Monday, April 15, 2013
Spring crops are in the ground.
Students, faculty and parents have planted the first spring crops in Elizabeth Haddon’s school garden. The two-year-old garden has grown into one of the most beloved programs at the school, according a news release. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food and Nutrition recognized and featured the garden and school salad bar during Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week, and honored Elizabeth Haddon with a visit by the division director. “Elizabeth Haddon School is a successful model on how a school garden can be integrated into the curriculum, as well as the school cafeteria,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “Children are learning the value of eating fruits and vegetables and hopefully will go on…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The event is a fundraiser for Haddonfield Education Trust.
The Haddonfield Education Trust will host its third-annual Night of 300 Dinners Saturday at the Haddon Fortnightly. Proceeds will benefit the borough's three elementary schools and Haddonfield's tricentennial celebration. The trust works to enrich the quality of education in Haddonfield through fundraising and grants. The next scheduled event is the annual golf outing on June 10 at the Tavistock Country Club. For more information click here.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The technical schools will offer students the chance to get on the path to careers in police, fire and emergency services.
Students in Camden County will have the chance to prepare for careers in law enforcement and emergency services, and the newly formed countywide police department will get a pipeline for future recruits under a plan announced by county officials Tuesday. Camden County Technical Schools will offer a 4-year Law and Public Safety Academy at both the Pennsauken and Gloucester Township campuses starting in September, an opportunity county officials called “unprecedented.” “This will be a historic initiative that will allow students to follow career paths in public safety when they enter high schools,” Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said in a statement. “No one ever tells students in high school, and for that matter, college, what the …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Students performed the Stations of the Cross.
Students at Christ the King Regional School in Haddonfield performed a Passion play this week to mark Good Friday, signified by Christians as the day Jesus was crucified. The Stations of the Cross is a popular Catholic devotion which commemorates the Passion and the death of Jesus, according to a news release. Each of the fourteen stations stands for an event which occurred during Jesus' crucifixion and death at Calvary on Good Friday. The first station represents when Jesus was condemned to the 14th when Christ was laid in his tomb. People making the Stations of the Cross meditate and pray at each station.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The students recently were honored by the Board of Education for their showing at a Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey competition.
Haddonfield students have won honors in the statewide world-language contest for the third consecutive year. The Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey invited all world language teachers to submit a one-minute video podcast of their students speaking in a foreign language. Borough schools boast an award-winning K-12 world language program, which has placed in the competition since its inception. The three public elementary schools in Haddonfield teach Spanish to all students in grades K-5. In grades 6 through 8 students choose among Spanish, French and German. In high school, students also have the opportunity to learn Latin. Other local winners included a Beiber Fever entry last year.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The announcement was made in a statement Thursday. Weinstein did not attend.
Haddonfield Board of Education President Steve Weinstein is stepping down as president but remaining on the board, school Superintendent Richard Perry announced during a board meeting Thursday. In a statement, Weinstein cited time constraints of a new position as general counsel of Rowan University with not providing enough time to continue as president. He said he will remain on the board until his term ends at the end of this year. Perry read a statement from Weinstein into the minutes of the meeting. Weinstein was on vacation and not at the meeting. Weinstein, 67, an attorney, was hired as the general counsel of Rowan University last fall. The university is expanding rapidly into a medical research school in collaboration with Cooper …
The Haddonfield BOE approved a budget that will raise school taxes nearly $200 on average.
The Haddonfield Board of Education unanimously approved a 2 percent budget increase for the 2013-14 school year Thursday during a regular meeting. The increase means a typical homeowner with a property valued at $491,359 will pay $7,308 in school taxes, $194.40 more than last year. School officials said they want to keep programs and staffing at current levels and not reduce them to balance the budget. School Superintendent Richard Perry and the school board cited increases in teacher and administration salaries, text book and extracurricular costs for a $450,259 deficit. But the biggest driver of increased costs was a 24-percent spike for special education instruction. Perry said special-education costs increased from $801,665 to $993,…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Phillie Phanatic visited Jennings elementary school in Haddon Township on Tuesday to celebrate students' win in a Phillies reading competition.
They say reading is its own reward—but it certainly doesn’t hurt when the Phillie Phanatic is cheering you on. Students at Clyde S. Jennings Elementary School partied with the Phillies mascot on Tuesday as reward for a reading job extremely well done. The Phanatic, in all his green, hairy, snouty glory, popped out of a closet at Jennings during a special assembly and spent 45 minutes boogying, singing, reading and, of course, jeering the Mets with students. The mascot came to Jennings thanks to a contest won by the school’s resource room students. Since September, the children, who have learning challenges, have participated in a Phillies reading competition. They took on at least 15 minutes of reading each night and logged their progress…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The school board favors a 2-percent budget increase—the maximum allowed under state law without voters getting a say at the polls.
The Haddon Township Board of Education introduced a $33.99 million budget Tuesday that will boost spending by $481,000 over last year. The new budget will mean a typical homeowner in the township will pay an additional $73.30 in school taxes, on top of about $4,000 they pay annually now. The board cited improvements to special education and student support, the restoration of some programs and services eliminated in previous budgets, and the preparation for new state regulations on testing, for the budget increase. The 2-percent hike in the tax levy, to $22.23 million, keeps the district under the state mandate for budget increases and will avoid a referendum vote on April. The budget must be presented to state education officials this …
Haddon Township senior says yes to a very creative prom invite made with 1,000 foam cups.
Kelly Nelson said her mother was in on it. "She drove me here in the morning and said she had to pick something up and we stopped in the parking lot of the Taproom Grill restaurant and I saw it," Kelly said. What she saw was her named spelled out in giant letters across the fence of the high school athletic complex on Crystal Lake Boulevard. It was part of a very elaborate invitation to the prom from fellow senior, Pat Burns, a lifelong friend. "KELLY PROM? ♥ PAT," said the larger than life, panoramic sign, made with 1,000 foam cups stuffed into a chain-linked fence. And her answer... "Yes! Of course, yes! she said. Don't believe us? Just watch the video. Don't miss any Haddonfield or Haddon Township news. Sign up for Patch's free daily …