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Westfield Public School Students Achieve

Margaret Dolan, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools

Monday, March 4, 2013 • 6:27pm

I would like to share with our community many of the recent accomplishments of Westfield Public School students.  We have barely passed the midpoint of the school year, and already milestones have been achieved.

As our school district moves forward in our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative, our students are achieving success in and out of the classroom.  In three different challenging science competitions, our Science Olympiad teams from Edison, Roosevelt and Westfield High School captured top regional awards and progressed to the state level of competition. In the ePals-Smithsonian Invent-it Challenge in which hundreds of K-12 students from around the globe participated, Franklin School fifth grader Dustin Paden was named winner in the 9-11 age group.  In its second year, the Westfield Robotics Team hailing from Edison Intermediate School brought home the Design Award at the Piscataway First Tech Challenging Qualifying Competition.

Roosevelt Intermediate School was notified that Penguin Books recently published a new eBook of the classic Of Mice and Men which includes interviews of RIS students and examples of their classroom activities.  Penguin had invited the students to their New York City headquarters last year for the taping.

At the high school level, four of our seniors have been named National Merit finalists.  The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  So far this school year, 19 of our High School students have scored perfect 800’s on the SAT or SAT Subject tests.

As we prepare all our students for a global society, the Model United Nations club at Westfield High School is particularly attentive to international issues.  Once again, the WHS delegation earned the Premier Delegation award at this year’s conference, as well as awards for the Outstanding Country Research Paper, and for Youth Secretariat and Premier Diplomat. Approximately 50 schools in New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts participated.

We are celebrating the recent State Championship of both our boys’ and girls’ swim teams.  This was the fourth consecutive time for the girls and the second for the boys. Indoor Track and Field also claimed significant victories, with WHS Senior Peter Fagan winning the State Championship for pole vaulting and placing 2nd in the Eastern Region competition.  On Saturday, February 23, our Wrestling team was named District XI Champions, the first district title since 2009.  Speaking of firsts, the Ice Hockey team captured its first Union County championship the very next day.   We are incredibly proud of our student athletes and wish them continued success.

Off the playing field and onto the stage, at our last Board of Education meeting we announced that 18 Westfield High School students and 12 students from Edison and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools were accepted into the 2013 Central Jersey Music Educators Association Region II Ensembles or the All Eastern Choir or Orchestra. These students auditioned among hundreds throughout the region or state. 

I am incredibly proud of our students who have achieved so much and have represented our school district and town so well.  I applaud all of our 6,300 students who continue to develop their skills, and I thank the Westfield community for supporting the goals we have set to help our students reach their highest potential.  

Sincerely,

Margaret Dolan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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