The Eatontown School Board recently held its first regular meeting of 2013 which also served as the board's Reorganization Meeting.
The first order of business was the swearing in of three members who were elected to their second three year terms on the Board in November. Carl Lawson, Pete Siino and Bob English individually took the oath of office while surrounded by their families.
Next was the reelection of Donna Diedrichsen as Board President and Julie Robertson as Board Vice President.
Superintendent Scott McCue reported on a number of activities and events going on at the Boroughs schools in December including:
- Twenty-one Memorial School students competed in the preliminary round of the school Spelling Bee which was conducted by Mrs. DeToro on December 13th and 14th. Eight students qualified for the final round which was conducted on December 20th. Seventh grader Jessica Miller emerged as the school champion and she will represent Memorial School in the Asbury Park Press “Spelldown 2013” in March.
- A donation of school supplies was delivered to the Union Beach School District central office on Dec. 6. The supplies were donated by the students from Meadowbrook School and also by members of the St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean Township.
- Meadowbrook School delivered 1,100 pounds of canned goods to the Monmouth County Food Bank. This was the largest donation to the food bank by an elementary school.
- Meadowbrook School conducted its Geography Bee Final on Monday, Dec. 17th. Congratulations to Kylie Tang for emerging as the finalist who will advance to the next level of the competition.
- On December 13th, the Vetter School Art Club, under the supervision of Ms. Seary, sold small bears created by the club for $3.00 each at the Winter Concert. All the money collected was donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. The Vetter Art Club raised over $155.00.
- The first grade teachers and students at Vetter School received exciting news from Monmouth University congratulating them on their acceptance into the Mayor’s Book Club. This program is a collaboration between the NJ State League of Municipalities Educational Foundation and the School of Education at Monmouth University. As part of the program, Mayor Tarantolo will be joining Vetter first-graders in a kick-off event. Students will be challenged to read a thousand books collectively between February and May. If the students complete the challenge, the first grade teachers will receive a $1000 to use toward enhancing their classroom libraries. Certificates, awards, and refreshments will be provided as well to help celebrate this accomplishment.
- At Woodmere School, students were treated to a fantastic assembly program, “The Brain Show.” This program was provided by the Woodmere PTA. “The Brain Show” is designed as a game show and challenged many students to trivia related to Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. In between answering questions, students danced to music and celebrated together.
- On Thursday, Dec. 8, Woodmere School held its annual Winter Concert. Students in 5th and 6th grades delighted the audience with festive songs and musical performances. In addition, the 2nd graders treated the community to some holiday songs and festivities.