Thank you to everyone who came out to the Harlem Wizards!

Check out the fun video from the event.


“OTES Girl Scouts came to school early on Tuesday, November 8th, to help with the girlscoutsphotoschool’s food drive and the final pickup by the Human Services Department.  This week the township’s Community Hope Fund happily accepted theses boxes of non-perishable food: more than 200 pounds of canned and boxed items donated by OTES families. The food will be delivered and given out to Ocean families in need this Thanksgiving.  THANKS to all who donated to this worthwhile food drive!”


Thank You!

Pie_2015 Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Whip Cancer’s Butt, Pie in the Face for Charity. In honor of September Pediatric Awareness Month OTES hosted an all district fundraiser to raise funds for 3 amazing charities: St. Judes’s Hospital, Make Some Noise 4 Children’s Cancer, and The Mya Lyn Terry Foundation. After all the pies were thrown, we were able to give $620 to each charity.

Special thanks to the Elementary School PTA Presidents, Principals, and Dr. Stefankiewicz for all your help and for taking a “pie in your face”. And thank you to Jay Armburst and Tom Berg for capturing some great photos.

The 2015 Estalee Levbarg Special Educator of the Year Award Goes to OTES Teacher Kristin Vona!

This award is bestowed on the teacher, therapist, aide, counselor or child study team member whose daily approach to reaching and teaching special education students in the Ocean Township School District illustrates exceptional dedication and desire to seeing these children blossom, grow, and succeed to the best of their abilities.


OTES Raises $1,400 for Pediatric Cancer In 2014


OTES Pie Challenge for Pediatric Cancer

In honor of September’s Pediatric Cancer Awareness month, OTES held a Pediatric Cancer Pie in Your Face Challenge event. Friends, family and faculty took pies in the face to “whip cancer’s butt” and raised $1,400 for pediatric cancer. Thank you to OTES Principal Dr. Ryan, OT Superintendent Stefankiewicz and some of our OTES faculty for taking some pie in the face for these charities which will share the money we raised: St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Mya Lin Terry Foundation and Make Some Noise 4 Kids. Thank you all that attended!

OTES on Classroom Close-Up – View the Episode Here

OTES was recently featured on NJEA’s Emmy-winning series “Classroom Close-up”. Classroom Close-up NJ is a half-hour television program that features innovative projects in New Jersey public schools. The Emmy winning show is in its 20th season. OTES was featured on Show #9 which aired in December, January, and February. OTES’s topic was “The Milken Educator 2013”  – Patrick O’Neill has one goal for his fourth-grade students at Ocean Township Elementary School in Oakhurst –  to love coming to school. He uses technology to grab their attention and track their learning. O’Neill pilots new programs and his students’ assessments are showing impressive gains. Visit the NJEA website to learn more at


Congratulations Mr. O’Neill for Winning the Milken Educator Award!!!

From Commitment to Recognition, Patrick O’Neill Gets Surprise of his Career
Ocean Township Elementary School, Oakhurst, NJ, October 18, 2012

As the kids wave “Hi!” to the cameras, Patrick O’Neill stands proud amongst fellow Milken Educators, and state and education officials. Photo credit: Milken Family Foundation

From the Milken Family Foundation Website…He’s a “SMART” choice! Fourth-grade teacher and tech guru Patrick O’Neill got the surprise of a lifetime when he was presented with a 2012 Milken Educator Award during an all-school assembly at Ocean Township Elementary School in Oakhurst, New Jersey. His students’ science and math scores have been on the rise since 2007, and their gains are among the highest in the district. For the complete story, video and photos click HERE to go to the Milken Family Foundation Website.