NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — As part of National Principals Month in October, the West Essex Regional Board of Education took the opportunity last week to thank and recognize district administrators for their outstanding service and commitment to the students and staff.

In other district news, the North Caldwell Municipal Alliance and the North Caldwell Police Foundation were recognized for sponsoring recent parent and student assemblies that addressed vaping. The assembly, entitled the “Smoke Screen,” was presented by Douglas Collier, Director of Professional Outreach and Engagement at Monmouth University.

As Veterans Day approaches, West Essex High School is reaching out to all West Essex community members who have served in any military branch during war or times of peace in hopes of being able to honor local veterans during an event on Wednesday, Nov. 6. This invitation is extended to any residents of the four towns, parents or grandparents of students and parents or children of staff members. 

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The event will consist of a brunch, a 30-minute honorary assembly, and classroom visits by veterans. Veterans are cordially invited to participate in all three components or whichever they choose.

During his principal's report, West Essex High School Principal Caesar Diliberto noted that the district is committed to the well-being of students and staff. To further achieve that initiative, a team of administrators, teachers and support staff recently completed Mental Health First Aid Training offered by the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Human Services.  The training was coordinated by the school safety specialists of the district. 

During her own principal’s report, West Essex Middle School Principal Gina Donlevie reported that the West Essex Middle School band recently joined the West Essex High School Marching Knights for their annual 8th Grade Band Knight.

Prior to the game, the middle school and high school band students bonded over a music rehearsal and dinner courtesy of the West Essex Band Boosters.  As the football team took the field, the bands “joyously played together and got the fans excited for its rivalry, Nutley High School,” Donlevie explained. During the third quarter, the eighth graders “were able to show their strength as they played alone in the stands,” she added.  

This annual tradition provides an opportunity for the marching band to serve as mentors to the middle school music students. Gratitude extended to band directors Anthony Fabrizio and Rick Fitzke as well as to Lisa Swanick, Supervisor of Fine, Performing & Practical Arts, for their efforts in organizing this annual event.

The next regularly scheduled board of education meeting will be held on Nov. 4.