Monmouth Journal Highlights AHES Banners

Monmouth Journal Highlights AHES Banners
Posted on 01/22/2020
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New banners symbolize school’s academic excellence

By Muriel J. Smith
The Monmouth Journal

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — (January 3, 2019) - New banners were installed on the exterior walls of the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School (AHES) Saturday, promoting AHES — Achieve, Honor, Empower and Succeed — the symbols of academic excellence promoted at the K through sixth grade school. The school is one part of the Tri-District which also includes Highlands Elementary and Henry Hudson Regional schools.
But the banners also mark the last official visible act of board member Suzanne Santry, who spearheaded the movement to create and hang the banners. Santry did not seek re-election to the board, saying her six years have been exciting and satisfying, but it was time to step down and make way for others to serve the district and its students as a board member.
Not that the wife of borough Councilman Jon Crowley is stepping back from the volunteerism in the community both feel is important to do. With a student at Henry Hudson Regional, Santry will now devote more time to volunteering on theater productions presented by students there. She has also helped the production manager in one play the middle school students produced and is already working on ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ the play the high school is presenting in April. Santry is using the same talents at the local level she employs at NJPAC, the NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark, where she works part time. The center is a non-profit cultural institution in the state that presents world-class performances and provides educational programs for all ages with events and festivals.
Santry has served in a number of different capacities during her years on the school board. She is a former vice chair of the board of education, chair of the Communications, Public Relations and Marketing committee, and a member of the Tri-District leadership Board.
“Susan’s philosophy is about the importance of branding and marketing a school district, with the focus on what is best for our students,” said Dr. Susan E. Compton, superintendent of the tri-school district. “Her banners, which have been supported by board chair Alyson Denzler and the entire board, represent the school’s logo and crest, emphasizing characteristics through its initials, Achieve, Honor, Empower and Succeed, as the goal for academic excellence.”
The superintendent added that “with this in mind, the banners represent the fact we have an outstanding staff, students, administration and board in Atlantic Highlands.”
Praise should also go to communications coordinator Christina Brookes who did the graphic design for the logo, as well as committee member Masina and Denzler.
Santry and her husband came from Los Angeles to the borough, settling here in 2008, and almost immediately became involved in volunteer and community activities.
“We’ve always been heavy on volunteerism,” the exiting board member said, “and we both feel happy and privileged to be able to participate and give back to the community. It isn’t always easy, but it is always a joy.”