Manasquan presents plan to support freshmen students

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MANASQUAN — School district officials announced a plan to support the freshmen class at Manasquan High School, who they said have been struggling with the transition from elementary school to high school this year.

The plan was presented at the board of education’s reorganization meeting on Thursday, Jan. 7 by Manasquan High School Principal Rob Goodall, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Rick Coppola and Director of School Counseling Services Lesley Kenney.

Over the past few months, Mr. Goodall said, “We began to hear … that freshmen are struggling to transition from the smaller elementary schools to the high school.”

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Mr. Goodall said he and the school administration did a “postmortem on first marking period,” and began by analyzing and comparing current ninth-grade students’ grades and GPAs with last year’s ninth-graders. The school also conducted a survey of the freshmen class regarding their experience with virtual learning and the hybrid schedule.

A schoolwide committee, including Ms. Kenney and Mr. Coppola, was then formed to better understand and address the issues that freshmen students are facing this school year.

“Some of the things we discussed as a committee were expanding use of teacher live-streaming to engage students daily, including those who are learning remotely and virtually, and using that further as an instructional tool,” Mr. Goodall said.

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