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Short Hills, NJ
Pingry School Begins Year With Enrollment of 308

Pingry School began the school year with an enrollment of 308 students as it welcomed 77 new students on September 3 with an orientation program at its Short Hills campus.

Joyce Y. Hanrahan, Principal of the Lower School, greeted students and their parents. Children met their teachers and visited their new classrooms.

Headmaster John Hanly addressed the faculty and students on September 4, the first full day of school for all students.

Three full-time science teachers will help children to explore the universe in two fully equipped science laboratories. The program offers students a balance of hands-on experiences and science content in life science, earth science and physical science, according to school spokeswoman Elaine Krusch.

In technology, keyboarding skills will be introduced to third graders and will continue in fourth, fifth and sixth grades with word processing, page maker and data base applications added in fifth and sixth grades.

Kindergartners through sixth graders will continue to take computer courses utilizing a variety of applications including PowerPoint presentations and exploring the Internet.

Eighteen faculty and staff members participated in a week-long computer workshop at the Short Hills campus using the scanner and electronic camera and Internet access.

Fifteen new computers were added to classrooms with the help of The Pingry School Parents’ Association. Every classroom is equipped with computers and printers in addition to the fully equipped computer laboratory.

The Short Hills and Martinsville campuses have been networked. This Pingry Network gives e-mail access to all faculty and students, access to both libraries and an abundance of school information through the Pingry Home Page at www.Pingry.kl2.nj.us, Ms. Krusch said.

Teachers were involved in various summer grants and programs. Four attended the Reading/Writing Insti

tute at Columbia University, six received grants for summer computer study, one studied multiple intelligences and the entire faculty read professional literature dealing with how children learn and social and emotional intelligence.

Sixth graders and their teachers will participate in a three-day outdoor education and adventure program at Frost Valley, New York, early in October for the second year.

This trip gives teachers and students an opportunity to know each other outside the classroom and to grow in their ability to recognize their responsibilities as group and community members.

Ann D’Innocenzo of Bridgewater has joined the Lower School faculty as librarian.

Pingry will continue the process of evaluation by the Middle States Association. Pingry is one of the few independent schools to participate in this Accreditation Plan for Growth under which the school identifies and sets three major goals. These areas are: greater integration of the curriculum, expanded use of technology, and a professional development plan aimed at achieving these goals.

The Short Hills Campus dining room has been renovated and expanded. The expansion will allow children and faculty to share family-style meals in a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

The gymnasium floor has been repaired and refinished and a new sound system installed.

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