After latest setback, Patel reveals reasons for non-renewal

The contract of North art teacher Nishan Patel will not be renewed, despite impassioned pleas from students and parents, a list posted on WW-P’s website yesterday afternoon confirms. The list, which names the untenured teachers whom WW-P Superintendent David Aderhold will recommend for contract renewals at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, does not include Patel’s name. …

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The least magical fantasy: Bone Gap

It should’ve been charming.  A boy called Moonface.  Corn that whispers.  A goat that chews everything.  Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby, had so much potential to be a lovable and quirky book, but it ultimately falls flat due to its poor execution. In the gossipy small town of Bone Gap, people always seem to disappear. …

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North baseball left swinging and missing by nature’s curveball

As the calendar turns to early April, North’s spring sports teams begin a long season ahead.  Unfortunately, mother nature has followed her own itinerary, leaving piles of snow tossed across grass fields as North baseball players prepare to return to the diamond. “We haven’t been on our field yet because winter doesn’t seem like it wants …

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Five weird things that happened this week

—by Danielle Brubaker & Emma Killeen— Chuck E. Cheese employee gets attacked by adults I always knew there was something sketchy about Chuck E. Cheese, and this week’s news has finally proven me right. During her child’s birthday party, a mother went to complain about a broken photo booth. After he told her he would help …

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District administrators grapple with local opposition to PARCC exam

One hundred thirty-eight West Windsor-Plainsboro students, less than two percent of eligible test-takers in grades 3 to 11, have opted out of the first phase of a new national standardized test, amid nationwide controversy about the exam’s educational merit.  As of March 8, 16 North students and 39 South students had opted out. The PARCC—a …

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The Explainer: Demystifying the PARCC

This month, WW-P students in grades 3 to 11 will take the first phase of a new standardized exam. The PARCC test—a two-part assessment designed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a coalition of 11 states, including New York and New Jersey—has created widespread confusion among students, teachers and parents. …

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