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A NOTE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
After all the clap outs, promotions, and graduations are done, we are left with fond memories of the 2018-19 school year. Let's take time this summer to reflect on all that we've learned and accomplished over the past 10 months as we prepare for the year ahead.
On behalf of the Board of Education and Administration, I would like to congratulate our graduating Senior Class of 2019. They spent the last 13 years preparing for this moment, now their eyes are set on the next phase in life. We are proud of all that they've done and all that they are about to achieve.
I would also like to acknowledge those who have chosen the path of military service:
- Ricardo Castro
- Ian Kovalcik
- Justin Maxwell
- Caleb Trammell
Their courage, service, and dedication to our Country is inspiring and appreciated by the entire school community.
The return of our students on September 5 is right around the corner, so while the sun is shining and the weather is cooperating, I would like to wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable summer break.
In time for the 2019-20 School Year, we will be launching a mobile app and redesign of our district and school websites over the summer. Our web address will remain the same; however, the format and navigation will be streamlined to make it easier to access relevant information quickly. More information will be coming soon.
NEW WEBSITE DESIGN
In June, the Board of Education held two public meetings.
June 13: In addition to our regular meeting agenda and student of the month recognitions, this meeting included our annual celebrations of students, staff and parent-school officer organizations for their achievements, dedication and contribution to the district as well as the introduction of the new Board of Education Student Representatives for the 2019-20 school year.
June 27: In addition to our regular meeting agenda, meeting highlights include student athlete recognitions.
Click HERE to view the June agendas or any of the agendas for our public meetings of the Board of Education.
Student Representatives Report
Each month our HS student representatives to the Board of Education, Gabriella Dunay and Kaavya Muthuraman, report out on the exciting news and activity taking place at our Jr/Sr High School. Here's what they reported this month:
STUDENT ARTWORK ON DISPLAY
Westwood Regional Jr/Sr High School 8th Grade Honors, Intro to 2-D, Intro to 3-D, and Ceramics students, under the direction of Michelle Stoute: Danielle DeSantis (8), Aditi Dudgikar (8), Claire Eo (8), Jolene Matkovich (8), Melanie Maksoud (8), Amari Smith (8), Caitlyn Annunziata (10), Taylor Hirstius (12), Thomas Chan (9), Ricky Bustamante (9), Alexis Huaman (11), Ashley Di Tecco (9), Charlotte Flynn (11), Michael Bussanich (10), Briana Hennessy (12), Cassandra Malnick (12), Savannah Sandford (11), Gianna Santaite (11).
Girls 4x400 Meter Relay
1st Place, North 1 Group II State Sectional Championship
Kate Lukaszyck, Kayla Jarski, Tatianna Beutel, and Skyla Burke
Girls 1600 Meter
1st Place, North 1 Group II State Sectional Championship
MAY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Dylan Francis (gr 6) and Maria Tsakova (gr 7)
Tanush Tammanagoudar (gr 8) and Emily Herr (gr 12)
JUNE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Scarlett Zorovich (gr 6) and Ryan Awad (gr 7)
Claire Eo (gr 8) and Samih Wadi (gr 12)
2018-2019 Student Representatives to the Board
Kaavya Muthuraman and Gabriella Dunay
2019-2020 Student Representatives to the Board
Gabriella Dunay and Robert Lomer
2019 Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award
Robert Lomer (gr 11)
2018 Youth Holocaust/Genocide Awareness Award
Stephen Mohr (gr 5)
25 years of service
pictured: Irene Hines, Karen Hohmann, Colleen Tierney, Brian Adkins
pictured: Carol Zwain, Zafira Zamfotis, Anne McBride, Maria Giombarrese, Gina Cush; not pictured: Davie Weber
2018-19 staff spotlight
pictured: Danielle Sheridan/Special Services (May), Jen Grochowski/High School (March), Nora Abbasi/Middle School (December), Christina Lizzi/Berkeley Elementary (October), Danielle Bowker/Brookside Elementary (November), Jennifer Patterson & Rebecca Duda/George (January); Liz Lavin/Washington (February); not pictured: Michele Hastings/Buildings & Grounds/Business Office (April)
PSO/PTO Parent-School Organizations
WRSD Schools: Preschool Parent Enrichment Group, Berkeley Elementary School, Brookside Elementary School, George Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, Westwood Regional Middle School, Westwood Jr/Sr High School
2019 SUMMER BOARD MEETINGS
The Board of Education Summer Public Meeting Schedule is as follows:
- July 23, 2019 at 6 PM: Board Retreat: Goal setting and planning for 2019-20
- July 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM: Regular Board Meeting
- August 29, 2019 at 7:30 PM: Regular Board Meeting
The agenda will be posted 48 hours prior to each meeting on our district website.
The following Board policies were approved at the most recent Meeting of the Board of Education:
- P&R 1240 - Evaluation of Superintendent (M)
- P1511 - Board of Education Website Accessibility
- P2464 - Gifted and Talented Students (M)
- P5116 - Education of Homeless Children (M)
- P5535 - Passive Breath Alcohol Sensor Device (Abolished)
- P7102 - Site Selection and Acquisition
- P7130 - School Closing
- P8350 - Records Retention
- P7523 - School District Provided Technology Devices to Students
Considering School Board Candidacy?
The nomination petition filing deadline for School Board Election Candidates for the General Election in November are due at the County Clerk’s Office by 4:00 p.m. on July 29, 2019.
NJSBA’s Becoming A School Board Member: Candidate Kit provides vital resources as well as links to important websites for anyone considering running for their local school board.
This year, we have six members of the school district who are joining the ranks of retired professionals. Their hard work and dedication will always be remembered and greatly appreciated by everyone in the school community. We thank each of our retirees for their time with us and we wish them well as they move on to their next adventure!
You are cordially invited ...
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
2019-2020 SCHOOL CALENDAR
- 4-5: District Closed
- 23: Special Board of Education Meeting: Board Retreat
- 25: Board of Education Meeting
- 27-29: New Teacher Orientation
- 29: Board of Education Meeting
- 2: District Closed
- 3-4: Staff Professional Development
- 5: First Day of School
- 30: District Closed