WARREN, NJ - The last Warren Township Board of Education meeting was held in the new and improved Woodland School Library on Monday. The meeting opened with a special presentation from Jeffrey Heaney, Woodland School principal, Amanda McGrath, library media specialist and Woodland students, Harlow Jenkins, grade 3, Harrison Malone, grade 4 and, Olivia Bello, grade 5.
Heaney began the presentation by graciously thanking the Board of Education, including, Dr. Matthew Mingle, superintendent of schools and Patricia Leonhardt, business administrator, as well as Stacey Modugno, curriculum supervisor, Michael Pate, supervisor of buildings and grounds, all of the maintenance and custodial staff, Woodland staff, parent volunteers, and especially McGrath, for their hard work, dedication, support and efforts in creating such an amazing learning space for the students of Woodland School.
The Warren Township Board of Education provided funding for updates to each elementary school library in the 2019-2020 budget.
Following Heaney’s words, Jenkins, Malone, and Bellow took the stage to perform an expressive reading piece of their choice. Each student chose a section from one of their favorite books to read in front of the entire Board of Education as well as their families and friends. All three children did an excellent job. Board of Education Vice President, Mrs. Patricia Zohn spoke directly to the students following their reading to thank them and congratulate them on a job very well done.
For the past three years, Woodland School has hosted the Expressive Reading Showcase led by McGrath and grade 5 teacher, Mr. Adam Yenish. This year the Showcase will be held on Monday, March 2 in conjunction with Read Across America day.
Two days after the Board of Education meeting, Woodland School held a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the library for all Woodland students. As soon as McGrath cut the ribbon the students scurried into their new library. They immediately were excited to see the new furniture, colorful paint and carpet and all of their very favorite books on display.
The library now has moveable and flexible furniture which allows the space to be more accommodating to larger groups as well as promoting collaboration while also designating areas for quiet or independent work and reading.
Photos courtesy of Warren Township Schools
1. Harlow Jenkins, grade 3 Woodland student has the crowd in stitches as she performed during the Expressive Reading presentation at the Board of Education meeting on February 24.
2. Olivia Bello, grade 5 Woodland students kept a captive audience as she shared a piece from one of her favorite books during the Board of Education meeting on February 24.
3. Harrison Malone, grade 4 Woodland student read a piece from a story by Dan Gutman, a very popular author in the district.
4. Mr. Michael Pate, supervisor of buildings and grounds, Ms. Stacey Modugno, curriculum supervisor, Mr. Jeffrey Heaney, principal of Woodland School, Mrs. Amanda McGrath, Library Media Specialist and Dr. Matthew Mingle, superintendent of schools smile for a picture just before McGrath cuts the ceremonial ribbon.
5. Grade 5 student, Dominick DiBella happily takes a seat on one of the plush new seats to read a story.