The celebrations continued as Washington School was recognized in Trenton on Wednesday, December 4 and by the Westfield Board of Education on Tuesday, December 3 for its designation as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School.
Washington principal Dr. Andrew Perry, second grade teacher Christine Olenick and Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan attended the New Jersey State Board of Education's annual Recognition Ceremony at which educators and school districts across the state were honored in various award categories.
New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet, Kathy Goldenburg, President of the State Board of Education; and Daryl Palmieri, Union County Superintendent (and former teacher at Westfield High School) joined Drs. Perry and Dolan and Ms. Olenick for a photograph. The Washington School team was introduced at the ceremony by NJDOE Deputy Assistant Commission for Academics David Greer, who served in previous years as a world language supervisor in Westfield Public Schools.
At Tuesday's Westfield Board of Education meeting at Washington School, board members enjoyed a collaborative presentation by principal Dr. Andrew Perry and the staff and students.Dr. Perry, students and staff welcomed the Board to Washington School with a presentation that included remarks by Dr. Perry and Co-PTO President Wendy Nitche, a video tribute produced by fifth grade teacher John Borja, occasional good-humored (and orchestrated) musical interruptions by members of the school band, and an exuberant flash mob dancing to the song, “Sunshine in my Pocket.”