Westfield Public Schools opened with more than 6,260 students on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Among them were Lincoln School Kindergarten students Danielle Schreier, Gabriel Singh, Fiona Lick, Alyssa Katz, Hudson Crotty, and Beckett Lick.
Lincoln Principal Audrey Zavetz welcomed each student entering the school, including Kai Hreha.
Several families brought multiple generations to the send-off, including 1998 Westfield High School graduate Allison (Faulker) Quay, with son Andrew, daughter Charlotte, and mother and long-time Westfield resident Sue Faulkner.
In her Welcome Message to the Community (available on the district’s website at https://vimeo.com/138219263) Superintendent of Schools, Margaret Dolan, made special mention of the kindergarten children who will become Westfield High School’s graduating class of 2028. Dr. Dolan also acknowledged all members of the community when she stated, “I feel privileged to begin this year with highly qualified and dedicated staff, wonderful students, and supportive parents and community members.” She noted that 40 different curricula have been revised for the 2015-2016 school year, technology upgrades were implemented to enhance curriculum, and teachers participated in several professional development days this summer. In addition, orientations were held for new students and teachers, summer sessions sharpened student learning skills, and more than 902,000 square feet of classrooms, hallways and stairwells were readied in all 10 schools.
Dr. Dolan, who joined 200 other superintendents across the country at a Legislative Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC this summer, also assured the community that she will continue her work to influence equitable funding support for Westfield.