West Essex Observes Moveup Day

Students find their way to classes on Moveup Day at West Essex High School. Credits: Allison Freeman
Ryan Hinchcliffe, an eighth grader from Roseland, looks at his freshman year schedule at Moveup Day at West Essex High School. Credits: Allison Freeman
West Essex Middle School eighth grader Sara Lonergan of Fairfield checks her freshman year schedule as she prepares to change class at Moveup Day at West Essex High School. Credits: Allison Freeman
West Essex High School Environmental Science Teacher Jamie Wall welcomes eighth graders to freshman environmental science. Credits: Allison Freeman
West Essex Middle School social studies teacher Justin Schwindel welcomes sixth graders to his class. Credits: Allison Freeman

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - West Essex students in grades seven-11 and the sixth grade students from the Essex Fells, Roseland, Fairfield and North Caldwell sending districts participated in Moveup Day on June 11. Students and teachers spent the afternoon following their class schedules for the 2015-16 school year.

Sixth graders from the four sending districts got their first taste of life at the middle school, while the current eighth graders tested the waters at the high school, by walking around the long hallways, asking for directions to the gyms and the arts wing.

"The high school is so big," said eighth grader Ryan Hinchliffe of Roseland. "Moveup Day helps me get used to the new school."

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Sara Lonergan, an eighth grader from Fairfield, studied her schedule and said she was able to find most of her new classes.

In the middle school, Social Studies teacher Justin Schwindel welcomed the sixth graders to his classroom and talked to them about everything from the class curriculum to summer plans. He asked many of them where they were from with answers including Fairfield, North Caldwell, Essex Fells or Roseland.

He then he told them this didn’t matter anymore because, “you are all West Essex Knights now.”

West Essex Middle School Principal Vee Popat said he received positive feedback from everyone regarding Moveup Day.

"I am extremely proud of our staff for setting a strong foundation with the students for the next school year,” he said. “The students were excited to have a glimpse into their future at WEMS and WEHS, and I believe strongly that Moveup Day served its role as a critical piece to the transition process."

This is a column for the West Essex Regional Schools.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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