Incoming 7th Graders

Welcome to West Essex Middle School!

December 17, 2018

Dear Parents of 6th Grade Students:

I hope this letter finds you and your family well. Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about the next step in your child’s education - Middle School! Recognized by the New Jersey Schools to Watch program as a “Spotlight School,” West Essex Middle School is proud to present your child with comprehensive programs in the academic, social-emotional, and character development realms. We have extensive offerings in extracurricular clubs, music performance ensembles, and Interscholastic Athletics. Students are certain to find their niche here, and we look forward to having your child as part of the West Essex family!

Since we are a different school district from the one that your 6th Grader currently attends, ALL incoming 7th Graders must be registered to attend WEMS. You will be pleased to know that we have streamlined the registration process by importing your 6th Grader’s current Genesis demographic information. You will have the opportunity to check the accuracy of this information at our Parent Orientation Meeting on January 17th at West Essex Middle School.  

Attendance at this meeting is critical, as we will be covering the following topics:

  • Proofreading your demographic information so that our system is accurate

  • Important paperwork necessary for your child’s attendance at WEMS

  • The Middle School Model - what we believe and what we do here

  • Guidance Services at WEMS

  • Academic Structure at WEMS

  • The Parent-School Partnership

If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Pat Galese, Guidance Office Secretary at  (973) 228-1200, x. 3311.


Mr. V. Popat, Principal Mrs. L. Tamburri, Assistant Principal



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  • WEMS Guidance Counselors Visit Sending Districts - January 10, 11, 15, 16
  • Sixth Grade Parent Orientation - Thursday, January 17, 7:00 p.m., WEMS Auditorium (Snow Date = Thursday, January 24)
  • Sixth Grade MAP Testing - Week of March 4, 2019
  • Accelerated Placement Tests (Invitation Only) - March 23, 29
  • Move Up Day - June 13 (Thursday) @ 12:30 p.m.
  • 7th Grade Student Open House - August 22 (Thursday) @ 9:00 a.m. (TENTATIVE)
  • 7th Grade Parent Information Night - September 5 @7:00 p.m. (TENTATIVE)