#1stDayWMTPS

Dear WMTPS Community,

This Tuesday, September 6, is the first day of school for our children. On behalf of the staff, I would like to welcome all our families back to school; we look forward to serving you this year. To help coordinate and streamline our communication efforts, we are asking our families to partner with our staff to help make the first day of school special for all our children. This year, our district will be integrating a new hashtag on our social media accounts #1stDayWMTPS. I hope you will join us by “tagging” your posts and sharing them with us.

Please follow us on Twitter:

@WestMilfordTPS
@WestMilfordSupt
Or like us on Facebook:

@WestMilfordSchools

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing all your posts on Tuesday.

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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WMEF Color Dash…

Dear West Milford Schools Community,

The West Milford Education Foundation (WMEF) will be hosting its first ever COLOR DASH on Sunday, September 18. The event is a 5K Fun Run/Walk in and around the Macopin/High School/Westbrook School complex and features a color explosion at the finish line. The WMEF is a proud supporter of the West Milford Township Public Schools and monies raised will support teacher grants in our schools. I encourage the entire community to come out for a great cause. You can register online by clicking here

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Westbrook School…

Dear Westbrook School Community,

Last night at the regular meeting of the Roseland Board of Education, the Board approved the hiring of Deanne Somers as their new Superintendent of Schools. As a result, Mrs. Somers has tendered her resignation as Westbrook School Principal, effective October 24. I would like to thank Mrs. Somers for all her contributions to the Westbrook School community and wish her well in her new position; she will be greatly missed.

Moving forward, however, we must look for a new principal and I would like to take a moment to describe the process to all our stakeholders. We will advertise for the position and bring together a committee of parents, teachers, administrators, and Board members to interview the best candidates. There will be multiple rounds of interviews and in the event we cannot hire a suitable replacement on or before October 24, we will hire an interim principal to serve until a permanent replacement can be appointed. If you have any questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

New Supervisors, New School Year…

Dear West Milford Public Schools Community,

At the August 23 Board of Education meeting, the Board hired Coleen Weiss-Magasic as the new Supervisor of Science and Industrial Arts for grades K-12. Mrs. Weiss-Magasic is a West Milford resident and an award-winning teacher in the WMHS Science Department. Over her distinguished career, she has won numerous awards including West Milford Teacher of the Year, Passaic County Teacher of the Year, New Jersey Teacher of the Year – Finalist, and New Jersey Exemplary Secondary Educator. Mrs. Weiss-Magasic has also been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and earned grants from numerous sources. Please join me in welcoming her to her new position

At the same meeting, the Board also approved the hiring of a new Supervisor for the History, Social Sciences, and Business Departments. I am pleased to announce that the Board has hired Oliver Pruksarnukul for this position. Mr. Pruksarnukul is a successful teacher in the Montclair Public Schools and has also served as Social Studies Subject Matter Leader as well as a House Leader at the middle school level. In addition, he has coordinated the Montclair Public Schools’ Gifted and Talented Programs and National Junior Honor Society and is a three-time winner of the prestigious Weston Award for Teaching Excellence as well as a nominee for the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teaching Award.

During the summer months, the District’s Administrative Team has been meeting to discuss and select specific goals for each department and school in the district. These goals will be connected to our three primary District goals and should allow for greater coordination of effort, economies of scale, and a narrowed focus that enables our professional staff members to best serve our students. Last night at the Board meeting, I shared with the Board a PowerPoint presentation that lists these goals. That presentation can be found on our website by clicking here.

Lastly, please save the date: Sunday, September 18, 2016, for the West Milford Education Foundation’s first-ever COLOR RUN. More details to follow.

I hope you find these updates helpful and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the District office.

 

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! As the new Superintendent of the West Milford Township Public Schools and on behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to wish you all a wonderful school year. The first day of school for our students is Tuesday, September 6. The official school calendar can be found on our website.

Our teaching staff has been busy prepping their classrooms and writing and editing new curricula. Our students will return to newly revised curricula in various disciplines and new courses such as the Freshman Seminar @ WMHS.

We continue to work to make improvements to our facilities.  The front steps have been replaced at West Milford High School and the cafeteria tables at Westbrook School are being replaced as well. You will also see some asphalt resurfacing projects throughout the district.

The 2016-2017 budget includes the roof replacement at Macopin School and West Milford High School.  The new roofs are the direct result of a successful bond referendum in December 2015.  We will also be going to bid soon for Phase I of the High School auditorium renovation.  We anticipate this will be completed in time for the annual musical.

In an effort to “go green”, we are trying to reduce the amount of paper we utilize. Accordingly, all the information you need for your child this year can be found on our website. You can log on to www.wmtps.org to find this information. Bus passes are on the Parent Portal under correspondences. 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 or via email charles.mazzei@wmtps.org.

All students will report to their assigned schools on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at their scheduled time. Our school offices will be open for the new school year on Thursday, September 1, 2016. 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.

Best,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

The National​ Pastime…

Dear WMTPS Community,

Congratulations to the West Milford High School Baseball Team for winning the 2016 American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award. This award honors high school and college teams that posted a cumulative GPA over 3.0 for the previous academic year. Less than 50 high schools nationwide earned this award making our team not only victorious on the field but very successful in the classroom as well. ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz stated, “This award highlights our coaches’ commitment to developing student-athletes that excel both on and off the field, and we’re proud of these student-athletes for their success in the classroom.” The Highlanders are led by Head Coach Joe Jordan and Assistant Coaches Ken Ryerson, Taylor Penvy, and Joe Andriulli.

Best of luck to all our fall sports student-athletes and coaches as they begin their seasons this week.

 

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

New Beginnings…

Dear West Milford Township Schools Community,

 

I hope this message finds you all enjoying some time with your families and loved ones. Our administrative team has been busy this summer interviewing for key positions and planning for the new school year. At the July 19 meeting of the Board of Education, the Board approved the hiring of key administrators.

At Upper Greenwood Lake, a committee was formed to facilitate the search for a new Principal. I am pleased to announce that the Board of Education approved Dr. Greg Matlosz as the new Upper Greenwood Lake School Principal, effective immediately. Dr. Matlosz has been serving as the Supervisor of History and Social Sciences for grades K-12 for the past three years and prior to that, he taught social studies at West Milford Township High School. Dr. Matlosz is a resident of West Milford and is looking forward to working with and serving the entire Upper Greenwood Lake School community.

The Board also approved the hiring of a new Interim Principal at Paradise Knoll. Patricia Hart will serve in this position from September 1, 2016 – December 23, 2016, until Mrs. Miller returns. Mrs. Hart is very familiar with our district, having already served two stints as Interim Principal – at Paradise Knoll and at Westbrook. Prior to that, Mrs. Hart had a very successful career as a building principal in the Kinnelon School District. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Hart back to our school community. Between now and September 1, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Hart will work collaboratively to plan for a smooth start to the school year.

Lastly, the Board of Education also approved the hiring of a new Director of Guidance at the secondary level. Heidi Cosmi-Godau, a West Milford resident comes to us from the Kinnelon Public Schools. Mrs. Cosmi-Godau has served as a guidance counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and is eager to work with and serve the entire West Milford Township Public Schools community.

Please join me in welcoming our three newest administrators to their new positions. 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