Friday, December 2, 2016

WHS November Students of the Month

November Students of the Month
2016 – 2017


RYAN GRIFFIN - Ryan, a junior, is a superb student in Honors Physics.  He earned a 97 for the first marking period and has maintained a test average of 99 for the year-to-date.  Ryan is fully engaged in the class, is quick to answer questions and often has advanced insight that is unusual in a high school Science student.  Ryan has demonstrated his excellent science skills both in problem solving and in the laboratory.  It is a pleasure to have Ryan Griffin as a student.


NICHOLAS GILLEN - Nick is a senior in CAD II, but has been exceptional in class progressing to a much higher level and ability.  Not only has Nick been able to apply his skills in class, but he has also designed prototypes in Engineering and Design class.  He has also been a huge part of the success for the STEM Team.  Nick loves a challenge and is always looking to forward his knowledge in design. CAD has been a tremendous tool for him.  Nick plans on modeling a rotary engine in class for a final project.  His biggest asset is his independent thinking skills.


SLOANE IRWIN Sloane is a sophomore on the Cross Country Team this fall.  She was the top finisher for the team in the NJSIAA State Sectional meet in November and has been consistently the team's top performer all fall.  Sloane was a big part of the team scoring with five runners this fall for the first time in a number of years.  She is one of the hardest workers on the team and continues to improve every day.  Sloane is also getting it done in the classroom, receiving all A's and B's on her report card for the first marking period.  As a sophomore, the Cross Country Team cannot wait to have her back for two more years.

JOHN CHIURAZZI Johnny is a senior Captain on the Cheerleading Team this fall.  He led the team in three competitions in the month of November, including a 2nd place finish at the West Milford Championships.  Johnny has been a true leader this fall with the squad.  He puts in the extra time to make sure that the entire team is on task and putting their best foot forward and he is loved by his teammates and coaches.  Johnny is also doing well in the classroom, carrying all A's and B's in his classes.  As an outgoing senior Captain, Johnny will be impossible to replace next year.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Congratulations Anthony Tutschek

Congratulations to Waldwick High School tuba player Anthony Tutschek on his acceptance into Bergen County High School Band.  Talented musicians from high schools all over Bergen County audition for the chance to perform in this special group.  County band provides an opportunity for students to perform a challenging program with the best musicians of the area.  This is the second year Anthony has been accepted into this honor ensemble.   Great job, Anthony!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Parent Input

As we approach December, I thought this would be a great time to collect parent feedback about WHS and how you are feeling, as well as what you are hearing from your children. 

Since day one this year, I have made it a point to talk with teachers and students about the importance of mental health and student wellness.  We, as school community, need to keep in mind and listen to our young adults and understand what they are dealing with and the difficulties they may be experiencing.

I have created a survey that I am asking WHS parents/guardians to complete so I can hear your voice in this matter.  Please take some time to answer a few questions and have your voice be heard.  

Link to Survey: Parent/Guardian Feedback


Monday, November 7, 2016

WHS October Students of the Month

October Students of the Month
2016 – 2017


SARAH ARMSTRONG - Sarah, a senior, is the English Language Arts Department Student of the Month co-recipient.  Sarah is an excellent student with a great attitude.  She works hard in the classroom and puts forth great effort and depth into each writing assignment.  Sarah wants to be a teacher and really is interested in her own learning.  She is insightful with literature and shows maturity toward the works.

GEORGE THOMSON - George, a senior, is the English Language Arts Department Student of the Month co-recipient.  George is a hard worker who puts forth extra effort to dig deeply into texts on a regular basis.  When it comes to his writing, George uses the strategies we learn about when crafting eloquent prose.  He is open to constructive criticism and always aims to improve.  Finally, George's efforts to collaborate with his classmates are admirable--he is happy to help others and is open to new ideas.


SABRINA GARCIA - Sabrina, a senior, is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement Art.  She has been a wonderful addition to the Art Room over her High School career. Sabrina loves to visit art museums in her free time, which helps her learn and explore different artists and art movements.  She uses this knowledge when working in her sketchbook and creating her portfolio.  Sabrina is a great role model to her peers as aspiring young artists.


TARA REILLY Tara is a senior on the Tennis Team and a Captain for the second straight year.  Tara has had an amazing season this year at 2nd singles position.  Though her record 7- 8 doesn't really show her true tennis ability, she never gave up in any match and was in each and every one playing her heart out.  She battled back in the Saddle River Day Match the last week of the season to win in two very exciting sets against top competition.  Having started playing as a freshman with very little experience, Tara has grown into a fine, strong tennis player.  She always comes to practice and matches with a smile and positive attitude that shines and is contagious.  Tara continues to be a team leader and mentor to the younger girls on the team.  She has run drills with the girls and shared her knowledge of the game with her teammates.  Tara has a rigorous schedule of classes this year and is doing well with A's and B’s.

MICHAEL CONYNGHAM - Michael is a senior Captain on the Boys Soccer Team this fall.  He leads the team in goal scoring, including a hat trick in the win vs. Emerson.  Mike was recently placed on the Bergen Record Players to Watch list and had been instrumental in the team's recent six game winning streak to end the regular season.  Mike led to the team to qualifying for both the State and County Playoffs in another successful season for the soccer team.  Mike is also getting the job done in the classroom, carrying all A's and B's while taking  AP and Honors courses.