In the Schools

November 7, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – Exploring computer graphics and animation at the Ringling College of Art and Design, studying marine life in the Gulf of Mexico and talking with a space shuttle astronaut were among the highlights of a STEM field trip to Florida embarked upon recently by a group of students and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -- Westfield High School will host more than 160 colleges, universities and other post-secondary institutions at its annual college night on Thursday, Nov. 15,  from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The event provides an excellent opportunity for students and their parents to talk one-on-one with ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -- It was a celebration of family and remembrance at Edison Intermediate School on Friday as students in grades 6-8 and their world language teachers marked Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, creating a Hallway of Memories with colorful and meaningful displays. “Day of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -- Local public schools have partnered with the Town Book Store in Westfield to showcase "Books We Share to Show We Care," a list of recommended elementary level reading as part of the district's commitment to social and emotional learning. "At the elementary school level, teachers ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -- On any given day during recess, elementary school students might be found playing energetic games, gleefully bouncing balls, or just generally scampering about.  But look closely and you’ll also spy a determined group of youngsters running the roughly quarter-mile perimeter of an ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ - It’s Period 4 in Engineering and Design at Westfield High School and students are getting ready to build a pinhole camera, a light-proof box that uses a small hole in one side as an aperture to project an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. “Remember that I need to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – At Wilson School, third teacher Lynn Kraus read “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes, whose title character is teased about her name. “Chrysanthemum wilted,” Kraus said to her students.  “I want you to think about whether respect is happening here.” The third-graders break into ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Twenty Westfield High School students were commended by Principal Derrick Nelson for receiving perfect scores on ACT and/or SAT subject tests/areas over the summer. “It speaks volumes about your abilities and commitment to your education,” Nelson told the youths. The students ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – An oasis in its figurative sense is defined as a peaceful respite where a person can feel safe and secure. Add fun to the equation and you’ve got the Oasis at McKinley Elementary School, a project nearing completion in its second year. “We took a run-down area of our exterior and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -- Twenty Westfield High School seniors have been recognized for their exceptional academic promise as Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: Kathryn Armstrong Matthew Cafiero Katherine Ceraso Jeremy Cha Colby Chen Casey ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Local police are sporting the Blue Devil decal on their police vehicles after the acting police chief struck a deal with the school district’s athletic director. Acting Police Chief Christopher Battiloro took up with the bargain with Supervisor of Athletics Sandra Mamary, who he ...

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The fall harvest was bountiful at Tamaques Elementary School in Westfield, as the school’s youngest learners recently pitched in to pick tomatoes, peppers, radishes, kale, basil and other vegetables and herbs for some 1st grade garden fun. A new garden sign, courtesy of the Tamaques ...

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Westfield High School English teacher Steven Cohn was among 55 educators selected to attend the 2018 National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute on Storytelling and the Visual Arts held in Washington, D.C. in July.  The six-day seminar brought together K-12 teachers from across the country to explore ...

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The Westfield High School Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the 2019 National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis next March, as part of the Music for All National Festival which organizers say “celebrates outstanding music-making by the nation’s finest high school and middle school ...

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Whether building solar ovens, sewing circuits into fabric to create e-textiles or designing and programming robots, the Westfield Public School District’s STEM camp combined project-based learning, ingenuity and fun for a sixth summer. STEM Camp was launched in 2013 after a STEM committee — ...

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The Extended School Year Program for preschool through high school students in the Westfield Public School District is in its 16th year, with a continued focus on maintaining and strengthening academic skills through the summer to prepare students for the new school year. The five-week, ...

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The sun was shining as Jefferson School families and staff gathered for a Summer Social on July 26.  “I just got back from sleepaway camp,” said one 4th grader. “I’m excited to see everyone.”

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Westfield students representing six different languages recently enjoyed a weeklong summer camp focused on providing meaningful enrichment activities for students to continue their English language acquisition while having fun. The ELL (English Language Learners) Summer Experience ran from July ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A podcast created by a group of Westfield High School students received an Honorable Mention in a first-ever podcast contest by the New York Times. "By way of background, student groups in our Humanities class worked tirelessly on researching one of seven assigned renaissances ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ - At the end of the school year, fifth-graders in Matthew Cognetti’s class at Washington School in Westfield wrote letters to themselves. While the class discussed prewriting tips and how to structure the letter, this assignment differed from previous writing exercises. Every year ...

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WESTFIED, NJ — Tamaques first-grade teachers Mary Montes and Jenna Utman (sixth and fifth from left, respectively) presented a check for $4,000 to Ahisha Quallis of the Westfield Neighborhood Council on June 13 to be used towards a new roof for the community center. The money was raised during ...

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 A half court-sized map of Europe traveled between Edison and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools in Westfield in May and early June as part of a more student-centered approach to geography. In a geo-scavenger hunt, of sorts, students used latitude and longitude to find an assigned location on the ...

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Westfield third graders recently received top honors for three mock court cases they presented at the New Jersey Bar Foundation Law Fair. “I am proud that, out of 84 entries submitted, our third grade students (now fourth graders) in the Gifted Program have won 1st Place, 2nd Place and Honorable ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ - The Jefferson School PTO in Westfield recently hosted author/illustrator Matt Tavares, whose children's book titles include "Red and Lulu" and "Crossing Niagara" as well as biographies of famous baseball players. Tavares detailed the research and writing process on May 24, while ...

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A trailblazer is defined as “an innovator or pioneer, someone who paves the way for others” and there were many trailblazers on hand at Madame McKinley’s Wax Museum to make history come alive.   Held on May 24 on the McKinley School lawn, the annual event featured fourth graders Mary Lane as ...

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Fitness, fellowship and fun at Washington and Wilson Elementary Schools, as students in grades 1-5 enjoyed Field Day on Friday, June 1.   (Pictured – Photos 1 & 2):  Washington School 2nd grader Evan Fernandez enjoys Hoppity Hop races while 3rd grader Hailey Walker competes in a sack race.  ...

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Westfield High School freshmen members of the Westfield Debate Team Mira Mehta (left) and Kailey Zhao were recent quarterfinalists at the 43rd University of Pennsylvania Tournament and semi-finalists at the state championship of the New Jersey Speech and Debate League.  The Westfield Debate Team ...

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There was dancing in the Westfield Public School District as students held dance marathons and other events to raise money for charitable causes. At McKinley Elementary School, students in grades 1 through 5 danced for 2 ½ hours on May 23 in support of leukemia/pediatric cancer research, raising ...

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Westfield High School senior Kayla Egberts represented Union County at the New Jersey State Board of Education's Annual Recognition Ceremony on May 16, where she was among students from across the state honored for making significant contributions to their schools, communities, families or ...

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