer will be easy to spot. She’ll be one of the youngest runners in the 10-mile race, having turned 10 on Sunday, April 29. She’ll also be wearing a pink T-shirt that says “Go Allie” on the front, and “10 Miles for her 10th Birthday” on the back. Plus, she’s only 4 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs less than 60 pounds. So how did a pint-sized fourth-grader at Erial Elementary School end up registered for the country’s largest 10-mile run? The answer is simple: For Allie, running is a chance to bond with her mother. “I like doing the races for fun, and me and my mommy get time to talk about things without anybody …
Friday, April 6, 2012
The two schools will wrap up kindergarten registration for the 2012-13 school year in a few weeks. Don't let your kid be left out!
If your child is going to be 5 years old before Sept. 30, 2012, and you live in an area where children attend Loring-Flemming Elementary or Erial Elementary, the time is fast-approaching to sign up your child for kindergarten. Loring-Flemming will hold registration for students with last names beginning A to G on Monday, April 16; for students H to M on Tuesday, April 17; for students N to R on Wednesday, April 18; and for students R to Z on Thursday, April 19. A make-up date will be held at Loring-Flemming on Friday, April 20. Erial will hold registration for students with last names beginning A to E on Monday, April 23; for students F to K on Tuesday, April 24; for students L to R on Wednesday, April 25; and for students S to Z on …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Fellow Girl Scouts will unite in their uniforms to honor the 11-year-old, killed in Philadelphia after an allegedly intoxicated driver set off a chain reaction crash.
Eleven-year-old Samantha "Sammie" Nguyen-Ortanez was an active member of local Girl Scouts Troop No. 30430, an avid dancer, an aspiring actress and a fifth-grade student at Erial Elementary School. On Sunday, Nguyen-Ortanez was struck and killed by an allegedly drunken driver while walking on South 8th Street near the Italian Market in South Philadelphia. Her 3-year-old half-brother, Aaron, and stepmother, Lacky Xiong, were also injured. Xiong suffered two broken arms and Aaron broke his leg. “Out of respect for Sammie’s family, we are not making any formal statements about Sammie to the news media. We are taking time to take care of the girls in Sammie’s troop and within our service unit,” said Michele LeMansey, who is the Timber Creek …