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september 2019

ALL WWRSD SCHOOLS ACHIEVE SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFICATION

It is with great pride that we announce that all six schools in the Westwood Regional School District have met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools bronze level certification. Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a program for pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade public schools in New Jersey, is voluntary, but achieving certification takes commitment and collaborative effort. Each school that is certified at the bronze level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balanced portfolio of the program’s sustainability actions, attaining a minimum of 150 points. On October 22, 2019, the schools and their districts will be celebrated at a reception held during the New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop 2019 in Atlantic City.

Don’t miss any updates from THE SCHOOLS OR DISTRICT

One of the greatest features of our new mobile app is the ability for you to receive push notifications directly to your phone with important information or reminders from the district and school with important information or reminders. Once configured, you will be notified whenever a message is sent regarding any change in school status due to inclement weather as well as occasional announcements / reminders about school level events.

Follow these steps when downloading the mobile app:

1. Search ‘Westwood Regional Schools, NJ’ in your phone’s app store and download the app

2. Select ‘ALLOW’ when prompted on initial download to ensure you receive notifications

3. Open the Westwood app, and navigate to the left-side menu for ‘SETTINGS’

4. Ensure your settings are turned on and your school(s) and/or the district is selected

child assault prevention

The district is fortunate to have been awarded a $9,100 grant for child assault prevention training in grades K-6 this year. New Jersey Child Assault Prevention (NJ CAP) is a statewide community based prevention program. With a motto “All Children Deserve to be Safe, Strong and Free” ®, the CAP program seeks to reduce children’s vulnerability to abuse, neglect and bullying by providing comprehensive prevention workshops for children, parents/guardians and school staff.

Elementary workshops are one hour classroom workshops facilitated by three CAP facilitators. Using roleplays and guided group discussion, the classroom workshop trains children to recognize potentially dangerous situations and to make effective use of the options available to them when dealing with such a situation. CAP emphasizes self assertion, peer support and communication with a trusted adult as prevention strategies. CAP approaches the question of assault within the framework of basic human rights. Following a brief summary, children are told that CAP facilitators will be available for further discussion.

School staff members will receive training prior to the workshops so they are prepared to make them as effective as possible. There will also be a parent/guardian training session on November 21 at 9 a.m. in the Brookside School Media Center.

2019-2020 Parental Notification of Standardized Assessments

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7C-6.6, school districts must, by October 1 of each year, provide parents or guardians information on any State assessment or commercially-developed standardized assessment that will be administered in that school year. To view the information for the Westwood Regional School District, click HERE. Unless otherwise indicated, students take each assessment once during the school year.

2019-2020 Parental Notification of Standardized Assessment(F).pdf

september MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

The following are some highlights of the September 26, 2019 Board of Education meeting (click HERE to view all the agenda documents).

Superintendent's Report: The Superintendent presented a summary of the the following reports which are also included in this newsletter for your reference.

    • Annual HIB Self-Assessment Grades for 2018-19
    • 2018-19 District Testing Report

If you have any questions about the data in either of these reports, feel free to reach out to your building principal.

Awards and Recognitions: Several students were recognized for their performance on the PSAT and AP exams from the prior year. A summary of the achievements are as follows:

2020 National Merit Scholars Program: The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and scholarship that is open to all U.S. High School students who meet published entry requirements. Over 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

  • 3 students were named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

AP Scholar Program: The College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school. Successful performance on the end-of-course AP Exams potentially qualifies students to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both, at colleges and universities worldwide. Annually, the College Board grants the academic distinction of AP Scholar to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on multiple AP Exams.

  • 21 students were recognized as AP Scholars for earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
  • 4 students were recognized as AP Scholars with Honor for earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
  • 12 students were recognized as AP Scholars with Distinction for earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
  • 1 student was recognized as a National AP Scholar for earning an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

AP Scholars Program

AP SCHOLARS: Joseph Bergen, Alana Bloch, Ryan Chan, Paula Cruz, Franchesca Doell, Ryan Elizondo-Fallas, Trenten Furman, Taylor Greene, Andrew Hill, Michelle Kalish, Joo Youn Kim, Robert Lomer, Jamie Mandano, Kaavya Muthuraman, Jeanette O’Donnel, Jonah Osterhus, Ellsa Peabody, Rund Qasem, John Quigley, Sri Leela Sattenapalli, Meaghan Shanley

AP SCHOLARS WITH HONORS: Lucie Gehringer, Sabrina Pushnya, Luke Rekucki, Josh Rochlin

AP SCHOLARS WITH DISTINCTION: Kaitlyn Anderson, Gabrielle Blundo, Alexander Chang, Nicholas Dahdah, Michael Giordano, Sarah Levy, Isabella Marini, Diana Matasker, Jesse McCarter, Mason McClutchy, Julian Robles, Emily Wu

NATIONAL AP SCHOLAR: Alexander Chang

Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

Alice Lyubarskiy, Jonah Osterhus, and Luke Rekucki

2018-19 District Testing Report

2019 District Testing Presentation.pdf

Annual HIB Self-Assessment Grades for 2018-19

2019 ABR Grade Presentation.pdf

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES REPORT

Each month at our public meeting of the Board of Education, our HS student representatives, Gabriella Dunay and Robert Lomer, report out on the exciting news and activity taking place at our Jr/Sr High School. Here's what they reported this month:

9/26 BOE Meeting

Board Resources

In our new website, all of our resources related to the Board of Education can be found on the District site under the MENU item. From there you can find Agendas/Minutes and Presentations, Board members and contact information, Goals, Schedule of meetings, policies and regulations and more.

Any policies currently under review by the Board can found here and ALL final policies and regulations can be found on the district website under the Board of Education drop down menu.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

REVISED WRSD School Calendar 2019-2020 (approved 042519).pdf

2019-2020 School Calendar

October

  • 1: Staff Professional Development (Schools Closed for Students)
  • 9: District Closed
  • 17: Board of Education Meeting
  • 21-22: Half-Days for PreK-5 Students (parent conferences)
  • 23: PreK-5 Evening Parent Conferences

NOVEMBER

  • 8: District Closed
  • 21: Board of Education Meeting
  • 27: District Early Dismissal
  • 28-29: District Closed

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