Common Core: Raising the Bar for education in NJ?

Kindergartners will wrestle with measurements. Second-graders will dive into year-long research projects. High school freshmen will read classics like "Siddhartha" and "Lord of the Flies" years earlier than students now.

Christie cuts ribbon at new school gym

Kyrie Moore Jr. got to flex his muscles on a brand new chest-press Monday. The 14-year-old Asbury Park student, who was looking to build the upper-body strength he says he needs on the football field, was among city students giving the equipment a workout at Asbury Park Middle School's new, state-of-the-art fitness center.

Middle school unveils state-of-the-art fitness center

Asbury Park Middle School students now have a new, modern fitness facility at their disposal. Governor Christopher Christie [shown above, center] and Jake Steinfeld[at left], Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness and founder of Body by Jake, were on hand at the middle school Monday to cut the ribbon on the brand new facility and offer a packed auditorium of students words of encouragement.

Christie Encourages Kids to Get Healthy

Governor Christie, who has been open about his weight struggles, told a roomful of students that he feels better when he exercises and doing so could help improve their school work too.

Board votes to readvertise for superintendent's position

The Asbury Park Board of Education has reopened its search for a new district superintendent. Causing the board to reopen the search is the addition of two new board members — Kenneth Saunders, Jr. and Felicia Simmons — who were appointed to fill two vacancies last month. In order for the two members to take part in the selection of a new superintendent, the process must start over from scratch, said Board Attorney Kim Belin.

Asbury Park schools get new state monitor

A new state monitor has been appointed to oversee the Asbury Park School District as the Board of Education reopens its search for a permanent superintendent.

Back to School: New Security Measures After Newtown

As students return to start a brand new school year, they'll notice some security changes. Following the massacre at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary, schools across the nation have invested in safety, including new door buzzers, security cameras and the presence of law enforcement.

Asbury Park BOE hires new attorneys

The Asbury Park school district has entered into a new agreement for professional legal services. The Board of Education at their June 12 meeting appointed Cooper Levenson April Niedelman & Wagenheim, P.A. as their new attorneys.

Asbury Park Is Doing Big Things on the Baseball Field

ASBURY PARK --  The Asbury Park Middle School Baseball Team just wrapped up their regular season with a 12-7 victory over Henry Hudson, enabling them to win their first division title in school history, according to Head Coach Robert Cuccurullo. The Blue Bishops ended the season with a record of 8-1-1, capturing the Bayshore Middle School Baseball League Division title.

The team was lead in home runs, stolen bases, RBIs and strikeouts by Nasir Jones with 2, 12, 23 and 79, respectively. Jones also had the highest batting average of .700. Devin Nash led the team, which finished the season with only 12 errors, with the most runs – at 23.

The other team members are: Luis Rodriguez, Tahjmir Beradesco, Jamere Cancel, Jael Cordero, Garland Henley, Quameire Mohammed, Kyrie Moore, Alexander Peavey, Kavon Robinson and Andre Spann.  

Playoffs begin Wednesday, May 28, 2014, where the Blue Bishops will face Henry Hudson at Asbury Park High School.

In addition, Asbury Park High School Senior William Wells was elected by the Shore Baseball Conference Coaches Association as a member of the MONMOUTH COUNTY ALL-STAR TEAM and the ALL B-CENTRAL DIVISION TEAM.

He was among the Shore's Leaders in batting average and stolen bases and was even named Player of the Week in early April.  Wells is the first player in school history to earn both of these awards simultaneously in the same year.

Asbury Park Honors Teachers of the Year

ASBURY PARK – The Asbury Park School District recognized four district teachers Tuesday night as they were honored for being teachers of the year for the 2013-14 school year.

The honorees were:

Denise D’Alessandro is a special education teacher at Bradley Elementary School. She has been a teacher in the Asbury Park School District for 20 years.

Sharon Stevenson is a third-grade teacher at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School. She has taught in the district for 30 years.

Michael White is a language arts and literacy teacher for seventh-and eighth-graders at the Middle School. He has taught in the district for 13 years.

Toni Gahn is a science teacher at the High School. She has been a teacher in the district for 17 years.

In addition to earning Teacher of the Year honors for their respective schools, each recipient received a certificate from Gov. Christie as part of the Governor’s Teacher Recognition program, which was created in 1985 to acknowledge teachers who exhibit outstanding performance. This program promotes excellence and rewards teachers who strive to prepare students to be college and career ready.

The four Asbury Park School District teachers will join their peers at the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program/Education Services Professionals Program on May 23 at the Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury.