Friday, May 17, 2013
The Manchester students built the robots and competed in several competitions with other area schools.
Hilltop Nursery School's indoor pool is usually filled with pre-school children learning to swim, but on a few recent afternoons it was overtaken by underwater robots operated by students from the Manchester Township Middle School and High School Robotics Club. The clubs were formed thanks to a $7,000 STEM grant from NAVAIR Lakehurst, which provided the kits for the robots and other support materials. The students built the robots and competed in several competitions with other area schools.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Manchester Middle School teacher Sue Holland receives grant from Toms River Police Foundation.
Susan Holland, a special education teacher at Manchester Township Middle School, has had her share of bad times this past year. Her home in the Silverton section of Toms River was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy and she lost her husband, John, in February, leaving her a single mom with four children. Last week, Holland was called down to the school office for a surprise that brightened her day. Nina Anuario, Vice President of OceanFirst Bank and President of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School Board of Education, presented her with a $5,000 storm relief grant from the Toms River Police Foundation. Holland was selected for the grant through a series of coincidental connections. Her son, Griffin, is a student at OCVTS …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
BOE honors Derek Schmidt for taking first place in newspaper competition.
Derek Schmidt, a seventh grader at Manchester Township Middle School, was honored by the Manchester Township Board of Education for taking First Place for February 2013 in the Asbury Park Press Student Voices competition. Derek’s essay answered the question, “What do envision yourself doing 10 to 15 years from now?” His essay was published in both the print and online versions of the Asbury Park Press. Principal Nancy Driber said she was overwhelmed and excited when she found out Derek had won. “It is not an easy contest to win – there are many, many entries," she remarked. Derek read his essay to the Board. He said that in 15 years he plans on being a structural engineer with a degree from Rutgers, married with two children, and living in…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Teacher gets taped to the wall in this fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Every year, the Manchester Township Middle School Impact Club participates in the Pasta for Pennies fundraiser with proceeds donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As part of this fundraising effort, this year they held a new event called Stick it to Cancer, that involved a staff member, Mr. Robert Morris, being stuck to the wall in the cafeteria. During the six lunch periods, students were invited to purchase a piece of duct tape at the cost of one dollar, and the tape was applied to Mr. Morris. At the end of the lunch periods, when the chair he was standing on was removed, Mr. Morris remained stuck to the wall! $160.00 was raised during the "Stick it to Cancer" event, with a total of $2,144.29 raised overall for the Leukemia & …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Mrs. O'Reilly's class at Manchester Township Middle School held a Poetry Café right before Valentine's Day.
Mrs. O'Reilly's class at Manchester Township Middle School held a Poetry Café in the cafeteria right before Valentine's Day. The students invited their families and also some community members to hear their poetry and enjoy some snacks. Love was the theme of the event, with the poems all geared to Valentine's Day sentiments & customs around the world. Each child read aloud the acrostic poem "SNOWMAN", an original piece. A special treat was the attendance of Mrs. O'Reilly's parents, Ed & Mary Polakowski, who were celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Organizer and teacher Patricia Pontus-Martin spoke about the importance of geography in everyday lives and expressed her pride in the winners
Monday, February 25
Winners of the annual Manchester Township Middle School National Geographic Society Geography Bee were honored at the February 20, 2013 Board of Education meeting. Organizer and teacher Patricia Pontus-Martin spoke about the importance of geography in everyday lives and expressed her pride in the winners. Taking first place this year was 7th grader Antonio Jean-Denis, who was presented with a medal and is hoping to qualify for the state competition. Second place went to 6th grader Elisabeth Hudak and 8th grader Nick Pellicano took third place. - from the Manchester Township School District.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
School re-opened this week after being closed for months while mold was removed
Parents are invited to an open house at the recently re-opened Manchester Township Middle School to see the restoration work that has been completed since the building was closed when mold was discovered this past summer. The 2759 Ridgeway Rd. school, which Superintendent of Schools David Trethaway said is "safe and is in excellent condition," will be open to visitors between 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the district. "There will not be a formal program, however, administrators, staff, and students will be available to answer questions and provide tours of the school," reads a statement on the school district website. Middle school students had been sharing Manchester Township High School on a split schedule which ended this …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Repairs have been ongoing at the school since mold was discovered in August
Months after mold was discovered in the building, administrators are targeting a late-November date for Manchester Township Middle School to reopen. "I know that parents, students and staff are all wondering about the return to the building, and I received a comment in that regard," Superintendent of Schools David Trethaway writes in a recent blog post on the district's website. "I hesitated to give a date since there were so many variables such as delivery of supplies and availability of cabinetry. However now I believe it is safe to say that we should be preparing to open the Middle School sometime near the end of November." Trethaway said that he recently walked through parts of the school, which has been closed for repair since mold …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Mold restoration efforts have been ongoing at the school since August
Rebuilding efforts at Manchester Township Middle School are under way, as nearly the entirety of the lower level has been cleaned, according to school district administration. About 80 percent of the mold clean-up process has been completed on the school's first floor, Superintendent of Schools David Trethaway said in a recent statement on the district's website. "Rebuilding is now under way in the newer part of the first floor," Trethaway said. "The floor has been leveled and repaired and the floor tile is being installed in the classrooms." Mold was found in the building's downstairs in August and MTMS students have been attending Manchester Township High School in a split session schedule since the new school year started. …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Superintendent offers update on mold cleanup at middle school
Restoration efforts at Manchester Township Middle School continue as specialists are clearing areas of the mold-stricken building and preparing for reconstruction. Three-quarters of the school's second floor have been tested by the restoration company and have been cleared, Superintendent of Schools David Trethaway said in a statement on the district's website. "Although there was very little removal work to be done on the second floor, it still needed to be thoroughly cleaned and now that is almost all completed," Trethaway said. After the discovery of mold in the building's downstairs, MTMS students have been attending Manchester Township High School in a split session schedule. Administrators have said that restoration may be …