West Deptford High School's National Honor Society will hold a head-shaving event to raise money to fight cancer. Find out how you can help (and still keep your hair).
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Rowan University held its 88th undergraduate ceremony Friday in Glassboro.
Members of Rowan University's 88th undergraduate class received their diplomas during the school's commencement ceremony Friday in Glassboro. State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, a West Deptford resident, delivered the commencement address. Among the graduates were 445 Gloucester County residents. They are: (Information provided by Rowan University.) Did you attend Rowan's commencement ceremony? Add your photos and videos by clicking on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button below.
Monday, May 13, 2013
More than just artwork, the mosaic has turned a blank brick wall into a beautiful, eye-catching display with a message to all who view it.
In advance of prom season, coach Mark Drummond is asking his runners to think about repurposing old shoes as well as shopping for new ones.
West Deptford girls track coach Mark Drummond knows that prom season means a lot of the students on his team will be doing some shoe shopping. It's a great opportunity for them to think about some other people who won't be getting new shoes—or shoes of any kind, for that matter—without some help. That's why he flipped the kids the keys to a high-school fundraiser that will have them collecting gently used footwear to send to needy individuals overseas. "I always like to coordinate some kind of community service event with my team," Drummond said. "About three or four years ago we did something similar," he said. "I saw something like this recently in a running magazine and thought, 'let's put it together'." The project is also a good …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The West Deptford school board shot down a proposal to pay for new locker rooms for its football team—but the conditions onsite are still in disrepair, some say.
When the local school board voted down a proposal to privately fund the construction of a new field house for the West Deptford High School football team, a number of arguments were provided—that the provisional presentation could expose the district to Title IX liability; that the field house should be accessible to more than just football players; that it would incur unnecessary operational costs in the future. But testimonials from parents of student-athletes and others described the current locker-room conditions as unhealthy, which is the last thing that a cash-strapped body putting off $3.5 million in capital improvements needed to hear. 'Deplorable' conditions The idea was first pitched to board president Christopher Strano in …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Although the state numbers show a need for improvement, Chief Academic Officer Kristin O'Neil said West Deptford is already working to address the issues it identified.
Although they offer a greater depth of information than ever before, the 2012 school report cards issued by the New Jersey Department of Education might pose more questions than they answer—for parents and educators alike. West Deptford Chief Academic Officer Kristin O’Neil said that although the report has merit in its “attempts to try to promote transparency throughout the district,” that its findings were “a shock." “I think what they’re trying to showcase is important,” O’Neil said; “however, the problems are kind of like building a plane while flying.” Consider the data at the high school level, which describe a mixed bag at best. In terms of academic achievement, which “measures the content knowledge students have in language arts …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney will address Rowan University's 88th graduating class.
Rowan University submitted the following news release: New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney will be the keynote speaker at Rowan University's 88th undergraduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m. on the Glassboro campus' University Green. "Senator Sweeney has been an ardent supporter of the University and instrumental in helping transform our institution and the region," said Dr. Ali Houshmand, Rowan University's president. "Our graduating seniors can learn much from Senator Sweeney about vision and leadership from his anything-is-possible outlook." Sweeney, who represents the 3rd Legislative District, was first elected to the State Senate in 2001 and has served as its president since 2010. He sponsored the New …
Monday, April 22, 2013
West Deptford elementary school students capitalized on dress-down Friday to raise donations that help stock the shelves of a Camden soup kitchen.
Third-grade teacher Michele Elliott leveraged a popular privilege at Green-Fields Elementary School—faculty dress-down Fridays—into a schoolwide service learning project that benefits needy and hungry families in Camden City. "My church sends groups of volunteers to Cathedral Kitchen in Camden on a regular basis," Elliott told Patch in an email. "After working as a volunteer on two separate occasions, I was very impressed by the quality of the food they serve, the efficiency of the meal service, and the kindness and dedication of the staff members. "This seemed like a great cause to have my students support as a service learning project," she wrote. On Fridays, each staff member at Green-Fields can donate a buck to the cause for the …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Students from 10 are schools submitted 92 entries in the annual GlouCo driver safety contest. The winners will be announced at a screening in United Artists Washington Twp.
Entries have been submitted and the judging is over; now all that's left for the Gloucester County Highway Safety Task Force is to host the awards ceremony for its tenth annual driver safety student video contest. The task force was created by Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton, and "aims to reduce motor vehicle deaths through education and enhanced enforcement," according to a press release from the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. Videos depict the dangers of distracted or drowsy driving and are meant to encourage greater parental oversight of teen drivers. Nearly 100 of the 30-second video entries were submitted by students from 10 county high schools, including West Deptford: Winners will be announced at a free, public …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Without some stability in the ratable base, say school district leaders, a budget referendum may be necessary to fund necessary facilities improvements.
Although the $44 million West Deptford Township public school budget meets a lot of the district objectives while making necessary improvements in curriculum and resources for at-risk students, it's still off by some $1.9 million from what school officials sought initially. And that means that an estimated $3.5 million in capital projects will have to be delayed for future budgets from 2014 to 2017. Crossed off the list this year were two replacement fire alarm systems for Green-Fields and Oakview Elementary schools ($250,000 apiece) and a new gym floor for Green-Fields ($50,000). A slide from the budget presentation from Superintendent Kevin Kitchenman lists a number of other upcoming priorities, including a $731,250 replacement of …