Wednesday, October 26, 2016

700 Group - Class of 2017

700 Group - Class of 2017

I am proud to share with you the 700 Group for the Class of 2017.  

Scoring 700 or higher is quite an accomplishment and something we are extremely proud of at WHS.  

700 SAT (Evidence Based Reading & Writing)

Liam Blanchard 710

Chris Park 700
Sergio Scardigno 730

Jake Schwencke 700
Tyler Semus 700
Julianna Terracciano 700
George Thomson 700

700 SAT (Mathematics)

Michael Conyngham 710

Conor Gallagher 750
Colin Post 730
Sergio Scardigno 730
Jake Schwencke 750
George Thomson 720

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

WHS September Students of the Month

September Students of the Month
2016 – 2017


SARAH ARMSTRONG - Sarah, a senior, is the World Language Department Student of the Month. Sarah is currently in French V Honors. Affable and extremely mature, Sarah is an independent thinker and a quality student who strives for success.  To that end, Sarah was voted President of the National Honor Society by her peers.  As President, Sarah goes above and beyond.  She keeps the entire group organized at all times and is extremely efficient.  In addition to her impressive academic achievements, Sarah plays varsity softball and tutors whenever she is available.


JOHN GREENWALD - John, a senior, has a very good background in Technology education having completed Materials Processing, Design and Engineering and four years of CAD experience.  He has also participated in STEM competitions and loves using the 3D printer to design.  John will have a very good start in college pursuing a career in engineering because of his broad background.


MADISON ARCHER Madison is a junior on the Girls Soccer team this fall.  Madison scored her first goal of the season in overtime of the first round Bergen County Tournament game to clinch the upset win over Fair Lawn on September 28.  Her goal propelled the team into the second round of the tournament, where they would go on to win again in upset fashion.  Madison scored the game's only goal in a 1-0 win over Demarest.  She is also getting it done in the classroom.  Madison started the year carrying all A's and B's in her classes; working hard to be everything a student-athlete should be.

TYLER SEMUS Tyler is a senior captain on the Cross Country team this fall.  He has helped organize a team that is scoring with a full roster of runners.  At the September 21 League Meet at Garrett Mountain, Tyler finished first in the group and clinched the team's big win over Saddle River Day.  He followed that up with a personal best at the Wild Safari Invitational and then led the team to another win a week later over Bergen Charter.  Tyler has been a dedicated athlete to the cross country/track program the last four years and is poised for a big senior season.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness - #KindnessWHS

Everyone needs validation. A good way to spread good vibes and positive thoughts is through Random Acts of Kindness. These days we are exposed to a lot of negativity and our academic community is affected by it. In an effort to change this negativity we are encouraging our students and staff to participate in Random Acts of Kindness.  

There is a bulletin board set up in the senior wing for students to choose a Random Act of Kindness.  The board will be up all year; each class will be assigned a specific marking period, starting with the seniors, to keep it updated and keep the envelopes filled.  

If you receive a random act of kindness, share with us who and what the act was by using the hashtag #kindnessWHS and post a picture on social media. 

Our hope is to help students strengthen relationships between grade levels and also, each other in general.  It is a great feeling to have when someone takes the time out of their day to do something nice when you least expect it.  

Validation. What is it? It’s getting feedback from others that “what I do and what I say matters to you. You hear me. You see me. You think of me. You thank me. You acknowledge my accomplishments. You appreciate my efforts.”
Linda Sapadin, PhD,

Week of Respect at WHS

The following activities will take place at WHS during our Week of Respect:

Monday, October 3:  World Day of Bullying Prevention - Students and staff will wear blue.

Tuesday, October 4:  9th and 10th grade students will be attending a presentation by the Ganley Foundation. 

This heartfelt and empowering presentation offers educational basics and insights into the world of youth depression and suicide through real life stories and expert input.  The shared perspectives of a mental health expert and suicide attempt survivor encourage a dialogue with the audience which carries forward their message about the importance of mental health, depression awareness, suicide prevention and how to obtain help.

Wednesday, October 5:  the 11th and 12th grade students will be attending a presentation by Gian Paul Gonzalez.

Mr. Gonzalez has traveled across the nation as a motivational speaker for many corporate, athletic, government and educational institutions.  His message of being "All In" has reached people across the world.  Gian Paul earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and is founder of an organization called Hope and Future, which is dedicated to helping inner city youth.  Gian Paul is represented by A Vision in Motion Speakers Bureau.

Friday, October 7:  Students and staff district-wide will wear orange and jeans. 

Week Long Activities
We will have a "Wall of Respect" where students, teachers, staff can write a positive message, a thank you note to someone, or anything that sets a positive tone for the school community.   These messages can be anonymous or signed.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Peer Mentoring Program at WHS

This year at WHS we started a peer mentoring program for the freshmen class. Our National Honor Society students have taken ownership of the program and have a lot of great activities planed for the year.

Senior and National Honor Society President, Sarah Armstrong, wrote this guest blog post to summarize the program.

Peer Mentoring Program

Objective: To provide freshmen students with a senior peer mentor in the National Honor Society as a guide throughout high school.

The transition from middle school into high school is no easy task. Senior NHS members aim to help freshmen tackle the challenges of adjusting to high school, as it is an environment that requires time to get used to. This program provides an opportunity for freshman students to hear truth and advice from those with experience, which will lighten the load by letting them know they have someone to turn to.

Freshmen have been sorted into groups of eight or nine classmates and have been assigned to a NHS group leader.  The groups will meet at 7:30 AM once a month on a Friday morning. The NHS members will be in touch with their groups via group message or email.  All students are highly encouraged to attend, as these meetings will provide them with a great deal of information including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Getting acclimated to high school
  • Peer pressure
  • Schedules
  • Schoolwork
  • Sports
  • NHS
  • Current events
  • Getting involved / clubs
  • Student council
  • Study habits
  • “How to succeed in ____” (ex: a certain class, being an active member of the community, being a good friend, participating in school functions, etc.)
  • Social groups and being friends with a range of people
  • Volunteering
  • Ideas on how we can make life easier at WHS

Freshmen should also feel encouraged to reach out to their NHS group leader at any time regarding any questions they may have pertaining to life as a high school student.

All meetings will be held at 7:30 AM

Friday, September 23
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Friday, November 18
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