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Here comes the Beast! Toms River finds fun way to beat post-COVID school absenteeism

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A portable speaker blared Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” as Toms River Intermediate North Assistant Principal Dave Fanslau wheeled a cart topped with a big black and silver trophy through C wing.

Principal Lynn Fronzak opened classroom doors so kids could get a glimpse of “The Beast,” the three-tiered, chain-decorated attendance trophy fashioned this summer by Assistant Principal Brian Blake, who wanted to create a hulking metal reminder of the importance of getting to school each day.

Topped with a menacing, muscle-bound silver figure, “The Beast” is awarded each month to the classroom with the best attendance. It’s part of a district-wide initiative aimed at increasing the number of kids who make it to class every day. On March 1, the trophy went to Sarah Dugan’s cycle 613 class of sixth-graders, the school’s first two-time attendance champions.

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Thousands of families are expected to hit the Montclair State University campus on Sunday to attend Accepted Student Day.

For the third straight year, the public institution may welcome its biggest incoming class on record.

“I think that students want to be on campus … more than they want a remote experience,” Jordanna Maziarz, director of undergraduate admissions for Montclair State, told New Jersey 101.5.

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This School Was Just Named Among the Best Community College’s in New Jersey

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If you are thinking about college for yourself or maybe your kids it’s always good to keep up to date on the best options that are available to you or the kids. An informed consumer is a smart consumer and that’s always a good thing in many areas, including looking for the right college.

There are many things to consider when looking for a college and New Jersey has a lot of options if college is what you want to do. College isn’t for everyone, but for those who are looking for additional education after high school, then the information I have for you in this article will be worth the read. A new study has been released and it ranks the various community colleges we have here in the Garden State.

Intelligent.com, “a trusted resource for program rankings and higher education planning, has included Brookdale Community College on its list of the Best Community Colleges in New Jersey in 2023. The research identifies top schools in the state based on tuition costs, the number of credits required to graduate, and the online coursework delivery format.”  Brookdale finished in the #2 spot for community colleges in New Jersey, right behind Raritan Valley. Nice showing for the “Jersey Blues”. Brookdale received the “Best Partnerships” award. 

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These 21 Jersey Shore school districts are receiving much needed stabilization aid in New Jersey

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There are many school districts across Ocean County and Monmouth County who’ve been bearing the brunt of the controversial S2 school funding formula cuts by the state for years that are now receiving some aid to help stabilize their ship.

In late December, the New Jersey Department of Education announced that they approved $29,650,000.00 in funding for 42 school districts who have been cut state aid yearly since 2018.

Of the 42 school districts across New Jersey who are going to be receiving stabilization aid from the state, 21 are located between Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Toms River celebrates its own New Jersey Teacher of the Year

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TOMS RIVER – Christine Girtain had some advice for her students in remarks at the end of a pep rally Monday held in her honor at RWJBarnabas Health Arena.

“Whatever choice you make in your career, make sure you love it as much as I love this,” said Girtain, who last week was named New Jersey’s Teacher of the Year for 2022-2023 by the state Department of Education, “for this has been one helluva ride.”

A combined band of Toms River High School North and South students serenaded Girtain, school mascots led cheers, and several of her students, along with a series of speakers, lauded the science teacher for her devotion to educating and seeking extra opportunities for the kids in her classes.

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How much NJ schools actually spend on teaching students: A rank of all districts

in Toms River News

TRENTON – Total spending per student in New Jersey’s public schools increased 7.1% during the 2020-21 school year, according to the annual spending report published by the state.

The statewide average was $24,543.

That measurement is more than the budgetary cost per pupil that districts advertise when publishing their user-friendly budget each spring. The budgetary total excludes costs that are not directly comparable between districts such as transportation, debt for school construction and tuition payments for out-of-district programs.

Toms River School Board Sets Special Meeting

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Toms River Regional Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday to announce the appointment of a new superintendent of schools.

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State to turn over data on how several shore-area schools are funded

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A joint lawsuit filed by several shore-area school districts will soon shed more light on how the state determines how much money schools receive.
The court decided that the state Department of Education will have to turn over all data on how the schools are funded.

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Toms River Schools Closed Jan. 7 For Snow Day

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Toms River Regional School District will be closed Friday because of the second storm in a week that was depositing snow across the area.

The district updated its decision early Friday. Snow began falling about 1 a.m. and by 5 a.m. many roads were covered with a layer of white.

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Should NJ Schools Offer Virtual Classes Amid Surge? Take Our Poll

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NEW JERSEY — As the number of new coronavirus cases continues to surge in New Jersey, some parents are expressing concerns about sending students back to school on Monday.

The state Department of Health on Wednesday reported there were 20,483 new positive PCR test results. From Dec. 22 through Wednesday, the state has seen 98,652 new positive cases of the virus, as the state monitors both the delta and the omicron variants.

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