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Biotechnology High School in Freehold, one of the Monmouth County career academies, topped the list this year.
Eve April 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Well, Holmdel, this is beyond pathetic. It appears that HHS is unranked due to some error. How manyRead More years in a row this school's rankings were messed up in one publication or another? Wonder what the effect was on college admissions for Holmdel kids. Based on the comments on the rankings site, Holmdel should be 31 in NJ. Still not impressive, well behind Rumson. Our stats are probably severely affected by losing dozens of brightest kids to Career Academies each year, but there are still a lot of extremely smart kids staying in district. Is it our curriculum? Ours used to be a great district...
Steve Strickland April 23, 2014 at 03:40 pm
There are so many flaws with the USNWR methodology that it is almost meaningless (see my commentsRead More from last year http://holmdel-hazlet.patch.com/groups/schools/p/holmdel-high-slighted-in-top-high-schools-ranking). Look at the list; it's one magnet school after another. Skim the best students from all over the county and they'll do great on all the metrics? Big duh! The worst part is that it will inevitably force schools to do crazy things to game the system. Maybe Holmdel should gather all the honors students (that haven't left for magnet schools) into a virtual school-within-a-school called Holmdel USNWR High school. I bet it would score high in the rankings and make everyone feel better.
Thomas Scarano April 23, 2014 at 04:28 pm
These rankings are meaningless
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John Santaella April 23, 2014 at 05:29 pm
We don't rule by majority in this country. We are explicitly NOT a Christian nation. It is not by myRead More belief. I don't make the rules. Our Constitution clearly states that the government shall not establish a religion. That's what we go by in this country, our Constitution; not what you believe or what I believe. You have no idea what I am. You are grossly ignorant and jump to conclusions. We are a nation of laws. The 1796 Treaty with Tripoli states that the United States was "not in any sense founded on the Christian religion" (see the image on the right). This was not an idle statement meant to satisfy muslims-- they believed it and meant it. This treaty was written under the presidency of George Washington and signed under the presidency of John Adams.
Lee Brewer April 23, 2014 at 05:55 pm
The court casse is about being Patriotic without saying our Pledge of Allegiance. You know I couldRead More shout "under God" even if it would be removed. But that does not demonstrate my Patriotism. We are a Christian or God honoring Nation when it is convenient. What is even more interesting is that a nearby Allah loving Mulsim Mosque sent about 20 of their old youth to help out Sanday damaged homes. That was great. The Southern Baptists sent 50,000 men and women to NJ for more than a year, in order to join in the restoration of the New Jersey Coast. That was also great. Yet sorry to say, I didn't see an Atheist or Humanist Organization although there is a Humanist HQ within 6 miles of the Shore. BTW I did not even see any Red Cross operation at work. I only saw 3 Red Cross Workers dining at a church providing food for workers. Sooo yup, our Nation lives with God in their hearts - at least most do. LOL
SILENT WOLF April 23, 2014 at 05:57 pm
Didn't say we are ruled by the majority simply stating that the majority in this country practiceRead More christian beliefs.Was not implying that you are a Atheist , but if that so happen to be ,you have that right as well.So don't label me as ignorant ,although you have that right....Amen
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
WMS826 April 23, 2014 at 03:49 pm
So on one hand you liberals tell us skin color means nothing but then OK Chicago teaching from aRead More view point that blacks had a hand in everything that happened in the world. I think if that ever happened here Catholic schools would be flush with enrollment. I do not know why they are not flush now with all this crap going on. Cut out the cable tv, and other things to get the tuition to send your kids private schools. especially if they are European decent and now a target of brainwashing by you liberals.
Brian Hurrel April 23, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Please provide a specific example of brainwashing. School. Curriculum. Texts used. Specific quotesRead More from the lesson.
Lulu's Mom April 23, 2014 at 04:48 pm
Global Warming is not settled nor accepted by all scientists.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk April 22, 2014 at 04:12 pm
Marie, why are you conditioned to think that someone that needs pay more taxes because they have aRead More larger house? Why do you think that is fair? Why do you think that if someone spends money keeping their house nice, they need to be penalized with higher taxes? Shouldn't someone should be allowed to keep their house nice? So according to you, it is fair if I buy a house and let the paint go and let the place degenerate and I can have my taxes lowered. you are brilliant.
John Santaella April 22, 2014 at 04:16 pm
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk it doesn't work that way. Ask your town assessor about that.
Marie Intili April 22, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I didnt say you have to pay more taxes if you have a bigger house! Or a nicer house...you areRead More taking my words out of context! A two family home that is zoned for two families should only have two families living in it! Not 10 families! Thats all I said...I said nothing about letting your paint go or getting penelized with a higher tax because of size.....only what its zoned for!
High school graduation. (Patch file photo)
Betty Boop March 13, 2014 at 09:34 pm
That is why most colleges award Merit Money based upon SAT scores.
Legion March 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm
If this is true my dog could probably be eligible if he went through the Brick school system.
Rick Ricky March 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Schools in general is nothing but fakes. Not even close to accurate. To many reasons to list. YouRead More have to many dishonest people involved in the outcome in changes that shouldn't be. Yes, schools play to make it look one way that is not even close to what it should be. They rig the outcome to make their school look good for certain students who they might have a connection with in some way. You can have students who rank higher in lower level classes that are not even close in comparison that has no business being 2 or 3 in a class.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 12:22 am
Hey Joe-90% tax rate existed with a number of signifigant loopholes that resulted in a nominal taxRead More rate in the mid 40s for the highest earners...stop getting your talking points from MSNBC and think for yourself. and even if you took every dollar from the top 10% of earners in this nation, we would still have a deficit...spending is the issue, not revenue....do you get that fact or does your hatred for the wealthy cloud your ability to digest reality...
Joe R March 15, 2014 at 08:51 am
Hey SH, in the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91% and the effective tax rate was about 51%Read More after the loopholes. Oh, so we don't have loopholes today??!? Ha, ha, ha. The current top marginal tax rate is 39.6% but that's before all the loopholes. The effective tax rate is even lower than 39.6%. JFK eliminated many of the loopholes and reduced the top marginal tax rate to 74%. That works for me.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Joe-I will agree to raise the marginal tax rate to 50%...what programs other than defense do youRead More propose to cut? Exactly none is probably your answer...cutting defense and raising taxes does not get us to a balanced budget...we need to cut spending...you socialists never seem to get that point...and moreover, how about EVERYONE has some skin in the game and has to pay some income tax.... you will never want to cut spending on social programs because then how will you bribe low information voters to win elections?
RC7730 March 3, 2014 at 08:26 am
Really? For an inch? The decisions this winter have been ridiculous. When the days of being able toRead More walk or drive on an inch of snow are out of the question we are doomed.
J.E. O'Brien March 3, 2014 at 09:01 am
why aren't they sanding / salting the roads for the commuters / school buses?
delabruck@gmail.com March 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm
These roads in howell very icy too dangerous for school buses.
Sissy Strose February 27, 2014 at 10:39 am
Kudos to you, Jacqui, for your letter. I am not a parent but Billy was friends with my nephew. IRead More first saw him as an 8 year old boy and knew that my nephew remained friends with him and even went to Rutgers parties with him. This hits close to home and is very disturbing. Add to that the fact that RU is turning their backs on a former student, a human being, a young promising soul who they were more than happy to accept 3.5 years of tuition from, is disgusting. I live nearby (East Brunswick) and I am very frustrated at what seems to be apathy on the part RU and even students who "may" know what happened to this kid. Maybe the university could have sent out a note urging its students to come forward. Or assure them that their safety is extremely important. How about a condolence to the family? I bet it has occurred to them that the killer(s) could be RU students. I'm sure they don't want any parts of that. This is reminiscent of Penn State who thought it was more important to save face than to protect innocent children. this family deserves the help of RU and all of us in finding who did this to their beloved son. Stop thinking about your wallet RU! Do the right thing!
Dawn Kelly February 27, 2014 at 04:55 pm
It is not just one parent who is upset with Rutgers University's inaction in the wake of Billy'sRead More McCaw's murder. I am also a parent of a senior at Rutgers and my daughter has been a close friend of Billy's since the very first day of their freshman year. I am shocked and disturbed by Rutgers lack of concern and compassion for a student of theirs. I have called Rutgers President Barchi and have sent emails to him, all of which have been ignored. My daughter returned home immediately after hearing about the violent murder of her dear friend. She was looking to us, as her parents, for guidance and assurances that she would be safe returning to campus to finish her senior year. She was also looking for support in dealing with the unexplainable death. We could not give her those assurances since Rutgers has simply decided to ignore the entire situation. This has left so many of Billy's friends and classmates to deal with their feelings of loss, pain, anger, frustration and sadness all on their own. Rutgers was my daughter's "dream school" and her 4 years there are now ending in a nightmare. An abusive basketball coach at the University made national news but the murder of a student on campus is ignored. I live in south Jersey, 90 minutes from the University and not one news station or newspaper has covered the story. Relatives in north Jersey have also not heard anything about Billy's murder. How can this be? Isn't Rutgers a New Jersey state university? Wouldn't it be helpful to the investigation if more people in the area knew about it, perhaps offering tips or clues? I can't even get the President of the University or anyone on his staff to acknowledge my phone call or emails. The entire situation is tragic. My thoughts and prayers are with Billy and his family
Sissy Strose February 28, 2014 at 11:49 am
If Billy had won a gold medal at Soch or an Oscar or donated money to RU, I am assured they wouldRead More have acknowledged his death, former student or not. Kean U., Hillsborough HS and his Tennessee HS have all made public statements and sent condolences to his family. We're not asking for RU to accept blame; it isn't their fault. We'd like to see some compassion, some support, some validation of this kid who loved this school so much and died just yards from it's soil. Be there for your students, this is terrifying! We don't know what happened that night. We aren't asking for a guarantor or goat. Just some words from the pink elephant in the room.
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Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am
Don't stop at snow days; replace the entire mess with online learning.
Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:37 am
@ Kristin DiStefano - Your grammar is atrocious and have you heard of paragraphs? P.S. you are aRead More teacher, not a counselor - stay in your own lane. That is the biggest problem with the façade that is today's "teaching profession". Today's schools are nothing but codependent social engineering facilities.
James M.Lavin February 21, 2014 at 11:12 am
Fantastic to see some concentration in the area of school ratings. Outstanding resume, to move theRead More district forward in 2014 and beyond. Thank you BOE and Barbara Duncan.
Jennifer February 21, 2014 at 05:02 pm
Yeah, Curriculum director for Asbury Park. Awesome. Wonder if we can reproduce their success? AnyRead More friend of common core is no friend of mine, or my child's. I will be watching developments carefully.
holmdel resident March 3, 2014 at 12:31 am
Don't forget head of curriculum for Shore Regional HS.. Dare to dream and shoot for the starsRead More Holmdel! I don't support Obama backed common core program & read that it's a complete disaster in NYC schools & is being called out by NY's Gov as a flawed mess. Just wait to the new tests roll out here in 2015 and teachers are in panic mode trying to cram all this new learning so the kids can pass the new tests! What's even more ridiculous... we're going to implement common core & it's premise of critical thinking at a younger age importance and Holmdel doesn't have FULL DAY Kindergarten program! Also have a feeling that Abbott districts will use CC to increase their already obscene annual budgets. Does anyone know why we really need another superintendent in addition to the 9 principals & current Superintendent and her 3 executive assistants?
Joseph Mahmah February 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm
delayed lol... what a joke. Eatontown you need to get it together. why every time there is a 90 minRead More delay you never send the school bus to pick my daughter up? its becoming the normal procedure every time there is a delay there is no bus
Bob English February 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Joseph...If you have not already, call your daughters school or the board office.
J.E. O'Brien February 18, 2014 at 03:40 pm
the roads are icy and snow on top then melt into each other makes more ice and no sand/ salt thrownRead More on the interior roads. very dangerous. I don't know how NJ can expect people to send their kids into school when the towns do not make it safe. It makes no sense. There are many new drivers on the road and they should take their time and other motorists should have patience. Should be that way even in the best of conditions people.
Emily February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
Who wants to listen to that at 5:a.m. in the morning. I would have hung up. Not cute. Save your soRead More called talent for the school talent show.
anonymous February 15, 2014 at 01:13 am
I thought this was very funny. I even played it back for friends as we danced around the room. IRead More believe it is the quirky stuff in life that makes it all worth it. We all need a giggle every now and then and this passed dumb and went 180 degrees back to funny. If you want to see serious meet us in Washington DC March 16th 2014 for a mass protest against corruption when the mace and flashbangs start being thrown by police you will have a new respect for the little giggles in life. anonymous
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Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and inRead More denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and allRead More districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted andRead More manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.
Christine February 5, 2014 at 07:51 am
Agree! My brother-in-law attended this talk in a nearby town, and it was a very worthy evening. HeRead More is still talking about the mind-blowing and horrifying facts of Heroin. It is right here in Holmdel.
Alan W. February 5, 2014 at 09:05 am
It is the most insidious of terrorist attacks.
Lucille Christianson February 22, 2014 at 11:53 am
Plan on attending but the date has been postponed. Waiting to hear when it will be rescheduled.
Raritan High School in Hazlet, NJ
Thomas Scarano February 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm
Limiter benefits. Lots of downsides to block scheduling. Holmdel is already achieving no senseRead More endangering that.
Thomas Scarano February 3, 2014 at 05:43 pm
It will have no financial impact
Tara Brunner February 4, 2014 at 11:20 pm
I hope Holmdel follows..