Wardlaw-Hartridge School Kicks Off 131st Year

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WELCOME BACK! … Dr. Jerry Ganis of Metuchen, Lower School Head at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, and Linda Coleman of Westfield, Director of Admission, welcome second-grader Jasmine Burney of Plainfield and her mother Wendy Burney on Sept. 9, the first day of school. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge)

Mairead Forrest of Parlin (left) and Taylor Gerhart of Winfield Park lead in the Wardlaw-Hartridge seniors behind their class flag. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge)

Mairead Forrest of Parlin (left) and Taylor Gerhart of Winfield Park lead in the Wardlaw-Hartridge seniors behind their class flag. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge)

EDISON — The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison kicked off its 131st year with the Convocation Ceremony in Laidlaw Gym on Sept. 9.

Lower and Middle School students entered the gym with their teachers, smiling and eager to begin the new school year. The Upper School students marched in behind their respective class flags and were accompanied by their advisors. The Class of 2014, this year’s seniors, entered the gym last to a nice round of applause.

Senior Alex Barbet of Plainfield, Student Council President, led the Wardlaw-Hartridge student body in the Pledge of Allegiance and the MadJazz vocal ensemble joined selected students to sing America the Beautiful.

Andrew Webster of Edison, Head of School, made welcoming remarks and introductions. He gave a special welcome to new students and international students. Harry T. Osborne of Plainfield, an alumnus from the Class of 1971 and the Board of Trustees President, greeted the students, parents, faculty and staff members and reflected on his own experiences as a student. Alex Barbet engaged students from all three divisions during his remarks before Webster concluded the program by wishing everyone a successful school year.

Maggie Granados Welcomed As New Middle School Head

Maggie Granados of Montclair (right) meets with Middle School parents Renee Payami of Scotch Plains (left) and Jennifer Schildge of Westfield at the welcome reception. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

Maggie Granados of Montclair (right) meets with Middle School parents Renee Payami of Scotch Plains (left) and Jennifer Schildge of Westfield at the welcome reception. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

Maggie Granados of Montclair, the new Middle School Head at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, enjoyed the opportunity to meet and greet Middle School parents at a welcome reception on Sept. 10 in the Oakwood Room.

Granados spoke briefly about her professional career and the path that led her to The Wardlaw-Hartridge School. She most recently served as Head of School at Montclair Cooperative School, a private K-8 institution in Montclair. She has also been Head of Lower School at The Shipley School in Bryan Mawr, Pa. and The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, N.Y.

After the introduction, Granados opened the floor for a question and answer session. She reminded parents to communicate with their children’s teachers and advisors and not to hesitate contacting her. She also shared the Middle School motto for the year: “We’re going to do our best work and be our best selves.”

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