Early years are learning years

The Asbury Park Board of Education(BOE) Early Childhood Department recently hosted a Gem of The Shore Tour to bring awareness about the districts high quality preschool program to the community.

APMS Secures First Division Title

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.

Asbury Park School Employees Shorted Paychecks

Several hundred school workers got an unpleasant surprise Thursday when the biweekly paychecks that should have been directly deposited into their bank accounts went missing.

Prom dreams come true for underprivileged teens in Asbury Park

Ontasia Stanton almost wasn’t able to attend prom this year. A senior at Asbury Park High School, Stanton had a date, but didn’t buy a dress. “I had no idea how we were going to get a dress, truthfully,” Stanton said. “I was in a school play, we were very busy and I didn’t have any time to prom shop.” That is where Wish Upon a Prom came in. The event offered hundreds of prom dresses for girls, all at the last minute – and all for free.

Shore Area Groups Pledge Support for Asbury Park Kids

A college prep program for struggling students. Thousands of free books. A performing arts program that could keep young people off the streets in summer. Those were just a few of the action steps a new Asbury Park Press community initiative, now called APP Connections, is working to implement, together with school officials, volunteers and area service organizations.

Asbury Park Student Receives $100,000 scholarship

Tylisha Allen, 2014 Asbury Park High School valedictorian, has received the Daley Cutler Scholar Award, a four-year undergraduate scholarship to Ohio University. The award, worth more than $100,000, will provide tuition, room and board and stipends for study and work abroad.

Asbury Park School Reopen Search for Superintendent

The Asbury Park Board of Education has re-opened the search for a district superintendent of schools. An advertisement for the position was placed in a local newspaper Sunday, school board administrator Geoffrey Hastings said. The advertisement sets a May 20 deadline for applications. Rather than form a selection committee to interview candidates, the board chose at a special meeting held Tuesday to interview candidates as a whole board in executive session. When the candidates are narrowed down to the final two or three, the board will commence conducting public interviews until they make their selection.

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.