Archive for June, 2011

Next CQE Meeting: Weds. August 17 at 8 PM

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Everyone is invited to attend the next CQE meeting on Wednesday, August 17 at 8 PM in Borough Hall, second floor meeting room.

CQE Updates (06/2011)

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Citizens for Quality Education will hold its next public meeting on Wednesday, June 22 at 8 PM in Room 231 of Borough Hall. Everyone who is interested in education in Metuchen is invited to attend. We hope to see you there! For more information about CQE, write

CQE News/ Updates

Change of Officers: After two years of leading Citizens for Quality Education, outgoing President Jim Jaques will become the organization’s Vice President.  During his tenure, Jim focused on data-analysis, comparing our district to similar New Jersey districts in terms of socio-economics, to understand Metuchen’s place among its peers and to identify academic areas in need of advocacy.

Under Jim’s leadership, the organization also extended its programming, going beyond the long-running CQE Story Time (Story Lunch) at Campbell School and the CQE/MHS Alumni Day, by hosting Jim Trelease on Reading Aloud, a program for parents of pre-school and younger elementary school students.This year the organization also revived a tradition of awarding scholarships to Metuchen High School graduates.

JoAnn Sabatino-Falkenstein is the newly elected President of Citizens for Quality Education.  Kathy Liss will continue as 2nd Vice-President.

CQE/MHS 5th Annual Alumni Day:  On Wednesday, May 25, twenty-nine members of the MHS Classes of 2009 and 2010 returned to their alma mater to speak to their former schoolmates about the challenges, rewards and realities of college-life.  CQE worked with the MHS Guidance Department during the year, corresponding with the alumni, helping to plan questions and panels, and bringing in volunteers to host the event.  Guidance Counselors Traci Grauer, Leigh Hanbridge and Mike Saulnier led the discussion and moderated the alumni panels, making the event a meaningful experience for each class—freshman through senior year.

The alumni represented the following schools:  American University, Boston University, Brandeis, Emory, Elizabethtown College, Marist, Middlesex County College, Montclair, NYU, Oberlin College, Oswego (SUNY), Pratt Institute, Ramapo, Rider, Rutgers, TCNJ, Tufts, the University of Hartford, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Pittsburg, the University of Southern California, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Washington University in St. Louis.

CQE Scholarship:  On Friday June 17 at the MHS Senior Convocation Ceremony, Citizens for Quality Education awarded $250 scholarships to three MHS graduates. Each of the recipients followed a rigorous curriculum and demonstrated an understanding of its benefits.

To be eligible for the award, a senior had to have earned at least a 3.3 G.P.A., had to have taken some honor classes and at least one AP course during their junior or senior year.  Eligible students were invited to write a one to two page essay on the benefits they derived from one particular class, to describe how it influenced their future course of study or how the class somehow had an impact on them.

The papers were submitted anonymously to the CQE Scholarship Committee for review.  This year’s recipients are Daniel Bish, Job Ma and Elizabeth Nadler.