Current, Aspiring Reps Visit West Caldwell School

West Caldwell fifth grade students recently met with current state representatives and aspiring national representatives to discuss how the legislative process works, what critical issues currently face the state, and what is involved in running for political office.  
Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and Governor Richard Codey, who currently represents Caldwell in the state Senate, gave presentations and spoke to the students about how legislators work to meet the needs of voters. Mikie Sherrill, who is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, was scheduled to discuss what is involved in running for office and why she is doing so.
The school district is embarking this year on a new fifth grade curriculum to address the N.J. Student Learning Standards. Here is a short description of the program:
Through this global curriculum, fifth grade students will learn what it means to be a global citizen and build their knowledge from the ground up.  Students will start by looking at what it means to be a citizen within their own classroom walls, then build their understanding by looking at citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals to determine local and state issues, expanding once again to national concerns, and culminating with looking at global issues. 
Students will engage in meaningful conversations, debates and critical thinking sessions. 

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