• Press Releases
  • Community News
  • Homepage News ↗

Press Releases

  • Prestigious, national award to New Brunswick Public Schools

    Posted by Jisette Duran on 7/6/2022 11:00:00 AM

    Prestigious, national award to New Brunswick Public Schools

    Social media program recognized by National School Public Relations Association

    A prestigious, 2022 Publications and Digital Media Excellence Award – recognizing outstanding achievement in the “social media” category – has been awarded to New Brunswick Public Schools. The presenting agency is the Maryland-based National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA).

    The school district entered the nationwide, annual National School Communication Awards competition in March, and was informed in June of having been selected. The submission emphasized the consistent flow of information from the district, the variety of special, ongoing features – including Motivation Monday, NBPS Asks, and a broad range of holiday posts – as well as the district’s commitment to sharing essential information from other local organizations.

    “Social media has evolved over time into an extremely effective tool for keeping students, faculty and staff, families, and the at-large community updated on developments within our schools,” explains the district’s Assistant Business Administrator of Operations, Dorenia Villalona. “Realizing this, we’ve committed time and effort to ensuring our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds are an essential resource for everyone with an interest in our district. We’re delighted with this recognition, which we view as acknowledgement that we’ve been successful in reaching those we need to communicate with online.”

    In the social media category, the NSPRA honored a total of 13 school districts across the U.S. for “Excellence,” the highest level of achievement. New Brunswick Public Schools was the lone New Jersey district so recognized.

    Later this month, Assistant Business Administrator of Operations Dorenia Villalona and Digital Branding and Communications Specialist Jisette Duran will represent New Brunswick Public Schools in Chicago at a celebratory luncheon, during which National School Communication Awards will be presented.

    About New Brunswick Public Schools 
    The New Brunswick, NJ public school district consists of two high schools (New Brunswick High School and Health Sciences Technology High School), a middle school (New Brunswick Middle School) and nine elementary schools (Lincoln, Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling, McKinley, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts, and Woodrow Wilson schools). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field.

    Comments (-1)
  • New Brunswick Public Schools named “Rising Star” within Verizon’s nationwide Innovative Learning program

    Posted by Jisette Duran on 6/29/2022

    New Brunswick Public Schools named “Rising Star” within

    Verizon’s nationwide Innovative Learning program

    New Brunswick Public Schools has been named a “Rising Star” district related to its success within Verizon’s nationwide Innovative Learning Schools program, which helps students remain connected, so they can learn from wherever they are. A trio of district schools – New Brunswick Middle School, McKinley Community School, and the Lincoln School Annex School – became active participants in the program at the start of the recently concluded 2021-’22 school year.

    Through Innovative Learning Schools, Verizon has provided a combined total of more than 2,000 Internet-ready devices to New Brunswick’s three participating schools, along with a technology coach and professional development support for each school. To date, teachers have reported being better able to incorporate technology into their classrooms, which in turn fosters enhancement of individualized instruction and student engagement.

    Focused on remarkable accomplishments, Rising Star recognition is reserved for one school or district from each of Verizon’s geographic regions. New Brunswick Public Schools was selected from the East Region for having developed “a compelling vision of 1:1 technology integration” and successfully implementing a system “that will drive the sustainability of this work in New Brunswick’s schools for years to come.” The district also was cited for recruiting technology coaches “who can support teachers and students in leveraging technology to create powerful learning experiences.”

    Dr. Aubrey Johnson, superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools, says: “At the start of this school year, we were delighted to gain entry into a program that’s ultimately focused on making students more confident in what they can achieve. It represents a tremendous educational experience for our students, and the Rising Star award pays tribute to educators who utilized the program to explore exciting new ideas and opportunities in preparing students for the future.”

    Innovative Learning Schools is a partnership with Digital Promises, and is a component of the comprehensive Citizen Verizon initiative.

    For the upcoming, 2022-’23 school year, Verizon will continue to provide devices to the participating schools, including equipment for incoming sixth graders entering New Brunswick Middle School. Also ongoing will be professional development for educators, with emphasis on blending learning strategies that utilize technology.

    About New Brunswick Public Schools 
    The New Brunswick, NJ public school district consists of two high schools (New Brunswick High School and Health Sciences Technology High School), a middle school (New Brunswick Middle School) and nine elementary schools (Lincoln, Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling, McKinley, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts, and Woodrow Wilson schools). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field.

    Comments (-1)
  • ARIZONA TEACHING FELLOWSHIP

    Posted by Jisette Duran on 6/15/2022 2:00:00 PM

    ARIZONA TEACHING FELLOWSHIP

    Katherine Banfitch

    Katherine Banfitch

    Click for high-resolution image

    Katherine Banfitch, a New Brunswick High School biology and environmental science teacher, as well as a Monmouth County resident, has been accepted as an Arizona State University Sustainable Education Teaching Fellow. As part of the program, Banfitch will design and then – for the upcoming, 2022-’23 school year – implement a professional development workshop for New Brunswick educators that focuses on sustainability and sustainable teaching practices.


    “Our district’s educators are strongly committed to expanding their professional skills and Ms. Banfitch is an excellent example,” says Virginia L. Hill, New Brunswick Public School’s assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “She certainly earned a summer break spent recuperating after a challenging school year. But instead, she’ll be pushing herself not only to learn, but to then share her new expertise with her teaching colleagues. In the end, that’s not only a win for Ms. Banfitch and those who participate in her professional development session – it’s a win for New Brunswick’s students, too.”


    Banfitch, who is also the high school’s Garden Club advisor, holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in teaching, both from Monmouth University.


    About New Brunswick Public Schools 
    The New Brunswick, NJ public school district consists of two high schools (New Brunswick High School and Health Sciences Technology High School), a middle school (New Brunswick Middle School) and nine elementary schools (Lincoln, Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling, McKinley, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts, and Woodrow Wilson schools). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field.

    Comments (-1)
  • Have a media inquiry? Contact us!

    information@nbpsnj.net