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Special Board of Education Meeting
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
7:00 pm in the Higgins Library

Columbus Day, Monday, October 12, 2015​
SCHOOL CLOSED for students 
Teachers Professional Development Day 

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.

  1. For those of you that use Twitter you can now follow us at @Rumsonbulldawgs
  2. 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)
  3. 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.)
  4. For those of you who want to receive reminder notifications through Remind for Forrestdale from Mrs. Romano please text @BulldogsFD to 81010 (ex. bus pickup is late, spirit days, Back to School Nights, etc.)
  5. 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.)

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Special Announcements

Superintendent’s Monthly Message

Now that we have settled into the 15-16 school year and “Back-to-School” routines have been established in your homes, our classrooms, and our schools, it is time to turn our attention to the many events we have scheduled for October - “NJ Week of Respect”, “Violence & Vandalism Awareness Week ”, “Fire Safety Week”, and “Halloween Safety”.  Through these highlights we will be striving to engage students in meaningful learning by balancing fun activities with strong prosocial and safety messages.  

“Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education”.  We hold this vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. in our desire to create a safe and secure school for all of our students.  Plenty of research exists citing the importance of teaching character education in schools and it is the Rumson School District’s commitment to creating this environment for our students.

“The need for character education lies in the fact that a sustained process of teaching, being shown examples of good character, and constant reinforcement by practicing what they learned are the things needed to instill good character traits in students. And since students spend most of their time at school, it is the perfect place to instill moral values in them.

The reason for teaching good character is to help prepare the students to face the many opportunities and unknown dangers that are in today's society. Character education gives the students the knowledge they need to know what these dangers in society are and deal with them properly.

Young people these days are exposed to literally thousands of negative influences through the media and their peers every day.  Students need to know how to handle these pressures and character education will give them the tools that they need.

Building character also helps them to interact properly with their teachers and fellow students, turning their classroom into a better learning environment.”-

The Rumson Board of Education, district administration and teachers have made a commitment to this vision by adding additional time to the school day to allow for the creation of a 17 minute Morning Meeting during homeroom each day.  During this “meeting” homeroom teachers and their special area/special education partners have been delivering instruction and generating dialogue around character education topics.  These topics focus on giving students time and opportunity , under the guidance of trained staff, to focus on their role in their own and fellow students experiences in school, in the community, and in the world.  

For example, in the first NJ Bar lesson students spent time understanding the differences between bullying and normal conflict.  From here they will learn strategies for dealing with both situations as aggressors, victims, and bystanders. In addition to these new programs, a general sense of community is being fostered among the students and staff.  We have used this Morning Meeting time to honor those who service the community on 9/11 National Service Day, honor our school staff on National School Custodian Day, and celebrate our great school on Rumson School Spirit Day. These are just three examples of the great service we hope to continue to instill in our students.  

We will be reaching out to parents over the month to hold Administrative Team Talks to share more information about these programs and the district’s initiatives to support character education.  All of these programs will take time to settle in and generate the shift among our students and the district will remain committed to the cause.   In the meantime, we will certainly support our students as appropriate.

On a final note, there is one immediate way parents can help to support this effort.  We ask all parents to do all they can to ensure students are in school on time- homeroom at 8:30AM- every day.  Since we have a district-wide commitment to character education the first 17 minutes of the day, it is critical for students to be in homeroom to participate in the lesson and discussion.  With this consistent and focused start to the day the important lessons can be carried throughout the school day and school year.  All it takes is one student to miss one strong message for the impact to be lessened.  We appreciate all you can do to support this important start to our day!

With pride-

Dr. John E. Bormann







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Summer Reading and Math Assignments
District Testing Calendar
Mission Statement (pdf)
School Report Card
PARCC Resources
Report Bullying Incident
Rumson Policy Manual
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Alerts and Reminders

Monmouth County Residents Precautions in Preparation for Storm (pdf)
NEWS RELEASE FROM MONMOUTH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Monmouth County Residents take Precautions in Preparation for the Storm
Additional Resources to help families deal with storms...
Click here for information & resources to help you and your family during this storm or future storm conditions.

72 Hour Pesticide Use Notice

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

Important Election Dates (pdf)

HIB School Self-Assessment
Deane Porter and Forrestdale schools recently submitted the results of the annual NJDOE School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. Please click the "More" link to view the questionnaire and the schools' responses.

User Friendly 2015-16 Budget (pdf)

Board of Education Goals 2014-2015
Here are the Board of Education and District Goals for the 2014-2015 school year.

BOE Newsletter - Spring 2015 (pdf)
Including 15-16 Budget information and update on the Superintendent search.

Non-resident Tuition Students
The Rumson School District accepts applications for non-resident tuition students who wish to attend our Full-Day Kindergarten and/or our K-8 Academic program for the 2015-2016 school year. **Placements are limited depending on enrollment.

Chain of Command (pdf)
To assist in working with parents and community members, and in accordance with Rumson Board of Education Policy #9130, a “chain of command” has been established to model where to begin the communication sequence regarding a problem or concern.

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

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Upcoming Events
Wed Oct 7
PTO Mtg. 9:15 am
Policy Meeting 6:30 pm
Special BOE Mtg. 7:00 pm
Mon Oct 12
Tue Oct 13
Book Fair begins
REF Mtg. 7:30 pm
Thu Oct 15
FD Picture Day
Sat Oct 17
Book Fair Family Day
Mon Oct 19
FD visits Book Fair
Tue Oct 20
DP visits Book Fair
Wed Oct 21
Planning Meeting 6:30 pm
BOE Mtg 7:30 pm FD Media Center

District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Laurie Volpe, Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction & Guidance, is the Anti-Bullying Coordinator for the Rumson School District. Contact Information: or 732-945-3100 or 732-842-0383 X358

NJDOE Annual School Self-Assessment District/School Grade Report 

Deane-Porter School
50 Black Point Road
Rumson, NJ 07760
Phone: 732-842-0330  
Fax: 732-212-0843 

Forrestdale School
60 Forrest Avenue
Rumson, NJ 07760
Phone:  732-842-0383
Fax: 732-219-9458 


Superintendent's Office
60 Forrest Avenue
Rumson, NJ 07760
Phone: 732-842-4747 
Fax: 732-842-4877

Business Office
60 Forrest Avenue
Rumson, NJ 07760
Phone: 732-842-0354
Fax: 732-842-4877 

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