The Westfield Public Schools are ready for students.
6,300 students are expected to arrive on Wednesday, September 6. Westfield’s youngest learners will enter Lincoln School’s pre-school and kindergarten programs; boys and girls in grades 1 – 5 will head to one of six neighborhood elementary schools; Roosevelt and Edison Intermediate Schools will welcome the town’s sixth, seventh and eighth graders; and Westfield High School is ready to prepare more than 1,800 students for college and careers.
902,000 square feet of classrooms, hallways and stairwells have been scrubbed and polished, awaiting the arrival of students and staff in all 10 schools.
35 new teachers will join the Westfield Public Schools staff – mostly to fill the roles of those who have retired.
6 new administrators have been appointed to replace recent retirees. The new administrative hires include: Susie Hung – Principal, Jefferson Elementary School; Mary Asfendis – Principal, Roosevelt Intermediate School; Crystal Marsh – Assistant Principal, Edison Intermediate School; Paul Duncan – Assistant Principal, Franklin Elementary School; Tom Weber – Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts; and Enrique Pincay – Supervisor of World Languages.
60 revised courses at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels have been incorporated into this year’s curriculum to meet or exceed standards set by the New Jersey Department of Education.
2,686 students -- grades K-5 -- will engage in the research-based, cross-curriculum concepts in the New Generation Science Standards to be implemented in the district.
350 new Chromebooks will be used in every Social Studies classroom in grades 6 – 12 following last year’s successful pilot program using this technology.
589 students of all ages who were enrolled in Westfield Public School programs this summer will benefit from the extra enrichment or support that was provided.
“It all adds up to a new school year filled with innumerable opportunities for our students to become life-long learners,” stated Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Margaret Dolan. “We are excited to be part of their educational journey and look forward to continuing Westfield’s Tradition of Excellence.”