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Teaching technology
Hopewell students may use
cell phones in class. PAGE 2
By HEATHER FIORE
The Hopewell Sun
One of Penningtons very own
self-driven teenagers, Bailey Out-
erbridge, made a huge move in
her musical career at the Danas
Angels Research Trust (DART)
Gala Benefit and Concert held in
Stamford, Conn., on May 5.
Outerbridge, an 18-year-old
Bermudian singer and song-
writer, got a chance to perform a
couple of her own songs and open
for nine-time Grammy award-
winning artist Natalie Cole in
front of about 1,500 people.
The audience was very recep-
tive, she said. There was a lot of
cheering. Ive done a lot of small-
er things, but that was the biggest
crowd that Ive ever performed
for.
DART is a non-profit charity
organization that was started in
2009 by Greenwich residents An-
drea and Phil Marella, whose 18-
year-old daughter, Dana, has Nie-
mann-Pick Type C a fatal, cho-
lesterol-storage disease that af-
fects children. The Marellas start-
ed DART to help fund medical re-
search, medical education and
medical care for the disease, and
have raised more than $2 million
for the cause since DARTs exis-
tence.
Three years ago, one of the
Marellas other three children,
Andrew, was also diagnosed with
Niemann-Pick Type C, but has
been able to keep his mobility
thus far because of the money
raised through DART, unlike
Dana, who is completely immo-
bile.
Theyve been able to get better
medications for Andrew, so you
would never know he has it, Out-
Teen opens for Grammy winner
By HEATHER FIORE
The Hopewell Sun
Its apparent that the quali-
ty of education is very impor-
tant in Hopewell Township
and borough, which was re-
cently reflected in the 2010-
2011 New Jersey School Report
Card reports that were re-
leased in May.
The annual New Jersey Re-
port Card study is a state-man-
dated program that thorough-
ly examines educational, sta-
tistical and financial informa-
tion for every school in each
district. The Department of
Education looks at 35 or 40 dif-
ferent fields of data for each
school depending on the type
of school charter or public
and compares the rates to dis-
trict and state averages.
There are a variety of cate-
gories that are assessed, in-
cluding average class sizes, en-
rollment, student performanc-
es on assessment tests, and
student and teacher finances.
Superintendent of Schools
Tom Smith was pleased with
this years report card and
stated how Hopewells schools
are always trying to challenge
their students to do better.
Were always working to
improve, and we want to be
competitive with the best
Courtesy Barbara Vaughn Photography
Bailey Outerbridge shoots one of her first music videos for one of her songs, Circus. please see OUTERBRIDGE, page 6
please see HOPEWELL, page 10
Hopewell
schools
make
grade
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The Hopewell Valley Regional
School District in September will
launch a pilot program in which
teachers will let students some-
times use their cell phones, lap-
tops, electronic tablets and other
devices in the classroom as teach-
ing tools.
Students without such devices
will be able to use one of several
provided in classrooms.
The district administered an
online survey in May on the pro-
posed Bring Your Own Device
(BYOD) program. More than 1,500
parents, staff and students from
Timberlane Middle School and
Central High School responded to
the survey.
Its a reality that students are
bringing their own electronic de-
vices to school, said Superin-
tendent of Schools Thomas
Smith. In fact, the district tech-
nology department says that ap-
proximately 1,000 wireless de-
vices are in use on our district
network on most school days.
Many teachers have incorporated
these devices into their class-
rooms and we would like to sup-
port those who would like to ex-
pand their use.
One such example of this use is
in high school statistics.
Adam Shrager, a Central High
School teacher of math and AP
statistics, hosts a texting competi-
tion as part of his stats class. Stu-
dents use their cell phones to text
each other specific messages, are
scored for speed and accuracy
and a texting champion is
crowned. Students then analyze
the data from the competition,
such as texting times, and factor
in variables such as cell phone
carrier, type of phone and experi-
ence of the user.
This activity has been so suc-
cessful that other AP stats teach-
ers from around the state and the
country started doing it after I
gave a presentation on it at a na-
tional statistics teachers meet-
ing, Shrager said.
In the May survey, 91 percent of
the 1,030 responding students said
they would take part in such a
BYOD program, and 89 percent of
respondents said they would take
part in the program when a de-
vice was provided for them in the
classroom.
Of the 459 parents who re-
sponded, 86 percent said they
would allow their children to take
part in the program, while 14 per-
cent said they would not.
Of the 83 staff members who
responded, 80 percent said they
would take part in the BYOD pro-
gram, while 20 percent said no. Of
the staff members, 96 percent
said they agreed with asking stu-
dents to sign a pledge promising
not to access inappropriate con-
tent on their devices while at
school.
Of parents responding, 94 per-
cent agreed with that policy,
while 89 percent of responding
students said they would do so.
The program will be piloted
with one teacher on each student
team at Timberlane Middle
School and one teacher in each
subject area at the high school.
Parents and students in those
classes can opt out of the pro-
gram if they wish.
They will be asked to sign a re-
lease to participate and an agree-
ment promising not to access in-
appropriate material online while
taking part in the program.
You can see full results of the
survey at the HVRSD website at
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AVERAGE CLASS SIZE STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO
NJASK5 LANGUAGE ARTS NJASK5 MATH
The Sun compiled the following statistics from the state Department
of Educations annual School Report Cards. For more coverage visit
our website, http://cj.sunne.ws/hopewell/
MEDIAN DISTRICT SALARIES
Administrators
Salary - Dist.
Salary - State
Faculty
Salary - Dist.
Salary - State
2010-11
$128,539
$119,491
$72,819
$63,851
2009-10
$124,996
$117,895
$69,133
$61,840
2008-09
$118,475
$114,950
$66,022
$59,545
COST PER STUDENT
District
State
2010-11
$19,926
N/A
2009-10
$19,284
$15,538
2008-09
$19,553
$15,168
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SCHOOL
Bear Tavern
Hopewell Elem.
Stony Brook
Toll Gate
State
K
17.7
19.7
18.3
18.3
19.5
Grade 1
16.8
20
22.5
16.7
19.9
Grade 2
15.8
17.8
19
17
20.2
Grade 3
18.8
19.5
17.5
18.3
20.5
Grade 4
23.8
20.5
21.3
17.3
21.2
Grade 5
22
21
23.3
22
21.5
SCHOOL
Bear Tavern
Hopewell Elem.
Stony Brook
Toll Gate
State
2010-11
9.3
10.4
9.3
8.9
11
2009-10
9.4
11.0
9.5
8.6
10.7
2008-09
9.9
9.8
9.4
8.8
10.8
SCHOOL
Bear Tavern
Hopewell Elem.
Stony Brook
Toll Gate
State
Partial Proficiency
24.1%
11
15.1
22.2
38.8
Proficient
65.5%
64.6
63.4
75.6
55
Advanced Proficiency
10.3%
24.4
21.5
2.2
6.2
SCHOOL
Bear Tavern
Hopewell Elem.
Stony Brook
Toll Gate
State
Partial Proficiency
13.6%
8.4
8.6
6.7
19
Proficient
52.3%
33.7
30.1
33.3
41.2
Advanced Proficiency
34.1%
57.8
61.3
60
39.8
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STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO
SCHOOL
Timberlane
State
SCHOOL
Timberlane
State
2010-11
9.9
11.1
2009-10
9.7
10.6
2008-09
9.9
10.8
Grade 6
14.7
20.7
Grade 7
13.1
20.5
Grade 8
13.8
20.4
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
LANGUAGE ARTS
Partial
Proficiency
2.8%
17.4
Proficient
61.8%
63.3
Advanced
Proficiency
35.4%
19.3
SCIENCE MATH
NJASK(8)
SCHOOL
Timberlane
State
STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO
2010-11
10.8
11.2
2009-10
10.6
10.8
2008-09
10.9
11.1
SCHOOL
Hopewell Valley
State
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE GRADUATION RATE
MATH
Partial Proficiency
11.3%
24
Proficient
41.9%
50.4
Advanced Proficiency
46.8
25.6
SCHOOL
Hopewell Valley
State
Partial Proficiency
3.3%
9.7
Proficient
59.5%
69.3
Advanced Proficiency
37.2%
21.1
SCHOOL
Hopewell Valley
State
LANGUAGE ARTS
MATH
582
518
SCHOOL
Hopewell Valley
State
559
494
SCHOOL
Hopewell Valley
State
VERBAL
565
496
SCHOOL
Hopewell Valley
State
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HSPA
SAT
Partial
Proficiency
9.9%
28
Proficient
33.6%
41.3
Advanced
Proficiency
56.5%
30.6
SCHOOL
Timberlane
State
Partial
Proficiency
3.1%
18.4
Proficient
37%
52.1
Advanced
Proficiency
59.9%
29.5
SCHOOL
Timberlane
State
Grade 9
21.9
20.3
Grade 10
23.6
21
Grade 11
19.7
20.4
Grade 12
17.5
20.6
SCHOOL
Hopewell Valley
State
Class of 2010
95.95%
N/A
Class of 2009
N/A
N/A
Class of 2008
N/A
N/A
SCHOOL
Hopewell Valley
State
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in our opinion
T
he state Department of Educa-
tion recently released its annu-
al report cards, reviews of
every school in New Jersey. And if
anything, they reveal just how com-
plex a system it is to run public
schools.
From budgeting to cost-per-pupil
numbers to maintaining test scores to
ensuring theres adequate technology
in schools and classrooms, theres no
doubt its hardly an easy task to main-
tain excellence in schools.
Yet what we found is quite promis-
ing, especially in high schools in towns
we cover.
SAT scores in all three categories:
verbal, mathematics and essay are
very strong. In most cases, the average
scores were at or above the states aver-
age. Some were well above average.
The same can be said for HSPA test,
which all high school students must
take and pass before graduating. The
average scores, for the most part in our
readership, are solidly at or above state
averages, especially in the proficient
and advanced proficiency categories
for both mathematics and language
arts.
This is a true representation of the
diligent work of most students, and its
an indication of the hard work of most
teachers and administrators in New
Jersey.
While youll see in our report card
stories this week that most superin-
tendents of schools and other school
officials are happy with results, we
were also pleased to see some of the
same leaders not content with the sta-
tus quo, and making it clear that as
well as districts have performed,
theres still much more room for im-
provement in all areas.
Often, teachers and school adminis-
trators mostly unfairly are knocked
by the public. There are too many in-
stances to list here. Yet one thing is
abundantly clear from the local results
of the 2010-11 report cards: Theres
much more to celebrate than there is to
be concerned about.
Making the grade
State school report cards confirm: local districts getting the job done
How did your school fare?
In todays edition of The Sun, we take
a look at results of the 2010-11 state
schools Report Cards. Be sure to read
the story beginning on page 1, and
check out our information graphics
on the inside pages of the newspaper.
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erbridge said. Hes healthy.
The DART benefit included the live con-
cert featuring Cole and Outerbridge and a
silent auction, both of which were held to
fund research for Dana and Andrews rare
degenerative disease.
Fellow Greenwich residents Kathie Lee
and Frank Gifford hosted the event, and
other recognizable faces, including U.S.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Stamford
Mayor Michael Pavia, also spoke on behalf
of DART and the Marellas.
These attendees, along with more than
1,000 other attendees, also participated in
the silent auction, which included items
such as a guitar signed by Sting, Yankees
tickets, a trip to Turks and Caicos, various
gift baskets, paintings, and many other
things.
Outerbridge became involved with
DART through her manager, Janice Roeg.
Initially, she was looking for a charity to
donate to for her high school project,
which is when Roeg led her to DART.
Outerbridge organized a concert at her
high school, The Taft School in Watertown,
Conn., for her independent studies project
during her senior year and performed five
songs, all of which she wrote specifically
for the event.
I decided that I would hold a concert at
my school, have a suggested donation, and
donate all of the proceeds to DART, Outer-
bridge said.
After her successful concert at The Taft
School, Outerbridge was the only other
singer invited to perform at the DART ben-
efit other than Cole, where she finally met
Andrea and Phil Marella. When she met
the Marellas, they expressed how grateful
they were for her efforts with her concert
at The Taft School.
At the DART benefit, she sang, Smile,
which was written specially for Dana, and
was one of the songs that she performed at
her high school concert.
Outerbridge has been intrigued by
music her entire life and has been playing
the piano to accompany her tranquil,
Adele-like voice for the last seven years.
Over her career, shes written between 30
and 40 songs, all of which have an indie-
pop feel. Although shes taken classical les-
sons, shes veered more toward the realm
of pop and contemporary music.
I write all of my own music, she said.
I mostly write about my own experiences,
focusing on love-type songs.
Outerbridge is an aspiring singer and
mostly performs in small venues like cof-
fee shops, but also does a lot of musical
things in Bermuda, since her father is a
Bermuda native.
She recently graduated The Taft School
and is set to attend Gettysburg College in
the fall.
Im hoping to minor in music, continue
to do what I do on the side, and have time to
go perform, she said. And Id love to be
involved with DART in the future.
OUTERBRIDGE
Continued from page 1
Outerbridge uses life experiences to write music
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Borough Recreation will be hold-
ing Friday Night Concerts in the
Park, at Gazebo Park from 7 p.m.
to 9:30 p.m. Rainout dates will be
rescheduled for the following
Sunday night at the same time.
Refreshments will be available for
purchase on behalf of the
Hopewell Fire Department.
June 22 Sundog
July 6 Acoustic Road
July 20 clearing out the
cobwebs
Aug. 3 The Barncats
Aug. 17 Sarah Donner
Recreation will be holding
Saturday Starlight Movies at the
Train Station this summer at
Hopewells Open Air Movie The-
atre.
The second movie showing,
Ferris Buellers Day Off, will be
held on Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. Residents
are asked to bring their own
chairs. The rainout date is Sept. 2
at the same time.
Hopewell Borough Recreation
will be holding Blawenburg
Band Mondays, on July 9, July 23
and Aug. 6 at the Train Station be-
ginning at 7:30 p.m.
Friday Night Concerts in
the Park start June 22
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Just For Kids Book Sale: 9:30 a.m.
to 9 p.m. at Hopewell Branch of
the Mercer County Library Sys-
tem. Hardcover books $1; paper-
backs 50 cents. All items donated
and proceeds benefit the sum-
mer reading program.
Story Time: Ages 2 to 5; siblings
welcome. 11 to 11:45 a.m. at
Hopewell Branch of the Mercer
County Library System. Action
rhymes, songs and felt board
activities. Age-appropriate craft
follows story time. Parental
supervision required.
PJ Story Time: Ages 2 to 5. Siblings
welcome. 7 to 7:45 p.m. at
Hopewell Branch of the Mercer
County Library System. Introduce
children to best age-appropriate
stories in childrens literature.
Action rhymes, songs and felt
board activities are part of the
program. Content of each story
time centers on a different
theme. Age-appropriate craft fol-
lows.
Bookworms Book Club: First to
third graders. 1 to 2 p.m. at
Hopewell Branch of the Mercer
County Library System. Bring a
favorite book with the theme
Jokes to share with the group.
Bring a lunch to eat during the
meeting. Registration required.
Page Turners: Fourth to fifth
graders. 2 to 3 p.m. at Hopewell
Branch of the Mercer County
Library System. A different kind
of book club. Every week will read
aloud for the same book and then
work on an activity related to
what was read. Each week will get
further into the book. The book is
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs.
Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L.
Konigsburg.
THURSDAY JUNE 21
Story Time: Ages 2 to 5; siblings
welcome. 11 to 11:45 a.m. at
Hopewell Branch of the Mercer
County Library System. Action
rhymes, songs and felt board
activities. Age-appropriate craft
follows story time. Parental
supervision required.
Toddler Rock: Ages 18 months to 3.
10 to 10:30 a.m. at Hopewell
Branch of the Mercer County
Library System. Singing, dancing
ad rhymes. Play with musical
instruments, puppets, parachutes
and more.
Super Scientists: First to third
grade. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at
Hopewell Branch of the Mercer
County Library System. Each
week focuses on a different
experiment to explain the world.
This week is Density: Liquid Lay-
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tration required.
Game Night: Third grade and older.
6 to 7 p.m. at Hopewell Branch of
the Mercer County Library Sys-
tem. Play board games, listen to
music and enjoy some snacks.
Feel free to bring favorite board
games and friends!
Jr. Game Night: Kindergarten to
second grade. 7 to 8 p.m. at
Hopewell Branch of the Mercer
County Library System. Board
games, group games and snacks.
Feel free to bring a favorite board
game or some friends!
Teen Game Night: Ages 12 and old-
er. 7 to 8 p.m. at Hopewell Branch
of the Mercer County Library Sys-
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tlers of Catan, Pokemon, Chess,
Poker and more! Play board
games, listen to music and enjoy
some snacks. Feel free to bring
favorite games and some friends!
SATURDAY JUNE 23
Just For Kids Book Sale: 9:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. at Hopewell Branch of
the Mercer County Library Sys-
tem. Hardcover books $1; paper-
backs 50 cents. All items donated
and proceeds benefit the sum-
mer reading program.
Launch Party & Book Signing: 1 to
2:30 p.m. at the Pennington Pub-
lic Library. Join Anne, her broth-
er, David Kelly the inspiration
for the books and their family
and friends to celebrate the
release of When David was Sur-
prised, the sequel to How David
Met Sarah. These novels about a
young man with Down Syndrome
who falls in love with a young
woman with Autism are both con-
tent and reading level appropri-
ate for adults and young adults of
most reading abilities.
SUNDAY JUNE 24
Band Concert & Fireworks Display:
Presented by the Hopewell Valley
Veterans Association along with
the Hopewell Township Parks and
Recreation Department. The con-
cert begins at 7:30 p.m. with the
fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. A car
show will be on the grounds and
refreshments will be available for
purchase. Bring a lawn chair.
Hopewell Presbyterian Church:
Worship service at 10:30 a.m.
Intergenerational Sunday School
from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Coffee fellow-
ship from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
80 West Broad St., Hopewell.
Hopewell United Methodist
Church: Worship service at 10
a.m. Teen/adult education from 9
to 9:45 a.m. Sunday school at 10
a.m. Youth group at 6:30 p.m. 20
Blackwell Ave., Hopewell.
St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic
Church: Mass at 7:30, 9 and 11:15
a.m. 54 East Prospect St.,
Hopewell.
Word Christian Fellowship Interna-
tional: Worship service at 10 a.m.
Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. 44
Van Dyke Road, Hopewell.
MONDAY JUNE 25
Hopewell Township Committee
regular meeting: 7 p.m. at the
Hopewell Municipal Building, 201
Washington Crossing-Pennington
Road. Open to the public. Visit
www.hopewelltwp.org to confirm
time, for agenda or for more
information.
Story time: 10:30 a.m. at Hopewell
Public Library. For toddlers and
pre-schoolers. Stories, songs and
fingerplays. Registration is not
required.
Yoga: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Hopewell
Branch of the Mercer County
Library System. Bring yoga mat
or large towel. Registration
required; call (609) 737-2610.
Tai Chi: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at
Hopewell Branch of the Mercer
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Acting Play-Shop: Ages 3 to 9. 1 to
1:45 p.m. at Hopewell Branch of
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through exercises and help bring
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7 p.m. at Hopewell Branch of the
Mercer County Library System.
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movies and other activities. This
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10 THE HOPEWELL SUN JUNE 20-26, 2012
schools in the state, he said.
Currently, there are more than
3,800 students attending the six
different schools that comprise
Hopewells educational system.
The data that was reported for the
study included Hopewell Valley
Central High School, Timberlane
Middle School, Hopewell Elemen-
tary, Stony Brook Elementary,
Toll Gate Grammar, and Bear
Tavern Elementary.
Hopewell Valley Central High
School holds an average class size
of 20.5 students, which is just
above the state average of 19. Al-
though the class size rises just
above the state average, the stu-
dent-to-faculty ratio falls below
the state average of 11.2 students
with an average of 10.8 students
per faculty member.
Hopewells Central High
School students placed above all
of the state averages for each sec-
tion of the Scholastic Assessment
Test (SAT). The average student
scored 1706 on the tests, exactly
200 points above the state average
of 1506. Students averaged 582 for
mathematics, 559 for verbal, and
565 for essay, while state averages
were 517 for mathematics, 493 for
verbal, and 496 for essay.
Although there is an assump-
tion that many students most
feared subject is math, Hopewell
students proved that myth wrong.
In all of the schools, including
Central High School where the
average SAT scores for math were
highter than those of the verbal
and essay sections, more students
scored in the advanced proficien-
cy percentiles in math than the
proficient sections.
In middle schools and elemen-
tary schools, there is a test simi-
lar to the HSPA and SATs, which
is known as the New Jersey As-
sessment of Skills and Knowl-
edge (NJ ASK). NJ ASK tests are
given to students in grades 3-8
and mostly consist of Language
Arts Literacy and Mathematics,
but also science in some in-
stances. Each section of the test
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Hopewell high school
students place above
average on SAT test
ranks students according to profi-
ciency percentages, categorizing
students into partial, proficient,
or advanced proficient per-
centiles.
At Timberlane Middle School,
all students in grades 6-8 ranked
proficient in Language Arts Lit-
eracy, while exceeding the state
averages for proficiency and ad-
vanced proficiency in mathemat-
ics.
Overall, all grades ranked
more frequently in the advanced
proficient percentiles in math
compared to the proficient per-
centages, according to the report.
At Timberlane, there is also
more of an intimate setting pro-
vided with the lowest average
class size in all of Hopewells
schools 13.9 students com-
pared to the state average of 19
students per classroom.
At Hopewell Elementary, stu-
dents in grades 3-5 scored in the
proficient percentiles for Lan-
guage Arts Literacy on average,
while continuing the prevalence
of higher rankings in the ad-
vanced proficient percentiles for
Mathematics. In each grade, stu-
dents scored above 55 percent in
the advanced proficient percent-
ages for Math with the state aver-
ages (differing with each grade)
somewhere between 30 and 39
percent.
Hopewell Elementary also
stayed under the student-to-facul-
ty ratio state average of 11.1 with
10.4 students per faculty member.
At Stony Brook Elementary,
students in grades 3-5 largely
scored in the proficient per-
centiles for Language Arts Litera-
cy and exceeded the state aver-
ages, but ranked higher in ad-
vanced proficient percentiles in
Math.
In almost every grade, students
tripled the states advanced profi-
ciency average for Math with al-
most 70 percent of students rank-
ing in advanced proficiency per-
centile.
Stony Brook Elementary also
stayed below the student-to-facul-
ty ratio state average and that of
Hopewell Elementary with an av-
erage of 9.3 students per class-
room.
Much like Hopewell Elemen-
tary and Stony Brook Elementary
students, Toll Gate Grammar and
Bear Tavern Elementary stu-
dents in grades 3-5 generally
ranked in the proficient per-
centile for Language Arts Litera-
cy and exceeded state averages.
Fifth graders at Toll Gate
Grammar ranked higher in the
advanced proficiency percentile
with 60 percent than the profi-
cient percentile of 33.3 percent,
and third graders at Bear Tavern
Elementary ranked equally in the
proficient and advanced profi-
cient percentiles with 40.5 per-
cent.
Smith commented how
Hopewell is focused on enhancing
student scores on the NJ ASK
tests, and how the focus on Math-
ematics, as well as Language Arts
Literacy, is important.
Were making a concerted ef-
fort to address all of our students
performances on NJ ASK, and
were focused on kids in partial
percentages and getting them
into proficient percentages, and
looking to get kids from profi-
cient percentages into advance
proficiency, he said. So, were
looking into increasing advanced
proficiency numbers.
However, in all cases, all profi-
ciency percentages proficient
and advanced proficient for
both Language Arts Literacy and
Mathematics outshined the state
averages, which have also in-
creased since last year, according
to the report.
While Hopewell Elementary
and Stony Brook Elementary
schools average class sizes were
slightly above the state average of
19 students 21.4 for Hopewell El-
ementary and 20.4 for Stony
Brook Elementary Toll Gate
Grammar and Bear Tavern Ele-
mentary schools stayed below the
state average with 18.1 and 18 stu-
dents respectively.
Overall, Hopewells total cost
per student is $19,926, which is
over the state average amount of
$17,455, according to the report.
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On Wednesday, May 16, the student council and fourth- and fifth-
graders at Stony Brook Elementary School hosted a game night
with senior citizens at Hopewell Garden Assisted Living along
with teachers Sherrie Dudich and Katie Conlan. The student
council members have always collected home care products, food
or baked bread during the holiday time for a variety of senior
homes over the years, but for one of their final service projects of
this year, fourth- and fifth-graders thought it would be a lot of fun
to plan a game night. Everyone enjoyed snacks and playing
Scrabble, Uno, Monopoly and checkers.
Students host game night
The Pennington Parks and
Recreation Commission will host
the annual 4th of July races at the
Pennington School Track located
on Burd Street on Wednesday,
July 4. Participants ages 3 to 12
should register at 9:15 a.m., prior
to the commencement of races.
Relays, races and the long jump
competition will begin promptly
at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be
provided and ribbons will be
given out to all winners.
For further information, con-
tact Michelle Needham at (609)
818-1450.
Races set for July 4
Brian Nowicki, of Hopewell,
received a bachelors degree in
political science at Widener Uni-
versity on May 12.
Nicholas G. Farr of Hopewell
was awarded a degree in govern-
ment and performance and com-
munication arts at St. Lawrence
University's Commencement cer-
emony on May 20 on campus in
Canton, New York.
Cynthia Chadwell of Penning-
ton received her bachelors de-
gree in philosophy from the Col-
lege of William and Mary in Vir-
ginia on May 13. She will pursue
her studies at American Universi-
ty Washington College of Law in
Washington, D.C., in the fall.
Kerri Smith of Hopewell re-
ceived a bachelors degree in psy-
chology from Marist College on
May 18.
Taylor Thompson Kenyon of
Hopewell received a BSC degree
from Washington and Lee Univer-
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