This message is a reminder that the first West Milford Education Foundation Color Run will be held – rain or shine – this Sunday, September 18. Participants should arrive between 8:00-9:30 at Westbrook School for registration and to pick up their shirts. Event parking will be at Macopin School and West Milford High School. The run/walk/race will begin promptly at 10:00 with the color splash occurring at different intervals as well as at the finish line. Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event. We hope to see you there.
The WMEF is still looking for approximately 20 volunteers to assist on Sunday. If you are interested, please contact Carrie Mulligan 201-446-6320 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As I mentioned in a message yesterday, the Point of Sale (POS) lunch program at the elementary level has run into some glitches over the first few days of school. In an effort to solve these problems, the administrative team met this morning with a representative from Pomptonian Food Services. We have decided to take the following actions to help resolve these issues:
Our students will receive two paper copies of the Pomptonian Food Services keypad. This sheet will have your child’s cafeteria identification number. One of these copies will remain at school where they will practice during the day; the other copy will be sent home to facilitate them practicing when not in school.
Additional training will be set up for all elementary school kitchen/cafeteria workers who interface with the POS program.
Parents may load their account with money (cash or personal check) and students will use this as a debit for all cafeteria purchases (lunch, snack, etc.)
Later this fall, we will be operationalizing “Pay For It”. This software will enable parents to load their child’s cafeteria account via credit card.
We are enabling the “cafeteria module” on the Realtime Parent Portal. This portal will allow parents to utilize the food service item exceptions module and food service purchase history The food service item exception allows parents to select which items their child may/may not purchase (for example, snacks). The food service purchase history module will allow parents to check their child’s lunchroom transaction history. Moreover, parents will also have the opportunity to check their child’s cafeteria balance by logging in to the Parent Portal.
A dedicated email email@example.com has been created to answer questions specific to our food service program.
Pomptonian Food Services will also be present at your child’s Back to School Night to answer any additional questions that you may have.
Dear West Milford Schools Community,
Approximately five years ago, the WMTPS initiated a computerized Point of Sale (POS) lunch program to make our school lunch procedures more efficient and user-friendly. This program has been very effective at both Macopin School and WMHS. This year, we have operationalized the same program at our six elementary schools without the same degree of success. The administrative team is working with our food service provider (Pomptonian) to improve the situation. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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.
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
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.
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.