Students and our visual and performing arts staff continue to find creative ways to produce art and music, even in this virtual world. Read all about it in the December/January issue of Arts a la Carte.
News & Announcements
At its reorganization meeting on Jan. 5, 2021, the Westfield Board of Education welcomed new members Sahar Aziz, Leila Morrelli, and Sonal Patel, who were sworn in by Board Attorney Richard Kaplow before the virtual meeting.
Westfield High School 11th and 12th graders in Jennifer Sirman’s environmental science class made a recent virtual field trip to a sea turtle hospital in Florida as part of a classroom ecology unit. Students were given a virtual tour, meeting “Galapagos,” “Justice Ginsberg,” and other rehabilitating sea turtles named, by hospital staff, after places and people in history.
Whether teaching life lessons using quotes of famous people, spreading Math cheer, encouraging creative writing, or being a good listener, teachers in Westfield Public Schools were lauded by their students who used poetry, essays, song, and art to thank the educators during this time of COVID.
Whether creating holiday cards for senior care facilities, conducting food drives and collecting warm clothing for families in need, or donating masks and cleaning wipes to school staff, the Westfield Public Schools community continues its tradition of giving, despite challenges presented by COVID-19.
The district's Technology Department has created a list of tips to help families and staff navigate common technology problems related to remote learning.
Thank you and congratulations to all whose special works of art, poetry, and writing pay tribute to our teachers and are displayed in storefronts across town.
The December/January issue of Arts a la Carte outlines the many ways our Visual and Performing Arts team continues to stay creative and upbeat in adapting instruction to hybrid and all-remote learning.
As part of a districtwide Racial Literacy initiative, Westfield Public Schools recently welcomed educational consultant David Schwartz, who conducted professional development sessions to provide educators with culturally responsive teaching strategies aimed at enhancing student engagement and creating a respectful community of learners.
Fifth graders at McKinley Elementary School in Westfield recently explored their family’s past during a cross-curricular assignment that combined reading, writing, research, geography, technology, speech, history, graphic design, and interviewing skills.