Security Drills, Teacher Published, and More

Security Drill Notifications, WSD Teacher Published, Free At-Home COVID Tests
Posted on 01/21/2022
Sicomac K Students

This past Monday, WSD teachers and specialists participated in a full day of professional development activities to further their knowledge of content and instructional strategies. Topics included Building Academic and Social-Emotional Competencies, Gaming and Tech in the Classroom, Addressing Multiple Learning Styles, Supporting Students’ Mental Health, and Best Practices in Math, English, and the Arts. A special thanks to WSD faculty presenters Ann Hazley, George Lambert, Jason Opremcak, Jayne Ramirez, Carly Van Der Wende, Kellie Wilks-Ramundo, and Susan Yadoff, and to all of our teachers and staff for their commitment to professional growth for the benefit of their students. 


School Security Drill Notifications 

Newly enacted revisions to the School Security Drill Law (N.J.S.A. 18A:41-1) require that school districts provide written notification to parents or guardians following the completion of a school security drill. Schools are required to conduct at least one school security drill each month during school hours. School security drills are exercises to practice procedures in response to an emergency situation including, but not limited to a bomb threat, non-fire evacuation, active shooter/lockdown, or shelter-in-place. These drills are similar in duration to a fire drill, and have been conducted monthly in NJ schools since 2010. Going forward, WSD parents can expect to receive drill notifications via email from the school principal on the same day that a security drill was performed. 


EMS Teacher Published

Congratulations to Carly Van Der Wende, Language Arts teacher at Eisenhower Middle School, who recently had two articles published by Edutopia: “A Systematic Approach to Teaching Narrative Writing” and “Using Read-Alouds to Boost Students’ Creativity.” Edutopia is a popular education website that aims to increase knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in Pre-K–12 education. Ms. Van Der Wende has been teaching in the Wyckoff School District since 2012.


Free At-Home COVID Tests

Every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. For details and to order, visit

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