A January 2014 storm covers downtown Ocean City streets with snow. Ocean City schools were closed on five different days in 2014 due to snow.Students and teachers will pay in June for unexpected days off this winter.The Ocean City School District tentatively plans to stretch the school year and graduation date to Monday, June 23 to make up for the five days this winter the school closed due to snow.The graduation and the last day of school had originally been scheduled for Tuesday, June 17. The state Department of Education requires a 180-day school year in New Jersey.Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said Tuesday that the plan must still be approved by the Ocean City Board of Education at its March 26 meeting, and there’s some possibility that Easter Monday (April 21) could be added as a school day (instead of one of June 23). She said teacher planned teacher and student vacations will be a consideration.A Monday (March 17) storm that left six inches of snow across the region caused the most recent snow day.Losing that many school days is not unprecedented in Ocean City. The schools were closed for a week after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 (and the high school closed for another day that September after the discovery of a mold issue). But it’s rare for so many days to come from snowfall at the shore.The tentative schedule will keep teachers in school until Wednesday, June 25.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook
On Wednesday, the Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality’s Real Life Project held its first meeting for the 2015-2016 academic school year.Michelle Egan, associate director of the Center for Spirituality, said the Real Life Project began as a Student Independent Study and Research (SISTAR) project in 2007 and now takes place once a year, usually during the fall semester.“The Center for Spirituality subsidized the Real Life Project in 2008-2009 as a pilot, and [it] was met with such positive evaluations that it was incorporated into the Center’s regular programming,” Egan said.According to the Saint Mary’s website, the Real Life Project provides “students and faculty the chance to talk together about how to connect all the parts of [their] lives in a meaningful way.”Egan said participants must attend all four meetings, which occur over dinner with a small group of faculty facilitators. At these meetings, the faculty aids students in discovering how to balance their daily lives with fulfilling their calling.“The central focus of Real Life is to explore the notion of vocation on many levels, deepening students’ understandings of both vocation, or life calling, and the discernment process,” she said.According to the Saint Mary’s website, students complete readings and reflections to help prepare themselves for the discussions to come.“All participants share the experience of making major life decisions, plus they discuss the challenges of integrating all aspects of life as they pursue their goals and dreams,” Egan said.Egan said that after listening to guest speakers, reading, reflecting and having discussions with faculty, students have a better understanding of the role of theology.“Students come to a better understanding of the process of thoughtful, prayerful decision making, and they develop a broad definition of gifts or passions,” she said. “They also leave with a better understanding of how their ‘passions’ can respond to the needs of the world.”Students often enjoy the program so much that they are not ready for it to end, Egan said.According to the Saint Mary’s website, a Saint Mary’s student said, “My Real Life experiences have helped me to realize that discernment is a lifelong process and that my path might zig-zag and change directions a number of times during my adult life. I remind myself that I will know what choice is right for me when it feels right.”Tags: Real Life Program, Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK (AP) – Taxi drivers angry about a new rule requiring the installation of global positioning systems and credit card machines in cabs are planning a second one-day strike in six weeks today. The city was preparing for the strike by the Taxi Workers Alliance by instituting a contingency plan that lets drivers pick up multiple passengers and charge zone-based fares. The touch-screen monitors let passengers pay by credit card, check on news, map their taxi’s current location and look up restaurants and entertainment. The alliance, which claims to represent about a fifth of the city’s 44,000 licensed cab drivers, opposes the technology, saying the 5 percent surcharge on each credit card transaction amounts to a wage cut and the GPS device allows cab firms to track drivers.