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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Several Asbury Park students were recently honored by the Asbury Park/Wall Elks Lodge No. 128 as part of its Americanism Contest.
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.
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.
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."
Asbury Park students will, once again, all be able to walk to school in the fall. Members of the Asbury Park Board of Education voted Tuesday to reinstate the Barack H. Obama building as an elementary school for the 2014-2015 school year.
Asbury Park Middle School students, Khiya Mullings, Cayla Hamm, Icelyn Griffith, and De’Jia Dawkins were recognized for their essays explaining what Veterans Day means to them.
The SATs newest makeover - set to roll out in 2016 - has some Shore area educators applauding the College Board for focusing on college and career readiness, but critics say the changes won't address fundamental flaws in the tests and how they are used.
The first dunk was delivered with a startling combination of power and quickness, although everyone who staked out the prime positions near the basket seemed to know what was coming. And by the time three more were thrown down in the first half alone, to go with a pair of treys and a no-look assist that evoked a bygone era, curious onlookers had filled in the gaps around one of four courts inside The Hoop Group Headquarters.