Students & Senior Citizens: $7.00
Children under 3: Free
Complimentary Senior Citizen Luncheon
Saturday, March 19th
Showtime: 1 pm
(Luncheon compliments of The Woodbury Education Association &
Free show tickets for Seniors provided by the Woodbury H.S. Drama Club)
To make a reservation for lunch, please call Sharron Knauss at 856 853-0125 ext 248 (Limited seating available)
Multiple Class reunion for Woodbury High School Classes of 1985 - 1990
When: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 7pm - 12 pm
Where: Bogey's Club and Cafe on the Pitman Golf Course
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in-person Friday, January 21, 2011 at 9 pm at Hollywood Cafe in
Woodbury Heights. Or on the class reunion web site found at http://www.classreport.org/usa/nj/woodbury/whs/1987/ . Please note: though our class reunion site says 1987 at the end it is for classes 85-90
On Thursday, January 27, 2011, the Greater Woodbury Area Junior Women’s Club is holding their annual Community Spelling Bee. The Bee will take place in the Woodbury High School Auditorium at 7pm. Participating in the Bee are 4th and 5th grade students from West End Memorial, Walnut Street and Evergreen Avenue Elementary Schools in Woodbury; Woodbury Heights Elementary and St. Margaret’s Regional School in Woodbury Heights; Holy Trinity Regional School in Westville; Guardian Angels School in Paulsboro and St. Mary’s School in Gloucester. The top three spellers receive a gift card to Barnes and Noble. The top two spellers continue on to the District Spelling Bee which is held in Haddonfield, NJ in February. Good Luck to all the participants!!
December 08, 2010
Holiday Concert Schedule
Woodbury City Public Schools Announce the 2010 Holiday Concert Schedule.
Elementary Band and Choir Concert will be on Thursday, December 9, 2010, starting 7:00 p.m.
Junior High School Band and Choir Concert will be on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Senior High School Band and Choir Concert will be on Thursday, December 16, 2010, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Attend these wonderful concerts and enjoy the sounds of the season presented by the students of Woodbury City Public Schools.
November 01, 2010
Chick-fil-A® At Deptford Mall Food Court
ALL Jr. & Sr. High School Students and their families are invited to Dine with Chick-fil-A® At the Deptford Mall Food Court
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH FROM 4 – 8 PM
You may print out a flyer from the Parent Organization Tab OR
simply tell the cashier you are from Woodbury Jr/Sr High to receive credit!
The higher the sales, the more funds we will raise for our school!
November 01, 2010
Alice in Wonderland Jr.
Friday, November 19, 2010 and Saturday, November 20, 2010 - Junior High School Musical
Alice in Wonderland Jr.
Friday, November 19, 2010 and Saturday, November 20, 2010 7 p.m.
Tickets available at the door $10 Adults - $5 Students - $5 Seniors
Matinee—Saturday, November 20, 2010 1 pm $5 Adults, Students & Seniors
Run time is about 90 minutes with an intermission.
(From Superintendent's Blog)Special thanks are extended to the Hall of Fame Committee for putting together a wonderful evening this past Saturday: Grant Shivers, Tony DeLucas, Ed Hughes, Frank Gwalthney, Megan Lucidi, Scott Henderson, and Calvin Ferguson.
Those of us in attendance at the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner were treated to a night of Woodbury High School memories and the reaffirmation that this school district is a unique, special place. Alumni with athletic talent spanning classes from 1925 through 1993, three coaches and three additional “distinquished” alumni constituted the group inducted.
A highlight of the evening were the warm remarks of the 1939 graduate, Mary Lockett Moody. She spoke about being an African American athlete at a time when that was not the norm for schools and how her coach insisted, even when other schools attempted to turn away the African American student athletes, that they were one team and that everyone played or no one played. Though she indicated her 90 year old body was not ready to climb the stadium steeps as part of a practice routine, she did talk about how she continues to carry many of the lessons learned as a student at Woodbury with her throughout her life.
The current high school principal, Mrs. Dunham, will be reaching out to Ms. Moody to set up opportunities for her to connect with the students who walk the halls today. She has recently moved back to Woodbury after a number of years in the south.
Congratulations to all the new inductees and thank you for sharing such fond memories of your time at Woodbury High School.
We are excited to announce the following selections for the New Jersey Governor’s 2010 Teacher of the Year Award for the Woodbury City Public Schools:
Evergreen Avenue: Sheldon Soper
Walnut Street: Yvonne Yoroshko
West End Memorial: Ruthie Norris
Junior High School: Susan Berting
Senior High School: Dianne Clement
Each demonstrates hard work, dedication, and a professional spirit worthy of our recognition. Woodbury is fortunate to have a truly dedicated faculty. The selection committee felt that these teachers provide strong example of all the good teaching that takes place across the district.
February 02, 2010
Teacher Job Fair
Woodbury City Public Schools will participate in the 11th Annual Gloucester County Teacher Recruitment Job Fair being held on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Gloucester County College. There is no pre-registration required. Come see what positions are available where your talents and enthusiasm will benefit students. The Job Fair is hosted by Gloucester County Special Services School and Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School Districts. The link below will provide directions to the college: Directions
December 15, 2009
Evergreen Teacher Received Award
Trinna Savage, 3rd Grade Teacher at Evergreen, applied for a small grant that will allow her to purchase additional materials for the Responsive Classroom program being implemented across the district.
The grant application was to the "Kids in Need Teacher Grants" program and she recently received word that she was selected to receive the $150 requested. Congratulations to Ms. Savage for taking the initiative to reach out to this organization and her success in being selected as one of the recipients.
From: penny hawk [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]Sent:
Wed 12/2/2009 11:57 AM
Subject: Kids In Need Teacher Grants
Hello, Teacher Grant Applicant,
Thank you for participating in the 2009 Kids In Need Teacher Grants program. I know you are eager to find out the final results. Please find attached a list of the 2009 Teacher Grant recipients. The teachers are listed in alphabetical order by last name. The list will be posted on our Web site by the end of the day.
As you can see, 281 grants were awarded totaling $115,217.90. We’d like to thank our sponsors, LOFT Loves Teachers, Office Depot Foundation, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Fred Meyer Fund, and VIA Credit Union for their support of this program.
If you received a grant, please be advised that the checks are not distributed until the end of January, but they can be used for reimbursement if you have to purchase materials before you receive the funds. The checks are made payable to you. I will be sending further information within the next 10 days.
If you did not receive a grant this year, I will also be sending further information to you. Although we cannot give individual critiques of each grant application, I will send you information that may help when you apply next year.
Thank you again for your application.
Penny Hawk, Managing Director Kids In Need Foundation
3077 Kettering Blvd., Ste 114,
Dayton, OH 45439
December 14, 2009
Science Teacher Gets Award
By Joe Jones III
Here is some exciting news for the Jr.-Sr. High School Science Department. Last year, high school biology teacher Colleen Fitzgerald participated in a Delaware Valley Innovation Network professional development activity. She was one of a few selected from among science teachers across the region who applied. The exciting weekend advanced Mrs. Fitzgerald's ever present quest to be the best teacher possible.
Recently, she received information about a bonus for the science department in a notice from the people at DVIN (see below). Congratulations, Ms. Fitzgerald and thank you for all that you do for the Woodbury Public Schools.
Subject: $1,000 Certificate to Ward's Natural Science from the Delaware Valley Innovation Network
DVIN wanted to make you aware that we are awarding your school Science Department a Science Education Materials Grant in the form of a $1,000 Product Credit Certificate from Ward’s Natural Science Supplier. The certificate is being mailed to your school principal and should arrive within in the next few days.
Your school has been chosen because you showed a commitment to science education, by attending the DVIN BIO Teacher/Leader program. We believe a meaningful science education starts with a dedicated science teacher, but recognize, without sufficient equipment it is difficult for you to provide students with a classroom experience that will put them on the path towards a career in the sciences.
The certificate is to be used for science supplies and lab equipment that will enrich, excite, and enhance the science program for the students of your school. Directions on how to redeem your schools Ward’s Product Credit Certificate will be enclosed with the Certificate, which has been mailed to your principal. Please be aware that orders must be placed no later than January 15, 2010.
We thank you for your dedication to teaching and commitment to developing the future science workforce of our region.
Delaware Valley Innovation Network
December 09, 2009
Football Team Takes Title
By Joe Jones III
I am sure that you heard, our varsity football team won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group I title on Saturday. Congratulations to the players, Coach Valentine, and all the coaches. Also -- the fans who braved the weather are applauded for their dedication. It was a day and a game to remember.
The following links were sent to me by high school counselor, Dan Howey. Thanks, Mr. Howey! Some of the articles provide nice recaps to the game and others focus on players and/or coaches.
The Woodbury Junior High School Theater Club is proud to Present: "Annie" Junior. The Students will present the musical on Friday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are:
Senior Citizens: $7.00
Children under 3 are Free
Come out and see Annie, Miss Hannigan, Grace Farrell, Daddy Warbucks and the rest of the Orphans for an enjoyable time. And Remember that "...The Sun will come out tomorrow..."
November 02, 2009
Holiday House Tour
The Woodbury Jr. Sr. High School PTSA will be hosting a Holiday House tour on Saturday, December 5, 4:00 - 8:00PM. Included on the tour will be many homes, Christ Episcopal Church and the Anne Whitall House in National Park. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $18. at the Woodbury Public Library or Foxfire Accessories, Woodbury. Starting place for the event will be the Woodbury Mews where the program for the tour may be picked up. Tickets may be purchased that evening at the Woodbury Mews for $20.
October 09, 2009
Challenge Day Program
WOODBURY, NJ – The award-winning Challenge Day program is coming to Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School on Friday, October 16, 2009. Challenge Days are powerful, high-energy programs 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.
The Woodbury Municipal Alliance has sponsored Challenge Day 2009 for Woodbury High School. Local area businesses including ACME Markets and the West Deptford Best Western Inn have also contributed charitable donations.
For more information, please contact Tom Braddock, Assistant Principal, at 856-853-0123 ext. 228. To learn more about the Challenge Day program you can reference their website at www.challengeday.org.
October 02, 2009
Evening Library Hours
The Jr.-Sr. High School Library is open from 5pm to 7pm Monday through Thursday. The school district is attempting to fill a void -- the Woodbury City Public Library is closed during these evening hours.
All district students in any grade are welcome. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children. Visitors to the library should enter the building through the lobby at the auditorium, across from the Cap Paine Gymnasium entrance. Everyone is asked to sign in with the librarian when entering the library.
Typical library resources are available including computers with internet connectivity, reference books, and a certificated staff member.
Please contact Mrs. Denise Dunham, Principal of Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School, at 856-853-0123, ext. 220, if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
September 23, 2009
Minority Task Force
Woodbury has had a Minority Task Force (MTF) for approximately ten years now. Last night, the group held its first meeting of this school year. I am always pleased to be able to participate in the exchanges that take place at these meetings -- they have been very engaging and positive.
Last night, Daymond Rhodes, the young man who is involved in our "Option II Program", gave an inspirational look at the positive impact that the Future Teachers program at Woodbury has already had on him and the young students with whom he is working. Daymond was joined by four other high school students.
The MTF is comprised of a wide cross-section of the school community -- students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members without children in our system. Also, the group represents a diverse racial mix.
I will write more about the group in the future. Also, we will be posting the general purpose and objectives on the website.
There are only three scheduled meetings of the MTF this year. Please give consideration to marking your calendar for our next meeting -- Tuesday, February 2, 2010. It is a 6:00 p.m. meeting that takes place in the Jr.-Sr. High School library.
September 22, 2009
Future Teachers Program
As part of the district Strategic Plan, we are determined to develop personalized educational experiences for all of our students throughout the district. One method to achieve this goal is through the Option II program coordinated by Kathy Stalter Allen. Ms. Allen works with students to develop experiences outside of the traditional classroom that enable them to earn credit towards graduation.
One of the opportunities available through this Option II program is the newly developed Future Teachers Program. This program allows seniors interested in becoming educators to participate in a field experience at one of our neighborhood elementary schools.
Daymond became the first WHS student to take advantage of this field placement at the Walnut Street School. After completing his traditional school work during the first portion of the day, Daymond has a quick lunch and then reports to Walnut Street for the balance of his day.
At this point Daymond has been assigned primarily to the 2nd grade class but also spends some time with the kindergarten students. Daymond is excited about this opportunity and enjoys the chance to work hands-on with children. Although he has only been at Walnut for a short time, he is already making an impact on students, and the experience has solidified his desire to enter the teaching profession.
(Submitted by – Director of Pupil Personnel, Ed Murphy and Walnut School Principal, Dr. Jeff Adam)
June 19, 2009
R.E.B.E.L. With A Cause
On Wednesday, June 10, 2009 a group of Woodbury High School’s R.E.B.E.L. anti-tobacco club (Reaching Everyone By Exposing Lies) visited Ms. Lyons and Ms. Frazier’s second-grade classes.
R.E.B.E.L. students explained who they were and the purpose of their club before reading An Uninvited Guest, a story about the dangers of secondhand smoke, to students. Each student received a copy of the book to take home and discuss with his/her family. Evergreen students are helping R.E.B.E.L. spread their “Clear the Air” message by toting their themed backpacks and pencils! The students also enjoyed a visit by the R.E.B.E.L. mascot, “Ciggy Butts” who distributed Frisbees and “Smarties Don’t Use Tobacco” packs to students.
Sergeant Ed Alicea from Glassboro visited Woodbury Junior - Senior High School on April 22 to share his life story including multiple moves from New York to Puerto Rico, attending twelve different schools before graduating, and being a former gang member.
Sergeant Alicea has served the Glassboro Police Department for over twenty years. During his tenure he has been a DARE officer for over twenty (20) years; a School Resource Officer, and an undercover narcotics officer. He is a certified instructor in several areas: Firearms, Honor Guard, Suicide Bomber Identification, Prevention, Terrorism, Cults, and the Occult, and Gangs. Sergeant Alicea currently teaches at Police Academies throughout the State of New Jersey.
In addition to his law enforcement career with the Glassboro Police, Sergeant Alicea served twelve years – traveling the world -- with the United States Marine Corps. His duties include Machine Gunner, Platoon Sergeant, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Instructor, and Presidential Honor Guard for President Regan's visit to Glassboro in 1986. Sergeant Alicea holds a BA and is currently working on a Masters in Home Land Security.
Sergeant Alicea spent over an hour sharing his story with Ms. Capodanno’s ESL students and other students outside of the program; the message was simple: You can always turn your life around and be a positive influence for others.
May 11, 2009
Curriculum Office Posting Articles
Check out the "Curriculum" page on our website (under the District Information tab at the top of the home screen). There you will find some articles specifically for parents.
During May and June, the Curriculum Office will be posting a variety of articles to help infuse educational opportunities into the upcoming summer weeks. The most recent posting is one from our Elementary Academic Coach for Mathematics, Kathy Estep.
Below is what you will see on the curriculum page. You can get to the actual page directly by clicking here: Go To Curriculum Page
You have probably heard by now that CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) light bulbs are better for the environment than incandescent light bulbs, but --
Did you know that one CFL light bulb uses 75% less energy, lasts up to 10 times longer, and can save 500 pounds of coal from being burned?
Did you know that the United States alone goes through 2.5 million water bottles per hour and that 77% of these bottles end up in landfills?
Did you know that Nike has a program that reuses old sneakers and converts them into new sports surfaces (running tracks, basketball and tennis courts, playground surfaces, etc.)?
These are some of the amazing facts that district-wide fifth grade students learned from a program called “Kids Going Green,” coordinated by Mrs. Stephanie Foran, Enrichment Teacher. The students attended the assembly last Wednesday.
“Kids Going Green” was 100% funded by the City of Woodbury through the Clean Communities Grant. Presented with expert knowledge and impressive energy by Michele Van Allen, of Jack Branagan’s Earth Matters, this program focused on educating students on concepts like fossil fuels and greenhouse gases while offering practical ways to reduce our carbon footprint and work towards creating a better environment.
“We were fortunate to have some city officials present with us in the audience, including Mr. Thomas Dukelow, Clean Communities Co-Coordinator and Director of Parks & Recreation, Councilwoman Gwendolyn Brown, and Councilman Harry Trout.
“Although Mr. Robert Law, Woodbury’s Chief Financial Officer/Deputy Administrator and Co-Chair of the Clean Communities Program, could not be present, he has been instrumental in serving as an extremely gracious and helpful point of contact over the past two years. We are very grateful to the City of Woodbury for their generosity and support, and we will keep the message of the program with us as we all work together to help save the earth.
May 05, 2009
Top 5 Academic All-Stars
Congratulations to the Woodbury High School top five academic scholars. Each was invited to be the guest of the various Gloucester County educational associations as students across the county were celebrated at an “Academic All-Star” banquet held last evening at Auletto’s Catering.
The Woodbury students honored included:
Scott Bassler: Engineering (Stockton College)
Stefana Burlacu: Business Administration/Finance (Temple University)
Megan Kier: Liberal Arts/Mathematics (University of Vermont)
Christian Schoning: International Relations (Middlebury University)
March 27, 2009
Congratulations, Ms. Freidman
A paper that Ms. Gina Freidman completed in conjunction with her graduate school work on school leadership and the arts has been accepted to be part of the 2009 International Conference of Arts in Society.
Ms. Friedman will fly to Venice to be one of the speakers at the conference this July. The 2009 Conference will be held in Venice, Italy, 29-31 July 2009, in conjunction with the Venice Biennale.
According to the website for the conference, "the 2009 Arts Conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the arts in society. Plenary speakers will include leading thinkers and practitioners in the arts, as well as paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by researchers and practitioners in all fields of artistic engagement."
The following is how Ms. Freidman’s paper/session is listed on the website:
Art Education and the Role of School Leadership in a Diverse Society
By: Gina F. Friedman
Educators today face a myriad of challenges and changes as they strive to address the needs of increasingly diverse, ethno-racial communities (Hollinger, 2000). Within these challenges arises an opportunity for the development of a new paradigm for school leadership: one that has much to learn from the arts.
This paper asks many questions, and posits some possible solutions. How can the arts in public schools have a wider influence, helping to close the Achievement Gap? How do we, as artists, educators, and school leaders help to bridge the socio-economic divide in the K-12 American public school system (Payne, 2001) in order to pave the way for the type of change that can address our needs from a global perspective? What role can educational leaders play in raising the status of the arts in their local communities? (Fullan, 2001)
Some underlying issues will be identified, and the parallels between artists and leaders will be explored. (Gardner, 1999) Implications for school superintendents, principals and policy makers will be addressed, specifying what they can do to reduce the inequity of arts access between wealthy and poor school districts.
The fun part about a school with as much history as Woodbury is that sometimes the past will intermingle with the present in ways that make things interesting.
The boys basketball team will play tomorrow night in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group I Sectional Finals. The game is schedule for 7 p.m. at Kingsway Regional High School and the team plays Salem.
If you look at the banners in the Cap Paine Gymnasium, you will see that the only time Woodbury has won a South Jersey Group I championship in boys basketball was 1934 -- seventy-five years ago. Back then, there was no Cap Paine gymnasium; they were playing games in the "old" (blue) cafeteria. The wall between the cafeteria and the auditorium folded open and revealed bleachers for spectators to watch the action.
And -- this is where history overlaps with the present. I met a gentleman at the Woodbury vs. Salem game on February 14th of this year; he was attending with a friend. They travel all over South Jersey watching sporting events of all kinds. During the basketball season, these two watch a lot of high school basketball. As it turns out, this man was a Woodbury High School graduate -- Class of 1933! Mr. Claude Kennard remembers the 1934 team, and he will be there tomorrow night at Kingsway to cheer on the 2009 team.
Now -- that's exciting.
February 20, 2009
The 2008-2009 Teachers of the Year Announced
We are excited to announce that the following teachers have been selected as the New Jersey Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award recipients for the Woodbury Public Schools for the 2008-09 school year:
Evergreen Avenue: Jill Platt
Walnut Street: Chrissy Pierce
West End Memorial: Andrea Brown
Junior High School: Chris Sheppard
Senior High School: Maria Lario
Each demonstrates hard work, dedication, and a professional spirit worthy of our recognition. The selection committee was pleased to be able to choose each as a representative of all the good teaching that takes place across the district.
Woodbury is fortunate to have a truly dedicated faculty, and we are proud to have these teachers represent the excellence that we strive for in each classroom.
February 19, 2009
National Geographic Bee School Winners Announced
Finalists from 4th and 5th grade classes at each of the elementary schools recently competed in a school-level National Geographic Bee. We are pleased to announce that –
Evergreen’s winner was 5th grader Derek Lane;
Walnut’s winner was 5th grader Joelle Murray; and
West End’s winner was 4th grader Annie Hughes.
This is the 21st year that the National Geographic Society has held the National Geographic Bee for students in grades four through eight in thousands of schools across the United States.
After winning their school-level bees, Derek, Joelle, and Annie took a qualifying test to determine if they will advance to the state-level competition.
All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, at the national competition May 19 and 20, 2009 in Washington, D.C.
We wish Derek, Joelle, and Annie well!
Brock Juliano, grade 7 is this year’s winner of the National Geographic Bee in the Woodbury Junior High School. He will represent Woodbury Junior High School at the next round and level of the competition that involves taking a written test administered for the National Geographic Society.
Brock has been a state competitor in this competition in the past – during his elementary school years. We wish him well in his quest to return to that level of the competition!
January 30, 2009
Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame
Former Woodbury High star athletes Joe “Jeep” Walker, Ruth Warren Colvin, Billy Washington, and Gerry Taraschi, along with coaching great Dominic Carrera have been elected to the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame!
The Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 29th Annual Induction Banquet on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 6:30 p.m., at Auletto’s Sunset Ballroom in Almonesson, NJ.
This year’s inductees will be: Michelle Rowen (Washington Twp.), Jeep Walker (Woodbury), Ruth Warren Colvin (Woodbury), Gerry Taraschi (Washington Twp.), Ringo Adamson (Rowan), John Villecco (Deptford), Sal Marchese, Jr. (Delsea), Paul Deal (Pitman), Joe Herrschaft (Glassboro), Karen Dilmore (Williamstown), Ron Case (Gloucester CC), Jann Bower Jenkins (Glassboro), Bill Washington (Woodbury/Clayton), Anthony Maska (Gateway), Bones Howard (Paulsboro), Dom Carrera (Gloucester Cath.), and Frank Pulio (West Deptford).
Tickets for this year’s banquet are $36 apiece, and may be ordered by calling Gus Ostrum at (856) 435-3367 during daytime or evening hours. For more information on the Hall of fame, visit our web site at www.gchalloffame.com.
January 21, 2009
New School Resource Officer
The Woodbury City Police Department and the Woodbury City Schools have a strong working relationship. One way that lines of communication are maintained is through the School Resource Officer Program.
Effective the beginning of this calendar year, a new School Resource Officer, Patrolman Daniel Steigerwald, was assigned to the school district. Officer Steigerwald has been provided specialized training through the police department to maximize his effectiveness in a school setting.
Over the course of the last couple of weeks, Officer Steigerwald has been in and about all of the city schools getting to know the buildings and the people. Though a majority of his time will be spent in connection with the Jr.-Sr. High School, he will have a presence in our elementary schools as well.
The School Resource Officer program has been a valuable program for Woodbury and other school districts. We welcome Officer Steigerwald and wish him well in his new assignment.
January 20, 2009
Distinguised and Urban Scholars
The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority announced its recipients of the Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished and Urban Scholars. Eight students from Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School were selected to receive scholarships, which award up to $1,000 annually without regard to financial need.
The Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar is intended to recognize the highest achieving graduating high school students in or from New Jersey. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars must have a class rank of one, two or three and rank within the top 10 percent at the end of junior year, or rank within the top 10 percent with a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 1260 or higher.
Urban Scholars are renewable scholarships awarded to high achieving students in the state’s urban areas. Students must rank in the top ten percent of their class and have a GPA of at least 3.0.
The following Woodbury students were recognized: Stefana Burlacu, Megan Kier, Megan Pierson, Laura Hassan, Caitlyn Pipolo, Oluwatunmi Oni, Scott Bassler, and Christian Schoning.
Each student received an award letter in early January providing notification of this recognition.
January 08, 2009
$22,000 Grant from Verizon
Woodbury Public Schools received a $22,000 grant from Verizon Foundation. For the second time in three years, the Verizon Foundation has awarded the Woodbury Public Schools a grant to support innovative programs that will provide a focus on literacy development.
Verizon and Woodbury originally partnered on a literacy project during the 2006-2007 school year through a $10,000 grant award. At that time, an after school reading program was launched at the West End Memorial School and Walnut Street School. During that pilot program, the district was able to utilize a computer based reading program developed by MindPlay Corporation, called My Reading Coach – Platinum Edition.
This year, through the Verizon grant coupled with in-district funds, the program has evolved to include all three elementary schools. The extra support will consist of an after school program as well as academic intervention during the regular school day; both efforts will utilize computer based interventions. The district has also acquired a new piece of computer software from the MindPlay Corporation to assist instructional staff entitled, “Fluent Reader Trainer”.
The Woodbury School District believes that that this partnership with Verizon, coupled with in-district resources and highly qualified instructional staff, will provide the elementary school students involved with extra resources necessary for academic success.
About the Verizon Foundation:
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its signature program, Thinkfinity.org, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.
In 2007, the foundation awarded more than $67.4 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $25.1 million in combined contributions. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 3 million hours of community service since Verizon’s inception in 2000.
This year, thanks to the generosity of Verizon customers who participated in the company’s Check Into Literacy program, 39 nonprofit organizations throughout New Jersey are receiving $325,000 in grants to support their literacy programs. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.
January 07, 2009
The Library is Open: 5-7 PM
Beginning this week, the Woodbury Junior - Senior High School Library will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday for your use. The library offers a good setting to get school work done and a place for computer access. (The goal is to provide a place for students to work while the Woodbury City Public Library closes during these two “dinner” hours.)
This program is one of the action items of our new Strategic Plan
Strategy I—to effectively utilize multiple sources of assessment data to improve instruction, close the achievement gap, and increase academic performance
Action Plan 5: to assure the Jr.-Sr. High School library will be open to students and parents minimally from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Monday through Thursday while school is in session.
This is one more way Woodbury Public Schools works to be a leader in personalizing education for our students — words found and manifested in our mission and beliefs. We feel that this action addresses a very specific need here in the Woodbury community. Please use the lobby door entrance to the school (across from the gymnasium) for your access the library. The library is on the first floor, turn right down the long hallway and take your first left.
Adults should bring identification to present to our Evening Library Program Coordinator when you arrive.
December 16, 2008
Congratulations, Kyle Parham
Kyle Parham, 11th grade student at Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School, has been selected to be a Student Ambassador for People to People. Kyle went through a selection process that involved an interview and a requirement to submit three letters of recommendation -- two teachers and one community leader.
People to People was started by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958. His dream was to bring together students from around the world to promote world peace.
Over the summer Kyle will spend a total of three weeks in France, Italy, and Greece (where he will stay with a host family). The People to People hope is that this experience will help students return to their community and school with a new outlook on the world and help to build bridges to bring us closer together through peace and understanding.
October 15, 2008
Scott Bassler Earns Top Honors
Congratulations to Scott Bassler, senior at Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School. Scott recently was notified that he was among the 50,000 highest scores on the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). There were over 1.5 million students who took the test nationally, and Scott’s score places him in the top 5% of all students in the nation who took the exam.
Scott's plans for post-secondary study will likely focus on biochemistry or biological engineering. Schools that he plans to apply to include Princeton University, Yale University, Drexel University, Roanoke College, and Washington Lee University.
We are proud of the strong academic performance by Scott on this test and in all his work here at Woodbury.
October 14, 2008
Internet Safety Night:
Information Session open to all Parents
DATE: Tuesday, October 14, 2008
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
Place: High School Auditorium
SPECIAL GUESS SPEAKER: Sgt. Steven J. LaPorta, Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, Cyber Crimes Unit, CJIS - Terminal Agency Coordinator
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Woodbury High School Main Office at
856-853-0123 ext. 200