Each Monday, Asbury Park's debaters get coached by their kindred spirits at Monmouth University. This partnership has been in place five years, and it's bearing fruit. On Feb. 21 the high-schoolers placed second at a New York City Urban Debate League tournament in the Bronx, their highest-ever finish.
It may have been a celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday, but students at Asbury Park's Thurgood Marshall school got a taste of everything from Nelson Mandela's biography to Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" to classics from Dr. Seuss himself Wednesday.
Nicolle Harris has a passion for serving her community in both the schools and churches. Harris, 35, has spent the past two years on the Asbury Park Board of Education with hopes of turning around the school district. One of her biggest projects, she said, has been working on the curriculum committee to clean up and redefine curriculum for Asbury Park students.
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.