Back to school in West Milford: What you need to know

West Milford. The Messenger has compiled some important "Back to School" information and dates from the district for the convenience of families to mark on their calendars before the hectic back to school schedule begins.

| 21 Aug 2019 | 11:21

As families soak up the final weeks of summer break, Staff and Administrators of West Milford Township Public Schools are preparing to welcome Teachers and Students back for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

The first reporting day for district staff in the new school year is Sept. 3, with a Staff Professional Development Day is scheduled on Sept. 4.

The first reporting day for all students is Thursday, Sept. 5.

"Parent Portal" Open as of Aug. 21

Parents/Guardians can access their student(s) schedules, elementary homeroom teacher assignments, bus passes, and annual parent and student questions on the school district's "Parent Portal" beginning on Aug. 21.

The parent portal can be found on the district website at click the "For Families" tab, then "Parent Portal". Parents/Guardians can then enter their personal portal information to access their student(s) information.

If portal assistance is needed, such as confirmation of Parent or Student Portal login information, or other portal issues, email

Summer Assignments

Time is running out for students to complete those required summer assignments.

Most required assignments are due during the first days of school, and will be graded as Quiz or Test grades- which could have a significant impact on a student's overall grade for the first marking period.

Summer assignments are listed on the district website at:; and include:

-English/Summer Reading: Required assignments and recommended reading for students in grade levels K-12.

-History: Grades 7 and 8 Honors, Grades 9-12 World History (all levels), AP Courses (various) and Holocaust Studies.

-Mathematics: Assignments for students in Grades 7-12: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and Algebra 1H, as well as assignments for other mathematics classes for all students entering High School.

WMTPS School Hours

Opening and dismissal times for each school are as follows:

-West Milford High School Grades 9 - 12

Full Day Schedule: 7:18 a.m. - 1:57 p.m.

Early Dismissal Schedule: 7:18 a.m. - 12:19 p.m.

Delayed Opening Schedule: 8:48 a.m. - 1:57 p.m.

-Highlander Academy Grades 9-12

Full Day Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - 2:09 p.m.

Early Dismissal Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - 12:29 p.m.

Delayed Opening Schedule: 9 a.m. - 2:09 p.m.

-Macopin Middle School Grades 7 - 8

Full Day Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - 2:09 p.m.

Early Dismissal Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - 12:29 p.m.

Delayed Opening Schedule: 9 a.m. - 2:09 p.m.

-All Elementary Schools Grades K - 6

Full Day Schedule: 8:35 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Early Dismissal Schedule: 8:35 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Delayed Opening Schedule: 10:05 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.


-AM Pre-School

Full Day Schedule: 8:35 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Early Dismissal Schedule: 8:35 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

Delayed Opening Schedule: 10:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

-PM Pre-School

Full Day Schedule: 12:15 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Early Dismissal Schedule: 11:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Delayed Opening Schedule: 1 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.


The West Milford School District's Annual "Back to School Night" events are intended for parents to meet their child's teacher(s) and learn about class expectations, course material, grading procedures, etc., for the school year.

Back To School Nights for individual schools are scheduled on the following dates:

-Apshawa School: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at 7 p.m.

-Marshall Hill School: Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at 7 p.m.

-Paradise Knoll School: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 at 7 p.m.

-Maple Road School: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 at 7 p.m.

-Westbrook School: Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at 7 p.m.

-West Milford High School: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

-Upper Greenwood Lake School: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 at 7 p.m.

-Macopin School: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 7:00 p.m.


Parent-Teacher Conferences are intended for parents to briefly meet with their child's Teacher(s) one on one to discuss their child's individual progress and any concerns they may have.

Parent-Teacher Conferences for all elementary Schools are scheduled by appointment with Teacher(s) on either Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 or Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.

West Milford High School Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held in two sessions on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.

Parents may attend whichever session is most convenient: afternoon hours or evening hours.

At the High School, Teachers are stationed at desks set up alphabetically in the Gym.

Parents are then able to visit multiple teachers their child has classes with.

There are typically seven to eight different subjects in a high school student's schedule.

Child Study Team, District Supervisors, and other specialized staff members are also often available in a different area of the school such as the cafeteria, CST offices, etc.

Parent-Teacher Conferences at Macopin School are set up in a similar fashion to the High School Conferences, with the majority of teachers set up at tables in the Macopin Gym, and some staff members in classrooms, offices, and the Macopin Cafeteria.

Macopin Conferences will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.

Parents may attend the afternoon hours session or the evening hours session, whichever is most convenient for them.