Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Principals from three Chester schools reported on academic achievements in the district.
At Monday's Chester Consolidated School District Board of Education meeting, Melissa Fair, Michele Stanton, Robert Mullen, Brad Currie and Dr. Jeanette Krone presented the school district's academic achievements and test scores. Fair, the principal at Dickerson School, started things off with her school's Scholastic Reading Inventory. SRI is a research-based, computer-adaptive reading assessment program for students from kindergarten through 12th grade which measures reading comprehension on the Lexile Framework for Reading. But don't call it a test. "One of the things we did this year is we put in the Scholastic Reading Inventory," Fair said. "We're not calling it a test, it is an inventory; it's an assesment of where children are reading…
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Dickerson School students take part in Operation Shoebox and donate to NJ Strong.
"We decorated the boxes with rainbows because after a storm a rainbow comes out," said a small voice in Mary Diviney's kindergarten class in the Dickerson School. That small voice was one of two dozen who participated in Operation Shoebox to benefit the non-profit NJ Strong. The driving force behind Operation Shoebox was Chester resident Kristen Turner, who has a set of twins in Diviney's class. "You know when you have children under five you go through a lot of shoes," Turner said. The goal was for the students in Diviney's class was to load up their shoebox with toys to donate to children whose lives were forever changed by Superstorm Sandy. And when it came to the organization to receive and distribute the packages, Turner didn't have …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Roof damage to Black River Middle School to be repaired by Dover firm.
Superstorm Sandy may have left most of the region unscathed, but the Black River Middle School in Chester wasn't so lucky. The storm damaged a 12,000-square-foot segment of the roof, which allowed water to enter the building and displaced a class. "We have one class which was displaced and is now in the library," Superintendent Christina VanWoert said. "For that teacher it is an emergent situation because for normalcy they want this done as soon as possible." According to Business Administrator Mary Jane Canose, patching the roof would have been just as expensive as replacing it. "We contacted three different contractors," Canose said. "What the wind did was lift it up and pull back the adhesive and water had gone underneath." Canose said …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
A check of the building systems and boiler is being conducted in anticipation of a delayed opening Monday.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The power may be back, but a return to school for all the students in Chester is not quite a done deal. Superintendent Christina VanWoert said in a letter to parents the final decision won't be made until around 6 p.m. Sunday. Good Morning. I wanted to update you on the situation at our three Chester Schools. On Friday, students in grades five through eight triumphantly returned to school thanks to the hard work and dedication of our school staff and administration. Having spent the day there, I can tell you there was so much eagerness and excitement on the part of the students in returning to school and life as usual. At this time, in consultation with the Chester Township Police Department, our Black River Middle School students will …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Shared professional and curriculum development to include Washington Township and Mendham Borough going forward.
While the final disposition of the regional high school district may still be uncertain, the K-8 districts that serve Mendham, Chester and Washington Township have begun shared service initiatives that they hope to expand going forward. "Chester and Mendham Township engaged in a shared professional development day on Tuesday, Sept. 4," said Chester Superintendent Christina Vanwoert. "We hosted renowned educational speaker Steve Barkley to start off our school year on an inspirational note." Vanwoert said the Chester staff was joined by over 100 visitors from Mendham Township at the Dickerson School for the event. "There was a lot of interesting discussion between the staff of the two districts," Vanwoert said. "There were a lot of great …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
New teachers, new friends and new allergy policy were on the agenda for the new school year.
Students arriving at Dickerson School in Chester for the first day of school experienced a series of firsts on Thursday. There was the thrill for many of a new school and the new for all of new teachers and new friends. This year, however, there was the new allergy policy recently passed by the district which was explained to the students during their lunch period by principal Melissa Fair. "I've been spending a lot of my time on this," Fair said, holding an explanatory note on the allergy policy. "This is one of those days where I am out of the office and out and about." But none of those administrative tasks put a damper on Fair's enthusiasm for the start of the school year. "This is a great day," Fair said. Check out our first day of …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Dickerson School students create tile artwork to decorate the walls of the school.
Monday, March 19, 2012
The students of Dickerson School, in Chester, continued the annual tradition of creating a permanent piece of artwork to decorate the walls of the school. This year they tackled a new medium, as this year's project was made out of tile in a mosaic. With the help of tile artist Bill Winner, of Buccaneer Tile, and many parent volunteers, the students learned the importance of color and shape while they worked on a broken tile mosaic that illustrates the school’s spirit and values. During the class workshops, more than 300 kindergarten, first grade and second grade students learned how to cut tile with a tile cutter, break tile with a hammer and fit pieces together in the mosaic to complete the design. The students also created their own …