In the Schools

May 13, 2021

It took several hours, eight traffic routes, 45 teachers and 12 staff members from the Westfield Public Schools and the Westfield Department of Public Works to deliver 387 signs to surprised and delighted Westfield High School seniors on May 10. The massive feat of organization and collaboration ...

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As the nation celebrated Earth Day on April 22, first-graders in the Westfield Public Schools are studying seeds and plants as part of a Life Sciences unit that has youngsters planting seeds and observing the germination process in the classroom before transplanting the healthy seedlings — some in ...

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Westfield High School junior Ashley Talwar has been accepted into the prestigious New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences to be held July 11-31. “As a Governor’s School Scholar, you will be one of a group of outstanding high school juniors from all parts of the state who have been chosen to ...

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Whether cleaning neighborhood storm drains, tending to school gardens, or collecting gently used toys and clothing to both aid those in need and reduce landfill loads, a tradition of environmental stewardship remains constant in the Westfield Public Schools community on Earth Day and ...

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Child comfort and support kits for children in homeless shelters, donations of Spanish language books for an aftercare program, and collections of granola bars and other nutritional treats for service men and women and first responders were among the many creative efforts undertaken during ...

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Westfield High School junior T.J. Walsh has been elected to serve as treasurer for the New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC). “I began my involvement with Student Council in sixth grade and have since developed a deep-rooted passion for public service and governance,” writes Walsh ...

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More than 30 students, staff and community members gathered on March 25 for Westfield High School’s No Place for Hate community book-read discussion. The participants met via video chat to talk about Kekla Magoon’s novel “How It Went Down,” which tells the story of a community responding to the ...

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Second-graders at Franklin Elementary School in Westfield recently used virtual passports to participate in “China Day,” an annual tradition that promotes the learning of Chinese language, history, and culture as part of a districtwide 2nd grade unit on cultural diversity. Six virtual stations ...

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Three Westfield High School students will perform in the New Jersey State Solo and Ensemble Festival in April, an inaugural virtual event launched by Arts Ed NJ for the 2020/2021 school year to recognize student achievement in music education across the state. Eleventh graders Conor Daly ...

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There was a seashore treasure hunt, a goldfish estimation challenge, a race to light the lighthouse and much more as Franklin Elementary School held its well-loved Math Night on March 4. This year’s theme of the annual event — held virtually this year — was “Math: It’s a Shore Thing.”  Students, ...

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There were excited reactions during a student virtual “watch party” at Roosevelt Intermediate School as NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars just before 4 p.m. on Feb. 18. “When the coverage of the landing started, some students and teachers logged in to participate in the virtual “watch ...

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On Saturday, Feb. 6, Westfield High School senior Mira Mehta will co-facilitate a virtual statewide youth listening session as part of an “Are You INFOrmed?” outreach campaign by the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium. “The Consortium is a new state initiative created by state legislation ...

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On Friday, Jan. 15, 4th-grade teachers and students at Franklin School continued their tradition of celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each fourth-grade teacher provided a Google Meet link as students “traveled” between the six fourth-grade classrooms to learn about Dr. King and ...

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Members of the Jefferson School Early Act Club spent the winter break and the weeks leading up to it making nearly 200 rubber band mask lanyards for local first responders. The Early Act Club, an elementary student service club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westfield, and the school’s Parent ...

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Whether creating holiday cards for senior care facilities, conducting food drives and collecting warm clothing for families in need, or donating masks and cleaning wipes to school staff, the Westfield Public Schools community continues its tradition of giving, despite challenges presented by ...

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Whether teaching life lessons using quotes of famous people, spreading Math cheer, encouraging creative writing, or being a good listener, teachers in Westfield Public Schools were lauded by their students who used poetry, essays, song, and art to thank the educators during this time of ...

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Author David Good recently paid a virtual visit to a Humanities class at Westfield High School to explore themes of culture and identity. Good is the author of “The Way Around: Finding My Mother and Myself Among the Yanomami” and the son of an American anthropologist and a tribeswoman from a ...

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Westfield High School senior Anna Qiang has been named a 2020-2021 National African American Scholar and WHS senior Jordan Ortiz has been named a 2020-2021 National Hispanic Scholar, as part of the College Board National Recognition Programs. According to the College Board, the program honors ...

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Whether virtual or in-person, students and staff in Westfield Public Schools participated in lessons and activities emphasizing the meaning of respect and the different ways people show it during the Week of Respect Oct. 5 – 9, observed annually by public school districts across New Jersey, school ...

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Westfield High School students continue to be recognized for academic excellence in a number of different areas. The district recently announced seniors Grace Endy, Samantha Salz, and Maxwell Scialabba are National Merit Semifinalists and that nine other high school seniors have been recognized ...

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It was a rainy start to the school year but spirits were not dampened, as many students returned to their classrooms in Westfield Public Schools on Sept. 10.  Like other districts across New Jersey and the country, Westfield schools opened with a hybrid combination of in-person and remote ...

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The deadline for Westfield residents interested in considering a term on the Board of Education is Monday, July 27 at 4 p.m. when nominating petitions should be filed with the Office of the Union County Clerk in Elizabeth. Please note that, at the time of publication, two bills are pending in ...

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Teachers in the Westfield Public School District are providing important opportunities for students to express their feelings as they grapple with how to respond to the killing of George Floyd by a police officer and the nationwide protests that followed. Approximately 100 people – students, ...

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In recent years, members of the Westfield High School Band and Orchestra have volunteered their talent and time to performing a concert for the residents at Westfield Senior Citizens Housing. This year, with COVID-19 keeping everyone at home, WHS band directors Christopher Vitale and Trevor ...

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Westfield High School, Edison Intermediate School and Roosevelt Intermediate School have received official designation as “No Place for Hate” schools by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). “It is clear from all of your efforts that you and your committee brought the right amount of thoughtfulness, ...

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Five Westfield student teams demonstrated creativity, ingenuity, and presentation skills in specific problem-solving categories at the Gateway Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on March 7 in Sayreville, with three teams placing first, second, and third in various categories. A team ...

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To celebrate New Jersey Law Day, Westfield High School social studies teacher Kimberly Leegan coordinated a virtual program for students in Introduction to Law, Mock Trial, and AP Government and Politics classes. To celebrate New Jersey Law Day, Westfield High School social studies teacher ...

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An enterprising and thoughtful second-grader at Franklin Elementary School in Westfield used what she has learned about persuasive writing and a global pandemic to send a letter to the company that makes the popular American Girl dolls. “Dear American Girl Doll Company,” writes the second-grader ...

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The Roosevelt Intermediate School Student Council donated $500 worth of food to the staff at Overlook Medical Center on April 23, as a small token of appreciation for the hard work of local healthcare workers. Roosevelt School teachers and student council co-advisors Marissa Conneely and Erin ...

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Whether donating 10,000 medical gloves to an area hospital, helping to disinfect Westfield police vehicles or setting up a social media fundraiser to buy grocery gift cards for families in need, the Westfield Public Schools community is pitching in to help during this public health ...

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