WESTFIELD, NJ – Social-emotional learning (SEL), an updated website and a growing alumni database have been the Westfield Public School District’s goals for this year. The district has made significant progress on all three fronts, Superintendent Margaret Dolan said during the school board meeting Tuesday night.

Social-Emotional Learning

As Dolan explained, the district remains focused on implementing principles of SEL during classroom instruction. The district has also prepared a series of informational videos to explain various SEL concepts. Dolan said these have been sent to all parents and are available on the district website.

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The new standards-based report card, which will be introduced in all elementary schools beginning next year, will also foster SEL by helping students with self-awareness, self-management, and decision-making, Dolan said.

Updated Website

Notable changes made to the district website include an improved search feature, streamlined navigation buttons for each school’s individual pages, and the addition of more pictures showing students and district activities. The district has also worked toward making the site more accessible.

In recent months, the district has reached out to parents to suggest changes to improve the district’s website, Dolan said. She added that the district remains open to suggestions.

Alumni Network

A total of 775 former Westfield students have so far registered in the district’s alumni database through its registration form.

Registered alumni can also sign up to receive the district’s quarterly newsletter, the Blue Devil Bulletin, which features stories about Westfield graduates. The first edition of the newsletter, released earlier this year, has led to an increase in registrations, Dolan said.

Moving forward, Dolan said, the district is working on connecting alumni who are seeking jobs and internships with alumni who are hiring for these positions.

After the presentation, Board President Peggy Oster thanked everyone who worked toward achieving these goals over the past year.

“We’ve gone above and beyond in reference to our district goals,” Oster said. “It’s a testament to everyone who works here.”