Awards, Kindergarten Registration…

Dear WMTPS Community,

Congratulations to the WMTHS Science Olympiad Team led by teachers Mr. Petrosi and Mrs. Pezzino. At the Regional Science Olympiad competition, our Highlanders finished in first place in Tower Building and fourth place in Experimental Design.

The WMTPS had 15 students qualify for the Regional Finals of the National History Bee. The finals will be held in New York City in April. Please join me in congratulating: Collin Clinton, Trevor Darnsteadt, Kira Fucci, Mia Grizzuti, Erin Henaghen, Annabeth Jones, John Jones, Owen Kaleda, Aksel Malatak, Shane Nelson, Christian Patton, Francesco Petrosillo, Brandon Scrimenti, Clay Thompson, and Melissa Gray. Special thanks to Mr. Pruksarnukul, our Supervisor of Social Studies, for organizing the event.

Kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year is open; forms are available on our website.

The 6th Annual Empty Bowls Event will be held on Monday, March 13 from 5:00-7:30 at Macopin School. The Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger. Participants create ceramic bowls and then serve a simple meal of soup and bread. Guests choose a bowl to take home as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world. We hope you can join us. For ticket information, please email Cindy Gallaugher cindy.gallaugher@wmtps.org

Lastly, please take a look at the January 2017 edition of The Highlander News, our monthly WMTHS newsletter.

 

Best,

Alex Anemone Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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Excellence in Athletics Award…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

The WMHS Athletic Program has been awarded the Directors of Athletics Association of New Jersey (DAANJ) “Excellence in Athletics” Award. There are 433 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) schools and this is the most prestigious award an Athletic Department can receive in the State of New Jersey! Neil Rosa, DAANJ Selection Committee Chairperson said, “The focus of the award is to recognize on-going and consistent efforts on the part of New Jersey schools’ athletic programs that demonstrate best practice in the endorsement and promotion of education-based athletic programming. Specifically, this award recognizes schools that demonstrate intentional efforts to shift the culture of school-based sports programs as an on-going process.”

 

The WMHS Athletic Department will receive the award on March 17 at the annual DAANJ Convention. The application process was comprehensive and very time-consuming. Congratulations to our Director of Athletics, Joe Trentacosta and members of the application committee: Cathi Reda, Jessica Allison, Taylor Pevny, Krista Provost, Joe Andriulli, Lauren Rembrandt, Krista Tripodi, Donald Dougherty, Megan Cavallo, and Steve Maslanek.

 

Best,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

Newsletters…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Last week, our Fine Arts Department and Athletics Department released their latest newsletters; I hope you find them enjoyable and informative.

Also, be on the lookout in January/February for the grand opening of the brand new West Milford Township Public Library. It will be the premier library in all of Passaic County with something for everyone.

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Signing Day…

Dear WMTPS,

Congratulations to Paige, a senior softball player at WMTHS. Earlier this week, she signed a letter of intent to continue her athletic career at Rutgers-Newark. On behalf of the entire West Milford community, please join me in wishing her and all our student-athletes the best of luck. We will have a complete list of our college bound student-athletes in a later post.

Best,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

 

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School Calendars and Giving Thanks…

Dear WMTPS,

This is the time of year when we pause to spend time with family and loved ones and give thanks for all that we have. As Superintendent of Schools, I am thankful for the entire West Milford community – in particular our students, parents, Board members, and staff members including our administrative team. We are all part of a wonderful educational family and on behalf of the Board of Education, I hope you all enjoy a restful Thanksgiving weekend.

Lastly, the Board of Education recently approved district calendars for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. You can find printable versions of them on our website.

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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

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