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Synopsis of a Westfield Board of Education Meeting on March 17

March 19, 2015

2015-2016 BUDGET PRESENTATION Technology Paul Pineiro, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, led the discussion regarding how technology affects our classrooms and ult...

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Police Blotter

In Westfield, Vehicle Reported Stolen, Drug Arrest

March 25, 2015

Mar 24, 2015 5:38 p.m. A resident in the 0-100 block of Gallowae reports an identity theft by unknown actor(s). Actor(s) fraudulently filed a tax return using the victim’s social secur...

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Columns

The Innovative Classroom

A Week in the Life of PARCC

During the month of March, Westfield High School, along with schools in 13 other states, participated in one of the most controversial educational moves to date — the implementation of of ...

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ViaNutrition

Getting Your Body in Balance for Optimum Fitness Results

What is going on? You eat pretty well, you exercise and still nothing is changing. Does this sound vaguely familiar? Well, the body is a complex machine, and the right balance of energy is neces...

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Westfield Area Y

Members of Westfield Area Y Flyers Win a National Championship and a Silver Medal at Indoor Track Championships

Three athletes from the Westfield Area Y Flyers Track Club recently competed in the AAU and USATF Track and Field National Indoor Championships. Benjamin Spergel competed in the AAU National...

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The Academic Coach

Strong Finish

All long distance runners know that a marathon doesn’t really start until the 20 mile mark. That’s the point at which the race gets really tough and many competitors “hit a wal...

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Ince Landscape Construction & Management

Did Winter Burn Compromise Your Trees and Shrubs?

Oh, winter!  It has been a long, cold winter this season, but spring is here and I am sure you are seeing the affects winter had on your trees and shrubs. As prepared as our landscape i...

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Experts of H.O.M.E.

Make your Home Spring-Ready

Here are some tips to get your home ready for Spring as we start to thaw: As the snow and ice finally melt, check along the foundations for any cracks or signs of damage. Small crac...

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In the Schools

Westfield Teacher Returns from National Ed-Tech Conference with New Instructional Strategies

Jeanine Gottko, K-5 Master Technology Teacher in the Westfield Public Schools, was among more than 9,000 educators, administrators and technologists from all 50 states and more than 40 countries...

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Employment Law

Super Lawyers Magazine Chooses Fred Shahrooz-Scampato

The firm is proud to announce that Fred Shahrooz-Scampato, Esquire, has been chosen for a second year in a row, to receive the distinguished honor of Employment Litigation: Plaintiff by Super La...

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BH Sports Training/BrawlHouse: The Water Cooler

Mobility Clinic for CrossFit Athletes

CrossFit Westfield and FLO Fitness are excited to announce a special mobility clinic on April 19th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.  Chris Flores will spend 90 minutes going through his R.D.A. Pro...

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Weltman Home Services

Want Under The Kitchen Counter Lighting?

Call 888 WELTMAN to set up your appointment today!

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Talking About Grief

Talking about Death and Dying at Local Conversation Cafe - Sponsored by Summit Medical Group, My Gift of Grace and Atlantic Health System

Ever considered a dinner conversation about end of life but haven't been able to have it? Ever consider that this conversation could actually be fun and interesting? Then consider joining Im...

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Monday with Millicent

Let's Go Out to Eat: Water and Wine

Water & Wine in Watchung will celebrate its eleventh year of service during the month of  August, 2015. Along with La Griglia in Kenilworth, these restaurants are the pride and joy of p...

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Westfield Board of Education Discusses Bond Referendum, New Technology in the Classrooms, School Rankings and More at Meeting

By PATRICIA HARRIS

August 29, 2012 at 8:35 PM

On August 28, at its first meeting of the new school year, the Westfield Board of Education heard that staff and facilities are ready for next week’s opening.

Superintendent Margaret Dolan reported that enrollment continues to grow, with this year’s projected at 6,353 students. Teachers, administrators, support staff and maintenance workers are all in place, with new principals at several schools.

Over the summer, new teachers attended a two-day institute to learn the district’s standards and expectations, Dolan said. Changes to curriculum include a Mandarin Chinese class, a robotics class and revisions to science and math offerings.

In keeping with last year’s technology initiative, the wireless system is in place in all the schools and new hardware—iPads, laptops and multi-seat computers—is available, Dolan also said. Two master teachers will be helping teachers and students use the new technology.

“It was a busy summer,” Dolan summarized.

Facilities committee chair Jane Clancy reported that more than 30 maintenance projects in all 11 buildings were undertaken this summer, and most are complete. Funding for the projects—which totaled $2.7 million—came from a safety grant, the 2000 bond project, the operating budget and the district’s maintenance reserve.

Among the improvements at the high school are new lockers, an enlarged parking lot and an exhaust fan for the gym. Edison Intermediate School has a new parking lot, two renovated bathrooms, a resurfaced gym floor and fresh glass blocks on the wall. Roosevelt Intermediate School has new dropped ceilings in the classrooms, and new bleachers are being installed in the gym.

At the elementary schools, parking lots and sidewalks were repaved, boilers were replaced and chimneys were repaired. Air conditioning was installed in the Jefferson School library, so now all schools have that feature, according to Clancy.

During the session, the board approved a contract for $17,000 to install a gymnastics spring floor in the high school wrestling gym.

In addition, the board approved a proposal of $51,000 to investigate existing roof areas. Clancy said this would be important information to gather before the district undertakes a project to replace the roofs at the majority of schools.

Board members hope to raise capital funds for the project through a nearly $17 million bond referendum slated for Sept. 24. Even if that referendum fails, however, the work will need to be done.

 “Ultimately, we will have a comprehensive project,” board president Richard Mattessich explained.

Clancy also said her committee had considered lighting and noise issues for a proposed new turf field at the high school, which would also be funded through the bond referendum. Administrators fielded several questions from residents about the heat and safety of turf fields and promised to include information in the frequently asked questions section of the Web site, www.westfieldnjk12.org/bond2012.

In her remarks, Dolan also addressed recent articles in two magazines, Inside Jersey and New Jersey Monthly, rating high schools in the state. She said Inside Jersey focused on advanced proficiency classes in language arts and math, and rated the schools by county. Westfield came out on top for schools with open enrollment.

New Jersey Monthly chose to look at the school environment in addition to student achievement, according to Dolan. By their measures, Westfield ranked No. 49.

With a PowerPoint presentation, Dolan showed that had publishers focused more on academic performance, Westfield High School would have ranked in the Top 10 or Top 20 schools in the state.