Wednesday, April 10, 2013
West Caldwell School raises funds for American Heart Association.
Wednesday, April 10
Washington Elementary School in West Caldwell recently held a successful Jump Rope for Heart Day. Students in first through fifth grades participated in this fun and philanthropic event benefitting the American Heart Association. Throughout the event, students rotate through stations that encourage heart healthy activities, such as jumping rope.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
$40M general fund falls into 11 categories, including instruction, special education and administrative costs.
The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education approved a $42 million 2013-14 school budget Wednesday during a special public hearing. The budget contains a general fund of $40,111,868, which breaks down into 11 major categories as illustrated in the info graphic above. Instruction is the largest piece of the pie, accounting for a little more than 30 percent of the general fund. The next largest areas are special education at about 20 percent, and employee benefits, which total 17.4 percent of the general fund. The $8 million for special education includes expenses, such as busing, physical therapy, speech therapy and aides. The main driver in the budget was a 15% increase in employee health benefits, board member John King said. The …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education approves $42M 2013-14 school budget.
The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education approved a $42 million 2013-14 school budget at a special public hearing Wednesday night. The budget will be funded in large part by a total tax levy of $37,446,765, an increase of 2 percent, or $734,325, from the previous year. The school tax rate will be 1.140 per $100 of accessed home value for Caldwell and 1.177 per $100 of accessed home value for West Caldwell. Based on an average home valued at $400,000, the average Caldwell property owner will see a decrease of $56 on their tax bill, while the average West Caldwell taxpayer will see an increase of $68. District Business Administrator and Board Secretary Kerry Keane said those numbers could fluctuate slightly. Keane said she expects the …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Board of Education to hold special public meeting on 2013-14 budget Wednesday night at Harrison School.
The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education will hold a special public meeting on the 2013-14 school budget on Wednesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m., at Harrison School. The $42 million budget, up 1.5% from 2012-13, was introduced earlier this month and sent to the county for approval. Residents of Caldwell and West Caldwell, neighboring towns with a joint school district, are asked to support the budget in a letter posted on the district's website. The budget includes a total tax levy of $37,446,765, an increase of 2% or $734,325 from the prior year. The school tax rate will be 1.140 per $100 of accessed home value for Caldwell and 1.177 per $100 of accessed home value in West Caldwell. The complete 2013-14 budget is available to be …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Students from James Caldwell High School and Grover Cleveland Middle School team up to raise awareness about global climate change and the environment.
- GOING GREEN
Tuesday, March 12
Students from James Caldwell High School, West Caldwell, and Grover Cleveland Middle School, Caldwell, are working together to educate fellow students and others on global climate change. Members of the high school’s and middle school’s Environmental Protection Clubs (EPCs) teamed up this year to build awareness of global climate change and promote greener ways of living. Following several annual clean-up activities at the high school courtyard last fall, 14 members of the EPCs attended the Teen Summit on Climate Change on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Rutgers Cook College campus. The students worked with Rutgers University scientists to learn about climate change science and to develop community service projects that apply their climate …
Grover Cleveland Middle School students driven to collect books after visiting Caribbean island last summer with their families.
Sixty-one boxes of books are on their way to make a difference for students on a Caribbean island this week thanks to the efforts of two Grover Cleveland Middle School seventh graders. Kaitlyn Kinsella and Emma Scott presented the results of their service project, “A Book Can Make a Difference,” to the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Monday night. The students explained how on a trip they took to Anguilla with their families last summer they met a woman named Claire who homeschooled children. Through Claire and friends they met while vacationing they learned about the scarcity of books on the island. “A lot of children don’t have access to books like we do,” Kaitlyn explained in their presentation. There is a library, but not …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Like the page to keep up with student achievements, school happenings and more.
Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools took yet another step toward improving communication with district families and the community Monday by unveiling a Facebook page. "We plan to post happenings, achievements, and more," reads a note posted on the social media website by the district's webmaster Monday afternoon. "Please spread the word and like us on Facebook!" The official page had nine "likes" and counting and several items were already posted, including links to photos from the James Caldwell High School Theater Arts Club's puppet show held this weekend and details about the upcoming spring musical, Kiss Me Kate. Earlier in the school year, Twitter accounts were created for the district's six schools, including: www.twitter.com/CWCJCHS1 …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Dancers of Illstyle & Peace demonstrated that by perseverance and paying attention, you can reach your highest goals
Thursday, March 7
Students at Jefferson Elementary School in West Caldwell attended a lively presentation in February on the history of hip-hop dance in honor of Black History Month. The dancers of Illstyle & Peace demonstrated that by perseverance and paying attention, you can reach your highest goals. Tracing hip-hop dance styles form the late 1960s through today, this acclaimed ensemble taught positive messages, including “Think It—Do It—Become It.” The performance celebrated the art and movement of hip-hop and included a funky blend of locking, breaking, popping, tap and house dancing, vocal percussions, DJing, and modern and traditional dance forms. Students learned how hip-hop utilizes similar steps to those found in ballet, modern and traditional …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Budget 1.5% greater than last year due mainly to health care, salary increases.
The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education will send a $42 million temporary 2013-14 school budget to the county for approval this week. The temporary budget approved Monday night signifies a 1.51-percent increase over last year’s budget and a 2-percent increase to the tax levy, according to Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools Superintendent James Heinegg. Heinegg said the district faces 16 percent increases in employee health benefits, which amount to about a half-million dollars. Contractual salary increases of approximately $200,000 are another driver of the 2013-14 budget. Business Administrator Kerry Keane said savings were found mainly in three areas, administrative costs, the return of out-of-district students, and breakage, or …
Monday, March 4, 2013
West Caldwell school marks National Education Association's Read Across America Week.
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." —Dr. Seuss The National Education Association's Read Across America Week, a time dedicated to instill the love of reading in children, coincides each year around beloved children's author Dr. Seuss' March 2 birthday. Jefferson Elementary School students in West Caldwell celebrated Read Across America Week (Feb. 25 through March 1) by wearing red and blue one day for One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and green another day for Green Eggs and Ham. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, students were asked to "drop everything and read" for 15 minutes. D.E.A.R. events are used to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority…