Cardinal Newsletter

Winter Edition 2016

Curriculum Highlights

Exploring "Caves" to investigate artifacts in Mr. Hackbarth's Class!

Investigating Cave Artifacts

A Student-Built Robot Swinging a Red Ball in Mrs. McBride's Class

Red Ball Swing

Meet a Teacher: Mrs. Adams-Engineering

Mrs. Brianne Adams graduated with a Technology Education degree from The College of New Jersey. Immediately upon graduating, she began researching and writing the Engineering curriculum for Westwood Regional Middle School, where she then implemented that curriculum in the 2010-2011 school year. She also has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Throughout her years in Westwood she has served as the Engineering Club Adviser, preparing students for a state wide engineering competition each year. She has also served as the JPAC choreographer, helping with the musical production. Mrs. Adams married her husband Stephen in 2013, and welcomed her daughter Grace in 2014. She enjoys sleeping, as any parent of a toddler would know, and going to the park with Grace and her crazy mutt Bruiser.

You're Invited!

Parent Learning Institute

Thursday, April 7th, 7-8pm

Westwood Regional Middle School Cafeteria

Do you think you can build a robot? How about a bridge? Join us for a hands-on session focused on our STEM offerings at WRMS!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Meet the WRMS Student Council! Noah Chang, Jillian Abella, Patrick Flynn and Caroline Saunders

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WRMS Students of the Month!

WRMS Selected Student Artwork

School Community Highlights

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Can You Guess Who Won the Ugly Sweater Contest?

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Meet the Principal

Mrs. Wardell is committed to the middle level learner. She spent ten years as a middle school teacher in Randolph, NJ. She taught Consumer Economics, Study Skills, and Social Studies. She took her first administrative position as the Assistant Principal at George Washington Middle School in Wayne. Always wanting to learn and grow, she left her middle school roots and became the Principal at Ryerson Elementary School. Her greatest take away was getting to the heart of where teaching and learning begins; at the elementary level. She always wanted to return to the middle level and was thrilled and honored to be appointed the Principal in Westwood. Mrs. Wardell is married to her high school sweetheart, Bill. Together they have one daughter, Christine, who is nine years old. In her free time (is there such a thing?) she enjoys exercising, carpooling her daughter to dance classes, and enjoying time with her family.

Meet the Assistant Principal

Mr. Russo spent the previous four years as an 8th Grade English Teacher and Grade Chairperson at Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River. Mr. Russo was a technology teacher-leader in the district, often spearheading new initiatives that required technological curriculum integration. Mr. Russo previously taught for a total of nine years at the middle school level. Mr. Russo's other areas of expertise include middle level best practices, classroom management, Readers/Writers Workshop, Balanced Literacy and Educational Leadership. Mr. Russo attended Rutgers University as an undergraduate, earning a BA in English. Mr . Russo has a wife and two young children. He also loves the New York Giants. Go Big Blue!


New Morning Routine

Soon WRMS will begin a new morning routine. To improve safety and supervision, students will no longer be able to roam the hallways from 7:45 to 8:00 AM. Staff is not present until 8:00 AM, therefore limiting supervision. Instead, sixth grade students will report to the Gymnasium, and 7th grade students will report to the Cafeteria. All students are still permitted to go to the Media Center or Room 11 to complete work at this time. Students can also complete work in the Cafeteria or Gymnasium, or socialize with friends. Students will be dismissed at 8 AM, once all staff are present. This will give students a full 15 minutes to go to their lockers and get ready, as first period begins at 8:15. Teachers will be flexible as students adjust to the new routine. We thank you in advance for your support in this matter of safety.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Please consider the following rules for drop-off and pick up:

1. After school, students should wait at the curb in the parking lot for their car to come around. Students should not be crossing the lot, and moving in between cars. This is a significant safety hazard.

2. Please do not block the cross walk at any time. Staff and visitors must have a safe place to cross.

3. When using the bus loop to drop off or pick up, remember to pull up as far as you can into the loop, so that traffic does not back up into the street.

4. Please do not stop along the main road to drop off children. This causes a significant safety concern for the public and for students.

5. When parking on 2nd Avenue, please be sure to allow enough room in the cul-de-sac for cars to turn around.