Merriam Avenue School to Host “Watch D.O.G.S.” Kick-Off Event

September 20, 2016

NEWTON, NJ—The Merriam Avenue Elementary School is partnering with the National Center for Fathering to host its first ever Watch D.O.G.S event on Wednesday, September 21 from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the school.

Watch D.O.G.S, which stands for Dads of Great Students, is a program geared towards increasing the presence of male role models on the campus of schools. According to their ...

Merriam Avenue School Hosts Annual Back to School Picnic

NEWTON, NJ—Despite the rainy weather, the Merriam Avenue PTO held their second annual Back to School Picnic on Friday, September 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Last year, the picnic was held outside of the school. There were blow-up slides and an obstacle course set up in the tennis courts. There were games the kids could play as well as face painting for a small price.

This year, due to the ...

Newton Named to New Jersey Monthly's Top 100 High Schools

NEWTON, NJ – Newton High School has been named to the New Jersey Monthly’s list of Top 100 Public High Schools. Coming in at 99, Newton has risen 69 places from the last list two years ago.   

While the magazine highlights four other schools as having risen quickly, Newton was not included despite a larger jump than Secaucus, which rose 63 places and was listed.  ...

Sparta Superintendent Announces Retirement

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Superintendent Dennis Tobin announced his retirement at the August Board of Education meeting on Monday.

“After 35 years in education, 29 of them in Sparta,” Tobin will be leaving on December 1.  “It was a difficult decision; I’ve been thinking about it for a year. It’s a time consuming position and I don’t think I can continue ...

Newton High School Class of 2020 Receive Chromebooks at Orientation

NEWTON, NJ—This year at Newton High School, freshman orientation was run a bit differently than years’ past. The most significant difference was that it was held at night, on Wednesday, August 24 from 7 until 9 p.m. at the school.

Approximately 200 students of the Class of 2020 and their parents, gathered in the Newton High School Auditorium. They were given a number one to ...

Parents are the only hope for NJ public education

September 24, 2016

I really wanted to take one of my precious few PTO days I had left to drive down to Trenton on September 7th and tell the State Board of Education how disappointed I was in them, again.... but more important things were going on. There was a Kindergarten bus to catch and a first day of school morning to have and I had already wasted 2 of those precious days on a state BOE that has all but ignored ...

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Lime Crest Quarry: Eons in the Making, Men and the Mining

September 23, 2016


“Lime Crest Quarry: Eons in the Making, Men in the Mining” will open at the Sparta Historical Society’s Van Kirk Homestead Museum on Sunday, September 25, 2016. The first major exhibit held on this important and historic Sparta quarry will explore the geology, minerals, men, and companies that held an interest in the quarry’s development over the past 125 years ...

Meet Rutgers’ RADICAL Supercomputing Guru

Shantenu Jha is a RADICAL man.

The Rutgers professor wants to enhance personalized medicine, global health, science and engineering through high-performance computing.

Jha and his RADICAL (Rutgers Advanced Distributed Cyberinfrastructure and Applications Laboratory) team operate at the crossroads of computing and science, and their work has benefited research in the molecular ...

Westfield In-Service Readies School Personnel

Westfield Public School teachers and support staff returned to school early this year with an In-Service held on September 7.  The Curriculum, Instruction and Program Department outlined a full schedule for staff at all grade levels.

A variety of topics were covered, from curriculum development and technology to CPR.  For example, elementary teachers attended differentiated ...