Passaic County Teacher of the Year…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Congratulations to Nicole Petrosillo, Language Arts Teacher at WMHS for being named Passaic County Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Petrosillo was first selected as the West Milford Teacher of the Year and then a panel of administrators, teachers, and parents selected her as the County Teacher of the Year. “New Jersey has many great teachers, and this award is a tribute to the talent, professionalism, and dedication of these 21 educators to inspire the children they teach,” State Education Commissioner Kimberly Harrington said. A panel of educators will select the State Teacher of the Year after another extensive round of interviews. Each State Teacher of the Year is then invited to a ceremony at The White House.

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Petrosillo.

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

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#1stDayWMTPS…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Today we welcomed back our students and started the 2017-2018 school year. The administrative team traveled around the district and visited each building. Their reports were consistent – smiling children and happy teachers. In addition to beginning the academic portion of our school year, we also are “kicking off” fall sports for our student-athletes.

Last night we welcomed renowned speaker, Gian Paul Gonzalez, to the fifth annual Sports Community Kickoff. Over 400 student-athletes and parents attended and learned about our “Highlander All In” spirit and the importance of showing gratitude and appreciation towards our benefactors. Mr. Jordan made a wonderful preseason hype video for the entire community; I trust you will enjoy it.

We have our first Varsity Football game tonight @ 6:45 vs. Passaic Valley @ McCormack Field. Please come out and support our student-athletes as well as our award-winning WMHS Band.

Lastly, consider following us on twitter…

District: @WestMilfordTPS

Athletic Department: @WMAthleticDept

Superintendent of Schools: @WestMilfordSupt

Director of Education: @daniel_novak_WM

Director of Special Services: @DrMcQuaidWM

…and liking our Facebook page @WestMilfordSchools

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year…

August 11, 2017

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to wish you all a wonderful and productive school year. The first day of school for our students is Thursday, September 7 and the official school calendar can be found on our website.

In May, the Board of Education collaboratively developed four district goals for the 2017-2018 school year:

  1. Improve academic performance through increased design and implementation of differentiated instruction.
  2. Implement an effective and timely communication plan to promote district/parent relationships, improve internal school efficiencies, and improve district management.
  3. Analyze the current math program in grades K-12, evaluate for effectiveness, and make appropriate recommendations for the 2018-2019 school year.
  4. Explore all opportunities and district-wide cost efficiencies in order to maximize funding for educational programs.

Over the summer months, our administrators have been aligning our school/department goals with our district goals and preparing our learning spaces for staff and students. We are also finishing the auditorium renovation at WMHS and preparing to renovate the greenhouses at Macopin and WMHS as well.

All the information you need for your child this year can be found on our website or the parent portal. You can log on to www.wmtps.org to find this information. Student schedules will be available on Monday, August 14. Bus passes will be made available on the parent portal on Friday, August 18. You will need to print your child’s bus pass so that he/she will be allowed to ride the bus on the first day of school. If you have any bus pass questions, please contact the Transportation Department at 973-697-0777.

All students will report to their assigned schools on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at their scheduled time. If you have any questions regarding the information on our website, please contact your child’s school.

I hope you enjoy the balance of summer with your families and loved ones. Go Highlanders!

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

School Security Drills…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Earlier today, representatives from the New Jersey Department of Education – Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning conducted a “no notice” site visit to our district. These representatives, along with officers and administrators from the New Jersey State Police and West Milford Police Department met with school and district administrators to discuss and review best practices in the area of school safety. School safety drills were held at Westbrook School and Macopin School and I am pleased to report that our schools performed very well. We will have additional post-drill conferences and meetings with the NJDOE and WMPD and will share statewide “best practices” with our school administrators, faculty, and staff. The safety of our children is our primary concern and we will continue to work with these and other security experts to make the appropriate improvements to our district.

 

If you have any questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

New Principal, New Awards, and New District Goals…

Dear WMTPS Community,

Last night at the Board of Education meeting, the Board unanimously approved Janet Cash as the new Principal of Marshall Hill School. Mrs. Cash is a Hewitt resident and comes to our District from the Franklin Lakes Public Schools where she taught Special Education and Art in multiple schools. Prior to working in Franklin Lakes, Mrs. Cash served as a year-round camp director for the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and was able to effectively serve as a role model and leader for students in Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren Counties. Mrs. Cash is eager to join the Marshall Hill community and partner with our parents and staff. She will begin her position on August 1, 2017. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Cash to the West Milford Township Public Schools’ community.

 

We are honored and pleased to announce that the WMTPS have once again received a significant level of state and national recognition from Character.org and the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional, and Character Development (NJASECD). Upper Greenwood Lake School, Paradise Knoll School, and Maple Road School were all honored at the Board meeting last night and all three schools received the prestigious designation of National School of Character through a rigorous assessment process that judged the school’s character education initiatives against the expectations of the 11 Principles of Character. These schools now join Macopin Middle School, which achieved this recognition during the 2015-2016 school year. In addition, West Milford Township High School and Apshawa School were named State Schools of Character – Honorable Mention for their efforts. Moreover, our District also received 19 Promising Practice Awards for our commitment to character education. A showroom-type of display will be available for public viewing at the November 2017 Board of Education meeting following our District’s presentation at the prestigious National Forum of Character Education in the fall.

 

Lastly, at the meeting last night, the Board approved four new District goals for the 2017-2018 school year.

  1. Improve academic performance through increased design and implementation of differentiated instruction.
  2. Implement an effective and timely communication plan to promote District/parent relationships, improve internal school efficiencies, and improve District management.
  3. Analyze the current math program in grades K-12, evaluate for effectiveness, and make appropriate recommendations for the 2018-2019 school year.
  4. Explore all opportunities for District-wide cost efficiencies in order to maximize funding for educational programs.

 

We look forward to partnering with the entire school community to achieve these goals and continue to make our District the best it can be.

 

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

13 Reasons Why…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

You may have recently read about a new television series entitled “13 Reasons Why”. Originally released as a book in 2007, this series is popular among teenage students and involves adult themes such as rape and suicide. I would encourage all parents to carefully monitor access to this program. The American Psychological Association states: “We do not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series. Its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to romanticize the choices made by the characters. While many youths are resilient and capable of differentiating between a TV drama and real life, engaging in thoughtful conversations with them about the show is vital.”

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

2017-2018 WMTPS Budget…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

At the Board of Education meeting held last night, the Board approved the 2017-2018 budget. Budget highlights include:

  • No increase to the local tax levy
  • The total budget decreased by 1.02%
  • The general fund decreased by $626,373 or 0.85%

We thank you for your continued support and will maintain our efforts to provide the best possible education for our children at the lowest possible cost to our taxpayers.

Tonight at Macopin Middle School at 7:00pm, the District will host a special presentation If I Could Have a Do-Over. Our guest speaker is John Halligan and his son, Ryan, died by suicide in 2003. Mr. Halligan’s presentation will cover the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying and teen depression. This special presentation is open to all community parents and was featured on the front page of The Record yesterday as part of a larger discussion about teen issues. Our District was identified as being one of the most progressive districts in this area. This recognition is largely due to our systemic focus on the social and emotional wellness of all our children. I hope to see you tonight. Educational child care (STEM and Makerspace) for school-aged children will be provided.

Lastly, please note that schools will be closed on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, for one unused snow day.

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools