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  • District Update:

    Greetings,

    The Hillside Board of Education will be operating a Summer Meal Distribution Program out of the following locations, the George Washington School, the Hurden Looker School and the WOK Middle School.  Grab and go breakfasts and lunches will be provided every Tuesday and Thursday beginning on July 2nd and ending on August 13th.  The meal distribution hours are from 11AM-1PM.  2 days of meals will be provided at each meal distribution.

     

    Thank you

  • Alert:

    The Hillside Board of Education announced at the June 25th meeting that they will be changing the names of the George Washington and Calvin Coolidge Elementary Schools. Board President Cook announced that the public may submit their suggestions for the new names of the schools to HBOEMeeting@hillsidek12.org email account by July 14, 2020. Dr. Eichenholtz

  • Board Meeting Video:

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE JUNE BOARD MEETING VIDEO

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE JULY 1, 2020 SPECIAL MEETING VIDEO

  • Alert:

    Click here to take the Remote Learning & Reopening Survey!

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WELCOME from Dr. Sharon Ann Festante!

It is my pleasure to serve as the principal of George Washington School and has been an honor to serve the Hillside community for the past 13 years. I hold a Bachelor Degree and Master of Education Degree from Rutgers University, as well as, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Kean University. In addition to my principal position, I have served as the Hillside School District Anti-Bullying Coordinator for the past 6 years. Prior to coming to Hillside, I was an elementary teacher with the Watchung School District

As an educator and administrator, I believe that students need to develop into responsible citizens, as well as, good students.  Developing positive self-esteem and feeling good about oneself allows for greater risk taking and greater creative expression.  Students should be recognized for small and great achievements.  It is important to focus on the strengths of students and have high expectations that learning will occur. Curriculum should be designed to cultivate a student’s personal and intellectual growth, develop responsible citizens, and prepare them for further education and the world of work. Students love of learning must be encouraged by ensuring all classrooms foster a supportive learning environment where all students are motivated to learn.

Our mission at George Washington School is to involve our students in an educational program that fosters their confidence and abilities across all academic content areas to enhance their lives and better prepare them for the future. 

 

We embrace the concept that all children, including those with special needs, can excel given the opportunity to maximize their potential.  This is achieved by recognizing that learning takes place in a variety of ways and providing instruction that addresses unique learning styles.  Therefore, we strive to create an atmosphere conducive to the development of self- appreciation within an ethnically diverse student population.

 

Our school’s program is enhanced by a strong link between home and school.  Cooperative and ongoing communication between parents and teachers nurtures the development of productive, responsible, and well-rounded individuals. Through a close and collegial partnership with everyone associated with George Washington School, I am confident we can make our school an even better place for our students to learn and grow!

                                                                  Respectfully,
                                                                  Dr. Sharon Ann Festante,
                                                                  Principal

 





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