Belhaven plans themes

Belhaven Middle School in Linwood has each month planned out according to a specific theme, which Principal Frank Rudnesky says motivates students and faculty to start and finish the school year strong.

Each month has a theme to which teachers and faculty dedicate classroom time in order to diversify the experiences of the students.

"We find that the students really connect more when we start off the year with a theme," Rudnesky said.

This year's theme is "You are A+ Star." On the first day of school, the incoming fifth-graders will walk into school on a red carpet, and be welcomed by the rising eighth-graders, Rudnesky said.

"We also have a service learning platform where we highlight a character trait every month," Rudnesky said.

November's trait is gratitude, December's is acceptance, January focuses on leadership with the remembrance of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, February is inspiration month in light of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and March will highlight female leadership with Woman's history month, it is also visual and performing arts month. Belhaven will take a break in April because of spring break and May will be the school's traditional school spirit month. Belhaven designates June for "finishing strong."

Belhaven Middle will have its first day Sept. 3.


City schools set goals

The Margate City School District includes the William H. Ross School and Eugene A. Tighe Middle School.

The district's first day of school will be Sept 9, but it will not be a full day.

Superintendent Theresa DeFranco has set goals for the 2013-14 school year. Among these goals are incorporating the best possible practices in regards to technology and balanced literacy to this year's curriculum, surveying parent perceptions of the schools' social climates, relation and involvement, and updating the schools' policies and procedures, such as social media policies.


'Operation Backpack' set

Dropoff sites for Operation Backpack 2013 include Fulton Bank of New Jersey's Northfield Branch at 1101 Tilton Road in Northfield, and Trinity United Methodist Church at 7117 Ventnor Ave. in Ventnor.

Items being collected included include brand-new bookbags and school supplies for children in pre-K through 12th grade.

The collection ends Aug. 23.


School starts Sept. 6

The Ventnor Public School district includes Ventnor Elementary School and Ventnor Middle School. Both schools will have their first classes Sept 6.

- Staff writers Devin Loring and Elisa Lala