Education

May 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing ...

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Following public pressure, the district has added a second grade section at Tamaques School. WESTFIELD, NJ — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for full-day public kindergarten in Westfield are on hold. The school board’s long-range planning committee met earlier in May and determined it would ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School community has honored four teachers with awards of excellence, the school district announced.  During virtual announcements to staff and students last week, Principal Mary Asfendis named the award winners, who were nominated by students, staff and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite the pandemic leading to the cancellations of many large events and gatherings, Westfield High School senior Alexis Hammer is still holding out hope for an in-person graduation ceremony this year. Hammer, the senior class president, published a letter, which she sent to ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Graduation plans for Westfield public schools have not been finalized as the district awaits updated guidance from the state, school officials said this week. “WHS administration continues to work with seniors, teachers and parents on June 23 virtual graduation as they await ...

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Instruction at Westfield’s public schools will remain online through at least the end of the summer. WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield school board approved the district’s new distance learning plan, which was updated to meet additional requirements set forth by the state, during its virtual meeting ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A student at the Academy for Allied Health Sciences in Scotch Plains is the winner of a National Merit Scholarship award. Westfield resident Deborah C. Obiajulu, who has a probable career in medicine, has won a $2,500 scholarship, National Merit Scholarship Corporation ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A member of Girl Scout Troop 40430 has earned the highest award a girl scout cadette can. Ashleigh Stewart earned her silver award by working with Saint Joseph’s Social Service Center to improve their afterschool program with a variety of activities. “Over the summer, I ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — With the Westfield Memorial Library closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the children’s department is undergoing redecoration due to the generosity of the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library. The children’s department now features a series of arches made to capture the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Public school buildings in Westfield will remain closed until the end of the school year, and the district will continue in distance learning, following a state order from Gov. Phil Murphy. Superintendent Margaret Dolan reacted to the announcement during a school board meeting ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that schools would remain closed for the remainder of the academic year in an ongoing effort to contain COVID-19. Remote learning will remain in place. “We have a single goal in mind: the safety and well-being of our children, and of our educators, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — When 13-year-old Riley Whitlock received an assignment from her seventh-grade art teacher to express her emotions about the COVID-19 pandemic, she had no idea that her artwork would give her the opportunity to support the mental health of thousands of other students. Whitlock and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — More than six weeks after in-person learning halted at Westfield public schools, administrators, teachers and other staff continue to work to support students and families. Superintendent Margaret Dolan and the school board discussed several aspects of this work during a virtual ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The school board has unanimously approved the district’s $111 million budget for the 2020-21 academic year. The board members voted 9-0 in favor of the budget, funded in part by $103 million in local tax revenue and $6 million in state aid, during a virtual board meeting Tuesday ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A master technology teacher whose services have become even more essential during the coronavirus pandemic has been honored with the Westfield Rotary Club’s Philhower Fellowship. Jeanine Gottko, who taught first and fifth grade at Franklin Elementary School in Westfield before ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Classes and live-streamed events available from businesses in Downtown Westfield can help keep you connected to others — and when you feel connected it's easier to keep feeling positive. Downtown Westfield Corporation recently announced the following slate of online classes ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Four Westfield High school juniors have earned praise for their high scores on portions of college entrance exams. Westfield High School juniors Claire Campbell and Jacob Delforte earned perfect scores on the Reading portion of the Feb. 8 ACT, while juniors Karan Chulliparambil ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The school district’s $111.214 million spending plan is anticipated to be adopted following a public hearing next week. What’s in it? The total budget for the 2020-21 academic year will increase by $2.7 million dollars with around 82% of spending going to salaries for staff, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The cast and crew of the Westfield High School Theatre Department’s production of “Radium Girls” have received eight nominations for Montclair State University’s “Foxy Awards” this year.  The “Foxy Awards” are given out each year to recognize accomplishments in performance, ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — For a third consecutive year, the Westfield Public School District has been designated among the “Best Communities for Music Education” in the nation, the school district announced. This award by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation “recognizes outstanding ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The latest fundraiser in support of the Westfield United Fund is a video game tournament organized by Westfield High School students. Two juniors at Westfield High School created the event to support the Westfield United Fund’s “We Love Local” campaign, which is supporting ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Due to security concerns, local public schools are transferring off of the online videoconferencing platform Zoom, the district announced. Superintendent Margaret Dolan said the district will discontinue its use of Zoom by next Monday as it transitions to the videoconferencing ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Heather Re has a new addition to her resume: online game show contestant.  The Westfield Recreation Department's assistant director and aquatic supervisor was on Facebook last Wednesday, doing an imitation of the popular Netflix show “Nailed It!” with a coworker. “We were like ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Many teams at Westfield High School are competing in stay at home challenges, where all players from their respective team show off a skill before passing the ball off to another teammate in a series of connected videos. Once all players have completed a move, the videos are ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Four Westfield High School athletes have signed on to play at Division 1 schools setting up for a college level rivalry with a local connection. Hank Shapiro will play at Lehigh University Declan McCauley will play at Holy Cross Will Kessler will play at Georgetown ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A neighborhood parade held by an elementary school in Westfield to help connect students and staff physically separated during remote learning has raised questions about what counts as proper social distancing. The principal of Washington Elementary School which held the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 9:19 a.m. March 31) Horns honked, bells jingled and families clapped as a parade of cars rolled through the Washington Elementary School neighborhood Monday. The 20-minute-long caravan through local streets provided a few moments of brightness for the students and ...

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WESTFIELD NJ — The Westfield school board has appointed Dr. Paul Duncan as principal of Franklin Elementary School in Westfield, effective July 1. Duncan, who has served as assistant principal of Franklin since August 2017, will step into the shoes of Dr. Eileen Cambria, who is retiring as of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Despite their school’s move to distance learning last week, the young journalists behind Westfield High School’s newspaper, “Hi’s Eye,” still managed to publish, putting out a multitude of stories on their website. The weekly paper has suspended printed newspapers for the time ...

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‘It was just total panic,’ one student said. WESTFIELD, NJ — When Michael Canabarro received an email last week saying his college classes would be held online for the rest of the quarter, one word described the mood: panic. The UCLA sophomore and Westfield native was studying for his finals ...

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