Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Hello and welcome back to our new 2023-2024 academic school year! I trust that you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer break. My name is Mrs. Jeannette Laguna and I will be your School Social Worker and H.I.B (Harassment, Intimation, & Bullying) Specialist for Heywood Avenue School. I am looking forward to an exciting school year working alongside my Heywood community. I am here to help service students, families, and teachers respond to the needs that coincide with the students’ social emotional support and academic development. I will continue to work on providing a safe and caring environment for the students to feel comfortable in communicating any issues or concerns they may face throughout the year. 

    Without question, during the beginning of the school year, students are filled with many different emotions. Students may struggle with articulating their thoughts and feelings and may look for assistance and reassurance from the adults in their lives. When school starts, students are filled with the excitement of starting fresh, meeting new teachers, establishing or reestablishing their relationships with friends, which are all wonderful experiences. However, students may also feel anxious, nervous or even scared about not knowing what to expect. The Heywood family is ready to help make their experiences a positive and memorable one. Parents and guardians, we thank you for all you have done to help prepare your child for a wonderful academic journey. Let us remind ourselves to congratulate them on our children's success because they did a wonderful job last school year and encouraged progress. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact me via email at rodrigje@orange.k12.nj.us, or through my google voice number during school hours (8:30am - 3:20pm) at 862-248-5963 if you have any questions, comments or concerns. I am looking forward to working with you and your child to create a safe, supportive and positive learning environment. This is going to be a wonderful school year!

    Thank you,

    Name: Mrs. Jeannette Laguna

    Phone:  (973) 677-4000:  Heywood (ext. 14810)

    Email:    rodrigje@orange.k12.nj.us

    "There is no greater joy; nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life."

    ~ Mary Rose McGeady