Thursday, May 2, 2013
Watchung Hills' All Student Council plans a test-drive fundraiser.
OK, it's highly unlikely there will be Ford GT at Watchung Hills Regional on May 18 for local parents and students to test drive—but there will be a sharp new Ford for those thinking about a new vehicle. And each time someone takes the vehicle brought to the school by Liccardi Fordfor a drive, the school's All Student Council will receive $20. The project is a clever fundraiser that will be offered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. Just stop in at the front parking lot and register for a chance to drive the council's tally upwards...and to drive the car, of course.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Three-year plan set for approval at May 6 meeting.
Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education members have been working on a new three-year plan to guide technology development and systems at the school, and the primary goal of a new plan set for a board vote next week is to expand the school network to a 1GB wireless system. At Monday's meeting, board member Barry Hunsinger updated the board on the plans, which will enable to school to focus on using online testing, virtual desktops and e-textbooks—which board member Sondra Fechtner noted could have an added benefit for students. "One issue we addressed a long time ago was the backpacks and the weight of the backpacks, and the damage on the structure our youngsters," she said, and asked if the plans would help alleviate some of the load …
Trent Seelig earned his bachelor of science degree.
Watchung resident Trent Seelig recently celebrated his graduation from the Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating in the winter 2012-2013 quarter. Seelig earned his Bachelor of Science degree in imaging and photographic technology. As a part of that major, Seelig, was part of the Rochester Institute of Technology College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Eight new members will be inducted May 10
Watchung Hills Regional High School’s sixth annual Hall of Fame induction will take place in the evening of May 10, starting at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of the school. The public is cordially invited to attend the induction ceremony and the reception that follows. The eight inductees, selected from nominations made by members of the community, represent a variety of professions. Some of the honorees have graduated from Watchung Hills Regional High School and attained distinction in their fields. Others have served the school with dedication as teachers, coaches, board of education members. Others have devoted extraordinary talent and time to their communities. The 2013 selections to the Hall of Fame are as follows: Joseph …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday's Solar Car Sprints at Green Brook Middle School showcased engineering creativity.
A group of budding engineers at Green Brook Middle School gathered Friday, ready to test vehicles designed and built to utilize solar power, as part of the school's Gifted and Talented Class. The projects began in January, with students given the criteria to meet in their designs following standards set for the National Science Bowl. The project is sponsored by TransOptions, a non-profit transportation management association aimed at improving mobility and transportation in New Jersey, as part of the group's Solar Car Sprints competition. According to TransOptions Joseph Caravella, the solar car sprints have proven to be a great introductory project for students to learn about alternative energy and use their imaginations in creating …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
James Ventantonio will serve until a new president is hired.
With the current president leaving the college, Bridgewater resident James Ventantonio will be serving as interim president of Raritan Valley Community College. Current president Casey Crabill has announced her resignation, effective June 15, to take a position as president of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York. “Raritan Valley is a jewel as an educational institution, and I am looking forward to continuing the quality and the caliber of the college established by Dr. Crabill and the board of trustees,” Ventantonio said. Ventantonio said he has management experience, and determined that it means taking care of the people. “In the case of RVCC, this means being attentive to the students, faculty and staff, the board of …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Students will be participating in events Thursday through Sunday.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Come see a movie in the Watchung Hills Regional PAC—and help raise money for scholarships.
Going to a typical movie these days is no cheap date: the admission can run to more than $20—even more if you want popcorn or other refreshments. But local residents can take advantage of a special screening of the hit animated feature "Wreck It Ralph" Thursday in a benefit for scholarships for the school's graduates. The show is sponsored by the All School Council, and begins at 5:45 p.m.. The movie of free, and if you'd like to treat your date to dinner, come early (it's served at 5 p.m.) and costs just $5.
Watchung's Thomas Franklin notes borough's history of overpaying may be ending.
The topic of how the taxes raised for Watchung Hills Regional High School are divvied up between the districts has long been a "bone of contention" for many people, according to Watchung Borough Councilman Thomas Franklin. But Franklin noted at the April 11 Borough Council meeting that he's noticed a trend that favors Watchung Borough taxpayers. He noted the assessments are not done on a per-capita basis, or by calculating a tax based on "so much per pupil for everybody." Instead, Franklin pointed out, the assessment is divided between the three participating districts—Warren, Watchung and Long Hill—based on their total assessed valuation. "If you do it on a per capita basis, Watchung doesn't get a great value because we don't send a lot …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Tuesday's meeting to be dedicated to reviews.
The process for finding the next superintendent for Watchung Hills Regional High School after Frances Stromsland retires at the end of June is entering the final stages, with board members interviewing five candidates for the post. Board members met Thursday to conduct three interviews, and have two more scheduled for Tuesday's meeting. District Business Administrator Timothy Stys said the board would open in public session at 7 p.m., but immediately close the meeting to interview the candidates. The five candidates are the end result of a seven-week process lead by consultants Hazard, Young, Attel and Associates representatives Bill Librera and Dwight Pfennig.