Friday, September 21, 2012

Genesis Gradebook Information


Parent Access is now open for you to view your child's assignments/grades. In an effort to assist you when viewing the Genesis Gradebook, below are simplified instructions to help you navigate through the individual assignments. 

Please feel free to contact your child's teacher if you have any questions about their grades.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Staff at WHS - Jackie Altomare


Jackie Altomare - Secretary/Student-Teacher Information Systems

I asked each new staff member to answer a few questions about themselves.  

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
Originally from Hudson County, I'm a graduate of Weehawken High School. Immediately after graduation, I began working in NYC where I worked at Clairol's headquarters for 22 years, simultaneously attending Pace University in the evenings and played on the company’s softball team. Now, I reside in Park Ridge with a husband and 3 children and am an active volunteer in the school and sports community.

What made you choose Education as a career?
Although I'm not a teacher, the energy of the students has kept me working in a school setting for the past 7 years. Being part of an environment that can make a positive impact on a child is inspiring.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
Waldwick High School is very similar to the school where I sent my own children. To be a part of a small dynamic school is very special and a place I know I can augment with my own strengths and experiences.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
Although I don't consider myself a very interesting person, I have a lot of interests….cooking, exercising, reading but mostly spending quality time with my family.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New Staff at WHS - Sharon Hoeland


Sharon Hoeland – Attendance Clerk

I asked each new staff member to answer a few questions about themselves.  

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I grew up in Anchorage, AK. Went to school for Physical Education, Nutrition and Business. My husband Keith was from Ringwood, NJ and wanted to move back to be closer to family. We moved here 8 years ago. I have two girls, Olivia, who is 17yrs old, and Mallorie, who is 13years old.

What made you choose Education as a career?
I have been in a supportive staff role most of my work career, so this position worked with my goals for myself as well as my family.

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
I worked as a substitute teacher a couple of years ago in Waldwick and the staff was very helpful and welcoming.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
When we moved from Alaska to New Jersey, We traveled 2 months in an RV across the United States. We saw many different beautiful places and were able to visit family and friends along the way.

New Staff at WHS - Maggie Hart

Maggie Hart - Special Services

I asked each new staff member to answer a few questions about themselves.  


Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I grew up in New Canaan, CT with my younger brother and sister. After graduating high school I attended the University of Delaware where I majored in Foreign Language and Literature with a concentration in history and Spanish. Upon finishing up my degree my now husband, Nick, and I decided to move to Oahu, Hawaii. While in paradise, I attended Hawaii Pacific University where I received my Masters degree in secondary education. After teaching in Hawaii and living there for five years we decided it was time to move back to be closer to our families. It feels great to be back in NJ!


What made you choose Education as a career? 
I picked education as a career because I always want to help people and see everyone succeed. It seemed like a natural choice. I had many amazing teachers growing up that had a big influence on my life. As a teacher, you get to be creative and inventive while at the same time providing a positive learning environment for the students. I received my teaching certification in Hawaii in both Social Studies and Special Education. I believe that I absolutely made the correct career choice and love being in the classroom.


What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
I really liked Waldwick's sense of community. Waldwick High School provides a very positive environment to work and learn. Each person that I have met so far has been extremely kind, knowledgeable and genuinely interested in helping each other in any way necessary. Everyone is very dedicated to the success of the students and school as a whole. I am looking forward to working here!


Tell us something interesting about yourself?
While growing up I was a horseback rider and played field hockey.


New Staff at WHS - Jessie Wohlberg


Jessie Wohlberg - Foreign Language (Spanish) 

I asked each new staff member to answer a few questions about themselves.  

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I came to live in the United States when I was 9 years old from The Dominican Republic. We settled in Paterson, NJ, where we had other relatives. My parents did not have enough money to put me and my two siblings through college so I decided to pursue a career in hairstyling, which was more affordable to us. I wished for a life in a more quieter area than the city of Paterson had to offer and decided to find my own apartment in Lodi. After a few years as a hairstylist, I was able to put myself through college. I started at Bergen Community College and later on transferred my credits to William Paterson University, where I completed my undergraduate studies.  I also completed a Minor in English Literature.

What made you choose Education as a career?
I was very fortunate to have amazing teachers that were very inspiring to me. I feel that they have made a significant difference in my life in different ways. I am very thankful to them for guiding me in the direction that my life and career have taken. They taught me to value myself, think for myself and make smart decisions for myself. I wanted to be like some of them, especially my 3rd grade Bilingual teacher, Mrs. Fuentes. I want to be able to touch students in a positive way and teach them everything that I know about the Spanish language, culture and general life experiences

What appealed to you about Waldwick High School?
I have lived in North Haledon for the past ten years now. My husband and I like to drive around other towns and neighborhoods because we want to move to the Bergen County area. We have relatives in Midland Park and Wyckoff and have passed through the town of Waldwick many times. It was always interesting to me that the Middle School and the High School share the same building. It gave me a feeling that the school community is indeed one family and it speaks of the strong unity between students, staff and administrators. I have heard nothing but positive feedback from other people in the community about Waldwick High School and the district in general.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
Something interesting about myself is that I have a wonderful husband, two lovely children, and a Persian cat!