Education

October 15, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Code Ninjas, a coding center for children ages 7 to 14, celebrated its grand opening in at 1006 South Ave. West in Westfield this weekend. At Code Ninjas, kids can learn by designing their own video games, as well as through STEM activities. “We’re not trying to make every ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – A $3.03 million renovation to Kehler Stadium has been moved up by one month to accommodate concern raised by track teams, who will have to practice elsewhere during the stadium’s overhaul. The Board of Education on Tuesday amended its contract with Your Way Construction Inc., of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Officials defended the school district’s response to the second swastika found at an elementary school within two years as parents argued on Tuesday that the district’s response was not enough. At the school board meeting, residents asked why the district was not more transparent ...

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Updated: Oct. 6, 11:44 a.m. WESTFIELD, NJ – Following the strident objections of parents over a delayed timeline for the refurbishment of a track at Kehler Stadium, the school board anticipates moving the start date for the project back one month, the district announced Friday. On Tuesday, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – The boy who scrawled a swastika into a bathroom at Franklin Elementary School showed off the symbol of hate to three other youths, two of whom are Jewish, the parent of one of those students said Friday. Nicole Damashek said the boy who etched the symbol into a bathroom panel led ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Parents of Franklin Elementary School students learned Wednesday that a swastika was found etched on a panel in one of the school's restrooms that afternoon. “You can imagine our serious disappointment when we found that a student had etched a swastika on a panel in one of our ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield School District recently made the last-minute decision to drop one of the four fourth grade sections at McKinley Elementary School in order to create an additional first grade classroom to accommodate an increase in enrollment, a move that has many parents ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Chris Herren didn’t suspect opioids would impact himself and his beer-pong playing peers. But when it came to the now former NBA point guard and his high school basketball team, reality showed otherwise. “Out of 15 kids, who got red solo cups and played beer pong in the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School math teacher Zorana Culjak was recognized by the Board of Education on Tuesday for receiving the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award. Culjak was nominated by a former Westfield High School student now attending the university. The student’s name ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Construction delays at Kehler Field may force the school district to bus athletes to surrounding towns for evening athletic practices this spring, a proposal that has drawn public concern. Members of the Friends of Westfield Track & Field organization objected to the revised ...

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Updated: 5:18 p.m. Former NBA point guard Chris Herren struggled with addiction throughout his career, but has since recovered and is telling his story to audiences throughout the country. Herren, who was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, then traded to the Boston Celtics a year later, ...

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Thursday's pedestrian-involved crash is the third such incident to happen at the intersection since 2012. WESTFIELD, NJ – A crossing guard hit by a car near Edison Intermediate School escaped serious injury Thursday morning in what has been a series of pedestrian-involved crashes at the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Bell-bottoms, skinny jeans, baby jeans and everything in between comprise the denim collected by local high school students with the help of an elementary school PTO in Bergen County. The Westfield High School Green Team, Kids on Block clubs and Park Ridge’s Westridge School PTO ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Dough, cheese, sauce, mushrooms, olives and pepperoni are among the ingredients that 10 children, half of them with special needs, used to make individual pies at a local pizza shop earlier this week. The gathering of elementary school-aged youths at Outta Hand Pizza, 311 South ...

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Westfield High School junior Thomas Lupicki and senior Julia Plawker have received the highest score possible on portions of the August 2018 SAT standardized tests, the school district announced.  Lupicki scored an 800 on the chemistry portion of the exam, while Julia received the same perfect ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ -- Four Westfield High School seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists in the program honoring students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in college, the school district announced. Austin Chen, Madeline Reynders, Edward Xing and Zachary ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued another heat advisory in effect for the area, in effect until Thursday at 7 p.m. Heat index values are expected to be around 100 degrees Thursday afternoon. While some local school districts, including neighboring Scotch Plains-Fanwood, are ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Public Schools welcomed about 6,300 students to its 10 schools Wednesday, the first day of the 2018-2019 school year. TAPinto readers are invited to share your photos in this story by emailing them to jlieberman@tapinto.net. Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan welcomed ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — McKinley Elementary School parent Cheryl Bishop expressed her concern about the planned increase in class size for her twins’ fourth grade classes during public comments at Tuesday’s school board meeting. “We’re just not sure how the teachers are going to differentiate ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — School Business Administrator/Board Secretary Dana Sullivan listed the many updates, renovations and repairs made to Westfield public schools over the summer months at the Westfield Board of Education's first meeting of the school year Tuesday.  “Our custodians and our ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —  In its September issue, New Jersey Monthly ranks Westfield High School No. 37 on its list of top 100 public high schools in the state. The last time the list came out, in 2016, Westfield High School was ranked No. 8. New Jersey Monthly says it creates its “Top Public High ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Green Team, the Westfield High School Green Team and the Tamaques Learning Team have teamed up this year to collect clean, undamaged used backpacks and lunch bags for kids in need, according to Councilman David Contract. There will be large collection boxes by the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School announced the 4th marking period honor roll for 2017-2018 Thursday. WHS recognizes student achievement every marking period at two levels — Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll.  For the Distinguished Honor Roll, a student’s GPA must be between 3.75 and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ —  Westfield has received a 2018 Library Grant of $3,750 for its public library, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced. The grants are designed to assist public libraries with funding that enriches and supports children’s programming. The 2018 Library Grants ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — In its newly released 2019 “Best Schools” list, national educational research and rankings firm Niche has placed Westfield Public Schools No. 15, up from No. 26 last year. It ranked Westfield High School No. 35 among public schools in the state. Niche gave Westfield Public ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people are running for three seats on the Westfield Board of Education this November: Current members Robert Garrison, Gretchan Ohlig and Charles Ostroff; and Simon Cirasa, Tara Oporto and Dennis Cariello. Terms are for three years. Monday was the deadline to file for ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The town of Westfield has several permanent crossing guard posts available, as well as substitute positions, according to the town's public information officer, Kim Forde. “Our crossing guards are extremely valuable assets to the town,” Forde said. “They play a significant role ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Public Schools will receive $223,710 more than previously expected in state funding this year to be used for district-wide security enhancements, the district has announced. The district was notified by the New Jersey Department of Education of the additional funding on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A protest filed by one of the vendors who bid on the contract for the summer work on Kehler Stadium was denied by the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey Thursday, clearing the way for work on the stadium to begin, Westfield Public Schools announced Friday. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Applause and celebration ensued Friday afternoon as 510 blue and white caps flew into the air, marking the graduation of the Westfield High School class of 2018. Despite previous uncertainty as to where the ceremony would be held, graduates and their families were at Kehler ...

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