WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Two exceptional students were named the Student of the Month at Monday evening’s Wood-Ridge Board of Education meeting in the school auditorium.

Mikaela Pavlovic was named the Wood-Ridge Intermediate School Student of the month.  The award was presented to her by Keith Lisa, the principal of the Wood-Ridge Intermediate School.  Lyndsey Scherdel was named the Wood-Ridge Junior School/HIgh School Student of the month by Assistant Principal Lisa Barrows.

Lisa then presented the the Student Safety Data from reporting Period, the second half of the 2018-19 school year.   

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In Doyle School:

  • O incidents of Violence

  • O Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying incidents

In the Wood-Ridge Intermediate School, the following was reported:

  • 4 incidents of Violence

  • 1 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying incident confirmed, 

  • 5 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying incidents not confirmed .

At the Wood-Ridge Junior/Senior High School:

  • 5 incidents of violence

  • 2 incidents of vandalism

  • 6 incidents with banned substances

  • 1 incident with a weapon

  • 3 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying incidents confirmed, 

  • 88 incidents that arose in students being suspended for reasons not listed above, (which would include cell phone and internet usage, as well as conduct in the school not covered above.)

The administration jointly presented the Report on Performance & Assessments.   Dr. Susan DeNobile, kicked things off, giving an overview of the result. The most important result, is that Wood- Ridge passed the QSAC Quality Single Accountability Continuum, for the first time in 10 years,so they will no longer be in remediation with Department of Education in Trenton. 

Overall, Wood-Ridge has seen marked improvement at all levels, in spite of changes to the test that have made the test more difficult.  Lisa spoke extensively on how by following a grade from 2017 to 2019, one can see the improvement that they made in their relative knowledge of the subject matter.   

At the high school level, emphasis was put on the tangible increases in the results from the SAT scores, and how Wood-Ridge not only improved, but did so while the average in both New Jersey and nationally were declining. 

Credit for the improvements in the scores in NJSLA scores (formerly PARCC), was placed on the double classes in English and Mathematics that was implemented.  With only a few years of implementation, Lisa believes that the increased time in 7th and 8th grade will lead to further test result improvements in the PSAT and SAT in the future.


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