Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dropping Off and Picking Up at WHS

As a reminder, safety protocols, which will be enforced by the Waldwick Police Department, have been put in place to ensure the safety of students and staff at Waldwick High School.  Please keep the following in mind:
  • There is no left turn out of the upper parking lot from 7:45 - 8:15 AM and again from 2:30 - 3:30 PM.
  • Students should not be dropped off on Wyckoff Avenue heading Eastbound or Westbound in the morning or at pick up in the afternoon.
  • The speed limit on Wyckoff Avenue is 30 mph and 25 mph in the School Zone during school hours.
  • Students should only cross Wyckoff Avenue utilizing the designated crosswalks.
  • There is no parking permitted in the church lot across the street from the turf field. Parents and students should not park their vehicle on church property during the school day or for any after-school activities.

  • Additional parking is permitted on John Dow Avenue and the pool parking lot.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

My School Bucks is back!

After a successful practice run last spring, WHS will be fully implementing the My School Bucks online payment system for your child to purchase lunch.  You can create your account starting Monday, August 28, 2017.  The program will begin on the first day of school, which is Wednesday, September 6, 2017.  

My SchoolBucks provides:
  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or through our mobile app for your smartphone.
  • Efficiency - Make payments for all of your students, even if they attend different schools within the district.  Eliminate the need for your student to take money to school.
  • Control - Set low balance alerts, view account activity, recurring/automatic payments & more!
  • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks.
  • Security - MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCS and CISP.

Enrollment is easy!
  1. Go to and register for a free account.
  2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
  3. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check.
  4. You can send in cash and the cafeteria staff will add it to the account
A program fee may apply.  You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.

Save time and go CASHLESS

If you have any questions, contact MySchoolBucks directly:

Friday, August 25, 2017

Class of 2018 - Senior Privileges

A few reminders for the Class of 2018 ... 

Seniors can pick up their parking pass next week on Tuesday, 8/29, and Wednesday, 8/30, between 8:00AM and 1:00PM in the main office if they have completed the following: 

Submit all the required forms on Genesis (Parent Account) 
  • High School Parent Signature Sheet
  • Chromebook/GAFE/Devices
  • Random Drug Testing *If you plan to park on campus this is required 
  • Seniors Only  
Complete your Senior Parking Application 

Seniors are only allowed to park in the numbered spots in the lower lot. There are 57 student spots which have been numbered. Clearly not enough for everyone, but that's what we have. Please remember, parking on campus is a privilege, not a right. 

I considered implementing a lottery system where half the senior class would be assigned a parking spot for the 1st and 3rd marking periods and the other half the 2nd and 4th marking periods. In speaking with the Student Council Officers over the summer, we decided not to assign spots and continue with the first come, first serve bases. 

If parking becomes an issue with students parking in staff spots, I will implement the lottery system and assign spots. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcome Back Post - 17-18 School Year

I can't wait for September 6!  Yes, I love summer and enjoy the time off as much as anyone, but at this point I am ready to start another school year.  This year adds a little more excitement because of our new schedule.  

New Schedule 
For the first day/first rotation ...
  • September 6 we will follow a Special Schedule where all classes will meet. 
  • There is no more Homeroom.  Everyone will report to their Period 1 class by 8am
  • Students should bring a copy of their schedule or a screen shot. 
  • Health classes will start on Thursday, 9/7.  All students should report to the Gym on the first day.
  • Science Labs will not start until Wednesday, 9/13.
  • Locker # and combination are available on Genesis, as well as on your schedule.
General Info Related to the New Schedule
  • Our new schedule is described as a "Rotating Drop" schedule.  We will follow a four day rotation, with two classes dropped per day. Each class is 59 minutes and everyone will have a common lunch for 50 minutes. 
  • Here is a copy of my presentation from last year, which was created for the parent meetings I ran.  The presentation contains everything you need to know about the schedule. 
  • The entire school year has been planned out related to the rotation schedule.  See link for the calendar of the year: 2017 - 2018 Rotation Schedule 
  • Classes start at 8am.  I can't emphasize this enough, students need to be at school no later than 7:55.    
Improvements around WHS
  • I think we all know the big project was the turf.  The field turned out great and our student-athletes have been on it since the first week in August. 
  • Three learning rooms (140, 310 & 311) were upgraded with new flexible furniture to enhance the learning environment. 
  • Eleven additional high top tables and fifty-four chairs have been ordered to be placed around the building. 
  • Forty-Five additional chairs for the Cafeteria were ordered to insure everyone will have a place to sit during the common lunch.  
  • The upgrading of drop ceilings and new lighting throughout the hallways continued 
  • The blue awning around the outside of the building was painted.
  • Student parking spots will be numbered in the lower parking lot. 
No Homework Breaks 
Once again we will have "NO Homework Breaks" throughout the school year.  These breaks are needed to allow students to relax from the stress of school work and enjoy time with friends and family.  I encourage everyone during these breaks to use this time to have family dinners, plan a game night, go to the movies, read just for the enjoyment of it, or anything 
that might put a smile on your faces.
Breaks with No Homework
  • Teacher Convention 11/9 - 11/12
  • Holiday Break  12/23 - 1/1
  • Winter Break 2/16 - 2/20 
  • Spring Break 4/15 - 4/22
Things to do before September
  1. Complete all of the "Forms" required in Genesis Parent Access - What Forms
  2. Seniors that plan on parking on campus need to complete the Parking Permit Application. Seniors will be able to pick up their parking pass on August 29 & 30 from 8am to 1pm as long as all online forms have been submitted in Genesis.
  3. Staying connected to WHS
  4. Order your PE UniformWHS PE Uniforms Ordering
Important Dates 
School Pictures - Wednesday, September 13
Back to School Night - Thursday, October 5 
Financial Aid Night - Tuesday, October 10

All students are to report to their Period 1 class on Wednesday, September 6, by 8am.  All students should bring their Chromebook fully charged. 

Enjoy what's left of the summer!  

Friday, August 18, 2017

9th Grade Orientation - Class of 2021

All 9th graders and transfer students new to WHS are invited to our 9th Grade Orientation on Tuesday, August 29 at 1pm @ Waldwick High School.  During the orientation, students will get to walk their schedule, check their locker and hear from student leaders on what to expect at WHS.  In addition, all students who have all of their forms submitted through the Genesis Parent Portal and have purchased the Chromebook insurance will be issued their Chromebooks.  

This student focused event will start promptly at 1pm in the Little Theater and will last until 2:30pm.  The peer mentors and I are looking forward to meeting all of you and are excited for the 2017 - 2018 school year.  

All students need to bring a copy of their schedule with them.