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‘Freshman Focus’ Program Comes Under Fire at School Board Meeting

A program supporters say was designed to help ease the transition of freshmen into high school came under fire at the Sept. 19 Board of Education meeting. The program, called Freshman Focus, was started at the high school this year, principal James Bevere told the school board during a 15-minute presentation. Although Bevere spoke highly […]

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School Board Positioned for Vote to Not Re-Hire Superintendent; Residents’ Group Calls For ‘Change of Leadership’

School Board Positioned for Vote to Not Re-Hire Superintendent; Residents’ Group Calls For ‘Change of Leadership’

A resolution to not renew the contract of schools Superintendent Edward Seto will be on next week’s Board of Education agenda. Judging by the vote at the Sept. 19 workshop session to add the resolution – 5-2, with two abstentions – the measure stands a good chance of passing. The vote to add the resolution […]

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Rutgers Prep Student Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Ajay A. Patel, a senior at Rutgers Preparatory School on Easton Avenue, was named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program. Patel is one of about 16,000 students nationally named semifinalists in the 59th annual program. Patel will compete for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million. About 90 percent of the […]

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Conerly Road School ‘Skype-Mate’ Gives Kids Lesson in Flag History

Conerly Road School ‘Skype-Mate’ Gives Kids Lesson in Flag History

A member of the Conerly Road School extended family paid a visit to the school on Sept. 11 to give students a lesson in American flag history. The visitor, Col. Frank A. Kuczynski, also thanked the students and teachers for their support during his recent 9-month deployment to Afghanistan. On Flag Day, Kuczynski spoke to […]

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Video: High School Principal Talks About New School Year

Video: High School Principal Talks About New School Year

We recently asked High School Principal James R. Bevere for his thoughts on the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Bevere was enthused about what the year holds for FHS students.

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First Day of School Brings Tears, Laughter

First Day of School Brings Tears, Laughter

Giannah Farag was all smiles as she waited for her teacher outside Hillcrest School in Somerset the morning of Sept. 9. The new Kindergartner made her first friend – Dylan Cauthen – shortly after arriving at the school. Giannah was accompanied by her mother, Heather, who was also smiling, but for a different reason. “I’m […]

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Franklin Teachers Getting Ready for the Students

Franklin Teachers Getting Ready for the Students

Dawn Valdata walked in to her 2nd Grade classroom in Franklin Park School earlier this week and asked herself the same question she’s asked the past 11 years. “Where do I start?” Valdata, like her colleagues throughout the school district and in private schools located in the township, spent the week putting her classroom together […]

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North Brunswick Church Refurbishes School Garden as it Prepares Somerset Services

North Brunswick Church Refurbishes School Garden as it Prepares Somerset Services

Volunteers from the Point Community Church of North Brunswick spent three days of their summer fixing up the garden at Pine Grove Manor School on Highland Avenue. The work was seen by church leaders as a way of introducing themselves to the community in advance of them founding a new congregation in Somerset. The work […]

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School Board Studies Lowering High School Passing Grade

School Board Studies Lowering High School Passing Grade

A move to lower the passing grade for Franklin High School students from 67 to 60 is being studied by the Board of Education. The board at its August meeting pulled a proposed policy that would do just that, saying it needed more time to study the issue. The new policy, if adopted, would not […]

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