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Dr. Bormann asks for support on some exciting district initiatives...

New Initiatives for Rumson School District

A PTO- BOE Project  4/6/16

In today’s digital world we are surrounded with multimedia experiences at home and work.  Even the classroom is no exception….or shouldn’t be.  Our students in the Rumson School District have so much technology afforded to them, thanks to the support of the PTO and REF, yet in this movement one essential tool has been overlooked.  Classroom projectors, specifically designed for use in small and larger classrooms, have become as essential to teaching and learning as the chalkboard and calculator of past days.  While the PTO has made efforts in the past  to bring this valuable tool to our classrooms, I have approached them to take this effort on as a focused initiative.  To be frank, our district is severely lagging in comparison to other schools, in the use of classroom projectors as an instructional tool and I am seeking support in helping our classrooms catch up quickly so we can get to the work of moving forward -- the potential is there, we simply need to provide the tools.  

Why projectors?

Projection devices bring sights and sounds into the classroom and offer a visual source for practically any device you can connect.  Students can use Google Classroom to quickly throw up a sample of their own work to present to the class.  Teachers can wirelessly connect state of the art devices, such as scientific calculators, to work through complex problems as a team.  History classes can take on a whole new dimension when a teacher can provide a visual tour of historical events through the power of the internet.  

If you can imagine it, you can do it.  Classroom projectors are a must-have learning tool to help increase retention, maintain interest, and elevate the learning experience; yet not all of our classrooms are afforded its potential.  These devices open up endless opportunities:

  • Maximize one-to-one experiences through classroom modeling

  • Integrate video and sound to engage students by bringing topics to life

  • Bring the internet to life and engage the entire class

  • Allow student to use the projector for presentations, reports, and more

  • Incorporate other technologies such as interactive boards and wireless devices to enhance instruction

What is the PTO-BOE Partnership?

Because of the efforts of the PTO and their commitment to elevating our students’ experiences the funding of this initiative will allow the 2016-2017 Board of Education budget to utilize funds in other areas: beginning a sustainable cycle of replacing old technologies, supporting teachers with professional development in the maximal use of technologies, and reorganizing and adding to staff to invigorate science, technology, STEM, and independent learning opportunities.   

What do we need?

Thanks to prior efforts of the PTO,  six projectors were added in previous years to various classrooms in Forrestdale.  In addition, because of the installation of projectors in Deane Porter the PTO was able to support the next wave of innovation in grades K-2 with the purchase of Mimio Bars that enable the projected image to become interactive. This is something that could not have occurred without projectors. In the meantime, remaining classrooms in the district lack projectors and the opportunities they provide.

In order to provide these opportunities the PTO has been asked to assist in the purchase and installation of the following:

9 projectors with installation in Dean Porter at a cost of $1,750.00 each.  ($15,750.00)

15 projectors with installation in Forrestdale at a cost of $2719.00 each. ($40,785.00)

The PTO has informed me that the Executive Board has made a commitment to making “PROJECTING SUCCESS FOR OUR STUDENTS” its primary fundraising initiative for Purple Pride Night Out on April 16, 2016 at 7:30PM at the Riverhouse at Rumson Country Club. Visit for more information on this event.   I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there to help the PTO and I project success for our students!  



Congratulations to the 2016 Rumson
Teachers of the Year!

Ms. Brittaney Flynn, Forrestdale 

Mrs. Bridget Albrizio, Deane Porter

Superintendent’s Monthly Message

April 2016

Happy Spring!  As we all prepare for our entry into warmer weather and longer days it is also time to turn our attention to some new tasks- spring cleaning, preparing our gardens, and tuning up that bicycle.  Here in the Rumson School District we are adding to that list with preparations for several tasks of our own.

In April we will begin our PARCC testing window.  All year long our teachers have been working hard to ignite the potential of our students and celebrate their outcomes.  The PARCC test is just one of the many measures we value in the district to reflect on the job we all have been doing. In reflecting on 2014-2015 PARCC data the teachers have learned there is valuable information we can gain from this assessment and have been using it to inform curriculum and instruction for the 2015-2016 school year.  As we approach this testing window we ask that you support our efforts in making the testing time being used in each students’ school day as useful as possible to the faculty.   We are committed to ensuring the information gained from this assessment is used, in conjunction with other valuable sources of student performance, to continuously elevate and enrich your child’s school experience.

In April we will be approving our district’s budget for the 2016-2017 school year.  I am very excited for the great opportunities we will be able to provide our students under this budget.  While the wonder and luster of learning is not held in a dollar, I don’t think anyone can argue that a dollar well spent can help it along.  In this budget we are committed to ensuring each of our students is given the tools and resources; in the form of innovative and proven teacher development, classroom resources, district facilities, and curricular programs; they need to ensure their potential is realized.  As part of this effort, I applaud the PTO and REF in working closely with the district to support our efforts.  

In April we celebrate Arbor Day.  Thanks to our Student Government Association, PTO, and Rumson Shade Tree Commission the students of Rumson have taken part in the initiation of a legacy project.  This legacy project has resulted in each grade level raising funds to plant a grade level tree on the school campus.  It is our hopes that each of these trees will give voice to our students as advocates for our environment- a voice that echoes the sentiments of Dr. Seuss’ Lorax, “I speak for the trees, I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongue. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.”

In closing, I urge you all to click off of this computer and join me in welcoming in spring.  Grab a loved one, go outside and plant a seed, hit a baseball, ride a bike, or just sit in the grass and relax!  

With pride.

John E. Bormann, Ed. D.


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Alerts and Reminders

CDC Confirms Second Case of Zika in NJ
CDC Confirms Second Travel-Related Zika Virus Case in NJ Acting Commissioner, Physicians to Meet With Pregnant Women, College Students in #ZapZika Public Education Campaign
Important Health Information
Please be advised that there has been an increase in gastrointestinal illnesses within Monmouth County that includes abdominal cramping, nausea, and vomiting. Attached is the press release from Monmouth County Health Department with guidelines to minimize the spread.

Water Testing in Rumson Schools

Gordon Korman (pdf)
The PTO welcomes visiting author Gordon Korman to Forrestdale on May 13, 2016. Grades 6 & 7 Assemblies.

Rumson User Friendly Budget 2016-2017 (pdf)

16-17 School Budget Presentation (pdf)

16-17 Pre-School Registration
The Rumson Public School District is pleased to announce year seven of the implementation of its integrated preschool program. The program will begin on Sept. 6, 2016 and will serve three (3) and four (4) year old children. Morning and afternoon sessions will be held five days per week.

Non-resident Tuition Students
The Rumson School District is now accepting applications for Non-Resident Tuition Students in grades K-5 for the 2016-2017 school year.
Placements are limited depending on enrollment.

The Rumson Public School District is known for providing children with quality academic challenges and social experiences that we all want for our children.Tours are available.

If you are interested in providing your child with a strong academic experience, please contact Denise Guerci at: or 732-842-4747 or obtain application materials and tuition information right here.

SpringSafetyTips (pdf)
As signs of spring-like weather begin to appear we would like to take this opportunity to ask parents to help us in ensuring the safest delivery and pick-up of our students. Please review these Spring Safety Tips!
Thank you,
Dr. Bormann
Mrs. Gibbons
Mrs. Feeney

Information Sessions on PARCC for Parents of IEP-ELL Students
This flyer has the time and dates for the regional PARCC information sessions that the New Jersey Department of Educationís Offices of Special Education Programs, Supplemental Educational Programs, and Assessment are hosting on March 3, 7 and 10. The sessions are specially designed for parents of students with IEPs and students who are English language learners.
Target Audience:
Chief School Administrators, Charter and Renaissance Project School Lead Persons, Directors of Special Education and Bilingual/ESL/ELL Supervisors Deadlines: n/a

Audit_Synopsis (pdf)

At the February 24, 2016 meeting of the Rumson Board of Education student recognition took place as follows:
The Board of Education recognized the following students for their achievements:
  • Josette S. (Grade 7) Spelling Bee Winner
  • Peter O. (Grade 7) Geography Bee Winner; 3rd Place MAST Academic Tournament
  • Kevin B. (Grade 7) Speech Competition 1st Place
  • Micaeli D. (Grade 6) Speech Competition 2nd Place
  • Rylie S. (Grade 8) Speech Competition 3rd Place
  • Jackson P. (Grade 7) Speech Competition 4th Place
  • Bradley M. (Grade 6) AMTNJ Middle School Math Contest; 3rd Place MAST Academic Tournament; Math Counts Chapter Competition
  • Gustav H. (Grade 8) AMTNJ Middle School Math Contest; 2nd Place MAST Academic Tournament
  • Jonas E. (Grade 8) AMTNJ Middle School Math Contest; 2nd Place MAST Academic Tournament
  • Matthew G. (Grade 8) AMTNJ Middle School Math Contest
  • Thomas C. (Grade 7) AMTNJ Middle School Math Contest
  • Peter R. (Grade 8) 2nd Place MAST Academic Tournament
  • Gray B. (Grade 8) 2nd Place MAST Academic Tournament
  • Tristan I. (Grade 8) 2nd Place MAST Academic Tournament
  • Jordan O. (Grade 8) 3rd Place MAST Academic Tournament
  • Caroline F. (Grade 8) 3rd Place MAST Academic Tournament
  • Emmett F. (Grade 7) Top Scorer - Math Counts Chapter Competition
  • Sarah M. (Grade 7) Math Counts Chapter Competition
  • Chloe G. (Grade 7) Math Counts Chapter Competition
  • Delaney B. (Grade 7) Math Counts Chapter Competition

Wellness Policy
See attached letter from the Superintendent and Policy.


15.16MarkingPeriodDates.docxrevised7215 (pdf)

Bell schedule 2015-2016 (pdf)

Board of Education Goals and District Goals 15-16 (pdf)

Sports Related Eye Injuries (pdf)
An Educational Fact Sheet for parents.

Important Election Dates (pdf)

School Climate Survey
We are asking parents to fill out a school climate survey. The purpose is to obtain the thoughts, opinions and perceptions about the environment at their child's school. How parents, students, and staff feel about their school influences the learning environment at the school and a positive environment maximizes student achievement. Our survey also includes feedback on the types of topics you would like discussed during our parent chats. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Click "More" to take survey.

Rumson School District Social Media
Communication is paramount to our team effort. As a result the administrative team and I have been focused on ensuring new pathways to share with the community highlighting the great teaching, learning, and experiences occurring in the Rumson School District.
  • For those of you that use Twitter you can now follow us at @Rumsonbulldawgs

  • For those of you that use Facebook you can now follow us at Rumson School District page (there are several, the official one is the one with the picture of Forrestdale School and a Bulldog)

  • For those of you who want to receive reminder notifications through Remind for Deane Porter School from Mrs. Feeney please text @Bulldogsdp to 81010 (ex. bus pickup is late, spirit days, Back to School Nights, etc.)

  • For those of you who want to receive reminder notifications through Remind for Forrestdale from Mrs. Gibbons please text @BulldogsFD to 81010 (ex. bus pickup is late, spirit days, Back to School Nights, etc.)

  • For those of you who want to receive reminder notifications through Remind for the Rumson School District from Dr. Bormann please text @rumsonsd to 81010 (ex. board meeting events, school accolades, safety or security reminders, etc.)

QSAC has designated the Rumson Borough School District as a High Performing District

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Upcoming Events
Fri Apr 29
PARCC Makeups Forrestdale
Mon May 2
PARCC Testing Grade 3
PTO Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
Camp Bernie Parent Meeting 7PM FD Cafeteria
Tue May 3
PARCC Testing Grade 3
Grade 4 field trip
Wed May 4
PARCC Testing Grade 3
Policy Committee - 6:30 pm
PTO Mtg 9:15 am
Thu May 5
PARCC Testing Grade 3
Fri May 6
PARCC Testing Grade 3
Mon May 9
PARCC Testing Grade 3
Parent Academy - Internet Safety Presentation - 6:30 pm Forrestdale Cafeteria
Tue May 10
PARCC Testing Grade 3
New Date Winter Sports Banquet, 6:30-8Pm FD Cafeteria
Wed May 11
5th Grade Trip
Planning Committee - 6:00 pm
Personnel Committee - 7:00 pm
Thu May 12
REF Kitchen Tour
Fri May 13
Gordon Korman visit for grades 6 and 7

District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Vera Ridoux, Supervisor of Student Services, is the Anti-Bullying Coordinator for the Rumson School District. Contact Information: or 732-842-0383 X316

NJDOE Annual School Self-Assessment District/School Grade Report FY2014-15

FY2016 ABR Statement

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Rumson, NJ 07760
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60 Forrest Avenue
Rumson, NJ 07760
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60 Forrest Avenue
Rumson, NJ 07760
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Rumson, NJ 07760
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