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Mar 01, 2017

Holmdel Board of Education Meeting Highlights

At the February 1 meeting of the Holmdel Board of Education, the board members…

  • Reviewed the 2015-2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Single Audit.
  • Celebrated the accomplishments of our Fall Sports All-Stars.
  • Congratulated the winners of the 2017 Poetry Out Loud competition: Danyal Malik (first place), Jessica Kuleshov (second place), and Alexandra Wojciak (third place)
  • Recognized the following student athletes for new school records: Troy Gallo, wrestling, career wins; Ginger Hansen, swimming, 100 backstroke; James Liao, Harrison Lin, Kevin Lu, and Emmett Manning, swimming, 400 freestyle relay; and Isabella Pinnero, indoor track, triple jump.
  • Approved 10 new courses for Holmdel High School’s comprehensive program of studies, including: Anatomy & Physiology, AP Computer Science Principles, Chamber Singers, Advanced Acting, Art History, Virtual Business, Honors Literature and Film, Advanced Culinary Arts, Scientific Principles of Nutrition, and Dynamics of Health Care.
  • Approved a motion to apply for Intervener status in litigation regarding the JCP&L Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP).
  • Listened as the superintendent described the Holmdel 2020 vision for Grade 7 and 8 Science Education.

Superintendent’s Report

At the February 1 board meeting, Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert McGarry reported on highlights from throughout the district. They included:

Village School

Village School students were counting down to the 100th day of school. First grade students and staff are thrilled with their third Chromebook cart and expressed their gratitude to the PSA for these tools.  The PSA kicked off their first meeting of the new year with a welcome back breakfast. The PSA also conducted a successful school store for students.

Indian Hill School

On January 5, Indian Hill School held its first “One Read Celebration,” centered around the text of Save Me a Seat. This celebration featured five stations where students participated in activities involving the cultures of the story’s characters to help gain a more well-rounded understanding of the book.

On January 11, Indian Hill School was treated to a book talk from the co-author of Save Me a Seat, Sara Weeks. All three grades had the opportunity to participate in an informative and inspiring session where she discussed the challenges and joys of being a writer. Thank you to the PLG and HFEE for their support of this initiative. Thanks also to the PLG for a great “Bingo Night” on January 19. This was an excellent event that welcomed whole families to come and enjoy fun activities.

On January 20, Indian Hill School held its annual National Geography Bee to determine who would participate in the statewide competition. All students participated in the qualifying test, which resulted in the top 10 students participating in the finals. Congratulations to champion Andrew Arredondo.

Students were also participating in a special celebration in February, pledging to not use hurtful names towards each other. “No Name Calling Week” was commemorated the week of Valentine’s Day to focus on the act of treating each other with kindness and respect.

William R. Satz School

Satz School also held a “No-Name Calling” week, with homeroom activities supporting inclusion and diversity by putting kindness into action. The week culminated with an art contest where students and staff voted on the artwork that best represented the goals and objectives of the week.

On January 20, Satz School participated in its annual Pep Rally activities. This year’s theme was “Marvel versus DC.” Competition was high, as our young people decorated doors, bulletin boards, collected items for charity, relay-raced, hula-hooped and danced to earn points for their teams. Congratulations to Team Integrity, the Pep Rally Champions for 2017!

Congratulations to all the PSG for coordination of a successful Harlem Wizards fundraiser event on January 26, which had a packed house.  Thanks also goes out to all the staff members from Satz, Village, Indian Hill, and Holmdel High School who helped advertise and play in this event.

Satz world language teachers were preparing for incoming seventh grade students by planning a World Languages Fair on February 16.  Parents and students were invited to attend an entertaining and informational evening, highlighting the five languages offered. Congratulations also to all of the students and staff who participated in this year’s fantastic musical, “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” in January.

Holmdel High School

Holmdel High School’s dance and acting students presented a showcase for family and friends on January 25. The dance students performed four different styles of dance. Three of the pieces were choreographed by dance teacher Lisa Sorg, and the fourth was choreographed by the students. The acting students performed in four short plays, an excerpt from a full-length play, and a monologue. Students directed the plays and served as emcees. Their performance was coordinated by acting teacher Catherine LaMoreaux.

The Poetry Out Loud competition was held on January 5 and featured our first-ever repeat winner, a senior who would represent HHS at the regional competition at the Count Basie Theater. On January 6, 13 recent graduates returned to meet with current seniors and provide insights into the transition to college. This College Connection assembly, sponsored by the guidance department, is a fun-filled and informative event.

The school’s Science League team was off to another stellar season, with a sweep of all six categories in the first competition, while the chess team once again qualified for the league championship tournament later in February.


Read the full meeting agenda, the superintendent’s report, or listen to the audio on the district website at