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Messages from the Superintendent
2016 Holiday Homework Assignment
Looking back on 2016, it is evident that Westwood Regional School District has made great strides towards the realization of our motto, “Excellence in Education”, through the development and adoption of our Strategic Plan. With the implementation of that plan well underway, I look forward to providing you our first progress report in the new year. Stay tuned for more ...
In the meantime, before the upcoming recess begins, I would like to take the opportunity to share my annual holiday homework assignment for the entire school community.
2016 Holiday Recess Homework Assignment
- BE PRESENT: Take a break from technology and enjoy the moment. There are interesting and amazing things happening all around you that do not require wifi. Be present and cherish the time with your family and friends.
- LOOK AHEAD: After reflecting on the events of 2016, look ahead with hope and enthusiasm to the infinite possibilities waiting in 2017. Set goals and make plans for the year ahead to make the most of it.
- LEND A HAND: Appreciate all that you have and never forget that there are always others who can use support. In the spirit of giving, don't forget that random acts of kindness are always well-received by those you know and even more so by people you don't know.
On behalf of the Board of Education and all the administrators of Westwood Regional School District, we want to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.
Now and always, may your days be filled with happiness, love, and laughter.
2016 Welcome Back
WOW! Is it September 1 already? It is with great enthusiasm that I send this message to officially kick off the 2016-17 school year. Each year always brings new energy and excitement and 2016-17 is already gearing up to be no different.
Here a just a few highlights of the flurry of activity that took place towards the end of last year and throughout the summer :
- Strategic Planning: Beginning in March 2016, the school community came together to begin the process to develop a five-year strategic plan for the district. In June, the summary of the community meetings was ere presented to the Board and the Administration was charged with developing action plans to accompany the goals and objectives that were identified. Click here to view a draft of the Strategic Action Plan which will be presented to the Board of Education for approval at their September 15 meeting. All members of the school community are encouraged to attend to view the presentation and offer any comments. If you are unable to attend, feel free to review the plan and share your comments here.
- Curriculum: Aligned ALL district curricula to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (formerly known as the NJ and Common Core State Standards). Developed and/or revised over 40 curriculum documents and courses which can be viewed by the public online by visiting: http://bit.ly/WWRSDcurriculum. Published an online staff portal for curriculum, instruction, and technology resources.
- Instruction: At the end of last school year and continuing throughout the summer, professional learning continued with teachers and administrators. Topics included : Technology/Google Bootcamps, AP summer institutes Orton-Gillingham multisensory strategies, co-teaching, Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, Next Generation Science Standards, and more.
- Consumable Drinking Water: Water testing continued and remediation efforts took place throughout the summer to ensure that any contaminated sources were taken offline and additional filtered water fountains and filling stations were installed at every school. ALL students in ALL school will have access to drinking water that meets State and Federal standards.
- Technology: In addition to regular summer maintenance and installations of new devices and desktops, the technology department has been hard at work implementing major improvements which include, but are not limited to: deploying a new voice over IP phone system district-wide, fully transitioning to Google for email and calendars, and revamping the district and school websites to be unveiled on Tuesday, September 6. Stay tuned ...
- Facilities: Classrooms have been cleaned and floors have been shined throughout our schools. Our buildings and grounds team continues to work wonders; however, the most incredible transformations will be seen n the complete upgrades to the Culinary Arts room and Community Based Instruction / Transition classroom at the Jr/Sr High School. Once complete, these facilities will be examples of state of the art learning environments for our students.
- District Goals: On August 25, the Board of Education formally adopted the district and Board goals for the 2016-17 school year. Click here to view them and please take note of the facilities referendum referenced in District Goal # 3. We have a lot of work ahead of us and look forward to sharing with you every step of the way.
While these highlights represent a snapshot of all that has taken place, there is so much more that takes place ‘behind the scenes’. I would be remiss if I did not take the opportunity to recognize and thank our administrators, office staff, teachers, aides, student workers, and members of the technology, custodial, and maintenance departments who worked over the summer to make sure we were ready. I can’t wait to for the arrival of our students on Tuesday, September 6
Happy New School Year!