Friday, April 12, 2013
The Christie Administration released its new School Performance Reports for the 2011-2012 school year Wednesday.
Elementary school students atBerkley Street and BF Gibbs schools in New Milford were found to be lagging behind their peers while the middle school was found to be high performing when compared to their new peer groups and the state according to the new School Performance Reports. Academic achievement results were not available for New Milford High School. Released Wednesday, the reports are a new version of the long-running School Reports Cards that have measured school performance on a variety of metrics since the 1990s. According to the report, Berkley and Gibbs students were ranked between the 33rd and 39th percentile in their peer groups and in the 49th percentile in the state. David E. Owens students were ranked high in their peer …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Despite the interruption of Hurricane Sandy, DEOMS Student Council food drive is a success.
During the month of November the David E. Owens Middle School (DEOMS) Student Council hosted a food drive to help stock the local food pantries through the holidays. Despite the fact that Hurricane Sandy interrupted the start of the food drive, the student body collected 1,567 cans. The sixth grade alone collected 1,089 food items. A little friendly competition between homerooms had Mr. Cottiers' homeroom finishing first, followed by Mrs. LePage's homeroom, and coming in third was Mrs. Edelstein's homeroom. The Student Council is under the direction of Mrs. Daley and Ms. Carroll. Whitney Perro, principal, impressed by the generosity of the students, said, "We did not let the hurricane at the beginning of the month slow us down!"
Friday, October 12, 2012
Project is to be fully funded by Borough; BOE requests opportunity to make revisions to the design; Borough not to make modifications without BOE approval.
According to a tentative shared services agreement for the 'Field of Dreams' currently under review by the Mayor and Council and the Board of Education (BOE), the funding for the joint project would come entirely out of the municipal budget in exchange for the Borough's use of the field. However, school programs will have priority over its use. The annual cost to homeowners for this field is estimated to be between $62 and $70 per year for 10 years on an average house valued at $410,000. The Mayor and Council had previously discussed that if the Borough receives a grant for 75 percent of the cost they will have to fund approximately $600,000, plus the fees to the grant writer. In order for the Borough to apply for grants, there first has …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Mayor and Council unaware that Boswell was hired to give BOE presentation on the 'Field of Dreams.'
During the September 24 meeting of the mayor and council, Mayor Ann Subrizi said that they were not made aware that the Board of Education (BOE) had hired Boswell Engineering to give a presentation on the 'Field of Dreams' that is being proposed for the David E. Owens Middle School (DEOMS). The Athletic Field Committee had recommended to the mayor and council in February that the David E. Owens Middle School is the location best suited to support a new multi-purpose community field. This field would be a shared service between the borough and the New Milford Board of Education. The committee is comprised of townspeople, Superintendent of Schools Michael Polizzi, representatives from the Board of Education, NMHS Athletic Director Joe …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Middle school students planted in honor of 9/11
Forget green thumbs, the eighth grade honors social studies students at DEOMS have red, white and blue thumbs. On a recent saturday morning, the students planted flowers to honor the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America. This service learning project was the idea of Ray Cottiers, social studies teacher, and Pete Galasso, honors social studies teacher. The project was a way for students to remember the fallen and to give back on the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Perrone Farms on River Road in New Milford generously donated 32 plants which are now planted outside DEOMS. Jeff Bliss, physical education teacher, also assisted with the planting.