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Thursday, 21 August 2014
PHOTO: The Jersey Shore Rose Society’s 43rd Annual Rose Show will take place Saturday, September 13 at DeepCutGardens, Middletown. Visitors... Read More...
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Thursday, 21 August 2014
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Thursday, 21 August 2014
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014
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Columns

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by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 21 August 2014
It's not always easy to come up with a weekly topic for this column. Usually, I mentally bat around a few ideas based upon current events or personal... Read More...
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Saturday, 16 August 2014
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by Daniel J. Vance
Friday, 15 August 2014
Every now and then, a person featured here attributes faith as pivotal in their being able to cope with disability—one in themselves or family... Read More...
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by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 15 August 2014
This week, our last (fourth) daughter will leave us for college.  Three have already graduated from college and the last one is quasi-ready to... Read More...
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by Woody Zimmerman
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
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The Dead Beat Poet Society
Thu Aug 21 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Free Summer Concert - Manalapan
Sat Aug 23 @12:30PM - 03:30PM
Jersey Shore Rose Society Meets
Thu Aug 28 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Middletown Mayor Open Office Hours
Tue Sep 02 @ 8:00PM -
Middletown Township Committee Workshop

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Mater Dei High School has announced it will change the school’s name to Mater Dei Prep: A Catholic Preparatory School, effective July 1, 2010.

“We believe the new name properly reflects the long tradition of academic rigor and excellence at Mater Dei and also speaks to the continued innovative enrichment of our programs and facilities,” said Mater Dei Principal Steven Sciarappa.

Along with the name change, the school will have a partnership with Seton Hall University Project Acceleration as well as other colleges for Dual Enrollment Programs.  The Mater Dei Prep students will have the opportunity to enroll in college-level courses through the Dual Enrollment program and/or AP courses.  Mater Dei Prep junior and senior students will consequently have a schedule that is a majority of Dual Enrollment/AP courses that enable them to graduate with a significant amount of transferrable college credits. All classes are offered on the school’s Middletown campus. 

“Our goal is to broaden our students’ horizons each and every day and through AP and Dual Enrollment programs, Mater Dei Prep students have the opportunity to truly prepare for the challenges they will face in college,” Sciarappa said. "Students in the region have many outstanding choices for private education. We believe that our challenging academic programs combined with our tremendous extra-curricular, leadership development and community service opportunities offer Mater Dei Prep students an incredibly robust high school experience rooted in the Catholic faith.”


Additional Enhancements

Mater Dei Prep has also announced several facilities enhancements, including:

  • Completion of a state-of-the art dance studio for its award-winning Performing Arts Department
  • Dance Program
  • Completion of a new 8 lane track
  • 2010 completion of the bleacher renovation project
  • A music program for all students interested in band and orchestra
  • Renovation plans for the school’s science labs and cafeteria

 

 

Sciarappa, who was appointed Principal, last year, credits the Saint Mary Parish School Board for the enhancements. “The Board understands that innovation is the key to continued success.  Of course, we are fortunate to have such a wonderful tradition of excellence at Mater Dei.  As Mater Dei Prep we will be building on that tradition far into the future,” he said.