Thursday, May 23, 2013
A small electrical fire caused the evacuation of Village School, according to police.
Just before an afternoon thunderstorm, a small electrical fire caused Village School to evacuate, according to police. A release from the Holmdel Police Department said the Thursday fire began around 12:45 p.m. and was contained to the roof and extinguished by members of both township volunteer fire departments. Holmdel First Aid Respond to assist, there were no injuries according to police. Sgt. Jeff Ackerson and Det. Andy Kret investigated. Today was a four-hour session for students, due to unused snow days. Parents who were picking up their students were able to do so on the soccer field at the school with the assistance of staff and teachers.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
This is a fun opportunity to share some of the great accomplishments our High School football team has made over this past season.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The upcoming “Battle of the Faculties” between the Holmdel schools is really building momentum. The event being held on Tuesday, May 21 starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Holmdel High School gymnasium.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The school was recently left off a U.S. News and World Report ranking.
Holmdel High School ranked in the top 300 schools in the country, according to Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Holmdel, which was recently left off of the U.S. News and World Report top high schools ranking, earned the 244 spot of 2,000 ranked schools. According to the report, Holmdel has a 98 percent graduation rate with 99 percent of those students college bound. The average SAT score was 1764, average ACT score a 25.1 and the average AP score a 4. Last year, Holmdel was ranked 179 in the nation after being left off the list in 2011 because the district office said they never got the survey. Newsweek rankings use the four-year graduation rate, college acceptance rate, college-level tests (ex. AP tests) taken per student, the average score …
Friday, May 3, 2013
May lunch menus for all four schools in the Holmdel district.
Scroll through the above gallery for school district lunch menus for Holmdel High School, Satz Middle School, Indian Hill Elementary and Village Elementary.
Principal Bill Loughran said the school missed the ranking by hair, because of state test scores.
Holmdel High School Principal Bill Loughran didn't let being left off of the U.S. News and World Report Top High Schools list go unanswered. The 2013 Best High Schools rankings, released in April, can help parents wade through the ever expanding options of public high schools, according to the magazine. U.S. News collected data on more than 21,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia, the magazine reported. Holmdel High School was left off of the annual high school ranking published by U.S. News and World Report, despite last year's high ranking. Holmdel Principal William Loughran said in an email to parents that he had contacted the publication for an answer. "The omission is frustrating since the methodology …
Monday, April 29, 2013
NJ DOE releases School Performance Reports focused on college and career readiness.
The Department of Education released new School Performance Reports for all schools in the state for the 2012-13 school year last week. The reports include new data on college and career readiness and provide comparison to “peer schools” in order to provide a more complete picture of school performance for educators and the general public. In addition, the Department released the 2013 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending to help New Jersey residents and interested citizens learn how their tax dollars are spent in their schools. Scroll down for an updated list of article as Patch continues to analyze the state data. “These new school performance reports were developed with the input of stakeholders across the state and provide a …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The Holmdel School District budgeted $15,173 per student for the current school year.
The Holmdel Board of Education budgeted $15,173 per student for the current school year, according to the NJ Department of Education. The guide breaks down the amount by category, including classroom instruction, supplies, benefits and salaries. The Holmdel district budgeted $8,548 per student for classroom instruction, and $2,893 per student for support services. Support services includes areas which supplement daily classroom instruction, including "attendance, social work, health and guidance services, educational media/school library services and the child study team," according to the NJ Department of Education. The district budgeted $8,158 per student on salaries and benefits for teachers, a $318 increase from the previous budget. …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
In a kindergarten through third grade school, chronic absenteeism impacts college readiness according to the state.
According to the NJ Department of Education State Report Card, Village School only outperformed 6 percent of its peer schools in college readiness. But college readiness is measured by chronic absenteeism at the elementary level, and Superintendent Barabra Duncan said in a school with only kindergarten through third grade, this can add up. Village missed the maximum 6 percent state target for chronic absenteeism by one percent. "We understand that little ones are frequently ill, and parents tend to take them out of school for vacations. We need to adjust the culture as far as the idea that school for little ones can be more flexible," Duncan said. "It does matter, we are being held accountable, and we don't want to fall into this pattern …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Principal Loughran said he has contacted U.S. News and World Report about the absence of Holmdel High.
Holmdel High School was left off of the annual high school ranking published by U.S. News and World Report, despite last year's high ranking. The 2013 Best High Schools rankings, released this week, can help parents wade through the ever expanding options of public high schools, according to the magazine. U.S. News collected data on more than 21,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia, the magazine reported. Holmdel Principal William Loughran said in an email to parents that he has contacted the publication for an answer. "The omission is frustrating since the methodology used to determine the top schools was unchanged from a year ago and our scores are almost identical," Loughran wrote. "To go from a 'Gold …