The West Caldwell school is one of four elementary schools in the Caldwell-West Caldwell district.
The…More combined school district dates back to 1904 when a vote was made in favor of the consolidation. In 1958, Wilson School was built to accommodate the district's increasing enrollment.
The district now has an enrollment of more than 2,650 students at James Caldwell High School, Grover Cleveland Middle School, Jefferson Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and Harrison School, now home for the school administration, preschool, preschool disabilities and LLD-Harrison classes and Special Education office.
Small group learning activities, guidance services and a variety of special interest club programs all serve to encourage creative expression in an environment that is supportive and caring.
Training in interpersonal, decision-making and coping skills, with stress conflict resolution and tolerance, help students to resist pressures from peers and develop healthy lifestyles.
The curriculum in the middle school takes into consideration the student's need to develop his/her self-esteem and self-responsibility. A variety of teaching methods and a balanced curriculum of core subjects with an emphasis on depth and quality of understanding of the major concepts in each subject area, as well as the connections between them help to create a meaningful interdisciplinary curriculum where students can cultivate their intellectual curiosity.
Common planning time and flexible scheduling enable teachers to work and plan collaboratively. This organization provides an intellectually challenging program that helps students to recognize the complexity of knowledge and ideas while being supportive of their need for individual attention.
Field trips, museum visits, guest speakers and assembly programs add another dimension to students' learning experiences in the middle school. The library, which has been renovated and computerized, continues to serve as the hub of the middle school's learning environment. A network of computers in the library as well as three computer labs helps to facilitate each student's ability to access information quickly and effectively.
Each grade level is now also housed on one of the three floors in the building.
The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education oversees James Caldwell High School, Grover Cleveland Middle School,…More Harrison School, Jefferson Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and Wilson Elementary School.
The board meets the first and second Monday of each month from September through June. Public conference meetings are held on the first Monday of the month and regular public meetings are held on the second Monday. Special public meetings are traditionally held in March and June, with a summer workshop held in late August.
The board includes:
President Joseph McCann, began serving in 2004; Term expires: 2010
Vice President Rosanne Hansen, began serving in 2001; Term expires: 2010
Member Mary Davidson, began serving in 2002; Term expires: 2011
Member Paula Getty, began serving in 2009; Term expires: 2012
Member Maureen McNish, began serving in 2003; Term expires: 2012