Pay For It…

Dear WMTPS Community,

To provide parents with the ability to manage their child’s lunch account more conveniently, the District has signed up for Pay For It. This feature will be enabled on Wednesday, November 23.

What is Pay For It?

Pay for it (www.payforit.net) allows you to load money onto a student account so that they can use those funds to purchase school lunches/snacks.  While this has been done in the past with cash or personal checks being sent in with students, Pay For It allows you to use your debit/credit card or an electronic check online. Please note, you will still be able to use cash or personal checks.

Does it cost anything extra?

If you’re using a debit/credit card, Pay For It charges 4% fee on any transaction.  If you use electronic checks, there is a flat fee of $1.75.  

How do I set up my account?

  1. Either your debit/credit card, and/or checking account information (Name, routing number, etc.).
  2. Your child’s ID number.  You can find out the ID number of your child by logging into the parent portal, and it will appear in the top right corner for each student.  If you’re having trouble getting this information or logging into the parent portal, you can reach out to portalhelp@wmtps.org
  3. Access to your email so you can verify the account you are creating.

You’ll do it in several steps.  Here’s the quick outline.

  1. Set up an account at www.payforit.net
  2. Add a payment method while creating the account so it knows where to pull the funds from
  3. Add your child to the account
  4. Add funds to your account through single payments or via auto-replenishment

Check back into your account to confirm balances.  It may take one business day for your account balances to accurately reflect what you’ve added. Please note, this will not replace current lunchroom procedures but will, rather, complement them and provide parents with an additional option.

Best,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Resources

PayforIt.net FAQ – https://www.payforit.net/FAQEx.aspx

Payforit Tutorial Videos

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Welcome Dr. Swarts…

Dear WMTPS Community,

Last night at the Board of Education meeting, the Board unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Dana Swarts as the new Westbrook School Principal, effective January 3, 2017. Dr. Swarts, a long-time West Milford resident, is currently serving as a teacher at Upper Greenwood Lake School. Dr. Swarts is a member of the prestigious Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society and is also a New Jersey Governor’s Teaching Scholar. She has enhanced our Learning Language Disabled program through innovative approaches and has also presented for the Collaborative Teaching Model Professional Development Series. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Swarts to her new position.

Earlier this school year at the August 23 Board of Education meeting, the administrative team presented the WMTPS community with a list of our goals and objectives for each school or department. These goals are connected to the three district goals that were approved by the Board of Education. As we begin the second marking period, I would like to update our stakeholders on our progress towards achieving these goals.

  • All eight of our schools are in the process of applying for state or national recognition/awards from the Character.org group. For many of our schools, winning an award would be the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th consecutive year for their respective schools.
  • Our World Languages Department is in the process of applying to the New Jersey Department of Education to participate in the Seal of Biliteracy program. This program identifies graduating high school students who are able to demonstrate proficiency in one or more world languages. This rigorous program will provide students who earn this type of diploma a competitive edge as they apply to highly competitive universities. We are anticipating this program would be available to the class of 2017 and beyond.
  • WMTHS has been approved to be part of the College Board Advanced Placement Capstone program for the 2017-2018 school year. AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that helps students stand out in the college admission process by developing the critical skills needed to succeed in college and in life. Two new courses – AP Seminar and AP Research – allow students to immerse themselves in topics while developing the analytic, research, problem-solving, and communication skills that universities seek in their applicants.
  • In an attempt to streamline our efforts and make communications more contemporaneous, our elementary schools are piloting the use of different apps that can improve communications with our stakeholders. You may have already received a notice from your principal to sign up for Remind. This app allows our schools to communicate in a timely manner; I encourage you to sign up for this free service.
  • At the elementary level, our students in grades 1-6 have completed their Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Reading Assessment for the fall. This data helps our teachers differentiate their instruction and systematically assess the impact of reading instruction on student learning.

Lastly, please visit our website and download the latest edition of The Highlander News, our monthly high school newsletter.

 

Best,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

2016 WMTPS Standardized Testing Data…

Dear WMTPS Community,

The 2016 administration of the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) was completed last spring by students in grades 3-11. Last month, student Individual Score Reports (ISRs) were sent home to families along with an explanation for the scoring and testing analysis. Last night at the Board of Education meeting, the administrative team presented our district’s PARCC results to the Board and to the full community. The presentation has been posted on our website and can be viewed here. Highlights from the 2016 testing include:

  • The number of West Milford students taking the PARCC increased in every grade and in every subject. Compared with 2015, we had 1,086 more students complete the PARCC.
  • In English language Arts, our testing scores improved in seven out of nine tested grades. This data included a +24.1% improvement in scores in grade 9!
  • In math, our testing scores improved in eight out of nine tested grades, including a +17.1% increase in grade 4!

 

We are confident that we will be able to build on these positive results and continue to make West Milford Township Public Schools the premier K-12 school district in the region. As always, if you have any additional questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Halloween 2016…

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

 

Recently, there has been a great deal of “chatter” on different social media platforms about clowns scaring children in a variety of ways. I have discussed this matter with the West Milford Police Department and they are not aware of any specific threat against our community. Furthermore, it is not atypical to have stories like “scary clowns” emerge around Halloween and once these stories are reported, social media facilitates their quick sharing. Please note, these stories have also been reported in Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Idaho. Moreover, our school security drills (lockdown, shelter in place, etc.) will continue as regularly planned and are in no way connected to this issue.

As a precaution and to allow our youngest children to feel comfortable, we are asking all students, parents, and staff to follow the below rules to make our Halloween celebrations as enjoyable as possible for everyone.

  • Clown costumes, masks, or face paint shall be prohibited.
  • Costumes need to be safe. Any costume that prevents a student from moving safely shall not be worn.
  • Do not bring in toy guns, knives, or weapons of any kind with your costumes.

Additional information will be coming home from each school regarding the parades, class parties, etc. If your child is feeling anxious or fearful in regard to this matter, please feel comfortable calling our school counselors or social workers for additional support.

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

You Matter. We Matter. The Arts Matter…

“Fine art is knowledge made visible” – Gustave Courbet

 

The Arts @ WMHS are alive and visible. We have a dedicated cadre of teachers and administrators who collaborate to create the best programs offered anywhere in the state. These programs are highlighted in the Arts Department Newsletter. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Lastly, Friday, September 23 is the home opener for our Varsity Football Team. It is also “youth night” where all youth cheer/football players receive free admission to the game.  Cheerleaders cheer with our teams and 7th+8th graders get to come on the track for the game.

WMHS Football Youth Night

West Milford Highlander vs. Montville Mustangs

6:30pm Kickoff – McCormack Field

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Welcome Back, Dr. Oberer…

Dear WMTPS Community,

Last night at the Board of Education meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve Dr. Joan Oberer as the Interim Principal of Westbrook School, effective September 27. Prior to her retirement in 2013, Dr. Oberer served as Westbrook School Principal and is able to step in and lead the school until a permanent principal can be hired. I am confident that under Dr. Oberer’s leadership, Westbrook School can continue to serve all its children and meet the diverse needs of all its stakeholders. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Oberer back to the WMTPS!

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

WMEF Color Run…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

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 carrielousie@optonline.net

Special thanks to our corporate sponsors:

  • Lakeland Bank – Platinum Sponsor
  • Alpha Development – Silver Sponsor
  • West Milford Pharmacy – Bronze Sponsor
  • Wells Fargo Bank – Bronze Sponsor
  • Shop Rite
  • BJ’s Wholesale

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone Ed.D.,

Superintendent of Schools