Monday, May 20, 2013
Commencement ceremony will include Peace Prize announcement, speech from college president.
The County College of Morris (CCM) will graduate more than 1,100 students Thursday as the college hosts its 44th annual commencement ceremony. CCM President Edward Yaw will serve as the speaker of the event, which begins at 7 p.m. To highlight the graduation ceremony, the school will announce this year's Peace Prize winner, Alisa Brescic of Budd Lake. "Students were invited to create works focused on the general theme of world peace while expressing themselves through a number of artistic forms including writing, music, dance or visual arts," the college noted in a press release. Brescic will be honored for working to advance world peace through her video essay, "The Peace of the U.S." (Watch Brescic's video attached to this article.) This…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
"Never allow yourselves to say ‘I’ve done my part,'" Shakespeare scholar tells grads.
Diplomas were awarded to 599 Drew University graduates Saturday on the school's campus in Madison. Michael Bressman, communications associate and special assistant to the president at Drew, shared this account of the ceremony. Drew University’s 145th annual Commencement was held Saturday, marking the graduation of its Class of 2013. The open-air ceremony, which began at 10:30 a.m., was held on the rear lawn of Mead Hall, Drew’s iconic 19th-century campus centerpiece. With University President Vivian A. Bull presiding, graduates heard from keynote speaker Frank Occhigrosso, an acclaimed scholar of Shakespeare who retired this spring after 43 years on the Drew faculty. Speaking to graduates, Occhiogrosso paraphrased Ernest Hemingway, urging…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Thomas Liss currently is assistant principal at Madison Junior School.
The assistant principal at Madison Junior School will be the new principal at Central Avenue School next school year. The Madison Board of Education approved the appointment of Thomas Liss to the Central Avenue principal position at its meeting Tuesday night. Liss will replace Philip Kennedy, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Liss is scheduled to start the new job leading the elementary school of around 485 students on July 2. According to his bio on the Madison Junior School website, Liss came to Madison from the Bernards Township School District, where he was an elementary school assistant principal and, before that, supervised the district's social studies, gifted and talented, and instructional support programs. …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Lee Nittel not reappointed following 5-3 vote.
The Madison Board of Education opted not to reappoint the school district's director of curriculum and instruction in a 5-3 vote at its Tuesday meeting. The administrator, Lee Nittel, said the board has refused to talk to him about it and "it's definitely politics," the Madison Eagle reported. Nittel, who stays on with the district until July, was picked to be the director of curriculum and instruction by Madison Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi in 2011. They worked together in Roxbury, where Nittel had tenure, before coming to Madison. As director of curriculum and instruction, Nittel oversaw professional development for teachers, aligned district curriculum with federal standards, and was involved in supervising and evaluating all …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
10th annual Madison Education Foundation fundraiser was 'fantastic day,' foundation co-president says.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Each year, the Madison Chamber of Commerce provides scholarships to Madison High School students of at least $500, and the deadline to apply is Friday.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
U.S. News & World Report ranked Madison High School No. 27 in the state.
Madison High School ranks No. 27 among the "Best High Schools" in New Jersey on a list published by U.S. News and World Report this week. Madison High School's state ranking was two spots better than last year, when it ranked 29th. It's national ranking improved to No. 382, compared to No. 502 last year. For being in the top 500 high schools in the U.S. out of more than 20,000 public high schools analyzed, the publication gave Madison a "gold medal" designation. U.S. News said it worked with the American Institutes for Research to evaluate schools based on state-mandated proficiency assessments, AP test results and how effectively schools educate the "least-advantaged" students. See the list of top New Jersey schools.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
FDU taps top university official after national search to replace late leader.
A longtime Fairleigh Dickinson University administrator has been named the school's seventh president, the FDU Board of Trustees announced Tuesday. Sheldon Drucker, FDU's chief operating officer, will take the top job effective immediately, the university said. He was serving as interim president since the death of former university leader J. Michael Adams. “In Sheldon Drucker, we have someone with the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to raise FDU to a new level of achievement and excellence,” FDU Board of Trustees Chair Patrick J. Zenner said in a statement. “He is a tremendous strategist, an individual with impeccable judgment, someone not afraid to make difficult decisions and, most of all, a truly honorable man who will …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Devils-themed aquarium installed on College at Florham campus.
According to Animal Planet's schedule, the "Tanked" episode featuring FDU airs again at 10 p.m. Friday and then again at midnight.
'Singapore math' instruction starts for grades K-2 next year, then grades 3-5 the following year.
A math teaching method based on the curriculum widely used in Singapore is coming to Madison elementary schools starting next year. The Board of Education approved the use of the textbook "Math in Focus: Singapore Math" at its meeting on Tuesday. Grades K-2 will start using the textbook next year, and grades 3-5 will start using it the following year, school officials said. A "parent night" to introduce parents to "Math in Focus" is expected to be held in the fall. Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi said the cost of the new textbooks and teacher training over the two years is expected to be around $104,000. A letter from the district's mathematics and business supervisor, Kathryn Lemerich, posted on the district website says a committee of …