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Wayne Education Association News: Your Local Teachers & Support Staff

July 13, 2022

It is always a bittersweet moment when someone retires from a school district. Those in education often meet hundreds of children during their service to our communities. That is hundreds of lives that may have been shaped or moved by a singular person. This year many WEA members are retiring.

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Wayne educator Sondra Grewe deGraft-Johnson has been selected to participate in an elite, one-week educational program. The National Council for History Education (NCHE) announced that deGraft-Johnson, an English Language Arts teacher at George Washington Middle School, has been selected to ...

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Wayne, NJ—Hosted by Mayor Christopher Vergano, Superintendent, Dr. Mark Toback, The Wayne Education Association, The Wayne Alliance and the Wayne Police Dept, the 8th annual Community Forum at the Cosmopolitan on Route 23 was filled with valuable education regarding mental health and substance ...

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William Butler Yeats once said, "Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire." In the Wayne school district, many educators have been keeping these fires burning for many, many years. Below are featured many of the teachers and support staff who have served our Wayne students ...

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All around Wayne, educators are getting some extra credit they greatly deserve! U.S. Teacher Appreciation Week, Administrative Professionals Day and National School Nurse Day are all celebrated at the end of April and the beginning of May. Treats and trinkets have been gathered to give the teachers ...

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Over the past few weeks, the world has watched the horrible events in Ukraine. The Wayne Education Association has come together with the help of BOE President Suzanne Pudup, Superintendent Dr. Toback and Mayor Chris Vergano to raise money and awareness for Ukraine. The WEA used a grant from the ...

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Walt Disney once said, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” The WEA has provided funds with board approval to our media specialists as they pick out books to fit their school’s needs. This money comes from a PRIDE in Public Education grant. Since ...

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The educators of our community were honored last Thursday when they were presented with this year’s Governor's Educator of the Year Awards. This program celebrates our state’s best teachers and educational service professionals. The award recognizes New Jersey educators for their educational ...

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There are many families that are in need during the winter season, and the Wayne Education Association (WEA) is there to answer this call. Wayne teachers Denise Malone and Jen Hamilton mobilized the WEA’s FAST committee to organize the buying and distribution of new winter coats. Considering the ...

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Throughout the country, many families face food insecurity. So when the Wayne Education Association (WEA) heard about Wayne residents struggling to provide food for their families, they ...

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  Transforming the Intense Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach Strategies to manage and transform challenging behaviors in children and teens A workshop presented by Circle of Care for Families & Children of Passaic County The Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA) is a philosophy for ...

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Outside is chilly, so inside the classroom, teachers must come up with some cool activities before winter break! Wayne Valley teachers and specialists are developing some interesting ways to keep the classroom both fun and educational. December 15th was National Gingerbread Day, and to ...

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This school year, many members of the Wayne Education Association, the WEA, are celebrating history, family, community and the importance of gratitude throughout the district. We have so much to be thankful for this year, and it is great to see the WEA members give back and lift one another ...

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The most important thing to teachers is the students, and this is why the WEA takes Wayne’s Board of Education elections so seriously. The Board oversees so many important tasks- from budgetary items to updating curriculum and more. During these past two years, we have experienced even more ...

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The spooky season is upon us, and after a year of social distancing, the Wayne school teachers are excited to celebrate. All across our district, the schools are preparing for their Halloween parties and some teachers are coming up with new and innovative ways to celebrate. Many feel this is the ...

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After careful consideration, the educators of Wayne have come out in support of Cynthia P. Simon, Matthew Giordano (incumbent), and Stacey Scher (incumbent) — numbers 6, 7, and 8 for Wayne Board of Education. The Wayne Education Association (WEA) invited each of the eight candidates to sit down ...

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On Tuesday, September 9th, students and staff of the Wayne school district flooded the corridors of their schools, excited to see old friends and begin new classes. Locker doors slammed and laughter echoed in the halls as students and staff attempted to navigate this full return to our ...

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The students and staff at the Preakness Early Childhood Center (ECC) celebrated its inaugural year and first graduating class with a clap-out parade on June 21st.  All students and staff members received a commemorative T-Shirt, sponsored by the Wayne Education Association. The Preakness-ECC ...

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There are few callings that are both as rewarding and challenging as teaching a group of our young students and preparing them for the world that impatiently waits for them. When young educators begin their career, they do so with wide-eyed optimism and energy. As they make their way through the ...

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For the third consecutive year, The Wayne Education Association has gifted the Media Centers of all the Wayne Schools with books for the students to enjoy. Each Media Specialist provided the WEA with their Wish List of books that the students of their school would enjoy. Danielle Valencia, WEA ...

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It is an honor each year to participate and sponsor the Community Drug forum with Mayor Vergano, the Wayne Alliance, the Wayne Public Schools, and the Wayne Police Department. This year we have partnered with our school paraprofessionals and custodians to make the program even more inclusive. Drug ...

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Back by popular demand! The class of 2021 from Wayne Valley High School and Wayne Hills High School will be receiving T-shirts as a gift to celebrate their graduation. The FAST ( Families and Schools Together) committee of the WEA have collected orders over the past several months and have ...

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2021 marks the celebration of 25 years of service for some of our amazing Wayne teachers. The Wayne Education Association honors each of these staff members for their hard work and dedication to the Wayne Schools and the many children they have taught over the last twenty-five years. Each of these ...

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It seems that in a time of crisis, those that give the most are often asked to give even more. Such is the case with the nurses of the Wayne Education Association. Our intrepid nurses went beyond what most would dare to ask over this past year. They have covid-tested and contact-traced morning, ...

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The Wayne Education Association is always looking for ways to aid the local community. Recently, the pandemic has escalated economic hardship for many of our Wayne families. This has increased the need to support programs like the Wayne Council of PTO’s food bank. Our Association was glad to ...

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As we enter what is hopefully the final chapters of this deadly virus, we look upon the damage that it has wrought. The damage has taken many forms. There is, of course, the hurt we have seen and continue to see. The virus has taken too many of us - those in our family, our dear friends, the people ...

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The Covid Pandemic has changed everything we do! Even the simple things have to be adjusted to accommodate social distancing parameters. This leaves traditional handwritten valentines to classmates impossible to do, but doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Valentine's Day. There are many other ways ...

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The Wayne Township Public Schools community experienced a terrible tragedy with the passing of beloved Wayne Education Association member, Pat Hassert at the start of the new year. During her 22 years of service to the WTPS, Pat worked at a number of schools and was also an active member of her ...

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Given the extraordinary circumstances that Covid-19 has brought into the lives of our students during this past year, the WEA Families And Schools Together (FAST) committee has organized an event scheduled for our school community to address the mental health needs of our students at the Middle and ...

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As the Coronavirus continues its spread throughout our township, the Wayne Education Association is taking action to help families who find themselves in need. The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to hurt far too many families in our community. Word that many of our students and families could be ...

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