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West Essex Middle School Students Learn to Make Good Choices and be Assertive

Allison Freeman

Thursday, October 31, 2013 • 1:11am


NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - West Essex Middle School observed "Violence and Vandalism Week" Oct. 14-18 with special educational programs for students and parents. During the week, seventh and eighth graders attended special educational programs; the seventh graders learned to make good choices while the eighth graders learned to be assertive.

Guidance Counselor Theresa Imhoff told students to be assertive while Health and Physical Education Teacher Greg Ruggiero told students to call friends and make plans to go to a movie if they do not want to sit at home. "Don't wait around for other people," he told them.

Students also talked about handling different situations and discussed the difference between passive and aggressive behavior. During the program, Fairfield eighth graders Larissa Roldao-Ramos, Victoria Melecio and Neci Lac participated by preparing questionnaires.

From left: Larissa Roldao-Ramos, Victoria Melecio and Neci Lac  
Credit: Allison Freeman  

Fairfield eighth grader Nicole Rivera listened and took notes during the presentation.

Nicole Rivera  Credit: Allison Freeman  

ADP Presentation
During the same week, Roland Cloutier, ADP's Vice President and Chief Security Officer, spoke to parents on Internet Safety in a program titled "Stay Safe Online." Cloutier's presentation focused on recognizing the increased use of the Internet among our students. He also offered suggestions for parents to help them promote online safety at home with their children.

Also taking part in the presentation with ADP were West Essex High School Assistant Principal Juliann Hoebee, the Middle School’s principal, David Montgomery, and assistant principal, Lisa Tamburri.

From left: West Essex High School Assistant Principal Juliann Hoebee, Middle School Assistant Principal Lisa Tamburri, ADP's Roland Cloutier, and Middle School Principal David Montgomery   Credit: Colleen O'Neill, ADP

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