Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Superintendent Brian Betze said the district will review its safety protocols to ensure its schools are as safe as possible in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shootings.
In the wake of Friday’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, administrators in the Moorestown School District are doing what they can to ensure the community their school is safe. Superintendent Brian Betze said he met with Bryan Wright, a Moorestown police officer who functions as the district’s safety officer, and discussed reviewing the district’s security plan in the coming weeks and months. Betze said the plan is evaluated every school year, but has not been examined yet this year. “Because of what happened (in Connecticut), we need to do it,” the superintendent explained. Among the measures Betze said he would recommend include: Additionally, police will increase patrols around the schools this week as an…
Friday, November 30, 2012
Ever wonder what happened to Annie? Find out during the Moorestown Theater Company's 64th production, premiering tonight at the Upper Elementary School.
There’s something poetic about it: 10 years ago, Moorestown Theater Company (MTC) debuted with a production of the Broadway classic Annie; This year, MTC is closing out its 10th anniversary season with the sequel, Annie Warbucks. “It’s a nice way to bookend the decade,” said producing artistic director Mark Morgan. Contrary to the highly popular original—and despite the fact that the sequel was written by the same people who wrote Annie—Annie Warbucks never made it to Broadway, though it was a successful off-Broadway show, Morgan noted. “It was breaking records at theaters it was at.” Because of its relatively obscure status to much of the theatergoing public, Morgan is referring to the show, which opens at 7 p.m. tonight at the Upper …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
An open house is set for next week at the Upper Elementary School, with another scheduled for the first week in October at Lenola Fire Hall.
The township will sponsor two forums on the reassessment program, with the first scheduled for 7-9 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Upper Elementary School. The second will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Lenola Fire Hall, also from 7-9 p.m. Representatives from Appraisal Systems Inc. will discuss the reassessment program and answer questions from the public. Both evenings are open to all residents. Field workers have begun inspections already, with all residential inspections expected to be finished by the end of November. Commercial and industrial inspections should be complete by the end of October.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
PACE's third annual science fair was a success, according to organizers.
PACE's (Partnership for Acceleration, Challenge and Enrichment) science fair continues to grow, with 76 student scientists putting their projects on display at the group's third annual science fair last week. The fair was held at the Upper Elementary School on Tuesday. PACE chair Suzanne Kenny said it was their biggest fair yet and gave credit to coordinator Sandy Saouaf, PACE treasurer, for making "a fantastic investment in putting the fair together each year, including engaging township parents and teachers in mentoring roles to assist the student scientists." Saouaf said previously the purpose of the science fair is to "give students exposure to subjects that are outside of their scientific curriculum, and also a way for them to share…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Moorestown Education Association/Home and School-sponsored open houses give parents a window into their children's school day.
Elementary school parents will again get a chance this week and next to see firsthand what their children are learning about in school. After missing last year due to ongoing contract negotiations, the Moorestown Education Association in partnership with the Home and School Association will host open houses at all three lower elementary schools this Thursday, along with open houses at the Upper Elementary School next Wednesday and Thursday. “It’s a nice time for the kids to bring in their parents and show them how much progress they’ve made,” said Bridgett Potts, a teacher at Roberts who’s helping to organize the open house. “They show them their work. They show them their desk.” Potts said this year’s open houses will have a two-fold …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Moorestown's director of personnel Susan Powell will take over for UES principal Kim Jackson when she leaves this summer.
This summer, Upper Elementary School (UES) principal Kim Jackson will say goodbye to her home away from home—as well as her actual home—when she leaves Moorestown for Washington, D.C. After three years at the helm of the district’s second largest school, the departure is bittersweet for Jackson, who is relocating because of her husband’s job. “I’m sad to go … It’s all about family is the reason why I’m going,” she said. “But in a perfect world, I’d be able to take the UES with me, and that would be awesome.” Jackson has spent 8 1/2 years with the district, starting out as principal at Baker Elementary School, followed by a stint as director of elementary education for the district, before ending up at UES. Since UES—with a student …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The third annual PACE-sponsored science fair will be held in March.
Students participating in the third annual science fair sponsored by PACE (Partnership for Acceleration, Challenge and Enrichment) will have a chance to flesh out their projects during a kickoff/mentoring meeting next week. Sandy Saouaf, PACE treasurer and science fair coordinator, said a host of experts from a variety of fields—engineering, research, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, pharmaceutical—will be on hand to help students formulate their projects. The meeting runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Upper Elementary School. The science fair, set for Tuesday, March 20, is non-competitive and is intended primarily to "give students exposure to subjects that are outside of their scientific curriculum, and also a way for …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
10-year-old Ilana Jacobs, a fourth-grader at the Upper Elementary School, met the U.S. Women's Soccer star after raising $3,500 for bone marrow treatment.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Late August typically isn’t the prime time to open a lemonade stand—mid-summer is the ideal market—but when 10-year-old Ilana Jacobs learned she had a chance to meet her idol, women’s soccer player Mia Hamm, she was resolved to do everything she could to fulfill that dream. Through her participation in the Moorestown Soccer Club, Ilana, a fourth-grader at the Upper Elementary School, learned of a fundraiser being sponsored by the New Jersey Youth Soccer League (NJYSL) to benefit the Mia Hamm Foundation. Specifically, she learned that the most successful fundraisers in the state would be given the opportunity to eat lunch and play soccer with Hamm, and a very lucky few would get to eat at the table with the U.S. Women’s Soccer legend. With …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Curtain lifts Friday on all-kids cast's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.
Frankie Rowles made an embarrassing admission: As a student and devotee of theater, he had never seen The Sound of Music. Not the stage or film versions. He knows, he knows. How could he not? But since watching it, he’s become a believer. “The Sound of Music is the epitome of musicals,” he said. “It’s definitely opened my eyes to a new genre of musicals, the classic musicals.” Good thing too, since Rowles was tapped by the Moorestown Theater Company (MTC) to direct its production of The Sound of Music, round two of MTC’s Rodgers and Hammerstein fall doubleheader. After the company’s all-adult cast delighted audiences with South Pacific earlier this month, it’s the kids’ chance to have a go at another classic—one that has challenged …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The theater company opens "South Pacific," its 51st production, Friday, starring 6ABC News anchor Rick Williams.
Moorestown Theater Company (MTC) is putting on a fantastic production beginning this weekend, a classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. However, because of certain rights restrictions, producing artistic director Mark Morgan can’t tell you what it is. He can tell you it’s won 10 Tony Awards, the film version won an Academy Award for Best Sound in 1950, and the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama. Add all that up and you get … South Pacific. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization granted MTC the rights to put on South Pacific, but because there are other touring productions, told Morgan he couldn’t name the play in advertisements or on the theater company’s Facebook page. So Morgan has had to refer to the production as a “restricted …