New WMHS Principal…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Last night, the Board of Education approved the hiring of Matthew Strianse as the Principal of West Milford High School, effective July 1. Mr. Strianse began his tenure in West Milford as a teacher at Upper Greenwood Lake School in 2000. His efforts at that school culminated in 2006-2007 when he was named the Governor’s Educator of the Year. After completing his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Caldwell University, Mr. Strianse was hired as Assistant Principal at WMHS and subsequent to that also served as Acting Principal at UGL and for the last three years, he has worked at Macopin Middle School as Assistant Principal. In addition, Mr. Strianse is a community member who volunteers in multiple youth sports leagues. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Strianse to his new position.

 

Best,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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2018-2019 Budget…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Last night, the Board of Education passed the 2018-2019 budget. This budget is fiscally conservative and has increased by only 1.21%. I am happy to report that all of the Board of Education’s Budget Guidelines have been met. Specifically, this budget was crafted using zero-based budgeting principles and also stayed within the confines of the tax levy cap, per State law.  Moreover, the Board met last week to discuss five District goals for the 2018-2019 school year. These goals will be approved by the Board in May and this budget will support the implementation of these goals.

 

If you would like to discuss this in greater detail, please do not hesitate to contact me,

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

2017-2018 School Calendar…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

The 2017-2018 school calendar, approved last year, had 181 “student days” built in; the State requires only 180 days. As a result, the snow day used on Monday, April 2 (day 181) will not be rescheduled into our calendar. Our District will remain compliant with State requirements and have the necessary 180 student days in this school year. There will, however, be two minor changes to the current calendar. The Macopin School graduation has been moved to Monday, June 25, 2018 and the WMHS graduation and Project Graduation have been moved to Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Lastly, I wish you all a restful and happy spring break.

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

WMHS Principal…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Last night, Paul Gorski, WMHS Principal, was approved as the new Principal of Fair Lawn High School, effective July 1. I would like to thank Mr. Gorski for his dedicated service to our students, our staff, and our community. West Milford’s loss is most certainly Fair Lawn’s gain. Under Mr. Gorski’s leadership, WMHS has expanded the quality and quantity of its programs for students, both curricular and co-curricular. Academically, WMHS has experienced a steady rise in student achievement, captured in publications such as NJ Monthly Magazine, where the school’s ranking has risen almost 40 places since 2010! WMHS is a New Jersey State School of Character and home to many award winning students and staff.

Moving forward, we will advertise for this position and convene a committee of stakeholders to participate in the interview process; our goal is to have a smooth transition. We will continue to update our school community as this unfolds.

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

 

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

2018-2019 Preliminary Budget…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Earlier this week, the Board of Education passed the 2018-2019 preliminary budget. This budget is fiscally responsible, with an overall increase of 1.21%, includes staff layoffs consistent with enrollment trends, and achieves all the budget guidelines developed in the autumn. In particular, this budget stays within the confines of the tax levy cap, funds staff professional development, and is crafted using zero-based budgeting principles. Additionally, this budget funds a growing robotics program at WMHS, a multisensory phonics program for students in K-2, and a new math series for students in grades 6 and 7. The Board will continue to look for efficiencies between now and the Public Hearing on the Budget (April 24).

 

If you would like to discuss this matter in greater detail, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

12:50 Update…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Earlier today, our student council leadership organized a brief, controlled, and peaceful demonstration inside our school to honor the victims from Majory Stoneman Douglas High School. Later this same day, a small group of approximately 15-20 high school students exited WMHS to stage an additional, more political, protest in the parking lot. To help protect their wellbeing, the students are being observed by school administrators.

The District currently uses the Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education to help our students learn the vital aspects of this program. One of these principles requires schools to, “…provide students with opportunities for moral action”. We believe that we accomplished that from 10:00-10:17 this morning. Additionally, the District uses Project Adventure to further offer comprehensive social and emotional learning for our students. By now our students are familiar with the Full Value Contract. An integral component of this contract, “…recognizes the need for individuals and the group to accept responsibility…” Accordingly, the students who exited the building will be disciplined according to our student code of conduct. As student discipline is a private matter between the families and the school, we will not share specifics about this student discipline.

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Student Leadership…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Earlier today, students at both Macopin School and West Milford High School participated in a national movement designed to honor the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Today marks one month since that tragedy and I am proud of our students, in particular our student council leadership, for creating such a moving tribute to their peers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Their message – No Politics. No Hate. Just Love. We Are The Future – was inspiring to all. At WMHS, students who elected to participate exited their classrooms at 10:00 and sat silently in the hallways for seventeen minutes, one minute for each person who lost his/her life. At Macopin, the process was the same except the students sat silently in the auditorium. The students who participated were all respectful and at 10:17, they began to make their way back to their classrooms. Due to the unique set of circumstances that inspired the walkout and also due to the courteous and responsible nature of the children who participated, none of the students will be disciplined. At approximately 10:20, our school day resumed as regularly scheduled. I would also like to thank the West Milford Police Department for their assistance this morning. As a precaution, we asked for police support outside of both schools this morning and they were able to assist us.

 

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

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools