Thursday, April 18, 2013
Despite low state scores, new superintendent said schools headed in right direction
Freehold Intermediate School received lukewarm scores in the first round of a new statewide school evaluation system. The state Department of Education NJ Schools Performance Report was released for each of the schools across the state last week. The evaluation scores middle schools in three major categories: Academic Achievement, College & Career Readiness and Student Growth. Academic Achievement scores are tabulated from the results of students’ performance in language and mathematics standardized tests. College & Career Readiness scores are calculated in middle schools by measuring how many students are enrolled in Algebra I in either 7th or 8th grade as well as how many pupils are chronically absent. The Student Growth scores measure …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Freehold Intermediate School donated a portion of proceeds from a recent fundraiser to the Belmar Elementary School.
The Freehold Intermediate School (FIS) has given a helping hand to a Monmouth County school greatly affected by Hurricane Sandy. Following the success of the annual Winter Festival, the FIS PTO decided to donate a little more than 10-percent of the proceeds from the fundraiser to the Belmar Elementary School. “A list of schools and their needs were posted on the NJSBA website,” said FIS PTO President Jill Schiff. “We agreed on Belmar as they will be using the money much like we would as a PTO.” According to Schiff, helping families devastated by the Hurricane Sandy exhausted the money from the Belmar Elementary School PTO. The $500 donated by FIS, will go towards an assembly and field trip for the children.
Monday, February 4, 2013
A bomb threat was reported at the school.
Students evacuated the Park Avenue Complex on Monday morning following a bomb threat, Superintendent Elizabeth O'Connell confirmed. "A note was found in Park Avenue Elementary boys bathroom," O'Connell said. Freehold Borough police searched the building and students were allowed to return after it was deemed safe, according to O'Connell. The district notified parents that the building had been evacuated, she said. Park Avenue Elementary was evacuated this same time last year after a written threat had been discovered.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The school has been identified as needing targeted support by the new statewide accountability system.
The Christie Administration named Freehold Intermediate School a Focus School last week, as part of its new statewide accountability system. This system has been developed from the No Child Left Behind Act. “This is all part of the NCLB waiver and new accountability system that is going to be implemented in NJ. Schools will now fall into Priority, Focus, or Reward schools OR be uncategorized,” explained Freehold Borough Schools Superintendent Liz O’Connell. The rest of the school district falls in the uncategorized category. According to the Department of Education (DOE), a Focus School is a school with significant but focused areas of concern in student performance over the past three years. As part of the process, Focus Schools will …
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Ad hoc committee will study feasibility of hiring either an interim principal or an interim assistant principal.
Nelson Ribon will leave the Freehold Borough school district after seven years as principal of Freehold Intermediate School (FIS). The Board of Education accepted Ribon’s resignation during its meeting Monday, Aug. 8 at the Park Avenue Complex. Ribon will take a position as principal of Knollwood Elementary School in Fair Haven. His last day at FIS will be Monday, Sept. 26. The board authorized the creation of an ad hoc committee consisting of four board members, Superintendent Elizabeth O’Connell, Business Administrator Patrick DeGeorge, and Park Avenue Elementary Principal Joseph Jerabek; the group will study the feasibility of hiring either an interim principal or an interim assistant principal. O’Connell said she received names from …