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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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Today's Events

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

Become a Westfield Area Y Lifeguard

The Westfield Area Y is providing teens ages 16+ and adults the opportunity to become a leader by participating in a lifeguard training program.  The Y’s comprehensive, education-cent...

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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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Why I Serve

By MITCHELL SLATER

October 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

People often joke that being on the school board is the world’s most thankless job. I disagree. Sure, the pay isn’t great. But after three and a half years of service, this so-called thankless job has made me nothing if not thankful.

Westfield is a community with a big heart.  Our kids are being raised in a town with a devoted and talented staff that cares deeply about them.  Our teachers and administrators have an interest in the success of every child in every one of our district’s nine buildings. That’s something to be proud of—and something to be thankful for.

Being a member of the Westfield Board of Education has been an education in and of itself.  I’ve learned what it takes to make a 6,200-student school system work. I’ve come to understand the complexities of managing $100 million in taxpayer money. And I’ve been constantly impressed by the dedication of my fellow board members. No, we don’t always agree. But at the end of the day, we all know what matters: the kids. That’s why we’re all here.

Three years ago, you asked for better technology and an improved wireless infrastructure. Today, we are not only making progress, but soon we will be the district that others turn to for guidance. 

Last night I had the opportunity to speak at Tamaques School's PTO meeting. The room was filled with passionate parents and teachers, all clearly committed to making their kids’ school experience something special.

That’s a common thread I have seen throughout my 20 years of raising a family in Westfield. Everyone pitches in. That’s why our school system works and why our town is such a close-knit community. I'm just doing my part.

So my pledge for my final term is to keep learning. I want to keep learning from you, the stakeholders, to keep learning from our tremendous educators and administrators, and most importantly, to learning from our kids.

That’s why I’m thankful. And that’s why I look forward to serving on the board for the next three years.