On Monday, November 14th, Collier School hosted a professional development class for ASAH and Monmouth County Directors on Harassment, intimidation, and Bullying (HIB). David Rubin, Esq, conducted this phenomenal training with the Honorable Ellen Bass. They discussed how improving school climate and preventing harassment, intimidation or bullying remain a challenge for school districts and private schools in this post-COVID era. This was a timely and informative update on the latest revisions to the HIB law, including reporting procedures, principals' discretion, sharing sensitive information with parents, allocation of responsibility between private schools and sending districts, parental accountability for children's conduct and more!
Thank you to everyone who attended and to David and Ellen for facilitating. We hope we can do this again soon!
On Wednesday, November 2nd, some of our 8th graders went on a bike/hike trip to explore nature and engage in physical activity. Students are learning about the county park systems in NJ so that they can navigate parks, maps, and trails close to home to continue to be healthy, active, and safe outside of school. Fitness and movement lead to a healthy, enjoyable life!
Collier School's Work Based Learning (WBL) Program is designed to assist high school students in training, skill development, and independence in the workforce. Students are placed at school or community work sites for a few hours a week. They receive on-the-job support through coaching and workplace accommodations provided by the work site mentor and WBL Coordinator.
One student, Aidan, was looking for a very unique opportunity. Aidan shared that he wanted to be an electrical engineer in the music industry, and we found just that for Aidan! He will be interning one day a week with a local high-end turntable manufacturer whose customer base is worldwide. Friday, Aidan was invited to a private event at VPI Industrie's showroom to meet the customers he will be helping to build turntables for. Even more exciting is the owner of VPI is a former special education robotics teacher! Congrats, Aidan on landing such an amazing opportunity!
Cosmetology students are preparing for their first Collier Clinic Day in November! Clinic Days are where the cosmetology students put their theory and practical skills to the test by running a salon open to staff at Collier High School. Authentic assessment at its best!
On October 21st, The Collier National English Honor Society (NEHS) attended the Dodge Poetry Festival at NJPAC. The Dodge Poetry Festival is widely acknowledged as the largest poetry event in North America, representing the most eminent poets from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. These four-day celebrations of poetry have been called "poetry heaven" by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, "a new Woodstock" by the Christian Science Monitor, and simply "Wordstock" by The New York Times.
The Festival, held in even-numbered years since 1986, has drawn a combined audience of approximately 140,000 attendees from 42 states, including 17,000 high school teachers and 42,000 high school students who attended without charge and traveled from as far away as Florida, Maine, Minnesota, and California. An essential component of each Festival is a series of special programs for high school students and teachers of all grade levels, elementary through college. In addition, more than 4,500 students and 2,000 teachers from the country participate in conversations and readings explicitly designed for them during the Festival's first two days.
We are thrilled to haveCollier's NEHS students attend, be exposed to, and engage with poetry as a living and relevant art form.
Collier High School is proud to have a Chapter of The National English Honor Society. The National English Honor Society recognizes the academic accomplishments of America's high school students and promotes their continuing interest in the English language arts. NEHS is the only high school honor society exclusively for students of English. It provides a unique opportunity to engage students and teachers in the valuable experience of discipline-related national honor-society participation. Membership is an honor bestowed on students selected for their accomplishments in English and overall academic achievement. NEHS provides recognition for past achievements, nurturing present interests, and encouragement for future success. NEHS is the place for students who have experienced the power of literature, the pleasures of good writing, and the excitement of language studies. Students can engage with the school community through Food Drives, Poetry Month, Fundraisers, a Free Library (created and built by the students), and events throughout the school year. Through their community work and reading and writing, the students can grow and continue to learn about their community and the world around them.