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Somerdale Park School Has Most Outstanding Middle School Character Ed Program in Camden County

The Camden County Technical School (CCTS) District is pleased to announce that Somerdale Park School in Somerdale, NJ, was selected as having the most outstanding Middle School Character Education program in Camden County.  The staff and students were presented with the award and two checks totaling $500, to be used toward funding a future character education program, during a Faculty/Professional Learning Community Meeting (PLC) on February 7.

“Somerdale Park exemplifies the following six pillars of character education with enthusiasm and pride: respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to Camden County Technical Schools.

This award is co-sponsored by the Camden County Board of Freeholders, Camden County College, and Camden County Technical Schools (CCTS).

“Character education reinforces core values needed for success in the workforce, college, and in life,” said Patricia Fitzgerald, Superintendent of CCTS. “The two campuses of CCTS received recognition as National Schools of Character as well as New Jersey Schools of Character and it is our pleasure to co-sponsor and coordinate the Camden County Middle School of Character award.”

Somerdale Park’s application included examples of activities that were fun and engaging while promoting and building character such as Kind is the New Cool, Random Acts of Kindness, and Buddy Bench. In addition, they established a new Diversity Club to provide students a safe forum to discuss social differences such as race, gender, and/or sexual orientation.

According to Robert Ford, Vice Principal at Somerdale Park School, “Somerdale Park implements the Renaissance Program to recognize positive behavior, attendance and academic achievement.  We also celebrate these achievements during Week of Respect and Red Ribbon Week.”

Honorable Mentions

Schools receiving 2017-2018 Honorable Mentions for their Character Education programs include:

  • Alice Costello Elementary School
  • Ann A. Mullen Middle School
  • Bell Oaks Middle School
  • Berlin Community School
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School
  • Mary E. Volz School
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Regional School
  • Samuel S. Yellin, School
  • St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School
  • William G. Rohrer Middle School
  • Winslow Township Middle School
  • Woodland Middle School
  • Woodlynne Public School

(Pictured from left to right are: Cleve Bryan, interim principal at Somerdale Park School; Donald Borden, President, Camden County College; Patricia Fitzgerald, Superintendent, Camden County Technical Schools, and Charene Scheeper, Assistant Principal, Camden County Technical Schools.)

(Source: Media Release)


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Bellmawr BOE Names Danielle Tomeo President; Eric Hoban Vice President

During the January 3, 2018 Reorganization meeting, the Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) voted to name Danielle Tomeo as Board President and Eric Hoban as Vice President.

Tomeo, along with Lisa Young and Kelly Rosato were sworn in by Business Administrator, Patrick Doyle.

Above: Business Administrator, Patrick Doyle, swears in Danielle Tomeo, Kelly Rosato, and Lisa Young.

Below from back left: Business Administrator, Patrick Doyle, Chris Concannon, Eric Hoban, Patrick Murrary, and Mike “Juice” Williams. Front left: Danielle Tomeo, School Superintendent, Annette Castiglione, Lisa Young, and Kelly Rosato. (Photos provided).

Meeting Agenda

All business on the meeting agenda was approved.

Jody Mangus Honored

At the December, 2017 Board of Education meeting, Jody Mangus was honored with a plaque recognizing her for her many years of service on the Board.

Jody Mangus and Annette Castiglione (Photo credit: Bellmawr Public Schools – Facebook)

Jody Mangus and Mike “Juice” Williams
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Bellmawr School District’s Annual Audit Yields No Recommendations

For the third consecutive year, the audit for the Bellmawr School District has yielded no recommendations. The audit was performed by Bowman & Company for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

(Screenshot taken from page 7 of the Audit Summary Report)

To view the audit’s reports, click the links below:

Audit Management Report

Audit Summary

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

The Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) approved the auditor’s report and findings at their November 15, 2017 meeting along with all business on the meeting agenda.

The BOE meets next on Wednesday, December 21, 2017. The workshop begins at 5:00 p.m. and the regular meeting is at 6:00 p.m.

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Harlem Globetrotters Present ABC’s of Bullying Prevention to Bellmawr Students

The Harlem Globetrotters made a special appearance in Bellmawr on November 3 to present their community outreach program “The ABC’s of Bullying Prevention” to the district’s students.

Targeted to 6-12 year olds, the program was designed by the Globetrotters in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV).

The program focuses on three key words that comprise the ABC’s — action, bravery, and compassion. Globetrotter players discussed tools and the three key words that kids can use on a daily basis to reduce bullying.

The Globetrotters equate what it means to be part of a team to how kids can offer support to one another to help stop bullying.

The event was sponsored by the Bellmawr Learning Community PTO,

All photos provided.


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Bellmawr Schools Receive Bronze Certification Designation From Sustainable Jersey For Schools

The Bellmawr School District is honored to announce that all three of the district’s schools — Bell Oaks, Bellmawr Park and E.M. Burke, have received Bronze level of certification in just their first year of participating in Sustainable Jersey For Schools.

Sustainable Jersey certification is a prestigious designation.

According to Sustainable Jersey for Schools: “Bronze certification means a school has made a commitment to sustainability and succeeded in implementing significant first steps, while silver certification means a school has made significant progress in a number of categories toward sustainability and is a state-wide and national leader.”

(Image Courtesy of Bellmawr School District)

In just eight short months, all three schools in the Bellmawr School District have achieved the Bronze designation by accomplishing certain requirements — including establishing a Green Team, participating in mini greenhouse gardening, holding a Green Fair, serving “Breakfast After the Bell,” and hosting a Walk to School Day.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for New Jersey public schools that want to go green, conserve resources, and take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time. Launched in the fall of 2014, Sustainable Jersey For Schools is a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward schools as they pursue sustainability programs.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools helps schools to pursue a balanced sustainability program one policy, program, or resource audit at a time.

There are a number of levels of certifications that schools can strive to achieve.

Schools accumulate points for taking actions in a variety of categories in the respective certification level. Along with attaining a certain number of points, a number of “priority actions” must be completed in order to qualify for certification.

As the district is about the begin the 2017-18 academic year, be on the lookout for future projects as there are plans to expand efforts throughout Bellmawr and we hope you will join us.

(Source: Media Release)