Achieving the title of Miss New Jersey 2013 didn’t come easy for Cara McCollum. There were people who doubted her ability to win and she was up against women who were both beautiful and more experienced than she was in pageants.
Two years after capturing the Miss New Jersey crown, Arkansas native Cara McCollum is still advocating for youth literacy. The Princeton University journalism student visited Barack Obama grade school on Bangs Avenue this morning to forward her Birthday Book Project.
For decades New Jersey's school segregation has been among the very worst in the nation. How can that be since New Jersey is perennially a "blue state" in an ostensibly enlightened and liberal part of the country? Adding to the puzzlement is that New Jersey has the nation's strongest state constitutional law actually requiring that schools be racially balanced "whenever feasible."
In celebration of Black History Month, visual art students from Asbury Park High School have once again drawn portraits of those they admire. This year, artwork from students is featured in the lobby of City Hall as part of the annual Black History Month Portraits project. The artwork will be on display through Feb. 28.
Students of Asbury Park High School will host a winter fashion show Wednesday, Feb. 12. Dubbed “A Night on the Stars,” the event takes place at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, according to a release from district spokesperson Chanta L. Jackson.
The New Jersey Department of Education released its annual school performance report cards Friday showing the Monmouth and Ocean counties' vocational academies leading performance at the Shore, and Lakewood and Asbury Park schools trailing behind.
The word of the night on Thursday was patience.
"Rome wasn't built in a day," Lamont Repollet, the newly-minted Asbury Park schools superintendent said during a forum at Asbury Park High School held by the Asbury Park Press and Asbury Park Public School District.
For the second consecutive year, artwork from Asbury Park schoolchildren will grace the pages of the citys recycling calendar. Of the 35 fourth-graders who submitted artwork, Dante Love from Thurgood Marshall Elementary School took top honors, earning a spot on the calendars front cover. His theme was Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Asbury.
Asbury Park residents can again expect the artwork of district students to brighten the city’s annual recycling calendar this year. At assemblies held at Bradley, Thurgood Marshall and Barack H. Obama schools Monday, Yvonne Adams announced the winners and gave small prizes to all fourth graders who entered a drawing in the competition.
The school district's widely criticized graduation rate dropped to 49 percent this year and officials say one key to improving it is by better tracking the many students who leave the district.
On Nov. 11, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) sponsored a Bike Rodeo for the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Asbury Park. In partnership with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Meadowlink provides funding to allow the SRTS program to operate in the Asbury Park School District.
Asbury Park school administrators will outline their goals and plans of action for achieving those goals at tomorrow night’s board of education meeting.
When Lamont Repollet met with the public at large for the first time as Asbury Park's new superintendent of schools, he had his trademark hardhat at his side. "The hardhat is a symbol of building a brighter future for every student in the city of Asbury Park," Repollet told attendees.
The Asbury Park Press is partnering with the city’s school district to welcome the newly appointed superintendent at a special community event. Lamont Repollet, who started this month with the district, will be at Asbury Park Middle School on Thursday to discuss his vision for the district with families, educators and the general public.