Education

May 17, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — One local woman — a doctor — helped to ensure that labor and delivery nurses had masks when PPE was in short supply and then became an invaluable resource for trusted information on coronavirus and vaccines. The other woman — a teacher at a Westfield elementary school — took on ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Eleven Westfield High School students earned perfect scores of 36 on ACT subject areas in the 2020-21 academic year, the school district announced Friday. “I would like to commend you for this outstanding achievement,” said WHS principal Mary Asfendis to the students.  “It speaks ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The fall 2020 production of “26 Pebbles” at Westfield High School has been nominated for six Foxy Awards by Montclair State University’s Theatre Night Awards. The play, which was presented virtually in December, garnered nominations in the following categories: Outstanding ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Nancy Rygiel, a teacher who is known for making math fun, is the 2021 recipient of the Rotary Club of Westfield’s Philhower Fellowship Award for outstanding teaching at the elementary school level. She was honored at Tuesday’s virtual Board of Education meeting after receiving ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education has appointed Raymond González as the next superintendent of the town public school district. Gonzalez will take office on Aug. 1. Board members approved a five-year contract with González at Tuesday’s virtual board meeting. Gonzalez will be paid ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education may be changing its policies for assembly speakers after a student-requested Black History Month speech touched a nerve with some parents and at least one board member with his candid political remarks.  Policy Committee Chairman Brendan Galligan ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education adopted a $127 million budget for the 2021-22 academic year after Tuesday's public hearing. School property taxes will increase by 1.66% under the spending plan, which maintains class sizes and funding for the public school district’s staff and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — It should be a teacher students really look up to. The Optimist Club of Westfield is seeking nominations for its 23rd annual Intermediate School Outstanding Teacher Award, the school district announced. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 7, officials ...

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Updated on April 29 WESTFIELD, NJ — Mary McCabe, who will take over as Franklin Elementary School’s new assistant principal, was warmly welcomed to her new post at Tuesday's Westfield Board of Education meeting. The board also accepted the retirement of Wilson Elementary School Principal ...

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Updated on April 30 WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School moved down in its national standings and up among its New Jersey peers in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of “Best High Schools.” The ranking released Tuesday puts Westfield High School at #992 in the national standings, a ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — While Westfield High School had planned to have all students requesting in-person learning attend four mornings of school a week starting next Monday, that is no longer the case as a result of rising COVID-19 activity, the principal said Wednesday. In an email to families, ...

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Scroll below the story for the full table of superintendents’ pay in 2020-21. WESTFIELD, NJ — In the year of coronavirus the median school district’s superintendent salary across the state rose by 2.9% to $174,689, up from $169,689 the year before, recently released state Education Department ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A school-wide collection for the Westfield Food Pantry, cards for front-line healthcare workers and a patriotic tribute in recognition of the late Westfield High School principal are set to happen at Westfield High School as part of student-organized week of service. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Five Westfield High School juniors earned perfect scores of 800 on subject area tests of the March 13, and Dec. 5 SATs, school officials said Tuesday. The students are listed as follows by the subject and date of the test, according to the announcement. Math — March 13, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School Principal Mary Asfendis announced Thursday the second marking period honor roll for the 2020-21 academic year. The high school recognizes student achievement every marking period at two levels: Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll, the announcement ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The local public school district plans to be open for full-time in-person instruction in September, but school officials could not tell parents Tuesday if a full reopening by the end of this academic year is possible. “If we could come up with a date, we would let you know, but ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The deadline for nominations for the Rotary Club of Westfield’s 29th Annual Charles Philhower Fellowship Award, which recognizes an outstanding full-time elementary teacher in the Westfield Public Schools, is April 14. The club is seeking letters of nomination from interested ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — While the pandemic has made things challenging for most clubs at Westfield High School, the Community Service Club has managed to thrive despite the unusual circumstances, helping the local community through a myriad of virtual events. The Community Service Club is an integral ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Police are investigating after authorities found two swastikas in a bathroom at Westfield High School Friday. In a statement Tuesday, police said the swastikas were etched on a bathroom stall wall by a person using “an unknown metal object.” “At this time, there is no suspect ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With new guidance out from the CDC on classrooms Friday — including one that revises the recommendation for the extent of physical distancing needed between students — local officials are taking a wait-and-see approach, pending the state Health Department’s interpretation. Mayor ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The school district in partnership with the Westfield Education Fund will host a virtual community learning night for parents of elementary and middle school students to discuss practical strategies for having conversations about race with children, the district announced. The ...

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A public hearing on the spending plan is set for April 27. WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education introduced a $127 million budget on Tuesday which would raise school property taxes by 1.66% and maintain current programs in the town public school district. What is the timeline? ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — After 14 years as Superintendent of Westfield Public Schools, Margaret Dolan plans to retire July 1. Dolan spent the first 10 years of her career as a music teacher before transitioning to administration with the NJ Department of Education and the Mountainside School ...

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COVID-19 activity in Westfield is at a “moderate” level, Mayor Shelley Brindle said Friday. WESTFIELD, NJ — The public school district will shift into fully remote instruction for four days following its spring break, the district announced Friday. Schools will shift to remote learning ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — In a three-page flyer sent to parents of Summit Public Schools students, the Summit School District has announced the expansion of in-person learning for students in Grades 6-12.  The plan will begin as early as April 12, as the District "will be phasing out the Maroon and Gold ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Franklin Elementary School music teacher Brent Geyer has a hit on his hands. His virtual x­ylophone, created to allow his students to make music remotely, has been used more than 350,000 times worldwide. Geyer is a certified practitioner of the Orff-Schulwerk teaching method, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Not all pieces of the complex puzzle to increase in-person learning at Westfield Public Schools are in place, but district officials announced more steps in the plan at Tuesday’s virtual Board of Education meeting. Parents’ reactions ranged from relief to skepticism after ...

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Westfield's COVID-19 cases declined by about 50% in February, the health officer said. WESTFIELD, NJ — The town’s Board of Health on Monday faced a barrage of questions from parents seeking clarity on the local health department’s role in rolling out in-person public school instruction amid a ...

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Updated 3/1 with additional information about donating. WESTFIELD, NJ — In honor of Women’s History month, the Westfield High School Treat People With Kindness Club is holding a drive to collect necessary items for women in need. Run by the club’s two-year president, senior Alexa Cassiba, and ...

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GARWOOD, NJ — Students of RMC Studios will present their vocal and instrumental talents this Saturday during “Shine a Light,” a live-streamed charity concert. The show will feature 41 performances consisting of both individual students and students groups performing alongside family members. The ...

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