NJSLA Scores Mailed, Art Teacher Recognized, Jack Hourihan Remembered
Minimum Day for Students
School Board Meeting
On Monday, we observe Columbus Day. Students will have a minimum day, and staff will engage in professional development in the afternoon on the topic of school safety and security. Next week is also Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country (nfpa.org). During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. We thank our Wyckoff Township Fire Department for their services and for the assemblies and fire truck tours they provide for our students every October.
New Jersey Student Learning Assessment Results Released
Individual score reports (ISRs) were mailed home this week for the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) administered in May to students in Grades 3-8. The reports show how your student performed in relation to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and how your student’s performance compares to other students in their school, district, and the state. The ISRs are also available in the New Jersey Parent Portal. We are proud to share that in the school year 2021-2022, WSD students outpaced the state average across every grade and subject area on the NJSLA. This accomplishment is the result of your children's learning, their educators' commitment, and your support.
EMS Teacher to be Featured at State Art Fair
Mrs. Monique Sarfity, middle school art teacher, was one of approximately 100 artists selected from over 1,000 applicants to display her artwork at New Jersey’s Annual 14C Art Fair this November. Mrs. Sarfity has taught in the Wyckoff School District since 2010. Her exhibit at the fair, held at the Jersey City Armory, will include glass and keyboard mosaics. We applaud Mrs. Sarfity’s accomplishment, and the inspiration she brings to EMS students.
Washington Wizard Challenge Begins with Memorial for Former Student Jack Hourihan
Washington School held the annual Wizard Challenge yesterday, a schoolwide team building activity to promote healthy fitness. This year, students ran or walked laps on the field and tallied their distance. The day began with a special dedication ceremony of the path leading to the school’s outdoor classroom. “Jack’s Path” was created by fifth graders in memory of former Washington student Jack Hourihan, who passed away in March at the age of 21 after an 18-month battle with brain cancer. The students lined the wooded path with rocks generously donated by the Braen family, and dedicated it to Jack in a ceremony led by their student council officers, Sofia, Max and Luke, under the direction of Mrs. Halupka and Principal Blake. The student officers spoke about Jack’s legacy of kindness and promised to carry it forward. Jack’s family and friends were in attendance, along with his former teachers and the current fifth grade class.
Stay Up-To-Date with the WSD App
We’re thrilled to announce our new app. It’s everything Wyckoff, in your pocket. With the new app, you can access documents, events, news updates, and even emergency notifications. To download the WSD app, search “Wyckoff School District” in your app store.
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