Superintendent's Blog

  • Upcoming Security Drills

    Posted by David Trethaway at 5/20/2016

    Parents, Staff and Students,

    We will be conducting an updated security drill in the next two  weeks in each of our schools.  The procedure is called A.L.I.C.E. and is a response to an intruder in the schools.  I will be also making a phone call to all parents to  inform you of the new drill.  We have been working with our police department to help implement these safety procedures and we have conducted a parent meeting on this topic.  A slide presentation is available on our website for further information.  You can access this by clicking here or on the main page of the website or under parent page. 

    Briefly, A.L.I.C.E. empowers our staff and in some cases our students to make decisions based on what is best in the current situation and their current location.  We have learned from previous situations that there is no “one size fits all” solution to every case and A.L.I.C.E. allows our staff and students the ability to make the safest decisions. 

    The purpose of the A.L.I.C.E drill is to begin the process of allowing our staff and students to understand the procedures to follow given any circumstance.  The first drills will be very controlled and the staff will be advising the students on the options available.  We will then confer with the Manchester Township Police Department to review the drill and make suggestions for improvements where needed. I would encourage you to talk to your child after the drill about the importance of knowing what steps to take to be safe in school in any situation.   

    Our most important responsibility to our students and staff is to provide the safest and most secure environment possible in all of our schools and we are committed to take every step possible to ensure that this occurs.

    Thank you again for your cooperation and support for our district. 


    David Trethaway

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Important Announcement

    Posted by David Trethaway at 4/22/2016 3:00:00 PM

    Parents, Staff, Students and Community Members

    As you are probably aware, there is a very serious heroin epidemic throughout Ocean County including Manchester.  The abuse of drugs particularly the increasing use of heroin has seriously effected people of all ages and in some cases has caused the loss of life.  In response to this problem, the Manchester Police Department with the support of the Manchester Township School District is presenting a Heroin Awareness program on Wednesday, April 27 in the High School Auditorium at 7 PM.  I strongly urge our parents, students and our community members to attend this program to become more aware of the problem and receive the  preventative education needed to fight this epidemic.  The program is free and I hope to see you there as we all need to be more educated so no relative or friend is ruined by this dangerous drug. 

    On another issue I would just like to commend our students and staff on their outstanding performance of Thoroughly Modern Millie.  It was one of our finest presentations and it is obvious we have some very talented students. I also want to commend our band director, drama advisor and drama club business manager for doing such a great job.  It was also great to see some of our talented musicians be a part of the band pit. I was in attendance at the Sunday show and I was very impressed with the large turnout of senior citizens in addition to our parents and other community members.  I would encourage everyone to attend all of our shows as the Spring Band Concerts are coming soon.  Please check our website for future shows. 

    Thank you for all of your support of the Manchester Township School District and I again urge you all to attend the program on the heroin epidemic and get important information to hopefully prevent any of our friends or family members from being effected by this epidemic. 


    David Trethaway

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  • High School Musical

    Posted by David Trethaway at 4/15/2016 10:20:00 AM

    Parents, Staff, Community Members and Students

    I would like to invite you to our high school musical presentation of Thoroughly Modern Millie.  The students and staff have been working extremely hard preparing for this performance and I can assure you that you will" thoroughly" enjoy the show.  

    The show will be presented tonight Friday April, 15, Saturday April 16 at 7:00 PM and Sunday April 17 at 2:00 PM in the High School Auditorium.   Tickets will be available at the door and for further information, please visit

    Again, please come out and support our students and enjoy the evening.  I hope to see you there.

    Thank you again for all of your support for the Manchester Township School District. 


    David Trethaway

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  • Reported Possible Child Luring

    Posted by David Trethaway at 3/7/2016 3:40:00 PM

    Parents, Staff, Students, and Community Members,

    We have received several calls regarding a report of a possible child luring situation that occurred over the weekend.  I have spoken to the police in this matter and after a careful investigation they found the incident to be non-threatening.  I am including the statement  of the report for your review.'


    Manchester Township Police

    Lisa D. Parker, Chief of Police

    Reports of Possible Child Luring Unsubstantiated

    For Immediate Release: March 7, 2016

    Contact:  Capt. Todd Malland

                    Manchester Police Department

                    (732) 657 – 2009 ext. 4103


    The Manchester Township Police Department would like to assure the public that the possible child luring incident reported on March 6, 2016, was fully investigated and determined to be unsubstantiated.

    Two neighborhood children playing outside the area of Sixth and Manchester Streets advised police that they were approached by a female operating a green vehicle, later determined through video surveillance to be a Kia Sol. One of the children said that the female driver inquired as to whether she had seen a black puppy and would assist her in the search. 

    During the course of the investigation, Detectives located the operator of the vehicle, who resides in the Toms River area, and discovered that she volunteers for a legitimate organization that searches for lost dogs in Ocean County. Investigators contacted the owners of the organization, who stated that the woman has volunteered for them for over three years. Investigators conducted an interview with the woman, who confirmed that she had been in the Pine Lake Park section of Manchester Township looking for a lost dog.

    The woman admitted to speaking to several people (adult and juvenile) in an attempt to locate the missing dog, including the child who reported the incident. The woman denied that she asked the victim to get into her vehicle.  The 57 year old women was asked by Officers not to solicit help from neighborhood children. There was no indication of any criminal wrongdoing and this investigation is closed. Chief Parker said: “Our goal is to weed through all of the information we receive and determine what actually happened as quickly as possible. The community provided excellent information in what could have been a serious situation.”

    The Manchester Township Police reminds residents that they can report suspicious activity by calling our non-emergency line at 732-657-6111. Anonymous tips can be submitted through the “Tip Line” tab at Please follow our Facebook page at to receive our updates in your news feed.

    If you have any additonal questions regardig the incident, please refer to the police website.   Again, I would like to commend the Manchester Township Police Department for their prompt attention and investigation. 

    Thank you. 


    David Trethaway




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  • Update on the Bus Stop Incident

    Posted by David Trethaway at 3/4/2016 4:15:00 PM

    Parents, Staff, Students and community members,

    I have just been informed by the Manchester Township Police Department that a suspect has been arrested in the case of two of our Middle School Students being robbed and one student being assaulted. 

    The following is a part of the release from the Manchester Township Police Department regarding this incident:

    The Manchester Township Police Department has arrested and charged a suspect who robbed and assaulted Manchester Township Middle School students at their bus stops on March 2, 2016.

    Thanks to a tip from a concerned resident who viewed information on social media, Manchester Township Police Officers/ Investigators identified the robbery suspect .  The tipster contacted Manchester Police at about 9 p.m. on March 3 and provided information regarding the identity of the suspect. Detectives worked through the night to develop the case to the point where probable cause was established for an  arrest as well as a search warrant for the residence.

    Officers from the Manchester Township Police Patrol and Detective Bureaus executed the search warrant on the morning of March 4. At the residence, the stolen phone was recovered, as was the clothing the person was seen wearing in surveillance footage at the time of the incident.

    “Our Detectives worked around the clock on this case as it involved the safety of the community, specifically school-aged children. Thanks to the continued cooperation from the community, our Officers were able to quickly identify and apprehend this suspect,” said Chief Lisa Parker.

    The Manchester Township Police is grateful to those who provided tips, and reminds residents that they can report suspicious activity by calling our non-emergency line at 732-657-6111. Anonymous tips can be submitted through the “Tip Line” tab at Please follow our Facebook page at to receive our updates in your news feed.

    Please refer to the Manchester Township Police Department for a full report of the incident. 

    I would like to personally thank the police department for their quick and excellent work in addressing this situation.  This is another example of the excellent relationship and cooperation that exists between the school district and our police department.

    David Trethaway







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  • Important Information

    Posted by David Trethaway at 3/3/2016 3:15:00 PM

    Parents and Staff,

    I want to inform you that on Wednesday morning (March 3) two of our middle school students in the Pine Lake section were confronted by an older person at their bus stop. These were two separate incidents and in each case the student was alone at the bus stop. In one of the incidents the student was assaulted when he refused to give up his phone.

    The Manchester Township Police Department is actively investigating these incidents and the school district is working cooperatively with them.

    As a precaution, we have now relocated some bus stops to ensure that no student is alone at a bus stop.

    The police will be providing more information to the public so please refer to their press release for more information.

    I will provide additional information when it becomes available to us.

    Thank you and please remain vigilant in your area and contact the police department if you have any relevant information.

    Thank you

    David Trethaway

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  • Upcoming Events

    Posted by David Trethaway at 2/3/2016 4:00:00 PM

    I would like to take this opportunity to keep you informed of several events that are coming up in the district.

    MTES will be holding their annual Fun Fair on Saturday February 20, 2016. This has been an annual event for over 20 years and is a great opportunity for families to come to the school and enjoy themselves with games, prizes and a fun time This year, unfortunately, the Manchester Township Education Association has informed me that the teachers will not be volunteering to help or participating in the fun fair because they haven’t agreed to a new contract at this point.

    At this time, we have already accepted several donations for the event and have given the assurances and commitment that our district would be holding this event as we have done in the past. Also, this event has been scheduled since the beginning of the year and parents and students have made plans to attend the Fun Fair. Additionally, several of our staff have already begun to coordinate activities and accept donations.  

    The Manchester Township School District will continue to honor the commitment to the students, parents and donors and continue the tradition of the Fun Fair and the event will take place as scheduled, February 20, 2016. We are fortunate to have parents, community volunteers and administrators willing to run the events to insure that this tradition continues and our students, and families have a great experience. I am disappointed in this action taken by the association as it jeopardized an event for students that has been a part of a MTES tradition for over 20 years.    I do want to thank the staff members for their hard work in planning for this event before they were instructed to stop. I also want to thank the parents, community members, and other staff members who are contributing to make this event another success. I look forward to continuing the tradition of the Fun Fair at Manchester Township and another successful event for our students and parents.

    I hope to see you at MTES Fun Fair on February 20th, in the MTES All Purpose Room.

    On the same thought, the Association President has informed me that the Ridgeway staff will not participate in Muffins for Mom or Barnes and Nobles Night.  Again, since these programs benefit our students and families, we will make sure that  both programs will be held as usual. 

    This Friday, there will be a community event sponsored by the Municipal Alliance at the High School Gym. It will be an “Anything Goes Competition” between the high school seniors and a combination of police and school and township officials. It is a great opportunity to come out and enjoy a community event and help support the municipal alliance.

    Lastly, I want to finish by thanking our building and grounds staff, our custodians, our bus drivers and our new Supervisor, Mr. Chris Brown, for the outstanding job that they did during the recent snow storm. The amount of snow that had fallen in that time was substantial and the time and effort put forth by our staff was truly amazing. I also want to thank Mayor Palmer and his staff for assisting the school district in clearing the large amount of snow. Also, our bus drivers are to be commended for driving safely despite some difficult areas. 


    As always, I want to thank you for your cooperation and support for our school district and our school activities.


    David Trethaway






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  • January Message

    Posted by David Trethaway at 1/22/2016 4:00:00 PM

    Parents, Staff, Students, and Community Members,

    I hope everyone had a Happy New Year and had an opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some information regarding some upcoming meetings and some general items of interest.

    First, as the weather is getting colder and winter moves forward, it is important to be prepared in the event of inclement weather. I have visited the schools in some of the colder days and for the most part the schools are keeping up with the low temperatures. There have been some isolated cases where the rooms could be warmer but most issues have been addressed. In any case where a classroom is not warm enough, the teacher has the option of moving the class until the problem has been addressed. Recently, this has not been necessary but the option is there if a problem develops.

    Also, in the event of inclement weather and the need to either close school, delay the opening or have an early dismissal, we will notify you through our all call system. Additional announcements may be also be made through our website and radio stations.

    We will be holding a parent meeting to provide information on the block schedule being proposed at the high school. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. I did present information at the December Board of Education Meeting and this information is posted on our website. We have been meeting with staff and students and will continue to provide information regarding the schedule. The schedule will provide our students more opportunities to select additional electives and to accelerate in areas of interest or to “catch up” if they have fallen behind. Schools that use this schedule have shown improved graduation rates, lower discipline problems and increased grades and attendance.

    We also will be holding a parent meeting to provide information on the new safety measures that will be implemented in our schools. The procedures are referred to as A.L.I.C.E. and representatives from the police department will be presenting information as well. That meeting will be in February in the High School Auditorium at a date to be determined.

    During the next few weeks, we will be putting out a survey to parents, staff students and community members to find out what programs and issues that you would like to see addressed at the schools. We will be working with the police department on safety issues and also would like to present information on any other topic that you feel would be beneficial.

    Lastly, I was fortunate enough to attend the Martin Luther King JR. program last Friday. It was an outstanding performance by our students and several speakers. I thoroughly enjoyed the program and look forward each year to attending.


    Thank you for all of your support our schools.


    David Trethaway


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  • December Message

    Posted by David Trethaway at 12/23/2015 3:05:00 PM

    Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Community Members,


      I was fortunate enough to be able to attend our holiday concerts at our Whiting School, Ridgeway School,  Manchester Township Elementary School, Middle School and High School.  We certainly have some very talented students and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the concerts.  I would like to congratulate all of the students who performed so well and also congratulate the teachers who did such a great job in preparing the performances.  It was evident that a lot of hard work was put in to produce such outstanding concerts. 

    I also was very impressed and happy to see so many parents and friends attend the concerts.  Each school had a large crowd at their performances.  It is so important for our students to be supported in their activities by parents and friends and it was great to see all of the parents so positive and enthusiastic about their child’s efforts.  I believe this strong support was a big factor in the quality of the performances. 

    Lastly, I want to thank all of you for the support you have shown for the school district.  We will be scheduling several parent meeting in the upcoming months and I hope you will be able to attend these meetings. The topics will include safety procedures, social media, block scheduling and interpreting PARCC score to name a few.  I will also be continuing to hold Superintendent Advisory Committee meetings and everyone is welcome to join the committee. It is so important to get accurate information on situations and planned activities and I encourage you to check the website, attend meetings and/or contact the schools or central office to stay informed or to ask questions.  I also look forward to your input on school district matters. 

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a joyful and happy holidays.  I understand how hectic our day to day routines become and for this reason I hope that you all have an opportunity to take a break and spend some quality time with friends and family. 

    Thank you again for all of your support and cooperation and have a great holiday. 


    David Trethaway


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  • Upcoming Events

    Posted by David Trethaway at 12/4/2015 4:00:00 PM

    Parents, Staff, Students and community members,


    The next several weeks we will all have an opportunity to see some of our students perform in the holiday concerts.  I know the students work extremely hard and the band and chorus directors have done an excellent job in preparing the programs. We have some very talented students and I would like to invite you to be part of the audience and hopefully get in the holiday spirit.  I am sure you will be as impressed as I am each year I have been fortunate to see such talented students. In addition to our upcoming concerts, the Whiting students will be displaying some of their work at the Whiting School. 

    Please check our webpage for all events but here is a short list of the upcoming programs:


    Dec. 8, 6:00 PM
    Whiting Elementary School Winter Arts Festival

    Dec. 9, 6:30 PM
    Manchester Township High School Winter Concert

    Dec. 10, 7:00 PM
    Manchester Township Elementary School Winter Concert

    Dec. 17, 7:00 PM
    Ridgeway School Winter Choral Concert 

    Dec. 21, 7:00 PM
    Combined Elementary Band Concert at Ridgeway School

    Dec. 22, 6:00 PM
    Manchester Township Middle School Winter Concert at the High School

    I hope to see you there.  Thank you for your continued support of our schools and our students. 

    David Trethaway













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