Westfield Board of Ed Congratulates Students, Teachers

The Westfield Board of Education Credits: Michael Bruchert

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Education congratulated both teachers and students for their accomplishments in testing and extracurricular activities within the district at Tuesday’s meeting.

According to the Board, seven students achieved perfect scores in June 2015 on the ACT standardized tests, bringing the total to 33 for the 2014-15 school year:

English: Caroline Berry, Chanel Shum, Jesse Lui, and Frankanthony Guerriero
Reading: Chanel Shum and Bridget Harrington
Mathematics: Megan Troutman
Science: Cameron Bremer

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In addition to outstanding test scores, a total of 151 Westfield High School students earned AP Scholar awards according to a report from the College Board. Students’ scores averaged 4.21 on a scale of one to five.

Board members also congratulated Westfield High School’s boys and girls varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen cross country teams, which earned five out of six first-place trophies at the Union County Championship Meet.

The Westfield High School Marching Band also received praise on Tuesday for their third place finish at the New Jersey State Championship held at Rutgers University.

Two teachers, Susan Marie Terra and Mike Bukowsky, were honored by the Board for awards and appearances as well. Terra, a science teacher at Westfield High School, was presented the Unsung Heroes Award by Voya Financial and will use the $2,000 grant to purchase equipment for laboratory investigations in her Forensics Science classes where she teaches students to analyze DNA.

Bukowsky, a physical education teacher at Washington School, was recognized by the Board for his speech at the National Health and Physical Education conference in Atlanta last week where he addressed a program developed in Westfield schools called “FUNdamental Integrative Training (FIT) for Physical Education.”

Winners of the AppleFest Art Contest were also announced, including:

Grades 3-4: Conor Reynolds, Margaret Danenhauer, and Clara Owens
Grades 5-6: Addie Cummings, Cate Korins, and Avery Hoeft

The board also noted that Westfield High School will host 175 colleges and universities at its annual College Night on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. Students and parents will be able to gather information about colleges and universities from representatives in the Varsity Gym, Gym 5, and Cafeteria B. A list of colleges and universities that will be in attendance are posted on the Department of Counseling Services website.

There will be a panel discussion on the previous evening, Nov. 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. regarding College Planning for Students with IEPs and 504 Plans in Cafeteria B of the High school.

The Board of Ed concluded its meeting with a notice that public schools will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 6, to provide teacher professional days at the NJEA Convention.

All agenda items were unanimously passed, and the next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 302 Elm St. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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