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WEEHAWKEN TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Mr. Eric Crespo
Superintendent of Schools

Dear Weehawken Parents and Community,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your resounding support of the Weehawken School District budget. The May 12 vote proved once again that this community is committed to education. Twice the usual number of Weehawken residents voted on the budget and second proposal. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the vote showed yet again that Weehawken residents are willing to make the sacrifices required to give its community’s children an excellent education.

Thank you,  Weehawken School Board Members; Weehawken High School PTO President Enza Scardigno; Theodore Roosevelt School PTO President Trista Nerich; and Daniel Webster School PTA President Elizabeth Chen for going above and beyond in your efforts to make sure these budgets passed. Thank you, Mayor Turner and town council for your support.

Despite shelter-in-place, education in the Weehawken School District has been going strong. In the two months since we began distance-learning, our students are using their 1,041 chrome books and or connectivity devices to work diligently from home. 

Despite the challenges of working from home, attendance in our district has been robust. Last week, Theodore Roosevelt School attendance was at 96 percent, Daniel Webster School at 90 percent, and Weehawken High School at 96 percent. Our attendance rates have been trending upward, and we won’t be satisfied until we have 100 percent attendance in all three of our schools. 

Throughout the pandemic, support services have continued to be available to all students. Since March 16th, 1,680 lunches have been served. Our school counselors have responded to more than 600 students during that time. Our counselors addressed academic, social and emotional concerns, and will continue to do so for the rest of the school year. 

The district is planning on holding a Social Emotional Day on June 4. On that day, we will set aside the curriculum and virtually host wellness, mental health, movement, meditation, art, and music activities. If you have an idea or suggestion to enhance that day, please email Asst. Supt. Francesca Amato at famato@weehawken.k12.nj.us.

We are looking forward to our virtual academic and athletic awards ceremonies. This year, we are holding Academic Awards on Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m., and Athletic Awards on May 26 through 28, with sessions at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information, please see our district website.

We will have multiple plans in place for graduation ceremonies this year.  We continue to await guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education, as well as from N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy. As always, we will take our cue from data and science. We have several contingency plans in place for graduation, which include virtual, hybrid, and in-person ceremonies.Our hope is that with time, as restrictions ease, the district can hold a graduation ceremony to remember.  We will keep you apprised as we receive guidance from our governing bodies.

Please assist us in honoring the Class of 2020 by asking any Weehawken High School graduates you know to send us a 10-second video clip with a warm message for the graduates.  For more information, please see the district website. 

As you can see, the commitment of our community, school board, administration and most of all, our teachers and students continues to push the district forward, even during trying times. The Weehawken Township School District is and continues to be united in its efforts. Thank you all for making this possible.

Sincerely,
Eric Crespo
Superintendent of Schools

 

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