Wednesday, September 5, 2012
All schools in Washington Township open doors Sept. 5.
For most, it was smiles and excitement as Washington Township Schools opened their doors Wednesday. The gathering of students at bus stops with classroom friends was in full force throughout the area, as kids prepped for a return to Benedict A. Cucinella, Flocktown-Kossmann, Old Farmers Road School and the Long Valley Middle School. Patch grabbed some photos of the happy youngsters out and about, which can be seen here. But we'd love to see the photos you took, too. Add them to our gallery by going here. Happy school year!
Monday, September 3, 2012
Moms share tips and creative lunch ideas.
Kids head back to school this week. Back to school means back to packing lunches. Yikes! I have such a hard time coming up with new ideas. Peanut butter and jelly gets boring. Nutella has been a great backup especially paired with some strawberries, but that gets old too. Regardless, both options will be in my pantry for busy mornings but I need some more interesting solutions. Do you have any good lunch box ideas? I asked around and some other moms shared their tips with me. Elise S., an N.J. mom of two, told me how she brightens up peanut butter and jelly or tuna sandwiches with a little trick. “I sometimes cut them into different shapes with cookie cutters or use a little gadget that cuts the sandwich into a circle with no crusts.” …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Patch wants to know which Washington Township educator made the most impact on you.
For some, it's "the most wonderful time of the year," and for others it means a fun-filled summer has come to an end. It's back to school season, and parents, teachers and students alike are all focused on making the next 180 learning days the best possible for all involved. If there's one thing they all have in common, though, it's that one teacher (or multiple) that stood out and made a difference in his or her life. Maybe it's the gym teacher that taught you how to push yourself and work hard physically; maybe it's the math or science teacher that made lessons so fun you actually paid attention. Or maybe it's a school administrator that helped guide you in the right direction during your formative years. Whichever it is, show him or …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Group appoints lead elective teacher at West Morris Central.
The West Morris Regional High School District has promoted two guidance counselors to take on lead positions after the board of education voted to restructure the departments in each school. Guidance counselor Matthew Ferreri will take on the lead position at the West Morris Central High School guidance department, and John McGoldrick will take on the same duties at Mendham High School. Both counselors will receive $15,000 stipends for the 2012-13 school year. The board voted to eliminate the district’s guidance director positions in mid-July, and moved to implement the lead counselor position. By eliminating the director position at each school, the district takes an estimated $400,000 off the budget. In that total for the two directors …
Whole grain-rich foods, more fruits and vegetables mandated.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
Monday, August 20, 2012
School districts across the country will bring new meaning to the "apple a day" saying this school year as nationally-mandated school lunch standards take effect. Beginning in September, the new lunch standards, introduced in January by First Lady Michelle Obama under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, will be implemented. The standards were created to help fight childhood obesity throughout the nation. According to a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture, the new meal standards are designed to "make the same kinds of practical changes that many parents are already encouraging at home." This involves the inclusion of fruits, vegetables, whole grain-rich foods, low-calorie foods and foods with reduced amounts of …
Friday, August 17, 2012
NJSIAA incorporates the new Group V this season.
Friday, August 17, 2012
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association released its classifications this week for the upcoming high school football season, following the executive committee's approval to create a Group V designation in the four public school sections in May. "This creates a greater opportunity for schools and for student-athletes," Jack DuBois, NJSIAA assistant director who is in charge of football, said following the approval. "It increases the number of teams playing in the playoffs from 128 to 160. At the same time, it eliminates 16 consolation games that schools didn't want to play anyway." The proposal also allows teams with records are under .500 to participate in the playoffs if they are needed to fill an eight-team bracket. "We…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Community Advisory Committee continues exploration of extra classroom space of enrollment projections come true.
The Community Advisory Committee, constructed by members of the Washington Township Board of Education, is preparing to draft a report of its findings to present to the school’s governing body in September. The group, which has been meeting monthly but not convening in August, was tasked with finding different ways–if any–to make up for a potential enrollment drop of 500 students over the next five years. That projection was made in the fall of 2011, when a private demographer studied various economic factors and established a potential decline of 20-percent of the district’s current enrollment. The committee, made up of volunteers from the community, encompasses parents, empty-nesters and residents without children alike, and has met six …
Check out these stores so you can find the best deals and products for the school year.
Students in Washington Township will return to school on Wednesday, Sept. 5, which means it’s time to flood the stores and search for all those supplies kids will need over the next 10 months. While different teachers throughout the district require different items for his or her course, there are a few local places for families to shop and find what’s needed. Check out these places worth visiting for all your pens, pencils, notebooks and electronics. Target of Washington Township Target is a department store on Route 46 West offering everything from clothes to shoes and school supplies. The newly revamped produce section allows students to grab those healthy treats for school-day snacking. 68 U.S. Highway 46 Hackettstown, NJ 07840 908-452…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Mendham Township won't study specific option, Chester Borough not ready to decide.
Despite five months of progress after a plea for five mayors in western Morris County towns to play ball and “be a team,” a discussion to alter the structure of the area’s schools may have may have reached its end game. Mayors and school board members from Washington Township, the Chesters and Mendhams convened in Mendham Borough for the third West Morris Education Advisory Committee to check the pulse of each town and see what it wanted to analyze in a potential feasibility study. After a short discussion, Washington Township, Mendham Borough, and Chester Township all agreed it would like to move forward with the three options presented at the group’s last meeting. Those three options include: Mendham Township, however, said it would not …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Lead counselors to take over, savings would bring in additional department members.
In an effort to save money and provide a lower student-to-guidance counselor ratio in the West Morris Regional High School District, the board of education voted to restructure the current set-up, eliminating the Director of Student Personnel Services at each school. That position, which will be vacant at West Morris Central when the retirement of Randy Evans takes effect on Aug. 31, and is currently filled by Marianna Marchese at Mendham High School, is being replaced by a lead counselor at each school. The lead counselor will receive a $15,000 stipend, have one-third less students to manage, and will be required to work an additional 20 days in the summer. By eliminating the director position at each school, the district takes an …