Dreamgirls musical opens to crowd of 150

The Asbury Park Drama Club’s production of “Dreamgirls” opened Thursday to a crowd of about 150 people, leaving two more performances Friday and Saturday nights. “We’re very pleased,” said Chanta L. Jackson, communications coordinator for the district. “We’re expecting larger crowds tonight and tomorrow.”

Asbury Park Middle School Baseball Team Tops League

The Asbury Park Blue Bishops Middle School Baseball Team is off to a record-breaking start with a record of 6-0. The team, coached by Robert Cuccurullo and assistant Lindsey Olsen, is at the top of the Bayshore Middle School Baseball League Division coming off Tuesdays 13-0 victory over Keyport. In that game, pitcher, Nasir Jones, threw a no-hitter, striking out 15 batters in five innings. Jones also leads the team with the most home runs scored and the most runs batted in. So far this year, the Blue Bishops have outscored their opponents 76-5!

Asbury Park Honors Teachers of the Year

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.

Summit for Success Seeks Fresh Solutions

Administrative stability, parental involvement, student accountability. These are just some of the ways public schools could pave a better academic future for city students, said parents, educators and a panel of experts at the Asbury Park Press' Summit for Success: Putting Asbury Park Kids First.

Asbury Park Middle School Pupils Meet their Monmouth University Pen Pals in Writing Program

Some 23 pupils from Kevin Williams’ fifth grade class at Asbury Park Middle School today had the opportunity to meet their mentors and pen pals from Monmouth University. Writing assistants from Monmouth University’s Tutoring and Writing Services Department played host to the pupils at a session that also included a tour of the West Long Branch campus and lunch.

Monmouth U pen pals give Asbury Park students a college connection

The two students were separated by race, class, community and almost a decade of age, but conversed with each other like old friends. That’s because Kevin Holton, a Monmouth University student from Long Branch, and Kervens Bartheles, a fifth-grader at Asbury Park Middle School, have been pen pals since the beginning of the school year.

Asbury Park Athlete Earns Player of the Week Honors

William Wells, a senior at Asbury Park High School, was named Class B Central Player of the Week by Shore Sports Network for week ending April 5, according to an announcement from district spokesperson Chanta L. Jackson. As pitcher for the Blue Bishops Baseball team, Wells [shown at right] allowed only one hit in seven innings while striking out eight in Asbury Park’s 4-3 walk-off win against Henry Hudson on April 3. He also went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Asbury Park Student Joins Eighth-Grade Dialogue

Mahjustice Murphy, an eighth-grader at Asbury Park Middle School, represented the Asbury Park School District in the Monmouth County School Boards Association Annual 8th Grade Dialogue.

Asbury Park High School Graduation Rates Are Low

Asbury Park High School Junior Iesya Clayton dreams of going to culinary school after graduation. She’s determined to graduate although 51 percent of her peers didn’t get their high school diploma last year.

Asbury Park Students Go For The Gold

Four Asbury Park High School students were among 10 who graduated yesterday from the Asbury Park Community Development Initiative, "Go for the Gold."  The youth empowerment program was recently established to provide Asbury Park youth with the job skills needed to find gainful employment while giving potential employers an added assurance that these students have demonstrated the work ethic necessary to succeed in the workplace.

Asbury Park's Failure: Who is to Blame?

High school senior Zykieme McAllister has dreams of moving to South Korea and becoming an English teacher someday. McAllister, 17, has a 3.6 grade point average and is set to graduate from Asbury Park High School in June. He said he plans to attend Brookdale Community College where he will study English and minor in business.

Our View: Parents Need to Fix Asbury Park Schools

The numbers in our Wednesday story on the Asbury Park schools, "The High Cost of Failure," and the tales of frustration, were enough to make you weep. More than $30,000 a year spent to educate each of the district's students - the most of any school district in New Jersey. Nearly half a billion dollars in state aid pumped into the district over the past decade to improve academic performance. To no avail.

Half of Asbury Park's Seniors Won't Graduate This Year, After Taxpayers Spent $1M to Educate Them

Gov. Chris Christie has lost faith in the city's troubled school district. And he's not alone - many city parents have too. "I think we're tired of paying for failure," Christie said Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Belmar, singling out Asbury Park schools as well as other urban districts that receive extra state funding but offer poor results. "We're tired of paying for failure in every one of those districts, with the exception of one or two."