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Nationally Recognized Challenge Day Program Coming to Woodbury Junior-Senior High School

Woodbury, New Jersey – October 24, 2017. The award-winning Challenge Day program is coming to Woodbury Junior-Senior High School (25 N. Broad Street) on Monday, October 30, 2017. This will be Woodbury City Public School’s ninth time participating in this inspiring program.

Challenge Days are powerful, high-energy workshops in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning processes. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self-esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support, and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence, and all forms of oppression.

Since 1987, the Challenge Day programs have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of teens and adults nationwide. The Challenge Day Program has received numerous awards from government officials, the juvenile justice system, and many school districts and cities throughout the nation. The program was also featured in the book “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul,” the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Teen Files: Surviving High School,” and the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”

To learn more about the Challenge Day program, please reference their website at www.challengeday.org.

Please note: The media is allowed to attend the event during the first hour (beginning at 8:05 a.m.) and during the wrap-up at 2:00 p.m.

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Woodbury City Public School District, located in Woodbury, New Jersey, is a “Leader in Personalizing Education.” Our comprehensive curriculum, numerous Advanced Placement courses, AVID and Option II programs, outstanding athletic teams, and visual and performing arts department offer students from elementary school to high school with the opportunity for individual successes in and out of the classroom. Visit us at www.woodburysch.com.


Woodbury City Public Schools' Board of Education Names R. Lynn DiPietropolo as the New Superintendent of Schools

Woodbury, New Jersey – April 5, 2017. Woodbury City Public Schools’ Board of Education is pleased to announce the hiring of R. Lynn DiPietropolo as the district’s new superintendent of schools beginning July 1, 2017.

After an extensive search process, which began in fall 2016, and included input sessions, a survey of staff and community members, as well as hours of research and deliberation, the Board chose Ms. DiPietropolo for her broad and established instructional leadership roles, strength in collaboration, and focus on increasing student learning and achievement.

Ms. DiPietropolo comes to Woodbury with nearly 20 years of experience in public school education in elementary, middle, and high school settings. She served as a kindergarten teacher in Clayton Public Schools and an English language arts and math teacher in the Clementon School District before taking on administrative roles as assistant principal in Clementon, director of basic skills and assessment in Winslow Township, and superintendent, principal, and director of curriculum and instruction in Clementon. She also instructs cohorts in educational leadership, as well as curriculum and instruction in early childhood education, as a NJ excel adjunct faculty member with The Foundation for Educational Administration. She received both her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and sociology and her master’s degree in school administration and supervision from Rowan University. She has two children.

“It is an honor to have been selected by the Board of Education as the superintendent of the Woodbury City Public Schools,” Ms. DiPietropolo stated.  “I am looking forward to joining a school district that not only focuses on providing positive opportunities for all students, but for being a true Leader in Personalizing Education.”

During the early phases of the superintendent search process, the Board appointed Robert Goldschmidt as interim superintendent in August 2016.  Mr. Goldschmidt has been assisting the Board throughout its search process and will continue to serve in his position until the end of June. He will be working diligently with Ms. DiPietropolo to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

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Woodbury City Public School District, located in Woodbury, New Jersey, is a “Leader in Personalizing Education.” Our comprehensive curriculum, numerous Advanced Placement courses, AVID and Option II programs, outstanding athletic teams, and visual and performing arts department offer students from elementary school to high school with the opportunity for individual successes in and out of the classroom. Visit us at www.woodburysch.com.


Woodbury Junior-Senior High School Drama Club to Perform “Wizard of Oz”

Woodbury, New Jersey – March 21, 2017. Students in the Woodbury Junior-Senior High School Drama Club will perform “The Wizard of Oz” on March 23-25 in the Woodbury Junior-Senior High School auditorium at 25 N. Broad Street.

The shows begin at 7:00 p.m. each night, with a matinee on Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets may be obtained at the door and are $5 for students/senior citizens and $10 for adults. The matinee is free for senior citizens.

This version of the musical is similar to the famous film and takes the audience to Kansas and the Emerald City with songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard.”

Major parts are played by senior Marti Salmon as Dorothy, senior Maniya Ross as the Cowardly Lion, freshman Isaac Knipel as the Tinman, freshman Renee Johnson as the Scarecrow, sophomore Caitlin McGeehan as Glinda, senior Gabrielle Montesinos as the Wicked Witch, and senior Jaquan Solomon as the Wizard.

The musical is co-directed by Woodbury teachers Susan Berting and Jacob Lessman. The musical directors are the district’s music teachers, Sarah Johnston and Dr. Edward Maddison.

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Woodbury City Public School District, located in Woodbury, New Jersey, is a “Leader in Personalizing Education.” Our comprehensive curriculum, numerous Advanced Placement courses, AVID and Option II programs, outstanding athletic teams, and visual and performing arts department offer students from elementary school to high school with the opportunity for individual successes in and out of the classroom. Visit us at www.woodburysch.com.


Elementary Principal to Run 5K with Special Needs Student in Partnership with Ainsley’s Angels 

Woodbury, New Jersey – March 3, 2017. West End Memorial Elementary School Principal Vincent Myers has run a lot of races in his lifetime, but on Saturday, March 18, it will be the first time he’ll be an Angel Runner.

Myers, in conjunction with Ainsley’s Angels, will be running in the Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K at Haddonfield High School while pushing special needs rider, Andrew Sylvester, 10, a student from Myers’ school. In addition, Andrew’s twin brother, Austin, will be running in the race alongside the pair.

Ainsley’s Angels is a nonprofit organization that strives to build awareness about the special needs community by making it possible for those with disabilities to be included and participate in endurance events by uniting them with volunteer Angel Runners like Myers. Initially, Myers was going to partner with Ainsley’s Angels and run in the race to generally support children who may not be able to do so on their own. However, instead, Myers will be running and assisting Sylvester so he can experience first-hand the thrill of the race.

“I am excited and honored to help Andrew cross the finish line of his first 5K!” Myers said. “When Andrew’s mother agreed to make this event happen, I explained to her that in that immediate moment, I already had more pride in running this race when compared to crossing the finish line at my first marathon. Partnering with Ainsley’s Angels is a clear example for the entire Woodbury community that inclusion does not end at 3:00 p.m. Inclusion is everywhere. Inclusion wins!”

The New Jersey Ambassador for Ainsley’s Angels, David Goldstein, will be visiting West End Memorial School on Friday, March 17. Goldstein will be reading the book “Born an Angel” (written by Ainsley's sister), and talking to 4th and 5th grade students about how he includes his son, Josh, in races through the use of a special racing chair.

The media is invited to attend both the assembly at West End Memorial School (215 Queen Street) on Friday, March 17 at 1:45 p.m. and the Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K (401 Kings Hwy E, Haddonfield) on Saturday, March 18 at 9:00 a.m.

For more information, contact Principal Myers at 853-0124 ext. 511 or [email protected]

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Woodbury City Public School District, located in Woodbury, New Jersey, is a “Leader in Personalizing Education.” Our comprehensive curriculum, numerous Advanced Placement courses, AVID and Option II programs, outstanding athletic teams, and visual and performing arts department offer students from elementary school to high school with the opportunity for individual successes in and out of the classroom. Visit us at www.woodburysch.com.


Woodbury High School Students to Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Woodbury, New Jersey – January 12, 2017. On Monday, January 16, while most students in the area will be enjoying their day off from school for the federal holiday, approximately 50 students from Woodbury High School will be participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, embracing a “day on, not a day off.”

Dr. Jason Vivadelli, principal of Woodbury Junior-Senior High School, along with Edward Murphy, director of Pupil Personnel Services, will officially start the Day of Service at 9:00 a.m. with a breakfast and program marking the significance of the occasion and addressing the theme of “What are you doing for others?”. As part of the celebration, students will provide testimonials of what service learning means to them, as well as perform songs and poems to mark the occasion. In addition, Reverend Dr. Carla A. Romarate-Knipel of The Central Baptist Church in Woodbury, will speak to students about the significance of service.

At 10:00 a.m., high school student volunteers will be deployed to ‘service stations’ throughout our district and the city of Woodbury and will work at tasks until noon. 

Woodbury High School students, to fulfill the district’s strategic plan, are required to complete a total of 72 hours of service learning over the course of their high school career. The purpose of service learning is to acquaint students with the need to become participating agents of change. Students can provide service to public and nonprofit agencies; civic; charitable and governmental organizations; and within their own school district.

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Woodbury City Public School District, located in Woodbury, New Jersey, is a “Leader in Personalizing Education.” Our comprehensive curriculum, numerous Advanced Placement courses, AVID and Option II programs, outstanding athletic teams, and visual and performing arts department offer students from elementary school to high school with the opportunity for individual successes in and out of the classroom. Visit us at www.woodburysch.com.


Woodbury Elementary Schools Partner with Local Hair Salons and Barbershops for Reading Initiative

Woodbury, New Jersey – November 28, 2016. Woodbury City Public Schools is pleased to announce that several Woodbury hair salons and barbershops have agreed to partner with the district for an elementary reading challenge initiative.

When parents/guardians take children in grades K-5 to D&D’s (9 Curtis Avenue), Edward’s Hairstyling (14 S. Broad Street), The BUZZ Cutz (138 S. Broad Street), Marc’s Place (1033 N. Broad Street), or A Cut Above the Rest (443 S. Evergreen Avenue), and the children choose to read out loud to their stylist or barber, they will receive a discount on their haircut. Children may either bring in their own book(s) to read, or choose used, in good condition books donated by the district to each location. Haircut discounts vary and are at the discretion of each establishment.

This project is a result of the district's strategic plan – a guide created by staff, parents, and community members. The strategic plan is the driving force in the district's decision-making process and is made of sections entitled “Strands.” Strand 1 calls for engaging students in meaningful literacy activities and Strand 2 speaks to building stronger relationships with the community. The Woodbury Community Reading Partnership grew out of a desire to address both of these Strands with an outside-the-box idea that students, families, and community members would be excited to participate in.

Tom Braddock, principal of Evergreen Avenue School and supervisor of elementary curriculum and instruction, is spearheading this initiative. For questions, please contact him at 856-853-0125 ext. 142 or [email protected].

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Woodbury City Public School District, located in Woodbury, New Jersey, is a “Leader in Personalizing Education.” Our comprehensive curriculum, numerous Advanced Placement courses, AVID and Option II programs, outstanding athletic teams, and visual and performing arts department offer students from elementary school to high school with the opportunity for individual successes in and out of the classroom. Visit us at www.woodburysch.com.


Nationally-Recognized Challenge Day Program Coming to Woodbury Junior-Senior High School

Woodbury, New Jersey – October 10, 2016. The award-winning Challenge Day program is coming to Woodbury Junior-Senior High School on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. This will be Woodbury City Public School’s eighth time participating in this inspiring program.

Challenge Days are powerful, high-energy workshops in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning processes. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self-esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support, and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence, and all forms of oppression.

Since 1987, the Challenge Day programs have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of teens and adults nationwide. The Challenge Day Program has received numerous awards from government officials, the juvenile justice system, and many school districts and cities throughout the nation. The program was also featured in the book “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul,” the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Teen Files: Surviving High School,” and the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”

To learn more about the Challenge Day program, please reference their website at www.challengeday.org.

Please note: The media is allowed to attend the event during the first hour (beginning at 8:05 a.m.) and during the wrap-up at 2:00 p.m.

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Woodbury City Public School District, located in Woodbury, New Jersey, is a “Leader in Personalizing Education.” Our comprehensive curriculum, numerous Advanced Placement courses, AVID and Option II programs, outstanding athletic teams, and visual and performing arts department offer students from elementary school to high school with the opportunity for individual successes in and out of the classroom. Visit us at www.woodburysch.com.


New Administration Configuration Announced at Woodbury City Public School District

Woodbury, New Jersey – June 23, 2016. The Woodbury City Public School District has announced a new configuration of personnel filling administrative positions for the 2016-17 school year. These appointments were finalized at the regular Board of Education meeting held on June 22, 2016.

Board President Kathy Mangeri stated, “The board is confident that these administrators will move to these new positions ready to utilize their knowledge of and experience in the Woodbury City Public Schools. We are excited to continue on our strategic path of ‘targeting excellence.’”

  • Interim Superintendent: Robert Goldschmidt. Mr. Goldschmidt is a retired New Jersey superintendent who led both the Washington Township Public Schools and Riverside Township Public School District. He was also a middle school principal in the Pitman School District. Mr. Goldschmidt is a Gloucester County resident who is familiar with Woodbury’s program and excited about leading the district through this transition year.
  • Principal of the Junior-Senior High School: Dr. Jason Vivadelli. Dr. Vivadelli is the current principal of Evergreen Avenue School and supervisor of curriculum & instruction, preK-5. He has also held the positions of junior high assistant principal and senior high assistant principal for the Woodbury City Public Schools. Prior to coming to Woodbury, Dr. Vivadelli was a social studies teacher in the Mount Laurel Schools.
  • Principal of Evergreen Avenue School/Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, preK-5: Thomas Braddock. Mr. Braddock has been the junior high assistant principal for over seven years. He looks forward to joining the positive, P.R.I.D.E. culture that has been established at Evergreen and supporting the elementary instructional leadership provided by its various teacher leaders. Prior to his position at Woodbury, Mr. Braddock was a social studies teacher at Rancocas Valley High School.
  • Interim Senior High Assistant Principal: Jack Lukis. Mr. Lukis is a retired athletic director and assistant principal who worked for many years at Northern Burlington County Regional Schools. He has been an interim for Woodbury over the course of the last few years – as an assistant principal both in the junior and senior high. Mr. Lukis enjoys working with young people and is excited to, once again, work with the Woodbury community.
  • Junior High Assistant Principal: Ellen Grimes. Ms. Grimes is moving from high school assistant principal to junior high assistant principal. Ms. Grimes has been with Woodbury for five years. She came to the district from the Gloucester Township School District where she was a middle school assistant principal. Prior to that, Ms. Grimes was involved with elementary education in the Camden City School District as a classroom teacher and teacher leader.

Each of these personnel changes becomes effective on August 1, 2016.

The Board of Education will begin their search for a new, permanent superintendent in the fall. Using surveys and focus groups, they will be asking for the community’s assistance in developing a list of the desired characteristics for the position and to use this information during the interview process. The board expects interviews to take place in time for a new superintendent to be announced and start on July 1, 2017.

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Woodbury City Public School District, located in Woodbury, New Jersey, is a “Leader in Personalizing Education.” Our comprehensive curriculum, numerous Advanced Placement courses, AVID and Option II programs, outstanding athletic teams, and visual and performing arts department offer students from elementary school to high school with the opportunity for individual successes in and out of the classroom. Visit us at www.woodburysch.com.


Woodbury City Public School District To Offer Free Lunch Program in July and August

Woodbury, New Jersey – June 9, 2016. For the fifth straight year, Woodbury City Public School District has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide free, nutritional lunches in summer to any children under the age of 18 who reside in Woodbury.

In July, Woodbury children can receive a free, balanced meal at either the Woodbury Junior-Senior High School’s blue cafeteria (25 N. Broad Street) or Evergreen Avenue’s cafeteria (160 N. Evergreen Avenue) Monday through Thursday between 11 a.m. and noon beginning July 5 and ending on July 29.

In August, all Woodbury children can receive a free lunch at Evergreen Avenue’s cafeteria Monday through Thursday between 11 a.m. and noon beginning August 1 and ending on August 18.

There are no registration or income requirements, nor do children have to be enrolled in Woodbury City Public Schools or its summer programs to receive a free lunch. For more information or questions, please call 856-853-0123 ext. 219.

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Woodbury City Public School District, located in Woodbury, New Jersey, is a “Leader in Personalizing Education.” Our comprehensive curriculum, numerous Advanced Placement courses, AVID and Option II programs, outstanding athletic teams, and visual and performing arts department offer students from elementary school to high school with the opportunity for individual successes in and out of the classroom. Visit us at www.woodburysch.com.