West Cape May Elementary School

School Hours- Drop Off 7:55- 8:10 Dismissal 2:50 Single Session Days Dismissal 12:40


  • Student Dismissal Procedures 



    • Cards with last names must be displayed on the front right dashboard of the vehicle.
    • Students will only be released to parents, guardians and emergency contacts.  
    • Households with the last names starting with A-L will pick up their children on the Moore Street side of school - Main School Entrance.
    • Households with last names starting with M-Z will pick up their children on the 5th Avenue Side of school-Door C. 
    • Students will be dismissed and meet parents/guardians by the pick-up zones. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended.
    • Parents may begin lining up 10 minutes before our dismissal times:
      •  Full day- 2:55 dismissal bell 
      •  Early Dismissal- 12:40 dismissal bell
    • Unescorted walkers and bike riders will be dismissed by the gymnasium- Door B
    • All children must be safely secured in vehicles
    • Parents cannot sign out their children after 2:30 pm unless there are special circumstances. 
    • Parents wishing to use the playground must go through the pick-up procedures and then park away from the pick-up zones
    • No parking in student pick-up areas as per designated signs


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  • Congratulations to T.J. Belasco for being honored as Cape May County Teacher of the Year. T.J. is our School Board Vice President.



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  • As with many of our Sustainable Projects we often times look for help or items that can be donated. Please check the link below to see what is currently needed at WCM. Please contact the school if you can assist.




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WCM Events


  • Welcome Back

    Posted by admin account on 8/21/2019



    Dear Parents/Guardians,


    Welcome Back to West Cape May Elementary! I hope you had a restful and enjoyable summer. We have several new and exciting changes for the upcoming school year including a new sensory path, new staff members and new student dismissal procedures. As always the district’s priorities include the safety, educational success, and well-being of all of our students and we look forward to a fantastic school year. 


    Back to School:

    The first day of school for all students, Pre-K through 6th, is on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  We will have early dismissal days the first week of school  for grades K to 6. Students will be dismissed at 12:40 pm. Pre-K students will be dismissed at their regular 11:00 a.m. dismissal time. Beginning on Monday, September 9th, all Kindergarten through Grade Six students will be attending full days of school, 8:00 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Please refer to our website for the school calendar and events: https://wcm.capemayschools.com/.


    Sustainable Jersey School Award

    We are excited to announce that West Cape May School District has received a Bronze Certification from NJ Sustainable Schools.  Bronze certification signifies our success in implementing the first steps toward our commitment to school sustainability.  

    Staff Members  

    The staff members are excited for the start of the school year.  I am pleased to announce the following instructional staff members for the 2019-2020 school year:


    PK/K-Ms. Wilson

    Grade 1- Ms. Bleming

    Grade 2-Mr. Bongiovanni

    Grade 3-Ms.  Mahoney

    Grade 4-Ms. Mroz

    Grades 5/6-Ms. Lawrie

    STEM/Grade 5 Math- Ms. Baldacchini

    AAP/Grade 5 Math-Ms. Calabro

    SE-Ms. Gagliardi

    PE/Health-Ms. Ridgway

    Art/Library-Ms. Farrell

    Music- Ms. Henrich

    Spanish-Mr. Andris


    After Care Program

    The After Care Program will start on the first day of school following student dismissal and students must be registered prior to attendance.  To register, please download the registration form from our website and return the completed form to school. For questions, please contact Program Director Debbie Lewis dlewis@wcm.capemayschools.com.  


    For your review, enclosed is a copy of the 2019-2020 school-year calendar. School events are also posted on our website, http://wcm.capemayschools.com/ .   Please save the date for our Back to School Night, which will be held on Wednesday, September 12th from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  The Parent/Student Handbook and other official school forms will be sent home with students during the first week of school. 


    We look forward to seeing you and your children on the first day of school.  Enjoy the rest of the summer.




    Robert Garguilo

    Chief School Administrator

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  • Strategies to enhance academic skills in preparation for assessment

    Posted by admin account on 7/1/2019 2:00:00 PM

    In our efforts to enhance our children's education and address skills needed for state assessments, the following strategies were developed for 2018-2019. These strategies were monitored throughout the school year.

    • Individualized evaluation of student performance on a vertical grade level articulation.
      • We reviewed each students scores from prior assessments to determine strengths and weaknesses.
    • Individualized instruction with students on areas of need with concentration on their needed skill sets.
    • Assesment ready instruction.
      • Students were taught on strategies to take a standard assesment.
    • Concentrated effort on teacher stability in key grade levels.
      • We attempted to not move teachers around grade levels.
    • Technology targeted instruction on how to use the computer to take a standardized assessment.
    • Focus on Social and Emotional learning strategies.

    We will continue to revew, revise and implement new and innovative methods to enhance our students learning. 

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  • School Performance report Annual Grade Report

    Posted by admin account on 6/20/2019 1:00:00 PM

    The Annual School Performance Report was released last spring. An article by Vince Conti titled Schools Receive Annual Grades was published on March 20, 2019 in the Herald. I did not recieve that report. Mr. Ken Hanover  supplied me with the document. 

    As we reported out in the fall and this Spring at our Board Meetings, our scores for 2017-2018 were not up to our standards for our students. There are several factors that come into play but the reality is we need to do better. Due to our years of high test scores our state benchmark is at 80%. We have the highest bench mark in Cape May County. We have been actively taking measures to address these concerns. 

    The newspaper article ranked our Summative Rating at 22.39%. THis rating shows how our school ranks in percentile groups when compared to other schools in NJ that have similar grade configuation. That includes all K-6 schools regardless of their population or location.

    The West Cape May Board and staff take all of the data and utilize it when determining areas of strengths and need. As we move forward, we will continue to monitor the assessment results and act accordingly.

    If you have any questions, please contact me.

    Robert Garguilo

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